Fans showed up to Daily’s Place this week for Blood & Guts, but they didn’t see the entire two-hour show live. Half of those matches were taped weeks ago, and they were shown those contests on big screens in the venue. The Blood & Guts main event was live for those fans.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Melter explained how Tony Khan addressed live fans to inform them of this interesting taping decision.
“When the show started, Tony Khan went on and said, ‘Okay, this is the deal, the first hour of this show is taped, so we’re gonna be playing it on the screens. However, your noise is going to be the crowd noise in this match, so cheer and boo like you would.'”
“So, the crowd noise was not fake crowd noise, it was the real crowd noise from this crowd, but the matches themselves were taped a couple of weeks ago. He (Tony Khan) explained before that, ‘If for some reason you didn’t hear this and you’re unhappy, you can get a refund’, and they did give five refunds.”
AEW ended up forking out five refunds for fans who were not happy about not being able to see those opening matches. The Blood & Guts match obviously wasn’t enough to make them happy even though that was the only match they promoted up until a week prior to the event.