WWE superstar John Cena has revealed that he misses blood in the wrestling business. The wrestler made his entry into the world of pro-wrestling during the final stages of an era of blading and profanity.
Blading refers to the use of a blade to cut open the opponent to make him bleed during a wrestling match. However, like all American professional wrestling matches, causing injuries by blading was pre-planned.
Blading was banned by the WWE in the late 2000s, but recently made a comeback and is carried out occasionally. But WWE has done away with profanity to keep the performances child-friendly.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Cena said: "I'm a 38-year-old man. I'd much rather it be a program geared toward me, whether that's TV-14 or sometimes even more graphic than that, which is what I like.
"For one thing, profanity brought fire out of people with personalities that backed the language. It's very difficult to say, 'Oh, you're being poopy,' especially when they're meant to be fighting words.
"And now, if someone starts to bleed, the referee intervenes to stop the bleeding. But before, you'd just let it fly. Blood is one of the things that made fights cool. Like, you knew it had gotten serious," he said.
"I understand why we don't do it [blading] anymore. Vince [WWE chief executive Vince McMahon] has been a coach to me, a father figure, a boss and a friend, and his goal and my goal are the same: to make the company be as big as it can be. But, yeah, the blood is one thing I miss," he said.
The 38-year-old wrestler also spoke about his injury which has sidelined him for several months now.
"It's been two and a half months since the surgery and 107 rehab visits so far, and I'm already doing things they said would take nine months. I was antsy on day four. Being away from the product just makes me want it even more. Sure, OK, it's very easy to get too caught up," Cena said.
"And not to mention the blur between real and not. I mean, anyone who brings up the word 'fake' with me is truly ignorant of what we do. We entertain. We're TV that develops right in front of you as it happens. People think we are who they see," he said.
"That's kind of true, but not. I mean, we're as real as fake can get. Like, I'm Superman, but I'm not. Although a lot of people in the business don't know when to turn the switch off, I do, and I'm John."
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