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Old 07-04-2013, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Who are some guys you can recall that used a move as a major part of their repertoire but then dropped it, whether it be because of a gimmick change, or for no real apparent reason? Why do you think they dropped it? Should they have kept it?

Here are a few that came to my mind:

Chris Jericho - The Breakdown (a.k.a. Skull Crushing Finale)
Introduced/Abandoned: 2001/2001



It seemed like Jericho only used this move for a few months, but when he did, he got huge results. It was the move he used to win the WCW Title from The Rock (in the above video), he used it in the Winner Take All match at Survivor Series, and though I could be mistaken I think he used it to win the Undisputed Title (or at least used it in the match). All that effort to get over a finisher besides the Liontamer/Lionsault and he just dropped it out of the blue shortly afterward. Personally I'm glad. I always thought it looked like a weird move for him to use with his ring style at that time.

Stone Cold Steve Austin - Million Dollar Dream (a.k.a. Cobra Clutch)
Introduced/Abandoned: 1995/1997 (used once more in 2001 at WrestleMania 17)



Austin used the Million Dollar Dream as his primary finisher when he debuted in the WWF as the Ringmaster with Ted DiBiase as his manager. Even after introducing the Stunner at KOTR '96 he continued to use it as a complimentary maneuver. With the exception of the above spot at WrestleMania 17 the last time I recall him using it was at Canadian Stampede in 1997 (he and Bret Hart recreated their awesome finishing spot from Survivor Series '96 and I recall being annoyed that neither Vince nor J.R. pointed it out during the match). Somewhat oddly I don't recall him using it in his submission match with Hart at WrestleMania 13, though it's been a long time since I watched that so maybe he did. Anyway, by summer of '97 Austin had dropped the move.

Triple H - Ace Crusher (a.k.a. Diamond Cutter)
Introduced/Abandoned: 1995/1995



It's little remembered that Triple H used the Ace Crusher very briefly as his finisher before adopting the Pedigree. Interestingly enough the reason he did it was as a favor to DDP. According to Page (I heard the interview on YouTube a long time ago, I tried to find it but I guess it's gone), he had just started to get over with the move in WCW, and when he saw Triple H using it called him and politely asked him if he would stop using it, which he did.

CM Punk - Pepsi Plunge (top rope Pedigree)
Introduced/Abandoned: 2000/2005



Well, Triple H was willing to let poor over-the-hill DDP have the Ace Crusher, but Punk and his top rope Pedigree was a bit too much.

Daniel Bryan - Cattle Mutilation (bridging double chickenwing submission)
Introduced/Abandoned: 1999/2010



I vividly recall the only time Bryan used this move on WWE television, on NXT against Darren Young, who nonchalantly rolled out of it after about three seconds. Personally I prefer the [Whatever] Lock. Cattle Mutilation always just looked goofy to me.

Edge - Downward Spiral (reverse Russian Legsweep)
Introduced/Abandoned: 1998/1998



Edge - Edgecator (inverted Sharpshooter)
Introduced/Abandoned: 2002/2004



Remember how for the absolute longest time Edge just could never seem to get a finisher to stick? He used the Downward Spiral only a few times, though I definitely remember it being his finisher in WWF video games for years as a testament to how he never really had an actual finisher. Edge used the Edgecator sparsely over the course of several years, and though he did win a few matches with it, never established it was a major part of his repetorire, and by the time he was a main eventer had abandoned it. He continued to use his other trial finishers - the Edgecution (impaler DDT) and Edge-o-matic (reverse facebuster) - for the rest of his career as signature compliments to his established finisher, the Spear, a.k.a. the Running Hug of Doom, a.k.a. arguably the worst major finisher in wrestling history. I really liked the Edgecator, I wish he had stuck with it. I'm also very surprised that it's never been picked up by anyone else, it's a cool and unique move.

I could go on but I think that will suffice for now. What are some others that come to your mind?
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Edge - Downward Spiral (reverse Russian Legsweep)
Introduced/Abandoned: 1998/1998



Edge - Edgecator (inverted Sharpshooter)
Introduced/Abandoned: 2002/2004



Remember how for the absolute longest time Edge just could never seem to get a finisher to stick? He used the Downward Spiral only a few times, though I definitely remember it being his finisher in WWF video games for years as a testament to how he never really had an actual finisher. Edge used the Edgecator sparsely over the course of several years, and though he did win a few matches with it, never established it was a major part of his repetorire, and by the time he was a main eventer had abandoned it. He continued to use his other trial finishers - the Edgecution (impaler DDT) and Edge-o-matic (reverse facebuster) - for the rest of his career as signature compliments to his established finisher, the Spear, a.k.a. the Running Hug of Doom, a.k.a. arguably the worst major finisher in wrestling history. I really liked the Edgecator, I wish he had stuck with it. I'm also very surprised that it's never been picked up by anyone else, it's a cool and unique move.

I could go on but I think that will suffice for now. What are some others that come to your mind?
These were the two that instantly came to mind when I read the thread title. Both were infinitely better than the Running Hug. I don't remember him using the Edgecution a lot in his later days, but I could be wrong about that.

I'm glad Jericho got rid of The Breakdown (and The Flashback). Both of those were pretty weak imo.

Did Eddie ever use the Lasso From El Paso after the Smackdown Six days? If so, I certainly don't remember it. I thought that was a pretty cool submission finisher.

DDP might have been old when HHH let him keep his finisher, but I wouldn't say he was over the hill since his best days came after 1995.

I always thought the Cattle Mutilation looked cool but it really didn't hurt at all.

The Hardys dropped a ton of moves once they became big stars. Jeff used to break out the occasional 450splash and Matt would frequently do sitout Razor's Edge's on the B Shows.

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The Rock - Float-over DDT(1996-2000)




The last time Rock used that move was on the Smackdown before Vengeance 2002, against Angle.
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Orton's O- Zone
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Teardrop Suplex - HBK before he took on Super Kick around 1992



Bret Hart's finisher - Pile Driver and Bull Dog



Bob Backlund - Atomic Drop/ Diving Knee Drop which was also used by Ric Flair till his feud with Buddy Rogers



and ahem! Miz before Figure Four

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More recently, I was disappointed to see Ziggler abandoning the Superkick as a finisher. The Superkick is my favourite finisher ever, and the Zig-Zag is just awful. It's pretty much a backstabber modified to be less devastating than a regular backstabber.
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Daniel Bryan:80% of his moves
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Daniel's moveset is so vast he could probably put on 10 matches in a row without repeating a move.
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These were the two that instantly came to mind when I read the thread title. Both were infinitely better than the Running Hug. I don't remember him using the Edgecution a lot in his later days, but I could be wrong about that.

I'm glad Jericho got rid of The Breakdown (and The Flashback). Both of those were pretty weak imo.

Did Eddie ever use the Lasso From El Paso after the Smackdown Six days? If so, I certainly don't remember it. I thought that was a pretty cool submission finisher.

DDP might have been old when HHH let him keep his finisher, but I wouldn't say he was over the hill since his best days came after 1995.

I always thought the Cattle Mutilation looked cool but it really didn't hurt at all.

The Hardys dropped a ton of moves once they became big stars. Jeff used to break out the occasional 450splash and Matt would frequently do sitout Razor's Edge's on the B Shows.
I remember on an episode of Smackdown Eddie did a submission move that the commentators incorrectly called as Old El Passo Lasso....I'd never seen it before or since. I kind of looked like a cross between a Figure Four and the Indian Deathlock variation that HHH uses.
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Austin's Million $ Dream was my first thought. Kane briefly used a falling powerbomb around 2001 I'm guessing (?), which I've not seen him use since.
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