Watch: Seth Rollins uses banned WWE move in live event match

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All the talk right now in the WWE is about the ushering in of a 'New Era', yet a lot of the changes fans have seen lately have actually shown the company embracing some of the best bits of era's gone by.

From the more regular sight of blood in the squared circle to the less PG antics of some Superstars, the 'New Era' actually looks like it will be very appealing to the older generation of WWE fans.

And it is those older fans who might recognise the move used by Seth Rollins in a match versus AJ Styles over the weekend - a move that has been on the WWE's banned list for almost two decades.


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Taking part in a match at a live event in Jackson, Missouri this past weekend, Rollins used The Vertebreaker on Styles, much to the amazement of the crowd.

As noted by WrestleZone, WWE Superstars have been banned from using the dramatic looking move for "about 15 years" due to the risks it brings of a potential neck injury.

The Vertebreaker was actually made famous by former WCW star 'Hurricane' Shane Helms. However, as the Helms himself revealed back in February of this year, Vince McMahon banned the move when the wrestler was transitioning from WCW to WWE/WWF.

"That came from Vince himself," Helms said, via Wrestling Inc. "I didn't try to argue my point or anything. Vince tells you to do something, you kind of just do it."

The question is, then; has Vince McMahon now repealed the ban on the move, or did Rollins and Styles go rogue over the weekend?

The smart money would be on the WWE CEO giving the use of The Vertebreaker the all clear as, despite their status as two of the biggest names in the company right now, Rollins and Styles must know that to go against McMahon would put them at risk of some pretty serious discipline from the WWE's head honcho.

It all brings back memories of when, in 2011, CM Punk shocked the WWE Universe by delivering a Piledriver - another banned move - to John Cena.

The sight of Rollins performing a 'banned' move in the ring will also give his fans some slight hope that it could mean another prohibited move could be returning in the future.

In the early stages of Rollins' rise up the WWE pyramid, The Curb Stomp was one of his most iconic moves. However, the WWE put an end to that when they banned the former World Heavyweight champion from using it on opponents last year.

Who knows, with the 'New Era' on the horizon, maybe Vince and co. are willing to take a few more risks as they look to revamp a product many have argued has become too sterile.

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