Chris Jericho took a big bump off the Blood & Guts cage to conclude the special AEW event last week. The bump ended up being on a bunch of cardboard boxes. Thanks to AEW’s questionable camera angle choices fans saw that Jericho had a cushioned fall. Fans in Daily’s Place said the stunt looked great, but plenty of viewers watching Dynamite at home thought otherwise.
Ringside News exclusively reported that it was the talk backstage in WWE that Blood & Guts was a bad look for pro wrestling. Chris Jericho’s fall was also mocked as many said he was trying to be Shane McMahon.
Talk Is Jericho gave Le Champion a platform to address those critical fans. They wanted to do what was best for the story
“We thought, ‘How much of a piece of sh*t move would it be if the guys do surrender and you throw throw me off anyways,’ and that’s kind of where it all came from, which was a combination of a Tony Khan idea, a MJF and a Jericho idea. And listen, I don’t pretend that I want to take crazy stunts bumps. I didn’t want to take a bump into the thumbtacks in the Ambrose Asylum match, and I didn’t really want to take the bump from the top of the cage to the floor, but it was best for the story.”
“What’s best for the story? What was best for our angle and our story considering that we started with Blood and Guts and didn’t finish with it was this piece of sh*t. The Inner Circle was up. They were winning. Everything was great, until MJF cheated, and then all he had left was threatening to kill me because we said, ‘You’re going to have to kill us to make a surrender.’ And when he threatened that, Sammy some surrendered.”
“The original plan was for Santana and Ortiz to do that, and then Santana had the idea for Sammy to do it, which is much more of a babyface thing for Sammy. Once again, we’re always working together with each other to try and think of the best moments and the best ideas for what’s going on with the story and the characters, and that was it.”
When it came to actually taking the big bump at Blood & Guts, Chris Jericho was admittedly nervous about doing it. He then addressed the “fake” accusations that came after the event.
The fact is that they had one shot to make that fall look good. With no second take, it makes things really difficult when they take the wrong camera angle.
“I’ll be honest with you, I was really, really nervous about this all day long,” Jericho admitted. “We thought it was the best way to go for the finish, and I’m not about taking crazy bumps like that, but it was the perfect way to continue the story. So a few weeks prior, a month prior, six weeks prior, kind of came up with the idea along with Tony and MJF and said, ‘Well, what do we have to do to make this happen?’ Now obviously, here’s the thing, when you’re doing kind of a live stunt show, which is what wrestling is.”
“People use the word ‘fake.’ That’s a word that’s very, very unacceptable because that’s not something that’s ever the case. Obviously, we’re telling a story, and we know what’s going to happen to a certain extent, but it is also a live show with a live element to it. We’ve seen instances where stunts do go wrong, where they go very wrong. I mean, all you have to do is just think about Owen Hart to think about a stunt that went wrong live. There is no second take. There is no camera angle take. It’s live, and I think that’s something that’s very unique about pro wrestling.”
Chris Jericho might get a couple of weeks off to sell that bump via the storyline. AEW is filming two weeks’ worth of content this week, but fans will see Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle again.
What do you think about the big Blood & Guts bump? Should AEW cool it with the big stunts for a bit? Sound of in the comments!
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote