The 10 hardest-hitting moves ever!
September 23, 2016
The Superstars of WWE hit hard. On any given day, you can rest assured the men and women of the squared circle are creating new and impressive ways to keep the hits coming, and trust us, the pain can be lasting, even as long-lasting as a Jolly Rancher. In appreciation of those long-lasting classics, WWE.com has put together a list of the 10 hardest-hitting moves ever.
AJ Styles’ Phenomenal Forearm
WWE World Champion AJ Styles will be the first to tell you that his Phenomenal Forearm is one of the most impactful striking maneuvers in WWE today, but we couldn’t exactly argue with those boasts, no matter how egotistical. Able to stun seasoned veterans like John Cena and subdue near-unbeatable powerhouses like Roman Reigns, this spectacular, rope-assisted aerial assault has helped The Phenomenal One snag a top spot on Team Blue as “The Champ who Runs the Camp.” — JAMES WORTMAN
Sheamus’ 10 Beats of the Bodhrán
There’s nothing soft about Sheamus’ arsenal. He’s built to bruise, and he’s good at it. Win or lose, The Celtic Warrior will make sure opponents leave in as much pain as possible, and that’s typically due to the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Sheamus locks his opponent into the ropes and delivers 10 ring-rattling smacks to the chest, like a musician pounding on the Bodhrán drum. The thumping of fist on flesh is music to Sheamus’ ears and a harsh soundtrack for the next Superstar brave enough to stand across from him. — JEFF LABOON
Aja Kong’s Uraken
Long before buzzwords like “women’s revolution” were getting thrown around, Aja Kong was literally throwing women around with the insolence and contempt of a dive bar bouncer chucking drunks. A hard-charging tank of a woman, the 227-pounder had an arsenal built on straightforward acts of aggression, but none of her moves were as simple or destructive as her backfist. Thrown with a homerun hitter’s torque and reckless disregard for her opponent’s facial structure, Kong’s strike broke the nose of Japanese upstart Chaparita Asari on Raw in 1995. Truth is, Asari was lucky her head didn’t end up in the cheap seats. — RYAN MURPHY
JBL’s Clothesline from Hell
At 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds, John Bradshaw Layfield could utilize his size and strength to perform any number of maneuvers, but why complicate things? Instead, JBL runs full speed at his opponent, simultaneously launching his large frame and swinging his right arm while attempting to clothesline his opponent’s head off. Even “The World’s Largest Athlete,” Big Show, was chopped down to size by the devastating move.
It’s apropos that the self-proclaimed “Wrestling God” calls the maneuver the “Clothesline from Hell,” because its recipients are usually left staring up at the heavens wondering what the hell just hit them. — SCOTT TAYLOR
Hideo Itami’s Go to Sleep
When it comes to inventive ways of knocking dudes out, Hideo Itami is Leonardo Da Vinci. He is Albert Einstein. He is Nikola Tesla. And the Go to Sleep is his masterpiece. The move is incredibly simple — Itami props an opponent up on his shoulders and dumps him face-first into a waiting kneecap — but its knockout power sits pretty much at 100 percent. There’s not a Superstar alive who’s taken Itami’s GTS and hasn’t needed smelling salts in the back a few minutes later, and with Itami back in the mix at WWE NXT … well, let’s say the trainer’s room is gonna be filling up awfully fast. — ANTHONY BENIGNO
Samoa Joe’s Enzuigiri
You’re familiar with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels’ Superkick, yes? The move widely regarded as one of the most effective moves in history? All right, cool.
Now imagine a kick with more than 100 pounds of extra mass and velocity behind it, coming at you through the air at various angles, possibly hitting you on any given portion of your dome piece. Well, that is Samoa Joe’s jumping enzuigiri.
And maybe the scariest part about the move is that Joe, who may very well be pound-for-pound the best athlete in all of WWE, doesn’t even primarily use the enzuigiri as his finishing maneuver. Frightening. Just frightening. — RYAN PAPPOLLA
Sami Zayn’s Helluva Kick
When a Superstar competes in rings and gymnasiums all over the world, they learn a thing or two about kicking opponents in the face. And for Sami Zayn, who competed in 29 countries before joining WWE, his Helluva Kick knocks off more heads than a Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robot. The Underdog from the Underground lines up his dazed opponent in the corner before connecting with a huge boot to the face that sounds like a firework. The Helluva Kick is as successful as it is devastating, leading to an NXT Championship reign and taking down Kevin Owens, Sheamus and more. — JEFF LABOON
Roman Reigns’ Superman Punch
With all the subtlety of a cinder block fired from a cannon, Roman Reigns’ Superman Punch doesn’t mince words. It’s blunt and direct. When The Big Dog leaps off the mat, you know his fist is about to speak volumes — and usually have the last word. Ever since his debut with The Shield, Reigns has wielded the move to devastating effect, leveling the likes of John Cena, Brock Lesnar and even Mr. McMahon. And though the Superman Punch isn’t flowery or unnecessarily dramatic, when used, it refuses to go unheard. — GREG ADKINS
Shinsuke Nakamura’s Kinshasa
Shinsuke Nakamura is one of the flashiest Superstars in all of WWE. That’s what makes his Kinshasa knee strike all the more jarring. After bringing arenas to their feet with his charismatic entrance, The King of Strong Style takes down his opponents by driving his knee straight through their face. There’s no flash in that, but the Kinshasa has proven to be effective for Nakamura, who’s taken out foes like Sami Zayn and Austin Aries with the devastating move. If you have any doubts about the Kinshasa, ask Samoa Joe, who had his jaw dislocated by The King of Strong Style’s vicious knee. — BOBBY MELOK
Big Show’s KO Punch
If a normal-sized pugilist is said to pack dynamite in his fist, then Big Show is stowing away the nuclear option. The World’s Largest Athlete has won titles and ended rivalries with his KO Punch, dropping everybody from John Cena to Mark Henry with the swing of his balled fist, which measures some 15 inches in circumference. If that’s not scary enough, a KO Punch–versus–Brogue Kick competition in 2012 revealed Big Show’s right hook to contain 1,809 pounds of force per square inch! Add in his precision-striking ability, and it’s little wonder Big Show’s punch is a Superstar’s gravest threat. — JOHN CLAPP