Casino Battle Royale
This one was not as fun as the All In battle royale, but I did enjoy the concept of having all the participates enter the match in groups at different times based on playing card suits. The Joker card added the anticipation of a shock entrant (that was sadly spoiled due to Pac and Dragon Gate)
A lot of fun spots here and I am amazed Joey Janella isn’t dead after being spiked three times during the match. The last one through the table looked particularly scary and was sold well by Penelope Young screaming beforehand.
All in all, the right person went over, but I love the teased fake out with MJF.
Kip Sabian def. Sammy Guevara
This match was put on the pre-card purely to sell the PPV in the UK, so the winner was sadly obvious beforehand. But, that doesn’t mean the match was not a whole lot of fun to watch.
Sammy is an amazing talent who has been taking Mexico by storm the last year or so and Kip has been rocking the incredibly strong indie scene in the UK for several years now. This was just plain fun and a great appetizer to what we had in store for the main show.
So-Cal Uncensored def. Stronghearts
I was happy that some fans in attendance were aware of who the Stronghearts where. I watched CIMA work matches live on the Australian indie scene about a decade ago, and I was blown away by him back then. He may be looking every bit his 40 years facially, but physically, he can still do things men half his age can’t.
T-Hawk and El Lindaman are two of the most well known and respected newer stars to come out of the Dragon Gate dojo, and both showed just how good they truly were.
But the team I was really impressed by in this one was So-Cal! All three of them are in their 40’s and just seem to keep defying father time pulling out moves and spots that make a fan like me who’s seen just about it all drop their jaw!
Britt Baker def. Kylie Rae, Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong
I doubt anyone would have expected Awesome Kong to come out of retirement to sign with AEW and work this match. But I’m glad she did. Not that this match needed anything extra to be great, but it was a nice touch.
Kylie Rae is pretty much Bayley with a Red Bull addiction so she is a lot of fun to watch and I expect big things for her. Nyla Rose is every bit the beast she claims to be, and Britt Baker has improved by leaps and bounds since her uneven performance at All In.
If this was a preview of what AEW’s Women’s Division would be, I think the promotion may just rival WWE in this regard. I know that is a BOLD statement to make, but watch this match again and tell me I’m wrong!
Best Friends def. Jack Evens & Angelico
Let’s face it, despite the best efforts of multiple promotions and workers around the world…tag team wrestling is a dying art form. And WWE is the cause for its decline without a doubt.
We were all hoping that one of the focal points of AEW would be tag team wrestling…and this match proved that would be the case thank goodness. This match was an absolute clinic.
All the flying neon in this one was enough to give people with epilepsy cause for concern! Both these teams only know one speed…full boar and the high spots just kept building and building and building the momentum and excitement for the crowd and fans watching at home.
The post-match shenanigans did admittedly feel a little silly, but the Super Smash Bros needed an unusual debut fitting with their reputation on the indie scene. So that’s what we got!
Riho, Ryo Mizunami & Hikaru Shida def. Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura
This was one of the matches I was most looking forward too. I was so excited for these Women to showcase “Joshi” (Japenese Women’s Wrestling) to a worldwide audience.
You could tell by the lack of reaction both teams got during their entrances that most fans there simply had no clue who any of them were (with the possible exception of Aja Kong) but by the end of the match…no one will ever forget who these women were!
This match was simply put SO BLOODY GOOD!!!!!
Not even the product team botching the finish could take away from just how good it really was.
Cody Rhodes def. Dustin Rhodes
In my opinion, this match was what has been missing in mainstream pro wrestling ever since WWE went PG!
I’m not knocking PG programming by any means as you can still tell great stories within such programming. But sometimes talents should have no restrictions placed on them if they want to tell a certain type of story. And the story Cody and Dustin wanted to tell in this match was for lack of a better word..Biblical!
I’m full blown Richard Dawkins reading atheist, and even I had images of Cain and Able running through my mind while these two were beating the crap out of each other. Especially after Dustin broke the Muta scale with his overzealous blade job. Both the ring and Cody were drenched in Cody’s blood by the end of this match, and such a powerful image stays with people. That extra level of drama and suspense adds so much to a match…and I’ve missed seeing it!
The promo Cody cut at the end had everyone in attendance and everyone watching at home doing the “I’m not crying, you are” thing, and I am not ashamed to admit that by the time Cody’s voice broke saying “I need my older brother” I was balling my eyes out.
This one had match of the year written all over it without a shadow of a doubt!
Young Bucks def. Lucha Bros
Read what I said about the Best Friends vs. Evens and Angelico match and multiply it by ten! HOLY COW WHAT A MATCH!!!!
I wasn’t expecting the Bucks to go over here, but I guess since they drew HUGE TV ratings for AAA in Mexico that both AEW and AAA agreed to keep them strapped for a while. Which I won’t complain about as it means both Penta and Fenix will probably work more singles matches both in the AAA and AEW main event scene!
Chris Jericho def. Kenny Omega
While this match was very good, and the perfect way to end an insane night of great action…it just wasn’t as good as their match in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
At the beginning of this match, I did not think Jericho would go over and work the future AEW World Title match as we all feel AEW should be creating new stars not depending on stars who have made their names elsewhere. But the Casino Battle Royal result and the shock debut of Jon Moxley that set up a future dream match between him and Omega should ease all our fears.
Despite some trolls online saying that this show was one of the worst they have ever seen an AEW will never get off the ground, fans from all over the world witnessed a truly special event in Double or Nothing. One that will undoubtedly be remembered forever.
In the hours since the show WR and myself personally have received countless messages, tweets, and DM’s from our readers telling us how much they loved the show. All were begging for more information about AEW from when their next shows will be too when they start airing not just on TNT in America but where and when it will air around the world.
You don’t have to be a fan of AEW, and it would be silly to say that they will come close to competing with WWE (at least not for a few years yet.) But you would have to be a complete idiot to think the company is not going to be a great success and provide fans with a mainstream alternative to WWE.
And I for one could not be more excited about that!