AEW's special Blood and Guts episode of Dynamite sits near the top of the list of things pro-wrestling fans have to look forward to once the current global situation blows over.
Tony Khan announced the pseudo-WarGames bout's postponement last weekend, claiming that "the time and circumstances aren't right" for what AEW had planned. He's got a point. A match like this demands a molten crowd. As entertaining as the first empty Dynamite was, no amount of ringside banter from a dozen wrestlers can substitute for a white-hot atmosphere. Put it on ice, see how the situation unfolds, and come back to it in due time.
With AEW's surefire bloodbath on the backburner, let's take some time to appreciate some of wrestling's old claret-soaked masterpieces, stretching from the early 1980s all the way through to the present day.
Though Vince McMahon's original "blood and guts and gory things" was meant as a putdown, the matches and moments within prove that when it's done right, few things generate more wrestling drama than a bloody visual. Like anything is, it can be (and has been) overdone, but a splash of colour, when carefully employed, can be the language of violence's most powerful message...
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