WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has explained why Vince McMahon started banning moves in the period of time around WrestleMania 19.
Angle revealed that a string of injuries had caused McMahon to make the decision to ban certain moves, with the exception of a few wrestlers who could do them safely.
Speaking on his new podcast on AdFreeShows, Angle said:
“Well, they started banning moves. It was something that happened instantly. Vince McMahon just said, hey, from now on, no more over the head belly-to-bellies. We’re gonna crack down on Germans unless you’re Kurt or Brock, and Chris Benoit, because we were hitting the Germans pretty safely, so he didn’t want to paint us in a corner where we were limited. Our German move is a big part of our offence. He was forbidding moves from occurring. The chair shots, the piledriver, the German suplex, belly-to-belly suplex over the head. These were all banned from other wrestlers, and rightfully so.”
Angle also said that he doesn’t believe a chair shot to the head is more dangerous that a piledriver, and can see why the piledriver was banned due to the risk associated with it.
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