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Why can't WWE show blood?

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I understand that they don't allow wrestlers to blade anymore because of safety hazards, and that it's a PG show. But when someone accidentally bleeds profusely, why are they afraid to show it on TV most of the time? When someone bleeds in a real sport, ESPN doesn't hesitate to show it - and plenty of kids watch ESPN. What makes WWE so different?
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Question - what exactly do you get out of watching other people bleed?
It adds to the realism. Do you really expect people to beat each other up and not bleed?

I'm certainly not for the return of blading because of the obvious health reasons. But when someone gets a small cut on their head, show it on TV and stop trying to edit it out. They may have taken a step in the right direction during Smackdown 2 weeks ago when they showed Sheamus split open from Del Rio's attack. And then they replayed it.
One question for the OP...what sport do you watch on ESPN that doesn't stop for blood besides football. Basketball and baseball most certainly do stop the game when someone bleeds.
Hockey fights almost always draw blood - and ESPN loves showing them in their highlights. I also remember a UNC basketball game a few years ago where Tyler Hansbrough got a wicked elbow to the face and his nose started bleeding like crazy. And they showed close-ups of the injury multiple times.
But they don't let them play on. If you bleed in hockey you need to leave the ice. If you bleed in basketball you need to leave the court. You can't just tag in another wrestler to take the bleeding guy's place.

EDIT...I actually re-read your original post...I think we're talking about two different things. Some other people were complaining that they stop the matches but you didn't mention that yourself.
If it's bad, they can stop the matches. I have no problem with that. It's just that they can't show it and they'll do everything in their power to make sure it doesn't appear on TV. Like I said, though, it's been getting a little better recently and hopefully they continue to be less anal about it.
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