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#FinisherFriday (11/6/15): Break A Leg!



While the wrestling world is still reeling from the news over Seth Rollins' exploding knee that's projected to have him warming the bench for at least half a year, we thought it would be timely for #FinisherFriday to take a look back at some of the best wrestling finishers designed to bust up an opponent's leg real good.


*****

Bret Hart's Ringpost Figure Four



When you think of the Hitman, you think of crisp, flawless, scientific submission wrestling. So when he debuted his infamous ringpost figure four, it was a huge shock to everyone. Apparently, the "Excellence of Execution" has a brutal side to him too. And you don't get much more brutal than using the cold, unforgiving steel of the ring itself to add more pain to an already deadly move.

*****

Charlie Haas' Haas of Pain



When you talk about torque and leverage designed to destroy a wrestler's leg, the Haas of Pain is an obvious mention. While critics may talk about the instability of the move—all an opponent has to do after all to escape it is to twist his hips a little—the fact of the matter is it's the greatest showcase of Charlie Haas' mastery of ring balance and technique.

*****

Charlotte's Figure Eight Leglock




How do you innovate on a legendary move? Charlotte has the answer: You bridge it. While the move itself is visually stunning, keen-eyed observers will note that it actually puts less pressure on the opponent's leg than the original Figure Four. We don't care. It looks damn cool, and sometimes that's all you need in a wrestling move.

*****

Ric Flair's Figure Four Leglock



This is probably the granddaddy of all leg-based submission moves, and when Ric Flair decides it's time to take you on a trip to Space Mountain, you probably don't have many other options besides tapping. We were saddened to see the move fall from grace in Flair's last run—seriously, that move beat almost nobody—but it remains to be a mythical move in the pro wrestling world.

*****

AJ Styles' Calf Killer



AJ Styles has been a revelation in more recent years, supplementing his formidable aerial game with some nifty ground-based submissions like this devious Calf Killer. When he yanks back on your legs with all of his might, tapping out (or at least a serious knee injury) is inevitable.

*****

Brock Lesnar's Brock Lock



It's almost unfair how much brute force Brock Lesnar can apply when he locks on his submissions. While his Kimura Lock is more famous these days, this was the move that first established his credentials as a fearsome submission wrestler. There aren't many men with the stature and sheer force to pull off this move, but the Beast Incarnate made it look easy.

*****

Kurt Angle's Ankle Lock



You can count on one hand the number of men who have made Hulk Hogan tap out, and Kurt Angle is one of them, forcing the Immortal One to say uncle to his torturous Ankle Lock. Hogan was just being wise though—sometimes, it's better to submit than to risk having your ankle ligaments and tendons snapped at the hands of the Olympic gold medalist.

*****

Yuji Nagata's Nagata Lock I



There have been numerous iterations on the Nagata Lock, but we say the first one was the best of all. The grand old gentleman from NJPW knew just the right way to break even the toughest competitor with his unique leg submission best described as an inverted Figure Four.

*****

Chris Benoit's Indian Deathlock



We loved the Crippler Crossface, but once in a while, Benoit would bust out his famed Indian Deathlock, and it was always majestic to behold. While wrestlers such as Triple H or Summer Rae may have made bigger waves with its inverted variant, the original move always takes the cake. When your legs are knotted up by the masterful hands of the Canadian Crippler, there's almost no escaping.

*****

Lance Storm's Canadian Maple Leaf



Lance Storm may have been (allegedly) boring, but his beautiful rolling leglock known as the Canadian Maple Leaf was one of the silkiest, most graceful moves in professional wrestling. It's hard to argue against a move that made its user the first man in WCW history to hold the United States Championship, the Cruiserweight Championship, and the Hardcore Championship all at the same time.

*****

Got any other leg-breaking submissions you felt deserves a shout-out? Leave us your suggestions with a link in the comments section below, and we'll keep our fingers crossed for a safe recovery for Seth Rollins.

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