Overall, despite tons of injuries both before and during the match, Blood and Guts absolutely delivered. The main event was pure violence from start to finish as expected. A slight tease of the tension between Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston was a nice way to end the show. Jade Cargill defended her TBS Championship in a squash match. Orange Cassidy debuted his old theme music from the indies and picked up the win over Ethan Page, and Anthony Bowens isn’t injured anymore. Wardlow will challenge Scorpio Sky for the TNT Championship in a street fight this friday on Rampage, and the Young Bucks will defend their Tag Team Titles on that same show. Oh yeah, Luchasaurus has sided with Christian Cage and he absolutely demolished Serpentico.
It’s only been 3 days since Forbidden Door and Blood and Guts is already here. In the headliner, The Jericho Appreciation Society takes on a combination of Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz, Claudio Castagnoli, Wheeler Yuta and Jon Moxley. Jade Cargill defends her TBS Championship against Leila Grey. Orange Cassidy will take on Ethan Page and Christian Cage will speak once again about his turn on Jungle Boy.
GREAT Orange Cassidy vs. Ethan Page: Orange Cassidy debuts his new theme song, and the place goes absolutely wild. The Best Friends are wearing tie-dye jumpsuits and this is great. Ethan Page is booed heavily and so is Dan Lambert who cuts the music off in order to cut a promo about Orange Cassidy. Lambert has the best friends removed from ringside due to the fact that they do not have an official, “manager’s licence.” The crowd chants their displeasure immediately. Cassidy starts the match with his hands in his pockets, and it really frustrates Page. Ethan is caught with a deep arm drag from Orange, and he follows that with a tope suicida. Cassidy gets hit with a shoulder block though that swings the momentum back towards Ethan Page. Apparently Dan Lambert has whatever a “manager’s licence” is, because he is still at ringside. When Cassidy is sent to the outside, Lambert mocks his signature kicks while the referee is distracted by Page. We head to a commercial with Cassidy in trouble in the corner of the ring. Page hits a brainbuster immediately after the break, but Orange isn’t done yet. Ethan Page looks for Ego’s Edge but Orange Cassidy fights out by putting his hands in his pockets. They go back and forth again, and Page hits a powerbomb. Orange Cassidy counters a suplex attempt with Stundog Millionaire, and he follows that with a tornado DDT. He removes the elbow pad and the crowd is fired up. Dan Lambert climbs on the apron and Orange Cassidy makes a joke out of him and then drills Ethan Page with 2 Orange Punches and a Body Slam for the victory.
Result: Orange Cassidy by Pinfall via Body Slam
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
GREAT Christian Cage Promo: Christian is heavily booed when he is introduced by Tony Schiavone. He’s asked what more he has to say, and before he can even answer the boos get even louder. Christian says that he was asked by upper management to apologize for his remarks last week about Jungle Boy’s father. He doesn’t apologize at all, he only rubs salt in the wounds. He explains that while he requested a match this week, it wasn’t for him, it was for Luchasaurus. Christian will be managing Luchasaurus against Serpentico.
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
SQUASH Luchasaurus vs. Serpentico: Serpentico appears terrified to start the match and he is nailed with a headbut. Luchasaurus completely squashes him. He submits Serpentico with a Snare Trap/Nerve Hold combination. Post match Luchasaurus plants him with a chokeslam on the mat in front of the entrance ramp.
Result: Luchasaurus by Submission via Snare Trap/Nerve Hold combination
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – Squash
GOOD Scorpio Sky and Wardlow backstage interview: Sky lets him know that just taking out a bunch of security guards, doesn’t make him TNT Championship material. Wardlow doesn’t seem to care what Scorpio Sky has to say and he lets him know that he can bring every member of American Top Team and it doesn’t matter. Next week it’s Wardlow vs. Scorpio Sky in a street fight for the TNT Championship.
