The world was shocked at Extreme Rules earlier this year when Brock Lesnar busted John Cena open with a barrage of elbows in the match’s opening seconds.
Despite the trainers toweling the wounds, blood continued to stream down Cena’s face for the rest of the match. By the end, Cena had also split Lesnar open with a chain to the head.
Lesnar’s returning match provided the bloodiest scene since WWE became family-friendly with wholly PG content. With blood so seldom seen today, it added greatly to both the match and Lesnar as a “legitimate” destroying machine.
In the build up to the match at Extreme Rules there was a sense of foreboding, with Cena’s lip getting slit open on Raw. This time around, instead of busting people open Lesnar has been breaking arms.
This transition from blood to bone might be the indication that there will be no blood at SummerSlam this Sunday. Somehow breaking bones is more family-friendly than a little crimson on the face.
Back in his day Triple H was always more than willing to bleed for a good show, but now as the company man can he really have changed so much to be entirely against it?
This Sunday sees Brock Lesnar and Triple H facing off for the first time ever. Lesnar’s representative, Paul Heyman, has insulted The Game’s family, and Lesnar has broken both Triple H’s, and his best friend Shawn Michael’s, arm.
We’re not expecting a five-star technical wrestling match but a straight-out brawl. However, with the match lacking in any stipulations, such as no-holds-barred, we really can’t be sure what we’re going to see.
Just like at Extreme Rules, a tasteful amount of blood will do wonders for Lesnar’s character and for the selling of the match as a whole.
Don’t get your hopes up, though.
Triple H and Lesnar have the potential to put on a classic, but the WWE have worked themselves into a position where a lack of blood will make the match seem like a disappointment to many when compared to Extreme Rules.