The first hour of AEW Dynamite: Blood and Guts was pre-taped, and aired for fans in attendance on the big screen.
As noted, this is AEW’s largest in-person crowd in over a year. Tony Khan appeared on stage before the broadcast began to thank the fans for coming out tonight.
Khan revealed that Blood and Guts would be the first match for the live crowd, while the pre-taped first hour would air on the big screen. It was noted that the live crowd noise would be used during the first hour, despite it being taped. Khan made it clear that refunds were available to fans that wanted to leave before the main event began.
The special edition of Dynamite was originally reported to be a one-match show, but ended up including numerous other contests like Cody Rhodes vs. QT Marshall, the AEW Tag Team Title #1 Contenders Match, and Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa vs. Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston.
You can see images from the crowd perspective of the pre-taped segments below:
Tony Khan is out, he says we are the best fans in the world
We are going to be the crowd noise for the entire show even though the first hour is taped
Omega & Nakazawa vs Moxley & Kingston is opening the show
If you want a refund you can get it now
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