One of the hottest groups in AEW is none ever than the Jericho Appreciation Society. The group won’t be at full strength for now since one of the members is out with an injury and had to cancel an independent date in his own backyard.

Matt Menard confirmed that he is unable to compete at an International Wrestling Syndicate event on August 6th. Menard announced via video, saying his ailments stemmed from his Blood and Guts battle weeks back on “AEW Dynamite.”

“Very early on in that match, I kind of get dumped on my head by Santana. It wasn’t pretty,” Menard said. “I ended up actually tearing parts of my shoulder, my labrum, my rotator cuff.” Menard also noted that he still climbed the cage afterward to save his dear friend, Chris Jericho.

“I’m basically a hero. The good news is, guys, it doesn’t look like it’s going to require surgery. We’re rehabbing it, injecting some stem cells into the shoulder. The bad news, however, is I’ll not be able to participate in the event tomorrow night for the IWS,” Menard said. “Angelo Parker will be there, however. I apologize to the people who bought tickets to see me. Hopefully get to make it up to you in the near future. IWS, however, has secured an AEW talent to take my place. So everything will be alright, guys. Enjoy the show.”


“Daddy Magic” has put his well-being on the line a lot for the Jericho Appreciation Society to defeat the Blackpool Combat Club in an Anarchy In The Arena match at Double or Nothing, Menard also joins Santana as one of the several talents taken out of action due after Blood and Guts. 

The IWS event that Menard missed, Scarred 4 Life, was billed as the “Biggest IWS Show Ever” and featured Parker, Ruby Soho, and former AEW star Joey Janela in action. Currently, unknown whether Menard will be on hand for Chris Jericho’s AEW Interim World title fight this week on “AEW Dynamite” against Jon Moxley, but Menard still shows up backstage and cut promos on AEW programming still.

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Andre Porter

Andre is a news writer at Ringside News and its sister site Thirsty For News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 1999. He has been to plenty of Raw and Smackdown television tapings and various WWE PPVs including Wrestlemania. Andre is a graduate of The University of Arts back in 2009 with a BFA in Multimedia. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker and Triple H. Outside of his writing for the two sites Andre is a fan of film, traveling, comics, and all Philadelphia sports. *** John Cena follow him on Twitter***

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