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Editorial40 Rare Wrestling Moves You Forgot Or Never Knew Existed

40 Rare Wrestling Moves You Forgot Or Never Knew Existed



Hello! Today, we are looking at an extensive list of rare wrestling moves. I compiled this to describe what they are and to mull over probable reasons for their seldom usage. I will do my best to explain, although I cannot promise a satisfactory answer for each entry. Also, please respect that I do not watch every promotion, so some moves could be used regularly by wrestlers I’m not seeing week in, and week out. Thank you.

#1. 054 (Inverted 450 Splash)

Back in his 205 Live days, Mustafa Ali introduced a cool-looking finishing move called the 054. It’s a 450 Splash in reverse, and it was a welcome change because nobody had seen it before in a major promotion. However, after a few months it disappeared without explanation.

A fan asked Ali what happened to it over a year ago, and he responded by saying, “I wanna be able to play with my grandkids one day.” A few months ago, he answered the question again by saying that the “Risk isn’t worth the reward.”

#2. Alabama Slam

The Alabama Slam is known to most fans as the finishing move of Hardcore Holly in his later career. Cody Rhodes adopted it for a while, and sometimes Sheamus pulls it out of the bag. Bron Breakker has performed it once or twice in NXT, but it feels like the move has fallen out of favor in the past year.

Since Holly retired, it hasn’t been used with the same intensity and has been reduced to a mid-match throwaway move. The Alabama Slam is rarely impressive because the wrestler giving it does not use enough power to make it look impactful. We may see it less because it is said that many wrestlers didn’t enjoy the whiplash effect. If someone remembers how to do it like Hardcore Holly, though, it may be worth doing more often.

#3. Alley Oop (Reverse Powerbomb)

Sometimes named the Alley Oop, the Big Show had the Reverse Powerbomb as a finishing move for such a short time that few remember it. The wrestler lifts an opponent for a normal powerbomb before dumping them backward over their head to the mat.

Jeff Hardy, Chavo Guerrero, Bianca Belair, and Seth Rollins have done it too, but it’s so rarely used that it catches people out. It requires two workers who explicitly trust each other because if it’s performed wrong it could be nasty. This is probably why we don’t see it often. Also, what often gets overlooked is the Alley Oop was first seen on TV performed by Tori as a finishing move. She called it the Tori-Plex.

#4. Atomic Drop

I’m including old-school wrestling moves, so here are a few in a row. One that springs to mind is the classic Atomic Drop, where a wrestler is lifted from behind before being dropped onto the knee. Nowadays, you see it quickly done from the front to stun an opponent before performing another move. Bob Backlund used a running version of the original (called the Atomic Spinecrusher) to win many matches in the 70s and 80s. Some will remember Hulk Hogan using a standing Atomic Drop too, but he didn’t win matches with it.

The Atomic Drop in its original form was around in the 2000s but has since been phased out. The likely reason is that while professional wrestling has adopted flashy, cooler-looking moves, the Atomic Drop feels outdated. Unlike the DDT and other devastating finishing moves of old, the evolution of professional wrestling has left the original Atomic Drop in the dust. Whether that’s a good thing is up to you.

#5. Back Rake

Long ago, dirty moves like eye pokes and low blows were all the rage. You couldn’t get through a show without seeing someone resort to tactics made famous by Ric Flair. And then there was Hulk Hogan, who, even as a babyface, loved to rake the backs of his opponents. Scratching somebody’s back doesn’t sound like something an American icon should do, but boy did Hogan love doing it.

Since he retired, the back rake has all but disappeared. You have to look hard to find anybody going back raking in 2022. The only footage I can find in modern times is that of Matt Jackson doing it ironically.

#6. Bearhug

Another classic wrestling move is the Bearhug. It is one of the oldest moves in the history of wrestling, likely dating back to the Ancient Greeks when athletes competed at the Olympics. The image of a man squeezing the life out of another epitomizes what it means to be a wrestler. Gaining leverage over an opponent while making it difficult to breathe gives not only the possibility of victory but of showing dominance over their male counterpart. It’s a move not restricted to human beings, as animals like wild bears wrestle too, usually as a form of play, and other times, while fending off competitors.

