Hey everyone. So it’s been a bit since the last recap blog, but since we did a podcast episode (https://odparlayhour.podbean.com) with Gus from Walking Distance & Rich from 3FN, we decided to take the week off since WWE hs been well…..tough to watch from a story aspect, but great in-ring work. The other big story is blog worthy, so we’re gonna deep dive into AEW’s 1st PPV: “Double or Nothing”
Quick Recap: In case anyone is just jumping in, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is the new wrestling company formed by Cody (Rhodes of WWE fame) & the Young Bucks off the success of their independent wrestling show “All In".” From that, the idea of starting their own company when all their contracts were up in January of 2019 came to be. ‘Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega rounded out the big names attached to the growing brand from their successful “Bullet Club/BTE” faction that took pro wrestling by storm.
Fast forward a few months & more names were added to the AEW roster at a press conference. PAC, MJF, Joey Janela, So Cal Uncencored, Britt Baker & Chris Jericho lead the huge announcements to the brand. It was also announced that “Double Or Nothing” would have these wrestlers on the show scheduled for May 25th at the MGM out in Las Vegas, Nevada. Flipping thru the calander and here we are.
Let’s break down the card, shall we? (3FN gave their predictions for the show & you can find them here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ht9w3-b241e3).
Casino Battle Royale (Pre-show)
On the preshow, AEW opens up with a 21 wrestler, over-the-top battle royale. The winner gets a title shot against the AEW champion winner between Omega & Jericho on another show. Some of the names entered: Janela, MJF, Jungle Boy, Shawn Spears (FKA Tye Dillenger).
Prediction: IF Hangman Vs. PAC is truly off, Page is gonna be a surprise entrant and win. IF Page ISN’T in, I like a surprise entrant taking it. maybe a Jon Moxley (FKA Dean Ambrose)? Maybe a Marty Scrull? Maybe a CM Punk? With a title shot looming, AEW is gonna want to generate some big buzz early. Why not a name not listed and see the internet break?
Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guevara (Pre-show)
Two young up & coming names that will get the crowd hyped. I haven’t seen a ton of Sabian, but Sammy is gonna be great. His work at Wrestlecircus speaks for itself.
Angelico and Jack Evans vs. BEST FRIENDS! (Trent & Chuck Taylor)
Two of the best out of Lucha Underground, Angelico & Evans are recent signings. Trent & Chuck have been killing it on the indys for years. Absolutely LOVE this match. Expect Angelico to jump off something very tall in a “spot of the night”moment
Prediction: Best Friends (expect a big push for them against the Bucks)
Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe, Ryo Mizunami vs. Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, Emi Sakura
Kong is a great wrestler & there’s a lot of buzz about Shida. After that, i’m not too familiar with the rest in the match, but I’m expecting big things!
Prediction: Team Kong
Strong Hearts (OEW) vs. So Cal Uncencored (SCU!)
AEW announced a partnership with OEW at their press conference. They’re gonna want to make a big splash in their debut. SCU is over and a loss won’t hurt them.
Prediction: Strong Hearts
Britt Baker vs. Kylie Rae vs. Nyla Rose
Great Women’s match. Baker was the 1st woman wrestler announced at the press conference & was great at “All In”. Rae & Rose will add some dynamics to the match but this is Baker’s moment to shine.
Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks (AAA Tag team titles)
One of the marque match-ups of the night. The Young Bucks have been building the feud up on “Being The Elite”, even going so far as crashing AAA & taking the titles off the Lucha Bros. Fenix & Pentagon have been tearing it up whether it was Lucha Underground, PWG, Impact & Xcite Wrestling among other places. They’ve faced off before & this one will be a great one to watch. Since the belts ar one the line….
Prediction: Luchas get the AAA titles back, but BEST FRIENDS jump the Bucks at the end
Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes
The Wrestlemania match that NEVER happened BUT SHOULD HAVE! This match is long overdue & will hit every emotion during it’s course. this will have a very modern “old school” feel to it & expecting the boys to put on a show.
Prediction: Cody in an instant classic
MAIN EVENT: Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega
Arguably the 2 biggest stars in AEW. Jericho is one of, if not, THE GOATs of professional wrestling. His legacy in WCW, ECW & WWE speaks for itself. Omega has been a instant classic performer dominating New Japan Pro Wrestling for the past few years. They’ve wrestled before with Omega winning that bout. This time, Jericho is coming in with a chip on the shoulder & new gimmick. Omega is challenged with setting the bar for AEW PPV main events with this one.
Prediction: This all hinges on one factor: Is Hangman vs PAC really off the card. Both of those guys had a segment/match from earlier in the week writing them off the show suddenly. Lots of rumors saying the “real” reason but that doesn’t matter per say.
IF that match is off & BOTH those guys don’t wrestle on the card, Omega takes the match
If PAC wrestles & wins battle royale/his match: Omega wins & that’s a future main event
If PAGE wrestles & wins battle royale/his match: JERICHO wins & that’s a future main event
That’s my calls on the card, but what are yours? Hit me up on Twitter & Let me know! Thanks for reading!