Triple H unhappy with scrutiny over blood being present at NXT TakeOver: Toronto

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Triple H has defended the NXT TakeOver: Toronto main event match between Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano after blood was present during the match.

Just a few weeks ago, Vince McMahon said WWE would stay away from the 'blood and guts' direction which their competitor, AEW, wants to go in.

However, last night at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, blood was present on the back of Cole when he faced Gargano in their Best 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the NXT Championship.

During a conference call after the event, Triple H was asked by Mike Johnson of PWInsider about the barbed wire usage in the Cole vs Gargano match and referencing Vince's 'blood and guts' comments about AEW.

The Game responded by saying there was no blood, but Johnson brought up how Cole's back was busted open following the final table bump off the top of the cage.

Triple H wasn't happy with the digging, as he said, via Ringside News: “Honest to god you’re gonna call me out on that? I mean he gets scraped on the table.

"No — honest to god, you’re digging deep for this one. I gotta tell you guys there was nothing in that cage except for the barbed wire at the top which didn’t get used… did not get used.

“There was nothing in that cage that you haven’t been seeing on TV in WWE consistently. So, to say this is some kind — man, you guys gotta get off your conspiracy theory stuff. You’re digging hard, but you’re making yourself look stupid.

“I mean in general, you’re digging hard for something that ain’t there […] What did [Vince] say? He said ‘blood and guts’… did you see blood? Intentional blood? Right, you just answered the question so what you’re digging for isn’t there. Like, that’s the ridiculous thing in this.

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"There was nothing there that you have not seen. Barbed wire as a deterrent for leaving the cage did not get used. Nobody intentionally bled, there was no blood anywhere… there were chairs, there were Kendo sticks. There were pliers, not needle-nosed so those were different, but what else was different?

"What was the gore and the guts that we went to that is making you say that this was a different turn?”

It's quite clear from Triple H's answer that WWE doesn't want to go in the direction of blood and guts and that any that is seen in the ring from now on is unintentional.

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