Before I go on a long rant, please look to your right and look at the picture I've chosen for this article. What do you see? It's okay actually speak the words, it'll help you understand them. You see two 50+ wrestlers bleeding, right?
Wrong, you missed something.
Look beyond that. Beyond the ring. Fans cheering at two 50+ wrestlers bleeding, that's what you see. And you know what? I'm disgusted at it. When I think of all the litres of blood wrestlers must lose in a year, I'm disgusted. When I think of blood wasted on fans amusement rather than donating it for blood transplants, I'm disgusted. When I see an article saying WWE needs blood, I am disgusted!
Do we ever hear there should be no blood? Well, I'm saying it now. There should be no blood. Not in WWE, not in TNA, nowhere in sports entertainment, nowhere in wrestling! What is people's fascination with blood? Does it really add realism to a match? Would a good storyline and good story telling, along with the match not add just as much, if not more realism?
So, what's my actual problem? Well, what if Ric Flair went to cut himself and he burst a vein? We'd lose one of the greatest professional wrestler of all-time. Would the sport of wrestling ever recover? Would TNA would be tarnished as the company that killed Ric Flair? Would Dixie Carter have blood on her hands? Quite honestly, no. No, we would. I would. You would. Every wrestling fan that ever said they want blood would have that very blood on all of their hands!
In movies and shows, the blood is fake, but in wrestling and sports entertainment, it is real! Imagine Daniel Craig. No wait, he's too young. Imagine Dustin Hoffman (do we know him? No? Google him) going on Broadway and he performs his plays every night.
Now imagine he has to bleed every night in these plays. Can you imagine Dustin Hoffman bleeding every single night? Do you honestly want him to? No. Then why do we feel secure asking Ric Flair to do that? Asking an entire company to incorporate blood into their programming to make it "special"?
As for WWE, stopping a match when someone has a small cut, then no, I don't technically support it. But if it's a large cut or it is causing the wrestlers discomfort, then why not end the match?
Why should the wrestlers suffer because we want to see a match without stoppage? That would be like a footballer breaking his leg, but continuing because we want to see the full match without interruption. It's hypocritical because who of us would continue performing if we were bleeding? I can guess no one put their hand up.
In conclusion, I'm sorry to be blunt, but I wasn't going to sit back and wait until we lost a wrestler because we want some action. So, take a leaf out of my book and wash the blood off your hands. I'm not just talking to you. I'm talking to TNA. I'm talking to sports entertainment. I'm talking to professional wrestling!