Wednesday, February 28

10 Coolest Looking AEW Finishers In History

AEW brings the highest quality of in-ring product for fans, with a lot of big moves taking place regularly to help the matches deliver on the excitement that fans expect. Finishing moves are always the high point of any match, with this being the big move that brings an end to the entire encounter.


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With that in mind, a lot of wrestlers tend to save their most impressive move for that spot, which is why AEW’s roster is loaded with fantastic finishers. Whether the wrestler that uses it always gets pushed is one thing, but there are some truly impactful and impressive moves on the roster.


10 Jade Cargill’s Jaded Extended Her Undefeated Streak

It Allowed Cargill To Showcase Her Power

Jade Cargill's Jaded

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

November 11, 2020 – September 15, 2023

1x TBS Champion

  • Vs. Kris Statlander (Double Or Nothing, 2023)
  • Vs. Ruby Soho (Dynamite, 1/5/22)
  • Vs. Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet (Dynamite, 3/3/21)

Jade Cargill had an excellent career in AEW, which was due to how dominantly she was booked as a performer. Fans got to see a lot of her finishing move because she was rarely defeated, and people didn’t have a problem with that as it looked impactful.

Seeing her power up her opponent and lift them into the air is a fantastic feat of strength that few wrestlers in the women’s division can match. That alone makes the move fantastic, but seeing her then slam them down face-first to the mat is a devastating way to wrap it up.

9 Jon Moxley’s Paradigm Shift Is Simple But Effective

He’s Bringing Respect Back To The DDT

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

May 25, 2019 – Present

  • 3x AEW World Champion
  • 1x Interim AEW World Champion
  • 1x AEW International Champion
  • Vs. Orange Cassidy (All Out, 2023)
  • Vs. CM Punk (All Out, 2022)
  • Vs. Chris Jericho (Revolution, 2020)

Not every finishing move has to be overly flashy to look fantastic, and Jon Moxley’s Paradigm Shift is the perfect example of that. This is an impaler DDT, with Moxley adding in the decision to lift his opponent high into the air before driving them down headfirst into the mat.

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The fans will always react massively when this move connects because of the impact that it makes, and that is ultimately what a finishing move is all about.

8 FTR’s Shatter Machine Always Gets A Pop

This Has Also Been Known As The Big Rig

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

May 27, 2020 – Present

2x AEW World Tag Team Champions

  • Vs. The Young Bucks (All In, 2023)
  • Vs. Jay White & Juice Robinson (Collision, 7/15/23)
  • Vs. Darby Allin & Sting (Dynamite: Grand Slam, 2021)

FTR are masters inside the ring, capable of delivering on any style whether it be a technical masterclass or an all-out brawl. However, something that people can always rely on is an excellent finish, as their Shatter Machine double-team move is a brilliant one.

The move is one that they can hit in a transition out of nowhere which makes it unpredictable. One of the two will throw their opponent up in the air, with the other catching them with a Codebreaker of sorts, while the other wrestler slams them down for added impact to help this look fantastic.

7 Brian Cage’s Drill Claw Plants His Opponents With Authority

His Physique Helps Enhance This Move

Brian Cage Drill Claw

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

January 12, 2020 – Present

1x FTW Champion

  • Vs. Wardlow (Dynamite, 10/5/22)
  • Vs. Adam Page (Double Or Nothing, 2021)
  • Vs. Darby Allin & Sting (Revolution, 2021)

Brian Cage might not be someone who always gets pushed as a focal point in AEW, but there’s no taking away from the fact he has a lot of great moves. That includes his finisher, the Drill Claw. This one is a true showcase of power, with Cage lifting his opponents with ease before planting them down to the mat with authority.

He doesn’t land them onto their heads, which is a good thing for safety. However, considering the fact they land high on their necks it always brings a reaction from a crowd.

6 PAC’s Black Arrow Catches The Eye

It’s One Of The Most Impressive Aerial Moves Of All Time

PAC setting up the Black Arrow Cropped

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Memorable Matches

January 8, 2019 – Present

1x All-Atlantic Champion 1x AEW World Trios Champion

  • Vs. Kenny Omega (Dynamite, 2/26/20)
  • Vs. The Elite (Dynamite, 1/11/23)
  • Vs. Clark Connors vs. Malakai Black vs. Miro (Forbidden Door, 2022)

PAC is a tremendous wrestler who doesn’t always get highlighted in AEW, whether that’s due to his injuries or the time away from the company that he has due to living in England. However, there is no escaping from the fact that his Black Arrow is one of the best finishers in the company.

