An update has emerged on Brock Lesnar bleeding during his match against Cody Rhodes at WWE Backlash 2023.
Towards the end of the main event of the May 6 premium live event, Rhodes reversed momentum by sending Lesnar head-first into an exposed turnbuckle.
Lesnar was bleeding throughout the rest of the match, which ultimately ended with Rhodes pinning the Beast while trapped in Lesnar’s kimura lock submission hold.
While many speculated that Lesnar was cut accidentally, it was indicated that blood in the match was planned beforehand.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Lesnar has different rules and guidelines for his matches, compared to other full-time WWE stars.
Commenting on the situation, Meltzer said:
“They let it go because that was the script. It’s unusual with anyone else, and we’ve just seen with Finn Balor… the difference is with Finn Balor it was an accident, with this it was part of the show.
“Brock Lesnar has different rules than everybody else, and if Brock Lesnar wants color (blood)… we’ve seen it how many times on pay-per-views, probably half-a-dozen times, maybe more…
“If Brock Lesnar wants to do color, Brock Lesnar can do color. Everybody else might get in trouble for it, but he has different rules.
“It’s crazy because if Brock Lesnar insists on getting color, they might as well let him blade, rather than risk a concussion or something dangerous by running his head into the metal buckle as hard as he can to split his head open.”
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On the May 8 edition of WWE Raw, Lesnar interfered in one of the WWE World Heavyweight Title tournament three-way bouts to attack Cody Rhodes.
Here’s a recap of what happened on the May 8 episode of WWE Raw:
Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins def. Damian Priest, Shinsuke Nakamura in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Mustafa Ali def. Otis when Chad Gable and Maxxine Dupri argued and distracted Otis
Finn Balor def. Cody Rhodes, The Miz in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Brock Lesnar, who had cost Cody Rhodes the aforementioned three-way, attacked Rhodes and demanded a rematch from Backlash at Night of Champions, which Rhodes later accepted
Rhea Ripley def. Dana Brooke and was then confronted by Natalya
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn def. Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser
Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis reunited The Way backstage, and Gargano hinted at someone else returning soon which could be Tommaso Ciampa
Zoey Stark def. Nikki Cross
Becky Lynch returned and confronted Trish Stratus
Dominik Mysterio def. Xavier Woods
Seth Rollins def. Finn Balor in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
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