During the latest edition of his “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, AEW star Chris Jericho commented on his 2008 feud with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels and the match they had at the Judgment Day pay-per-view event.
According to Jericho, this match led to WWE cutting down on “showing color” on their programming. He said,
“It’s very much the reason why we got away from blood. Shawn got so much blood in that first match of the series, just a normal match where he got color. I think it was in Omaha or something like that. Or somewhere in Kansas, Wichita, maybe. So much blood that Vince was like, ‘We’re done. No more blood.’ Shawn will tell you, that was the one… I know that Shawn bled so bad that Vince was like, ‘We’re done with blood.’ Because after that is when Dave Bautista got some blood in the cage and got that huge fine. I got fined when Flair got color, which is a whole other story. But he was fining people at that point in time. ‘No more blood!’ I’m not kidding, it’s a well-known story, he fined Dave Bautista a hundred grand for getting color in the cage match we had for the World Title in Tampa. He was very, very vigilant about it and it was because Shawn got so much color. Someone must have said something.”
(h/t – Fightful)