Once upon a time, in a magical world where televisions required antennas in order to receive a signal, gossip and rumor was only spread via telephone hotlines, and "Bieber Fever" had not yet stricken the world, professional wrestling was still in the infancy of its heightened popularity. While pro wrestling has been in existence since the 19th century, it wasn't until the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection of the 1980s that a golden era had been reached for the spectacle. Suddenly it was cool to watch professional wrestling, and with this boom period came an inevitable growth in the characters, the storylines, the arenas, and the wrestling moves. Everything had to be cranked up to eleven in order to reach a whole new national demographic of fans who were growing and developing along with the concept of Music Television. In this period, and in the many years before it, it didn't take much in order to get the crowd hyped up. Take pro wrestling finishers for example. If wrestlers want the fans to give a big pop during a match in 2014, they have to come up with an innovative, cool looking finishers that stand out from the rest of their arsenal of moves. Daniel Bryan has the Yes Lock, Triple H has the pedigree, Brock Lesnar has the F5, and so on. But twenty to thirty years ago, these iconic finishers would have never even been imagined. Instead, the finishers of the golden era of wrestling were moves that all wrestlers are now able to do at any point in a match. These moves used to end matches, but now serve as minor irritations to soften up opponents. Here's a look back at ten professional wrestling moves that used to be finishers, but have since been downgraded to normal moves.
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