On this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins brought back the Curb Stomp finisher to defeat Finn Balor in the main event match. The maneuver shocked much of the WWE Universe, as the company had banned the move for in late 2015.
In case you were wondering as to whether or not is was a one-off, Rollins did seem to hint on Twitter that the finisher is back for good:
Rollins explained why Vince McMahon and officials opted to ban the finisher during an appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast back in September. According to Rollins, McMahon didn't think the Curb Stomp was "a good representation of what he wanted his top guy to do," and they decided to give him another finisher. Rollins was disappointed with the decision, and used Triple H's Pedigree as his finisher.
On top of that, the Curb Stomp is one of the most dangerous finishers in wrestling - and the WWE has gone great lengths to protect their stars. Popular moves like the Tombstone Piledriver are only allowed to be performed by superstars with plenty of experience doing it - like Kane and The Undertaker.
At the time when WWE banned the Curb Stomp, Rollins was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion - and was being pushed as the face of the company by The Authority. He was often wearing suits and being promoted as the well-groomed and successful champion.
But Rollins is now one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions with Jason Jordan, and is a member of the recently reunited Shield faction. Rollins isn't the main face of wrestling right now, so the Curb Stomp finisher is more suitable to perform in this current gimmick.
We'll see if Rollins continues to provide pain on his opponents by using his old finisher once again, or if its comeback was just for one night.
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