ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Top 10 Wrestling Finishers From A Former Wrestler

Updated on May 2, 2013

Wrestling Move

Some wrestling moves are just amazing to watch!
Some wrestling moves are just amazing to watch!

What it is all about

As a huge wrestling fan, and former wrestler myself I am always amazed at the ending maneuvers some of these cats come up with. Recently I was asked by a fellow I am training to become a wrestler what my favorite finishing moves were. That prompted me to sit down and come up with a small but affective list of 10 moves that I felt were just to awesome to pass up.

These 10 moves are the type that make pro wrestling enjoyable and entertaining at the same time. While certain moves can define a wrestler others can define an era. The sweet chin music, tombstone and boston crab are all definitive historical elements of pro wrestling. It is an amazing feat to see a wrestler execute the finishing move after a hard fought battle. So let's explore my list of finishers. Mind you I was a pro wrestler for some time and I can tell you these moves are pivitol in the industry.

Swanton Bomb

having started in the backyard myself I was always drawn to the Hardy Boys. Jeff really took a bland move and made it his own with his suicidal approach to it. What makes the Jeff hardy variation of the swanton so impactful is the delay he puts in before com-leting the rotation. He almost hovers in the air. It is very impressive and very powerful.

Jeff is not the only wrestler utilizing this move but he is by far the most recognised of the mix. I know several guys on the indys use it. In one of the local federations, BCW, a fellow by the name of Micheal Havok (a close friend of mine) is very efficient with his own swanton bomb.

Styles Clash

 No indy wrestler has ever had the success of AJ Styles. He is one of the finest wrestlers on the planet and one of the reasons TNA is having such a successful run at WWE and Vince's kingdom. AJ is as innovative as he is talented and the styles clash is one of those moves that really sparks attention.

I have both given and taken the styles clash from various wrestlers and I can say every time it is performed the audience goes nuts. It is such a captivating finishing move. What makes it so effective is it can be locked in from a variety of positions. It cam be set up from a power bomb or even locked in as a reversal to a hurrancanrada.

AJ is a constant face in wrestling mags and one of the highest indy guys to ever hit the PWI 500, which is the best of the best of wrestling.

Dead Sea Drop

 How can you not like a wrestler named Sharkboy. The name may be misleading. Sharkboy is as fine a wrestler as they come. He is one of the first x division supporters in TNA wrestling and he was a huge draw for All Star Wrestling during it's heyday.

Sharkboy's finisher is a variation of the Ace Cutter, or as we have come to know it now the Stone Cold Stunner. Few moves have the impact of the dead sea drop, or DSD for short. It has a lot of potential and is very easily set up.

I have only had one opponent use this move on me and it was amazing to see the reaction the crowd had. They thought my neck was broke or something. The move plays on the mind for sure.

Dragon Rana

As far as high flying goes the dragon rana is a masterpiece that requires amazing skill to pull off. Basically a wrestler will front flip onto the shoulders of an opponent and then execute the rana. This move is one of the mainstays of such talent as Dragon Kid, and at one time rey Mysterio JR.

It is not seen a good deal in mainstream wrestling as far as America goes but is very popular in the indy scene and very popular in Japan where wrestling is still about the sport. I do not like the way El Generico sells the rana in the video but I will let you decide if you like it or not.

450 Splash

 This was the move that made the WWE career of the once popular Johny B. Badd. he debuted on WWE as the Wildman Marc Mero and right off the bad it just seemed he would drift into obscurity and then wham out comes the 450 and the next week he's selling t-shirts!

In modern wrestling few guys hit this move quite as perfect as Justin Gabriel, a fresh upstart with the WWE. His 450 is flawless as far as execution and timing go. The 450 has been used by some top names in the sport. Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and even the Japan star Jushin Lyger makes use of the 450 from time to time.

The move is a specticle to see and really rough to connect properly. I myself have pulled off one 450 and nearly killed my opponent. I have taken several though and it really gets the audiences attention to see something so high risk.

This was the move that made the WCW career of Billy Kidman. The shooting star is such an unnatural approach to a wrestling move that most people in the sport will never attempt it. Simply put a shooting star press or ssp is a forward motion backflip.

This is a move that has been used in the indy promotions for years but was never a mainstream in the WWE until Even Bourne, or as his true fans call him Matt Sydell, started using it. Of course the newcomer performed the move slightly better then Kidman and the WWE released Billy from their roster.

The ssp is a move utilized by such stars as Hyabusa, Lyger, and even Brock Lesner, who nearly broke his neck using the move against Kurt Angle. I can honestly say I have nbever done nor taken this move.

The Burning Hammer

This move is one of those moves that requires some serious training to take. It starts in a torture rack and quickly moves into a death valley driver type move.

A great deal of Japan stars utilize this move but here in America we are most likely to tag it to Chris Daniels hilarious counterpart, Curryman. This move is an effective match ender! I have always felt that Chris' approach to the move makes it a bit less breath taking but a lot more entertaining.

The burning hammer is one of the most dangerous moves because if one mistake were to happen it copuld easily break a neck.

Vertebreaker

 This move is often associated with Homicide but for God sakes the guy does it so sloppy that he nearly kills every wrestler he does it to. It was originally the brainchild of none other than the Hurricane himself, Gregory Shane Helms.

The vertebreaker is a very high impact move that requires a great deal of control and timing to pull off. In the vid you will see Shane hit the move on none other than AJ Styles who was receiving a WWE try out at the time. He didn't make the cut, boy was Vince dumb!

Canadian Destroyer

 Few people ever recognized the shear talent that Petey Williams had. He was one of the most amazing TNA wrestlers to date. Sadly most people will only remember him for his finishing move.

The Canadian destroyer starts out in the typical powerbomb or piledriver beginning position. What makes it so unique is that instead of lifting the opponent in the air for a move, Petey simply flips over. This forces the opponent into a backflip that actually ends in a vicious piledriver.

Very few moves have been created that equal the visual stunningness of the destroyer. In the early years of Petey's career he would come from the top rope and than lock in the destroyer to get that added lift. Now wrestlers are trained for the move.

I have taken one of these and I admit I neglected the prep and bopped my head pretty good. It is not a move to be taken lightly. Since the popularity of this finisher broke out it is a mainstay in indy shows and backyard wrestling has eaten it up. There are variations that turn it into a ddt and who knows what else. Petey gave us an amazing career and an even more amazing finishing maneuver.

Snow Plow

I am bias. My favorite wrestler of all time is Al Snow. I have had the privilege of meeting the man two times and both times he was a great person to chat with. He is one of the most under ranked wrestlers in the world.

The snow plow is what some might refer to as a northern lights bomb. Al executes this move flawlessly and it really is something to see. I used it a great deal in my career and I always felt it was an effective way to let the audience know that this match was over.

Al is often remembered for head, but reality is that he was one of the most technical wrestlers WWE ever promoted and if he was ever given a bit of credit that would have shined through a bit more.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)