Few people can put together the aerial quality that PAC does, as he gets huge height and several rotations on this one. It’s something that gets fans on the edge of their seat when he sets it up, which is because it’s worth watching.

5 Adam Page’s Buckshot Lariat Is Unique

The Move Features Great Athleticism

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Memorable Matches

January, 2019 – Present

  • 1x AEW World Champion
  • 1x AEW World Tag Team Champion
  • Vs. Swerve Strickland (Full Gear, 2023)
  • Vs. CM Punk (Double Or Nothing, 2022)
  • Vs. Kenny Omega (Full Gear, 2021)

Adam Page has a fantastic arsenal of moves that allows his matches to always be enjoyable from a fan’s perspective. His finisher is one of the best in the business right now, with this being one that always gets a reaction from the crowd due to how different it is from everything else.

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This one gets a big setup with Page on the outside of the ring having to then flip back in to deliver a lariat. While the move itself is standard, seeing the flip and then the power that Page gets behind it is a lot of fun.

4 Ricky Starks’ Roshambo Always Gets A Pop

The Move Highlights Great Strength

Roshambo

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

June 17, 2020 – Present

  • 1x AEW World Tag Team Champion
  • 1x FTW Champion
  • Vs. Blackpool Combat Club (Collision, 10/21/23)
  • Vs. Bryan Danielson (Collision, 9/23/23)
  • Vs. Powerhouse Hobb (Rampage: Grand Slam, 2022)

Ricky Starks has been one of the most exciting stars to watch in AEW, rising up the ranks due to his high-quality performances. He brings a lot of excellent moves such as his Spear, which is one of the best in the business. However, it is his finisher that truly captures the attention of audiences.

The Roshambo is a brilliant move as it showcased his strength, lifting up his opponent onto his shoulder before dropping them down face-first onto the mat, finishing it off with a big impact.

3 El Hijo Del Vikingo’s 630 Senton Wows People

He Gets Sever Rotations In A Tight Space

El Hijo Del Vikingo 630 Senton

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

March 22, 2023 – Present

N/A

  • Vs. Kenny Omega (Dynamite, 3/22/23)
  • Vs. Dralistico vs. Komander (Rampage, 5/31/23)
  • Vs. Black Taurus (Rampage: Holiday Bash, 2023)

El Hijo Del Vikingo is a wrestler capable of busting out some amazing moves, which is one of the reasons he has been one of the most entertaining performers in the company. He can bust out tons of aerial moves, but it is his 630 Senton that truly gets people excited.

Unlike most people who put their opponents further out, Vikingo puts a lot of his close to the corner which makes it even more impressive. Seeing how he gets so many rotations in such a small space allows this to be one of the best moves in AEW.

2 Bryan Danielson’s Busaiku Has Become Legendary

The Running Knee Strike Is Impactful

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Memorable Matches

September 5, 2021 – Present

N/A

  • Vs. Kazuchika Okada (Forbidden Door, 2023)
  • Vs. MJF (Revolution, 2023)
  • Vs. Adam Page (Dynamite: Winter Is Coming, 2021)

Bryan Danielson is one of the most gifted wrestlers on the AEW roster, therefore it is no surprise that he boats one of the best-looking finishing moves as well. His finisher is the same one that he had during his time with WWE, which is essentially a running double knee strike.

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Danielson normally builds the move up with audience interaction, and he gets a lot of pace on his run before delivering the blow which is what sets it apart from everything else on the roster.

1 Athena Stuns Her Enemies With The O-Face

This Takes The Stunner To New Heights

AEW Tenure

AEW Titles

Major Matches

May 29, 2022 – Present

ROH Women’s Champion

  • Vs. Toni Storm vs. Britt Baker vs. Serena Deeb (Dynamite Grand Slam, 2022)
  • Vs. Jade Cargill (All Out, 2022)
  • Vs. Willow Nightingale (Rampage, 7/12/23)

Everyone knows what to expect with a Stunner, with Steve Austin truly taking that move to new heights. It’s a great finisher normally, largely because the sell of it can be wildly different, but Athena took the move to a different level when creating the O-Face.

She heads to the top turnbuckle to launch herself down to her opponent, where she then delivers the Stunner. It’s something that looks incredible, and provides a huge impact on the connection, which is what makes it so special.

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