The price you pay. Wrestling is a unique industry as you have an incredible mixture of action, drama, comedy, Broadway and Hollywood, all with athleticism thrown in at the same time. That isn’t something that happens anywhere else but it also leaves you with the question of how to define it. Some states do it differently than others and one was not happy about how things went.

On November 9, 2019, AEW presented their Full Gear pay per view, which featured quite a main event. The match saw Jon Moxley defeat Kenny Omega in an anything goes Lights Out match, which featured an incredible amount of violence, which included a lot of blood being shed. That isn’t something you see very often these days, and it turns out some people are not happy when you see it at all.

Former WCW announcer Chris Cruise, the Maryland State Athletic Commission has fined AEW $10,000 for blood during the main event. The exact reason for the fine is:

“deliberately lacerating oneself or one’s opponent, or, by any other means, introducing human or animal blood into the match”

The fine will be publicly announced after the next Commission meeting on May 20. Cruise also discussed the situation on Facebook, saying that the fine may mean little monetarily to AEW, their next violation could cost them their license in Maryland and result in the match being stopped.

Moxley and Omega have a history together. Check out what they have done before:

Opinion: I’m not sure how much I can buy what Cruise is saying here. It’s true that they might be getting in trouble if they do this again, but $10,000 is almost nothing to someone with as much money as Tony Khan. On top of that, this is something that is going to go away in a few days, as opposed to Cruise’s suggestion that AEW will be horribly humiliated by the whole thing. That’s just not how this works and I don’t see it going that way.

What do you think of the fine? Will it mean anything in the long run? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!


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