AEW: Double or Nothing PPV Was Another Home Run

All Elite Wrestling held their annual Double or Nothing PPV on Saturday night. Unlike the first one, this one was held in Daly’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The location for this PPV needed to be switched due to the current COVID-19 situation. The show opened with the Best Friends taking on Private Party. The winner would become the No.1 contender to Hangman Page and Kenny Omega’s tag team belts. Best Friends ended up winning the match. This doesn’t surprise me with how Best Friends have been booked.

To be honest, I could see Best Friends taking the titles off of Page and Omega. They have been teasing a heel turn with Hangman Adam Page for the longest time.

How It All Began

The official card opened with the Casino Ladder match. The winner would become the number one contender for the AEW title. While it was a ladder match, it would also become a “Royal Rumble” type of match. We saw two people start off the match. Every two minutes we would see a new entrant. The key moments in that match was the interaction between Orange Cassidy and Colt Cabana. In addition, we saw the debut of former TNA champion, Brian Cage. We would end up seeing him come out with Taz as his manager. He ended up winning the match. We would find out later on that Cage will be taking on Moxley for the title at Fyter Fest.

Then we saw, MJF take on Jungle Boy. This was a great Double or Nothing wrestling match as you had two guys tell a story. After that match, it’s safe to say that MJF and Jungle Boy will probably be in the main event of AEW within the next couple of years. We also saw Penelope Ford take on Kris Statlander. This match was supposed to be Britt Baker, but she was removed from the match the night before. The other women’s match saw Shida take Nyla Rose for the AEW woman’s title. This was a great physical match and we saw Shida take the title off of Rose.

Rhodes Rolls On

Shawn Spears took on Dustin Rhodes in a match that was built two weeks before the show. When the match was announced, everyone thought this was a shoo-in for Spears to win. However, we would end up seeing Dustin Rhodes win. One of the marquee matches was Lance Archer take on Cody Rhodes for the AEW TNT title. We would end up seeing Iron Mike Tyson present the belt. When it was announced, I said Archer was going to win. I felt that Cody didn’t need the title. I felt putting the title on Lance Archer and having Jake talk for him would have given the title credibility. However, Cody ended up winning.

Moxley for the Win

We also saw Moxley take on Brodie Lee for the AEW title. I will be honest, I didn’t have a lot of expectations for this match. This was because the match was thrown together quickly and had no build. I was very blown away with this match as this was a physical, hardcore match. Moxley ended up winning the match after the ref had to stop it. This ending was the only option they truly had because of how they booked themselves into a corner.

PPV Finale

We would finally get to the main event of Double or Nothing. We saw the Elite take on the Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match. With the COVID-19 situation going on, we have seen both AEW and WWE think outside the box when it comes to some of the matches. We have seen a Firefly Funhouse match and a Boneyard match at WrestleMania. This was AEW’s first out of box type of match and it was perfect.

The match was great and could easily be the blow-off for this feud. People forget this feud has lasted since the first AEW Dynamite. You don’t see feuds lasting this long. I was watching on my phone and I couldn’t stop watching and laughing. This was great. If I had to pick my match of the night, it would be a tie between the Stadium Stampede match and the AEW title match. The title match between Moxley and Lee was so much better than I expected.

Overall, AEW hit another home run with this Double or Nothing PPV and continue to set the bar on what professional wrestling should be.

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