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2001 R.S.P-W Awards

Worst Wrestling Move


Award Description:

To be given to the move that is the worst thing you've seen this year. 
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

**2001**: Chyna's handspring elbow

274 first place votes
265 second place votes
256 third place votes

 42 27 21  333   Chyna's handspring elbow
 40 19 18  293   Scotty 2 Hotty's Worm chop
 13 19 23  168   X-Pac's bronco buster
 15 18  9  147   Rock's People's Elbow elbowdrop
 11 13 16  126   Rikishi's Stinkface
 12 11 13  119   Rock's sharpshooter
 14  3  6   91   Billy Gunn's The One and Only cobra clutch slam
  8 13  6   91   Buff Bagwell's sleeper
  4  9 12   71   Undertaker's Old School ropewalk forearm smash
  9  4  6   69   Billy Gunn's Fame-asser
  7  7  6   68   Big Show's Final Cut
  5 10  6   67   Test's big boot kick
  7  7  5   66   Torrie Wilson's handspring elbow
  7  7  5   66   Rock's Layin' the Smack Down punch
  4  8  6   56   Lita's moonsault
  6  4  6   54   Undertaker's Last Ride powerbomb
  3  7  6   48   Haku's Tongan Death Grip nerve hold
  6  4  2   46   Big Show's Alley-oop
  6  0  7   44   Perry Saturn's catapult into Moppy/turnbuckle
  4  6  3   44   Lita's Litacanrana rana
  5  5  1   42   Chris Jericho's Lionsault quebrada
  3  5  6   42   Chris Jericho's Breakdown forward Russian legsweep
  2  5  3   31   Matt Hardy's second rope legdrop
  1  4  6   29   Dudley Boyz' Wazzup diving headbutt
  2  4  3   28   X-Pac's sleeper
  1  4  4   25   Lita's Twist of Fate neckbreaker
  1  4  3   23   Hurricane's Eye of the Hurricane
  0  4  4   20   Undertaker's jujigatame
  3  0  2   19   Edge's spear
  2  3  0   19   Rhyno's Gore spear
  2  1  3   19   Lance Storm's Canadian Maple Leaf half crab
  2  2  1   18   Rob van Dam's Rolling Thunder senton
  2  1  2   17   X-Pac's X-Factor facebuster
  1  2  2   15   Kurt Angle's anklelock
  2  1  0   13   Beckie the Farmer's Daughter's Farmer's Roll
  1  2  1   13   William Regal's Union Jack neckbreaker
  0  2  2   10   Matt Hardy's Twist of Fate neckbreaker
  1  1  0    8   Slam Dunk's chokeslam
  1  1  0    8   Rock's Rock Bottom uranage
  1  1  0    8   Chris Jericho's Walls of Jericho crab
  1  1  0    8   Billy Kidman's Kid Krusher
  0  2  1    8   Bradshaw's Clothesline from Hell lariat
  0  0  4    8   Spike Dudley's Dudley Dog bulldog
  1  0  1    7   Tazz's Tazzmission kati hajime
  1  0  1    7   Lana Star's mirror to the head
  0  0  3    6   Shane McMahon's shooting star press
  1  0  0    5   Yutaka Yoshie's Thesz Press
  1  0  0    5   Shane McMahon's sharpshooter
  1  0  0    5   Scott Steiner's Steiner Recliner camel clutch
  1  0  0    5   Rob van Dam's van Daminator spin kick into chair
  1  0  0    5   Perry Saturn's punches
  1  0  0    5   Perry Saturn's Moss-covered, Three-Handled Family Gredunza 
                 swinging fishermanbuster
  1  0  0    5   Kurt Angle's Angle slam
  1  0  0    5   Jeff Jarrett's Stroke forward Russian legsweep
  1  0  0    5   Jeff Hardy's Swantonbomb senton
  1  0  0    5   Cien Caras' chops
  1  0  0    5   Chris Jericho's bulldog
  1  0  0    5   Big Show's Curtain Call
  0  1  1    5   Kanyon's I'm Better Than You reverse uranage
  0  0  2    4   Slam Dunk's airplane spin
  0  1  0    3   Undertaker's chokeslam
  0  1  0    3   Tank Abbott's punch
  0  1  0    3   Summer's surfboard
  0  1  0    3   Mitsuharu Misawa's tiger suplex
  0  1  0    3   Masa Chono's Yakuza kick
  0  1  0    3   Low Ki's kicks
  0  1  0    3   Farah the Persian Princess' Persian Carpet
  0  1  0    3   Chuck Palumbo's Jungle Kick superkick
  0  1  0    3   Chris Jericho's running forearm
  0  1  0    3   Booker T's Book End uranage
  0  1  0    3   Billy Gunn's jackhammer
  0  1  0    3   Big Show's chokeslam
  0  0  1    2   Shane McMahon's jumping chairshot
  0  0  1    2   Scotty 2 Hotty's bulldog
  0  0  1    2   Paisley's handspring elbow
  0  0  1    2   Lotus' handspring elbow
  0  0  1    2   Lita's forearms
  0  0  1    2   Kronik's High Times double uranage
  0  0  1    2   Kane's big boot
  0  0  1    2   Jeff Hardy's double legrop
  0  0  1    2   Jane Blond's missile dropkick
  0  0  1    2   Hardcore Holly's Alabama Slam double leg slam
  0  0  1    2   Great Sasuke's Space Flying Tiger Drop
  0  0  1    2   Dudley Boyz' Dudley Death Drop flapjack/neckbreaker combo
  0  0  1    2   Chyna's giant swing


