Since its introduction into WWE, Seth Rollins’ Curb Stomp has been one of the best looking and most popular finishing moves in the entire company. It was completely original, and it’s something that could be hit anywhere, at almost any time. Unfortunately, the move was banned shortly after this year’s WrestleMania, and Rollins began using a new finishing move, which wasn’t quite as good as the Curb Stomp.
Rollins has never once hurt anyone with the Curb Stomp, and if he has, it hasn’t been made public. But WWE did feel that the move was too high-risk, leading them to the decision to change it.
Back at Payback, Rollins debuted his new finisher — the Pedigree. At the time, most people assumed that his use of the move would be a one-time thing. But, apparently, it’s his new finisher going forward. However, Rollins doesn’t rule out the possibility of using the Curb Stomp at some point in the future.
“Yeah [the Curb Stomp] is gone. Sorry. But, hey, never say never. But for now yes… For the extended period of time, the Pedigree will be my finisher.”
It would appear that WWE wants everyone to forget the existence of Rollins’ Curb Stomp, as they’ve edited it out of past footage. The first notable time they edited it out was in the Roman Reigns documentary on the WWE Network, where they just showed Rollins stalking Reigns, then it immediately cut to Rollins getting the pin, and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Randy Orton — who had a similar thing happen to him when his punt kick was banned — was able to end up using the punt sporadically years after it was originally banned. So the same thing could end up happening with Rollins’ Curb Stomp, especially since the move didn’t hurt anyone at any point, unlike Orton’s punt kick.
When the Curb Stomp was taken away from Rollins, WWE did say that the move wasn’t banned, and they changed his finisher because they wanted him to have a move that he can hit out of nowhere, on anyone, even though the Curb Stomp was a move that fit that description.
The real reason WWE banned the move is because they want to minimize the risk of concussions, and, even though Rollins never gave anyone a concussion with the move, they felt that the move would — at some point — cause the man on the receiving end to suffer a concussion.
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