Well, that was a close one.
Rumors swirled on Tuesday that Seth Rollins would be without his popular "Stomp" finisher yet again. After Rollins defeated Ziggler on Monday Night with a Falcon Arrow, Ben Kerin of Wrestling News Source took to Twitter to say that the move was outlawed, as it was in 2015. Rollins himself, however, disagreed with that point.
I've been told by an insider source that @WWERollins 'Curb Stomp' won't be used on WWE TV right now due to an issue with the network. Rollins will be using Falcon Arrow as his replacement finisher until the situation is resolved. #wwe— Ben Kerin of WrestlingNewsSource.com (@WNSource_Ben) November 27, 2018
---- your source is incorrect bubba.— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) November 27, 2018
Rollins had used a variety of finishing moves over several years after the Curb Stomp was actually banned from WWE TV shortly after his WrestleMania 31 championship victory. He briefly used a front DDT before switching to the Pedigree for a couple of years, and finally the Ripcord Knee in 2017. The Curb Stomp would make a return in January, but was just called "The Stomp."
Rollins explained in a 2017 interview with Sam Roberts why Vince McMahon himself had personally banned the move:
"Vince McMahon is sitting wherever Vince McMahon sits on a Monday morning, and he's seeing me on the Today Show, and I look good in a suit. I'm representing the company. I'm wearing the title and he sees this package of me stomping another man's head into the ground and it being called The Curb Stomp on national television. He thought to himself, 'well, that's 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. I get it. I hate it. I think it's silly, but it is what it is and it's not my company. 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."
Rollins is set to face Dean Ambrose for the WWE Intercontinental Championship on December 16 at WWE TLC in San Jose, California.