In no better way can wrestling be seen more as a spectacle than a sport than when its stars enter the arena. Here come the giants of a world of big sponsors and prizes: The Rob Van Dams, the Trish Stratuses. Like gladiators of the Roman age, they are followed by tens of thousands of devotees, many of whom travel from coast to coast to see their favorite.
Most of the time, none is disappointed. Wrestling is a show of strength - it’s all about pulverizing the opposition - but so too is wrestling a type of staged body combat. With over a hundred different ways to vanquish, it is little wonder a single match attracts so many fans.
One of the calling cards of wrestlers who have made it into something like the WWE is a Finishing Move. This is a special Eleventh Hour combat manoeuvre and usually comes with a big helping of flair and physical fireworks. Wrestlers employ a Finish towards the end of a battle and it is used by the assured victor to “seal the deal”.
There is no denying the parallels with gladiators. For audiences under Roman law would watch as an attendant dressed as a messenger god who escorted souls to the underworld would finish off the wounded fighter with a fatal blow to the head. Too Cold Scorpio at the end of his fights would often climb up the turnbuckle and then throw himself towards his opponent while spinning 450 degrees. It was a lethal manoeuvre and risky, but it too finished the job.
Which Victoria finisher would you choose?
After winning ESPN2's Fitness America Series in 1997 Lisa Marie Varon made some really useful contacts in WWE. In the arena she was known as Victoria, an unassuming name which belied her brute force and power. She’s more recently gotten into Total Non-Stop Action wrestling after leaving WWE and winning the Women's Championship twice. Victoria’s entrance theme (2002-2004) was "All the Things She Said" by t.A.T.u.
Which Santino Marella finisher would you choose?
He may be retired but when Santino Marella entered an arena the audience knew they would see blood, gore and comedy. Marella played on the Italian stereotype; being born in Ontario but of an Italian family it came naturally. His character won Carelli Wrestling Observer Newsletter's award for Best Gimmick in 2007 and 2008.
Which Shawn Osborne finisher would you choose?
Otherwise known as “Bad Seed”, Osborne (AKA Shawn McGrath) last fought with Ring of Honor - an American professional wrestling promotion based in Baltimore, Maryland. He won the HWA Heavyweight Championship (defeating HWA Champion Rory Fox) and Tag Team Championship along with Benjamin Kimera. McGrath died on January 26, 2011. His entrance theme was "We Die Young" by Alice in Chains.
Which Chris Jericho finisher would you choose?
Chris Jericho is known as "The Man of 1004 Holds”. This guy has more finishers than most. His first period with World Wrestling Entertainment lasted from 1999 to 2005 during which time he won the WWF Championship once and the WCW World Championship twice. He returned to WWE in 2007 and won the World Heavyweight Championship three times.
Which The Undertaker finisher would you choose?
Mark William Calaway better known as The Undertaker began his career in 1984. The Undertaker is also known for an unparalleled string of successes called The Streak; namely, 21 straight victories at WWE's leading pay-per-view event, WrestleMania. He also goes by the names “The Conscience of the WWE", "The Deadman", "The Demon of Death Valley" and "The Last Outlaw".
Which Harry Smith finisher would you choose?
Known to fans as David Hart Smith and more recently Davey Boy Smith Jr, Smith is the son of "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith (who died of a heart attack in 2002), the grandson of Stu Hart and nephew of Bret Hart. Born in Canada he is of British descent and plays on this in his performances. His entrance theme in 2007 was "Rule, Britannia!"
Which Paul Burchill finisher would you choose?
Although retired, Burchill has appeared in several part-time matches recently. In 2017 he was one of eight contenders in a ladder match for the Ohio Valley Wrestling Television Championship. Back in 2004 Burchill along with Terry Funk and Paul Travell took on McDonald, Thunder and his first victim Ghosh at November's British Uprising III. Burchill was also known as “The Ripper”.
Which Rey Mysterio finisher would you choose?