For many years, Bruno Sammartino asserted his dominance over the World Wide Wrestling Federation with the Bearhug as his finisher. Other big men have used it since Bruno, like the Big Show, Viscera, and Mark Henry. Usually, the Bearhug is reserved for super heavyweights, but because there aren’t many of them around in today’s industry, it has almost become extinct. Wrestlers can use it as a rest hold, but many prefer to use other moves instead. Another reason it is likely not seeing much use is that it slows the match and isn’t overly exciting to watch. The wrestlers may be concerned about losing the audience by applying the bearhug for a long time.

The Bearhug isn’t what it was because it hasn’t been sold as a legitimate threat for so long. It would be surprising if anyone tapped out. Bruno Sammartino made the Bearhug the most feared finishing move in all of wrestling, but much like the DDT and others, it became a regular move to pass the time. If somebody comes along with the right look, size, strength, and willingness to use it as a finisher again, it could gain traction. However, they’d have to be a monster heel to pull it off, and the receivers would need to sell how deadly it is. A good example is the match between Brock Lesnar & Hulk Hogan.

#7. Bossman Slam

Technically, the Bossman Slam is still around but has been changed to include the spinning of an opponent before the drop (see Abyss’ Black Hole Slam). The original Bossman Slam is a more intense version of the Side Slam, which had been used as a standard move for years before The Big Boss Man perfected it. I always loved it growing up because it was quick and could come from nowhere. Whenever I played as a lower mid-carder in the early WWF SmackDown video games, he was high on the list because of this move.

Why do wrestlers not use it anymore? It’s difficult to say. Perhaps The Big Boss Man used it so well that it’ll always be called that, so wrestlers prefer to add literal spins? Not only does it look more impressive, but they can call it their own. I wouldn’t mind if someone like Omos adopted it, because it’s simple and his height would make it look impressive.

#8. Bronco Buster

Yeah, there’s a principled reason we do not see the Bronco Buster anymore. X-Pac innovated the move, and it became popular during the Attitude Era. Others began using it too, and it was more about playing mind games than doing serious damage to an opponent. The audacity of almost shoving one’s crotch so close to an opponent’s face while bouncing up and down on their chest will be lost on those who didn’t grow up with it.

The fans of the Attitude Era never seriously questioned it. Much like Rikishi’s Stinkface (which I didn’t include because it’s hardly a move), it played its part before disappearing altogether. But I’d say that arguably the biggest reason fans enjoyed the Bronco Buster was not when X-Pac used it, but when Divas (often wearing only their bra & panties) used it on each other. I don’t need to explain how this was appealing… I’m sure you can put two & two together. The Divas got plenty of mileage out of the Bronco Buster and the fans didn’t complain.

You wouldn’t get away with a move like that today because too many would cry and point out how dumb it is. Yes, it was stupid, and X-Pac used it to get heat. Even before the internet, fans knew it was one of the most illogical moves in all of wrestling, but you take what you get and move on. It was a product of its time and will (hopefully) stay there.

#9. Burning Hammer

While Bianca Belair has a modified, safer version (the KOD), the original Burning Hammer is a sight to behold. The mega-rare super finisher of Japanese legend Kenta Kobashi is often labeled one of the most dangerous wrestling moves in wrestling. You rarely see it because the risk of severe neck injury is far too much for the reward. Kobashi only used it 7 times in his career and nobody kicked out of the following pin.

With a Burning Hammer, a wrestler picks up their opponent the opposite way of a traditional Death Valley Driver and then throws them sideways on to the top of their head. Two of the utmost professionals with plenty of experience working with each other can attempt this and make it safe. But if it were to become a regular finishing move every week, then I’m sure many will question the need to risk a wrestler’s health for the sake of a move.

#10. Diving/Gutwrench Powerbomb

Many will remember Andrew “Test” Martin as one of the best big guys of the Attitude Era. While he never became a World Champion, he made a name for himself as a solid worker and heel character. He was known for his “Big Boot” finishing move, which to be fair, I don’t think anybody in the business then, or since, has perfected it like he did.

A move few will remember because WWE never made a big deal of it was the Gutwrench Powerbomb, otherwise known as the Diving Powerbomb. It was Test’s original finisher, possibly as a counter to Kevin Nash’s Jackknife, but it didn’t gain traction. Kane adopted and rarely used it years later when he unmasked. The last person to perform it consistently was Jack Swagger as a finisher when he was with WWE, but he rarely uses it in AEW. It’s likely rare because it requires more strength to lift an opponent compared to the traditional powerbomb.

