In a new interview with The Wrap, the architect Seth Rollins reveals a conversation he had with Vince McMahon about bringing back his “Stomp” (formerly Curb-Stomp) finisher. Rollins states that while he was able to make the Pedigree and Ripcord Knee maneuvers work, his main argument was that the “Stomp” was synonymous with his character, and will forever be remembered from the first time he won the WWE championship at WrestleMania 31.
It was a conversation that I had to have with Vince. It was something where he had his reasons for why he wanted to get rid of it at the time. That was a fine and dandy, but I was having trouble getting a finisher that I was happy with and he was happy with. The Pedigree worked for a little bit, and the Ripcord Knee worked OK. But at the end of the day, the Stomp was what I was synonymous with, it’s what I won the title with, it was part of who I was.
When it came down to it, I just went and asked him a few years later. I said, ‘Hey look, I want to do this. Give me reasons not to and I will tell you why you’re wrong and hopefully, we can meet in the middle. He was on my side, I caught him on a good day. Luckily it’s back and hopefully, it’s not going anywhere.
Rollins would also talk to The Wrap about his most recent Shield reunion with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. A run that WWE has stated will be the last time ever.
Honestly, it couldn’t have been any more perfect for me. Obviously, circumstances all came together at one time with Roman coming back, me having a little break in the action because my WrestleMania opponent (Lesnar) doesn’t show up very often, and then news getting out about Ambrose not re-signing his contract. It felt like we had one opportunity to get it right…almost like destiny in a sense, that all of the pieces aligned at the right time. Even though it came together really quick, the audience was ready for it…I don’t think they were really ready for us to split up that last time anyway. So to have this one and go out the right way, do it the right way, it felt so nice. It was one of the most emotional moments I’ve ever had in a ring, to be out there with those guys with the knowledge that it was gonna be the last time for a while. It really felt super special.
Check out the full interview, where Rollins also breaks down the epic RKO he took from Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 31, here.