Last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite featured the first-ever ‘Blood & Guts’ match which saw The Inner Circle face off against The Pinnacle in a very brutal and bloody match, to say the least.

The match received a mixed response from fans as a good few of them didn’t like the ending to the match and on top of that, many fans criticized the production and timing of the match as well. Chris Jericho would, later on, admit the flaws in the match as well, especially with issues relating to the timing of commercial breaks.

While a lot of fans also liked the match, WWE did not share the same view as they felt the match set back pro wrestling by three decades. Now it seems a WWE Hall Of Famer has given his thoughts regarding WWE’s negative reaction to the match.

While speaking on the Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, Sean Waltman discussed WWE hating the ‘Blood & Guts’ match. He believed that WWE’s negative reaction was due to big-time corporate sponsors and then pointed out how WWE used to hate on ECW for the same thing back in the 90s.

“When you first told me about the reaction from them, I was like, ‘Really?’ But maybe if you’re just talking about dealing with sponsors because there’s big-time corporate sponsors involved in wrestling these days, well, WWE. And so I guess I can understand why they might feel that way because wrestling gets painted with a very broad brush.

“I remember back when ECW was hot, we were still doing the cartoon thing in WWF. I remember Pat Patterson one time really shi**ing on the ECW thing. I guess just because of the content, and the thing about it is we ended up doing the same s**t a couple of years later at the peak of the industry and for the company. I mean, it wasn’t as brutal as ECW, but we got a lot of stuff from ECW.”

Regardless of the mixed response, the ‘Blood & Guts’ match proved to be a huge success for AEW as it helped them become the #1 rated cable show last week. The Inner Circle and Pinnacle will now be facing each other in a Stadium Stampede match at AEW Double Or Nothing on March 30. We will have to see which team will end up the winner.

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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