It had been almost two-and-a-half years since Seth Rollins last used the “Curb Stomp” finishing move in WWE. The move had been removed from Rollins’ arsenal after being deemed “not a good representation” of WWE, and Rollins had since gone through a couple of finishers — the Pedigree and a knee strike — without as much success.
On Jan. 15’s Monday Night Raw, Rollins shockingly brought the move back to the ring, using the move to beat Finn Balor in a singles match.
While we will have to wait and see where Rollins will go from here with the move, it looks like it might be here to stay, as Rollins said on Twitter on Monday night, “Welcome back, old friend.”
If the move is permanent, it might be the change that Rollins needs to get back to the top of the company. Rollins appeared to be a big star when he won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania in 2015 using the move, but injuries and a lack of solid direction put Rollins in an unenviable position. That combined with Raw commentary almost refusing to give Rollins’ knee strike finisher a consistent name meant that a new, effective finishing move would do a lot to get Rollins going again.
Rollins is current half of the Raw tag team champions with Jason Jordan.