WWE Bad Blood
WWE Bad Blood logo as of 2024
PromotionsWWE
BrandsRaw (2003–2004, 2024)
SmackDown (2024)
First eventBadd Blood: In Your House (1997)
Signature matchesHell in a Cell match (1997, 2003–2004)

WWE Bad Blood (originally stylized as Badd Blood) is a professional wrestling event produced by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. The event was first held in October 1997 when the promotion was still called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and that first event was held as the 18th In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) event. After six years and after the promotion had been renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Bad Blood returned as its own PPV event in June 2003, replacing King of the Ring. In 2005, One Night Stand replaced Bad Blood; Vengeance had also moved to June that year as The Great American Bash moved to July. Bad Blood had been announced to be revived in 2017; however, these plans were scrapped in favor of an event titled Great Balls of Fire. After a 20-year hiatus, Bad Blood was scheduled to return in October 2024, and will be the first Bad Blood to air on WWE's livestreaming platforms.

The first Bad Blood is known for introducing the Hell in a Cell match, which was contested as the main event match for the first three events in 1997, 2003, and 2004. To coincide with the first brand extension, the 2003 and 2004 Bad Blood events were both held exclusively for wrestlers of the Raw brand division. The brand split ended in 2011 but it returned in 2016. Since April 2018, all of WWE's main roster PPV and livestreaming events have featured wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown brands.

History

Bad Blood logo used for 2003 and 2004 events.

Bad Blood was first held as an In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) event. In Your House was a series of monthly PPVs first produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in May 1995. They aired when the promotion was not holding one of its major PPVs and were sold at a lower cost. Badd Blood: In Your House was the 18th In Your House event and took place on October 5, 1997, at the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] The event was notable for introducing the Hell in a Cell match.[2]

In May 2002, the WWF was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a result of a lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund over the "WWF" initialism.[3] Also around this time, the promotion held a draft that split its roster into two distinctive brands of wrestling, Raw and SmackDown!, where wrestlers were exclusively assigned to perform.[4] In 2003, WWE reinstated Bad Blood as its own PPV (with the stylization being "Bad Blood" instead of the previous "Badd Blood") to replace the previously annual King of the Ring PPV; King of the Ring ceased being produced as a PPV, but the titular tournament continued to be produced periodically. To coincide with the brand extension, both the 2003 and 2004 Bad Blood events, which were both held in June, exclusively featured wrestlers from the Raw brand. Like the original event, the 2003 and 2004 events featured a Hell in a Cell match as the main event.[5][6] After the 2004 event, however, Bad Blood was discontinued and doubly replaced by One Night Stand and Vengeance;[7][8] the latter had also moved into the June slot as The Great American Bash moved into the July slot that Vengeance previously held.[9]

In March 2017, WWE announced that it would be reviving Bad Blood to be held on July 9, 2017, from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.[10] However, these plans were scrapped in favor of an event titled Great Balls of Fire.[11] After 20 years since the last Bad Blood event, WWE announced that Bad Blood would in fact return and be held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on October 5, 2024, the 27-year anniversary of the first Bad Blood.[12]

Events

Raw-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Badd Blood: In Your House October 5, 1997 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match to determine the number one contender for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series [1]
2 Bad Blood (2003) June 15, 2003 Houston, Texas Compaq Center Triple H (c) vs. Kevin Nash in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship with Mick Foley as the special guest referee [5]
3 Bad Blood (2004) June 13, 2004 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in a Hell in a Cell match [6]
4 Bad Blood (2024) October 5, 2024 Atlanta, Georgia State Farm Arena TBA [12]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "WWF In Your House 18: Badd Blood « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "WATCH: The first Hell In A Cell match - when Shawn Michaels fought The Undertaker in 1997". Sky Sports. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Drops The "F" To Emphasize the "E" for Entertainment". World Wrestling Entertainment. May 6, 2002. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
  4. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make Raw and SmackDown Distinct Television Brands". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2002-05-27. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  5. ^ a b "WWE Bad Blood 2003 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "WWE Bad Blood 2004 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "One Night Stand 2005". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  8. ^ "Vengeance (2005) Venue". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "Great American Bash 2005". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
  10. ^ Johnson, Mike (March 21, 2017). "WWE Reviving PPV after over a decade". PWInsider. Archived from the original on March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Johnson, Mike (April 28, 2017). "July WWE PPV in Dallas gets new title, Lesnar return set". PWInsider. Archived from the original on July 1, 2023. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Currier, Joseph (July 6, 2024). "WWE Bad Blood returning this October, location announced". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved July 6, 2024.