Finishing Move of All Time
The Leg Drop
Hogan's simple finisher, the crowd still went nuts over it, and few men (Sid Justice, Yokozuna, Vader) have ever kicked out of it in WWF History.
Seeing Randy Savage on the top rope, putting his arms up in the air with the pointer finger outstretched, was one of the coolest moments in any match. That elbow was just perfect.
Surprised? Someone find me a finishing move that nobody has EVER kicked out of or recovered from. This is it. If Yokozuna hit this, it was over.
Stone Cold Stunner
A simple front snap mare, but it became the fastest and often the most exciting move in wrestling when Austin hit it, then getting in the face of his fallen opponent with the double middle fingers.
Though the Rock Bottom was the true finisher, this move brought the crowd to their feet ever when The Rock was the biggest heel in the business.
Bret Hart's modified leg grapevine, this move won The Hitman his first Intercontinental and WWF Titles, and also provided us Stone Cold's face turn and gave Owen Hart another dimension.
Jake Roberts' finisher, the DDT was one of the first "it's over in a flash" finishers, and really fit his "snake" character perfectly.
When The Undertaker hit this, it just seemed eerie - he really seemed to be putting someone underground. I'll never forget Hogan's head hitting that chair at Survivor Series.
Ric Flair's finisher has elicited "Whoooo!" from crowds all over the world, evern when he wasn't the one performing it. Classic submission.
Sweet Chin Music
Oddly, this was HBK's precursor to his original finisher - the side suplex? The cresent kick has won Michaels many titles and matches, and also has one of the most fun build-ups of any other move.
I love the build up of the Sweet Chin Music which you mentioned. It's a great way to get the audience excited, and to set it all up. However the best move of all time is the Sharpshooter, and I don't think it's close. Many people have used this, but it is ultimately Bret Harts move. He performs it amazingly. It has also been at the centre of 2 huge moments in WWE - the face turn of Stone Cold, and the Montreal Screwjob.
Most might say the Leg Drop, simply because of Hogan. But Hogan's Finisher could have been a flick to the ear, and the crowd still would have eaten it up. The Leg Drop doesn't get nearly the reaction when performed by anyone else. The Stunner, on the other, is timeless. Much like how the crowd "Woooo!"s when a wrestler performs a chop or the Figure 4, the crowd just can't help but think of Austin when anyone performs a Stunner. The swift, volatile, painful-looking move that put down so many of the crowd's most hated men. It comes from nowhere, or an opponent can be stalked, set up. Hell, nowadays, even just a segment on the show gets all the more exciting, just because we KNOW we're going to see a Stone Cold Stunner.The Stunner is quite possibly the most enjoyable finisher in wrestling history.
Breaking it down as always.
Legdrop- Shango put it perfectly. It's the most generic move ever, but it was HULK FREAKING HOGAN dropping that leg. Going to be tough to beat, but might be dead last.
Elbow- I have always and will always mark out for anyone doing this move. Savage did it first, and it was simply perfect. Few kicked out of it, but Warrior's crazyness kicked out of 5 straight at WM 7, so because of the lunatic, it loses it's power.
Banzai Drop- Yes it was unblockable, but it never did it for me. Anything where you benefit from being insanely fat just doesn't work well in my mind.
Stunner- Here we get to the first of the quick finishers, which are always the most exciting. When Austin went for the kick, the crowd rises to their feet every single time. It's quick, it's devastating, and there's about a million ways to take it. The new leader.
People's Elbow- I hate this miove. It's a damn elbow drop, which usually hit the arm. Just.......no.
Sharpshooter- Sthing used if first, so no.
DDT- My all time favorite move. This move has been kicked out of one time that I can remember, by the Undertaker. It has put down so many people, and in something that I love the most, it was made by mistake.
Tombstone- This is way up there also. When Taker did this, you didn't get up. Even Kane kicked out of two, but eventually fell to the third. He did this, the match ended. Took a long time to set up though, and Taker killed my soul when he used it to beat Hogan, so it takes second place.
Figure 4- Again, too basic. anyone can do it, but for some reason Flair's is best? Doesn't work for me.
SCM- Epic is the only word to describe this move. Shawn can hit this from anywhere. Just ask Shelton Benjamin. The only problem though is that when he stomps the mat, has no one ever picked up that that means DON'T TURN AROUND???
