AEW presented Blood & Guts for fans this week, and the main event match was a live spectacle. Those matches before the main event were actually taped. The live crowd’s reaction was still used, but they also piped in some additional reactions.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed AEW’s reasoning for taping Blood & Guts in two segments. The first half of the show was taped weeks prior to the event starting. They had to have time to erect the cage and then they brought in paying fans.
“The first hour of this show was interesting because it was all taped with no fans a couple of weeks ago, the whole first hour. They did it to pretend it was live so they actually set up the two rings when they did the taping.”
“To set up the cage for the thing would take forever and they couldn’t do it live, they just couldn’t. That’s why when they did the advertising, they advertised it was going to be a one-match show. The idea was a one-match show for the people who bought tickets and so they wanted to tell everyone. There were people who didn’t know even though it had been advertised that way.”
Fans live were shown the matches from the first hour of the show on big screens. Those fans bought tickets to the event, but they saw the Blood & Guts match live in front of their eyes, even if the first hour of the show was already taped well beforehand.