Tony Schiavone Affirms Role of Blood & Death Matches in Wrestling Landscape

Schiavone discusses evolving wrestling expectations, praises Gage.

by Atia Mukhtar
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Tony Schiavone Affirms Role of Blood & Death Matches in Wrestling Landscape

The ongoing debate surrounding death matches and blood in professional wrestling has taken center stage in recent times. AEW commentator Tony Schiavone is the latest personality to share his perspective on this topic. In a recent episode of his podcast, "What Happened When," Schiavone expressed his belief that both death matches and blood have their rightful place in the world of wrestling.

Schiavone specifically mentioned the Texas Death Match, a staple in the wrestling industry. When discussing the recent Texas Death Match between "Hangman" Adam Page and Jon Moxley at AEW Revolution, Schiavone said, "Well, I always thought there was a place for a Texas Death Match in wrestling, although the Texas Death Matches that I remember are much different than the ones there are now." He acknowledged that modern Texas Death Matches seem tame compared to the era of tables, ladders, and other extreme stunts.

Tony Schiavone Evolving Expectations in Wrestling

According to Schiavone, fans nowadays expect more from wrestling than they did in the past, including higher levels of intensity, riskier stunts, and blood. Schiavone also shared his admiration for a particular death match wrestler, Nick Gage.

Schiavone had the chance to speak with Gage when the latter faced Chris Jericho in an AEW match in 2021. "I like Nick Gage," Schiavone said. "I got to talk to Nick when he did his match against Chris Jericho, and I just told him I had seen the 'Dark Side of the Ring' about him, and I told him how glad I was to have him with us." Schiavone went on to express his satisfaction that Gage received a significant payday from AEW.

Schiavone emphasized that Gage's dedication to wrestling throughout his career made him deserving of the opportunity AEW provided against Jericho. The AEW commentator's remarks highlight the evolving landscape of professional wrestling, where fans crave more extreme and visually impactful moments, creating a place for both death matches and blood in the sport.

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