Dax Harwood Thinks Finish Of First AEW Blood & Guts Match "Kinda Sucked"
Dax Harwood has admitted that the first ever AEW Blood and Guts match didn't finish in ideal circumstances.
On his own podcast, FTR with Dax Harwood, the AEW star has admitted that he thinks the finish of the first Blood and Guts match "kinda sucked."
The match took place on May 5, 2021, and saw MJF's Pinnacle stable take on Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle. As a member of The Pinnacle, Harwood was on the winning side of the match, after which MJF pushed Jericho off the top of the cage structure. The stunt was received negatively online, with many on social media complaining that it looked obviously fake, as Jericho's landing on a crash pad was clear to see.
Harwood recently gave his thoughts on this, explaining:
“That finish, the ending, how it went down did kind of suck. [...] It wasn’t the fault of any of the performers. I just think that, again, this was during the pandemic era, so we were all working without a net on how to shoot things. Daily’s Place kind of made it a little difficult to shoot. But that’s the cards we were dealt. First Blood and Guts match ever in AEW. And again, like I said, working on live TV without a net.
“So the way it was shot is the reason that the fans soured on it. And again, I don’t blame the cameraman or the directors, the producers, nobody knew. It was just those are the cards that we were dealt. So when I say 'it was the way it was shot' I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just mean that we were all still in the process of learning how to deal with this pandemic-era style of wrestling.
“I thought the idea for the finish was great. I thought that the execution going into it was done well. It’s just the way it was shot probably could have been thought through a little bit more considering the small confines of the Daily’s Place.”
The Blood and Guts stipulation did return the following year, with the Jericho Appreciation Society taking on Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz and the Blackpool Combat Club in June 2022.
H/T to WrestleZone.