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Media Call with Tony Khan: Blood and Guts and Death Before Dishonor

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Today makes three days before Death Before Dishonor, and Ring of Honor fans are finally starting to see some movement happening with the card. This morning, Tony Khan announced via Twitter three matches that will be on the card: Katsuyori Shibata vs Daniel Garcia, a tag team 4-way match for the titles with The Kingdom, Lucha Bros, Best Friends, and Aussie Open, and what is shaping up to be the main event, ROH Women’s Champion Athena facing Willow Nightingale for the title.

Also, AEW’s Blood and Guts is tomorrow featuring the Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, and Wheeler Yuta), Pac and Konosuke Takeshita vs The Golden Elite (Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page, Matt, and Nick Jackson, and Kota Ibushi).

There are a few topics that can be covered before both events as we enter today’s media call with Tony Khan. It’s a huge week for AEW/ROH, and Tony is prepared for questions as the call gets underway. With that, the questions started rolling in. The first question was about the possibility of Blood and Guts being its own PPV. Tony is happy with the formula that he has currently (including the formula for current television time), but he is always considering the possibility of changes, and talking to WBD about it.

Our very own Senior Writer and Host Nickie Booshie got the second question of the day in, asking about Willow and Athena, and the feud they have been having. Tony said that it has been a tremendous feud and that the first match was excellent. They also had a great match in the semifinals, but he wanted to make sure Willow was going to be ok, so he gave her some extra time to recover. He is excited about where the feud is going to go.

On the topic of women, it was also asked whether there was a consideration for a Women’s Blood and Guts. Khan indicated that there was, but with injuries and the women’s division being stretched very thin currently, it wasn’t feasible. Wrapping up the women, there was an additional inquiry about having the NJPW Strong title defended on AEW turf and that was something that Tony is very interested in, depending on the condition of his wrestlers.

Safety was a big theme on this media call. Tony took the time to address the speculation about changing and banning move sets, as well as all the changes that have had to be made to recent cards with the recent injuries of Bryan Danielson, Mark Briscoe, Mark Davis, Willow’s brief injury, and Eddie Kingston being unavailable to compete as he will be in the G1. Tony acknowledged that the current changes rank up there with the difficulty he faced booking last year’s Forbidden Door with injuries, but he is hoping to still present an amazing card.

Khan also took the time out to speak about how excited he is to bring in Kota Ibushi for his debut tomorrow at Blood and Guts and that it was a long time coming. Khan is excited that he has built a system in AEW/ROH where they work well with their partners, including NJPW, and that they can bring talent in but also allow talent to travel and showcase themselves to the world. He wrapped up by acknowledging how big All In has become and that it is, in fact, the biggest event in AEW history, even with no card being announced yet. Wembley Stadium has much significance to the Khan family, and he is happy to be having the event there.

We also found out that Death Before Dishonor will be available on WatchROH as well as everywhere else. Tony Khan and the AEW staff seem excited for this week and weekend, as there is a ton of wrestling ahead! Will you be tuned in?


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