AEW’s Blood & Guts edition of Dynamite was an action-packed two hours of wrestling. A hot crowd in Detroit welcomed Tony Khan’s promotion to the city for the very first time. Despite the great reaction, AEW fans didn’t know what to expect going into the show.
Only two segments other than the main event were announced more than a day in advance. Jade Cargill’s match with Leila Gray was promoted in advance. Christian Cage’s promo was also announced. More came out on the day of the show.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about the reason for the late additions to the event. AEW has been dealing with some COVID issues. Tony Khan didn’t want to commit to anything until he saw who he would have available.
“There were a lot of people who were not available for the show because of COVID. That’s why they did not announce the show until pretty much today, other than the Blood and Guts. I don’t think they had any matches until this morning.
I think they may have had the Jade Cargill and Leila Grey match, but they had almost nothing. They announced the Christian Cage interview, but they didn’t announce much of the show ahead of time… They had to redo… Whatever it was, the show was being put together late because of fears and things like that, so that’s why some of the matches… Like if you look, besides the Blood and Guts match, the matches themselves are not the usual… Like, Jade Cargill and Leila Grey, you know, although there was a reason for that as it played out.”
Fortunately, everything worked out. Danhausen was added in a six-man tag match with FTR and got a huge hometown reaction. Blood and Guts had the crowd going crazy for the final hour. Hopefully, those who came down with COVID have a quick and full recovery.
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