Óscar Gutiérrez (AKA Rey Mysterio) fought with WWE between 1995 and 2015. He now makes appearances for Lucha Underground - a United Artists wrestling promotion. During his time with WWE he was known as the “Giant Killer” after his defeat of wrestlers such as Kevin Nash, Bam Bam Bigelow and Scott Norton. Mysterio’s entrance theme in 2002 was "Filthy, Dirty, Nasty" by The Filthy Animals.
Which Tyson Kidd finisher would you choose?
Trained by the legendary Bret Hart, Tyson Kidd began his career at the age of just 15. He was the last wrestler to graduate from the Hart Family Dungeon and went on to win the Stampede International Tag Team Championship (twice) with Bruce Hart and Juggernaut, the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship and Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship (twice). He is also known as "The Crown Prince of ECW" and "Fact Dropper".
Which Heath Miller finisher would you choose?
Known also as Heath Slater Miller was born in 1983. In 2006 (23-years-old) Miller signed with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling (DSW). He holds the Raw Tag Team Championship (formerly WWE Tag Team Championship) and SmackDown Tag Team Championship. He goes by flashier names at times: "Handsome", "The Hottest Free Agent in Sports-Entertainment" and "The One Man Band".
Which Sheamus finisher would you choose?
Before joining WWE Sheamus (real name Stephen Farrelly) could be found on the European circuit. He was a two-time International Heavyweight Champion of Irish Whip Wrestling. Born in Dublin, Sheamus has the reputation of an Irish warrior…fiery, irascible and a fighter to the last breath. There’s a reason the British left the Irish to their own devices after 200 years trying to subdue them! One of Sheamus’s entrance themes is "The Irish Curse" by Alan Doyle.
Which JTG finisher would you choose?
JTG (AKA Jayson Anthony Paul) began his career in 2006 with WWE. He was part of an ultra-successful tag team with Shad Gaspard called The Gang-Stars (and later Cryme Tyme). Between 2006 and 2015 JTG’S entrance theme was "Bringin' Da Hood 2 U" by Jim Johnston. According to OWW, Cryme Tyme enjoyed some gimmicky status.
Which Beth Phoenix finisher would you choose?
She may have retired from WWE but during her career Beth Phoenix was known as “The Fabulous Firebird", "The Glamazon" and "The Total Package of Women's Wrestling". She was victorious over 12 Superstars from a WrestleMania Battle Royal. Known by her real name Elizabeth Kocianski-Copeland she was born in New York to Polish parents. Her first taste of wrestling came when she was just 11 years old…after winning free tickets to a televised WWF event.
Which Candice Michelle finisher would you choose?
Candice Michelle (real name Candice Michelle Beckman Ehrlich) was contracted to WWE between 2004 and 2009. Considered a sex symbol outside of wrestling Michelle was nevertheless fearless in and out of the ring. She played on the sexy side of her personality with a gimmick of disrobing before entering the arena. Despite being seen by some as just “eye candy” she had a solid run with WWE. From 2005 until 2007 her entrance theme was "What Love Is" by Jim Johnston.
Which Mr. Kennedy finisher would you choose?
Kenneth Anderson was born in 1976. Better known as Mr Kennedy with WWE, Anderson was a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion in addition to winning various singles and tag team championships. During his time with WWE (2005-2009) he also went by the nicknames "Kamikaze" and "The Head Asshole in Charge". Clearly charismatic and a talented fighter Anderson had a bunch of Finishing Moves to choose from.
Which Paul London finisher would you choose?
London is known for his high-risk and aggressive moves…and he’s loved for them too. He began his career in 2001 and made his TNA debut in a Gauntlet match against Jerry Lynn two years later. After splitting from his tag partner Billy Kidman (they won the Tag Team Championship twice) he began competing in the WWE cruiserweight division and won the Championship. One of his entrance themes is "South Texas Deathride" by The Union Underground.
Which Shad Gaspard finisher would you choose?
