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So we have a move name thread. And it's doing well. But that, and a recent discussion concerning how shit Punk's top rope elbow drop is, led me to thinking: who does the best version of what?

 

Take the powerbomb, for instance: I think it's fair to say that it's a contentious question as to who does the best one - Sid, Nash, Vader, Batista, Steve Williams, to name a few.

 

How about the best top rope elbow? We know Punk's is rubbish, but is Macho Man's the best, or would HBK's be considered better?

 

Frogsplash -Art Barr, RVD, Eddy, Chavo (j/k) or even D'Lo's or CIMA's if we're including that type? Would the best diving splash go to Jimmy Snuka or Val Venis?

 

Another contentious one: whose spinebuster is the best? AA's, RR's, HHH's, or Batista's? (Way out of left-field, but I think Paul Travell's is the best I've ever seen.)

 

Best spear - Goldberg, Rhino, or Edge (snicker)?

 

Any other moves you think that certain guys do best in particular? Just to provide some balance, who does the worst?

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I still say the Spinebuster Arn Anderson gave Undertaker during the run-in on his match with Flair, one-armed, was the best I've seen. And his spinebusters back in the 80s were awesome. Robert Roode's is great at the moment, though I wish it was his finisher.

 

In terms of powerbombs, I think Sid's powerbombs are awesome, with Vader closely behind.

 

I think we're all agreed that Steamboat does/did the best armdrag, right?

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I've always thought Batista's powerbomb looked a bit awkward. I loved JBL's version of the powerbomb, when he had his opponent's head between his legs he'd take a puff of an imaginary cigar and stumb it out on their back, then followed that with a nasty looking powerbomb.

 

JBL's clothesline was fitting of a wrestling God too. Ultimate Warrior's always looked naff, even as a kid I saw the holes in it.

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I think we're all agreed that Steamboat does/did the best armdrag, right?

I was actually going to post something similar last night after watching Savage/Steamboat from WMIII. Truly majestic!

 

I think London does the most impressive dropkick, with Jerry Lawler's a close second.

Dan Severn's German Suplex was the business and I'd put Davey Richards' running clothesline up there with JBLs. Very vicious and believable for a wee lad.

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I still say the Spinebuster Arn Anderson gave Undertaker during the run-in on his match with Flair, one-armed, was the best I've seen. And his spinebusters back in the 80s were awesome. Robert Roode's is great at the moment, though I wish it was his finisher.

 

I agree - that brief period when he used it as his finisher, it suited him well. I don't mind him using the Crossface, but I really wish he'd drop the Pay-Off as an "implied" finish - it just doesn't work unless a big deal is made of the wrestler's technical skills and is touted as being "inescapable", like the PerfectPlex was.

 

What's really odd is that, despite the spinebuster being a pretty spectacular and painful-looking move, nobody since Arn seems to have wanted to use it as a finish. I can't think of anyone who has, except Roode, who seemingly dropped it at the first opportunity.

 

EDIT: For a long time, I thought the best lariat/clothesline was Kobashi's, but I was surprised at just how good Desmond Wolfe's was. Also, Jay Bradley's "Boom-Stick" version on Gut-Check recently looked nasty as fuck.

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Didn't Farooq adopt his spinebuster as a finish rather than the Dominator when in the Acolytes? His looked brutal. I thought he used it as a finish in WCW too?

 

His WCW finish was the big powerslam wasn't it? He did use the spinebuster, but not sure if it was a finisher.

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Didn't Farooq adopt his spinebuster as a finish rather than the Dominator when in the Acolytes? His looked brutal. I thought he used it as a finish in WCW too?

 

Oh yeah! Good call. Didn't like his later version of it, though - picking them up in a bearhug and then dropping them just looked a bit shite. Devon does something similar now, too. I understand why Faarooq did it that way - his body must be pretty bashed up - but I thought his version in Doom, where he dropped with the opponent, looked much better.

 

 

 

 

Chops - I tell you what, Bully Ray's look really, really nasty. His match recently with Jesse had the crowd calling for more - Jesse's chest was so red, I'm surprised he wasn't bleeding after all that.

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