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2000 R.S.P-W Awards

Worst Wrestling Move

Worst Wrestling Move

Award Description:

To be given to the move that is the worst thing you've seen this year. This
shouldn't be given to a move that was flubbed by a wrestler - the move was
performed correctly, but was just too stupid for words. This move should
probably be a "finishing" move or something that was meant to be

Previous Winners:

  1990: Hulk Hogan's leg drop 
  1991: Hulk Hogan's leg drop 
  1992: Crush's Compactor head-vise 
  1993: Crush's Compactor head-vise 
  1994: Hulk Hogan's leg drop 
  1995: Hulk Hogan's leg drop 
  1996: Hacksaw Jim Duggan's taped fist
  1997: Hulk Hogan's leg drop
  1998: Hollywood Hogan's legdrop
  1999: Hulk Hogan's legdrop

**2000**: Scotty 2 Hotty's Worm chop

539 first place votes
519 second place votes
503 third place votes

100 49 33  713   Scotty 2 Hotty's Worm chop
 58 59 28  523   Rock's People's Elbow elbowdrop
 55 43 34  472   Chyna's handspring elbow
 36 55 57  459   Rikishi's stinkface
 61 30 26  447   Hulk Hogan's legdrop
 24 31 38  289   Scott Steiner's Steiner Recliner camel clutch
 24 24 20  232   Sid Vicious' crossface
 17 24 20  197   X-Pac's broncobuster
  9 14 14  115   Hacksaw Jim Duggan's Old Glory kneedrop
 12  3 12   93   Franchise's Franchiser reverse jawbreaker
  6  9  8   73   Artist's Last Note top rope jumping DDT
  3  9 15   72   Oklahoma's bottom rope elbowdrop
  4 11  8   69   Raven's snot rag
  5  5 14   68   X-Pac's X Factor face slam
  8  4  5   62   Chyna's DDT
  5  9  5   62   Big Show's Worm
  2 10 11   62   Kevin Nash's Jackknife powerbomb
  8  4  3   58   Mr. Ass' Fame-asser
  7  5  3   56   Rob Van Dam's Van Daminator kick
  4  7  6   53   Lance Storm's Canadian Maple Leaf half crab
  3  7  7   50   Road Dogg's left jabs, juke, jive, right and kneedrop
  5  1 11   50   Rock's Layin' the Smack Down punch
  6  3  5   49   Booker T.'s Book End uranage
  4  7  3   47   Jeff Jarrett's Stroke reverse Russian legsweep
  4  3  4   37   Kurt Angle's Olympic Slam
  2  5  2   29   Justin Credible's That's Incredible piledriver
  0  5  7   29   Bull Buchanan's axe kick
  1  3  6   26   Lex Luger's Torture Rack
  4  1  0   23   Kevin Nash's framed elbow
  1  4  3   23   Rock's Rock Bottom uranage
  0  5  4   23   Undertaker's Last Ride powerbomb
  2  2  2   20   Steve Austin's Stone Cold Stunner
  2  2  2   20   Goldberg's spear
  1  2  4   19   Kidman's powerbomb reversal into face jam
  3  1  0   18   Reno's Roll of the Dice
  3  0  1   17   Goldberg's jackhammer
  1  2  3   17   Goodfather's Death Valley Driver
  2  0  3   16   Godfather's Ho Train running splash
  2  0  3   16   Dudley Boyz' Wazzup headbutt
  3  0  0   15   Chyna's forearm
  2  1  1   15   Road Dogg's pumphandle slam
  0  3  3   15   Bull Buchanan's top rope springboard clothesline
  2  0  2   14   Steven Richards' Stevenkick superkick
  1  2  1   13   Chris Jericho's Lionsault quebrada
  1  1  2   12   Perfectshawn Stasiak's Perfect Plant neckbreaker from fireman's carry
  1  2  0   11   Buff Bagwell's Buff Blockbuster
  2  0  0   10   Chyna's sleeper neckbreaker
  1  1  1   10   Tygress' broncobuster
  1  1  1   10   Elix Skipper's Play of the Week
  1  1  1   10   Edge's spear
  0  2  2   10   Lita's moonsault
  0  1  3    9   Jeff Hardy's Swantonbomb
  1  1  0    8   Perry Saturn's Rings of Saturn
  0  2  1    8   Triple H's Pedigree double underhook piledriver
  0  2  1    8   Raven's Evenflow DDT
  0  2  1    8   Grandmaster Sexay's Hip Hop Drop legdrop
  1  0  1    7   William Regal's Regal Stretch
  1  0  1    7   Tank Abbott's left
  0  1  2    7   Sean O'Haire's Seantonbomb
  0  1  2    7   Rock's Sharpshooter
  0  2  0    6   Juventud Guerrera's Juvi elbow
