WWE wrestlers are expected to come up (or borrow) a particular move that is considered to be their 'signature move', so to speak. This manoeuvre should not only look dangerous and painful for their opponents but ideally, should also add to the kayfabe character of the particular wrestler.
Take for example the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels' 'Sweet Chin Music' which was basically a direct kick to the jaw of the opponent. It was quick, unpredictable, appeared to be powerful enough and most importantly, it looked good, just what Michaels' character would want his finisher to be.
Through the decades of WWE, we have come across many of these iconic moves that, let's be honest, we all have tried on our siblings.
What a lot of people couldn't have fathomed was the fact that some of these moves, which not only seemed painful to watch, are very dangerous in reality and can knock your opponent out instantly or make them submit within seconds of engaging.
Here's the list of the top four times, MMA fighters used WWE moves in real-life:1. Jonno Mears against Aaron Jones - Chris Jericho's Walls Of Jericho:
It felt as if Mears was on a dare as he was going for the legs ever since the beginning of the fight. When he was able to get a hold of Aaron Jones' legs, his instant reaction was to go for the Boston Crab, made famous by WWE's Y2K, Chris Jericho himself!
Here's his version of the move:2. Quinton Jackson against Ricardo Arona - Batista's Batista Bomb:
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson found himself halfway in a Triangle Choke in a bout versus Ricardo Arona. His quick thinking combined with his supernatural core strength led Jackson to counter the hold with an outrageous Power Bomb.
Although not as dramatic, Jackson's move was obviously inspired by Batista's finisher, the Batista Bomb:3. Alan Belcher vs. Patrick Cote - The Undertaker's Tombstone Piledriver:
While not as clean, Belcher's version of The Undertaker's Piledriver was equally impactful. In a match against Patrick Cote, the then 25-year-old decided to lift Cote upside down before slamming him on his head. The crowd's reaction says it all:
The Deadman's version is a lot more creepy though:4. Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes - Randy Orton's DDT
Channelling her inner 'Viper', the American MMA fighter, Cat Zingano performed a DDT on UFC then-bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes as she locked her head and drove it to the mat. Cat's WWE inspired move also led to her winning the title later that evening.
Randy Orton's DDT is a little different (and a lot more innovative) though: