Blading has been a part of professional wrestling since time immemorial. If a wrestler needs to make the culmination of their feud dramatic, intense and memorable then being covered in their own blood seems to be the way to go. "Juicing", "gigging", or "getting color" are the fun and frivolous terms for when a wrestler uses a secreted razor blade to cut themselves open.
The idea is that the combination of a small cut and the copious sweat on the wrestler's forehead and torso will make the injury look much worse than it is. That isn't always the case though. Sometimes blading and getting busted open can go horribly, vomit inducingly wrong.
10 Shawn Michaels and Triple H, Royal Rumble 2004
You know that scene in The Shining? Of course you do. As soon as someone mentions Stanley Kubrick's cinematic classic, all anyone can think about is gallons and gallons of blood pouring from a lift. That was a lot of blood. It's likely however, that the amount of blood leaked by Shawn Michaels and Triple H during their Last Man Standing match at Royal Rumble 2004 could rival that iconic scene.
Michaels bust himself open from a dive through a table and soon every inch of his face was covered in blood. Clearly jealous, Triple H saw red after a chair shot and was soon pouring the crimson stuff with abandon.
9 Shawn Michaels, Great American Bash 2008
Ever wondered why we don't see blading very much in WWE these days? That would be the result of the match between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho at the Great American Bash 2008. During the match Shawn Michael's used a concealed blade to slice his eyebrow open. Soon Shawn was bleeding as only Shawn Michaels can.
Michaels and Jericho spent much of the match rolling around in the blood and Vince McMahon banned blading soon after. Probably for the best, though the ban didn't stop everyone from gigging.
8 CM Punk, RAW 2012
If you're the WWE's main star, how do you make a match exciting when you're lumbered with a glorified part-timer? CM Punk's solution during his cage match with Jerry Lawler was to blade. Problem was that he was deep in the PG era and blading had been banned by big bad boss Vince Mcmahon.
That didn't stop Punk though, who blatantly bladed during the match. Unlike other wrestlers who had all been severely punished for blading with fines or being buried, Punk escaped scot-free. One of the perks of being the top star means you can slice your own skin open with a razor blade. What a lucky man.
7 John Cena, Extreme Rules 2012
With blading banned, how on earth could a wrestler remove the blood from their own body to add gravitas to a match? Why just call upon Brock Lesnar of course. As you'll see from other entries on this last, the Beast is really good at making men bleed.
In the brutal encounter between Cena and Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2012, Lesnar busted Cena open with repeated elbow strikes to the cranium. Surely blading is a safer option than having your top star cracked open like an egg by a big angry man with elbows of adamantium?
6 Randy Orton, Summerslam 2016
Cleary Randy Orton didn't watch Extreme Rules 2012. When you're not allowed to blade to draw some claret, why not try the 'hard way'. That was Brock Lesnar's solution to achieve a bloody culmination in his match with Randy Orton during the main event of Summerslam 2016. Brock had stated that he could safely bust open Orton using his bare knuckles and elbows. What could possibly go wrong?
Quite a lot actually. Randy was left spurting blood like a malfunctioning water fountain and so convincing was the mauling that Chris Jericho confronted Lesnar backstage in a heated exchange that resulted in fisticuffs. Matters were only resolved when Triple H assured Jericho that the violence was a work.
5 Randy Orton - Again, MITB 2014
There's no two ways about it, Randy Orton can really bleed. Money in the Bank ladder matches are infamous for their bonkers over-the-top violence, who can forget the countless innovative and insane high spots during the gimmick's storied history?
It wasn't a particularly noteworthy spot that saw Orton hemorrhaging blood like he'd just lost a limb in Money in the Bank 2014. Instead it was a rogue ladder clunking against his head that saw the Viper prove beyond doubt he is a red-blooded reptile. It took a stonking 12 staples to seal the wound. No wonder why it's considered bad luck to walk under ladders.
4 Ric Flair, Every Match Ever
Has anyone in the history of professional wrestling bled as much as Ric Flair over the course of his career? How Flair has any blood left in his body is beyond our current medical understanding. Need proof of this? Check out his classic encounter with Macho Man Randy Savage at Wrestlemania 8, Flair's platinum blond hair was dyed red early on after a quick blade job.
Then there was Flair's blood-splattered cage match against Triple H at Taboo Tuesday 2005, which saw Flair covered in so much blood it was difficult to recognize the Nature Boy. Not one to watch whilst eating, that's for certain.
3 The Undertaker, No Mercy 2002
How does a wrestler know when they've bladed too deep? That would be when their own blood spurts on the camera lens of the nearby friendly neighborhood cameraman. That's exactly what happened to The Undertaker in his bout against a young Brock Lesnar at No Mercy 2002, and boy-oh-boy it was gross.
After receiving a brutal steel step shot, Undertaker bladed so deep he was soon covered in his own blood. Not only that but queasy viewers at home could literally see the dead man's blood pumping out on to Lesnar during a pinfall attempt!
2 John Cena, Judgment Day 2005
There's a reason why chair shots to the head are a bad idea - though why anyone would think wrapping a steel chair around another person's cranium is a good idea is beyond us - they result in concussions and blood loss.
Just ask John Cena in his I Quit match against JBL at Judgement Day 2005. After a brutal chair shot, Cena ended up covered in more blood than Dracula taking a bath. The hemoglobin filled gunk was everywhere. Not a match to watch for the faint-hearted.
1 Eddie Guerrero, Judgment Day 2004
The late great Eddie Guerrero suffered one of the most disgustingly unpleasant blade jobs of all time during Judgment Day, 2004. After a heinous chair shot to the head Eddie bladed himself but something went wrong, he went way too deep and cut an artery. An artery.
Blood was pumping everywhere: Eddie was covered in it, his opponent JBL was covered in it, heck the ring mat was coated so deep in the stuff it resembled a toddler's paddling pool. Albeit one that would give infants nightmares for the rest of their lives.