Wrestling is Awesome XII: Sweet Chin Music

Posted on March 18, 2013


There are many keys to a classic finishing move. It must draw a big reaction from the crowd, because nothing makes people mark out more than a collective noise of shock and thrill from a crowd. In this day and age of Michael Cole recycling 8 sentences, you must be able to hit it ‘out of nowhere’, because nothing makes a big match more exciting than the possibility that it could end at any moment. Finally, nothing says classic finishing move more than that actual move becoming constantly linked to you. No one can do a figure four without Ric Flair being mentioned, and the same goes for the stunner with Austin, a tombstone piledriver with Undertaker, a flying elbow off the top with Savage and the heartpunch with Crush. Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the point. And it is even more special if you can take a relatively simple move and turn it into one of the most devastating, iconic moves in the history of the sport. Loads of guys use the superkick, some use it better, but it will always be linked to Shawn Michaels. And, in the video above, Shelton Benjamin’s face.

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