Overusing Finishing Moves
What do the following moves have in common? Super Kick. Frog Splash. DDT. Canadian Destroyer. If you guessed “some of the most deadly finishing moves of all time, turned into the most overused moves of all time”, consider yourself correct.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s there were two guys battling over who had the best “Frog Splash” in the business. Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam both made the move incredibly popular, however the move has become a standard for so many superstars in the current era. On a recent episode of Raw, Rey Mysterio, Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks, and Montez Ford all used a variation of the Frog Splash.
While some of them (particularly Montez’s) are rather impressive, it’s disappointing that the move is often just a filler for matches these days. The Frog Splash has joined the ranks of the Super Kick, DDT, and Canadian Destroyer in terms of overused moves in WWE that were once solid, defining finishing maneuvers.
While some modern wrestlers are pulling out legendary finishing moves such as Kevin Owens using the “Stone Cold” Stunner and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt torturing opponents with Mick Foley’s “Mandible Claw”, these moves are used as they were always meant to be. Deadly finishing moves.
Combining Entrance Theme Songs
One of the most important aspects of “getting over” in the wrestling business is making a good first impression. WWE has the greatest production of any wrestling company in the world and has created some of the most famous, fascinating wrestling entrances in the history of sports entertainment.
Popular theme songs such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Finn Balor, and Ric Flair’s can often be heard playing at major sporting events around the world or even incorporated into mainstream culture. WWE has gone through multiple changes over the years when it comes to creating entrance themes. Some of them are bad, some of them are great, but some of them are just stupid.
While WWE has been actively doing this for years, the practice of “mashing” two entrance themes is a practice that really needs to stop. While the idea has worked for particular theme songs in the past (think 2002 Tag Team Champions, Kane and Rob Van Dam), other recent incarnations of this idea including the Kabuki Warriors and “King” Baron Corbin have fallen flat and literally sound like two different songs being paused and played on two different sound systems. It’s just not good.
While we’re at it, please no more cheesy sound effects in theme songs. Ricochet does not need a “pew pew” noise when he makes his way to the ring.