During a recent edition of The Taz Show, ECW Legend Taz talked about the Hell In A Cell 2017 PPV and the Hell in a Cell matches not featuring any blood. Below is what the former two time ECW World Heavyweight Champion had to say about this:
“I started thinking wow you know there’s no blood in this thing and we’re seeing a couple of things that maybe could bring blood. And they didn’t do it. It didn’t fall flat and I had no problem with no blood. I thought the match was awesome and on whatever I said of course some people were like “Ah! Where’s the blood? You need blood or something like that”.
And you know I understand why some folks wanted to see blood in this thing or even in the main event of the cell. I get it. I really do get it and and if there was blood I don’t think that would have made it bad. But I gotta tell you, through the bulk of this match, at the end of match, I’d never said to myself “This really needed blood”. Because it didn’t. It didn’t. And I’ve said this here on my show.
We are at a different day and age for about the past maybe 7, 8, 10 years in wrestling with blood. It’s not like it was guys. It’s called f***ing business, guys. It’s called business. It’s called TV network. It’s got advertisers that are spending a lot of money with different brands that you don’t want to pi$$ off, guys. It’s called making money. That’s what it’s called.
So those that complain about it, this is a business. This is not your Grandpa’s, you know, NWA wrestling in Richmond, Virginia. And I love that stuff. Don’t get me wrong. This is not ECW in Philadelphia in the mid 90s. That’s not what this is. This is a different day and age. Advertising, money, publicly traded company – blood, all that don’t mix.
Yeah once in a very blue moon like we saw Vince McMahon? Okay. But you can’t just go and get big juice in these matches like you saw years ago. And I don’t think that anyone should poop on the talent or the booking of the show because there’s no blood. Look, the wrestlers have no problem getting to color. I could tell you that from experience.
They have no problem and now I’ll stereotype all the wrestlers. All them have no problem. You need color? I’ll get you color. Younger guys and girls, they’ve never gotten color they’ve never done it but it’s kind of like a badge of honor thing. I need be have to do, they’ll do it. So it’s not that and the company has no problem booking it. That’s no problem but executing it and showing it publicly is the problem because that’s where it could affect the income money from advertisers. It’s that simple. It really is that simple.
I mean as fans you get hung up and I’m guilty of it too in the emotion of the story and we should. We should get hung up. And then we forget that this is a business this is a multi million, million, million dollar business with people spending a lot, advertisers spending a plethora of money and a lot of them don’t want to see blood.
They’re fine with the violence because people say “oh it’s a show, it’s entertainment”. They don’t want to see tons of se*ual type stuff. They don’t want to hear cursing. That’s just not the way it is. It’s a very PG world.”