Every superstar and diva in the WWE has their very own finishing move; a manoeuvre which basically finishes off the opponent for the three count or results in a submission victory.
The superstars and divas have that one manoeuvre in their arsenal which they attempt to hit towards the latter stages of the match, signalling to the fans that the end is near. It gets them out of their seats and in some cases brings a sense of excitement.
Over the years we have seen some brilliant finishing moves from some of the best in the business: the tombstone piledriver, Shawn Michaels' sweet chin music, Jeff Hardy's swanton bomb and Triple H's pedigree are all some of the most entertaining and dangerous moves but that is exactly what the fans love.
But which of today's finishing moves are the best? Sometimes it could be the theatrics behind it and in some cases the unpredictability and how dangerous it looks is what makes the finishing moves so good to watch. Here are my top five current finishers in the WWE...
Sister Abigail is the name of Bray Wyatt’s finishing manoeuvre and is a variation of the reverse STO. The WWE now want their talents naming their own finishing moves so that they can trademark them, so you probably won’t hear reverse STO as a finisher in the future.
This move sees Wyatt bend his opponents backwards, before forcefully falling into a swinging motion which results in the opponent falling flat on his face onto the canvas.
It looks fantastic. Even though it looks like a simple manoeuvre, the manner in which Bray pulls off the theatrics is what makes this move fantastic to watch as a spectator, from the evil laugh to the kiss to the forehead, I’ve yet to see him pull it off badly.
A number of wrestlers all over the world have used this deadly submission hold because there are countless variations of it. The likes of Christopher Daniels, Stevie Richards and even CM Punk have used this hold but the latest superstar to do so – and pull it off incredibly well – is the brilliant Sami Zayn.
Although he doesn't use any theatrics for it, it still is a joy to watch, unless you’re the victim then it probably doesn't seem as good.
This hold is when Zayn uses his leg to stretch his opponent’s neck. The move usually comes into play using the reverse STO and that’s the variation Zayn uses as well.
Once the opponent is grounded, Zayn lies face up towards the side of the opponent and flicks his legs backwards, so that one of his legs is wrapped over his opponent’s throat, whilst the other leg presses against the back of the opponents head whilst Zayn adds more pressure.
Zayn then clutches his hands around the leg and squeezes tight, pulling the throat even tighter. This will almost definitely get your opponent to submit, unless that opponent is John Cena; then it is a different story altogether.
Although many would consider this move to be quite simple, it takes something special to pull this off in brilliant fashion and make it a memorable manoeuvre and Roman Reigns has managed to do just that. But the reason it makes the list is also because of the theatrics behind it as well as the move he pulls off before he hits the spear.
This spear is great because Reigns uses a burst of energy from nowhere to hit a Superman punch to ground the opponent, before screaming and calling for the spear in typical fashion.
His spear, like many others, includes Reigns charging towards his opponent who turns around and walks into it. Reigns is a powerful and imposing superstar so you can imagine just how devastating it looks.
He drives his shoulder into his opponent’s midsection and tackles them before forcing them down to the ground, Rather than taking down the legs with them, the momentum behind the tackle takes down the opponent.
Obviously with Reigns’ background as a defensive tackle, he will be used to the amount of force he uses to take down the opponents, a fantastic manoeuvre and always great to watch.
The Red arrow - more popularly known as the corkscrew shooting star press - is seen as one of the more controversial moves in the WWE as it was legitimately banned in 2005. This move is very easy to get wrong and injure your opponent seriously.
Brock Lesnar attempted it at WrestleMania XIX against Kurt Angle and both men were injured and even Billy Kidman - someone renowned for this manoeuvre - attempted it on Chavo Guerrero and sustained a concussion.
Only recently did the WWE allowed the move to be used once more, with Evan Bourne. The move isn’t banned if your name is Adrian Neville and one of the greatest high-fliers on the planet took it up a notch and hit a corkscrew version, making it that much more dangerous. The corkscrew part is when Neville adds a spiral when he jumps off the top rope.
He then heads into the shooting star press when he jumps forward in the air, presses his knees to his chest, hits a backflip in mid-air and lands flat on the opponent. Neville usually adds a 360° corkscrew in his variation.
We have been watching Randy Orton hit the RKO for over a decade now and even today he manages to surprise us with it. It does look so simple compared to the other finishing manoeuvres but in fact Orton has created so many variations of it you just don’t know which type of RKO he can hit. In different situations we are treated to different variations of the RKO.
The RKO - known as the jumping cutter which Diamond Dallas Page made famous - sees Orton jump towards his opponent, grab his head in a face lock whilst remaining parallel to the ground.
He then proceeds to slam his opponent’s face to the ground in a cutter. He pulls it off so well, mainly because it is one of the moves which you can use most surprisingly and nobody is as sneaky as Orton.
Orton has hit the RKO from an elevated position on Rey Mysterio, he has countered it mid-air brilliantly against John Cena and the Batista Bomb into the RKO on Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX on the announcer’s table will go down as one of the best; with his back hitting the monitor in an awkward position. Fans have had more respect for him for continuing after landing so awkwardly.
You can never forget the RKO he hit on Evan Bourne as he was in the middle of his shooting star press, which rightfully makes the #1 list in Randy Orton’s greatest RKO’s.
You can bet that in the coming years that Orton will continue to impress with different variations of the RKO.
WWE fans – what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices for the five greatest finishing moves in the WWE? Have your say in the comments section below.
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