Finishers should look and feel painful. They must inflict so much hurt that opponent’s shouldn’t be able to recover after being hit by one. There are plenty of devastating ones in the WWE by both male and female superstars.
However, there are also finishers on the other end of the spectrum. These are the ones that are funny, goofy, and impossible to believe as match enders. Fox Sports Philippines takes a look at some of these signature moves that will leave you scratching your head.
The Stink Face – Rikishi
WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi ends his matches by sucking the will to fight out of his opponent. He does this with his signature Stink Face. With the opponent sitting on the mat back against the lower corner turnbuckle, Rikishi lays his posterior unto the victims face. Adding insult to injury, he rubs and presses his bum to ensure full effectivity of his move. It’s going to be hard to get up after receiving such a disgusting and defiling “move”.
The Cobra – Santino Marella
Santino Marella’s Cobra is basically a solid finger/fist poke to the opponent’s head. It’s a pretty solid move on its own with devastating effects. However, it ends up on the funny side of finishers when he puts his Cobra sock puppet on. People may say this is just akin to Mick Foley’s “Mr. Socko”. Unlike Mr. Socko though, the Cobra is sentient and conscious. There have been matches wherein Santino’s had difficulty landing this move because “The Cobra” refuses to do so.
The Leg Drop – Hulk Hogan
Finishers are usually unique to each wrestler. For Hulk Hogan, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time has a transition move as his finisher. He was able to start Hulkamania and take over the wrestling world with a simple leg drop. There’s no more explanation to this move than that. It’s because of this simplicity that this finisher is goofy and absurd.
The Worm – Scottie 2 Hotty
Incapacitate your opponent long enough for a pin: that’s basically the objective of a wrestling match. Scotty 2 Hotty’s finisher “The Worm” disregards this strategy. With his opponent lying on the mat and open for a pin, Scotty 2 Hotty wastes this opportunity by doing the actual Worm dance before with some extra moves hitting the final blow. The incurred and unnecessary delay may have been enough for the opponent to recover enough to actually not be finished by the move.
The People’s Elbow – The Rock
The Rock takes the absurdity of The Worm to another level. The most electrifying move in the business also has to be one of the goofiest finishers in the business. Just like with The Worm, The Rock has an incapacitated opponent lying in the middle of the ring waiting to be pinned. Instead of going for the cover, he goes through the motion of removing his elbow pad and throwing it to the crowd. He then follows this up by swinging his arms and running from one side of the ring to the other. After all this, he ends in the middle of the ring to finally drop the elbow to the opponent’s chest. The move is as long as the explanation given here. It’s amazing how effective the move is considering the tediousness of it.
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