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THE RANT: The BEST and WORST Wrestling Finishes of All Time

Posted By James Walsh on 08/24/17

A good wrestling finish can be so many different things. It could be something that shows guts and determination from both sides and tells a great story - See Bret Hart versus Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13. Or, it could swerve the audience and capture the imagination - A Dusty finish, if you will. Either way, the best finish of all time? The worst finish of all time? Tough to say. But, what springs to mind right now for me are:

Best: Hulk Hogan versus Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania 6. Ok, so I openly cried my eyes out after this match which I was embarrassed by for years until I interviewed Ted DiBiase the "Million Dollar Man" who told me he cried that night too. If the Million Dollar Man is man enough to admit he cried, so am I! So, Warrior was built in Hogan's image to some extent. He could come back from finishing moves and hit a sequence of moves to win. Hogan was getting long in the tooth and Warrior was the colorful voice of the slightly younger generation with cool hair and a heavy metal feel. The finish saw both men kick out of signature moves. It was the first time Hogan ever missed the leg drop as far as I recall and Warrior hit the splash for the win. This resulted in the passing of the torch and the Jesse Ventura call heard around the world, "I do believe Hulkamania will live forever."

Worst: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan versus Sting at Starcade 1997. "Hollywood" was your chicken-shit heel who couldn't win on his own. For the first time in nearly 2 years, he won a match cleanly. True, winning made ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. But, he pinned Sting clean... In the end, the restart by Bret Hart made Bret Hart seem like a hypocrite after the "Monstreal Screw Job" as he basically screwed over Hogan... Even as a heel, Hogan getting screwed in this match made Bret look bad, made Sting look weak, and ultimately made Hogan look strong when a year and a half of TV was built towards Sting beating Hogan's ass from the dark side to the light at the end of the day. So many missed opportunities came from this match and what was WCW's biggest pay day was also the massive crack in the foundation that resulted in its demise.

Do you agree? Why or why not?