AEW’s Blood and Guts match is set to take place next week without any fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic, but one of the original pitches would’ve seen it happen sooner.
During Talk is Jericho this week with guest Matt Hardy, Chris Jericho revealed the upcoming double cage match was initially pitched for Dynamite last month in Atlanta.
“One of the original ideas for Blood and Guts for next week, which was supposed to be in Newark in front of 14,000 people, was to do it in Atlanta because they really wanted to pop the Atlanta market,” Jericho explained. “It was right in the middle of Cody and MJF, Jericho and Moxley, the Kenny/Bucks/Hangman thing. I was like, ‘We can’t just plop a freakin’ double cage match into Atlanta just because that’s the place we want.'”
“We orchestrated that we’ll get done with our stories, February 29th is the pay-per-view, then Elite and Inner Circle can go on. I said, ‘What’s the rush?’ We have weekly television. We have plenty of time to tell all our stories,” he added. “No one’s gonna cut you off at the knees and wake up one morning and go, ‘Ehhh, I’m sick of it.'”
As you’ll recall, AEW instead promoted Cody vs. Wardlow in the promotion’s first-ever cage match for that episode of Dynamite in Atlanta.
Blood and Guts is currently scheduled to air next week on Dynamite.