Chris Jericho, just days away from what looks set to be his final show as a WWE Superstar at this weekend's 'Night of Champions' PPV, has revealed his disappointment with the direction the company has taken regarding certain elements.
Speaking on his podcast, 'Talk is Jericho', the veteran WWE superstar vented his frustration that, unlike in years past, in a recent match against Kane the fight lost all momentum after Jericho was cut open leaving "a few drops of blood."
Sign of the times
"Man have things ever changed," explained Jericho when discussing a recent injury sustained vs Kane on Monday Night Raw.
"There was a couple of drops of blood on the mat and suddenly referee Mike Keota has got his rubber gloves on and they're checking you, 'are you ok?'
And it's the worst thing that can happen is, and this is something that they have to do by verdict of Vince McMahon, that if somebody is bleeding and it can't be stopped...you got to stop the match so that the referee can get in there and stop the bleeding for you using Vaseline or whatever tricks that they have."
In a monologue that lasts a good five minutes of his podcast Jericho was clearly annoyed that the modern way of the WWE, admittedly pressured by its PG rating goal and a generally decreased tolerance for the blood and violence that dominated the Attitude Era, had implemented a ruling that means match ups suffer.
"Talk about killing the flow of your match! And this is a real thing - you have to stop and you are basically doing this wrestling match and show and then something real happens and you get cut open it's like 'ok guys the show is done 'cos somebody really got hurt so now we're going to stop everything and get you fixed up.
"And it makes everybody mad. I mean nobody wants to stop in the middle of your match. Like I said it kills every time the story, you got a beginning, a middle and an end.
Obviously as the WWE has developed into a global brand in the twenty-first century the days of broken bones, and blood-strewn superstars are long gone in the name of wrestler safety and public image.
But whilst this is probably a positive when all is said and done there are plenty of hardcore, veteran fans who wish the WWE would return to its Attitude Era style.
And it is clear some of the organization's superstar share that sentiment with Batista echoing the thoughts of Jericho in recent times.
Jericho described a fight against Yoshi Tatsu in which his decision to make the Japanese superstar bleed helped make the fight reach its potential, and he was fairly unapologetic in his reasoning:
"I had to cut him open (to spur on Tatsu). Is that unprofessional? Kind of but also I wanted to light a fire under his ass and I did.
"Years ago you could be cut wide open, you could break your nose whatever and they would never stop the match. If you stopped the match half way through it was almost considered a wimpy thing to do.
"We grew up in a time when 'you do not stop a match no matter what'. Those times have changed and now if you have a nosebleed they'll stop it... But I love it, it's the sign of the times," concluded Jericho.
Jericho's farewell (for now)
Chris Jericho may be disappointed with the increased health and safety that now surround the WWE but he won't have to put up for it for too much longer.
Having made an unexpected comeback this year after spending time focusing on his music career, Jericho looks set to bow out from the WWE once again this weekend after what is set to be an explosive Night of Champions pay-per-view.
He must be hoping there is no sign of blood to ruin his emotional farewell.
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