finishing moves in wwe
John Cena Attitude Adjustment
. Cenas move is a glorified Firemans Carry, and it basically made the list due to its massive legacy over the past decade. The Attitude Adjustment (AA) has put down some of the biggest wrestlers ever: The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, and even, Zack Ryder. Okay, maybe Zack wasnt a big deal, but this move has helped Cena win 24 titles within the WWE, and will probably earn him a few more before its all said and done.
Braun Strowman Sideways Flapjack
. Okay, youre probably thinking, who is this guy, and why is he even on this list? Well, the answer is simple: hes 68 /385 lbs. of muscle and mean muggin ugliness. Imagine being picked up like a child, tossed in the air, and slammed on your face with Braun partly crushing you, just for good measure. While the move itself is not that amazing, its tough to ignore when a man that size is making Roman Reigns who is not exactly tiny look like a toy
Charlotte Figure Eight
. WWE wants to make it perfectly clear that Charlotte is Ric Flairs daughter by giving her a similar theme, trotting Ric out all the time, and giving her a similar finisher. While the Figure Four is a classic submission move, it doesnt quite have the same effect on modern crowds as it did in the past. So, to give it a modern twist, Charlotte performs a back bend while its locked in, although it doesnt really make the finisher look any more painful,
Nikki Bella Rack Attack
. Here is another classic move The Torture Rack that was given a modern twist to fit Nikki better. Obviously, shes no Lex Luger, so trying to rag doll women on her shoulders wasnt going to look that great. Instead, she sets them up the same way and drops down breaking their back in the process. Nikki has developed a bit of a lady Hoss style over the past few years, so this move is very fitting for her and one of the better finishers in the wo
Chris Jericho Codebreaker
. A great out of nowhere type of finisher that tends to surprise crowds, when Jericho goes for it. Letting gravity do most of the work, Y2J brings his opponents face to his knees and they meet harshly when Jerichos back lands on the mat. This move has one of the quicker setups which usually receives a nice pop from the crowd. As you can see in the video, the Codebreaker can also be used as a perfect counter to any opponents who take to the air, w
Dean Ambrose Dirty Deeds
. Also known as a Double Arm DDT, made popular by the Hall of Famer, Mick Foley. Dean gives it a little extra flair with the leg kick before dropping his opponent directly on their head. Overall, its not the flashiest move on the list, but its incredibly devastating as the head and neck get crunched into the mat. Just think how much it hurts when you lightly bump your head on the ceiling, ah, son of a
. One of the most well known submission moves ever, made popular by Bret The Hitman Hart. Since Natalya is part of the family, she carries the torch and performs the move just as well. When the setup is smoothly and not done too quickly, the Sharpshooter allows crowds to get pumped up for when its finally locked in. As a bonus for Natalya, when she takes on more flexible opponents AJ Lee, Alicia Fox, Naomi shes able to lean all the way back for
Jack Swagger Patriot Lock
. Although Kurt Angle did it better, Swaggers version is still pretty vicious to watch. This move usually depends on how much his opponent wants to sell the pain, if they do, it looks like Swagger is about to break off the bottom half of their leg. This one is all about the theatrics, the opponents face twisted in agony as they reach out for their only salvation the ropes if they hope to continue the match.