  0  2  0    6   Big Boss Man's Boss Man slam
  1  0  0    5   Triple H's springboard(?)
  1  0  0    5   Rock's dragon screw legwhip
  1  0  0    5   Rob Van Dam's Van Terminator springboard dropkick
  1  0  0    5   Rey Mysterio Jr.'s broncobuster
  1  0  0    5   Oklahoma's spinning toe hold
  1  0  0    5   Mae Young's broncobuster
  1  0  0    5   Kronik's High Times double sidewalk slam
  1  0  0    5   Konnan's somersault into a clothesline
  1  0  0    5   Jerry Lawler's piledriver
  1  0  0    5   Hulk Hogan's foot to the face
  1  0  0    5   Elix Skipper's Grey Cup Ring punch
  1  0  0    5   Chris Benoit's Crippler crossface
  1  0  0    5   Big Show's Headbutt
  1  0  0    5   Al Snow's Snow Plow
  0  1  1    5   Tazz' Tazzmission kata hajime
  0  1  1    5   Mankind's Mandible Claw/Socko
  0  1  1    5   Lita's huracanrana
  0  0  2    4   Viscera's spinning heel kick
  0  0  2    4   Kurt Angle's moonsault
  0  0  2    4   Big Show's chokeslam
  0  1  0    3   Val Venis' Money Shot splash
  0  1  0    3   Test's pumphandle slam
  0  1  0    3   Rock's no touch belly to belly suplex
  0  1  0    3   Rikishi's sitdown splash
  0  1  0    3   Nova's Novacaine
  0  1  0    3   New Jack's balcony dive
  0  1  0    3   Meng's Tongan Death Grip nerve hold
  0  1  0    3   Konnan's Tequila Sunrise
  0  1  0    3   Kevin Nash's lumbering
  0  1  0    3   Kane's flying clothesline
  0  1  0    3   Jeff Jarrett's guitar
  0  1  0    3   Harris Brothers' H-Bomb double sidewalk slam
  0  1  0    3   Hardcore Holly's Hollycaust falcon arrow
  0  1  0    3   Gangrel's inverted DDT
  0  1  0    3   Edge's Downward Spiral
  0  1  0    3   Chyna's uppercut to the groin
  0  1  0    3   Bull Buchanan's punches
  0  0  1    2   Yang's Rapid-Fire Punches
  0  0  1    2   Vince McMahon's People's Elbow elbowdrop
  0  0  1    2   Triple H's high knee
  0  0  1    2   Sting's Stinger splash
  0  0  1    2   Stevie Ray's chinlock
  0  0  1    2   Stevie Ray's Slapjack double underhook piledriver
  0  0  1    2   Steve Corino's Bionic elbow
  0  0  1    2   Steve Blackman's Lethal kick
  0  0  1    2   Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley's slap
  0  0  1    2   Shane McMahon's spear
  0  0  1    2   Rikishi's Rikishi Drop
  0  0  1    2   Matt Hardy's second rope legdrop
  0  0  1    2   Matt Hardy's Twist of Fate neckbreaker
  0  0  1    2   Kane's chokeslam
  0  0  1    2   Jushin Liger's Shotay palm strike
  0  0  1    2   Hulk Hogan's Hulking up
  0  0  1    2   Dean Malenko's Texas cloverleaf
  0  0  1    2   Chris Jericho's double powerbomb
  0  0  1    2   Chris Jericho's Walls of Jericho
  0  0  1    2   Buff Bagwell's swinging neckbreaker
  0  0  1    2   Bryan Clark's Meltdown pumphandle powerslam

REJECTED - mostly for no wrestler identified

  3  1  4        broncobuster
  2  0  2        chokeslam
  2  0  2        "Tie" votes
  1  3  0        "Anything by..." votes
  0  4  1        legdrop
  1  0  2        sleeper
  1  0  1        Billy Gunn's cobra clutch slam (time)
  1  0  0        top rope powerbomb
  1  0  0        big boot
  1  0  0        armbar
  0  1  0        reverse chinlock
  0  1  0        handspring elbow
  0  1  0        Russian legsweep
  0  1  0        chairshot
  0  1  0        catapult
  0  1  0        "Stuck inbetween the first and second rope" legdrop
  0  0  1        flying headbutt
  0  0  1        windmill punches
  0  0  1        Not letting tazz do suplexes
  0  0  1        Hot tag "super punches"
  0  0  1        Boston crab
  0  0  1        atomic legdrop

C. JOSEPH HOFFMAN: Scotty's just takes too damn long to execute one simple
chop to the head.  Big Show's was a bad impression of a even worse move.  
Laying the Smackdown Punch is just a waste of a name.

