Hey there wrestling fanatics, and welcome to another round of Pounding 7’s! The only countdown to draw up more controversy than Donald Trump’s Presidency. This week we countdown the top 7 “Old School” finishing moves that would be lame in today’s era. This could be pretty controversial, so tell me your thoughts as well. Im glad to hear what you have to say.
Bill from Palm Springs chimes in
I was watching a Buried Alive match the other day and the Undertaker got buried, at the end, you saw his hand reach up from the grave to end the show. My question is: How did they do that, was it real dirt, was it a prop hand?
While I am not 100% sure on which is right on this particular incident. I can tell you there are two things that the WWE does. First, they pre-record the hand coming up from the grave, the fans are not aware of this during the LIVE show, but the PPV audience gets the good stuff. This occured when Paul Bearer got buried in concrete. They recorded that segment before anyone was even in the building for dramatic effect for the PPV audience. What also happens, and this one is more likely, is that there is a trap door that is underneath the grave that the Undertaker simply slipped into as the camera was panned away and he was the view was obstructed of sorts before the heavy dirt fell on him. Then he was safe and sound as he reached his hand above the ground. If you notice, the hand appears directly in front of the tombstone, not on the actual dirt. So my best guess is that he was in a trap door of sorts.
In 1999, one of the most popular superstars in the history of wrestling did the unthinkable. Sting, turned heel. Sting began to question Hogan’s trustworthiness and credibility in the weeks leading up to Fall Brawl. At the September pay-per-view, Luger brought a baseball bat to the ring and Sting used it to beat Hogan for his sixth and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship, turning heel for the first time in WCW. Sting’s heel turn and subsequent attitude change did not resonate with the WCW fans. They still cheered Sting despite the fact he was supposed to be the villain (reminiscent of the Road Warriors heel turn in late 1988). At Halloween Havoc, Sting retained the title against Hogan after Hogan entered the ring in street clothes and laid down for Sting to pin him. After the match, Sting sounded his disdain of the result and issued an open challenge for later tonight. Later that night, Sting lost an unsanctioned match to Goldberg, who accepted his open challenge and then attacked referee Charles Robinson. Sting was stripped of the title the next night for attacking the official. The heel turn would be short lived, and he returned to a babyface only after a couple months of a heel run.
Here we go with the top 7 Old school moves that would be lame today.
The Clothesline- If you are old enough to remember when a standard clothesline was a finishing hold, you have been a wrestling fan longer than I have. Today, the clothesline is a standard typical move, that you may see in every match.
The Claw-The claw was made famous by Baron Von Rashke, and was reinvented by Barry Windham. Today, it is trying to make a comeback as used by Baron Corbin to set up his opponents, but rarely will he win a match with it.
The Splash- The devistating splash, was used by many big men, like Haystacks Calhoun, King Kong Bundy, and even Typhoon to end their matches. Now, the splash is used early and often in matches, but it is a rarity that we see someone lose a match to a splash.
7.The Heart Punch- The heart punch was one of the most devistating moves back in the early days of wrestling, even the Undertaker, when he was known as Mean Mark used it in WCW to end matches. Today, the heart punch is rarely even used, and when it is used, it will never end a match.
6.The Neck Breaker- The reverse neck breakers was made famous by Ravishing Rick Rude, known as the Rude Awakening. It would be the end to most of his opponents. If someone were to use this move today, it would be more of a set up to a finish, and typically is not used to end a match.
5.The Elbow Drop- Any time that Dusty Rhodes would hit the big elbow drop, he would come out the victor. The elbow was also used by Dick Murdoch, and a host of various old timers. In today’s genre, the elbow drop is one of the most basic moves in wrestling.
4.The Figure Four- Ric Flair made the figure four famous, and the crowd erupted when he put the hold on his opponents. In today’s wrestling, it still is used, and on occasion it can win a match like when The Miz attempted to bring it back, but it was short lived, and today is a devistating hold, but wont beat an opponent.
3.The Sleeper Hold- The dreaded sleeper hold was made famous by Earl Weaver, Roddy Piper, and even Brutus Beefcake. Once locked in, it was goodnight to their opponent. Now, the sleeper is used often in matches, but I cannot remember a time in the last several years where someone actually won a match with it.
2.The DDT- Wrestlers such as Jake the Snake Roberts, and the Fabulous Freebirds used the DDT to end matches anytime that it was utilized. Today, the DDT is used often by a variety of superstars, but ending a match with it? Hardly.
1.The Big Leg Drop– Back in the 80’s, no one could escape, nor kick out of Hulk Hogan’s big leg drop. He defeated virtually every opponent using that very move. In today’s era, using a leg drop is just a standard move, and it is likely that no one would actually be pinned by it.
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