#11. Dominator (Inverted Front Powerslam)

The APA tag team of Faarooq & Bradshaw had two of the most devastating finishers in wrestling. On one hand, they had the Clothesline From Hell, and on the other, they had the Dominator. Bradshaw’s lariat was impressive, but I appreciate the Dominator too because, well… it’s in the name! Unlike the original powerslam, this has the opponent’s back resting on the performer’s shoulder. This is uncomfortable for Faarooq and the receiver, so he wastes no time slamming them down to the mat.

The only other wrestler I can remember doing this was Bobby Lashley in his first run with WWE. He used the version of the Dominator which Faarooq used early on, where he’d leave his feet to gain extra momentum. Later on, Faarooq changed it so he would remain standing. Unlike other moves on the list, I cannot explain why this isn’t used more, especially by powerhouses. It’s the Dominator! You don’t need any other reason.

#12. Double Moonsault

Wait, what? How does a double moonsault work? Well, just ask Ricochet, who has been sleeping on the move for some time.

We don’t see it regularly because he’s waiting for the right moment to remind us he’s still one of the best high flyers in the world. If I remember correctly, he has only performed it once in WWE, during the WarGames match at NXT Takeover: WarGames II.

#13. Double/Triple Powerbomb

AEW’s Wardlow has his powerbomb symphony, but the double & triple powerbombs were around over twenty years ago. This move differs because the wrestler delivering it does not let go of their opponent and the powerbombs come immediately. When Chris Jericho made the jump to the WWF, he initially used the double powerbomb, but it didn’t last long before he defaulted to the Walls of Jericho.

When I think of this move, I think back to Brock Lesnar’s WWE debut when he savagely destroyed Spike Dudley with a triple powerbomb. He used the move for a while before doing away with it altogether, perhaps because it was too dangerous. I’m assuming the move isn’t used often because it requires a ton of energy to perform powerbombs in quick succession. At least with Wardlow’s symphony, he gets a break between each one.

#14. Dragonrana

Some fans may get confused and believe the Dragonrana is Rey Mysterio’s West Coast Pop, but it has a major difference that makes it hard to perform. The flyer does a front somersault and lands on their opponent’s shoulders before the hurricanrana. The move was made famous by Dragon Kid, one of Ultimo Dragon’s best students, and he was given an award for it in 1999 and 2000.

Will Ospreay and Trey Miguel have rarely performed it in modern times. We don’t see the Dragonrana often because the required precision is too high for most wrestlers. Landing wrong on an opponent’s shoulders could lead to severe injury.

#15. Lasso From El Paso

It is believed that Eddie Guerrero innovated the submission hold ‘Lasso From El Paso’. The move is like a hybrid of Dean Malenko’s Texas Cloverleaf and Chris Jericho’s Liontamer. It changed slightly from when Eddie used it on the independents to debuting it in WWE. Sometimes, before adjusting the legs, he’d set it up like he was going for Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter.

It was original, looked painful, and I don’t recall anybody other than Eddie Guerrero using it. Fans usually class Lasso From El Paso as a variation of the Texas Cloverleaf, which is also considered rare these days. Sheamus might use it if the situation calls, but he uses Dean Malenko’s version, which is far easier to perform.

#16. Electric Chair Drop (front)

The Electric Chair move is when the performer has their opponent on their shoulders and falls backward. There’s also the Electric Chair Driver, which fans know as Kenny Omega’s One Winged Angel.

The Electric Chair is a simple move and is commonly seen, but the move I’m talking about is the original version which saw the performer drop their opponent in front of them so they land on their face. This is sometimes called the Electric Chair Facebuster and was used as a rare finisher and signature move by Edge in the Attitude Era. Its rare use is likely because other forms of the Electric Chair look more impressive.

#17. Full Nelson Bomb

You’re already picturing Bubba Ray Dudley, aren’t you? And for good reason, because for many years he was the only guy doing it on TV. The Full Nelson Bomb was used as a signature move for so long. On the super rare occasion, he would put himself and his opponent through a table with it.

The only other wrestler I know who uses the Full Nelson bomb is Naomi, but she doesn’t drop her opponents as harshly as Bubba. With The Dudley’s careers (almost) done and Naomi sitting on the shelf, the Full Nelson Bomb gathers dust, waiting for someone to remember it exists.