HIRO: Sadly, all of the moves stated above usually gets the loudest pop in
a match, even though they are not actually wrestling moves by definition.

MARK POLISHUK: The Swanton Bomb gets the bronze...has anyone ever really
SEEN this move?  Jeff only connects with his head; sure, it looks cool,
but how is that supposed to hurt?  Jeff, find some other finisher before
you break your neck.

ADAM FROM TORONTO: While having someone else's package driven into your
face can't be the best experience ever, it also can't be the heat machine
Waltman STILL believes it to be.

LAGMONSTR: No Road Dogg wiggly, jiggly go-on-and-hit-him-already punch?
That's it...I have to delurk on the newsgroup...

J3R CR0WE: Hulk Hogan's legdrop is eternally stupid. ETERNALLY! The
X-Factor is such a shitty move as is, but when done by a little beanpole
and used as a threatening finisher it just crosses the line.

ROBERT STRUPP: They should just rename this the "Hulk Hogan Legdrop of
Doom/Justice Memorial Award". Kevin Nash's Power Drop (it's not a bomb,
folks) ranks a close second. I also find it hard to believe that the Power
of the Rock's Spit is that much more forceful than his regular right hand.

BEN WEINER: Would've been impressive if TAFKAPI actually HIT THE MOVE.

ALEX GIPSON: Rikishi, alas, though fun to watch, needs a new finisher, and
I hate to think that he really was over all spring and summer simply
because of a large posterier. This category should probably be renamed in
honor of Hogan's leg drop, or perhaps its WWF Attitude equilvelant, the
People's Elbow. *Sigh* The elbow was cool for...maybe a few months,
but...oh well. I can't argue with its popularity though-that was one DAMN
loud pop at Wrestlemania.

SCOTT W.: Hogan's leg Drop is horrible.  So midcard...  Sid Vicious' cross
face, nuff said.

MARCUS SPARKS: Any move that takes too long to execute has no place in the
ring.  Both The People's Elbow and the Worm Chop are ridiculous.  The
Artist's move sneaks in because I don't think I ever saw him execute it

JOHN C.: Chyna's handspring elbow wins here because she rarely does it
properly.  Even when she does, she does it so poorly that it exposes the
business so much that it does more harm than good. The first time I saw
the Worm & Stinkface I laughed but after that it just got tiresome.

MICHAELA FISCHER: No move exposes the business like the Crossface. A
chinlock with your arm between my legs? It doesn't look like it hurts
without some serious selling.  If anyone actually hit the Flying Headbutt,
you'd have two dead wrestlers. It's never even close to hitting.

JOSEPH MICELI: Jericho's double powerbomb just doesn't look right,
especially since the powerbombee has to help jericho to lift them for the
second one

STEVE SHIVES: If Chyna'd had a third move on the nominations list, I'd've
voted for that one, too.  Christ, talk about overstaying one's welcome.

AL RITCHIE: (Dudleys) Not the move itself - the fact they do that retarded
wazzup thing.

ANDY P. GOSS: The Rock's Layin' the Smack Down punch (aka Kiss That Right)
is completely oversold ad nauseam.  Just once, I want someone to no-sell
it.  It ranks right up there with a move that I'm upset wasn't nominated;
namely, Jushin Liger's palm blow (aka the Bitch Slap of Death).  Sid
Vicious tries with the crossface, but the trick is to have a little guy on
the big guy's back for full effect.  Sid makes it look like a resthold.  
And a snot rag?  That's a joke, right?

DARREN MANTLE: Viscious should have been shot for trying.  So should have
the booker who suggested it.

MOSES GATES:  Why does the framed elbow (w/crotch chop) never miss or get
broken up?  People always dodge the last one of the Road Dogg's dancing
punches, Scotty II Hotty's worm gets broken up sometimes, people have even
been known to slide out of the way of the People's Elbow every once in a
while.  Yet Stupid Kevin Nash ALWAYS gets to hit his framed elbow
(w/crotch chop), which is probably the dumbest "gimmick move" of them all.  
I will personally send $10 to the first wrestler to dodge the framed
elbow, or better yet, to kick Nash in the balls right after he does the
crotch chop part.

