Top 12 Finishing Moves in Sports

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2015

Top 12 Finishing Moves in Sports

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    Right off the bat you'd think that finishing moves are reserved only for professional wrestlers. Not so fast.

    A finishing move is something that an athlete does to signify the end. Football players do it after they score touchdowns, while baseball players might do it after a big hit.

    In our quest to break down some of the best finishers in sports, we took pieces from professional wrestling, football, baseball and more to give you some noteworthy moves.

    Without waiting around any longer, let's jump into the top 12.

LeBron James' One-Handed Dunk

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    The world's greatest basketball player, LeBron James, is a finisher at heart. When he turns that dial up and gets aggressive, no one in the league can guard him.

    As far as a finishing move goes, King James is known for his one-handed dunks. Some of the best memories we all have of James are his zooming down the court in his signature Nikes and blasting the rim with a one-handed flush.

    Call it his finisher or just one move among many in the King's arsenal. Either way, James' one-handed dunk is a thing of beauty.

Randy Orton's RKO

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    When WWE Superstar Randy Orton hits you with an RKO, it's time to pack your bags and move on.

    The move isn't incredibly flashy by itself. Instead, the reason it works so well is because of how many different variations Orton has added to it. Just look at the clip above. That RKO on Seth Rollins put the entire stadium on notice.

    Moves like the RKO are simple yet effective. That's the formula for a perfect finisher.

Cam Newton's Superman Pose

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    Sometimes, a finishing move doesn't have to inflict physical damage on an opponent. In the case of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, his Superman pose has become his calling card.

    Whenever Newton punches the football into the end zone, he emerges from the dust to break out his inner-Superman pose. Giving us all a little dose of Clark Kent, Carolina's quarterback of steel loves getting under people's skin with his patented finisher.

Prince Puma's 450 Splash

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    Good wrestling is out there. All you have to do is look. Lucha Underground, for example, has risen from the ashes and turned into a high-flying, amazing place for talent to prosper.

    Prince Puma is one of the top athletes in the promotion. His demented arsenal of moves makes for must-watch television. Of all the dope, bonkers moves this dude puts out there, his signature 450 Splash is the cream of the crop.

    The video above shows Puma and fellow Lucha competitor Johnny Mundo doing the 450 together. The result was glorious.

Yasiel Puig's Bat Flip

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    Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig came into this league on a blaze of glory. Guided by an offensive repertoire and a strong throwing arm, he proved he had a ton of talent.

    But he irked a few people was with his bat-flipping antics. After home runs or even base hits, No. 66 would flip his bat on an obnoxious, "backyard wiffle ball" look.

    He might have eased up a bit, but as Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times pointed out, Puig still likes to show off every now and again. And for better or worse, the bat flip has become one of his most memorable on-field manuevers.

Neville's Red Arrow

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    The WWE's version of Prince Puma is Neville. A crazy performer in his own right, Neville's finisher, the "Red Arrow," has quickly become one of the best-looking ones in all of sports entertainment.

    Thank whatever or whoever you believe in for the YouTube clip above. Without that piece of digital film, we wouldn't get to witness the Red Arrow in slow motion—the only way to properly appreciate it.

Carl Edwards' Back Flip

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    NASCAR driver Carl Edwards knows how to finish a race in style. The 35-year-old shows off his athletic side when he leaps full-force and lands a sky-high back flip outside of his ride.

    When have you seen Tony Stewart or Jeff Gordon do that? Don't worry; I'll wait for your response.

Aaron Rodgers' Championship Belt

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    Aaron Rodgers' championship-belt celebration has taken on a life of its own ever since No. 12 busted it out on the field of play.

    State Farm even joined in on the fun with the "Discount Double Check" craze. After that, Rodgers' finishing move became a thing of folklore.

    Few quarterbacks in recent memory have had finishers that hold up against the championship-belt motion. It's one move we'll never forget.

Tiger Woods' Fist Pump

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    It's been a while since Tiger Woods gave us one of his authentic fist pumps. But before that, he built a legacy by swinging that fist around on the links.

    The fist pump was a sign of defiance. It was Tiger's way of celebrating all the greatness he had accomplished. You know, one of those "in the moment"-type of gestures. 

    Let it be known that fist pumps with that much aggression are only allowed when you've won 14 majors and 79 PGA events in your illustrious career.

Tim Tebow's 'Tebowing'

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    It's been said a million times, yet it never gets old. Tim Tebow is the most polarizing quarterback of all time.

    Filled with all sorts of flaws, he is known for winning a playoff game with the Denver Broncos before being run out of the NFL. Now that's he returned to the Philadelphia Eagles, at least one thing will be back: Tebowing.

    Classified as a finisher because of Tebow's use of the move, Tebowing became a viral sensation early on his career. In some ways, it has surpassed the man himself.

    Tebow is a man of many talents. Apparently, creating finishers is one of those gifts.

Brock Lesnar's F5

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    The WWE has done a remarkable job of turning Brock Lesnar into the most feared Superstar in the modern era.

    Since his return a few years back, Lesnar has ended the Undertaker's streak, destroyed John Cena and won the WWE title. Even in a limited capacity—Lesnar doesn't work a full schedule—his popularity is abundant.

    In terms of finishers, he has one of the best. The F5 is a testament to The Beast Incarnate's strength and drive. Picking up a grown man and spinning him 180 degrees is a frightening task.

    Lesnar's F5 is one of the coolest-looking finishers around.

Usain Bolt's Thunderbolt

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    Even before a race gets started, when Usain Bolt points to the sky, you know it's over.

    The fastest man on the planet has done nothing but win. He has tossed six gold medals around his neck during the Olympics and has even won countless other competitions along the way.

    His patented thunderbolt point to the sky is a generous way of letting his competitors know they are in deep trouble.

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