For the first time in a long time in a WWE pay-per-view match, we saw a superstar busted open. John Cena’s face and head was covered in blood during his match with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules last Sunday.
To some, this use of blood in their match made the battle between Brock Lesnar and John Cena into a classic, as the two former champions went to war in Chicago.
Most fans enjoy seeing edgier matches on WWE programming, particularly since the beginning of the PG era, but what did the company have to say about the use of blood at Extreme Rules?
F4Wonline.com reports that there were higher-ups in WWE concerned with the amount of blood that John Cena bled out at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on Sunday. They weren't worried about Lesnar's image as much.
The use of blood in the Lesnar-Cena match at Extreme Rules was implemented in a very productive way. It showed how destructive Lesnar can be. He tore apart Cena throughout the match.
Bringing blood back into matches, on occasion, would be a good move by the WWE. However, the company doesn’t need to have contests like the I Quit match between John Cena and JBL in 2005, in which both superstars looked as if they just crawled out of a car accident.
In addition to the use of blood in certain high-profile matches, like Lesnar-Cena, it would be nice to see it used more in Hell in a Cell matches at the yearly autumn pay-per-view. The use of blood was prevalent in many of the first few Hell in a Cell matches.
While the WWE is against seeing a bloody John Cena on television, what is your opinion on the use of the blood in the WWE as we move forward?