In the modern era, finishing moves have lost some of their mystique. The once emphatic punctuation points of matches have become transitional and dampened by an ever present kick out culture.
Despite the dilution of the finisher, they still hold a unique position in wrestling. They are the climax to any good story. They can be teased, countered, and altered to elicit the biggest reactions of the night. At their best, finishers can be hit suddenly and have an undeniable air of finality.
Contrary to popular belief, the best finishers don't have to be the flashiest or most devastating. A lot of factors go in to making a move successful. Crowd reaction is paramount to any finisher and has helped ludicrous examples such as The Worm and People's Elbow be far more palatable.
At its core, a good finishing move has to be an extension of a superstar's personality and believably end a contest. It may sound obvious but too often WWE will weaken a move by having it appear ineffective or have superstars performing moves that simply don't fit their character.
This list features the very best and worst of the WWE's current crop. From the incredible to the lacklustre, WWE boasts a wide range of divisive finishers.