Over the years, the WWE has banned wrestlers from performing several moves on healthy and safety grounds. With the exception of some wrestlers still being allowed to perform them, seven moves have been banned in total by the company since 2000.
Here are seven moves that the WWE has banned since 2000.
Deemed too high of a risk for head injury or a concussion, the former Shield member was no longer allowed to perform the move, meaning the last time we saw it was when he curbed stomped Roman Reigns to win the WWE title.
Although Kane and The Undertaker are still allowed to perform this move, it has been severely modified since it was banned by the company in 2000 after Stone Cold Steve Austin’s neck was broken by Owen Hart in 1997. Hart botched the move and dropped Austin on his head causing a broken neck and temporary paralysis.
Like the Curb Stomp, the Punt was an iconic part of Randy Orton’s move set, but it’s clear to see why WWE wouldn’t want the move being performed in the ring anymore, especially as they entered more into the PG era.
The Original Pedigree
Triple H and Seth Rollins still perform the pedigree today, but at some point, it was altered as it looks a lot different than how The Cerebral Assassin used to perform the move.
Previously when performing the pedigree, Triple H would lock his opponent’s arms behind their neck, meaning their head would directly hit the mat below, which would obviously be at a high risk of head or neck injuries.
Wings of Love
During her active career, Michelle McCool was one of the most popular women in the Divas division, where she used to have a finishing move called Wings of Love. She would pick up her opponents almost in a piledriver position, before throwing them down so they would land on their stomachs.
Unfortunately, this move was banned by the WWE in 2008 as it was too devastating for girls.
During the Attitude Era, WWE was a huge fan of having their superstars hit directly over the head with chairs. These days, not so much with, you know, it not exactly being PG. It was banned in 2010 after several wrestlers received brain damage and head injuries from the blows.
Shane ‘Hurricane’ Helms – a name you probably haven’t heard of in a while – was a wrestler for the WWE in the 2000s with a superhero gimmick. In the early stages of his WWE career, he performed a finishing move called the Vertebreaker.
This article was originally published at Givemesport