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30 Badass Pro Wrestling Finishers (GIFs)

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, February 15, 2012

pro wrestling finishers finishing moves

I love pro wrestling. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. But I’m a busy person, and there’s only so much time I can spend watching TV on any given day. So sometimes I get tired of all the talking and evil-glaring and backstage intrigue and paternity testing, and I just wish they could condense the 15 or 20 minutes of full-on pro wrestling action into one consumable chunk.

The most obvious way to get around this dilemma would be to DVR Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown and then fast-forward through all the boring parts.

The less obvious but more awesome way to get around this would be to make a list of 30 awesome GIFs featuring pro wrestling’s greatest finishing moves—which is what I did for you (and me) today. It’s pure pro wrestling greatness with no plot slowing things down.


30. Leakee’s Double Samoan Drop

How many guys can you pick up at the same time and body slam? Cause Leakee can do two.

29. CM Punk’s Neckbreaker and DDT

Two moves at once is always a winner.

28. Kurt Angle’s Angle Lock

This could be just a boring leg lock, but Kurt Angle makes it special by taunting his opponent, who has no recourse other than to rub his face into the mat in shame. Oh, the shame!

27. Hulk Hogan’s Atomic Leg Drop

I’m not really sure what makes this leg drop “atomic,” but you can’t really argue with Hulk Hogan.

26. John Cena’s FU

This would be completely unimpressive if not for the fact that Cena is lifting a 400 pound dude, which is amazing.

25. Goldberg’s Jackhammer

Kind of a boring move, but you have to hand it to these guys for being able to maintain focus while people throw debris into the ring.

24. Jake the Snake’s DDT

Jake the Snake doesn’t have a finishing move with the nastiness to match his name. But at least this old-school wrestler has the decency to wear pants instead of those tight spandex booty shorts.

23. Bret Hart’s Sharp Shooter

I would have called this move “the pretzel-maker,” but that’s just me.

22. The Undertaker’s Tombstone

The Tombstone is really just a reverse piledriver, but a guy like the Undertaker has to give it a cooler name than that.

21. Kane’s Chokeslam

This move would be crappy if Kane wasn’t 7 feet tall. Since he is that tall, it rules.

20. Kevin Nash’s Jackknife Power Bomb

You say Jackknife Power Bomb, I say really cool but overly complicated body slam.

19. Nature Boy’s Figure Four Leg Lock

All the blood indicates something really nasty just happened. Then Ric Flair finished it off with…a leg lock? Seems kind of anticlimactic. Then again, the other guy really sells the pain.

18. Mr. Perfect’s Perfect Plex

The Perfect Plex is a little too erotic for my taste. I’m not sure, but I think it’s the way the victim is flailing his legs in the air after getting pinned—king of creeps me out.

17. Steve Austin’s Stone Cold Stunner

I think the guy getting “stunned” goes a little overboard in the aftermath of the manoeuvre, flipping upside down against the ropes like that. But whatever, still awesome.

16. Bradshaw’s Clothesline from Hell

I know, you read “Clothesline from Hell” and you wonder, “how horrific can a simple clothesline be?” But you know what? This really lives up to the name. It’s one damn impressive clothesline.

15. Tajiri’s Buzzsaw Kick

Creative, no. Badass, absolutely.

14. Mr. Wonderful’s Piledriver

What makes Mr. Wonderful’s piledriver better than a regular piledriver? Purple underwear.

13. Ravishing Rick Rude’s Rude Awakening

I’m not sure what I like better in this clip—the move, or the hair.

Hell, yes I do. I like the hair better.

12. Sofia Cortez’s Northern Lights Suplex

This move is both awesome and kind of hot, which the reason why the WWE has the whole WWE Diva” thing to begin with. (Of course, I’ve always been partial to female pro wrestlers.)

11. Triple H’s Pedigree

Triple H’s Pedigree is one of the more advanced moves you’ll see. Don’t try it at home, or someone might break their neck.

10. Iron Sheik”s Camel Clutch

The Iron Sheik is one the all-time great pro wrestling villains. His finishing move, the Camel Clutch, has one of the all-time great names for a wrestling move. So really, there’s nothing not to love about this one.

9. The Macho Man’s Flying Elbow Drop

This one is impressive for two reasons. One: Macho Man Randy Savage displays some serious athletic skill by jumping from the post to the center of the ring with such accuracy. Two: he does it while wearing a kickass leotard that you’d expect to see in a Pride parade.

8. Shawn Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music

Sweet Chin Music: fancy name for karate kick to the noggin. (Always effective.)

7. Daniel Bryan’s Roundhouse Kick (on the Big Show)

Bryan lives by my personal motto: when in doubt, kick the guy in the face.

6. Scott Hall’s Razor’s Edge

Though his costume can’t match that of his competitor, Scott Hall’s move is first rate. I really don’t think they get much better than that.

5. Randy Orton’s RKO

Randy Orton’s RKO is one of the most technically impressive moves you’ll ever see.

4. The Rock’s Rock Bottom

The Rock wasn’t a fancy guy, and neither was his signature move: simple, powerful, classic.

3. Tower of Power

Behold the Tower of Power, one of the most breathtaking moves ever invented.

2. Rob Van Dam’s VanDaminator

Tossing a guy a folding chair, then kicking it into his face with a flying reverse roundhouse heel kick…pure genius.

1. CM Punk’s Go-To-Sleep (on Dolph Zigler)

I know it’s not real, and that this guy really didn’t just get a knee to the face that snapped his head back like that. But these guys execute the whole thing so well, it still makes me cringe.