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WWE/TNA: The Rock and the Top 5 Sharpshooter Masters of All Time

Kevin BergeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2011

WWE/TNA: The Rock and the Top 5 Sharpshooter Masters of All Time

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    The sharpshooter is a legendary finisher, and it may be the greatest submission hold ever invented.

    Many people from Trish Stratus to Stone Cold Steve Austin have used the move before.

    It has known many other names over its time: Scorpion Hold, cloverleaf leg-lace Boston crab, standing reverse figure-four leglock and the Scorpion Deathlock.

    After its invention by Riki Chōshū, where it was called the Sasori-gatame, the submission move has evolved through the generations into a move that causes the crowd to go crazy the moment it is applied.

    The following are wrestlers who applied this hold the best in WWE/TNA history.

Honorable Mentions

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    Ron Garvin: Credited as one of the first men to use the Sharpshooter, Garvin would use the move much earlier than almost every wrestler on this list. He is not the creator, but he is one of the first to make it notable.

    Chris Benoit: The master of all submission holds, Benoit's Sharpshooter was a deadly move that would look extremely painful in the hands of Benoit. He is most known for the Crippler Crossface, but his sharpshooter was deadly.

    Shawn Michaels: The Sharpshooter is Michael's most controversial move. He rarely applies the move, but his name is synonymous with the Sharpshooter because of the incident known to most today as the Montreal Screwjob.

    Natalya: Natalya, since coming to the WWE, has only had one finisher: the Sharpshooter. In honor of the Hart name, which she has lineage to, Natalya pulls off the best female Sharpshooter in professional wrestling.

5. The Rock

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    The Rock had the People's Elbow; he had the Rock Bottom.

    However, he also had the Sharpshooter.

    Every big star needs a good submission hold in case the dreaded submission match comes around, and The Rock made the most of his.

    He would originally add the move as a tribute to a man who had recently passed away. It would be great to see for that reason, and because the Rock put so much charisma into every one of his moves.

    If you don't know who the man is that he was paying tribute to, you will see soon.

4. Edge

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    I am a sucker for Edge's Sharpshooter.

    It is a kneeling inverted Sharpshooter that is just a novelty to watch, and pulls it off with a lot of control and viciousness.

    If it were a plain sharpshooter, it probably would not be as notable of an execution.

    But it is the Edgecator! It is brutal and different.

3. Owen Hart

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    The Hart legacy is incredibly important to professional wrestling.

    Each man and woman who is associated with the Harts instantly gains recognition and usually has tremendous talent.

    The Sharpshooter and the Hart legacy are forever mixed, as almost every Hart has found a chance to put the move on.

    Owen Hart would use the move as a successful finisher and put some nice pressure on when he applied the move.

    Taken away from the wrestling world far too early, Owen Hart even inspired others to use the move (most notably The Rock).

    Not many fighters could do a Sharpshooter better than a Hart.

2. Sting

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    Ron Garvin has used the Sharpshooter for a long time as I said earlier.

    Sting is the only man who can really match him for that sort of history.

    Sting has used the Scorpion Death Lock, which is much closer to the original name of the move, for decades.

    No one has the longevity of Sting and this move.

    When the Stinger places you in the Scorpion Death Lock, there is only one answer: tap out.

1. Bret Hart

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    Earlier I said that not many people can do a Sharpshooter better than a Hart.

    Well, no one does a Sharpshooter better than Bret Hart.

    Absolutely no one.

    His name is synonymous with the Sharpshooter.

    He can never reappear in professional wrestling without a Sharpshooter or two.

    Many have done the move just to pay tribute to Bret: Trish Stratus, Natalya and the Hart Dynasty each did the move for him. Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels and Owen Hart each did the move, thanks in part to influence from Bret Hart.

    Today, no one can do a Sharpshooter in the WWE without instant recognition for Bret Hart. The move instantly causes massive cheers anywhere in Canada and most other areas of the world.

    Bret Hart is the master of the Sharpshooter.

Thanks for Reading!

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    There are many men (and women) who have executed the sharpshooter.

    Some used it as a finishing move; others used it as a tribute usually to Bret Hart.

    In the end, it is one of the best and most widespread submission moves ever created.

    Did I miss someone who should have been mentioned? Is Bret Hart's Sharpshooter truly at another level to all other Sharpshooters?

    Leave a comment!

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