WWE news: The 50 'coolest' pro wrestling moves named and ranked

Pro wrestlers have been re-inventing and evolving their profession for over a century now. 

From Frank Gotch suplexing the sport into the mainstream, to AJ Styles delivering phenomenal displays to a worldwide audience week in week out, things are constantly changing. 

These days, every WWE Superstar boasts an impressive move set – hell, they need one to keep the crowd on side – such is expectation these days. 

But what are the coolest manoeuvres we’ve ever seen in pro wrestling?

We’re not just talking finishers either, but instead, the most exciting moves ever pulled off inside the squared circle. 

WWE has attempted to answer that question by ranking the top 50 ‘coolest manoeuvers’ in history. Check out their list below:   

50. Ultimate Warrior’s Gorilla Press Slam
49. Victoria’s Widow’s Peak
48. JBL’s Clothesline from Hell
47. Dean Malenko’s Texas Cloverleaf
46. Roman Reigns Superman Punch
45. Arn Anderson’s Spinebuster 

44. Mick Foley’s Cactus Elbow
43. Undertaker’s Old School
42. Killer Kowalski’s Stomach Claw
41. Christian’s Killswitch
40. Booker T’s Harlem Hangover

39. Carlito’s Backstabber
38. Chris Jericho’s Lionsault
37. Tazz’s Tazzplex
36. Cesaro’s Very European Uppercut
35. Mankind’s Mandible Claw 

34. The Brian Kendrick’s Sliced Bread #2
33. Ultimo Dragon’s Dragon Sleeper
32. Eddie Guerrero’s Three Amigos
31. Kaval’s Warrior’s Way
30. The Great Muta’s Asian Mist

29. Lance Storm’s Rolling Single Leg Boston Crab
28. Umaga’s Samoan Drop
27. Bret Hart’s Ringpost Figure Four Leglock

26. Jimmy Snuka’s Superfly Splash
25. Tajiri’s Tarantula

24. Adrian Neville’s Red Arrow
23. Saturn’s Death Valley Driver
22. Sabu’s Triple Jump Moonsault
21. Batista’s Batista Bomb
20. Scorpio’s 450 Splash

19. Brock Lesnar’s F-5
18. Rob Van Dam’s Five-Star Frog Splash
17. Kane’s Chokeslam from Hell
16. Seth Rollins’ Curb Stomp
15. Cesaro’s Cesaro Swing

14. Shawn Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music
13. Scott Hall’s Razor’s Edge
12. Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb

11. Randy Orton’s RKO
10. Goldberg’s Spear

9. Rob Van Dam’s Van Terminator
8. Scott Steiner’s Frankensteiner
7. Mr Perfect’s Perfect-Plex

6. Macho Man Randy Savage’s Top Rope Elbow Drop
5. Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter

4. Undertaker’s Tombstone
3. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Stunner
2. Evan Bourne’s Air Bourne
1. Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ DDT

That list is full of some legendary moves and you can read WWE’s full write up here.

But we do have a few issues with their rankings.

How is Orton’s RKO 11th on the list when Diamond Dallas Page’s Diamond Cutter doesn’t even make the top 50? That seems absurd. 

Triple H’s Pedigree is also absent, which will surely cause some contention amongst WWE fans.

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