The greatest top-rope finishing maneuvers

Sports-entertainment wasn’t always like this. Back in the days when a black and white RCA was still the pinnacle of modern technology, pro wrestling wasn’t much more than two burly guys in cotton trunks trading hammerlocks on the canvas. Early stars like Gorgeous George and Lou Thesz didn’t jump off the top rope. In fact, they barely jumped at all.

Leap ahead to today and it’s rare to find a Superstar who doesn’t perform a maneuver from the perch. Even the 7-foot, 441-pound Big Show throws the occasional missile dropkick off the top. But which high-risk aerial maneuver is the very best? dives right into the debate with this list of sports-entertainment’s greatest top-rope finishing maneuvers.