In the most recent edition of his YouTube series, Maven recalled how he once got busted open during a WWE Hardcore Championship match with The Undertaker.
Maven said, “Sometimes we get color and bleed the hard way and my hard way. I mean, maybe a chair, maybe we fall. One time, I was wrestling The Undertaker for the Hardcore Championship. He hits me over the top of the head with a trash can lid. I wasn’t supposed to get color. I wasn’t supposed to bleed. The lid caught me at the top of my head in the right spot. Next thing I know, I’m sitting there bleeding.”
He continued, “Obviously, I wasn’t going to get in trouble for this when I got backstage, because it wasn’t something that I meant to do. Getting color, it’s big, and they don’t want to waste it. They want to make sure if someone’s going to be up there getting color, it was at the right time at the right show.”
Maven was released from his WWE contract in 2005. Following WWE’s move into the PG era, the promotion banned intentional bleeding and fined talents for deliberately getting busted open in matches.
Following Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown, it was revealed that Cedric Alexander and Ashante Thee Adonis would be teaming up in pursuit of the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships.
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In a recent episode of his YouTube series, Maven shared a memorable experience from his time in WWE, where he accidentally got busted open during a Hardcore Championship match with The Undertaker. Maven explained that sometimes in wrestling, bleeding occurs unintentionally, either from a chair shot or a fall. In this particular match, The Undertaker struck Maven on the head with a trash can lid, causing him to bleed despite it not being planned.
Maven clarified that he wouldn’t face any consequences backstage for the incident since it was an unintended occurrence. Bleeding, also known as “getting color,” used to be a significant element in professional wrestling, but WWE later banned intentional bleeding and imposed fines on wrestlers who deliberately got busted open during matches. This change came about when WWE transitioned into the PG era, aiming for a more family-friendly product.
Maven’s anecdote sheds light on the physical risks and unexpected outcomes that can arise in the world of professional wrestling. While scripted and choreographed, wrestling matches still involve physicality and athleticism, making it challenging to avoid accidents or injuries. The incident with Maven and The Undertaker serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the sport and the importance of safety measures.
In other WWE news, after the latest episode of SmackDown, it was revealed that Cedric Alexander and Ashante Thee Adonis would be teaming up to pursue the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. This development adds a new threat to the SmackDown tag team division and creates excitement among fans who are eager to see how this partnership unfolds.
Professional wrestling continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its blend of athleticism, storytelling, and larger-than-life characters. While the industry has evolved over the years, incidents like Maven’s accidental bleeding serve as reminders of the risks involved in this form of entertainment. As fans eagerly await future developments in WWE, they can appreciate the dedication and passion displayed by the wrestlers who put their bodies on the line to entertain and create memorable moments.