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In the older days of wrestling, finishing moves were pretty much anything not a headlock. Shawn Michaels used a superkick called Sweet Chin Music for a finishing move. Other wrestlers in the post territorial era use a superkick as a transitional, or a set-up, move. None of them will EVER get a pinfall with it... but Shawn could, because he'd given it a Name of Power.

Note that it isn't limited only to old moves: A move can be dubbed a finisher if it's a "variation of" something else and given a unique name.

Not to be confused with Calling Your Attacks.


  • The DDT is a very basic move that happens just about every match today. Jake "The Snake" Roberts used to use it as a finisher and it was sold as extremely powerful (it was downright chilling to see The Undertaker No-Sell Jake's DDT twice in one match), but everyone and their grandmothers uses it these days. Randy Orton has his own version where he hooks the legs of his opponent over the middle rope, elevating the opponent completely horizontally before delivering the DDT. This is sometimes referred to as the IEDDT, after the storyline where Randy (kayfabely) revealed he had IED.
  • More DDT's: Raven with the Evenflow DDT, Tommy Dreamer with the Dreamer DDT, and more recently, Drew McIntyre with a double underhook DDT called the Future Shock (not to be confused with Chris Sabin's Future Shock, which was a variant on the 'fisherman buster').
  • One of Rufus R. Jone's special moves was a standard AM football tackle called "The Freight Train".
  • JBL with the Clothesline from Hell was not an example of this trope because it was a lariat, a much more violent evolution of the clothesline popularized by Stan Hansen...until he started using a diving clothesline instead.
  • Savio Vega can win matches with a side kick, because its a super side kick. Ditto La Amazona and El Illegal Chicano.
  • “El Léon” Apolo has la filomena sidekick.
  • The Rock had The People's Elbow, which is basically an elbow drop with a whole lot of setup. Initially, this was just one more move in his arsenal, until he gave it a name of power. Then, it was capable of keeping the likes of Triple H and Hulk Hogan down on the mat.
  • How can The Big Show win matches as soon as he lands one punch? Because it's not a punch, it's a "big right hand"!
    • Well, these days it's the "Weapon of Mass Destruction", but still, yeah.
    • To be fair, that IS a pretty darn big hand (attached to the darn big arm of a really big guy).
      • To be more fair, a straight punch can be one of the most devastating strikes there is. It's just not as showy as most finishers. Ron Garvin made it work for many years in the Crockett NWA...And proved to be an example, because he was the "Hands of Stone".
    • A signature move of the five time WWC Dominican Republic Heavyweight Champion and never time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jack Veneno was a punch called Manigueta.
    • Dramatic Dream Team saw Jet Shogo use a punch as a finishing move. Naturally, it was called the JET Punch.
    • Paul Wight's original finisher (as the Giant in WCW and for a small while as Show) was a chokeslam...a longtime setup move for both The Undertaker and Kane.
      • The chokeslam is the go-to finish for most wrestlers of The Giant archetype, as it's an impressive-looking move that is deceptively simple to execute. Which is why it was also a deadly finisher for Al Poling and The Wall.
  • The Atomic Legdrop. Hulk Hogan's legdrop is a finishing move as opposed to almost every other leg drop you will see (including the "over the top" variant) because he gets a running start, and of course, it has a cool sounding name. At King Of The Ring 1993, Yokozuna beat the Hulkster for the WWF Championship with that very same move. (Lets face it, anything that involves YOKOZUNA dropping his weight on top of somebody will be powerful.)
  • Danyah of Blue Steel & Sex Appeal and Societies Saviors can win matches with a guillotine leg drop because it's called "Thigh Master"
  • Dragon Gate veteran Genki Horiguchi can win matches with a backslide, of all moves. His "Backslide from Hell" (or Heaven, if he's a face) is almost an afterthought when used by anyone else.
  • June Byers used a fairly straight forward bridging pin as a finishing move calling it, the Byers Bridge.
  • Amber O'Neal can finish matches with a bridging backslide she calls the Amber Alert.
