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The Question: What's the Worst Finishing Move?

By James Guttman, James Bullock, and Dan Crocker Aug 3, 2016 - 10:31 AM print


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What’s The Worst Finishing Move?

James Guttman:

There have been some pretty awful finishers in wrestling. Of course, we all think of the Worm. There’s also the Stump Puller – a move that involves a wrestler pulling his opponent’s leg in the air…while pushing the back of said opponent’s head into his own crotch. Weird. There’s even the Canadian Destroyer, which looks cool from an acrobatic standpoint but makes no logical sense unless the match is happening in a zero gravity chamber.

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But for me, the worst finisher of all time was Sgt. Slaughter’s Atomic Noogie. With Ted DiBiase rebranding the Cobra Clutch into a Million Dollar Dream, our poor 1991 Iraqi Sarge had to give up his usual move and embrace something new. That something was to twist his knuckle into his opponent’s temple.

That’s it.

That was his finisher.

Just to show that this wasn’t some throwaway finish to bide time, WWE even managed to fit it into the WrestleFest arcade game. Sure enough, Slaughter is there jamming his digital digits into his opponent’s pixilated skull. Even in video game form, it was lame. Play for yourself and bask in the Insanity.

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James Bullock:

There are so many possibilities from the realm of stupidity that is “wrestling finishers” that I could make a reasonable list of choices that would probably take the top spot on nine out of ten peoples’ lists. But I’m not going to go silly with this one because there’s always been silly in wrestling (well, as long as I can remember) and some maneuvers that just look ridiculous – The Worm, People’s Elbow, Sweet Shin Music – at least worked with the characters performing the moves and excited the crowd; plus they were mostly easy to execute. To me, the worst finishing move in the history of wrestling goes to the one maneuver that not only looked terrible, but everyone that’s ever tried to make it a true match-ender just couldn’t do it right: The Overdrive/Playmaker.

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What appears to be the set up for rocker dropper becomes anything but when anyone decides to add this move in his or her arsenal. The intention of the move is to spin the opponent using his/her arm while you yourself falls forward into a knee drop that sees the descending foe landing neck-first across the back of your knee and calf. If you’ve never seen the move in action across multiple matches by several different people, you’d think that the person either giving or receiving this intended neck breaker that turns into a self-inflicted knee buster is just doing it wrong. But that’s not the case because whatever you want to call it, The Overdrive is a terrible move that no one can do properly, let alone actually make look devastating without injuring oneself. The person performing the maneuver will most likely trip, fall too soon or even lose the grip of their opponent before the maneuver is completed. And even if none of that happens, the person taking the move usually falls in an unintended direction to take a flat bump without any type of connection between the leg and neck that would cause a neck breaker execution. I don’t exactly remember when I saw move for the first time (I truly believe it was during the dying days of WCW and Elix Skipper unleashed this monstrosity upon the world that only he could halfway pull off on any given night), but I know that no one has ironed out the kinks almost twenty years later – and they never will because the move sucks and everyone stops using it after five or so matches.


Dan Crocker:

This one really isn't even a contest. The worst finishing move ever is the leg drop. It's the worst there is, the worst there ever was, and the worst there ever will be. It doesn't even make sense. At least with the elbow drop, an elbow is sharp. The leg drop literally uses the worst part of the leg to even hit someone with. A knee or foot, sure. Back of the leg? That's the softest damned part.


Part of my answer might just be based on the fact that I was never a Hulk Hogan fan . . . nah, it's just dumb. How can someone take a pile driver, be busted open until their face is a crimson mask, or be hit with a chair and still get up . . . but the leg drop is what does them in? Who has ever been in a fight and thought, “My god, I don't care what he does to me as long as he doesn't drop the back of his leg over my chest.” Watch the embedded compilation below. My God, man, there's a natural crook in the back of the leg. The entire damn thing breaks every law of physics.






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