Will Blood Be Shed at Backlash?
Ever since the WWE has shifted to a more child-friendly PG rating, many things have changed. Promos are cleaner-cut, innuendos have diminished, and most notably blood is rarely spilt.
With the exception of Ric Flair's blade job on RAW before Wrestlemania and Orton getting busted open by a TV monitor shot from Shane at No Way Out, wrestlers are getting busted open less and less.
I understand that this is done in correlation with the PG rating, but there are certain instances where bloodshed is necessary. The Hell in a Cell match between Edge and The Undertaker is Summerslam last year is a perfect example.
In a brutal matchup where chairs, steel steps, ladders, and tables came into play, no blood was spilt. Not taking away from what was a stellar matchup, but if there is one thing that Hell in a Cell matches are noted for, that one thing is bloodshed.
This brings us to Backlash this Sunday in Providence, RI. I will be there first-hand to witness the event, and with some of the matches scheduled, I will be dissapointed not to see blood. First off we have the Jeff Hardy vs. Matt hardy "I Quit" match.
When people think of "I Quit" matches, they think of The Rock vs Mankind, John Cena vs JBL; two brutal matches highlighted by a savage use of weaponry and bloodshed.
I believe that the Hardyz will pull out all the stops to put on a good show, but for an individual to say "I Quit," they have to be utterly mutilated and unable to continue. This usually involves a great deal of blood loss, as I do not recall seeing anyone lose as much blood as Cena did against JBL.
Secondly, there is the Last Man Standing match between Edge and John Cena. Last Man Standing matches require an individual to pulverize their opponent to a point where they can not answer a ten count.
There have been under 20 Last Man Standing matches in their entirety, mainly due to their violent nature. Edge and Cena have a well-documented history, and a Last Man Standing match is appropriate for the time.
A Last Man Standing match usually is maybe one step below an "I Quit" match in terms of brutality, and can be executed well without bloodshed. Nevertheless, with such a passionate history between Cena and Edge, a lack of blood may potentially take away from the overall enthusiasm and passion of the match itself.
Thus it is ultimately up to the WWE. I feel that if the WWE wants to maintain a PG rating, they can do so by limiting instances where blood is spilt, but not eliminating them in their entirety.
Not every RAW or Smackdown episode should involve a wrestler lying in a pool of their own blood, but at certain times and in certain matches, bloodshed adds to the overall excitement.
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