At a Q&A at the recent Wizard World St. Louis event, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins formally confirmed what we’d already known to be true: The Curb Stomp is officially 86’d.
“It’s gone. Sorry. But hey, never say never. You never know, but for now, yes. For an extended period of time, the Pedigree will be the finishing move going forward.”
At least that terrible forward-falling DDT only lasted a week.
If you’ve been following the story any deeper than, “I wonder why he hasn’t Curb Stomped anybody lately,” the move was restricted after WrestleMania due to some combination of head-injury scares and unrelated employee-injury lawsuits. The Curb Stomp itself hasn’t caused any major injuries that we know of, but you’re sometimes just in the wrong place at the wrong time. There’s also Triple H’s increased concern with kids googling WWE terms, and the chance that one of them might stumble across that scene from American History X and be scarred for life.
Anyway, it is what it is. Mute this tribute video, cue up a little Fuel and have a good wrestle-cry.