WWE Backlash ended with a bloody main event match in Puerto Rico. Brock Lesnar lost to Cody Rhodes, and it seemed like he was busted open the hard way. That was all a part of the show, but it also brings up a bigger question about the company’s future.
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Endeavor is merging UFC and WWE, two companies with very different policies about blood on television. While UFC features blood all the time as competitors make actual MMA contact in the Octagon, WWE is a different story.
For years, WWE has forbid the use of blood in their matches, as they strive to keep a TV-PG product. There is a lot more advertising revenue for companies who can maintain a family-friendly product, after all. Some have theorized that WWE merging with the UFC could bring a policy change of sorts.
Ringside News asked around about WWE’s policy about blood, and whether anything will change with the UFC merger. We were told by a tenured member of the creative team that there has been no indication that there will be a change in either direction.
Brock Lesnar was allowed to bleed at Backlash because he’s Brock Lesnar. He also knows how to cut himself open the hardway, and he did just that with an exposed steel turnbuckle at Backlash. You can click here for a very close shot of Brock Lesnar busting himself open in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Only time will tell if WWE’s product will start seeing more blood, or at least stop pausing matches whenever someone gets cut open. As of right now, it looks like they will continue with business as usual.
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