The Edge of the Blade (Job): 3 Reasons Why WWE Should Bring Blood Back

In today’s WWE, it is extremely rare to see blood during a match. Ever since the summer of 2008, WWE has been rated TV-PG instead of TV-14. The rating switch meant the removal of blood and “blade jobs”. In professional wrestling, a blade job is when a performer cuts themselves (usually on the forehead) with a razorblade to make themselves bleed. If WWE were to ponder about bringing blood back despite their TV-PG ratings, they should definitely listen to our take on why blood should be back on our televisions.

  • Blood Makes the Product More Realistic

Whether it be John Cena bleeding from legitimately breaking his nose in a match on Raw versus Seth Rollins or the iconic picture of Stone Cold Steve Austin screaming in agony because of Bret Hart’s “Sharpshooter” submission while dripping in blood, blood has always played a key role in making the sports entertainment industry more realistic. A lot of anti-WWE people claim their main reason for not watching is because of “how fake it is”. While matches are choreographed and pre-determined, these performers still put their lives on the line for the entertainment aspect. The factor that separated the original ECW promotion in the 1990’s, was the levels of extreme that each performer had gone to. People grew to love watching performers like Cactus Jack, Terry Funk and Sandman destroy each other for at least twenty minutes every night. Even though WWE used blood while ECW was still around, the main difference between the two promotion’s use of blood was ECW’s use of blood seemed to be more realistic because the blood would appear in ECW during their “Extreme Rules” matches compared to blood use in simple exhibition or submission matches in WWE. In today’s WWE, there are “Extreme Rules”, “TLC” (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) and “No Holds Barred” match types and no blood use. This takes away from the realistic side of the production because it is nearly impossible to have your face slammed on ladders and not bleed. If WWE were to bring back blood, it would definitely create a more realistic product.

  • Blood Positively Affects Performers Move “Sells”

If a wrestling fan knows Ric Flair, there are a couple of iconic Flair actions. First, Flair loved over-selling of moves. Second, Flair loved to bleed. But what people don’t realize is that those two actions are very intertwined in the wrestling world still. For example, an essential sequence to classic matches is the “boo-yeah” exchange between wrestlers. This sequence is done when two exhausted superstars are trading punches in the ring during their match and the crowd cheers when the babyface (good guy) lands a punch, but the crowd boos when the heel (bad guy) lands a punch. This sequence becomes even more special when both superstars are bloodied. But, when a superstar would get busted open, it would appear that all energy and stamina levels would just vanish. When superstars seem to have little-to-nothing left, they eventually perform picture-perfect moves. For instance, at WrestleMania 22, Mick Foley squared off versus Edge (w/ Lita) in what was one of the greatest “Hardcore” matches of all-time. To put the broken Mick Foley away, a bloodied Edge performed one of the most memorable spears in history when he sent Foley through a flaming table (yes, the table was literally on fire). This went down as one of the greatest WrestleMania moments in the show’s history.

  • Blood is a Tell-Tale Sign of a Classic

Since WWE went TV-PG ten years ago, we have seen some incredible matches. Some of these include Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas at NXT TakeOver Philadelphia or John Cena vs. CM Punk at the 2011 Money in the Bank event or even the instant classics between Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 and Wrestlemania 26. But there was one key aspect each of the matches that they failed to include, the use of blood. Although those matches are classics, blood in a match was often a sign that a classic match was to come. For example, at WrestleMania 13, Bret Hart defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin in a Submission match with a special guest referee in Ken Shamrock. There is one picture that speaks for the entire match, that is Steve Austin profusely bleeding while he was locked in Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter. Another iconic bloodbath was the WarGames match at WCW WrestleWar 1992. It took less than five minutes for “Stunning” Steve Austin (yes, that’s the same person as Stone Cold Steve Austin) to get busted open. By the end of the iconic bout, if counted correctly, six out of the ten competitors were bleeding in the match. 60 percent! Even at the 2000 Royal Rumble and No Way Out events, Triple H and Cactus Jack squared off in a Street Fight and Hell in a Cell respectively, for Triple H’s WWE Championship. These bouts went on to be two of the bloodiest matches of all-time.

While the new and family-friendly WWE will most likely not bring or allow blood on television for the foreseeable future. And with current WWE creative being at an all-time low, we can only hope that the performers incorporate all of the effects of blood being in matches to all of their matches. One thing is for sure: blood or no blood, any extreme moment in the WWE will be accompanied with “E-C-DUB” or “This is Awesome!” chant. But for now, we can only hope.

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