Did you know that the original pedigree is banned in the WWE?
5. Curb Stomp
The curb stomp was a finisher made by the now injured former WWE world heavyweight champion, Seth Rollins. Arguably, it’s a pretty easy move to take safely, as it allows the opponent to cushion their fall with their arms, and even turn their head to lessen the impact. However, according to WWE’s official policy, a move which targets the head, and with increased attention being paid to concussions, means they chose to remove that move from common use which is why Seth Rollins has changed his finisher to Triple H’s pedigree which is a bit controversial, as you find out later in this list.
The airbourne was a finisher that was used by former WWE wrestler, Evan Bourne. Also, known as a shooting star press, you can see why it was banned by the WWE after Brock Lesnar botched the move badly at Wrestlemania 19 against Kurt Angle which resulted in him landing on his head. The move was already a high-risk manoeuvre due to it being in the top rope variety, but the fact that it’s very easy to either over or under-rotate, combined with an inability to see where you’re landing until just before impact, meant that it had a significantly higher potential for causing injury.
3. Orton’s Punt Kick
Arguably his most dangerous move, Randy Orton famously introduced his punt kick for his storylines which put wrestlers out for a few weeks with serious head injuries. Again, WWE’s official policy states a move which targets the head, and with increased attention being paid to concussions should not be used and that’s exactly why they chose to ban the punt kick. WWE decided it probably wasn’t a good idea to promote one of their top stars deliberately giving other wrestlers head injuries in this age of increased awareness of the dangers of concussions.
A classic finisher, and possibly the very first move ever explicitly banned by WWE, after a mistake by Owen Hart accidentally broke the neck of popular wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The injury put Austin on the shelf for a year at the height of his popularity, and likely led to his retirement at a relatively early age. The reason it’s so dangerous is that the opponent’s head needs to be firmly tucked between the attacker’s legs or you risk severe damage to the opponent’s neck and spine. Nowadays, the only wrestlers who are allowed to perform this manoeuvre are Kane and the Undertaker, who use this move in a slightly safer version which is the tombstone.
1. Original Pedigree
The Pedigree is the finisher used by the current WWE world heavyweight champion, Triple H. It is a legitimately dangerous move, as it drives a wrestler face-first into the mat, while hooking the arms to prevent them from cushioning the blow. One mistake could be the difference between performing the move correctly, and a serious injury. It should be no surprise that the original version of Triple H’s Pedigree was quickly banned by WWE, especially after some isolated incidents where wrestlers failed to take the move correctly and hurt themselves in the process. The “new” pedigree which Seth Rollins uses as well as the creator, Triple H, involves the wrestler delivering the move releasing their opponent’s arms well before impact, allowing them to use their arms to hit first, preventing the possibility of the neck and head slamming into the mat at a high speed.