WWE Superstar Seth Rollins is now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It happened seemingly in the blink of an eye when he cashed in his Money in the Bank opportunity at WrestleMania 31. He waited until Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar were both beaten up heavily and in the main event of the show, he was the man that won. The next day, Rollins was the one everyone was talking about. Truly this WrestleMania will go down as one of the best in WWE history. However, more happened from this than just a World Title win for Rollins.
Seth Rollins was being groomed for WWE World Heavyweight Championship for quite some time, but in this comes changes to help a character long term. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon felt that Rollins needed something new outside of the curb stomp finisher. While this finisher is quite good in theory, it’s set up typically does not work well. According to Daily Wrestling News, while WWE legal felt the need to remove the move due to concussion potential, the reason the curb stomp was removed was ultimately due to McMahon.
Vince reportedly has been expressing displeasure for the move for months. It became an even bigger ordeal during Seth Rollins’ work with Brock Lesnar. Vince felt that it was dumb to have Lesnar “lay like an idiot” waiting for the move to happen to him. The set-up simply was not working, despite the move in execution being one of the best in the WWE.
Due to Vince’s displeasure, he decided to put out an edict to remove the move from Seth Rollins’ arsenal and have him come up with something that would work far better. Right now, it seems that Rollins has not decided on a new finisher as of yet. We’ve seen him end matches a few different ways as of late. So we’ll probably continue to see that until he uses a move that lands well with fans.
While there is a legit concern that concussions could come from the move, it does not appear that WWE removed it from use because of that. This was purely a Vince McMahon decision in the end, simply out of what was believable to the fans today. While this coming from Vince McMahon seems crazy these days, it is a fair point. Does it make sense for a man to just lay in perfect position for a move everyone knows is coming when they can move?
This is why Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar both stopped the move from occurring to them during WrestleMania 31. The only reason Reigns took the move was because it was done in a way that made sense and the set-up was perfect for it. On top of the fact that Rollins didn’t have another move ready to end on at the time. At the end of the day, if Seth Rollins can come up with something great to replace the curb stomp move, no one will care of the removal. That is IF he can do so.
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