Remember that awesome spot at WrestleMania 31 when Randy Orton countered Seth Rollins’ finisher into one of the best RKOs OUT OF NOWHERE ever?
That moment is probably high on the list of reasons why fans still miss Seth’s Curbstomp finisher. Rollins also recently confirmed on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast that that night in Santa Clara also led to the move being taken from him.
He explained that after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase in ‘Mania 31’s main event, he and his newly won WWE title flew across the country to be interviewed on the morning show circuit, and... take it away, Kingslayer:
“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 Curbstomp 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.”
Another reason why this sticks in a lot of people’s craw is because another former Shield member still uses a signature move called “The Drive-By”, but... at least he’s not still using the Pedigree, right?
Vince gonna Vince.
Seth also explained to Roberts that his theme song now has someone screaming “BURN IT DOWN” at the start because, after three years using the “The Second Coming”, a production person came up to him a few weeks back and said “Vince doesn't like that pause.” He was given three options, and “BURN IT DOWN” is the one he liked best. That’s a decision the Raw tag champ’s already changed his mind on after not initially understanding the CEO’s reasoning - McMahon didn’t take over the industry with bad ideas, after all.
The whole interview is a worthwhile listen, as Rollins also talks how he wanted to return from injury as a babyface, his current run with Dean Ambrose and more. Check it out here.
H/T: Wrestling Inc