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WrestleMania 34: The Show Must Go On…Without Blood or Piledrivers

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WrestleMania 34: The Show Must Go On….Without Blood or Piledrivers

Now that the 2018 Royal Rumble is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to the future. That future, of course, is the road to WrestleMania. However, with WM being in Louisiana, state guidelines for wrestling have been making headlines.

During a recent interview, John Pollock of Post Wrestling sat down with Russell Naquin of the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission. During the interview, the pair talked about guidelines that both wrestlers and promoters must follow. As we know, this year’s big event will be taking place in New Orleans. Additionally, many other wrestling events are scheduled that same week in NOLA.

Naquin reminded listeners that blood and piledrivers are 100% prohibited from wrestling events. This is because of an injury a few years ago. Louisiana also requires promoters who are holding an event to have a license.

Additionally, blood work needs to be submitted by performers. This is to prove that they are free of Hepatitis B and C as well as HIV. Wrestlers will not be able to compete without that information.

How does this affect WM 34?

A heavily rumored match for WrestleMania this year is the Deadman himself against John Cena. Undertaker’s Tombstone finisher move is considered a piledriver. So, it’s safe to say that he would not be able to use this. However, he did use it against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, which was also in New Orleans. That was prior to the move being banned in the state.

Of course, that match hasn’t been confirmed yet. And during the RAW 25 episode, ‘Taker seemingly retired.

On the other hand, the no-blood rule is interesting. Once in a while, veteran performers like Randy Orton ‘blade’ to engage the audience. Blading is a cut made either prior to or during a match that will result in bleeding after contact is made. Unfortunately, this is not going to be allowed.

So, do you think these limitations are going to dull some of the shine to the show? Or do you think that it’s a great way to keep the in-ring performers completely safe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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