EZE4DA3747: I swear Rock doesn't touch the person when he does it. Also if
a face can punch someone so hard that they fly when they get the hot tag,
why dont' they do it all the time?

LANE DENSON: Road Dogg's Shake Rattle and Kneedrop

EDDIE BURKETT: Didn't Sid retain his title a few times by using the
Crossface, and wasn't it horrible, from my recollection???

JAMES HOWARD: The worst wrestling moves are those done by people who are
pretending they're someone else. Booker T and his uranage pretend that
he's the Rock, but he at least has enough talent to get away with it. Bull
Buchanan and his springboard whatever-that-is pretend that he's Super
Calo, and he *doesn't* have enough talent to get away with it. But that
comes second to Sid Vicious and his Crossface pretending that he's Chris
Benoit, because for all we know he might actually believe that he *is*
Chris Benoit. ^_^

JUST JEFF: Why is Lita's moonsault included in the list of nominees?  
Granted, she may miss the target sometimes, but at least it's not as
dangerous to her opponent's health as other moves.

GEORGE JOHNSON: Steiner's suplexes are among the most brutal in the
business, and his finisher is the damn camel clutch?

PETER HAZLETT: Rock proved this year that he can actually wrestle, but
does he have to use these moves all the time.  He winds up with the punch
so long that the opponent should be able to run, get a beer, drink it, eat
chips, take a crap, sing the anthem, etc... before he actually gets hit.  
The elbow drop reminds me too much of Hulks leg drop.. (damn, I was trying
not to use that name in a wrestling context ever again)

JOE GAGNE: Wow, no People?s Elbow this year.  The Worm is terrible, since
the opponent has to lay on the mat while Scotty dances around and then
drops the dreaded forearm.  Try explaining the Stinkface to a
non-wrestling fan sometime.  Bull Buchanan?s springboard clothesline
wouldn?t be so bad if he didn?t blow it half the time.

SCOTT ZUCKER: The Artist's finishing move, the jumping middle rope DDT was
absolutely horrible. He rarely hit the move right, and it lacked
credibility due to the way it was executed. Same goes with Stasiak's
finisher. A few times, he's come very close to seriously injuring a
wrestler with it. Sid's crossface wasn't credible either.

CHRISTOPHER SHEA: There are women in WOW who do better side headlocks than
Chyna. You can't make a DDT look good unless you hold on. Buchanan's axe
kick is a cool-looking move -- when the cameraman is careful not to show
that he misses by a country mile. And the deficiencies of the Gymnastics
Elbow have been well-discussed elsewhere.

RICK SCAIA: Lance Storm's Canadian Maple Leaf is just about the industry's
least convincing finisher.  Storm's so talented that it's frustrating to
have to put him down for the year's Worst Move...  X-Pac's broncobuster is
-- to paraphrase the Rock -- "the most homoerotic move in sports
entertainment," and I just don't get what purpose it serves (does it hurt?  
is it psychological warfare?  what?).  Number Three on the list goes to
Hulk Hogan's Leg Drop o' Doom, just for old times' sake.

DOMINIC SEIBERT:  Worst Wrestling Move (con't.) 4th: Scott Steiner's
Recliner -- The greatest physical specimen in the sport has WHAT for a
finisher?!!?!??!?!?!?!??! 5th: Rock's People's Elbow -- Thankfully, he
sets it up now with a reasonable power move like a uranage or a
spinebuster. 6th: Chyna's Handspring Elbow -- SHE NEVER HITS THE GUY WITH
Edge's spear -- He's too small a guy to use that as a major move.
Thankfully, the WWF realized this and has him use it only against smaller
competitors. 8th: X-Pac's Broncobuster -- What does this accomplish?  
However, it's down on the list because when they stick the foot up to
counter it, it looks REALLY good. 9th: X-Pac's X-Factor -- As a finisher?!  
Huh?!  It's a modified bulldog which isn't even a finisher anymore (NOTE:
Unlike Kidman's powerbomb reversal, the X-Factor has no whiplash effect
and is so overdramatized to compensate, it doesn't look realistic or
believable). 10th: Scotty 2 Hotty's Worm -- Down on the list since it's
not a finisher, just a spot the crowd likes. Honorable Mention: Rikishi's
Stinkface -- While gross and disgusting, it doesn't make the top 10,
because, in my opinion, anybody willing to be subjected to it is making
the ULTIMATE sacrifice for the company.

