New Delhi: WWE wrestler Seth Rollins brought back his Curb-Stomp finisher on this week’s RAW and used the move to beat Finn Balor in the main event. The last time Rollins Curb Stomped anybody it was ‘The Stomp Heard Round The World’ at WrestleMania 31.
The move, which is now being called The Blackout, was banned by Vince McMahon in 2015 for being just too dangerous (and easy to imitate on the street and in the playgrounds). However, Rollins appeared on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast in 2017 and talked about what led to the WWE Chairman banning the move.
“No more blonde and The Curbstomp is gone, guys. It’s not my fault. Trust me. It’s not like I was [saying], ‘oh yes, I want a new finisher.’ No, they snatched it from me. They took it from me. No, so this is what happened, okay? 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,” said Rollins.
“So Vince McMahon is sitting wherever Vince McMahon sits on a Monday morning and he’s seeing me on the Today Show and I look good in a suit. I’m representing the company. I look good in a suit. And I’m wearing the title and then he sees this package of me stomping another man’s head into the ground and it being called The Curbstomp on national television.
“And he 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. I get it. I hate it. I think it’s silly, but it is what it is and it’s not my company. I’m doing the best I can with it.
“I get it from a marketing standpoint. I totally understand it. I hate it because it was such a great finish. It was easy and could do it to everybody, but, hey, so it’s my cool knee now, so let’s start liking that,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kurt Angle fired Braun Strowman for last week’s shenanigans, putting him out of the Royal Rumble title match. The “Monster Among Men” destroyed most of backstage and had Michael Cole over a table.
Here are some other results:
Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns beat The Miztourage (1-on-2 Handicap Match)
“Woken” Matt Hardy beat Heath Slater
Sonya Deville beat Sasha Banks
The Revival beat local competitors
Asuka beat Nia Jax via Match Stoppage
Cedric Alexander beat Tony Nese
Titus Worldwide beat Cesaro & Sheamus
Meanwhile, in the women’s section, Paige, who picked up a serious neck injury after an incident in a match with Sasha Banks at a house show just after Christmas, confirmed that she will miss the Women’s Royal Rumble due to the injury.