Sting Scorpion Death Drop
. This move is interesting because of the unique setup, which is a headlock, but the opponents face is towards the sky. Thanks to this unique positioning, crowds can immediately recognize the move and go nuts, all while Sting stares back at them, waiting just slightly before driving the back of his foes head to the mat. A lightning quick setup allows Sting to get the jump on wrestlers, which was necessary in WCW, when he had to take on the 108 memb
Baron Corbin End of Days
. A fresh looking move that may catch you by surprise the first time you see it. Using a healthy dose of momentum, Corbin catches his opponent, and performs a slingshot motion that slams his opponent face first into the ground. At 68 /275 lbs. Corbin has the size and strength to make this move this move look that much more impressive, especially when hes against smaller wrestlers, who get whipped down faster. Also, have to give bonus points for the
Cesaro The Neutralizer
. Cesaro is pound for pound one of the strongest wrestlers in all over wrestling, the amount hes able to dead lift is always a joy to watch. This is no more apparent then when he busts out The Neutralizer on guys like Big Show, literally picking them up, holding them upside down, and slamming them face first. Much like Ambroses Dirty Deeds, its not really flamboyant, but what sets this one higher on the list is the spectacle of seeing someone like
Finn Balor Double Foot Stomp
. This one is all about the setup, the climb, the slight hesitation on the top rope, the long drop, and finally, stomping out his foe. Its a tough move to pull off because Finn isnt actually looking to stomp out the other guy, so he needs to pull up a bit on the landing. Due to this, the blow can look a little soft, but crowds love it nonetheless. Its a fantastic exclamation point to get the 1 2 3 , especially when hes all painted up, it just lo
Fandango Diving Leg Drop
. Fandango also has a finisher from the top rope, but his just looks more devastating as he drops his leg across his challengers neck. Just think about having someone jump high above you and land right down on your neck! Its a tricky move that Fandango make looks pretty simple, not only avoiding real damage to his opponents neck, but himself, as well.
Sheamus Brogue Kick
. This move just fits The Celtic Warrior so perfectly; its straight to the point and can look quite brutal when sold properly. Thanks to Sheamus size, a leaping kick to the face is quite devastating, and doesnt require much of a setup to execute. As one of WWEs Hosses, Sheamus moveset tends to be more on the blunt side, and this finisher is no exception. If he ever gets a chance to cash in his Money in the Bank opportunity, this move will most li
Roman Reigns Spear
. Plenty of people have used the Spear over the years (Goldberg, Rhyno, Charlotte, Edge, and Bobby Lashley) and while Reigns may not be the best performer of the maneuver, it definitely fits his body type and persona. With long black hair flying everywhere, Reigns plows through his opponent, much to the delight of the fans. Its an aggressive, full speed type of move that can land a win or end in disaster for Reigns, if he misses.
. A classic move that has won Kane an obscene amount matches, by gripping his foe by the neck, fear instantly is shown as they know whats coming next. The crowd bellows as Kane lifts up the poor unfortunate soul, and slams them down with furious anger. Since Kane is from Hell and all, the whole move is perfect symbolism for the totality of his character as he is literally sending whoever hes fighting, straight to Hell.
Paige P T O Paige Tap Out
. Originally popularized by Japanese wrestler, Bull Nakano, Paige wanted to give props, and now uses it regularly in the WWE. The P.T.O. is great because it literally ties up every limb, so her opponent has virtually no way of getting out of it. Basically, their only options are to wither in pain, eventually verbally tapping out, or by meekly tapping out with their hand, hoping the ref notices it, to end the suffering.
Sasha Banks Bank Statement
. The Boss is higher up on the list for creatively combining an impact move with a logical submission. First, she drives her knees into her challengers back, also known as a Backstabber, flipping her opponent over, and applying a bridging Crossface. This basically applies massive pressure on the injured back. The move has helped Sasha win the NXT Womens Championship, and most likely will get her the Divas Championship down the road.
Dudley Boys 3D
. This move can be done with or without a table, but much like bacon, a table makes everything better. In terms of tag team moves, this is one of the greatest ever; D Von lifts and brings down the opponent, while Bubba adds a Cutter for added damage. Much of the Dudleys popularity has come from using tables, so bringing them into the mix has made this move look even more devastating. Its pretty hard to find a crowd that doesnt explode when someone
Chris Jericho Liontamer
. The only person with two moves on this list is Y2J, some could argue the Lionsault should be here too, but trying to spread the love a bit. The Liontamer is rarely used these days, as its a fairly dangerous move to pull off, twisting and contorting his opponent in terrible ways. Its basically a Boston Crab, but Jericho puts his knee on his opponents neck or back, depending on how flexible they are. In one of the more painful looking submission ho
. One could argue this move is still basically a Spear, but thanks to Rhynos stocky body size and high aggression this move is all his own. When done improperly, the Spear can look like a giant hug, with Rhynos Gore that just doesnt happen. The move is destructive on its own, but Rhyno tends to find things to put people through, whether its a table, barricade, or stage set.