#18. Haas of Pain

Another unique submission move comes in the form of the Haas of Pain. I can’t remember what it’s called other than this, and I’ve tried looking it up but couldn’t find anything. I know that I’ve seen Bryan Danielson seldom use it. Where did it come from? I’d love to know more. Educate us in the comments if you do.

#19. Inverted Indian Deathlock

When Triple H pulled out the Indian Deathlock, it legitimately shocked Jim Ross to the core because he had not seen it in over ten years. WWE covered the move on their website:

“A competitor locks his opponent’s leg behind the knee and then traps the other leg over the already-locked foot. The competitor can then use his other foot to press against his foe’s knee, and even come within millimeters of breaking the locked leg. If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is. Furthermore, the Deathlock is as painful as it is complex.

Only the finest ring grapplers possess the expertise to perform this move. Triple H used the maneuver to finish off his rivals early in his career and revived the Deathlock at WrestleMania XIX. Defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Booker T, The Game applied the hold halfway through the matchup. It caused significant damage to Booker’s limbs and no doubt played a role in Triple H’s eventual victory.”

#20. Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex

Manami Toyota has used it as a finisher for much of her career, but unless you follow Japanese wrestling, it is an exceptionally rare move to see. Rey Mysterio and Konnan have used it before, but not in modern times. I can only assume it has been overlooked.

It’s very similar to an electric chair, with the difference being the performer crosses their opponent’s arms and falls back into a pinning predicament. I don’t think it looks impressive, but it’s known enough in Japan to make it into an anime cartoon.

#21. Kawada Driver (Ganso Bomb) & AJ Styles’ Hollow Point

One of the most dangerous moves in all of wrestling is the Kawada Driver, otherwise known as the Ganso Bomb. AJ Styles has a move called Hollow Point which is close but is not an exact copy. He’d rarely hit it while working in Japan. It’s easy to see how the Kawada Driver is dangerous and doesn’t need any explanation why it’s rarely performed. The margin for error is far too high! Let’s not encourage this. Don’t try it anywhere!

#22. Muscle Buster

The Muscle Buster is a move made famous by Samoa Joe throughout his ROH & TNA careers. He used it to perfection for many years with no problem. However, not long after debuting with WWE, Joe had a match with Tyson Kidd and the move severely injured him. It had nothing to do with the move or how it was performed, but WWE banned it out of respect for Tyson Kidd.

They forced Samoa Joe to retire the Muscle Buster, and he has only recently brought it back after making his AEW debut. Joe won the ROH Television title and then went on hiatus, before returning at All Out in September. So, while we may see more Muscle Busters soon, the past few years of inactivity means it makes the list of rare moves. I don’t know anyone else who uses it. The move originated from a Japanese anime called Kinnikuman.

#23. Olympic Slam

Since Kurt Angle retired, we have hardly seen the Olympic Slam despite it being one of the coolest-looking slams in the game. Roderick Strong used it for a while in NXT but has stopped using it since the Undisputed Era stable disbanded.

Much like how Kevin Owens adopted the Stunner, I think if someone made the Olympic Slam their finishing move, it would be a fitting tribute. But if turns into a move anybody pulls out whenever they feel like it, then that would be a waste. It’s true. It’s damn true.

#24. Pepsi Plunge

In CM Punk’s early career, he used a version of Triple H’s Pedigree as a finishing move. Yet with the Pepsi Plunge, it meant doing it from the top turnbuckle. Punk won many titles on the independents with the move, before retiring it once he made it to WWE. There was no way Vince McMahon would let him use it while Triple H was active, and to be honest, it would have killed his knees after a while.

After CM Punk debuted with AEW, fans anticipated a return of the Pepsi Plunge. During an episode of Dynamite in February, Punk pulled it out for the first time in 17 years on MJF. We might see it again someday if he doesn’t get fired or leaves the company before then.

#25. Phoenix-Plex

The Phoenix-Plex is an odd move that looks like a reverse Electric Chair ending in a pinning predicament. A few wrestlers have used the move, including innovator Kota Ibushi, Samuray Del Sol (Kalisto), and Dragon Lee, with the latter injuring Hiromu Takahashi with it in 2018. The move appears more so in Japan and the independents than WWE and AEW, although this could change if Ibushi ever leaves New Japan.

