During WWE’s infamous Attitude Era, the company became famous for showing a lot of blood during matches and even introduced the dreaded “First Blood Match.” This kind of match had no rules - except for the fact that it only ended when one of the two competitors bled. It wasn’t a popular kind of match, but it proved that WWE liked blood to be present during their feuds.
When WWE rebranded into the PG era, they decided that blood was no longer acceptable and any superstars who purposely bleed would be fined. Even though WWE stars are no longer allowed to blade, that doesn't stop them.
Over the past few years, blood has played a role in WWE’s programming and without it, many personal rivalries would have lacked a deep, meaningful touch. Blood allows superstars that seem unbeatable suddenly look like they're mere humans, and WWE has learned that over the past few decades.
The following list looks at the 10 bloodiest matches in WWE history, whether the superstars were allowed to blade or not.
10 Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog - Beware of Dog
In Your House: Beware of Dog included an incredible match between two of the greatest technical wrestlers of the past generation. These two collided at SummerSlam 1992 in one of the greatest matches ever, but this one was great for many other reasons.
9 Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar - WrestleMania 31
It was deemed as the collision that no one wanted, but was in-fact one of the best matches of the year as Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar finally met one-on-one in the main event of WrestleMania 31.
8 Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor - NXT Takeover: Dallas
The feud between Samoa Joe and Finn Balor was one of the best rivalries of the year and at NXT Takeover: Dallas, the rivalry reached new heights when Joe was busted wide open at the beginning of the match (forced to continue with a huge gash on his eye).
7 John Cena vs. JBL - Judgement Day 2005
It is one of the most iconic images of John Cena - the match in which the amount of physicality was on display back at Judgement Day 2005.
6 Triple H vs Cactus Jack - Royal Rumble 2000
Back at the Royal Rumble in 2000, Triple H faced off against Mick Foley in what was a deeply personal, emotionally charged match.
5 Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair - WrestleMania 8
Ric Flair is a notorious bleeder and it’s shocking that he wasn’t featured more on this list, but at WrestleMania 8, he discovered the perfect way to turn his hair pink when he faced Randy Savage.
4 Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker - No Mercy 2002
When these two collided at No Mercy 2002, it was considered to be one of the most brutal matches between any two superstars in WWE history. Who knew that back in 2002, Lesnar would be the chosen one to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania, breaking his coveted streak?
3 Ric Flair vs. Edge - Monday Night Raw 2006
On an episode of Monday Night Raw in 2006, Flair took it to the next level as they collided for Edge’s WWE Championship.
2 Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker - Badd Blood 1997
The first ever Hell In A Cell Match will always be remembered, and there was a reason it happened on Badd Blood. Blood was definitely on show that night, as Shawn Michaels had his good looks tarnished by the Undertaker.
1 Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin - WrestleMania 13
It was one of the best brawls in wrestling history. These two men definitely left it all in the ring at WrestleMania 13. There was obvious blading going on throughout the match after Steve Austin was thrown into a steel post and came out covered in his own blood.
Austin finished the match despite being completely covered in blood, but he refused to tap out to the Sharpshooter. Instead, he passed out from the loss of blood whilst being locked in the famous submission maneuver. It was one of the hardest fought matches of Austin’s career, and this match turned the tide for both legendary wrestlers.
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