Let me start this article off by saying that blading has been part of the business for decades.
Whether it's good or bad for business, it's something that has never completely gone away and seems to resurface every few years. Let's face it, we are talking about a form of entertainment with blood-hungry fans (myself included), so sometimes wrestlers have to give them a show.
About a month ago, reports surfaced that Punk had bladed himself during a cage match against Jerry Lawler. Punk vehemently denied the accusations and posted a picture of his legitimate, stapled-shut wound (as in not the type a razor blade would cause) on Twitter. WWE has also stated that there was no blading involved.
Now, Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com is stating the following:
There's a lot of speculation among online fans that WWE Champion CM Punk had a blade in his mouth during the Lumberjack main event on Monday's RAW. In the video and photo below, it appears Punk spit something out of his mouth right before RAW went off the air.
In case you missed it, you can see the video here.
It does appear Punk spit something metal out of his mouth. However, it also looks as if Paul Heyman could have dropped something from his suit pocket. In Punk's defense, there was never a time that he had any blood spewing from him during or after the match, so this accusation seems like a bit of a stretch.
Ultimately, throughout any given match, wrestlers are constantly spitting who knows what out of their mouths. Keep in mind, Punk has a lip ring, so who's to say that didn't come loose at some point during the match?
In the end, there are too many holes and not enough substance to back up this story. As I mentioned earlier, I know blading is an integral part of the sport—but what is the point of having a concealed blade if you're not going to use it?