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Blading (professional wrestling)
Blading, a slang term used in professional wrestling, is the practice of cutting oneself to provoke bleeding ("juicing"). It should be noted that the blood in professional wrestling is generally not, as often suspected, theatrical makeup, but actual blood, and the scars borne by longtime professional wrestlers are real ones.
In modern professional wrestling, blading is almost exclusively performed by and on male performers; blading of women is extremely rare due to the risk of adverse publicity and the increasing use of female performers as "eye candy".
Typically, a wrestler will blade his forehead. However, the wrestler always runs the risk of cutting too deeply and slicing an artery in the forehead. This has happened several times; in one very recent instance, Eddie Guerrero did this during the 2004 WWE Judgment Day pay-per-view, resulting in blood loss severe enough to affect him for the next two weeks of shows. Perhaps the most famous such incident was a bladejob performed by Japanese wrestler The Great Muta in a 1992 match with Hiroshi Hase ; the amount of blood Muta lost was so great that many smarks to this day judge bladejobs on the Muta Scale.
In the same context, a blade is a sharpened object used for blading.
See also: professional wrestling slang
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