When Seth Rollins was first making a name for himself in WWE many people regarded him as the stand out member of The Shield. Some people loved his attitude and his multi-colored hair while others just loved Seth because he had a sick finisher.
It wasn’t pretty but The Curb Stomp proved to be plenty effective. The move won Rollins an NXT and WWE Championship but eventually it had to go away and was replaced by the Pedigree.
The Curb Stomp never existed if WWE had their way. They’ve trimmed it out of plenty of moments including when Seth Rollins won the NXT and WWE Championships.
Seth recently opened up about why he thinks Vince McMahon cut out his popular finisher on a recent episode of the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast.
“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,” Rollins said. “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 Curb Stomp 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.”
Even though Rollins realizes why his finisher was banned, you can’t say it wasn’t an amazing finishing move.
“I get it from a marketing standpoint. I totally understand it. I hate it because it was such a great finish” Rollins concluded. “It was easy and could do it to everybody, but, hey, so it my cool knee now, so let’s start liking that.”