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  • Prior to the mid-1990s, a typical episode of weekly syndicated professional wrestling programs consisted mainly of curb-stomp battles; these were called squash matches, and were used to establish the pushed wrestler's skill; if he were a bad guy, these matches would also demonstrate how big and bad they were, and what a threat they posed to the lead babyface.
  • A bread-and-butter trope for years in professional wrestling, wherein an established wrestler is pitted against a jobber, and the resulting match is little more than the winning wrestler showing off all the moves in his offensive arsenal. While all pushed wrestlers – from babyfaces to run-of-the-mill heels – will be showcased in these matches at some point, this trope is most commonly used in association with the Monster, whom the promoter is trying to push as an unstoppable, feared juggernaut who will hurt, if not kill, at will and without remorse. However, given the nature of wrestling, it is possible for a wrestler to not injure his opponent in any way but still win, as it only takes ten seconds to win by count out, three seconds to win by pin fall and less than a second to win by disqualification.
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  • In 2014, after Seth Rollins made a Face–Heel Turn and joined forces with Triple H and the Authority, his key finishing move was the curbstomp, leading to him winning the 2014 Money in the Bank contract, which he cashed in at Wrestlemania 31, during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, which quickly became a triple threat match, with Rollins winning the WWE World Heavyweight championship belt. One month later, at Extreme Rules, Rollins banned Randy Orton's R.K.O. move in a steel cage match, with Rollins retaining the belt after Kane interfered. He would later take the U.S. Championship from John Cena at Summerslam 2015, and hold both titles until November 4th, 2015, when he tore his ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus in his knee when attempting a sunset flip powerbomb, which resulted in him relinquishing his championships due to injuries.
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  • Super Dragon and Necro Butcher's two on one beat down of BJ Whimter at Ring of Honor's Arena Warfare event was kicked off by Dragon jumping Whitmer from behind and curbstomping him. Unlikely saviors in the ROH academy chased the two CZW wrestlers off.
  • Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe delivered a two on one beating in which they competed to see who could beat Christopher Daniels worse at Hardcore Justice 2012. The winner? AJ Styles, this being a climb up a ladder and retrieve a contract match, not a beat Daniels match.
  • Defied on SHIMMER Volume 69 when Cheerleader Melissa's match with Athena was called off after Melissa knocked out Athena with a curb stomp and then twisted her unconscious form in a Kondo Clutch rather than go for a pin or let the ref count her out.
  • WWE Summerslam 2014. WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena defends the title against Brock Lesnar. Most fans expected a repeat of their collision in 2012, in which Cena came out victorious after a hard-fought battle, or at least a back-and-forth contest. This wasn't a Lesnar that was still recovering from diverticulitis, however, this was the man that had broken the Streak. Lesnar steamrolled Cena, literally laughing off Cena's A.A., and threw him around like a rag doll with German suplex after German suplex. It was the most hopeless battle that Cena had had in years, and sixteen suplexes later, Brock Lesnar was the new champion.
    • In general Brock Lesnar post ending the streak more then ever is portrayed as a unstoppable badass who completely destroys everyone he faces in one sided fights.
  • In Lucha Underground:
    • Fenix and Mil Muertes clashed in Grave Consequences, a brutal back-and-forth match that saw Fenix put Muertes in the casket for the win, and presumably killing him. Mil Muertes wasn't done, though, and came back even stronger than before with the help of Catrina. He challenged Fenix to a Death Match and won with ease, throwing Fenix through the roof of Dario Cueto's office.
    • During Matanza's debut at the Gift of the Gods, he delivers one of these to everyone once he enters the match, with only Rey Mysterio Jr. putting up somewhat of a fight. Following that, he would go on to squash Pentagon Jr. and then the former LU champion Fenix.
  • Stalker Ichikawa of Dragon Gate is such a loser that he is usually pinned within five seconds of the bell, often by a simple punch. Should this happen, he will beg for (and be granted) another chance. He'll last much longer on the second try, but still lose without hurting his opponent or coming close to victory.

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