Update On AEW Plans For The Elite’s Tag Team Partner In Blood & Guts Match

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There is a big name coming to AEW soon to be part of the upcoming Blood & Guts match.

All Elite Wrestling has been promoting its annual Blood & Guts Match for the July 19th edition of AEW Dynamite from Boston. The Blood & Guts name came from WWE’s Vince McMahon, who was critical of all the blood in AEW in their early days and referred to them as a “blood & guts” promotion.

The actual Blood & Guts match is a double ring with a cage on top of it like the WarGames concept from the 1980s and 1990s in NWA/WCW days. The match is usually made up of ten people (five on each side) with two wrestlers starting and the others going into the ring at separate intervals. The match can’t be won until every participant in the match has been in the ring.

As we have seen in past AEW Blood & Guts matches, they are gruesome with a lot of blood and violence.

Currently, The Elite have four wrestlers on their team (Kenny Omega, “Hangman” Adam Page, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) while the Blackpool Combat Club has four men with Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Wheeler Yuta and Konosuke Takeshita. Bryan Danielson is out with an arm injury while The Elite may have had Eddie Kingston, but he’s in the G1 Climax tournament for New Japan.

It is being reported by Fightful Select that “conversations have taken place between international star Kota Ibushi and All Elite Wrestling.” Most of the talent in the company believe that it’s going to be Ibushi teaming with The Elite in the Blood & Guts match. AEW hasn’t made an official announcement yet.

During his pro wrestling career, Kota Ibushi has won every major championship in New Japan and is a close friend of Omega’s since they worked together as the Golden Lovers tag team.

Meanwhile, Ibushi’s management has suggested that his schedule will be picking up in the future after his NJPW contract expired earlier this year, which makes Ibushi a free agent.

After the July 5th edition of Dynamite in Edmonton, Kenny Omega made comments alluding to Kota Ibushi without actually saying his name.

“There was a week where my whereabouts were unknown. I didn’t stay home, I didn’t go to Canada. But where I went was to recruit an old friend, someone who is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve got no doubt in my mind that as much as he cares about me, he cares about the men in this ring (The Young Bucks and Adam Page), he cares about this promotion, he cares about changing the face of professional wrestling. Blood and Guts in two weeks, there is no escape.”

The Elite and BCC have been feuding for months with the two sides potentially putting an end to the rivalry during the Blood & Guts match.

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