With Rodney Hart vacationing, I was asked to pinch hit as a co-host on this week’s “Perfect Ten” vlog — video blog for those who don’t know the lingo. Steve Eighinger suggested we do our top 10 favorite pro wrestling moves. I could have listed 50. The folks at Quincy Notre Dame were nice enough to let us use their wrestling room. I was also able to educate junior wrestlers Jake Vahlkamp and Jeffrey Haley on the ins and outs of pro wrestling. If you’d like to see more “Perfect 10″ videos, go here.
Below the video, I’ve provided my notes for our session:
Here are the 10 best wrestling moves that I could come up with. In my order of preference from worst to first:
10. Leg drop
This was Hulk Hogan’s finisher. I was probably the only kid in America who hated Hulk Hogan. He would land his big leg drop after landing several punches against his foe and the match would be over. Weakest finisher ever, but it has to be on the list since the Hulkster was such a huge star in the 1980s and is one of the reasons why pro wrestling is where it’s at today.
This is basically a rest hold. These days, pro wrestlers jump all over the place. They need a hold that will help them rest. Chris Jericho once made a list of 1,004 wrestling holds in his arsenal. I think the armbar was listed 938 times.
8. Full nelson
Another ode to the past. You never see a Full Nelson these days, but when locked in, it’s pretty darn effective. It’s really fun to do on someone weaker than you are. Just watch them squirm.
7. Camel clutch
This move was the finisher of former WWF champion the Iron Shiek. He was the last champ before Hogan started his run in the 1980s. He’d load up his boot, kick you a few times and when you were out, he’d go for the camel clutch. This move was also swiped by Scott Steiner in the 2000s and dubbed the Steiner Recliner.
This is almost the same as one of the other moves on the list. Bret Hart made the sharpshooter, which is almost a backward figure-four leglock, famous. Once he slapped that on you, you were finished … unless, of course, you’re wrestling in Montreal.
You can’t use it as a finishing move any more, but back in the day there was nothing better than a good, old-fashioned DDT. Rick Rude used to hand out some doozies, which is one of the reasons why he was one of my favorites. (Yes, I root for all of the bad guys.)
4. Figure Four
Growing up, I thought my legs would snap into pieces if Ric Flair every slapped his Figure Four leg lock on me. Geez, did it look painful. Of course, it took the other guy selling the move to make it look legit. I’m guessing that if you had bad hamstrings that this one would really smart.
Again, this one is old school that you rarely — if ever — see these days. I’m pretty sure that no one has ever gone to sleep via a sleeper. Now, if we’re talking MMA, I’m sure there are some moves that can knock you out, but in the pro wrestling world this was nothing more than a simple rest move.
2. The splash
This was originated by Jimmy Snuka. Snuka’s most famous move came when he climbed to the top of a steel cage in 1983 and flew on to the Magnificent Muraco. That splash led the way for a bevy of high fliers who have followed in Snuka’s footsteps. My favorite wrestler of all time, “Macho Man” Randy Savage has Snuka to thank for making his flying elbow legal. (I really should have had that one as a standalone move.)
1. People’s Elbow
I’m partial to this one because I loved the guy who used to deliver them, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. After pummeling his foe, The Rock would stand over his prey, fling his elbow pad into the stands and deliver a shot to the heart with his elbow. He delivered it with flair like we’ve never seen before. The Rock is the best showman in pro wrestling history.