A symbol of how a company had changed as much as the whims of Vince McMahon himself, the CEO's refusal to allow Chris Jericho to legitimately tattoo CM Punk during their passable 2012 storyline was all down to the robust rejection that blood could appear on his show.
Though John Cena and Brock Lesnar bludgeoned one another with reckless abandon during their simmering rivalry at the same time, the privilege wasn't afforded to the 'Straight Edge Superstar' and 'Y2J'. Jericho had pitched the unique idea with Punk's full approval. The pair explained to Vince what a violation it would be for a man that clearly took body art seriously to be stained with the initials of a fierce rival for life, and briefly won him around.
His change of heart was unfortunately predictable. Twenty years earlier, an actual cobra had penetrated Randy Savage's skin in jaw-dropping scenes. Several generations removed though, and a tattooists needle was a visual too far.
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