WWE Superstars are built differently, giving them the opportunity to pull off some incredible moves in the ring. Superstars suffer many injuries during their careers, but most come back better and stronger.
Over the past few years, fans have seen more injuries than ever before from the men and women in the business. Often, they have hit their finishers on each other, much to the delight of their fans.
As trained professionals, WWE stars know how to pull off incredible moves in the safest way possible. Therefore, the risk of injuries is greatly reduced. Let’s take a look at five WWE Superstars who have landed their finishers on female performers in recent years.
#5. Roman Reigns spears Stephanie McMahon at WWE WrestleMania 32
Stephanie McMahon didn’t know what Roman Reigns would do at WrestleMania 32
Roman Reigns and Triple H faced off in the main event of WrestleMania 32 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. These two had a great storyline in the competition, and fans were expecting fireworks from the two.
Reigns was down and out during the match, while Stephanie McMahon came to the ring to see her husband, Triple H, arguing with the referee. The Big Dog had enough strength to land a spear on Triple H. However, the game fell by the wayside, putting Stephanie in the line of fire for purely entertainment purposes.
Roman’s Spear to Stefani drew a huge pop from over 100,000 fans at the venue. This was the first time fans saw Reigns take down a woman in WWE. Later speaking on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, The Tribal Chief revealed that Stephanie was none too pleased about getting speared by him.
“He took it like a champ. He did a great job, and I didn’t really take any physicality out of it. He took a full-on spear, and that’s what you’re supposed to do in the main event of WrestleMania. He clearly Was a little sad and not too happy about it, but I think after the main event of WrestleMania everyone goes through that process and the adrenaline rush of the performance and then excited to celebrate a phenomenal moment with a live audience Happens.” [h/t Sportzwiki]
WrestleMania main events require big things, and this was the biggest draw of the show’s two stars. Stephanie has never shied away from taking some big hits from the men in the company. But a spear from The Big Dog caught him off guard.
#4. WWE Royal Rumble 2010 CM Punk and GTS eliminated Beth Phoenix Beth Phoenix defeated The Great Khali
Beth Phoenix defeated The Great Khali at WWE Royal Rumble 2010
The 2010 Royal Rumble had many surprises for the fans. CM Punk entered the match at number 3 and carried the contest on his back for a while with his incredible work on the mic and in the ring.
During the 30-man over-the-top-rope elimination match, Beth Phoenix emerged as a surprise entrant. He came face-to-face with some of the top male superstars, including Punk.
The two were reportedly dating around that time, but that didn’t stop them from bumping into each other. Fans watched as Punk lifted Phoenix onto his shoulders and hit him with his finisher, the GTS. After hitting him with his signature move, Punk eliminated The Glamazon from the match.
This was one of the very few times fans saw Punk attack a female wrestler in the ring.
#3. Baron Corbin treats Becky Lynch until the end of days
Becky Lynch, along with her husband Seth Rollins, faced Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Winners Take All match for the Universal and Raw Women’s Championships at WWE Extreme Rules in 2019.
Lynch and Rollins worked well together and eventually won to retain their titles against the top two heels at the time. The high point of the bout saw Corbin hit Big Time Beck with his End of Days finisher in the middle of the ring.
The move attracted some attention and Corbyn earned extreme heat for his actions. On the Mornings with Matt and Rob podcast, Corbin recently talked about the Becky Lynch maneuver and the fans’ reaction to it.
“It was one of the strangest reactions I’ve ever experienced (…) When I was standing behind him, you could hear the anticipation, but when I hit him, it was a huge reaction of shock, wasn’t it? Then it got really quiet when they realized what had just happened.
His actions received mixed reactions from the WWE Universe. However, the superstars involved did a great job of pulling off the move safely. Lynch was the only match left with her title at the end of the night as Brock Lesnar quickly cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to defeat Rollins.
#2. ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt terrorized Alexa Bliss in WWE
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross have had a great partnership for several months in WWE. However, when Bliss left Bliss, she was terrorized by one of the scariest WWE Superstars in history.
A weakened Bliss was attacked by ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt on an episode of SmackDown in July 2020. Wyatt wanted to send a message to Braun Strowman through the attack and partnered with Little Miss Bliss.
The Fiend caught Bliss with her devastating Mandible Claw finisher and took her out as the night ended. It was an interesting way to bring The Fiend into Bliss’s life.
In an appearance on Table Talk, Alexa recalls the moment The Fiend attacked her. She was scared of him and just froze in his presence.
“[It’s like] the fear of being frozen or not being able to react. You know when you’re so scared of something that you don’t even know how to scream or how to breathe properly, and You just freeze? It’s like – I mean, that mask and lantern is terrifying, and to have The Fiend standing behind you, not seeing him at first, it’s terrifying! Yeah, it definitely kind of There was fear,” Anand said.
Angle briefly helped Wyatt team with Bliss. This was one of the most bizarre segments WWE has ever produced.
#1. Randy Orton has RKO’d many female WWE Superstars Little Miss Bliss has never shied away from putting up a big fight in WWE
Little Miss Bliss hasn’t shied away from taking big bumps in WWE
Randy Orton is arguably the greatest heel WWE has ever seen and that is why he is at the top of this list. Orton has attacked almost everyone in WWE, from veterans to multiple women.
Her finisher, known as the RKO, is one of the deadliest moves in all of wrestling, and many women in the company have tasted it. The Fabulous Moolah was the first woman to be hit by the RKO on the September 3, 2003 episode of WWE Raw.
Legend has it that Stacy Keibler was the victim of Orton’s devastating finisher in 2005 while they were in an on-screen relationship. On the September 4, 2006 episode of WWE Raw, Orton hit Trish Stratus with an RKO.
Randy Orton feuded with The McMahons in 2009 and tasted his finisher to Stephanie McMahon in front of Triple H. Nia Jax made the mistake of entering the men’s Royal Rumble match in 2019 as Orton took her down with an RKO.
In 2020, Beth Phoenix tries to stop the Apex Predator from further harming her husband, Edge. However, he too fell victim to an RKO as Orton showed no remorse for his actions.
The last incident occurred on January 25, 2021, with Orton hitting a female Superstar with his finisher. The Legend Killer defeated Alexa Bliss during her rivalry with ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt.
Randy Orton has one of the most devastating finishers in WWE, and he doesn’t shy away from using it against anyone in the company.