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[dropcap letter="O"]ut of every move in a given wrestler’s arsenal, they would have mastered one and put it to such devastating use that hitting this move would definitely spell the end for their opponent: the finishing move, as it were. Whether it’s Hulk Hogan’s patented Big Boot into the Legdrop (that’s still 303 pounds dropping on your chest, okay?), or Steve Austin’s Kick!Wham!Stunner!, these moves all but ensure your opponent is down for the count when they connect.

But not all finishers are created equal. Here are 8 finishers that stretch one’s suspension of disbelief (hello, Santino’s Cobra! I’m looking at you), because how could you even conceivably expect to win a match with…

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Popularized By: John Cena

Call it the F-U, if you want, but it’s a fireman’s carry slam. That’s about it. While John Cena is the face of the company in the contemporary age, and while he can put all the theatrics he wants behind this move, what was originally just a parody of the decidedly devastating-looking F5, as performed by Brock Lesnar, ended up becoming the finishing move of the man who has carried the WWE for close to a decade by now.

Nobody expects a match to end with a body slam. Why would doing it sideways be any better?

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Popularized By: “Cowboy” Bob Orton

It isn’t that this match is used as a mid-match move by plenty of wrestlers nowadays that makes this move lack credibility (Nobody will ever question the ability of a Jake “The Snake” Roberts DDT to end a match.), but the fact that this move should very well hurt the guy being suplexed nearly as much as the guy doing it, since they both take a tumble from the top rope. That isn’t exactly the smartest move to constantly attempt to finish the match with.

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Popularized By: The Big Show

I don’t care if it’s a 7-foot, 500-pound behemoth punching you in the face. Over the course of the match, he has thrown you around, choked you, kicked you, stepped on your back, and possibly even headbutted you, but it’s a slow, telegraphable and “illegal” punch that's supposed to put you down? No wonder Big Show got his nose broken by Mayweather!

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Popularized By: Curtis Axel

“Hey, lemme just caress you oh so tenderly, then turn you around to where you’re going to oh-so-gently lie down, okay?” This move couldn’t be any weaker-looking if he gingerly pointed with his other hand exactly where his opponent is supposed to fall after doing the move.

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Popularized By: Tito Santana

You mean to tell me, a move both Shawn Michaels  and Chris Jericho use as transitional moves in their 5-moves-of-doom sequence to lead up to their finishers can actually end matches?  He runs, jumps, and thrusts his forearm out. He doesn’t even throw a punch or anything of the sort, and this is already good enough to win a match with?

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Popularized By: Chris Masters

It’s. A. Full. Nelson. I’ve seen Dancing With Stars contestants that were swung around by their partners more violently.

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Popularized By: Christian

You can’t say this about Goldberg’s version, and some would argue for Edge and Roman Reigns and even WWE Diva Kaitlyn, but very few are willing to excuse Christian’s version of this once-dreaded finishing move, now better known as “the Running Hug” as part of Christian’s repertoire.

It’s so cute when Christian does it, that it almost looks suspiciously a lot like this:

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Popularized By: Scotty 2 Hotty

All the theatrics for a weak-looking neck chop that doesn’t even look like it could hurt Long Mejia. The Worm is the epitome of all flash, no substance, and is even more ridiculous-looking than the People’s Elbow.

The only way this move should conceivably win a match is if it was performed during a Last Man Standing match. Since the opponent stays down throughout this move, by the time Scotty Too Hotty winds up for the chop, he’d already win the match.

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Kel Fabie

Kel Fabie. is a DJ, host, mentalist, satirist, comedian, and a long-time contributor to 8List (Hello, ladies!). He has an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and two other weirdly-named pet dogs. He blogs on mistervader.com.

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