Top 5 Finishers that would never finish a fight in real life

A finisher can define a wrestler. Whether it’s Steve Austin’s Stunner, Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter, or Undertaker‘s Tombstone Piledriver, a wrestler’s finishing move can make or break anyone. Well, sometimes. Although a finisher may look good, sometimes it just wouldn’t be effective in any way in real life. Now, I’m not saying these are bad finishers (some of them are really good), but if you were to attempt to use these to win a school yard fight, let’s just say you probably wouldn’t win.

#5. Santino Marella – The Cobra

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Coming in at number five is Santino Marella’s “Cobra”. Although I find the Cobra to be quite good for a comedy character like Santino, it’s hard to believe that poking someone’s throat with your fingers is an efficient way to knock them out. They might cough a bit, but I doubt that you would be able to actually knock someone out. I’ll give you this Santino, you can maybe believably roll someone up after hitting the Cobra. Maybe.

#4. Hulk Hogan – Leg Drop

Ah, Hulk Hogan. The man who was loved in the 80s and 90s is now an extremely hated figure among wrestling fans. Maybe it’s because people realised that he was a pretty terrible wrestler. Well, I like to think it’s because (paired up with all the other bad things) his finisher was just him sitting on your face. Yes, this man won titles after titles by dropping his leg on someone’s face, which apparently knocks you out. I think there are much worse things which that move could bring about for the opponent. Now that I think about it, I think I’d rather get knocked out.

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#3. Triple H – Pedigree

Triple H’s Pedigree is on this list for a different reason. It doesn’t look stupid (it looks awesome), and I would assume that being dropped on your face would hurt like hell, but I feel like it would be extremely easy to stop. What’s stopping you from just putting your hand out? The moment he begins to drive you face down into the mat, he lets go of your arms. Do you know what your arms can do? I don’t know, maybe stop your face from being driven into the ground. Even if you couldn’t stop yourself, I don’t think having your face dropped half a foot onto to the ground would hurt so much that you get knocked out.

#2. The Rock – People’s Elbow

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Okay, we all know how stupid this is. If the People’s Elbow as a signature move (like Cena’s 5 Knuckle Shuffle), it would be fine. But it’s not. It is actually used to finish matches. A freaking standing elbow drop. Seriously.

#1. Ultimate Warrior – Gorilla Press Drop & Body Splash

I’m going to put you into a theoretical situation here. Imagine a man picked you up above his head and then dropped you. Would you just let yourself fall on you face, or easily land on your feet? Now let’s say you let yourself fall flat on your face for some reason, and this man is now going to throw himself onto your stomach. Are you going to push him off, or are you going to lay there for the three count? Yes, everything Warrior does is easily reversible and extremely painless.

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