October 26, 2012
forwhenifeellikesharing asked: I've always wondered: Is the blood real? And if so, how do they get away with that legally? I mean, sanitation-wise?
The most common way for a wrestler to bleed is for the guy to have a razorblade on him and cut himself during a match. This is called “blading”. So, you are seeing real blood during wrestling (unless we’re talking about the Brood, who used to dump gallons of fake blood onto wrestlers from the rafters).
I don’t know all of the inside legal mumbo-jumbo, but I will say that the big wrestling companies test their guys regularly, and that blading isn’t as prevalent as you’d think…but some scares have happened. In 2006, “Cowboy” Bob Orton lost his job over this.
Long story short, Bob Orton found out he had hepatitis from WWE doctors. WWE official let him work a cage match (he accompanied another wrestler to the ring, wasn’t actually working entire match). Orton “blades” or gets cut the hard way (depending on who you believe). The Undertaker blades in same match, finds out about Orton’s hepatitis after the fact. “Cowboy” Bob Orton is released from the WWE.
I like talking wrestling.