A few components separate your garden-variety, mean-face-making wrestler from the all-time greats. Charisma, athleticism, look, voice, or even entrance music can have a fantastic or catastrophic effect on a wrestler’s career. But one of the main common components of the greats is a devastating finishing move.
These moves come in numerous varieties, setups and situations. What they have in common is the response they get from the crowd. Wrestling crowds know when the match is winding down, and when one of their favorites is in position to lock in the finisher, a palpable energy and buzz runs through the building.
These 28 wrestlers have separated themselves — both in career success and, more importantly for this list, crowd reaction.
Enjoy the moves that brought fans to their feet time and time again. Feel free to cheer.