WWE has banned a lot of moves in the past due to safety concerns. Many of which, such as the piledriver made sense, as you could tell one would risk their career and even life with such a move. Plus, there are several injuries over the years that point to it being more bad than good. That said, many understood when WWE decided to ban the curb stomp recently.
Very few liked the idea of it being banned, but many did understand why. However, it seems that WWE may have decided to remove it only for short period of time.
According to The Wrestling Observer, the move is said to be “on hold” for now, and will be until WWE’s current concussion lawsuits are gone or no longer a threat. While most of the lawsuits have no merit and will probably be dropped, WWE does not want to lose the case due a current move. Especially if that move is done by it’s current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Seth Rollins’ move clearly is beloved by WWE fans. The move can also be done safely if the seller takes the move as they are supposed to. Many do not, which is why it is a threat currently. Brock Lesnar for example takes the move in a very unsafe way, so people such as Lesnar will need to be safer with the move in order for it to come back full time.
For now, WWE has been making Rollins use another finisher. The new finisher is a frontface DDT of sorts, but it lacks a name for now. It is unclear if WWE will continue to leave the move nameless, but if they do we probably can expect him to only be using it for a short period of time.
If WWE is only having Seth Rollins stop using the curb stomp due to current lawsuits, we’re clearly going to see it again. It now at least makes sense that WWE Legal mentioned the move might not be good to keep around. It was WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon’s idea to ban the move, but it was truly at the request of WWE Legal. At the end of the day, it appears both decided to ban it only due to concussion lawsuits and not just safety as we previously were told and assumed.
The lawsuits against WWE will certainly take time. So we shouldn’t expect Seth Rollins to surprisingly use his curb stomp finisher any time soon. However, could we see it by the end of the year? That much is very possible. Rollins may use it surprisingly at the time then do it more frequently as time goes on. He may even tease it for a while but not do it like Randy Orton does with his punt move. Unlike Orton’s move however, at least Rollins will get the chance to use his move after lawsuits end.
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