The current regulations regulated by the Boxing and Wrestling Commission of Louisiana categorically prohibits the execution of Piledrivers and Powerbombs among other types of “high risk” movements throughout the state. This is due to the high risk of execution of the mentioned moves and with the prohibition it would be to avoid possible accidents during wrestling shows.
With WrestleMania 34 back in New Orleans, a city belonging to the state of Louisiana, the issue of whether certain movements such as the Piledriver and all its variants will be banned during the next weekend, has not stopped arising in the conversations between the fans. This is the reason why John Pollock of the middle POST Wrestling had a conversation with the President of the Boxing and Wrestling Commission of Louisiana, Russell Naquin.
Naquin was able to confirm that both the blood and movements such as the Piledriver in all its variants are still banned today. According to the official document that includes the regulations in force, these are the restrictions that independent companies must comply with during their stay in New Orleans:
1. All variations of Piledriver are prohibited.
2. All variations of Powerbomb are prohibited.
3. Blood is prohibited.
4. The Moonsault, Shooting Star, 450 Splash or any variation that includes a fighter jumping or flipping over the ropes or corner and who may contact any part of the body in the head or neck of the opponent, are prohibited.
5. All variations of the Stungun or any similar movement that results in the head or neck of a wrestler being dragged, covered or attacked with a Clothesline or similar, are prohibited.
6. Hit the head of a fighter with any object, be it a chair, a garbage can, a cover etc. is prohibited.
7. No fighter shall throw, push or force another out of the ring above the third rope.
However, the rules cited above may be an exception in certain cases. According to another section of the regulations, it is possible to allow the execution of the actions/movements prohibited during a combat, if the Commission considers “fit” the fighters. That is, wrestlers who want to obtain this permit must request it with sufficient time in advance so that it can be determined if they are sufficiently trained, trained and experienced to be able to carry out all the aforementioned.
But also, there is another exception, because there are certain companies that are not subject to this strict regulation. These companies are known as “major leagues” and both WWE and Ring of Honor are considered under this name. This is due to the fact that the Commission considers that they are “sufficiently large” and “professional” that they have to abide by current regulations since both companies have a large team of medical professionals and top-level facilities.