The final night of WrestleMania 39 ended a bit earlier than the previous night, and the reason behind this has now been revealed. During Finn Balor’s Hell in a Cell match against Edge, the latter hurled a ladder at Balor, and the sharp metal caused Balor to be busted open. The ringside medics rushed in to stop the bleeding, and this forced Edge and Balor to wrap up their match quicker than initially planned.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, the rushed match was one of the reasons why WWE took so much time between matches during WrestleMania Sunday. Balor’s cut was so severe that they didn’t want to show blood, so the match was essentially stopped. It’s worth noting that despite the amount of blood that was involved in the incident, fans didn’t realize it because of the makeup.
They were supposed to go longer. They were rushing through the rest of it. I think that might have been one of the reasons they took so much time between matches. Balor was cut, and they don’t wanna show blood, so they basically stopped the match […] it was a lot more blood, but people didn’t realize it because of the makeup.
It will be interesting to see if WWE’s no blood rule changes with a possible company sale. Endeavor, the parent company of UFC, doesn’t shy away from showing blood during their events, and a lot of fans watch it for that brutal reason.