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Watch Byron Saxton slip Roman Reigns fake blood during Triple H's beatdown in Raw's final segment

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Whether or not last night's closing segment was successful in its goal of gaining sympathy for Roman Reigns via a prolonged assault by WWE champ Triple H, it certainly demonstrated the lengths WWE is willing to go to make the character and story a success.

Notably, turning our screens red with blood in a scene that would have looked more at home in an 80s NWA main event than PG Era WWE.

Some video shot by Facebook user Jamez "Nightsneak" Wood, who was seated behind the announce desk at the Feb. 22 Raw in Detroit, shows that while they wanted the visual of a bloodied Roman, they probably didn't violate their own policy (described to our own Keith Harris after last year's WrestleMania main event as "WWE programming is TV-PG and we don't permit intentional bleeding") to get there.

At approximately :20 of Wood's video, after Trips walks away following slamming Reigns head into the announce table, you can see Roman reach for, and Byron Saxton step forward to provide, something. After that the Big Dog comes up with a bloody face, and the subsequent spot where he shields his face while The Game punches him accomplishes the goal of getting red liquid all over his face and Hunter's taped fists.

Triple H giving the business. #nightsneak_jamez #detroit #timetoplaythegame

Posted by Jamez Wood on Monday, February 22, 2016

Reasonable speculation puts whatever Saxton passed Reigns as a blood packet or capsule and not a blade, meaning the angle didn't break the company's mandate against "intentional bleeding". Some have argued that Roman was legit busted open before that, and while it wouldn't be surprising if his nose was bloodied by the announce desk, the amount and tint of what was covering he and Trips after his interaction with Byron makes it hard to argue some stage trick didn't occur there.

None of this negates the issue that the scene failed, at least with the Michigan crowd, to garner sympathy for Reigns.

But it's an interesting peak behind the curtain, both at how and why the closing angle came about.

H/T: Wrestling Inc

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