Wrestling Moves#26. Psycho Driver (Argentine Piledriver)

This variation of the piledriver is mostly known as the finisher of retired independent wrestling star Super Dragon. Throughout his career, he had four variations of the move, where he’d lift his opponent in different ways before drilling them on their head. It is rarely used because Super Dragon isn’t wrestling anymore and we know how risky piledrivers are. Yes, that is Kevin Owens in the video.

#27. Rear Naked Choke Drop

While the Rear Naked Choke is a well-known submission hold, the Rear Naked Choke Drop is something you see more in video games than in real life. The performer grabs their opponent from behind and locks in the Rear Naked Choke, but instead of using it as a submission, they are driven down to the mat like a reverse DDT.

I remember SmackDown games with back finishers often giving this to Divas like Chyna for some reason. Finding actual footage of the move on a YouTube video is impossible, so the only way I can show you is in a video game finisher compilation. The 0:47 mark has Chyna hitting the move.

#28. Regal Cutter

How very regal of you to make it this far, because this was one of William Regal’s finishing moves. It’s similar to a neckbreaker, only that the performer uses their opponent’s arm against them.

The only other wrestler I can remember using it is Bryan Danielson, who is a student of Regal. I’d say the benefit of the Regal Cutter is you can use it on anyone, no matter how big they are. I’m surprised few wrestlers use it, but I guess it’s easier to hit a running neckbreaker for the same impact.

#29. Spiral Tap

Back in TNA Wrestling, a young upcoming star called AJ Styles pulled out this beauty one day, and man, was it something special. Again, proving to be one of the greatest of his generation, Styles used the Spiral Tap as a rare super finisher to mix it up, along with highlighting how important the match was to him. It was something to behold, and its rare usage made it a treasure.

When Styles debuted in WWE, he did away with the Spiral Tap, probably because he’d gotten too old to do it reliably. Either that or he’s saving it for a special occasion. However, the move is being used in WWE by former NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate, and they gave it a name at Worlds Collide but I can’t remember what they said. So, even if we never see AJ Styles perform it again, don’t worry because Tyler Bate has it in the bag on the rare occasion when the match calls for it.

#30. Spinning Toe Hold

Another classic wrestling move lost to the annals of time. The Spinning Toe Hold, made famous by the Funk family, likely isn’t seen anymore because it isn’t flashy enough. Also, there are not enough wrestlers targeting legs like there used to be. If a wrestler has a Figure Four Leg Lock as a finisher, it makes sense, but how many do that in 2022? Very few. Here’s to the classic spinning toe hold. May you never be forgotten.

#31. Steenalizer

Ok, so technically this is a Phoenix-Plex with added danger. When Kevin Owens worked on the independents as Kevin Steen, he had a rare and extremely dangerous move called the Steenalizer. Thankfully, he retired the move after debuting with WWE. Owens stated he should not have used it at all. The risk wasn’t worth it, which is noble of him to admit. Another move we shouldn’t encourage. I feel pain in my neck just watching it.

#32. Steiner Screwdriver

Decades before dangerous variations of the piledriver sprung up, Scott Steiner introduced a deadly version while working in a tag team with his brother. The Steiner Screwdriver worked like a reverse piledriver and could easily have gone wrong if performed by an amateur.

Luckily, Scott Steiner was always careful, and no one was seriously injured from the move. AEW’s Brian Cage uses an equivalent, safer version called the Drill Claw as a finishing move. You can only see the original by watching old Scott Steiner matches.

#33. Test of Strength

We’re not done with the classics! Ok, so the vintage “Test of Strength” isn’t technically a wrestling move, it’s more of a sequence performed by both wrestlers to introduce fans to a match. It’s part of the “feeling out” process that unfamiliar foes used to gauge each other’s strength to gain a psychological edge. Many will remember the very meme-worthy test of strength between Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania as the utmost example of how it’s done.

Over the years, the test of strength has been teased many times, but it either doesn’t last or is disregarded (usually by the heel). It may feel cliché for today’s wrestlers. An example of days gone by when a wrestler’s move set was so basic, that they used it to pass the time. I still think the test of strength still holds value, especially between super heavyweights, but hoss matches are so rare that there aren’t many opportunities.

