Blood is bad in the WWE PG era, but that didn’t stop Dave Batista from bleeding during a cage match with Chris Jericho. Apparently, Vince McMahon made the wrestlers know for certain that the Attitude Era was over by fining Batista a whopping $100,000. But do fans really want the Attitude Era action back?
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Chris Jericho always has an interesting story to tell on his podcast about living life inside the WWE. For example, it’s said that Vince McMahon fought Kofi Kingston for real when the two got into a heated disagreement on a company jet. Unfortunately, not all of his stories are too funny, and he admitted recently that CM Punk is leaving his WWE friends behind.
Dave Batista may have had major success as an actor in Hollywood with Guardians of the Galaxy (it’s even believed the Animal could play a James Bond villain), but this story from Chris Jericho took place way back in 2008. WWE superstars are paid a lot for all the suffering they put their bodies through, but in this case, Batista thought it was a bright idea to cut himself in order to start the bleeding. This was a concept that Batista knew was a giant no-no.
“This was a point where we weren’t shedding blood any more. We were PG and that didn’t make any sense to me. I just didn’t want to hear that, especially when there’s a title match involved. I knew we weren’t supposed to do it. I knew I would get consequences but I thought I would get the consequences and I didn’t think they’d be as harsh as they were.”
“Harsh” is probably an understatement, since Chris Jericho relates that Vince McMahon fined Batista a staggering $100,000 for bleeding in the ring. According to Batista, it was also the day that he truly realized the Attitude Era was gone and buried.
“[Vince McMahon] starts passing out fines, so my fine was $100,000. My heart dropped. I thought it would be like $25,000. When he said $100,000, I was just heartbroken. I literally think that he sucked the life out of me that day. I think that’s the day that I knew things were never going to be the same.”
Of course, whether the PG Era will last in the long term could be considered an open question. Vince McMahon needs to do something besides make the WWE Network free. Some say Dean Ambrose is like the PG version of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and some of the story lines coming out of WWE Creative could be said to be pushing the PG limit into PG-13. It’s possible that McMahon realizes some of the fans are missing this type of action, since the WWE Network will showcasing an ECW exposed special this coming week.