Seth Rollins Says He Stole The Curb Stomp From Naomichi Marufuji
The Curb Stomp is one of the top finishing moves in WWE with Seth Rollins capturing multiple World Championships using the maneuver. Speaking to WWE on Fox’s digital team, Seth Rollins reveals the origins of the move announcing that he took the move from NOAH competitor, Naomichi Marufuji.
“I will say, first of all, I can’t take credit for inventing the move. I did not. I did not innovate to maneuver. I stole it, yanked it, from a Japanese legend, Naomichi Marufuji. He used it to expertise for years. So I took it from him and I was kind of using it as a setup move for a long time,” he said. ”
And then I was on a live event loop, one of my first ones with WWE. This was eight, nine years ago probably, and I was wrestling Tyson Kidd, T.J. Wilson, a producer in WWE now. I did the move to him and he thought that it was so impactful that I should use it as my finish. He thought that it was a move that I could do to anybody at any time and it didn’t take a whole lot of setup. And so I transitioned away from using what I was using at the time into The Stomp.”
Seth Rollins also detailed the brief period of time where he had to stop using the maneuver due to a decree by Vince McMahon himself.
“I used The Stomp early on, especially in my single’s career when I split from The Shield in WWE. It got me all the way to the main event at WrestleMania where I was able to, you know, beat Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns the same night, cash in my Money In The Bank contract, yadda, yadda, yadda. And then the next day, the next day I go to The Today Show and our boss, the one and only Vince McMahon, saw the highlight package and he thought that the move actually looked too vicious for his champion, for the guy representing WWE. So he asked me to change the move. I was not interested in changing the move. I loved it. I thought it was great, super safe. It was awesome. But he got in his head that he wanted me to do something different,” he continued. “So I had to drift away from it for a while. And then when the time was right, I found my opening and I was able to convince him to allow me to bring it back. And so hopefully it’s back for good. It’s very worked well for me.”
Rollins is currently running roughshod over WWE Raw alongside AOP every Monday night.
(If you use any of these quotes, transcription credit should go to Robert DeFelice of WrestleZone.)