Shad Gaspard (born Shad Chad Javier Romain Chittick Gaspard) was with WWE from 2002 until 2012. He now wrestles with JTG for the Warriors of Wrestling promotion in Staten Island. During his time with WWE he was known as an aggressive fighter and one for whom his earlier grounding in Judo, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing and Muay Thai came in handy in the ring. Between 2006 and 2010 his entrance theme was "Bringin' Da Hood T U" by Jim Johnston.
Which Hurricane finisher would you choose?
Gregory Shane Helms débuted as a wrestler in 1991. He was with WWE from 2001 until 2010 and now fights on the independent circuit. During his time with WWE he went by the name of the Hurricane, Gregory Helms or Hurricane Helms. Sometimes known for his “silly” superhero gimmick he was admired by fans for his high-flying skills and vicious feuds and became the longest reigning cruiserweight champion in history.
Which The Miz finisher would you choose?
Mike Mizanin débuted with WWE in 2006 and remains the Intercontinental Champion (seven times over). He started off inauspiciously but then began an undefeated streak against Matt Hardy, Scotty 2 Hotty and Funaki. The Miz married WWE wrestler Maryse Ouellet in 2014. Also known as "The Awesome One", "The Chick Magnet", "The Grand Mizard of Lust" and "The Moneymaker", The Miz frequently enters an arena to "I Came to Play" by Downstait.
Which Eddie Guerrero finisher would you choose?
Born in El Paso, Texas, Eddie Guerrero began wrestling from an early age being part of the famous Los Guerreros wrestling family. When fighting with WWF he won the European Championship and Intercontinental Championship before losing his contract through substance abuse. Guerrero’s catchphrase was "I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!" but despite having such a reputation, he had a huge fan following and became the top wrestler on the SmackDown brand in 2004. Guerrero died of a heart attack in 2005.
Which Goldust finisher would you choose?
Dustin Patrick Runnels’s first professional wrestling match came in 1988 and he now fights in tag-team matches. In 1995 Runnels took on the persona of Goldust, with the nicknames "The Prince of Perversion", "The Bizarre One" or "The Golden One". Goldust was a gimmicky and flamboyant character and a big hit with fans because of this. Runnels has won 20 total championships. His entrance themes have included "Who Dares Wins" and "The Natural" by D. Conort.
Which Damien Sandow finisher would you choose?
Aaron Steven Haddad was with WWE from 2002 until 2007; after a brief time with the independent circuit he returned to WWE from 2010 until 2016. He fought as the comedic impersonator Damien Sandow and his popularity increased with his famed Intellectual Savior gimmick. But he is also known as a great wrestler and an entertaining fighter. He is sometimes known as "The Alchemist of Entertainment” or "The Beacon of Light in a Harbor of Inequity”.
Which Other Sheamus finisher would you choose?
Back to the Irish warrior Sheamus… who had more Finishing Moves than almost anyone else. He may not be the most flamboyant of wrestlers but fans agree that his brawling style is second to none. His impact moves are hard hitting and in recent years has worked on his fitness and fighting style to become something more than he was. Though the crowds like to show their “disapproval” at his often arrogant manner, they are firmly behind their Irish favourite.
Which The Edge finisher would you choose?
Adam Joseph Copeland (AKA The Edge) retired from professional wrestling in 2011 but has since made appearances with some independent circuits. Two years after signing with WWF he won the 1999 WWF Intercontinental Championship and went on to be one of the most decorated professional wrestlers of all-time winning 31 championships in WWE overall. He has been known as "The Rated-R Superstar”, "The Rated-R Hall of Famer" and "The Master Manipulator". His entrance music from 2001 until 2004 was "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" by Rob Zombie.
Which The Big Show finisher would you choose?
Paul Donald Wight II (AKA Big Show) is a seven-time world champion in individual wrestling but also holds 11 world tag team championships, including WWF/World, WWE and WCW World Tag Team Championships. At 7 feet tall and 383 lbs. it’s little wonder Big Show has been so successful. Over the years he’s also been known as “The Extreme Giant”, "The Greatest Giant of All Time" and "The World's Largest Athlete. One of his favorite entrance themes is "Rockhouse" by Frank Shelley.