This week on Monday Night Raw, WWE fans are pleasantly surprised when Seth Rollins brought back a move from his arsenal during his match against Finn Balor that hasn't been seen in the ring for a couple of years.
Under a new name, The Kingslayer brought back his Curb Stomp finisher, this time called the Blackout, and pinned The Demon King in the middle of the ring during the main event of Raw to win the match.
This is the first time we have seen Rollins use this move since the Raw after WrestleMania 31 2015. He famously used the Curb Stomp on Roman Reigns at that WrestleMania after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
However, not long after The Showcase of the Immortals in 2015, WWE banned the move as it was deemed too high of a risk of head injury or a concussion. Following Raw this week, though, it appears the company has now gone back on this decision.
During the main event of Raw this week, Rollins was able to hit the now Blackout for the first time in almost three years on Balor, thanks to the distraction of Jason Jordan, pinning him to win the match. WWE fans absolutely loved it.
Rollins reacted to bringing the move back into his arsenal on Twitter following Raw this week as well, saying it was good to have it back. He said: "Welcome back, old friend."
How long it will stick around for before it is banned again remains to be seen. Moves in the WWE that target the head tend to not be used once they seriously injure someone, like we've seen recently with Hideo Itami's GTS finisher which has been banned due to it causing a fracture to the orbital bone and nasal bridge of The Brian Kendrick last month.
The Blackout has a history of causing head injury or a concussion, so it might not be long until it is banned again by WWE. We're keeping our fingers crossed that nobody gets seriously injured by the move in the future so Rollins can keep using it in the years to come.
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