The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz) took on The Pinnacle (MJF, FTR, Wardlow, and Shawn Spears) in the Blood and Guts match on Wednesday’s edition of Dynamite.
AEW had been advertising this show as a one match show, but turns out the first hour of the event was taped a few weeks ago. Those fans who attended it in person watched the first hour on screens while the second hour, which was the entire Blood and Guts match, saw it live.
Dave Meltzer talked about this on today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio.
“The first hour of this show was interesting because it was all taped with no fans a couple of weeks ago, the whole first hour. Because of the cages, they did it to pretend it was live so they actually set up the two rings when they did the taping.”
Meltzer noted it would’ve taken forever to set up the two cages during the live show. That’s why they advertised it as a one match show for the people who brought tickets. However, some people didn’t know.
“When the show started, Tony Khan went on before the cameras were on and said, ‘Okay, this is the situation, the first hour of this show is taped, we’re gonna be playing it on the screens. However, your crowd noise is going to be the crowd noise in this match, so cheer and boo like you would.’”
Meltzer added that Khan said to the crowd, ‘If for some reason you didn’t hear this and you’re unhappy, you can get a refund’, and they did give five refunds.”