Daniel Bryan Busaiku Knee
. Unfortunately, due to neck issues and concussions, we havent had a chance to see this move in quite some time. Although smaller in stature, Bryan is lightning quick and can land this move out of nowhere. Typically, hell get a running start from the corner of the ring, gaining enough momentum to blow through whoever is unlucky enough to be in the way. Theres nothing too flashy here, just a single strike with heavy impact, causing crowds to erupt i
Becky Lynch Dis Arm Her
. With the highest submission finisher on the list, Beckys move is easy to apply and looks incredibly painful. With the opponent face down on the mat, she takes their arm and yanks it back to places where an arm shouldnt go. Beckys moveset includes other submissions and multiple suplexes which helps soften up her opponent for the Dis Arm Her (which is quite a clever name).
Samoa Joe The Muscle Buster
. A legit devastating move, just ask Tyson Kidd, who was nearly paralyzed from the neck down because of it. Joe lifts and cradles his rival on his shoulder, then drops straight down crushing their neck/upper back. Although hes still fairly new to NXT, Joe has been using this move for quite a few years, finishing off most of the top stars in TNA.
Kevin Owens Pop Up Powerbomb
. The powerbomb is one of the most destructive and entertaining moves in all of wrestling. The setup, flipping the opponent (or in this case popping them up in the air) and slamming them hard to the mat is just perfect pro wrestling. Kevin Owens uses the powerbomb in fine fashion, utilizing momentum to throw his opponent up in the air, and gravity to drop them hard to the mat. As one of the more vicious heels, the move fits his persona perfectly.
Neville Red Arrow
. Is it possible for a wrestler to gain popularity off of only one move? Neville obviously has a lot of tricks in his bag, but this one is what gets everyone to pay attention to him. Not only is he doing a back flip off the top rope, but adds a corkscrew motion, because, why not? The Man That Forgot Gravity is able to pull this move off with incredible consistency, and its one of those moves that must be seen live to fully appreciate the difficul
Bray Wyatt Sister Abigail
. Were at the point where any one of these moves could be in this case, Sister Abigail is not only a finishing move, but a storyline in itself. Bray always talks about this person like she might still be around, and naming his finisher after them reminds fans she may show up one day. With a kiss to the forehead, Bray whips his opponent around in a fury, landing them flush against the mat, typically getting him the win. A nasty variation of this mov
Brock Lesnar F5
. Lets be real here, this move would not nearly be as great if Brock Lesnar wasnt the one performing it. Along with his size, his unhinged aggression just works perfectly as he literally whips his opponent around in the air much like a tornado crashing them to the mat. With smaller opponents hes able to fling them with so much speed its hilarious to watch. When he goes up against bigger guys, it just becomes impressive that he can actually lift a
Randy Orton RKO
. Much like a sniper, Orton can strike from anywhere with this move, and for an opponent, thats a scary thought. How can they wrestle a guy who could finish them off at any moment? This is a high impact, single strike, that takes only a second to complete. Orton has finished off tons of opponents with it, and amazingly, still finds new ways to surprise crowds when he decides to unleash the RKO.
The Undertaker Tombstone
. Forget currently in the WWE ; this move could possibly be all time! The Tombstone has always been a well protected finisher, when its used; the match is almost always over. The name is fitting for The Deadman , and is unbelievably devastating to other wrestlers. Imagine being upside down and dropped directly on the top of your head, being knocked out is probably a best case scenario, followed by paralysis and then death. As harsh as that sounds