5 BANNED WWE Finishers

5 BANNED WWE Finishers


Number 5 – Curb Stomp The curb stomp was a finisher made by the
now injured former WWE world heavyweight champion, Seth Rollins. Arguably, it’s a pretty easy
move to take safely, as it allows the opponent to cushion their fall with their arms, and
even turn their head to lessen the impact. However, according to WWE’s official policy,
a move which targets the head, and with increased attention being paid to concussions, means
they chose to remove that move from common use which is why Seth Rollins has changed
his finisher to Triple H’s pedigree which is a bit controversial, as you find out later
in this list. Number 4 – Airbourne The airbourne was a finisher that was used
by former WWE wrestler, Evan Bourne. Also, known as a shooting star press, you can see
why it was banned by the WWE after Brock Lesnar botched the move badly at Wrestlemania 19
against Kurt Angle which resulted in him landing on his head. The move was already a high-risk
manoeuvre due to it being in the top rope variety, but the fact that it’s very easy
to either over or under-rotate, combined with an inability to see where you’re landing
until just before impact, meant that it had a significantly higher potential for causing
injury. Number 3 – Orton’s Punt Kick Arguably his most dangerous move, Randy Orton
famously introduced his punt kick for his storylines which put wrestlers out for a few
weeks with serious head injuries. Again, WWE’s official policy states a move which targets
the head, and with increased attention being paid to concussions should not be used and
that’s exactly why they chose to ban the punt kick. WWE decided it probably wasn’t
a good idea to promote one of their top stars deliberately giving other wrestlers head injuries
in this age of increased awareness of the dangers of concussions. Number 2 – Piledriver A classic finisher, and possibly the very
first move ever explicitly banned by WWE, after a mistake by Owen Hart accidentally
broke the neck of popular wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The injury put Austin
on the shelf for a year at the height of his popularity, and likely led to his retirement
at a relatively early age. The reason it’s so dangerous is that the opponent’s head
needs to be firmly tucked between the attacker’s legs or you risk severe damage to the opponent’s
neck and spine. Nowadays, the only wrestlers who are allowed to perform this manoeuvre
are Kane and the Undertaker, who use this move in a slightly safer version which is
the tombstone. Number 1 – Original Pedigree The Pedigree is the finisher used by the current
WWE world heavyweight champion, Triple H. It is a legitimately dangerous move, as it
drives a wrestler face-first into the mat, while hooking the arms to prevent them from
cushioning the blow. One mistake could be the difference between performing the move
correctly, and a serious injury. It should be no surprise that the original version of
Triple H’s Pedigree was quickly banned by WWE, especially after some isolated incidents
where wrestlers failed to take the move correctly and hurt themselves in the process. The “new”
pedigree which Seth Rollins uses as well as the creator, Triple H, involves the wrestler
delivering the move releasing their opponent’s arms well before impact, allowing them to
use their arms to hit first, preventing the possibility of the neck and head slamming
into the mat at a high speed.

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