They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes you just have to call it what it is: A lazy rehash. And the pro wrestling industry is certainly no stranger to reheating old ideas, spreading a little sauce over the top, and trying to pass them off as something brand new.
It happens with gimmicks, it happens with storylines, and it happens strangely often with superstars' so-called signature moves. In fact, one could argue that very few performers in the industry do something unique enough to even call it a signature. But hey, there's bound to be overlap. After all, how many "special" moves are there?
Oh...there are...lots. Like...insane amounts? And all it takes is a little imagination and a lot of practice?
Well, regardless, it's not uncommon for wrestlers to get a little redundant in this area. It's a little more rare, however, for someone to come along and make their version stand toe-to-toe with the already established version.
By the way, we're not talking about classic moves like the powerbomb, which pretty much every big guy from 1980 onwards used as a finishing move at some point during their careers. We also have no time for the many, many superstars who have adapted much "safer" - i.e. horribly ineffective - versions of classic finishers.
With that out of the way, let's get down to (repeat) business...