At 8/24/16 10:28 PM, Ganon-Dorf wrote:
Does anyone think Seth Rollins is an unsafe worker? Cena, Sting, Balor; all three guys needed surgery after wrestling Seth, thoughts?
Honestly I think the whole indie style in general is unsafe, it's not just Rollins. He just happens to have the most marks against him at this point. But right now you have Balor out, Sasha Banks and Samoa Joe.
The problem is that style of wrestling used to be used for high spots, but got so popular performers are expected to wrestle at that level ALL THE TIME now or they look like shit. I think that may be the narrative Bryan and Miz are starting to stir up after that promo.
That said, they don't have to straight up ban that style, they just have to tailor it a bit more. You could ban the buckle/barracade bomb moves since it's impossible to do those consistently. Rollins throws guys of varying weight into hard edges, and once they are in the air it's like russian roulette to how they land exactly.
You could also ban any moves that involve flying into somebody's head at high speed with a solid knee or elbow. A flying knee can not be re-aimed once you leave the ground like a standing drop kick can, and there's a well of fast, high-impact moves that could replace those kinds of shots without ruining anyone's moveset completely. I'm actually surprised they haven't banned that stuff yet given how many other head-targeting moves are already banned.
Rollins has a huge moveset that he can almost always hit perfectly safe. Had the bomb and knee moves been banned, he would still be a top calibur draw in the ring, and he never would have shelved any of those other guys. At this point, even if WWE DOESN'T ban those moves, he should probably voluntarily stop using it. He didn't throw a fit giving up the curb stomp afterall.
I think we're going to see wrestling go through another evolution. The current indie style is already transitioning from violent hard hitting moves back into chain wrestling. Teams like American Alpha and (the aptly named) The Revival get HUGE pops with their back and fourth style. Baylee and Sasha's memorable match was all about counters and reversals, The CWC is a gold mine, and the crowd is eating that stuff up.
I don't think anyone will miss the dangerous moves if they did get banned, there's too much good stuff the current generation has to offer even without it.