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Seth Rollins on why Vince McMahon took away his Curb Stomp

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.”

Credit for the quotes in this aritcle goes to Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast and WrestlingInc for the transcription


  • pitfallharry219

    Boy, times sure have changed. Vince doesn’t want the face of the company using a move called the curb stomp, when before he was okay with the face of the company simulating necrophilia.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Didn’t like the finish or the name. The old finish was weak. I’m with Vince.

  • CC

    I honestly understand why it was removed. The name itself is not something that should have been used on the shows when you consider what a real Curb stomp actually is. And the move itself, yeah we know he was not really stomping on peoples heads, but WWE obviously don’t want kids replicating the move and killing eachother.

  • CC

    He wasn’t really stomping on their heads. And if you think the Coup De Grace can break ribs, what do you think a Swanton/Senton bomb can do considering that’s the full body weight on the ribs?
    These moves don’t hit like you think they do.

  • Darrin Tyler

    Actually I hated it. I think it was one of the unsafest moves in wrestling. Just like Finn’s stomp from the top rope onto peoples ribs…how is he not breaking everyone’s ribs?

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I loved that finisher! But I also didn’t mind him using the pedigree, because I like it better then the knee finisher.

  • rob

    it was a lame finisher anyway

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