Remember that spot at WrestleMania 31 when Randy Orton countered Seth Rollins’ finisher into an awesome RKO out of nowhere?
That moment is probably high on the list of reasons why fans still miss the Curb Stomp.
During a recent interview on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Rollins said that night Santa Clara also led to the move being taken from him.
He explained that after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase in the main event to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Brock Lesnar, he flew across the country to be interviewed on The Today Show. That’s when Vince McMahon decided to ban the move.
Rollins said, “So Vince McMahon is sitting, you know, wherever Vince McMahon sits on a Monday morning and he’s seeing me on The Today Show and I look great in a suit. I’m representing the company – I look great in a suit – and I’m wearing the title and then he sees this package with me stomping another man’s head into the ground and it being called a Curb Stomp on national television. And he thought to himself, ‘Well, that is 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. And I get it, I hate it, I think it’s silly – but it is what it is and it’s not my company. So 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 is my cool knee now, so let’s start liking that.”
Rollins also talks how he wanted to return from injury as a babyface, his current run with Dean Ambrose and more. You can check out the interview here.