30 Badass Pro Wrestling Finishers (GIFs)
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.
How many guys can you pick up at the same time and body slam? Cause Leakee can do two.
30. Leakee’s Double Samoan Drop
Two moves at once is always a winner.
29. CM Punk’s Neckbreaker and DDT
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!
28. Kurt Angle’s Angle Lock
I’m not really sure what makes this leg drop “atomic,” but you can’t really argue with Hulk Hogan.
27. Hulk Hogan’s Atomic Leg Drop
This would be completely unimpressive if not for the fact that Cena is lifting a 400 pound dude, which is amazing.
26. John Cena’s FU
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.
25. Goldberg’s Jackhammer
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.
24. Jake the Snake’s DDT
I would have called this move “the pretzel-maker,” but that’s just me.
23. Bret Hart’s Sharp Shooter
The Tombstone is really just a reverse piledriver, but a guy like the Undertaker has to give it a cooler name than that.
22. The Undertaker’s Tombstone
This move would be crappy if Kane wasn’t 7 feet tall. Since he is that tall, it rules.
21. Kane’s Chokeslam
You say Jackknife Power Bomb, I say really cool but overly complicated body slam.
20. Kevin Nash’s Jackknife Power Bomb
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.
19. Nature Boy’s Figure Four Leg Lock
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.
18. Mr. Perfect’s Perfect Plex
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.
17. Steve Austin’s Stone Cold Stunner
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.
16. Bradshaw’s Clothesline from Hell
Creative, no. Badass, absolutely.
15. Tajiri’s Buzzsaw Kick
What makes Mr. Wonderful’s piledriver better than a regular piledriver? Purple underwear.
14. Mr. Wonderful’s Piledriver
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.
13. Ravishing Rick Rude’s Rude Awakening
12. Sofia Cortez’s Northern Lights Suplex
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.
11. Triple H’s Pedigree
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.
10. Iron Sheik”s Camel Clutch
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.
9. The Macho Man’s Flying Elbow Drop
Sweet Chin Music: fancy name for karate kick to the noggin. (Always effective.)
8. Shawn Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music
Bryan lives by my personal motto: when in doubt, kick the guy in the face.
7. Daniel Bryan’s Roundhouse Kick (on the Big Show)
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.
6. Scott Hall’s Razor’s Edge
Randy Orton’s RKO is one of the most technically impressive moves you’ll ever see.
5. Randy Orton’s RKO
The Rock wasn’t a fancy guy, and neither was his signature move: simple, powerful, classic.
4. The Rock’s Rock Bottom
Behold the Tower of Power, one of the most breathtaking moves ever invented.
3. Tower of Power
Tossing a guy a folding chair, then kicking it into his face with a flying reverse roundhouse heel kick...pure genius.
2. Rob Van Dam’s VanDaminator
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.