10 Ups & 1 Down From AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts (May 5)

The Pinnacle bloody The Inner Circle, MJF shoves Jericho, Kenny Omega learns his fate.

MJF blood and guts

All Elite Wrestling welcomed its biggest crowd of the COVID-19 era to Daily's Place last night, having chopped its latest Dynamite special into two halves.

A prerecorded opening hour featuring Cody Rhodes vs. QT Marshall, Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston vs. MT Nakazawa and Kenny Omega, and more was shown on the big screen with additional noise piped in. The titular Blood & Guts match went down live, consuming the majority of the second hour. An unconventional style of presentation, perhaps, but this turned out to be another strong show to continue Dynamite's recent hot streak.

The Blood & Guts match wasn't without its issues but still fit the bill as a hateful headliner, with the image of a bloodied MJF standing atop the cage (and Chris Jericho's corpse) burned into the audience's minds forever. Ultimately, this will go down as one of the defining moments in The Salt of the Earth's rise.

There were Double Or Nothing implications aplenty as Hikaru Shida learned her pay-per-view opponent and Kenny Omega stepped closer to his own fate, with a big number one contender's match booked. Elsewhere, Britt Baker was focused in a squash match, Miro showed fire on the mic, and Darby Allin had a rough night.

Let's light the fuse...

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.