10 Greatest Wrestling Moves
The 10 greatest wrestling moves are hard to narrow down. What deserves a spot, after all? The high impact wrestling moves? The most dangerous? The best known? In the end, it comes down to a list of the moves that have made the biggest impact on the sport over the last few decades. Feel free to disagree, but these may well be the 10 great wrestling moves of all time.
- Press Slam. Easily the perfect move to start off the list of the 10 Greatest Wrestling Moves. This is a variation on the traditional bodyslam, wherein the controlling wrester will lift the opponent into the air for a few seconds before completing the slam. The move was once a finisher, but has become a common move for many larger wrestlers.
- DDT. One of the most painful looking moves in the sport, it was made most popular by Jake "The Snake" Roberts. By grabbing the opponent's head under one's arm and driving them straight down, it was a legitimate match ender for many years. Many variations are still used, notably Raven's "Evenflow DDT" and Sting's Inverted DDT.
- Ace Crusher. Also known as a "Cutter", the move was first used by Johnny Ace and then popularized by Diamond Dallas Page in the 1990s. While it only involves a three quarter facelock and and a fall, it can be pulled out of almost any other position. If it is done from a standing position, it is nearly indistinguishable from the "stunner", and this list will consider the two moves to be the same.
- Torture Rack. A very, very rarely used move, and one almost entirely associated with Lex Luger. It is a major feat of strength, involving the controlling wrestler stretching out the opponent on his own shoulders. Few can pull it off, as there are no great tricks for lifting that much weight.
- Flying Elbow. One of the classic great wrestling moves. Popularized by Randy Savage in the US, the move can actually be quite beautiful. A jump from the top rope, and then an elbow to the opponent's chest - poetry in motion.
- Powerbomb. Of all the wrestling moves on the list, this is perhaps the move dangerous to the athletes. Though it was quite popular in the the '80s and '90s, it is used more sparingly these days. By lifting an opponent, inverting them, and finally dropping them on their head and back, the move always carried the damage of paralysis.
- Chokeslam. One of the more visceral wrestling moves on the list, it is also perhaps the most simple. The controlling wrestler simply lifts the opponent by his neck, and slams him into the ground. A favorite of larger wrestlers, it has become more of a secondary finisher in recent years.
- "Razor's Edge". Technically, this is a variation on the powerbomb. However, the crucifix powerbomb is unique, as it requires hefting the opponent over the controlling wrestler's back to complete the move. Popularized by Scott Hall in the WWF, he continued to use the move as the Outsider's Edge in the WCW.
- Sharpshooter. Bret Hart's finisher, this is perhaps the ultimate submission move. By combining a Boston Crab and a standing figure four leglock, it looks (and is) legitimately painful. Though it is generally associated with Bret Hart, it was used by Sting as the "Scorpion Deathlock" before Hart used the move.
- Shooting Star Press. The modern update to the traditional splash, this corkscrew maneuver from the top rope is hard to adequately describe. It gained a great deal of popularity in the US after Billy Kidman used the move during his WCW run. Much more popular in Japan and Mexico than in the US.