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#FinisherFriday (3/1/19): The Curb Stomp


Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you an analysis of possibly the most brutal of all finishers to ever hit the WWE canvas.

"The Architect." "Kingslayer." "Crossfit Jesus." Seth Rollins is a living example of how a man makes a moniker, and not the other way around. With that many nicknames given to him, he has carried on his shoulders by shocking the world with his numerous achievements and victories inside the WWE ring. Among those accomplishments are: being a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time United States Champion, a four-time WWE/RAW Tag Team Champion (with Reigns, Ambrose, and Jason Jordan), the 2014 Money in the Bank winner, the 2015 Superstar of the Year and the 2019 Men's Royal Rumble winner, the first wrestler of Armenian descent to hold the title, the 29th Triple Crown Champion and the 18th Grand Slam Champion.

Being the cunning man that he is, Rollins has had many finishers, utilizing them depending on which opponent he goes up against. Some of his well-known finishers are:

Avada Kedavra (Superkick to a kneeling or seated opponent)

Diving high knee, sometimes while springboarding

Fall forward single-underhook DDT

Pedigree (Double underhook facebuster)


Ripcord Knee / King's Landing / Revolution Knee (Wrist lock transitioned into a short-arm high knee)

Skywalker (Standing shiranui)

And the focus of our article, the Curb Stomp


Brash, easy to do, delivers a lot of damage—that's practically the magic formula for a badass finisher. And if this video isn't enough to convince you, here's a slow-motion capture of the move:



And to think that this finisher has its roots built on gang wars and hate crimes makes this more savage as a move. Yes, the curb stomp is really a thing when fights take place in the street. In real life, you put your victim on a street curb, force them to bite the curb while in a prone position, and stomp their head with all of your might...


...but a wrestler can't really do that in a match, so just driving their heads into the mat using the sole of their foot is the preferred alternative.

Well, except for these times:




So how can someone perform the curb stomp? Here's an ELI5:

  • the attacker waits for an opponent to get up
  • as the opponent starts to get up, the attacker runs toward the opponent and stomps the opponen't rising head before they can fully stand up



Now that we have overcome the arduous hurdle of explaining the move step-by-step, let us analyze how the pro wrestling curb stomp deals damage. (The party-pooper side of me would like to emphasize that it's a freaking [get that pun?] stomp, and in real life you can easily fracture your victim's jaw, knock a couple of teeth off, break some facial bones, and even cause the entire cranium to cave in if done forcibly enough, so PLEASE do not try this at home with your backyard wrestling federations if you can't do it safely. There's a good reason why this move was banned a couple years ago and you should know that by now.)

The extent of the curb stomp's destructiveness depends on where Seth Rollins stomps. If he decides to stomp on the opponent's head, it causes the brain to bounce inside the skull, resulting in what we call today a concussion.


If Rollins decides to stomp on the opponent's nape, the jaw hits the canvas first. This gives a shock to the brain a couple of times stronger than the former version (you know, like those knockout punches you saw on the Rocky franchise).


On top of that, since the jaw hits first, the cervical spine is forced to hyperextend because of the jaw acting as a makeshift fulcrum. This can irritate the spinal cord at the C levels, with effects ranging from pain and weakness of everything from the neck below to complete paralysis from the neck below (a quadriplegic).


And there you have it, the Curb Stomp analyzed! Do you think Rollins can grab the gold from Lesnar at WrestleMania? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Wreddit_Regal is the resident sports kinesiologist of Reddit's wrestling forum, r/squaredcircle. From the most basic of punches to the most intricate double-team maneuvers, he can explain them within the realm of human anatomy and physics, because when doing absolutely nothing wrestling-related, he also happens to work as an operating room nurse.

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