Weirdest WWE rules you can get fined for – including accidental bleeding in ring – The Sun | The SunOctober 5, 2022
WWE may be an all-encompassing combat spectacle, but it has never been afraid to keep a lid on things getting a touch too 'real'.
In 2020, the buckle bomb was banned after a botched attempt at the move in a fight between Nia Jax and Kaira Sane.
The list of rules is long – some of which are unwritten – and WWE stars will have to follow them to avoid being punished.
Here SunSport takes a look at things in WWE that are considered finable offences…
Once a common practice in WWE, blading – the act of purposely cutting your own forehead with a small concealed razor to add blood – is now banned.
Former boss Vince McMahon made the decision to outlaw the old school style when the company went PG-rated on TV in 2008.
And he was furious when just a few months later, Batista ignored instructions and drew blood during a match with Chris Jericho.
Following an 18-second, expletive-riddled phone call, McMahon met with the pair and dished out an $100,000 fine for the Animal, as well as $5,000 charge for Y2J.
Speaking on the Chris Jericho podcast in 2014, Batista said: "I knew we weren't supposed to do it… I didn't think the consequences would be so severe.
"Then he 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."
Mind you, that amount is pretty small compared to what Brock Lesnar makes a year.
I knew I would get consequences but I didn't think they'd be as harsh as they were
CHAIR SHOTS TO THE HEAD
As with blading, chair shots to the head are another dated WWE act that has since been outlawed by the company, but this time, it is down to concussion protocols rather than public image.
Yet despite its ban, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan were punished for using the spot during a street fight in 2013.
Just two years earlier, WWE legends Triple H – the Senior Vice President of Talent Development at the time – and The Undertaker were also docked an undisclosed amount for chair shots to the head at WrestleMania 27.
'INTENTIONAL' BLOW TO THE HEAD
WWE's concussion guidelines also mitigate against more than just chair shots to the head.
WhatCulture writes that fines can also be applied for “any blow to the head that is deemed an INTENTIONAL act.”
Brock Lesnar went seemingly unpunished after he floored Braun Strowman with a real punch at the Royal Rumble in 2018.
This means that while unclear, WWE's ban is more to stop the use of any foreign object to the head, such as kendo sticks, rather than just closed fists and kicks.
TOUCHING THE CROWD
While fans are considered the bedrock of professional wrestling, actually reaching out into the WWE audience can incur a hefty fine.
Thought to be a more preventative measure, Mark Henry once shared the financial damage of getting handsy with a live crowd.
During an appearance on Jay Mohr’s podcast, Mohr Stories, he said: “We’re not allowed to put our hands on nobody.
“$70,000 fine if you reach out into the crowd. You're going to get fined.”
WWE actually overlooked the infamous incident CM Punk once decked a fan on an episode of Raw back in 2012 after he was being manhandled by the crowd.
BLEEDING ON THE MAT
As well as handing out fines for blading, WWE are also prepared to take wrestlers money for accidentally bleeding on the ring canvas.
Tyrus, aka Brodus Clay, recalled the iconic moment he interfered in a ladder match between Christian and Alberto Del Rio at Extreme Rules 2011.
The Funkasaurus accidentally took a nasty shot to the face and jumped outside the ring to avoid having to surrender part of his pay-check.
He explained in a 2015 AMA on reddit: "Took a ladder to the head and you get fined by WWE 3k if you bleed on the mat so I dove out the ring to save a dollar."
Fans of WWE's Attitude Era will have seen Stone Cold Steve Austin chug beers and then raise hell.
But per the company’s Wellness Policy, should the Texas Rattlesnake consume alcohol before an event then that can lead to a $2,500 fine.
Wrestlers are expected to be “free of the influence of alcohol when performing for WWE” and are also “prohibited from using or consuming alcohol at any time within a twelve-hour period prior to any WWE event or scheduled WWE performance.”
Stone Cold revealed on his podcast back in 2016 that he always has to assure fans that he was drinking real beer after matches.
He said: "I can’t tell you how many times I left the ring and I had a little bit of a buzz because of all the beers I was drinking.
"When you’re shotgunning anywhere from six to 12 beers, and maybe you get half of ‘em in. On an empty stomach, after you’ve wrestled, it goes to your head pretty quick."
I can’t tell you how many times I left the ring and I had a little bit of a buzz because of all the beers I was drinking
Despite being legal in some states, marijuana use carries the same $2,500 fine, per positive test, as consuming alcohol.
Curiously, WWE upped the punishment for wrestlers getting high from a more modest $1,000.
McMahon's company decided a stricter fine was needed after Brian Kendrick reportedly tested positive 12 TIMES prior to being released.
More of a standard rule in any job profession but especially crucial if you perform for live crowds – don't turn up late for work.
In June 2014, news broke of a “zero-tolerance rule” for tardiness when arriving for SmackDown or Raw tapings.
During an appearance on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, D’Lo Brown revealed he once fell into trouble during a tour of South Africa.
The former Intercontinental Champion turned up 15 minutes late for the tour bus after a night on the town and was slapped with a 10K fine.
Hilariously, it was 10,000 rands…which in the late 90s was just $10 – something D'Lo admitted he was unaware of until it was time to pay up.
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NOT WEARING A SUIT
Despite WWE Superstars often wrestling in nothing more than underwear and boots, ex-boss Vince McMahon was very set on a dress code in his business.
WhatCulture claim first-time offenders are docked $500 which is then doubled if the same wrestler breaks it twice while a third strike can lead to a suspension.
WWE ring announcer Lillian Garcia explained on the Tomorrow Show: "What happened was, after a while there was the, "oh ok we'll dress casually but nice, we're traveling" and that kind of thing.
"Then the guys started coming with… cut off shorts, obnoxious comments on t-shirts and stuff and that was when Vince McMahon was like, "that's it. You guys represent this brand of WWE, we call you superstars but you're not dressing as a superstar."
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