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The most powerful finishers in WWE at the start of 2018

ANALYST
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13.75K   //    05 Feb 2018, 22:36 IST

Brock Lesnar F5 Braun Strowman
We all expected Braun to kick out at least once.

Finishers aren't what they used to be. In the not-so distant past, when a wrestler would hit a finisher on an opponent, the match was over. Finisher kick-outs were extremely rare, and when they did happen, it was only on the grandest of stages. Who could forget The Rock kicking out of the Stunner in the main event of WrestleMania 17? This freak incident was integral in selling the story of Stone Cold Steve Austin's heel turn at the end of that contest.

That isn't the case anymore. In the last 10 years, finishers have lost much of their lustre. Kick-outs on free TV are commonplace. John Cena's Attitude Adjustment has become particularly infamous for its lack of power. Finn Balor kicked out of one just last week.

Other finishers, though, are more powerful in WWE. They take on the characteristics of finishers from the past - putting opponents away in decisive fashion.

The potency of finishers, unsurprisingly, mirror the booking of their users. As 2018 begins, these are the most powerful.


#1 F5 (Brock Lesnar)

The F5 is currently the most powerful finisher in the company, having felled the likes of Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and Kane in a single shot. It wasn't always this way, and it won't remain this way for long. The move has clearly been built up to create a "shocking" moment when Roman Reigns kicks out of it at WrestleMania on April 8th.

But for now, The Beast Incarnate's finisher sits at the top of the mountain.

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