  • Relatedly, when Bryan Danielson was the Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Champion, he actually got the Small Package over as a legitimate finishing maneuver. For a while, his inside cradle was considered unbreakable, and therefore a guaranteed victory. This didn't last, of course—in big-time matches, after about 30 minutes, one of the easiest ways to put Danielson's opponent over as a truly worthy competitor was to simply have him kick out of this small package.
    • As Daniel Bryan, he had a KENTA esque flying knee, which is an interesting aversion, as it was unofficially known as the "Knee +," but the announcers just called it the flying knee. However, he used it to beat John Cena, Triple H, and to set up Batista for the Yes Lock (a Crossface and a more traditional example).
  • Tomoka Nakagawa could reliably win matches with a school girl, ahem, a 120% school girl.
  • If Jeff Hardy uses a stunner, it's flashy and powerful, but nowhere near a match winner. When "Stone Cold" Steve Austin does it... Then it's a STONE COLD STUNNER!
    • Jeff is also a subversion. He and his brother Matt both use a twisting stunner variant that both refer to as the Twist of Fate. It's a finisher when Matt does it, but not for Jeff; he usually has to follow it with a Swanton Bomb to get a pinfall.
  • Scotty 2 Hotty had quite possibly one of the most extreme examples of this. His finisher was called The Worm. He would simply face-buster or bulldog the opponent, and for a good ten seconds, including the long worm move, stand up, and drop a chop to their chest/neck area. Nobody knows why he didn't just use that bulldog as a finisher since it could apparently keep his opponent down for as long as he wanted it to.
  • In TNA or Impact Wrestling or whatever the hell they're calling themselves these days, James Storm uses a super kick as a finisher. It is, of course, named the Last Call, as part of his "beer drinking cowboy" gimmick (lifestyle?)
  • Parodied with Perro Aguayo Jr's "perrito driver" (a low blow)
  • Randy Orton added Kurt Angle's Olympic/Angle Slam into his moveset. He's yet to score a pinfall with it, though.
  • Speaking of Sheamus, the Brogue Kick (a standing scissor kick to the face) has become his Finisher, replacing the Celtic Cross (Crucifix Powerbomb). Though he sometimes also uses White Noise (a modified Kryptonite Krunch, technically known as an 'Over the shoulder back-to-belly piledriver.').
  • Mark Henry uses a standing power slam with more elevation than normal, which he calls the "World's Strongest Slam" in reference to his Pan Am weight lifting victories and squatting record.
  • Zack Ryder's finisher is a leg lariat he calls the Rough Ryder, though he does jump higher than needed, similar to when Doug Basham would use it, but Doug's wasn't as guaranteed to end matches because it wasn't named.
  • Chris Masters could get away with finishing people with the full nelson by having it booked as unbreakable and dubbed the Master Lock.
  • Trish Stratus at one point used a regular headlock bulldog as a finishing move. She called it the "Trish Dog". She later upgraded to a more impressive spring board version called the Stratusfaction.
  • Orlando Jordan once won a match with a series of punches dubbed the Orlando Jordan Shuffle. They were usually just a spot he was known for rather than a match ender, though.
  • Curtis Axel, when using his initial name of Michael McGilicutty won matches with a running neck breaker he called the McGilicutter.
  • Damien Sandow, the "intellectual savior of the masses", had a finisher called the Terminus. (Ter-min-OOSE). It's a neckbreaker he performed by crossing his opponent's arms over their head and neck, and standing back to back, he drops down with a neckbreaker. Steven (William) Regal used a one armed variant of this move as the Regal Cutter as well. Sandow's is a little different as he also rolls backward as soon as he lands, which is supposed to make it different enough somehow. It has a name? It's a match ender.
    • Then he switched to a full nelson slam. You know, that move Hardcore Holly had been using on Velocity for years without ever seeing it end a match? Oh, Sandow dropped to one knee while doing it and called it You're Welcome.
  • William Regal himself offered a subversion, claiming he won matches with "The Power Of The Punch" while he really just hit guys with brass knuckles. He had a straight example too, as Carlito could hit knee lifts all day but William Regal's Knee Trembler was a finisher.
