In an exclusive interview with Inside The Ropes, Arn Anderson has revealed to Gary Cassidy which three wrestlers he believes do the best spinebuster – if we take The Enforcer himself out of the equation.
“Wow. I don’t think I can narrow it down to one, but I can give you a few… I think Triple H has a good one. I think Bobby Roode. I think Rhino. Rhino’s is very good. I don’t know about the rest, but those come to mind, off the top of my head. They’ve got good whip, good elevation, all the things that you need. And again, I see them…virtually every week, somebody does one, so it’s an honour, it’s a privilege to me.”
As to whether the overuse of the spinebuster in recent times has diminished Anderson’s legacy in any way, The Enforcer humbly spoke of how “generous” the audience has been with his signature move – even when it “doesn’t have as much impact.”
“A lot of people do excellent spinebusters today, a lot of people do variations. I’ve always looked at it as honouring the move, and me, to a degree. The funny thing is, since I’ve retired and I’ve only done a few scattered spinebusters, everyone has been so generous. They’ve went, “Now, THAT’s a spinebuster.” And it’s almost like it returned because I did make up the move. It is my move. I introduced it, came up with it, and back in those days, no-one would have dreamed of doing another guy’s signature move. But now that I’ve retired, guys would ask me and, you know, out of respect, I say, “Sure, man, I’m done. You know, take it.”
“I think the audience has been very generous in the fact that mine seems to have a little more impact even when it doesn’t have more impact – if that makes sense.”
Will we see Arn Anderson do a DDP and wrestle another match in AEW? Double A told us there’s no chance of that happening – but says he still has two spinebusters left in him.
“Oh, no! Trust me, if you saw me sit down in this chair or walk across the room, you would not believe that. ‘He’s done!'”
“I’ve got maybe…two more than I’m going to spread out. Time will tell. We’ll see.”
Thanks to Arn Anderson for taking the time to chat with Inside The Ropes. You can read the full interview here.