27th May2019

‘AEW: Double or Nothing’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this All Elite Wrestling event called Double Or Nothing. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a chance to witness history, right here on Nerdly. Unless the building explodes or something like that, then AEW will be delivering a major show that has drawn over 12,000 people to Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a big deal and changes everything in professional wrestling. Let’s stop pretending that this is just some T-Shirt company and take this for what it is. Okay, here comes Double Or Nothing. I know, this is pretty damn cool.

Match #1: Adam Page beat MJF, Dustin Thomas, Sunny Daze, Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa, Brian Pillman Jr., Isiah Kassidy, Joey Janela, Jimmy Havoc, Shawn Spears, Billy Gunn, Glacier, Jungle Boy, Ace Romero, Marq Quen, Sonny Kiss, Marko Stunt, Tommy Dreamer and Luchasaurus – Casino Battle Royale Match For An All Elite Wrestling World Title Shot

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was no masterpiece, but it got the job done and gave Adam Page the biggest victory of his career. I don’t know if Page is who I would have put in the first title match of my league’s history, but maybe he sells more tickets than any of us thought.

Match #2: Kip Sabian defeated Sammy Guevara

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was easy viewing the whole way through. The match didn’t really get great until the last stretch, but that’s just fine by me.

Match #3: SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) beat Strong Hearts (Cima, T-Hawk & El Lindaman) – Six-Man Tag Team Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was excellent stuff, in terms of pure adrenaline and all that $#!@. I really liked the pace and the effort here.

Match #4: Brit Baker beat Nyla Rose, Kylie Rae and Awesome Kong – Fatal Four Way Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This turned out pretty well, especially with Kong in here. It will be interesting to see if Kong’s alleged controversial history (assault on adults and a minor) prevents her from staying in this league. For now, the women’s division has a big star and several people who can whip together some nice matches.

Match #5: Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) beat Angélico and Jack Evans – Tag Team Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was one big move after another, but it worked beyond any-thing you could hope for. This was easy viewing, which is quickly becoming a trend with this event.

Match #6: Hikaru Shida, Riho and Ryo Mizunami beat Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki and Emi Sakura – Six- Woman Tag Team Match

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This had some trouble getting off the ground, but it did take flight before the end came.

Match #7: Cody (w/Brandi Rhodes) beat Dustin Rhodes

My Opinion: 5 out of 5 – This was a fantastic brawl laced with just enough wrestling to keep it from getting off the rails. Bloody, brutal and epic, this was one of those matches that was just great, warts and all. There are things I would have done differently, but what they chose to do was still beyond great. Go see this match and realize just how much of moron Vince McMahon is for not caring enough to let these two have this classic on his events.

Match #8: The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) beat The Lucha Bros. (Pentagon Jr. and Fénix) – AAA World Tag Team Championship Match

My Opinion: 5 out of 5 – This was an instant classic. Every-thing they did was just right and made every match that came before it even better. I could keep going on and on, but this match really speaks for itself. Tag Team wrestling is back and better than ever.

Match #9: (Main Event) Chris Jericho beat Kenny Omega

My Opinion: 5 out of 5 – This was slower in parts, sloppy in others, yet it just was great. This match is like Return Of The Jedi, in that it wasn’t perfect, but it was at the same time. This was as much a main event that has ever been promoted and wrestled in the sport’s history.

News Of The Night:

  1. Diamond Dallas Page appeared on this show to remove Brandi Rhodes from the Rhodes Brother’s match.
  2. Bret Hart debuted for AEW and introduced the AEW World Title.
  3. The Super Smash Brothers debuted with no names and attacked the Best Friends and Jack Evans/Angelico.
  4. Awesome Kong was brought in as a surprise fighter.
  5. Cody and Dustin Rhodes will fight The Young Bucks in the next few months.
  6. Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) debuted and brawled with Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega.
  7. Adam Page will wrestle Chris Jericho in the first All Elite Wrestling World Title Match.

Final Verdict: 5/5

This was a great show. There many little mistakes made along the way (goofy vignettes, camera mistakes, dull commentary from anyone not named Jim Ross, Cody/Brandi Rhodes not deciding if they want to be face or heel, etc.), but this still became a great event.

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