For years now, it’s been widely known that WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon has a list of banned words and wrestling moves that he doesn’t want his talent to use.
The traditional piledriver move has been on that list. However, in recent months, the move has made somewhat of a comeback in WWE. While not used in the traditional way, a few stars have used the Canadian Destroyer piledriver in matches.
Rey Mysterio and Andrade began using it in their matches last year. For years, only the Tombstone performed by The Undertaker has been allowed to be done under the WWE banner.
Matt Riddle and Damian Priest did a Canadian Destroyer on an NXT live event several months ago. Sean Ross Sapp reported on Fightful Select that they were told at the time that the two stars were informed that they were not to do the move, especially not without clearance.
Back in March, The Usos used a second rope version of the Canadian Destroyer. When the media outlet reached to find out why the rule of not using a piledriver seemed to be relaxed, they didn’t get a direct answer.
Instead, they were told that Kevin Owens has made an effort to pitch the Package Piledriver as his finish “quite often.” However, the idea of it never makes it to Vince McMahon.
It was noted that several stars believe certain moves are able to make it through because they don’t have “piledriver” in the name. Thus, it all comes down to the element of perception of the move. It was noted that several stars have pitched to get to use the move while wrestling on TV.