Since its inception, AEW has never shied away from using blood in matches and segment. The company even trademarked the term "Blood & Guts," first referenced by Vince McMahon, and named its WarGames-style match after the phrase.
While there have been some criticisms of AEW using too much blood on television, Tony Khan believes the blood has only been saved for when it has mattered the most.
"It's certainly not every week, you don't see it on a weekly basis," Khan told News 12 Long Island. "Occasionally, there are big matches and it's only when the circumstance is such that it's a big street fight or these big crazy matches or fights ahead of a pay-per-view where things have gotten crazy and there has been a big melee. For the most part, we do try to focus on the wrestling, the best interviews, the most exciting wrestlers, a lot of high fliers, technical wrestling, and a lot of crazy brawling too. For the most part, you see a focus on the in-ring action, but every once and awhile, when things have gotten out of hand, it's been old school pro wrestling in a way that has been very healthy and has been well-received by our media partners and fans. It's almost been universally praised and when it hasn't, overall, we've done well on the aggregate and most of the focus is on wrestling and not the brawling, but you see some of the old-school brawling too and that's part of pro wrestling and that's what makes it fun."
Elsewhere during the interview, Khan said he expects AEW to return to Arthur Ashe stadium for AEW Grand Slam in 2022. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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