Popularized by: Johnny Ace, Diamond Dallas Page, Randy Orton
Move type: Grapple
The best thing about classic, iconic wrestling moves is that they take on a lineage, from one legendary wrestler to the next. Johnny Ace innovated the Diamond Cutter, and he taught it to DDP. Randy Orton now performs the move as the RKO, and it is probably the most popular finisher in the modern WWE. DDP’s version, however, went the hardest, because he pulled the opponent’s head directly downwards, rather than letting gravity do the work. The best thing about the Diamond Cutter is that it can be hit from anywhere, at any given moment. At this year’s Wrestlemania, for example, Orton hit the RKO as a reversal from the Curb Stomp, and an entire stadium of fans collectively lost their minds.