AEW Blood & Guts Proves to Be a Ratings Success

The ratings are in for last night's AEW Dynamite, and it looks like plenty of fans tuned in to see the first-ever Blood & Guts Match as the main event. For the first time since Dynamite premiered the episode was the No. 1 overall show on cable, drawing a 0.42 rating with 1.09 million fans. It did not break the show's ratings record — that still belongs to the Oct. 2, 2019 premiere with 0.68 — but it did get the show back up over a million viewers after dropping down to 889,000 last week.

The show culminated in The Pinnacle defeating The Inner Circle in the ultra-violent two-ringed steel cage match. MJF forced Sammy Guevara to surrender by threatening to throw Chris Jericho off the roof of the cage, then tossed the 50-year-old through the entrance ramp anyway.

Jericho spoke about his excitement for the match in an interview with ComicBook last week.

"Blood & Guts is a little bit different," Jericho said when comparing it to WCW's WarGames. "Even just in the way that it's constructed. You'll see that on Wednesday. I've been in a lot of first matches before. The first Elimination Chamber, the first Money in the Bank, the first Stadium Stampede, so I'm no stranger to that.

"And anytime you get a match that's never happened before from a stipulation standpoint, it's exciting because there's really no rules," he continued. "It's a little bit of a detriment in as far as you can't go back and watch old versions to get ideas from because there haven't been any other versions. So I think all across the board, we've really built it up properly. The angle is very hot. It's the perfect timing to have this type of match."

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Coming off that episode, AEW has announced a stacked card for next week's edition of Dynamite including three title matches. You can see the card below:

  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin vs. Miro
  • IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Yuji Nagata
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks vs. SCU
  • Orange Cassidy vs. PAC (AEW World Championship No. 1 contender's match)
  • Cody Rhodes Double or Nothing announcement

AEW will return to pay-per-view on May 30 with Double or Nothing at Daily's Place in Jacksonville. The show will run with a capacity crowd for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.