AEW presented another Blood & Guts event this week, and they had a lot to be happy about. Not only was the event seen by a lot more fans than usual, but they had a packed TD Garden in Boston to hold the event.
As we previously reported, the July 19th episode of AEW Dynamite brought an overnight average of 953,000 viewers, with a .34 in the 18 to 49 demographic. This was a big jump from the previous week, in a big way.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that tickets for the AEW Dynamite event in Boston were not selling well at all until they announced Blood & Guts. Suddenly, those tickets started getting bought up in rapid fashion.
The Blood & Guts thing, this Boston show, by looking at the advance, it was going to be a disaster, but then when they announced that match, they ended up with a very good crowd. One of their three best TV crowds of the year, and it’s because of that match. As soon as they announced that match, tickets started moving, not a sell-out, but a difference maker.
It was also noted that the television viewership for the Blood & Guts show also made it very clear to AEW that this event needs to be a yearly thing. They really need that kind of boost in viewership, especially something that they can build as a tradition.
Only time will tell what happens in AEW as the dust settles from Blood & Guts. The good news is that nobody was injured this year, so they will all get to keep telling their stories for Tony Khan’s company.
Blood & Guts was quite a match this year, but how did it stack up against previous incarnations? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you’re thinking!
Transcription by Ringside News