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
GOOD The Acclaimed and Gunn Club vs. Danhausen and FTR: The Acclaimed and Gunn Club enter first to a nice pop, but not the way that Danhausen is received. He has chosen his partners, and they are FTR! The crowd is loving it. Cash Wheeler starts the match with Austin Gunn, where he is shockingly hit with a shoulder block followed by a chop block from the young Gunn. Wheeler turns things around quickly and then brings in Dax Harwood who is all over Austin. Danhausen is brought in and he is actually all over the Gunn Club and Caster at first. Unfortunately for Danhausen, Colten catches him with a huge lariat and as we head into the break the Ass Boys and Caster are in control again. Out of the break Danhausen hits a northern lights suplex but he is still unable to get to the corner to make a tag. He finally breaks free and brings in Dax Harwood, who hits a series of german suplexes. Cash Wheeler removes Colten Gunn from the equation as Harwood continues to suplex Austin around the ring. Danhausen is brought back in by Dax and he hits Austin with a pump kick and then as the referee is distracted Anthony Bowens reveals that he can walk. He tries to hit Danhausen with the crutch but he hits Austin Gunn by accident. Danhausen then pins Austin for the victory. The Gunn Club confront Anthony Bowens after the match over the fact that he wasn’t really injured but Billy Gunn shoves his sons and appears to side with The Acclaimed.
Result: Danhausen by Pinfall via Anthony Bowens crutch
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.25 Stars
SQUASH Jade Cargill vs. Leila Grey: Jade enters and Leila is already in the ring when the match starts. Grey is 0-4 on the year and I can’t imagine this match lasting very long. Jade is completely dominant in this match. She hits a fallaway slam and then kips up. Cargill lands a pump kick followed by Jaded for the squash victory. Before Stokely can speak, Jade grabs the microphone and says next time, she wants some real competition. Stokely takes the mic, and he lets us know that Kris Statlander and Athena aren’t overlooked, they’re, “Lazy.” Athena and Statlander run in to attack Cargill but Leila Grey helps Jade Cargill to even the odds. Once Kiera Hogan gets involved it becomes a 3 on 2 assault. It appears Leila Grey is trying to join The Baddies, but Jade Cargill isn’t ready to let her in the group just yet.
Result: Jade Cargill by Pinfall via Jaded
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – Squash
Young Bucks backstage promo: The Bucks are not happy, despite being the AEW World Tag Team Champions. They can’t find any of their friends backstage, and they are willing to leave the Forbidden Door propped open for now. The Bucks will defend the belts on Rampage on Friday. Too short to rate.
MUST WATCH Blood and Guts, The Jerricho Appreciation Society vs. Eddie Kingston, Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Santana, Ortiz and Wheeler Yuta: The Jericho Appreciation Society enters first wearing matching red outfits that look absolutely ridiculous. Kingston, Santana and Ortiz enter next to a massive pop from the Detroit crowd. After that Wheeler Yuta and Claudio Castagnoli enter accompanied by William Regal who will join the team on commentary. Finally, Jon Moxley makes his entrance to the biggest pop of them all. Sammy Guevara and Claudio Castagnoli will start the match for their respective sides. Castagnoli rag dolls Sammy all over the ring and we are underway. He lays in massive uppercuts and then throws Guevara into the other ring. Sammy tries to climb the cage but he’s caught on his way up by Claudio who brings him back down on top of the ropes. Guevara is able to evade Castagnoli for a brief time but then he is caught in the Giant Swing. Daniel Garcia enters next for the JAS though and is able to stop the swing. They will have a brief 2 on 1 advantage until someone enters from Eddie Kingston’s side. Out of the break Wheeler Yuta is the next entrant into the match and the odds are now evened. He immediately goes back and forth with Sammy Guevara before sending the Spanish God into Castagnoli for another uppercut. Claudio flings Daniel Garcia across the ring, but Jake Hager is entering the match next. He goes right after Wheeler Yuta and then he locks eyes with Claudio. We all know they have history and they trade shots in the center of the left of the two rings. Castagnoli gets the best of the exchange and manages to connect on a springboard uppercut. The numbers game catches up to Claudio and Yuta but next up is Jon Moxley who evens the odds. He uses a fork on Daniel Garcia to bust him open and now Sammy is getting worked over by Claudio right in front of a shrieking Tay Conti. Angelo Parker enters next, and