The world of wrestling has for a long time been a rather strange place.
Back in its heyday in the 90s, it was as popular as anything on TV, due to the risqué content, soap opera-like storylines, and high octane attitude. In more recent years it's perhaps dwindling in its popularity but hasn't been without the core ridiculousness that makes the industry thrive.
This has never been more apparent than this recent segment involving WWE legend Chris Jericho, on the fresher wrestling brand of All Elite Wrestling.
The veteran wrestler, now in his 50s, was competing against Nick Gage in a "No Rules" match, reminiscent of the hardcore matches you'd see in the 1990s. There was plenty of blood and weapons for each man to harm his opponent - including a pizza cutter - that Gage used to devastating effect on Jericho.
Still losing my mind over Nick Gage with the pizza cutter then DOMINOS WITH THE PIZZA CUTTER?! #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/DVzEN7so4S
— ⌨️ Patches Chance 💖💜💙 (@patcheschance) July 29, 2021
Immediately after Gage took the cutter to Jericho's forehead, slicing him up like an overdone pepperoni, an ad for Domino's appeared on screen. Genius, or corny? I'll tell you now, it's genius.
Let's not forget the true essence of wrestling - or sports entertainment, as the big wigs will force you to call it - is in its ridiculousness. So let's just all agree that having someone utilize a pizza cutter on a foe, followed by a huge pizza corporation advertising their pies, is a creative genius.
Obviously, we can assume that the actual pizza cutter did no damage to Jericho. There have been many conversations about the use of blood in wrestling, prompted mostly by the big daddy WWE, who has been plugging a more PG content model for some years now, ridding their broadcasts of smut, blood, nudity and lowering the use of foreign objects.
Having not watched wrestling since the mid-00s or so, I'm not fully up to date on the regulations, or if there is any, in wrestling, but one would assume the blood seen on Jericho's face is actually from a capsule, potentially handed to him by the referee. Either that or it was the result of 'blading', an old technique where a wrestler intricately slices their own head with a concealed blade to cause the blood. Seems stupid, so I hope that wasn't the case.
That may lead you to say something along the lines of "so it's fake? blah blah blah". It's an age-old debate, used mostly to make the watcher of wrestling feel somewhat patronized. At the end of the day, wrestling is scripted and fake, but I'm not sure it ever claims to be real? It's a live-action soap opera by design, and the majority of fans know that, so, in essence, is no different to watching an unrealistic TV series or film like Game of Thrones or Star Wars. Food for thought.