WWE is known for being THE pro-wrestling promotion in the world. While WWE would rather call things “sports entertainment”, we all know what it truly is at heart. Due to WCW and ECW going down, WWE is now the authority when it comes to the wrestling world. This means that when they change a rule, people take notice.
WWE was the first company to really change up how things were done in the ring, to better protect wrestlers. Not only did they make talent learn a new style to fit the company (WWE style), they also made sure that wrestlers did not take too many chances in a given match.
WWE is best known for going PG, and making all content different from their edgy “Attitude Era”. They banned shots to the head with weapons to better protect against potential head injuries, and something called “gigging” was outlawed. Gigging was the art of cutting one’s skin to make blood come out. This was done to “better” a match when it was a long, drawn out type. Nowadays, if blood occurs it will happen “the hard way” as wrestlers call it. This means that it will happen accidentally.
WWE used to stop matches to stop the bleeding when they went overboard with protection policies, but now they do not bother. They allow the blood to flow unless it gets out of hand.
One would think that the next rule change WWE would throw out that would be to protect talent or potentially, help them. Instead, they made a rule change that most of us never saw coming.
According to WWE Diva Emma in an interview with The Herald Sun, WWE has banned the use of baby oil at events.
Yeah, you read that right….baby oil.
As many of us know by now, baby oil is put on Superstars and Divas before they go out for a match to make them look better on TV. It makes their skin glow and highlights their best features on their body. For men, it’ll show off abdominal and arm muscles, and for women, the breasts and legs.
Why did they make such a rule change? Seemingly, the exact reason they started it. Emma claims that WWE feels it does not look good on HDTV.
The notice was pinned on the notice board at the WWE Performance Center, and I’d assume those on the main roster got a notice about it in some form or fashion.
People such as Randy Orton who is known by internet fans as the “baby oil king”, might look different on RAW and SmackDown in coming months. Eh, he might just use water instead.
It is easy to tell when baby oil is used, so that might be why WWE feels it doesn’t work for the new age WWE audience who watches in high definition. Really, there is no need for the baby oil as we can see the great parts about a Superstar or Diva due to the high definition we are given. So the idea behind it all makes sense. However, it is quite hilarious that Emma let this new WWE rule out. She potentially was not supposed to.