10 Most Copied Finishing Moves In Wrestling History

These are the moves that you’re most likely to see in the ring…and it’s getting way too repetitive.


These days, it’s difficult for a wrestler to come up with something unique. Considering how popular pro wrestling became between the 1980s and today, there are very few moves that haven’t been adopted by another wrestler after they were first created. As a result, you’re bound to come across considerable repetition when watching pro wrestling. 

While it was previously possible to see wrestlers use moves truly unique to them, it’s now expected for every top wrestler to be able to perform a wide variety of moves, including those that were at one point considered to be so special that they were only considered finishing maneuvers.

The result is that you end up with a group of highly-skilled and versatile wrestlers who use a plethora of different and ‘big’ moves in their matches, as well as wrestlers lowers on that same roster who might use one of those ‘big moves’ as a finisher. But those latter wrestlers end up having a hard time getting over because their finishing moves, which are supposed to be presented as extra-powerful, are being kicked out of in other matches on the card.

This article will highlight ten wrestling moves that are either the most likely to be adopted as finishing maneuvers, or are used as finishers for some wrestlers and regular moves for other wrestlers on the same roster. These ten moves might’ve been unique and ultra-exciting at one point, but by 2015 they have become so commonplace that they’re not as effective as finishers anymore.

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Alexander Podgorski is a writer for WhatCulture that has been a fan of professional wrestling since he was 8 years old. He loves all kinds of wrestling, from WWE and sports entertainment, to puroresu in Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University in Political Studies and French, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He speaks English, French, Polish, a bit of German, and knows some odd words and phrases in half a dozen other languages.