In all the rumors and speculation that is the 25th Anniversary episode of Raw and two weeks out from the Royal Rumble, it’s not a surprise the WWE Universe wouldn’t have seen the return of a controversial finisher on the list of things to watch for, but there it was. In an excellent match that was only outmatched by its ending, Seth Rollins defeated Finn Balor with the “Curb Stomp” finisher.
The announce team was astonished but Corey Graves immediately called it the “BlackOut” suggesting the move was planned well in advance. Adding to that theory, Balor stayed shaken in the ring and assisted by The Good Brothers as the show closed. The situation and ending was slightly awkward but shot in a way to emphasize the devastation of the move.
Biggest return of the year: Seth Rollins’ curb stomp pic.twitter.com/Z04Chxujxg
— Zack (@TheZackLethal) January 16, 2018
Immediately on Twitter, WWE referred to Balor as getting “Stomped”, so there’s no doubt, the move is back and fans couldn’t be happier.
“The Curb Stomp” was moved to the banned list of moves WWE talent was no longer allowed to use after Vince McMahon decided it was not a good look for the company. During an interview with Sam Roberts, Rollins revealed how devastated he was when told the move was being banned and would “never come back.”
Rollins said, “After WrestleMania, I had won the [WWE] title, and I flew across the country to do The Today Show. For The Today Show, they put together a package of all of Seth Rollins’ awesome maneuvers. At the time, my finish was The Curbstomp… And he (Vince) thought to himself, ‘well, that’s not a good representation of what I want my top guy to do,’ so he just had a meeting with some of his people, and they decided, ‘well, we don’t need it – we can figure out another finish for you’ and the rest is history.”
Since that day, Rollins was given “The Pedigree” which for fans, never quite sunk in. “The Pedigree” was a move made famous by Triple H and a move that felt like it was never Rollins’ to use. He’s gone away from it in the past few months, using a knee strike called “Kings Landing.” Monday was the first time Rollins went back to “The Curb Stomp.”
The question now is, did WWE try to sneak this in to see how fans would react? Are they going to be looking at pushing Seth Rollins and using his finisher as a way to get fans interested again?
Whatever the case, the fact Rollins broke out the move might be bigger news than anyone who shows at the 25th Anniversary show or the Royal Rumble. It could mean huge things for Rollins’ character.
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