WWE: 25 Bloodiest Matches Ever Caught on Video
WWE used to incorporate blood frequently in their matches to add to the storylines they were presenting.
However, in the new PG era, blood is strictly off limits, as Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton found out a few weeks ago when their segment was edited completely from SmackDown.
The "Crimson mask," as it was well known, would be a feature in many pay-per-view events, as it usually signified a more intense battle than you would see on Monday Night Raw.
The superstars would blade themselves to make it look like a weapon had done the damage to their foreheads.
Usually the sweat would make the blood flow like wine and the crowd would instinctively cheer on as the two men raged in a bloody battle.
However, as you will see in this slideshow, sometimes they cut too deeply, resulting in massive amounts of blood loss. Here is a list of the 25 bloodiest matches in WWE history. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Every slide will contain at least one drop of blood, so please use caution when viewing the article.
Mankind vs. The Rock (Royal Rumble 1999)
This "I Quit" match was for the WWF Championship.
Mankind took some vicious chair shots to the head in this match, unguarded I might add.
This resulted in a nasty gash on the side of his head.
The Undertaker vs. Maven (Royal Rumble 2002)
Maven, winner of the first ever Tough Enough, shocked the world when he eliminated The Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match in 2002.
Though this encounter wasn't strictly a match, Undertaker certainly made Maven pay his dues and pay for the elimination by turning his face red.
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Pat Patterson (May 4th, 1981)
This was a match I had not heard of but came across it in my research for this article.
In 1981, Sgt. Slaughter was locked in a rivalry with Pat Patterson.
As the feud came to an end, an "Alley Fight" was sanctioned at Madison Square Garden. Sgt. Slaughter bled profusely in this barbaric match.
Vince McMahon vs. Ric Flair (Royal Rumble 2002)
Flair, one of the best bladers in the business, donned the crimson mask for the umpteenth time at the 2002 Royal Rumble in a Street Fight with Vince McMahon.
McMahon also became a bloody mess by the end of the match.
The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair (WrestleMania X8)
Ric Flair again. Red shows up really well against white, don't you think?
Undertaker decided to make Flair's face match his trunks and boots in this epic encounter from WrestleMania X8.
Triple H vs. Batista (Vengeance 2005)
What's funny about this is the fact that Triple H was a bit overzealous in his blading, and it shows in this backstage segment.
Batista looks like he hasn't even been in a match and Triple H looks like he's wrestled seven deathmatches without washing.
No doubt this was was another Hell in a Cell match which was utterly barbaric.
Edge vs. Mick Foley (WrestleMania 22)
Foley would bleed again despite having retired in 2000.
Fighting Edge at WrestleMania 22, both men became incredibly bloody.
With barbed wire and fire, this match helped to make Edge into the superstar we respect today.
The Undertaker vs. Vince McMahon (Survivor Series 2003)
Vince McMahon led by example in this bout from 2003, blading himself into oblivion.
OK, it wasn't quite that bad, but as crimson masks go, this was a rather thick one.
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (Royal Rumble 2004)
Triple H and Shawn Michaels had an amazing feud when the latter returned from retirement.
Some of them became very ugly.
This Last Man Standing match ended up with both men bleeding profusely.
I'm surprised Triple H has any blood left, and I'm not even halfway through the list.
Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley (Backlash 2004)
Mick Foley liked to make stars after he had retired.
By making Randy Orton look like he'd just bathed in red paint, he managed to make the young prospect respected, and popular with the fans.
Hardcore is the way forward.
Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (No Way Out 2000)
In this, one of the best Hell in a Cell matches in history, both Triple H and Cactus left it all in the ring and on top of the cell.
Both men bled due to the heinous carnage that transpired.
Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XX)
Triple H ended up so bloody in this match that I'm surprised Benoit could hold on the Crossface for the win.
Triple H's face was non-existant as a red mess replaced it.
Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels (Summerslam 2005)
The Immortal One showed mortality when he soaked the ring in his own blood.
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (WrestleMania VIII)
Bret Hart became a bloody mess, from what looked like a small cut, in this match for the prestigious Intercontinental title.
When the Intercontinental title was prestigious? Me too...
Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (Royal Rumble 2000)
Triple H spearheaded the bleeding campaign in this match, as Cactus did not drop a speck of blood.
Taking barbed wire to the face, Triple H was once again a bloody mess.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho (The Bash 2008)
In the last bloody encounter before the PG era, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels battled at The Bash to further their rivalry.
The match ended when Shawn Michaels couldn't continue.
Austin vs. Rock vs. Rikishi vs. Undertaker vs. HHH vs. Angle (Armageddon 2000)
All six men in this match ended up bleeding by the end of it.
If that isn't a bloody match, I don't know what is.
Batista vs. The Undertaker (Survivor Series 2007)
The Undertaker and Batista both bled in this Hell in a Cell match, but Batista's efforts were much more impressive than the Deadman's.
Mind you, how much blood do you expect a Deadman to have?
DX vs. the McMahons and Big Show (Unforgiven 2006)
Triple H bleeding again.
This list would be a top 10 if it weren't for The Game.
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash (Bad Blood 2003)
This was a brutal Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Kevin Nash. Triple H was never afraid to bleed, and this match proves it.
He did a fairly deep blade job on this night, simply to make the Hell in a Cell match look more dangerous.
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (Bad Blood 2004)
Triple H and Shawn Michaels have two spots on this slide. This just shows how much effort these two guys put in to making their matches look as hellacious as they possibly could.
In this Hell in a Cell match, red was once again the central theme in the middle of the ring.
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (WrestleMania 13)
In one of the most iconic images in wrestling history, Steve Austin bleeds while in incredible pain due to Bret Hart's sharpshooter.
However, one must see the whole match to appreciate just how much Austin was bleeding that night. It was one of the deepest blade jobs in WWE history.
John Cena vs. JBL (Judgment Day 2005)
Don't fight JBL at Judgment Day.
Bad things happen.
Like excessive bleeding.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker (No Mercy 2002)
I remember watching this match and actually being worried that The Undertaker would collapse.
Blood literally pours from his head onto the mat.
It's like somebody turned the tap on.
The way it spurts out, you would think Quentin Tarantino directed No Mercy 2002.
Despite this horrific blade job, there is one that is worse...
Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL (Judgment Day 2004)
As the video title quite astutely points out, these are the 25 bloodiest moments in WWE history.
Eddie Guerrero lost a lot of blood in this match, as he cut himself too deeply. He carried on the match for another 15 minutes, and JBL joined in by also becoming "busted open."
The stains on the mat represented the brutality of this match, and the severity of the cut was amplified by the audience reaction as Eddie turned around.
This is probably one of the reasons blading eventually stopped in WWE as this went too far.