#34. The Claw & Vice Grip

Two different moves, but the premise is the same. Grab the opponent with your hand and drill your fingers into their temple. Alternatively, grab their head with both hands and squeeze. Both are very basic moves designed to make the wrestler submit, and in the old days, the Von Erichs, Baron Von Raschke, and others used them significantly. The Great Khali used the Vice Grip for a while, although it was ridiculed by fans for being unrealistic and boring.

The more commonly used finisher of the past 25 years is Mick Foley’s Mandible Claw. He made it his own by involving Mr. Socko for a hint of grossness. In modern times, AEW’s Britt Baker uses a similar move called the Lockjaw. Impact Wrestling Knockout Su Yung also uses the Mandible Claw (with a glove that may never get washed…) and calls it The Purge. So, while the original claw and vice grips have become rare, directing the claw at an opponent’s mouth and jaw lives on.

#35. Top Rope Inverted Suplex

When Alberto Del Rio was in WWE, he used a move from the top rope that, if done wrong, could have spelled disaster for his opponent. I’m surprised WWE let him use it! The Top Rope Inverted Suplex is possibly one of the rarest moves in this list because I can’t remember anyone using it other than Del Rio. With all the controversy surrounding him, I’m not expecting to see it again any day soon.

#36. UFO (Unidentified Flying Opponent)

Fans know Cesaro for the Big Swing, but few will know that he has a rare move called the UFO. At WrestleMania 37, he performed the move on Seth Rollins and later explained why he doesn’t use it often:

“I’m not going to do it again and again and again! It’s called UFO for a reason – you don’t see those every day, right?! It has to be special! For me, it was really cool to hear the crowd’s reaction. That was one of those – ‘I’ll do it, I hope the fans will remember it and still like it.’ And they did. It’s very humbling and cool to see, so it made me proud.”

#37. Vertebreaker

WWE banned the move because it was dangerous despite Shane Helms and others using it for years without issue. The problem is the execution has to be perfect by the performer and opponent. If the person taking it does not lift their head in time, they could get spiked. So, while it’s annoying that we know the wrestlers can perform it safely, it’s understandable that Vince McMahon did not want to risk it. Because of that, the Vertebreaker has become an exceptionally rare move on TV, although you may see it on the independents. I believe Homicide still uses it as a finishing move and calls it the Gringo Killa.

#38. Sonic Roll

The move is not officially called “Sonic Roll”. I couldn’t find the proper name and saw many referring to the video game character Sonic The Hedgehog, that’s what I’m going with. Some old wrestling games simply call it the “Victory Roll”… but there’s another pinning move called that, so let’s not confuse things.

It begins with two wrestlers doing their best to roll each other up, but they end up becoming a rolling ball that rolls around the ring in a complete circle before one gets the upper hand. It’s an exceedingly rare move to see on TV. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair would sometimes use it for laughs at live events. The last time we saw it on TV was in June when Liv Morgan faced off against Alexa Bliss on Raw. Here’s a video of them rolling around to Sonic the Hedgehog music. Enjoy!

#39. Victory Star Drop

The last dangerous move on the list is that of Manami Toyota’s Victory Star Drop. I have never seen this done in the United States, and it’s probably a good thing because it would worry any promoter!

The chance of breaking someone’s neck is far too high, much like the Kawada Driver, Psycho Driver, Steiner Screwdriver, Steenalizer, and others we’ve looked at. What takes this to another level is it being done blind from the top rope. A big fat nope from me!

Wrestling Moves#40. X-Factor

No, I’m not talking about the talent show! While Attitude Era fans loved up the Bronco Buster, I was all about the X-Factor. What makes it great is how easy it is to perform, so some Divas with little athleticism adopted it. So why is it not used today? I don’t know. I see Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks doing something similar after a springboard over the top rope.

Do you know what I don’t like about it? The opponent has to throw themselves up in the air. X-Pac rarely looks like he uses any strength lifting them off the mat. But I guess it’s like the RKO and people give that a free pass, so we can forgive it. If The Rock can win a WWE Championship with a People’s Elbow, then I can get past that. The X-Factor is an overlooked move that could make a return at any time. It just needs someone to remember it exists.

Much like all the wrestling moves on the list! It took me days to make this piece and could’ve easily included another 10, but this is more than enough. I hope it’s appreciated all the same. It has been educational for me, too. If you feel there are any huge omissions, please let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Also Read: The Definitive Guide To The Legacy Of WWE NXT UK

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