These are the moves that fans watch out for during a match and are usually in a sequential pattern, building up to and including their finishers that typically get the biggest pop of suspense from the crowd each and every week. This edition showcases the signature moves and finishers of WWE Hall of Famer, Edge.
Known as The Ultimate Opportunist and The Rated-R Superstar, Edge is on a short list of Grand Slam champions in WWE (holding the world title, tag team title, secondary title, and tertiary title), has successfully cashed in the Money in the Bank contract on two separate occasions, a Royal Rumble winner (2010), a King of the Ring tournament winner (2001), and a two-time Slammy Award winner. In addition, Edge, along with his tag team partner, Christian, innovated the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. Over the years, Edge has participated in numerous heated rivalries, exchanging victories with the likes of CM Punk, John Cena, and even The Undertaker. With a résumé as long as his, it's safe to say that he built up devastating signature moves over the years. Let's take a look at his main five.
Edge's Five Moves of Doom
1. Winning Edge (Half Nelson Bulldog)
Done often as a counter to a running or rebounding opponent, Edge wraps one arm around his opponent's neck in a half nelson amateur wrestling hold. He then reaches around his opponent's waist with the other arm before leaping and planting his enemy's face into the mat. Sometimes this maneuver would be followed up by the next move on our list...
2. Edge-O-Matic (Impaler DDT)
Once again, this move is used as a counter to a rebounding opponent, though sometimes, Edge would actually charge towards the opponent. Most of the time, the rival combatant would swing for a clothesline to which Edge would duck underneath the striking arm. From behind his opponent, Edge then reached around the back of his opponent's head, grabbed hold of the face and dropped to a sit-out position. The impact would slam the back of the opponent's head into the mat, further stunning him.
3. Edgecution (Sit-out Rear Mat Slam)
Used as a finisher in the early days, this move became the final signature move before setting up his finisher. Edge would kick his opponent in the gut and the reaction would cause said nemesis to bend over, allowing Edge to lock in a headlock around the opponent's neck. Edge would leap backward, once again, driving his opponent's face into the mat with an impaler DDT.
4. Edgecator (Kneeling Inverted Sharpshooter)
Sometimes used as a finisher, but more often than not used as a signature move, this was Edge's main submission maneuver. With a typical sharpshooter hold, the aggressor faces the direction opposite of the downed opponent. In this case, Edge wrapped the opponent's legs around one of his own, and pivoted slightly to that leg's side. With his free leg, Edge would drive it down into the opponent's back, applying additional pressure to the hold as an inverted sharpshooter.
With a name like "The Ultimate Opportunist", you need a move that will let you strike quickly and when people least expect it. Edge found this in the spear—his primary finisher. After hitting a combination of the previously-mentioned signature moves, Edge would most often back down to a corner opposite of his opponent. While Edge's prey stumbled to his feet, Edge taunted him with his signature "get up" taunt. As soon as the opponent turned around, it was game over. Edge would charge across the ring and lunge at the opponent's mid-section, taking every last inch of breath away and leaving the victim vulnerable to a three-count. The best thing about Edge's spear is that he could hit it from anywhere, performing diving spears, catching diving opponents, jumping off of ladders, and even countering another finisher! Most notably, Edge speared Jeff Hardy off a 20-foot ladder at WrestleMania X-Seven. More importantly for Edge, the spear to John Cena gave way to his first of many WWE Championships.
ConclusionWith moves like these five, it's no wonder that Edge was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. These five moves, along with a slew of additional innovative offense, suited his style perfectly, and because of that they meant nothing but doom for his opponents.
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