Several weeks ago, it was reported that Seth Rollins’ finishing move — the Curb Stomp — was being banned by WWE. Then, a few days later, it was reported that the move wasn’t being banned, but Rollins wasn’t allowed to do it anymore, which is supposed to mean that it’s banned, right? The whole Curb Stomp thing is confusing, but it’s pretty obvious that WWE doesn’t want anything to do with the Curb Stomp, as they’re now editing it out of new WWE Network Content.
After this past Monday’s RAW, WWE aired its latest edition of WWE 24, which is a behind-the-scenes documentary series that has — in the past — taken the fans behind-the-scenes of WrestleMania 30 and has taken an in-depth look at the life and career of WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
This past Monday’s WWE 24 took a look at Roman Reigns’ journey to the WrestleMania 31 main-event, where he took on Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which ended with Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title on WWE’s grandest stage. But, what WWE didn’t show in the documentary is how Rollins put both Lesnar and Reigns down.
Towards the end of the documentary, it shows Lesnar giving Reigns the F-5, and while both men were down, Rollins hit the ring. It then went to Lesnar attempting an F-5 on Rollins and Reigns spearing Lesnar. Following that exchange, Seth Rollins was shown measuring Reigns for the Curb Stomp, and instead of showing the move, the footage cut to Rollins pinning Reigns and winning the title.
WWE banning Rollins’ Curb Stomp has confused a lot of people, as he’s never hurt anyone with the move. As a matter of fact, former pro wrestling manager and shoot interview legend Jim Cornette asked that very question after he heard that the move was banned, and when he heard that Rollins had never hurt anyone with it, he responded by saying “if WWE is going to ban all the moves that look dangerous, they might as well just make their show a cooking show.”
Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline has an interesting theory on why WWE is forbidding Rollins to use the Curb Stomp, and his theory is based on the recent WWE concussion lawsuits. Alvarez says that WWE may be trying to ban all moves that look like they can cause a concussion to protect themselves from future concussion lawsuits. It’s an interesting theory, and it may in fact be the case.
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