Vince McMahon has banned powerbombs into turnbuckles, move made popular by Seth Rollins, from being used in the ring. The move (often known as a buckle bomb) had been a staple in the arsenal of many Superstars but has now been banned. Speculations suggest that this ban was instituted after Kairi Sane was injured in the ring with Nia Jax, which may have been caused by a similar move.
Seth Rollins used the buckle bomb for years and two people were injured when it went wrong in Sting and Finn Balor, yet the move wasn’t banned.
— Tom Colohue (@Colohue) May 30, 2020
The history of powerbomb into the turnbuckle and Seth Rollins
WWE is extremely selective in the moves it allows its superstars to use, but that has been changing in recent years. Most notably, Randy Orton’s punt was outlawed after there was greater concussion awareness in the WWE. Even famous moves, like the piledriver, has been taken out of use by the WWE.
The Undertaker is now the only Superstar who’s allowed to use his tombstone piledriver inside the ring. However, banning the bucklebomb may have a deeper reason behind it.
WWE Hall of Famer Sting was famously injured after his match with Seth Rollins at Night of Champions in 2015. He had absorbed one of Rollin’s moves, the bucklebomb, and had immediately gotten injured. It was later revealed that Sting was suffering from spinal stenosis.
However, the move wasn’t outlawed after this incident. Presumably, because Sting later admitted that he was badly positioned during his 2015 match with Rollins, which would explain how he was injured.
This was also followed by Finn Baylor being injured by the same move in 2016. The Superstar managed to finish the match, but was found injured in the post-match examination.
Furthermore, Nia Jax might have used the same move on Kairi Sane, which left her injured after Monday night RAW. This would explain McMahon’s quick reaction to banning this move from being used completely.
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