Curb stomp

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A curb stomp, also called curbing, curb checking, or making someone bite the curb is a form of assault in which a victim's mouth is forcefully placed on a curb and then stomped from behind, causing severe injuries and sometimes death.[1][2] It is also a type of attack used in professional wrestling.

Notable incidents[edit]

  • In July 2002, 16-year old Marinus Schöberl was tortured by young neo-Nazis in an abandoned pigsty in Potzlow (Eastern Germany) and killed after curb-stomping.
  • In 2003, Tacoma, Washington resident Randall Townsend was killed by two people in a curb-stomping incident that has been described as a hate crime.[3]
  • On August 26, 2011, Dane Hall was curb stomped in an attack outside a gay bar in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lost six teeth and suffered a broken jaw as a result of the attack.[4]

Cultural references[edit]

In the film American History X (1998), white power skinhead Derek Vinyard curb-stomps Lawrence, an African American burglar who had tried to steal his truck.[5][6]

New Jersey mafia boss Tony Soprano curb stomps New York mobster Salvatore "Coco" Cogliano for making lewd comments to his daughter in The Sopranos episode "The Second Coming" (2007).

WWE professional wrestler Seth Rollins previously used a Curb Stomp as his finishing move. Rollins said that he stopped using the move as "from a PR standpoint... it was too perceptually violent... I never hurt anyone with it. It was just something we didn't want kids trying on each other".[7]

In the Bollywood movie Shootout at Lokhandwala, a scene is depicted where Vivek Oberoi curb stomps a local resident who informs the police about Aslam (Oberoi's friend) who is encountered by the police.


  1. ^ "More arrests in curb stomping death". CBC News. 2000-06-03. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  2. ^ "VolksFront". Gangland. November 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tacoma murder revisited". 
  4. ^ Pat Reavy (September 1, 2011). "Gay man severely beaten outside club says he was victim of hate crime". Deseret News. 
  5. ^ Matt Barone; Javy Rodriguez; Ross Scarano; Tara Aquino (May 5, 2013). "50 Most Hard-To-Watch scenes in movie history". Complex Pop Culture. 
  6. ^ John Sellers (July 27, 2009). "Curb-Stomp — An Oral History of the Grisly ‘American History X’ Scene". True Slant. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Traina, Jimmy. "Seth Rollins talks Brock Lesnar, Johnny Manziel, curb stomp, John Cena and more". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2015.