Chris Jericho: AEW Deathmatch With Nick Gage Wasn't Supposed To Be A Bloodbath
“In my opinion, it was a classic deathmatch, a classic match of that style.”
One of the biggest surprises of the year in a ‘never saw it coming’ kind of way, was Chris Jericho taking on Nick Gage in a deathmatch on AEW: Dynamite, as part of MJF’s Labours of Jericho.
Predictably, it was a bloody affair, with pizza cutters, panes of glass, and light tubes all coming in to play. But according to Chris Jericho in conversation with Stephanie Chase, the match was never intended to be as bloody as it was:
“I don’t think we expected the amount of blood that we had, sometimes that just happens. I didn’t go in there with the idea - if you notice, Nick Gage never had any blood. It wasn’t a double blood situation, I had blood, he did not. He may have had some cuts from the glass and stuff, but as far as actually bleeding, Nick did not. I didn’t want it to be this bloodbath. It turned into one, because of the glass and all that stuff, but there really wasn’t a lot.
“I talked to him about the mist, when I blew the mist in Gage’s face, we discussed that. But other than that, we had an idea to use some light tubes and we actually adjusted the light tubes so there was no fluorescent powder, that dangerous fluorescent powder in there. That was not in there, just so you guys know. So, we kind of lessened the blow for a few of those things but when you’re taking bumps into glass, there’s no way to really make that more safe, you either do it or you don’t. It was something we’ve never seen on Dynamite before and we’ll probably never see it again. But in my opinion, it was a classic deathmatch, a classic match of that style,” Jericho proclaimed, “and [it was] a very, very, very big success as far as the number that we did, the reaction that we got, as far as the story that we told with the ‘Five Labours Of Jericho’ and that specific chapter.”