Size - Canadian destroyer
Holy shit this is a good call. Ridiculous move to begin with but now its used as nothinf more than a transition move
Indeed - should have added it to the superkick & spear in my OP. I think those three are the most current, flagarant examples of moves that should always been finishers, and now either aren't, don't get the 1,2,3 as often as they should, or are simply just done by too many people.
The DDT is another really good example. In fact, I would be willing to bet there are younger fans that never ever realized that the DDT was such a dramatic finisher at one time.
Of course, part of that is because the DDT is often done very sloppily now (especially considered to a Jack, Dreamer, etc). Spears are another one that are being done more & more sloppily, too.
I was surprised when Cole's "Panama Sunrise" (Destroyer) kept Pat McAfee down. Haven't seen someone take a fall from that move in so long, guess you need to be a non-wrestler to get beat by it now.
And besides that, while we've seen many clever entries into the move, we've also seen many that look awfully fake, which is particularly irresponsible with a move that has little margin re: suspension of disbelief as it is, yet looks more devastating than everything that follows.
Despite your last paragraph, the bumps on DDTs often appear far more damaging than in the past, apparently right on the top of the head (though really on the forearm/elbow/hand on the far side of the camera). But they escape the pinfall attempt and counter the next move bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Not good!