WATCH: Kevin Owens Brings The Pain With Brutal Piledrivers

Published 07/06/2020, 6:41 AM EDT


In a recent twitter post, WWE Superstar Kevin Owens talked about his banned move and how one wrestler took the pain of it despite an injury sustained during the match.

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WWE had banned the Piledriver move altogether a long time ago due to its devastating effect on the opponent.

If executed incorrectly, the injury could be fatal. Even if executed correctly, there is a high risk of damage to the skull.

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WWE was not willing to accept this and forced Superstars to change their finishers. Kevin Owens was one of these. 

Owens’ Packaged Piledriver was a brilliant move for his character.

Doing some pretty crazy things in other promotions, Owens managed to make the Packaged Piledriver something close to a Stunner.

However, he was forced to adapt to his new environment, where safety is the primary concern.

In the Twitter post, Kevin Owens recollects a Packaged Piledriver he gave to a Superstar who had his arm broken!

Kevin Owens is not the first Superstar to have his move banned

Eddie Edwards had sustained this painful injury during their match but apparently played it off. He went on to complete the match with Owens.

Impressed by this show of strength and resilience, Owens mentions Edwards in his tweet. He refers to him as underrated, and one of the best and toughest in the business.

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Among the other moves banned that WWE has banned in the past are the brainbuster, the Curb Stomp, and Randy Orton’s Punt. Orton has recently brought back his move, but that may be only for the purpose of the storyline.

The ban more or less put Seth Rollins in big brain time to find a new move (again). WWE has even banned chair shots to the head, due to the damage it can cause on impact.

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The bans have made WWE a smaller place, but safer.

We won’t have to see Superstars end their careers because of such injuries anymore. Hopefully, WWE won’t have to ban other moves in the future because of execution concerns.

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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