Yesterday saw the release of WWE #1 from Boom, and it is very good. As a fan, it is a breath of fresh air to see a wrestling comic come out that takes the business seriously and delivers a kayfabe experience that had yet to be presented properly. The world of professional wrestling provides its own drama and intrigue without having to add fantastical elements to make it seem interesting.
Oof…it has been a rough road.
With all that being said, there is one point in the issue that took me right out of it and just let me scratching my head.
The issue covers Seth Rollins winning Money In The Bank in 2014 through him cashing in on Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns during their match at Wrestlemania 31 in 2015. At the time, Rollins was using a finishing move affectionately called the “Curb Stomp”, in which he would use his foot to drive his opponents head into the mat. It looked brutal and devastating, like a finishing move should, and he used it to win the title that night. You remember that right? Looked something like this:
After Mania that year, the company decided that the person holding their highest honor and being the company’s ambassador probably shouldn’t be using a move with that title, or one that could theoretically cause concussions, that being the hot topic. So they banned the move. But not only that, they edited the footage when shown on replays and removed the commentary mentioning the move by name.
Imagine my surprise when I turned to this page in the issue today:
Not only did they remove the Curb Stomp, which I figured they would, but they revise history and show Rollins winning with his current finishing move the Pedigree, made famous of course by Triple H. My question is this: why show that at all? Fans know what happened that night. They could have just as easily not included a panel showing that move being used and had the same effect. Instead, they inserted a panel into a book that sticks out and takes you out of the story.
Minor changes are understandable, but revisionist history in a book being presented as fact is going to be a problem. Hopefully it is not a sign of things to come.