WWE: Randy Orton says his patented punt is banned due to concussion awareness

Randy Orton punts Vince McMahon.

Well they banned chair shots to the head in the name of concussion awareness; it makes sense that Randy Orton's patented punt would soon follow.

Indeed, for folks wondering why "The Viper" hasn't busted out his second finisher, we now have an answer, straight from the man himself. When asked on Twitter why he no longer uses the punt, Orton said it's because the move has been banned by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) due to concussion awareness.

Really, the punt probably never should have been used, as Orton was generally fairly reckless with it, even if he didn't intend to be. It's a high risk, high impact move that definitely turned a few lights out during his time using it. In a business where back bumping can cause irreversible damage to a worker's brain, it simply doesn't make sense to use moves like this when Orton has clearly demonstrated, he can be just as good -- and just as over -- without it.

All that said, WWE still has a long ways to go in adjusting its attitude in regards to how to handle concussions within the company. Prevention is obviously key but there have been far too many instances in which wrestlers have been allowed to come back to work far sooner than they should have.

In fact, Randy Orton is one of them.

This is a step in the right direction, though, and WWE deserves praise for quietly doing away with such a needlessly dangerous move.

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