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Chris Jericho Reflects On Match With Shawn Michaels That Ended WWE Airing Bloody Matches

May 13, 2022 | Posted by Ben Kerin
Chris Jericho Image Credit: AEW

During his recent Talk Is Jericho podcast, AEW star Chris Jericho reflected on his 2008 feud with WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels, and why one match they had at the Judgment Day pay-per-view was the starting point of WWE cutting down on “showing color” on their programming. Check out what he had to say below (per Fightful):

“It’s very much the reason why we got away from blood. Shawn got so much blood in that first match of the series, just a normal match where he got color. I think it was in Omaha or something like that. Or somewhere in Kansas, Wichita, maybe. So much blood that Vince was like, ‘We’re done. No more blood.’ Shawn will tell you, that was the one… I know that Shawn bled so bad that Vince was like, ‘We’re done with blood.” Because after that is when Dave Bautista got some blood in the cage and got that huge fine. I got fined when Flair got color, which is a whole other story. But he was fining people at that point in time. ‘No more blood!’ I’m not kidding, it’s a well-known story, he fined Dave Bautista a hundred grand for getting color in the cage match we had for the World Title in Tampa. He was very, very vigilant about it and it was because Shawn got so much color. Someone must have said something.”