  1  1  3        Booker T's Spinarooni (not a move)
  1  0  0        Hulk Hogan's legdrop (ineligible time)
  1  0  0        "Tie" votes
  0  0  1        Hulk Hogan's bulldog (ineligible time)
  0  0  1        Duplicated votes

RYAN HALL: Chyna and Torrie:  If I wanted gymnastics I'd watch ABC on
Saturday afternoon.

EDDIE BURKETT: I wanted to vote for Sid's leg breaking jump off the top
rope, but I didn't know if that was eligible.  That said, Torrie Wilson
CAN'T do a handspring elbow, the Tongan Deathgrip LOOKS dumb, and
Undertaker will KILL someone with that move if he isn't careful.

HIRO: The Rock needs to learn on how to properly do the Sharpshooter. He
effectively turned that move into a joke.

KEN DREILING: Don't put Torrie's handspring elbow on TV again.  I've seen
cat turds look better than that.

CHIP BOOTS: Everybody knows that the Hulkster is the only one who can get
away with a legdrop finisher.

SCOTT WORDEN: Worst move was Chyna's handspring "elbow"  If they called it
a handspring "back splash" then I would not vote for it..  The Rope walk
has to go, and so does taker.. and Slingshot into Moppy..  oh my!

F-MAN: As Mick Foley said, "The People's Elbow, which is the most
ludicrous thing I have ever seen in wrestling...", and I can't agree with
him more. The part I can't believe is that sometimes, the elbow is The
Rock's finisher, and people are laying down for it! If it was a Randy
Savage top-rope flying elbow, I can see laying down for that, but the
People's Elbow is nothing more than a glorified elbowdrop.

CHRIS BIRD: Chris Jericho's Breakdown deserves special mention in the
"good wrestlers with bad finishers" category. Jeff Jarrett is the only
wrestler who's ever even made the forward Russian legsweep look slightly
good. Jericho's version is a bad version of a clumsy and undramatic
finishing move that should simply be retired immediately.

MIKE JOHNSON: 1.  Show's 4th rate rip-off of Helms' move shows how lazy
Wight is.  He'd have been dumped a year ago had it not ben for his huge
contract.  2.) Chyna's "gingerly back into handspring" must make Muta
cringe every time he sees it.  3.) Has Lita ever actually hit her
opponents' chest with this move?

KEVIN WONG: You know, it's amazing how inconsistent wrestlers can be with
their signature moves.  Chris Jericho, Billy Gunn, and Lotus are all
guilty of that.  Actually, it's not fair to single out Lotus.  Chyna,
Terri Gold AND Torrie Wilson can't do a handspring elbow either...

