A top AEW star believes a moment after this week’s AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts “probably should’ve been on TV.”
After four months of drama, reunions, explosions and bloody battles, the war between The Elite and Blackpool Combat Club is finally over, following Kota Ibushi joining Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page and The Young Bucks to reform The Golden Elite to win the third “Blood & Guts” match.
Following the July 19 edition of AEW Dynamite from TD Garden in Boston, Omega expressed The Golden Elite’s respect for Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta and Claudio Castagnoli.
The BCC responded by going face-to-face with their rivals and shake their hands to officially mark an end to their bitter rivalry.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Claudio Castagnoli reflected on the match and how he believes the BCC pushed The Elite to raise their level. He said:
“It was the spectacle of blood and guts that people expected, and even exceeded that,”
“We had modifications from last year with the separate entrances, which helped. There’s only been two other of these matches in AEW, but I thought it delivered.”
“That’s what we wanted to come across. We lost that battle but we won the war. Thanks to the Blackpool Combat Club, now The Elite is better than ever. We brought them to a place they’ve never been.”
On the post-match segment involving the two teams sharing their respect for one another, Castagnoli said:
“The post-match between the BCC and The Elite, with Kenny talking and we all shook hands, that probably should have been on television, but it shows that there is nothing like being there in-person. There is nothing like being there live.”
PAC and Konosuke Takeshita joined the Blackpool Combat Club in the Blood & Guts match, but each man abandoned the group during the closing stages of the bout.
Due to their dissension during Blood & Guts, Claudio Castagnoli will defend the ROH World Championship against PAC at ROH Death Before Dishonor on July 21.
Also scheduled for the pay-per-view, Athena will defend the ROH Women’s World Championship against Willow Nightingale, while Lucha Brothers will defend the ROH World Tag Team Championships in a four-way against Best Friends, The Kingdom and Aussie Open.
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