he is hesitant to engage given that the majority of his teammates are laid out. Castagnoli catches him and turns him over with a gutwrench suplex, and then he, Moxley and Yuta hit Parker with right hands. There are two chairs in the ring and the Jericho Appreciation Society uses them to get back into this match. Ortiz enters for Kingston’s side and he goes after everyone right away with clotheslines. Matt Menard enters next and now Jon Moxley is busted open again. For the Blackpool Combat Club, Santana enters with not only a table but a barbed wire bat as well. Unfortunately Santana appears to injure his knee very shortly after he enters the match. The action is hectic at this point. Only Jericho and Kingston remain on the outside. Moxley has a set of skewers and he uses them to cut Matt Menard open. Chris Jericho comes in carrying Floyd the baseball bat and he takes it right to Claudio Castagnoli. Ortiz scores on a DDT to Jericho and then takes a chair to his back. Sammy Guevara hits a flying cover on Ortiz though. Santana appears to still be down from the knee injury. Daniel Garcia is decimated by a pop up uppercut from Claudio. Eddie Kingston enters carrying a kendo stick and he hammers everyone in red that is in between him and Chris Jericho. When he gets to the man who calls himself a Wizard, he absolutely hammers him with the kendo stick. Kingston pulls out a bottle of rubbing alcohol, but has it knocked out of his hands. Half the men in the ring are bleeding at this point and that Alcohol is definitely going to come into play. Moxley and Yuta hit Daniel Garcia with a Doomsday Device as Kingston and Ortiz put Jake Hager through a table. Wheeler then introduces a ton of thumbtacks, as Castagnoli and Ortiz rip up one of the ring mats. Matt Menard is thrown onto the tacks and he writhes in pain. Chris Jericho is one of the only men left standing for either side at this point and he goes to work on Jon Moxley. He lands a DDT on Mox, face first into the thumbtacks and then celebrates as the crowd boos. Jericho then puts Moxley in the Walls of Jericho on top of the tacks but Kingston recovers and throws a handful of tacks in Jericho’s eyes to break the hold. Jericho uses a fire extinguisher to the eyes of Eddie Kingston. Tay Conti takes out the referee and tries to open the cage but not before Ruby Soho runs in to try to stop her. Jericho is able to escape though and he climbs to the top of the structure. Eddie Kingston follows him up there and they trade shots before Eddie bites him. He follows with a spinning back fist but Sammy Guevara climbs the cage behind them and now it is two on one against Kingston on top of the cage. Kingston launches Sammy off the top of the cage through the timekeepers table! We head to a break with Kingston and Jericho still on top of the structure. Jericho catches Eddie in the Walls of Jericho but Claudio Castagnoli joins them up top to break the hold. He Giant Swings Jericho on top of the cage but then Matt Menard gets to the top of the cage to even the odds again. Eddie Kingston locks in a Stretch Plumb and Claudio puts Matt Menard in the Sharpshooter. Matt Menard taps out and the Blackpool Combat Club are the winners but Eddie Kingston is upset that Claudio didn’t allow him to submit Chris Jericho. Eventually the other members of the Blackpool Combat Club all climb to the top of the cage to celebrate. Eddie Kingston appears to be potentially injured as he holds his leg and needs help to his feet at the end of the show. They go off air with the Blackpool Combat Club standing tall.
Result: Blackpool Combat Club by Submission via Sharpshooter
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 4.50 Stars
Overall: Overall, despite tons of injuries both before and during the match, Blood and Guts absolutely delivered. The main event was pure violence from start to finish as expected. A slight tease of the tension between Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston was a nice way to end the show. Jade Cargill defended her TBS Championship in a squash match. Orange Cassidy debuted his old theme music from the indies and picked up the win over Ethan Page, and Anthony Bowens isn’t injured anymore. Wardlow will challenge Scorpio Sky for the TNT Championship in a street fight this friday on Rampage, and the Young Bucks will defend their Tag Team Titles on that same show. Oh yeah, Luchasaurus has sided with Christian Cage and he absolutely demolished Serpentico.
Matches: 0.75/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.75/1 Stars
Atmosphere: 0.75/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.50/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 1/1 Stars
Overall Rating. 3.75/5 Stars
Photo Credit: AEW
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