May 23 was the date that All Elite Wrestling selected to host their second ever Double or Nothing event. The first event well over a year ago had a lot of success but did the second one turn out to be a success despite no fans in the crowd? Find out as I grade all nine matches and give my […]
May 23 was the date that All Elite Wrestling selected to host their second ever Double or Nothing event. The first event well over a year ago had a lot of success but did the second one turn out to be a success despite no fans in the crowd?
Find out as I grade all nine matches and give my thoughts on each one. Let’s get started with the pre-show.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent) def. Private Party (Isiah Queen and Marq Quen) to become #1 contender for the World Tag Team Championship (pre-show)
Although there were a few mistimings on certain spots this was still a good match to kick off the pay-per-view. Best Friends winning was the right choice, given that they have been pushed on T.V. for the past few weeks unlike Private Party.
Kenny Omega and Adam Page have been solid tag-team champions but it may be time to have a new team hoist up the titles and there might be no better team than Trent and Chuckie T.
Casino Ladder match for a future World Championship match – Brian Cage def. Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, Orange Cassidy, Joey Janela, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian, and Luchasaurus
Combing a Money in the Bank ladder match with the Royal Rumble and you got chaos and a lot of high spots. This was overall a fun match to watch. Everyone got a chance to shine here although maybe a two-minute timer for every new entrant might have been a little too fast. Still, this was a solid match to get a bunch of guys on the card with a purpose.
The main story here was the mystery 9th competitor being former Impact World Champion Brian Cage. Cage came out right away and dominated everyone until the eight other competitors teamed up to attempt to take him out. Cage winning was the right call as it was a good way to debut the superstar who has had a solid career outside of AEW. Outside of that, the other spots in the match kept the fans interested.
MJF def. Jungle Boy
WHAT A MATCH.
This was a solid chain-wrestling match where every spot led to the next. This was a great way to showcase what Jungle Boy is all about and reminding fans how much of a bastard heel MJF is.
Jungle Boy selling the arm injury only for MJF to take advantage of that by beating down his arm was a nice touch to this match. Simply a great match that I recommend watching back if you haven’t.
Inaugural TNT Championship – Cody def. Lance Archer in the Tournament final
Given that Cody was one of the faces and creators of AEW, it makes sense for him to finally win a title in the company (on top of that he can not challenge for the World Championship). Cody’s post-match celebration and emotion was a nice touch, showing that the title is really important not only to him, but to the entire company.
As for Archer, despite the loss, he was presented as a dominant force throughout the match but kicking out of everything thrown at him. It was curious that he fell apart once Jake Roberts left his corner due to that he had seen him dominate in New Japan and TNA back in the day without him.
Still, this was a solid match to introduce the company’s secondary title, and having someone like Cody to be the first-ever champion adds some legitimacy to the belt. I still think Archer will be a champion down the line, probably sooner rather than later.
Kris Statlander def. Penelope Ford
I wasn’t sure about this match at first because I am not too familiar with the participants but this was a solid match at this point on the card. Both Statlander and Ford (who replaced the injured Britt Baker) looked really good in this match and showed that they are solid members in the women’s division of AEW.
Dustin Rhodes def. Shawn Spears
A quick match here as Spears came out in a sports coat mocking Rhodes and talking about he is retired and won’t show up to his scheduled match. Brandi Rhodes showed up, which followed with Rhodes sneaking up behind Spears to get the easy victory.
Nothing wrong with a quick-comedy style match to give a break in the action. Spears is a veteran and his over-the-top heel persona can afford him a loss from time to time unlike Rhodes, who needed some sort of victory after weeks of embarrassing losses.
Women’s World Championship – Hikaru Shida def. Nyla Rose (c) in a No Disqualification and No Countout match
The No DQ addition to this match made this better and it showed Rose’s dominance while showing Shida’s ability to evade and strike. The action was great and the brawl into the stands was fun, showing Shida’s willingness to win the title.
Shida was built perfectly up until this match, being undefeated in 2020, giving Rose a legit challenger for the women’s title. The women’s division has been a little lackluster for a while now but this is a step in the right direction.
World Championship – Jon Moxley (c) def. Mr. Brodie Lee
This was an excellent match and showcasing what WWE may have missed out on with the former Luke Harper. Lee, despite losing, looked really strong here as he kicked out of everything early on Moxley threw at him. While I predicted Lee winning here to change things up, I’m all for Moxley holding onto the belt for a while longer.
Matt Hardy and The Elite (Adam Page, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson) def. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz) in a Stadium Stampede match
The ring as the 50-yard line was not even needed here as both teams fought throughout the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium. There were so many spots here combined with some comedy (that Matt Hardy pool spot was amazing and favorite spot). Everyone here had their spots to make it memorable and a great way to continue the feud between two of the companies biggest stables.
Oh yeah, and Chris Jericho is a national treasure and will forever make anything work. Bravo to everyone here.
This was well worth the $50. Simple as that. Every match was just as good as the previous match and kudos to AEW for putting on this showing despite no fans in the crowd. In a crazy world we live in right now, this was a nice way to get away from it all and watching some classic wrestling matches (and that amazing Stadium Stampede match)