When I started watching pro wrestling in the early 1980s, the WWF often used blood in angles and matches. Feuds such as Magnificent Muraco vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheki, and Slaughter vs. Pat Patterson all culminated with bloody final encounters.
Blading has swung like a pendulum between in vogue and outright banned, largely dependent on Vince McMahon’s reading of the wrestling landscape and whether fans and sponsors will tolerate blood.
The last few years have been a dry spot in WWE in terms of gore. I look more at this issue, and hints that could indicate a resurrection of blading, in my Camel Clutch Blog article, “Could blood return to the WWE rings in 2011.” Please check it out and give your thoughts as well.