WWE has reportedly banned the move that left Hall of Famer Sting injured and unable to continue his pro wrestling career.
Multiple sources told PWInsider that WWE has added “buckle bombs,” aka powerbombs that send an opponent back-first into a turnbuckle, to its list of unauthorized moves. Seth Rollins, who was WWE Champion at the time, delivered the turnbuckle powerbomb to Sting during their main event match at 2015’s Night of Champions pay-per-view event, which left Sting with a serious neck injury.
Sting discovered after the match that he had spinal stenosis, which the Mayo Clinic defines “as a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine.” The former WCW world champion has gone on record as not blaming Rollins for his injury and for ending his career.
The buckle bomb was most recently used by Nia Jax against Kairi Sane in a Monday Night Raw match, which resulted in a scary bump. The spot joins other banned moves such as the shooting star press, piledrivers and the “curb stomp,” another move performed by Rollins. However, unlike other unauthorized moves, Rollins was allowed to use his stomp again as a finishing maneuver.
A report states WWE has banned the move that left WWE Hall of Famer Sting injured and unable to continue his wrestling career.