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Yes, even the so-called "soap opera for men" is capable of scaring the living daylights out of fans, as evidenced by these examples:
- Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL, Judgment Day 2004, a match that many wrestlers and critics alike say redefined the "Muta Scale." During the match, Bradshaw waylays Eddie with a stiff chair shot. This, and Eddie's deep, deep blade job, caused rivulets of blood to run down Eddie's face and body and made for one of the most surreal, horrifying spectacles in WWE history. Watch at your own risk.
JBL: "The chair shot was very stiff... Eddie went deep. Very deep. I had no idea until I watched that tape back how much blood there was, I have seen some bloodbaths in Japan, Europe, Mexico and Texas-I had been in several-I have never seen anything like that."
- Eddie's "descent into madness" while having a seemingly friendly feud with Rey Mysterio, Jr. was something to behold. The fact that he just couldn't beat or even outwit Rey like he could most wrestlers drove Eddie to the breaking point where he would snap and turn on Rey and beat him down in the most gruesome, bloody way you could think. Believe it or not, people had been expecting Eddie to turn heel with his frustrations at the time, but as you can tell from the audience reaction, not like this.
- WWE's Hell in a Cell. Imagine being trapped inside a 16 ft. high, 2 ton cage with your opponent and the referee. Since you can only win through pinfall or submission, you or your opponent are bound to get legitimate and severe injuries that could potentially end your career and ruin your life.
- That's assuming it doesn't ruin your career and end your life.
- This PPV intro doesn't help either.
- Dont forget WWE's Elimination Chamber and TNA's Steel Asylum, both of which add more opponents, more steel and chain, and more opportunity for bloodshed and injury. Remember, kids, Professional Wrestling is fake, but the odds of getting hurt are REAL. (Just ask Mick Foley.)
- It Got Worse, as seen here.
- In pro wrestli- I (beat) AM THE BOOGEYMAN! AND I'M COMING TO GET JOO! Just look at this. And 'DON'T Turn the volume all the way up.
- Mick Foley is THE Nightmare Fetishist of professional wrestling. Don't believe me? Watch this and this. Look at that demented, gap-tooth smile with his own blood running down his face and tell me he doesn't enjoy it. And you know what's scary, those are his during his "post-retirement" years. I can't even think about 1998 his Hell in The Cell match with The Undertaker without having nightmares.
- Any match involving the proficient use of barbed wire. Want an example? Sabu vs. Terry Funk in a No-Rope Barbed Wire match at ECW's Born to Be Wired PPV. Sabu misses a splash on Funk and goes crashing into a barbed-wire board, tearing a 10-inch gash in his freakin' biceps and had someone go get duct tape to wrap it up so he could finish the match, one that Paul Heyman and co. felt "was too extreme, even for ECW."
- Se7en, the gimmick that never was. When Dustin Rhodes came back to WCW after his run as Goldust, he was presented as a mysterious white-faced figure who lurked outside a child's window, watching him. The suits at Turner immediately nixed the gimmick, finding him too scary, and finding him uncomfortably similar to a child abductor. Can't say I blame 'em.