Finishing moves are very important to every professional wrestler. They need to be unique, visually impressive, and look like they actually hurt their opponent badly enough that they could put someone down for a pinfall, or force them to submit. Unfortunately, in the search for a finisher that could satisfy all those requirement, some wrestlers go too far astray and end up with some truly abominable creations. Some of them require too much suspension of disbelief, some of them take too long to setup for too small of a payoff, and some of them look like they wouldn’t hurt a fly. Whatever the case, these are some of the most truly terrible finishers in the history of professional wrestling.
10. The Rock – The People’s Elbow
Scotty 2 Hotty – The Worm
Santino Marella – The Cobra
We decided to throw these three silly moves into one entry, for two reasons. First of all, they’re all incredibly dumb and in no universe should they deliver enough force to actually stun an opponent long enough to get a pin (in fact, two of them require an opponent to stay down for so long that it would have been equally effective to attempt to pin them without delivering the finisher). Nobody argues that all these moves are ridiculous, but that leads into our second reason for grouping them together, which is that the wrestlers who delivered these wacky finishers were so popular that all these moves were actually incredibly over, and therefore accepted as credible finishers. There’s no denying that the moves themselves are terrible from the perspective of being realistic finishers, but we still feel bad about including them on this list, because only people with no sense of humor or appreciation for the incredible charisma of the wrestlers performing them would dare to complain about them.