Hello! Welcome to what may be the sole edition of Wrestling Pet Peeves? We’ll see how it goes. Today, we’ll be looking at moves, spots, and illogical decisions made during a wrestling match.
This list is inspired by Jim Ross’ recent comments about silly diving, which I shall quote when the time is right. There’s no specific criterion for how this is listed, other than what I thought of first while in the planning stage. If you think I missed out on anything obvious, please let me know in the comments.
“Tope Suicida!” Take a drink each time Excalibur says it, and I guarantee you’ll be drunk (or more?) for every episode of AEW Dynamite. Suicide Dives are so plentiful these days, we have to question how suicidal they really are. It’s supposed to be a risky move for the performing wrestler, but most of the time they are caught… or worse, do more of a shoving action so they can land on their feet. The only way it is suicidal is if they botch and crash by catching their leg on the rope (which has happened).
I’m not surprised that many fans are turned off by what used to be an exciting, yet rare move. It should be reserved to cruiserweights, and even then, it has to make sense in the scheme of things. Also, it has to be brutal… kinda like how Darby Allin does it. None of this shoving business! Make it look like a “suicide” dive, otherwise it’s just another jump to the outside with no flair.
Wait! We’ll Catch you
Jim Ross recently criticized when wrestlers dive over the top rope into a group of wrestlers who are partners and foes, but still standing side by side. He says that no one ever wins with that move, and it’s just done for a cheap pop.
“I told a kid the other day at AEW that everybody does the same fu**ing spot. All you guys go outside. You cluster up like coils. You stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side by side so you can catch some leaping idiot going over the top who never wins with this move. They are looking for the holy s**t chant. They love to hear ‘this is awesome’. It’s a spot folks. It’s a trapeze act. I don’t buy into that. The DDT is a great finish and should be used as such.” stated JR.
“So yeah, I’m not big on that ‘the business has changed.’ Tell me how the business has changed that you can bastardize established moves.”
Roman Reigns Multi Clothesline & Superman Punch
I’m not a Reigns hater. Even before his heel turn, I had some respect for the talent he has… I just didn’t like how he was being force fed like the new John Cena. Speaking of which, Reigns’ multi clotheslines in the corner and the Superman Punch are two moves which bear resemblance to Cena’s STF(U) and 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Have you ever took notice of Roman’s multi clothesline? They are as weak as anything you will see in wrestling. As for the Superman Punch, it has never sat well with me. More so when done several times back-to-back.
Orange Cassidy has rarely used it this year, but they differ in that Roman likes to do a little side step. He effectively telegraphs it for his opponent, yet they can’t get out of the way; similar to how they’d always miss their clothesline against Cena during his “5 moves of doom”. I’d love to see these moves phased out. The “Superman Punch” reminds us how he is booked like a Super Man, but he’s the Tribal Chief now, so he should have no use for it. If he has to keep it? At least try to make it more like how Orton hits the RKO. Outta’ nowhere.
The Punch To End Everything
You know what sucks as a finishing move? A punch. Big Show had the WMD and Lacey Evans currently has the Woman’s Right. These moves defy logic because you should be able to use them at any given time. Also, what if they want to punch normally? And how come other wrestler’s strikes aren’t as strong? The Undertaker for example, threw strikes as good as anybody… but his opponent’s could take several on the chin and keep on trucking. One punch from Lacey Evans is stronger than The Undertaker’s?! I don’t know. At least when William Regal did it he had brass knuckles.
Are they seriously so limited on moves? Or is it laziness? And no, it’s not limited to punches, I’m throwing in Chris Jericho’s Judas Effect as well. If you think about it, he could elbow someone at almost any moment. It’s not a move that can be easily countered like a Rock Bottom, or a Pedigree, or a Tombstone. You simply elbow a guy in the face and it’s over. So why should he bother doing anything else? The Walls of Jericho was better because it added suspense and was reversible. Fans can easily take and enjoy pictures of it. But the Judas Effect? Not so much.
*sings* We got a SUPERKICK here! And a SUPERKICK there! Here a SUPERKICK, there a SUPERKICK… everywhere a SUPERKICK! Old McDonald had a SUPERKICK! E-I-E-I-O!
You get the picture. I hate how wrestling has bastardized the power of the Super Kick. A finishing move innovated by the legend Chris Adams (he trained Steve Austin and Scott Hall), and made more famous by Shawn Michaels, the Super Kick once was known to the business as a devastating maneuver.
Nowadays though… wrestlers think it looks “cool” to use it repeatedly. But it isn’t in the slightest. What it actually does… is make their kicking look super weak. How can The Young Bucks hit a double super kick and not pick up the victory? You have two grown men kicking a guy square in the head! How are they still conscious after that?! Seriously. As Jim Royle (on Royal Family) would say… Superkick Party My Arse!
Mega Springboard Double Team Piledriver
I have to talk about double team moves. Tag team wrestling used to have some epic double team finishers. The Doomsday Device. 3D. Leg Drop and Swanton. The list goes on. What was cool about these moves is that when they were executed, they were 99% guaranteed a win. How many times did The Dudleys put away opponent’s with the 3D? It was incredible.
But what I hate about today’s tag team wrestling is that so many teams have at least half a dozen so-called “finishers”. Much like the Superkick spam, it makes teams look weaker than those from yesteryear. There is no chance in hell a Meltzer Driver (a springboard double team Piledriver) should be an everyday move. You hit it… the match is over. At least, that’s how it should be. But tag teams are trying too hard to get in as many of their “cool” moves as possible… all the while making their offense look weaker than jelly. Save the big guns for when it matters.