Paying Your Dues on the Crimson Canvas

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Paying Your Dues on the Crimson Canvas

Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Mick Foley, and, of course, Ric Flair: they are known as legends and great ring generals. But they are also known as the greatest juicers (bleeders) in professional wrestling.

I don't know what it is, but to see these men bleed in the ring adds so much more to the match.

How can anyone forget about the classic Flair/Race steel cage match from the first Starrcade held in November 1983 or the classic WrestleMania XIII submission match between Bret "The Hitman" Hart and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, where Austin donned the crimson mask and passed out?

These are just two of the many blood battles in pro wrestling.

If there is anyone who knows about a blade job it would have to be The Great Muta when he performed the most brutal blade job ever in his match against Hiroshi Hase in 1992. The effects of his blade job got him his own scale in pro wrestling: the Muta scale.

The Muta Scale

A scale to measure the amount of blood loss by a wrestler in a match. The scale goes from 0.0 (no blood loss) to 1.0 (corresponds to the amount of blood lost by The Great Muta during a 1992 match against Hiroshi Hase, during which Muta performed what is widely hailed as the most gruesome blade job of all time).

Right now, it's very rare to see the WWE allow any blade jobs and now that they've gone "kid friendly" (although, they allow Randy to RKO Stephanie) we probably won't see any blood for awhile, unless someone gets busted open the hard way.

Anyone who was watching WrestleMania XXV, I take it you saw when Jeff Hardy sent Matt into the steel steps. Matt must have been busted open in the back or the top of his head because someone came with a towel during the match to stop the blood.

Yes, you read that correctly "during the match."

And if you plan on ordering anything off WWE 24/7 on demand, get ready to see a wrestler magically turn to black and white. From what I read on 24wrestling.com, whenever someone bleeds the picture turns to black and white. Sucks, right?

That's the one thing I like about TNA, I can still enjoy a little bit of blood every once in a while and tonight on Lockdown (where every match is contested inside a steel cage) I think I'm going to have my fair share of seeing faces grated across the steel cage.

While I do enjoy seeing a blood stained canvas ever so often, I'm understanding that wrestling promotions today aren't really doing blade jobs like they use to do back in the 70's and 80's, due to HIV and AIDS.

Although I highly doubt anyone with HIV or AIDS would set foot inside the squared circle and put someone elses life in jeopardy.

For every match there is a price to pay, these men give their all in the ring. They give their sweat, their tears, and yes, even their blood.

Check out the match that made the Muta Scale...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2yxfSRz-cw

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