7 proposed new finishers for Roman Reigns
It's time for Reigns to stop doing that terrible Spear, and time for him to end his matches with something much more impressive...
Roman Reigns is in desperate need of a new finishing manoeuvre. Ever since he started using the Spear as his primary finisher, his popularity has been on the decline.
It isn’t hard to see why: so many of WWE’s previous big stars have used the move as their finisher, to a point where the move has become completely overexposed. It also doesn’t help that when he does his ‘howl’ to set up the Spear, he gets an even louder chorus of boos.
It’s obvious that the Spear is no longer working as a finisher for Reigns. If he wants to win over more fans, he needs to give them what they want. And what fans want to see nowadays are moves that look more devastating and have a higher risk factor.
If you look at some of WWE’s other top superstars, each one of them uses/used a move with a much higher risk factor that adds an element of suspense into their matches. Seth Rollins used to do the Curb Stomp, which could legitimately concuss someone if done incorrectly.
A.J. Styles has his Styles Clash, which can cause serious neck injuries if taken incorrectly (just ask Yoshi Tatsu). Kevin Owens used to do a Package Piledriver during his indy days, but sometimes teases the move by doing the package lift and dropping his opponents into a side slam.
What each one of these moves does is two-fold. First, it adds that suspense to a match by further blurring the line between worked pain and realistic injury. Second, it gets both the move’s user over as someone who can pull off such a dangerous move perfectly, and it gets the recipient over as someone tough enough to take such a move.
But Reigns? He executes a boring Spear that has been seen non-stop in WWE since the dawn of the new millennium. This only adds to the many reasons why Reigns is viewed as inferior to many other wrestlers on the roster.
The funny thing is, Reigns can perform other, more interesting moves with a lot of success. Though his arsenal of moves right now is somewhat limited, he has added a few extra manoeuvres to it in recent months. Some of these moves are much cooler than his Spear, to a point where they should be considered to become his new primary finishing move.
Here are seven wrestling manoeuvres that Reigns should consider to replace the Spear as his finisher, including two moves that he uses already…
#1 The Dominator
This very well might be the most ‘powerful move’ a power-based wrestler could use. Nothing says ‘domination’ more than lifting your opponent onto your shoulders and then slamming them face-first into the canvas. That’s what the Dominator’s all about, and it would make a perfect finisher for Roman Reigns.
If Reigns wants to look strong, it would be logical for WWE to show him lifting people onto his shoulders with ease and slamming them hard into the mat. Using this move would accomplish that very easily, especially since no one else in WWE right now uses any move that even remotely resembles the Dominator.
The most notable wrestlers to have used this move in WWE were Vince McMahon’s old favourite Bobby Lashley and Faarooq, and no one since then has used it.
Since a lot of emphasis in WWE is on signature and finishing moves that help distinguish one wrestler from another, giving Reigns something that hasn’t been used by any major wrestler in WWE in almost a decade would be a much better idea than saddling him with the most overused finisher ever in the Spear.