It has been reported that both Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will not be fined by WWE for the amount of blood on show during their Hell In A Cell match last weekend.
The bout was always going to be of high intensity and carried out with a number of brutal moves, but no one quite expected the amount of blood which was to come with it.
An early run in with a corner post meant that Lesnar's head was cut open and blood continued to pour down his face and body for most of the match, despite both the referee and WWE doctor's best efforts.
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It seems this incident has been seen as one of a kind by the company as both WWE superstars are to go unpunished.
As reported by What Culture, WWE have released a statement which explains that though the practice of using blades is banned, sometimes there are accidental cuts.
In this instance, therefore, WWE believe that any cuts made during this heavy encounter were unintended, despite the brutality of how the blood looked, especially on a supposed PG-rated show.
As What Culture added, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter disagrees with the view of WWE entirely:
"What I can say with 100 percent certainty, is that the blood was not an accident."
With Meltzer's opinion in mind, it would make sense for both Lesnar and The Dead Man to have aimed to have some form of minor cut or blood in the match in order to add a sense of danger inside the cell.
Given their banning of blading, however, WWE are causing superstars in such high-profile matches to turn to something which could be even more serious in creating an intended cut.
The worrying aspect of this is that wrestlers may well continue the same trend if it means they are able to carry it off as accidental as they know they will receive no punishment for the blood.
The priority of those at WWE however should be the WWE Universe, whose members are tuning into see a match which has had an incredible amount of hype surrounding it, and, therefore, should not need blood to be so effective.
Interestingly, Chris Jericho gave his view on the subject during his latest edition of Talk Is Jericho, as 411mania.com reported:
"[Lesnar] gets cut every single match that he has, doesn’t he? Edge and I were talking about that at WrestleMania too. Batista got fined $100,000, so there you go. It’s about the corporate sponsorships and the presentation, so even Brock, Vince would [fine]."
Y2J's experienced knowledge, therefore, implies that WWE have not been entirely consistent with their punishments and subsequent fines.
Ultimately, as Jericho explained, it is about the presentation of the company, specifically to its fans that is most important, so if WWE are to fine one wrestler for serious blood in a match, they should do so whenever necessary.