DDT takes it for me.
rather subjective IMO, as to what makes a good finisher just that. to me, I had to go with what move FINISHES opponets most often. I mean the move gets hit, and the match is OVER. And out of all those, there is one move that I can only recall a very trifle few ever kicking out of.
Does anyone remember WHY Kane seemed like an unstoppable monster for kicking out of the tombstone?? becuase to my knowlegde, he may have been the first to do so. People kicking out of the tombstone is just something you dont really see often, or have seen often EVER. Its taken numerous stunners, rock bottoms, and Sweet music to put people down over the years, but generally speaking, the tombstone is a one and done deal. There is no "only hitting it halfway" there is no nothing. You rest in peice after taker puts your head into the mat, and crosses your arms over your chest.
I'm backing Norcal on this one, the Tombstone is the epitome of what a finishing move should be. Nobody kicked out of that damn thing, until Kane did it at Wrestlemania 14. Then of course seeing how over Kane got, good old Vinnie Russo decided to have everyone kick out of it for the next two years and ruined it, thus the Last Ride was born along with the neck moves being banned. Seriously, teh Attitude Era was terrible.
The Deadman returns, and the Tombstone becomes an elite move once again. You have a man nearly 7 feet tall, dropping you on your head, and the move works damn near 100% of the time. When the Undertaker hits a finisher, you can almost guarantee the match is over.
So you're saying that The Tombston is the most dominant finisher because only one man is remembered to have kicked out of it? That one man being Kane?
Well, that's one more man than has kicked out of Yokozuna's Banzai drop. That number, of course, is a big fat ZERO.
You talk about Undertaker standng almost 7 feet tall and dropping someone on their head. Well, imagine 505...550...600 lbs crashing down upon your prone chest from the middle rope. And then staying there, your arms pinned at your sides by thighs the width of sycamores.
Nobody - EVER - has kicked out of the Banzai Drop. Your ONLY prayer is to have the wherewithall to roll away or sit up before he crashes down on you. But once that gerth hits you, there's nothing left to do but wait until you're permitted the opportunity to breathe again and count your remaining ribs.
IC. the incredible blind SHW biased strikes yet again.
He lost in the WM of Mania becuase of the move. Its actually very easy to counter. Just ask Bret Hart. All you have to do is roll, and you can pin Yokozuna in a main event of WM for the title. And who has yoko beat with it??? a bunch of jobbers and has beens in one of the most terrible eras in WWE history?? Really?? Undertaker put down HULK HOGAN during hulkamania, for the belt, with the tombstone. The liast of accolades and victims for the tombstone is laughably superior to that of the Banzai drop. Pullleeeaasse.
Maybe if Roddy Piper didn't have his hand on the rope when Yoko was climbing it, he wouldn't have fallen. Hart was LUCKY at WrestleMania 10, and to his credit, he survived long enough to capitalize on Yoko's only mistake in a year.
Zuna has beaten a host of men in a bunch of ways, including DOMINATING your boy Hogan at King of the Ring. When I think of the Banzai drop, I think of Hacksaw Jim Duggan getting 4 of them, the last of which occured with the flag draped over his motionless body.
I also find it funny that you're toting the Tombstone as the best move ever, when a man like Yokozuna would NEVER have to worry about it, since Taker's tombstone was useless against anyone who was more than 350 lbs - basically half of Taker's opponents. EVERYONE is susceptible to the Banzai Drop, and nobody kicks out of it. Can't say the same for the Tombstone.
IC, why are you trying to lure me into a spamming infraction by making my arguments for me?? you basically just proved my point. There has be primarily NO competitors of noteriety to have been beaten by the butt drop of doom. be serious. a large portion of his NOTABLE victories, came as a result of fuji interfereance followed by a belly to belly suplex. The memory that comes to your mindis of the QUINTESSENTAL burned out, has been jobber, Hacksaw Duggan. true, everyone is SUSCEPTABLE to the Drop. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. too bad this isnt fantasy camp, and Yoko put down very few, if any guys of note with the move. On the other hand, Taker has a list of names, events, and titles won with the tombstone that is second to almost none. I would call it a laundry list, but I cant think of any person who has that much fucking laundry.
The tombstone is the end all, be all. :undertaker2:
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