DONNY L: Stinkface another reason to be shamfull of being a wrestling fan.
Chyna handspring (slowmo)elbow is brutal. Matt Hardy second rope legdrop
o'doom huge set up for such a lame move, the uhhh doens't help it any.

PETER HAZLETT: I like Jericho, but I am not sure I have ever seen him
actually hit this.  As for the Ankle Lock, there are too many ways to get
out of it, more coming every week.  The Broncobuster is just not right.

SIMON GRIER: The One and Only is a ridiculous move. It just looks awful.
The Stroke was a bad move when Jarrett did it *properly*, Y2J's version is
just awful.  A move like The Worm or the People's Elbow is good because it
pops the crowd - but it needs to be set up with a good power move that
would keep a guy down. Rock's spinebuster does it - that pathetic variant
on the bulldog Scott Taylor uses doesn't, and makes the Worm's usage all
the more ridiculous.

PAUL PROSE: I think Test shows a lot of promise, but he really needs a
different finishing move.  Everytime he raises his leg for the big boot I
think "Hogan."  At least it's better than the elbow off the top rope,
which had "Savage" written all over it.

JOHN C.: If you were wrestling with Billy Gunn would you really let him
give you a cobra clutch slam? The guy screws up moves all the time and his
finisher doesn't make him look any better. I know smarks are in love with
Regal but his Union Jack is a weak finisher. Chyna's handspring elbow is
absolutely horrendous to watch. It's like watching a fat guy attempting to
do a cartwheel. The effort is there but there's no way in hell that it's
going to look good.

CHRIS GRIMM: The People's Elbow is insulting to the Rock's opponent,
insulting to the fans and insulting to the sport.  The fact that a simple
elbowdrop is sold as being about as devastating as a gunshot wound is
insane.  The Last Ride is a cool move, in and of itself, but deserves
mention here since the Undertaker comes damn close to crippling someone
with it about once every three weeks.  Remember when he almost dropped
Test on his head about three times?  The Rock's "sharpshooter" basically
only exists so Vince can recreate the Montreal screwjob every six months
or so.  It looks like hell anyway.

SCOTT CHRIST: Chris Jericho's version of the stroke is the worst thing
I've ever seen.

JOE GENTILE: Chyna's Handspring Elbos is the worst.... nah, it's just too
easy, I'll move on.  Why does Matt Hardy make such a big deal of a second
rope legdrop? And then, there's the W-O-R-M which stands for Worst
Offensive Wrestling Move.

PIEMAN: Do you think Lita has actually ever hit anyone with her moonsault?

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: The Worm and the People's Elbow are easily the two
stupidest moves in "Sports Entertainment". So why is it that they're also
two of the most popular? Either deserves to win but the People's Elbow
isn't really a finisher (Rock's proper finish is still the Rock Bottom),
whereas the Worm is (God knows why), so the latter gets the nod. Since
Rikishi was kind enough to bring back the stinkface during his brief,
uneventful return to babyfacedom, I can, fortunately, vote for it in third

YNAE316: Rock's Layin' the Smack Down punch:  Utterly ridiculous Summer's
surfboard:  Actually applied it decently, but actually pushing itas her
potential FINISHER??? Big Show's Alley-oop:  Pretty effective from that
height, but just LOOKS silly...

SHANE SPEAR: The "old school" move sucked back then, and it still sucks
today.  It's just an arm-wrench Michael Cole!  TELL IT LIKE IT IS!  The
final cut and eye of the hurricane were both the same move, and in all
reality, it's just a clothesline while falling down.  Lame.

THE CUBS FAN: No offense to the Great Muta (and maybe Molly) BUT they
should just ban the handspring elbow if so many women are going to do it
so horribely.

MATT SPAULDING: No one nominated the Steiner Recliner?  SHAME on you
people.  Lance Storm's too good to be using suck a crappy finisher.  Same
for Jericho and the Breakdown, which doesn't look good and can never be
sold properly because to do so would break your face. 26.

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