  • Wade Barrett, in his final WWE years, began using an elbow smash to end matches. He called it "The Bull Hammer." It also had an interesting case in being a COLOR of Power, as Barret would indicate he was going for it by turning his elbow pad inside out, the other side being red. And by doing that, a very basic strike becomes a finisher, despite logic saying he could just do it.
    • Speaking of its name, he briefly called it 'The Souvenir'; perhaps it got changed for not being intimidating enough.
  • Naming it the "Perfect-plex" rather than its traditional name (the fisherman's suplex, because it has a hook...get it?) made it Mr. Perfect's impossible-to-kick-out-of finisher.
    • Of course, Curtis Axel (Henning's real life son) has started using it.
  • James Wallace doesn't finish his opponents with a cloverleaf. He finishes them with a flawless cloverleaf.
  • Inverted with Edge, who had a reverse Russian leg sweep and then a leaping DDT with Names (The Downward Spiral and the Impaler/Edgecution and used the spear as a signature move. Eventually, the spear evolved to his finisher for the rest of his career and remained being called a spear until the day he retired.
  • A similar case with R-Truth: he briefly had one of his signature moves, a leaping spinning elbow, become a finisher because he gave it a name, the Lie Detector. Unlike Edge, he eventually stopped using it as a finisher.
  • A strange case with Triple H, in that he'd held onto the Name of his finisher, the Pedigree, since he started wrestling in the WWE in the mid 90's, despite drastically changing gimmicks from the blue blood snob that he came in as several times over the course of his career, making the name make no sense most of the time. He's had it so long, that in his current position/gimmick of COO it's arguably wrapped back around and become valid again.
  • An odd case with Dean Ambrose, who used a headlock driver as a finisher more or less since debuting as part of The Shield in November 2012., It went until March 2014 without being given a name, official or unofficial, until FINALLY being given a name on the March 28th Smackdown: Dirty Deeds (fittingly, around the time the Shield turned face). Sometime after Summerslam 2014, Ambrose's finisher became a double underhook DDT, but it retained the Dirty Deeds name
  • There is very little to distinguish a stretch plum (originally a finisher used by Plum Mariko) from Chris Hero's stretch plum alpha. Then again, Hero has given silly names to a lot of his moves.
  • An accidental example, half by Gratuitous English and half by Joey Styles not grasping the concept of Japanese Ranguage, resulted in him calling a basic rolling elbow from Masato Tanaka as the "Roaring Elbow" in ECW. Of course, the rolling elbow was already a seen as a finishing move thanks to legends like Mitsuharu Misawa.
  • World of STARDOM Champion Kairi Hojo could keep her challengers down for three with a jackknife hold, or rather, a Jack Sparrow Knife hold.
  • Perhaps the most triumphant example: a belly to belly suplex is one of the most basic holds/throws a wrestler can do, showing up in the movelists of all sorts of wrestlers. Bayley, on the other hand, can use it as a finisher because it's a BAYLEY TO BELLY (suplex)!note 
  • Not very common on Lucha Underground, where most finishers either lack names, or are particularly unique moves (such as Johnny Mundo's 'End of the World', a split-leg corkscrew moonsault or Drago's 'Dragon's Lair' pin) but the most notable example is former champion Matanza's finisher, a simple reverse-spin scoop powerslam which nobody kicks out of. Its name? Wrath of the Gods.note 
  • Carlito Colón had a weird case of a "Name" overtaking the basic name of a move. In the WWE, he began using a leaping double knee backbreaker note , whose 'general' name was called the Lungblower, as a finisher; Carlito called it the Backcracker(a lung blower's inversion is known as a "front cracker" in the Spanish markets, so...), which was the general name for the move as well in WWE (ie, when used by other wrestlers). When he turned heel, Carlito renamed his version the Backstabber to denote his evil treachery. Despite leaving the promotion years ago, the Backstabber name ended up sticking as the general name of the move.