AEW Bringing Back HUGE Gimmick Match?

Get ready for another round of this monster AEW match stipulation...

The Inner Circle AEW Blood & Guts

All Elite Wrestling is planning on reprising its version of the classic WarGames stipulation, Blood & Guts.

Dave Meltzer reported on AEW bringing Blood & Guts back during a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, noting talk of the gimmick's return. There is currently no word on when, exactly, this might happen, though it is likely that B&G II will see the Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, and Matt Menard) face Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz, and two Blackpool Combat Club members.

The Blackpool Combat Club supported Kingston's group in their previously lopsided war with the JAS on this week's episode of Dynamite, running the heels out of the ring. As Wheeler Yuta is soon to depart for Japan ahead of NJPW's Best of the Super Jr. 29 tournament, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson will likely partner Kingston, Ortiz, and Santana.


AEW's first Blood & Guts bout took place on a special episode of Dynamite titled after the match in May 2021. The Pinnacle's defeat of The Inner Circle received a mixed critical response, however, owing primarily to a suboptimally-shot closing bump as Jericho was shoved from the top of the cage.

Initially conceived as a response to Vince McMahon's comments on the "blood and guts of things of that nature" hosted on AEW programming, WWE officials reportedly "hated" the original Blood & Guts.

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