TROY OLSON: Sid's crossface was quite possibly the funniest thing I've
ever seen in wrestling.  Nash's powerbomb is more like a powerdrop now.  
I still can see the horrific image of Nash almost killing Page off of the
stage on Nitro.  Poor DDP probably exerted more energy in executing the
move than Nash did, that lazy SOB.

JEREMY DELINE: Watching Chyna flip across the ring like a circus monkey is
unpleasant on three or four different levels. Scotty Too Hotty's worm is
the most business-exposing move there is. thank god it never got as
successful as the people's elbow. and Sid's 'variation' on the crossface
crippler made me laugh till my ears bled when I saw him 'apply'
it....let's take a moment and bow our heads in silent prayer for Sid's
skillz. Over ten years in the major federations, and he's still adding new
moves to his repertoire. God bless ya, Sid.

NATHAN LONEY: W!  O!  OH, OH, OH!  Just a horrible wrestling move!  Just
seeing it brings a tear to my eye.  It takes a real piece of crap to knock
the Van Daminator out of the top spot... congrats, Scotty!  Speak of the
devil, the Van Daminator is still a shitty move.  Just hit him with the
fucking chair.  And Chyna's handspring elbow makes little children cry
when they see it.  Pathetic.

BILL LEHECKA:  I almost wanted to put in here Chyna's stupid ass, crappy
forearms.  I mean, what the hell is she trying to accomplish with a
flailing forearm?  She makes it look so lame.  Alas, I went with her
equally idiotic handspring elbow.  She really strikes fear into her
opponents when she botches the handspring and elbows air.

MATT SPAULDING: Mr. Steiner?  When people are SLIPPING OUT of a CAMEL
CLUTCH and you have to put them back in, you're doing something wrong.  
At least make it look like it hurts.  I don't detest Chyna as much as
others here do, but she just cannot make that elbow look convincing.  
Stasiak's Perfect Plant is here just because it's a Stasiak move.  I
didn't vote for Iaukea's jumping DDT because he's never hit it, and it'd
probably be a decent move if he ever could.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: The stinkface is just *disgusting*. I'm amazed how
so-called "civilized" people could pop for that move. And I certainly pity
anyone who has take it. :P Hogan's LDOD is always a good vote in this
category, and it gets second. Finally, there's the People's Elbow,
possibly the stupidest move in professional wrestling (which covers a lot
of ground!) It isn't even cool anymore, so I'm quite happy to vote for it.
The Worm is fourth -it's every bit as dumb as the Elbow, but at least no
one takes it seriously as a finisher.

LAWRENCE BENEDETTO: Broncobuster? How does that hurt your opponent more
than your balls, X-Pac? Oh, you don't have any balls, I get it. The WWF
used their low-angle cameras waaaaay too much during Rikishi matches.

TANVIR RAQUIB: A parody of a 50 year scumbag businessman with one rolling
eye uses a spinning toe hold during a tag match against Vampiro. It's
horrible to watch Vamp sell it. WHY? WHY? WHY?

MIKE PLYLEY: Chyna's elbow is the worst thing I've ever seen in my life.  
It's not even an elbow.  She just does the handspring and slowly bumps the
guys chest with her back.  Sure the Worm and the Stinkface are god-awful,
but at least they're played up as comedy moves.

JOHN DONALDSON:  Probably the three moves that do or did the least damage
in the WWF, but get some of the biggest crowd pops.  The Stinkface is just
gross, it has temporarily damaged the olfactory senses of most of the WWF
roster.  The Elbow and The Worm are two moves that are so overrated, but
they allow their victims to get some much needed rest.

NICK RANGEL: Why does everyone continue to sell Hogan's legdrop? People
say the Stunner and the People's elbow expose the business, but neither of
those approach the sheer idiocy of the legdrop.  Hell, the Radicals have
taken to dropping their knee off the ropes, a move that it looks like it
could really decapitate someone, and opponents never sell that as a closer
while Hogan's well padded leg, dropped from a relatively stable position
almost always gets a pin.  Hell as far as I can recall, only two people
have ever no-sold that move and one of them, the Wall, was this year (in
the Nitro that occurred in the week prior to the Russo-Bischoff era that
has since been erased from wrestling's "worked" history).

JEFF "FRO" WAHLMAN: Chyna's handspring elbow is SO weak.  X-Pac's bronco
buster was cool in... uh 1996.  Rikishi's stink face was funny... once or

THE CUBS FAN: That move looked like a credible finisher (or something that
actually hurt someone) when Danny Doring used it.  Then Shane got his
hands on it...

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