Can You Match the '90s Wrestler to Their Signature Move?


By: Torrance Grey

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Business was booming for professional wrestling in the 1990s, with three significant promotions going strong: the WWF (now the WWE), WCW, and ECW all going strong. Favorite veterans like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Rowdy Roddy Piper were still going strong, but newcomers like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, and Chyna were on their way up. And we can't forget the ones who were just plain odd, like "Man of Three Faces" Mick Foley and his friend Al Snow. 

With so many wrestlers competing for glory and fan support, they all needed a solid finishing move. The old staples, like the clothesline, the sleeper hold, or the suplex wouldn't cut it anymore, although some finishers were flashy, updated variations on these old chestnuts. 

It's been a while since the glory days of the 90s -- but if you're a true wrestling fan, you haven't forgotten your favorites and their match-ending moves. For example, do you remember who used the "People's Elbow"? Or the "Pedigree"? Surely, you can't have forgotten the "Sharpshooter" and the legend who used it. 

So join us for a nostalgic trip back in time. Pour yourself a Jolt or a Crystal Pepsi, and take our quiz on the best finishing moves from the 1990s. Some of them were real stunners!

Stone Cold Steve Austin:

Austin was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1990s, alongside The Rock. He liked to finish off opponents with this three-quarter facelock move.


Triple H:

Triple H's name comes from the longer "Hunter Hearst Helmsley," a character who was a Connecticut snob. In that guise, he'd take out opponents with his "Pedigree."


Diamond Dallas Page:

Diamond Dallas Page worked for three major wrestling promotions, the WWF, WCW and TNA. He is now partly-retired and does some motivational speaking.


Hulk Hogan:

Simplicity is the ultimate style! Especially as practiced by Hulk Hogan, the legendary wrestler who took out opponents with a basic but high-flying leg drop.


The Undertaker:

The nearly 7-foot tall Undertaker was first known for his "Tombstone Piledriver". Today, the piledriver has been banned and only the Undertaker and Kane are permitted to use it due to their size and experience.


Randy Savage:

The "Macho Man" was in and out of the ring in the 1990s, sometimes working as a commentator, other times donning tights and wrestling greats like Ric Flair or Steve Austin. His favored a flashy version of the simple elbow drop as his finisher.


Shawn Michaels:

While Michaels had a long career in the WWE, long enough to have more than one finisher, he's mostly associated with this flashy head kick that connected at chin level. Ouch!


Bret Hart:

Bret Hart is one of 12 children of famous trainer Stu Hart, and the most successful. He was one of Stone Cold Steve Austin's chief rivals in the 1990s.


Mr. Perfect:

Hennig, who used this fairly basic wrestling move, was the middle link in three generations of wrestlers. Both his father and his son entered the squared circle.


The Rock:

Both these moves are named for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He was "the People's Champion," so his elbow drop was "the People's Elbow." The "Rock Bottom," of course, is named for his ring moniker.


Chris Benoit:

Benoit was a powerful, capable wrestler trained by the legendary Stu Hart. Mental health issues led to his death in a murder-suicide in 2007.


Cactus Jack:

Mick Foley had several 1990s incarnations, including "Cactus Jack." (You'll see one of his other incarnations and that finisher elsewhere in this quiz).


Chris Jericho:

Chris Jericho used this version of the "Boston crab" as his finishing move. A likable on-camera presence, Jericho has moved on from wrestling to host a game show and compete on "Dancing With the Stars."


Ted DiBiase:

Ted DiBiase wrestled as "the Million Dollar Man." Therefore, his sleeper hold was "the Million Dollar Dream." (Sounds almost pleasant!)


Ric Flair:

Nowadays, many wrestlers do a Figure Four, but it's linked to Ric "Nature Boy" Flair. Many of Flair's '90s opponents tapped out after being trapped in this one.



Raven's DDT was more painful when he unleashed it in unorthodox places. In one case, it put Raven's opponent through a table. Ouch!


Matt Hardy:

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy liked this move, which unlike some of their exploits, didn't originate on a turnbuckle or ladder. Instead, it was a cross between a DDT and Steve Austin's "Stunner."


Buff Bagwell:

This finishing move involved Bagwell leaping from the turnbuckle, grabbing his opponent's head on the way down, and dropping with them to the mat. (Is it just us, or do some of these moves seem like they should hurt the aggressor as much as the victim?)


Al Snow:

Al Snow used this move mostly in his ECW days. There he found success playing a disturbed man who carried a mannequin head that he claimed spoke to him. (This gimmick probably wouldn't fly nowadays, with increased sensitivity to mental health issues!)


Owen Hart:

Owen Hart often used his older brother Bret's finisher. Apparently the Harts were a close-knit family who didn't mind sharing!


Jeff Hardy:

Matt and Jeff Hardy both performed high-risk moves, earning them the name "Team Xtreme" in the 1990s (along with their friend Lita). The Swanton Bomb was once such finisher, a senton bomb that started out like a swan dive, hence the name.


Dean Malenko:

Malenko had a lot of success in the WWE (then WWF) for a guy of his size. He stood 5-foot-10, which is short in pro wrestling, the land of giants.



Sean Waltman became "X-Pac" during his time with D-Generation X in the 1990s. His finisher, the spinning heel kick, came more from the world of kickboxing than from wrestling.



Bradshaw sometimes liked to take out his opponents with a simple clothesline. But he is better known for the Last Call, a version of the fallaway slam.



The character of Kane was introduced as the Undertaker's younger brother. Fittingly, he used one of "big brother's" finishers, the Choke Slam.



This was a one-two punch on the part of the 1990s wrestler Goldberg. He'd start with the Spear, basically a tackle, then pick them up and slam them to the mat (the Jackhammer), then pin them. Lights out!



Foley wrestled as three personas in the 1990s: Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind. The latter was perhaps the most memorable, an unkempt crazy guy with a fondness for grabbing opponents by the jaw, as in this signature move.



Amy Dumas, who wrestled as "Lita," called her version of the moonsault the "Litasault." Unlike many "divas" of the '90s, Dumas had very solid wrestling chops, earning her a place in "Team Xtreme" alongside Matt and Jeff Hardy.



This move certainly wasn't unique to Adam "Edge" Copeland. But with his height and flowing blond hair, the ferocious running tackle was a sight to see.


Rob Van Dam:

Rob Van Dam was an Extreme Championship Wrestling sensation in the late 1990s. His move was a showy version of the frog splash (so named because the wrestler pulls in his arms and legs like a frog before extending them to bump).


Eddie Guerrero:

Guerrero, part of a famous wrestling family, sometimes used his "Three Amigos" (a series of three suplexes) before launching the coup de grace, a frog splash.


Big Van Vader:

Vader named his finisher after himself, not his hometown of Compton, California. (He could have called it "the Darth Vader," but maybe he didn't feel like spending half his life in litigation with Lucasfilm, Ltd.)


Rey Mysterio

619 is the area code of Mysterio's hometown of San Diego. Despite his lucha-libre-style mask, Mysterio was California grown.


Billy Kidman:

Kidman named this move the "Shooting Star" because, he said, it was rare. In fact, it got rarer. The WWE banned it for a while because of the risk of injury that it posed -- and in an organization that allows wrestlers to jump from ladders and spread thumbtacks around the ring, that's saying something.



Chyna debuted as Triple H's "bodyguard" and borrowed his finisher, the "Pedigree." But she was also known for the "Low Blow," which is pretty much what it sounds like, and tended to incapacitate the men who disrespected her.


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