Seth Rollins is widely considered the most talented superstar on the WWE roster. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the WWE draft, is almost always involved in the main events and is brilliant on the microphone and in the ring. Unfortunately, Rollins has been involved in a number of injuries to opponents and to himself which has WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart calling for change.
“I take no great pleasure in saying ‘I told you so,’ but if you’re a professional wrestler and you keep hurting opponents and or yourself, clearly you’re doing it wrong. I wrestled a very realistic and physical style and not once in 23 yrs did I ever hurt one opponent ever. Seth Rollins needs to improve his technique and become the safest wrestler in the business. I have great respect for Seth. I believe he’ll improve and hopefully stop hurting the talent before someone gets killed. Wrestlers have to trust one another. If a wrestler holds the life of another wrestler in his hands for the sake of his family, wife or children you plain and simply cannot drop it,” Hart told Wrestlezone.
— ProWrestlingSheet (@WrestlingSheet) August 26, 2016
“I saw this coming, if anything WWE producers are negligent for not speaking up about it to him already, instead they’re probably gushing with joy, slapping him on the back telling him ‘great job!’ Bill Goldberg was similar,” Hart continued. “When I think of Samoa Joe nearly killing Tyson Kidd, then see him continuing to use that deadly finish of his, I just shake my head. It’s not real, it’s only supposed to look real, wrestlers are not crash test dummies.”
Over the last year, Seth Rollins has broken the nose of John Cena with a flying knee, injured Sting’s neck at Night of Champions, blown out his own knee and dislocated the shoulder of Finn Balor at SummerSlam. While many will say all of these injuries could just be terrible coincidences, Hart makes a great point that he never injured another opponent in the ring and Rollins has now injured three opponents and himself in a year.
Former wrestler Lance Storm agreed with Hart, specifically mentioning that he’s not a fan of Seth’s patented turnbuckle powerbomb, according to 411MANIA.
“When you’re throwing someone backwards at stuff who is partially obstructed… I’ve seen guys, if you come a little short, they bang their head on the barricade, too high you hit your back and fold yourself the wrong way,” Storm said. “When your moves have a high risk but the risk is on you, I don’t mind it as much. But when you’re throwing guys backwards, the risk is all on him and I don’t like stuff like that. I didn’t like it when Sting took the buckle-bomb, and I don’t like it when other guys take the buckle bomb.”
— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 25, 2016
Following the injury to Sting, Seth Rollins just brushed it off as a freak injury, but now that the Balor’s been injured by the same turnbuckle powerbomb, it brings into question whether the WWE should ban the move all together.
Justin LaBar spoke about that exact issue on his TribLIVE Radio show, “Wrestling Reality With Justin LaBar” on Tuesday.
“Some might say it has nothing to do with the move and it’s the user. I’m not prepared to say Seth Rollins is unsafe. It’s pro wrestling, injuries do happen. Aside from his time out rehabbing his injury, in the past two years I bet you Rollins has worked more matches than anyone in WWE and more length of time in matches than anyone in WWE. He works a fast and intense styles os the probability is higher for his knee to connect with Cena’s nose. Higher probability for his knee to buckle at a house show with Kane. The odds are greater. The running power bomb is cringer worthy every time it’s done and has significantly changed plans. Sting hasn’t had a match since and Balor’s having surgery. If WWE doesn’t tell Rollins to stop using the move then Rollins needs to take the initiative himself to stop doing it anyways. It’s one move out of an arsenal of abilities he has in the ring. It’s not needed.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Seth Rollins makes any changes to his in-ring wrestling style in the future.
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