Over the course of a few decades, pro-wrestling has been filled with grueling and bloody wars from promotions around the globe. The crimson masks worn by many added emphasis to a particular feud, used to tell a story rather than promote senseless and unprocessed acts of savagery.
There soon was a place for the latter as well and blood became a staple at wrestling shows, far and wide.
Wrestlers still get busted open all the time, but this happens less in American wrestling. Blading is not as vital as it used to be, nor has blood been a principle key of the product that mainstream wrestling is trying to sell. WWE hasn’t allowed blood on their program for a few years now (even though Brock Lesnar was busted open at WrestleMania, followed by Daniel Bryan's wounds shortly after), while it happens less in TNA Wrestling.
Before we begin to look at some of wrestling's bloodiest matches, note both CZW, BJW and every other extremely violent and hardcore promotion will be omitted, because in all honesty, there's just too much going on in every match for there to be frontrunners that stand above the rest ("Sick" Nick Mondo and the weed wacker would probably take the cake). That being said, there have been countless wars covered in red over the years, but this list is dedicated to some of the most notorious ones (Drinking vodka and pig's blood won't be supported, either.)
Now, let’s look at some of the most popular and notoriously bloody wars we’ve seen in the squared circle.
16 **Diclaimer: All the videos below will include plenty of blood. Be warned!!
15 15. Jerry Lynn vs. Steve Corino - ECW Heatwave 2000
Two of the most underrated wrestlers in ECW history, Jerry Lynn and Steve Corino, brought forth an incredible match at ECW Heatwave 2000, which was remembered mostly for the XPW invasion.
14 14. The Briscoe Brothers vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico - ROH Man Up 2007
The main event for the tag team titles at ROH Man Up 2007 isn’t the reason this match finds itself on the list, but rather the debut of Jimmy Jacobs’ Age of The Fall faction.
13 13. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker - WWE Badd Blood 1997
12 12. Abdullah The Butcher vs. Bruiser Brody - NFW Main Event
11 11. Cactus Jack vs. Terry Funk - IWA King of the Deathmatch 1995
Both Mick Foley and Terry Funk grew accustomed to bleeding over the course of their careers, but their most notorious match took place in Japan at the IWA King of the Deathmatch finals, where C4 explosives and barbed wire were both part of the festivities. This is arguably one of the most notorious wrestling matches ever, shaping the future of hardcore wrestling.
10 10. Tommy Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer - GCW The Last Battle of Atlanta 1983
9 9. Triple H vs. Batista - WWE Vengeance 2005
8 8. War Games - Great American Bash 1987
7 7. The Undertaker vs. Vince McMahon - Survivor Series 2003
Shockingly enough, Vince McMahon was one of WWE's most memorable bleeders, having suffered immensely against the likes of Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker.
6 6. Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter - Live at Madison Square Garden, 1981
5 5. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin - WrestleMania 13
Not known for his submission prowess, Steve Austin made headlines at WrestleMania 13 at Illinois’ Rosemont Horizon for performing an unexpected face turn as his entire head was covered in blood.
4 4. D-Von Dudley & Mass Transit vs. The Gangstas (ECW House Show - 11/23/96)
We could have picked a bunch of New Jack incidents on list (like stabbing a wrestler multiple times, the ASW Crime Scene incident, the Gypsy Joe incident, etc.), but we may as well pick arguably the most notorious moment in ECW history.
3 3. JBL vs. John Cena - WWE Judgment Day 2005
JBL was no stranger to blood in his matches, yet it was his counterparts who made the matches memorable with the amount of blood they lost.
2 2. Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL - WWE Judgment Day 2004
1 1. The Great Muta vs. Hiroshi Hase - NJPW Battle Final 1992
This match birthed The Muta Scale rating, which measures how much blood is lost in one match, based off how much The Great Muta bled in this NJPW contest.
With the Japanese faithful encouraging his every move, Muta was bleeding profusely and all over his opponent. Laid out on the ground during the match, blood started to drip down Muta’s forehead, which made for iconic photographs over the years. His entire face was covered in a darkish red, which transferred over to Hase’s body every time they came together. These two had a few bloody matches, yet this takes top honors and remains arguably the bloodiest match in wrestling history, even though some would argue we’ve seen way worse over the past few years.
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