When we think of wrestling's most intense battles, we see images of the proverbial "crimson mask" in our minds.
Indisputably, blood has been a staple of the wrestling scene since the very beginning.
Whether the viscous fluid results from a legitimate blow, or via voluntary means using a hidden razor blade, it has, over the years, added an element of unpredictable danger to matches.
Of course, not every bout calls for blood to be cascading down wrestlers' foreheads; in fact, it should be reserved for engagements where the feud necessitates it.
TNA Wrestling, for instance, does not follow this simple rule. In an effort to be cutting edge (no pun intended), the company has presented a product that is ridden with blood.
Instead of responding like they should, however, their fanbase has become desensitized to the presence of it.
Conversely, the WWE has, for the last few years, instituted a "no blood" policy so as to conform with PG constraints.
The directive has been so stringent that contests with accidental blood spills are stopped mid-match to wipe away any evidence.
If an incident transpires during a pre-taped event (i.e, SmackDown), the WWE has been known to make the requisite edits in post-production (i.e., Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes).
Even worse, legendary encounters of the past have been re-aired in black and white (i.e., Classics on Demand) if they're too gory.
Yet, after all the precautions to save the viewers' eyes from becoming haunted with the sight of ruddy red streaks, the WWE may be making an exception for one night only at WrestleMania 28.
This exemption from the rule may be granted to Triple H and The Undertaker inside the unforgiving Hell in a Cell.
Four reasons support such a theory—The Hell in a Cell apparatus is being brought back despite there being a pay-per-view exclusively dedicated to it; the two living legends need to find a way to top last year's memorable performance; their issue is personal enough to warrant blood; and lastly, as Triple put it, he has every intention of "going all the way" with Undertaker.
For what it's worth, it's curious that the company would schedule a Hell in a Cell bout outside of the eponymous pay-per-view.
This decision suggests that the WWE may have something up its sleeve in order to justify bringing back the steel-meshed box so soon.
Because a death-defying bump by either man is out of the question—given the age and injury history of both "The Game" and "The Deadman"—the spectacle of blood becomes the next likely scenario.
Next, Triple H and The Undertaker have a lot of pressure to top, if not surpass, their suspenseful duel at WrestleMania 27.
Their near 30-minute affair is considered by many pundits to be either the 2011 match of the year or a close runner-up. A year later, both men are not only older, but will have to deal with being slower and less agile.
An ideal way to work around these realities is by appealing to visual stimulation—near-falls, bone-on-steel collisions and, as they say in wrestling parlance, "color."
Moreover, the rivalry between "The Cerebral Assassin" and "The Phenom" has enough of a storied and palpable history behind it to warrant the inclusion of blood.
For example, in their current dispute, there is an enriching dose of realism that is missing in modern storylines. In this case, they are two vestiges of wrestling's halcyon past who unflinchingly stand for what they believe in.
Specifically, Undertaker desperately wants to prove to himself that last year was no fluke.
In comparison, COO Triple H has been pushed to the edge of reason after being pressured to go head-to-head with "The Grim Reaper" once more; he's now become consumed with his basest instincts—to end the vaunted streak.
Unequivocally, the WrestleMania matchup pits two icons who are intent on vindicating themselves against each other. For all intents and purposes, there is nothing more serious than the quest for personal redemption. Therefore, if there is any marquee encounter worthy of blood, it's this one.
Lastly, the ultimatum by Triple H on the Feb. 20 edition of RAW that the match occur on the lone condition that he and Undertaker "go all the way" hints at something extraordinary.
That something might be—and should be—a brutal battle with both men, engulfed in buckets of blood, struggling to subdue the other.
Needless to say, the dramatic effect of crimson puddles accentuating the epic clash between wrestling's remaining stalwarts on the grandest stage—inside the Hell in a Cell—would be off the charts.
It would certainly confirm the foreshadowing of the morbidly definitive end awaiting both Triple H and The Undertaker.
Nevertheless, we won't know for sure until WrestleMania 28 rolls around.