Show: AEW Double or Nothing
Location: MGM Grand Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
–Cody and Brandi Rhodes were shown arriving to the arena with Pharrow. Kenny Omega was shown on his laptop as he gave a thumbs up. Matt Jackson was shown walking backstage as he introduced himself to someone. It was revealed as Michael Nakazawa who introduced himself. Matt wasn’t amused as he continued walking and was greeted by Nick Jackson. Some guy appeared and asked for The Young Bucks credentials. Nick responded by giving him a Superkick. The Elite came out to start the show which got a big reaction as the fans chanted ‘AEW’ Everyone tried to start the show but we’re all cut off until Omega finally started the show. Matt noted they’re 20,000 people inside the building. Cody mentioned the building only holds 13,000. Matt said it’s professional wrestling so you round up. (A funny dig at WWE) Cody mentioned they’ve sold out the building with 20,000 people and they’ve started a revolution. (This was a great way to start the show)
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) def. Strong Hearts (El Lindaman, Cima & T-Hawk) – T-Hawk delivered a sit-out Powerbomb to Scorpio for a near fall. Daniels delivered a Slingshot elbow to Lindamen. Kazarian delivered a flying leg drop to Lindamen and then delivered a Slingshot Woo dropkick for a near fall. Kazarian delivered a running blockbuster for a near fall. Cima delivered a flying knee too Daniels as T-Hawk followed with a running double knees in the corner. T-Hawk placed Daniels in the STF but Scorpio broke the hold. Daniels delivered a STO to T-Hawk. Scorpio delivered a double stomp to Cima. Cima delivered a reverse GTS, T-Hawk delivered a reverse Falcon Arrow as Lindamen followed with a German suplex to Scorpio for a near fall. Kazarian delivered a Woo dropkick to Cima and then delivered a Northern Lights suplex to T-Hawk for a near fall. Daniels delivered a tope to Lindamen. Cima delivered a Michinoku Driver to Daniels. Scorpio delivered a Slingshot Cutter to Cima. Kazarian delivered a Slingshot DDT to Lindamen. Daniels delivered the Angel Wings to T-Hawk. Lindamen delivered a German suplex to Daniels as Cima followed with a meteora but Kazarian made the save. Scorpio delivered a flip dive to Cima and T-Hawk. Daniels and Kazarian delivered the Best Meltzer Ever to Lindamen for the win. ☆☆☆ 2/4
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match to start the show as everyone worked hard and at a good pace)
Dr. Brit Baker def. Kylie Ray, Awesome Kong & Nyla Rose in a Fatal-4-Way Match – Brandi Rhodes came out in her gear and noted this was going to be a great match. Brandi then noted she wanted to see an awesome match as Awesome Kong came out to a big reaction. Allie joined the commentary team. Baker, Ray and Rose attacked Kong as the match began. Kong scoop slammed Baker onto Ray. Baker avoided a big splash and sent Kong to the floor. Baker delivered a suplex to Ray. Baker attempted a crossbody from the ring apron but Kong caught her. Ray delivered a tope to Kong. Rose delivered a scoop slam and a leg drop to Ray for a near fall. Rose delivered a spine buster but Ray kicked out. Baker delivered a Slingblade but Rose kicked out. Rose delivered a Samoan drop to Baker. Ray countered a Powerbomb into a sunset flip for a near fall. Baker delivered a rising knee to Ray in the corner. Baker and Rose battled on the turnbuckle. There was a Tower of Doom spot as Kong delivered a stereo Powerbomb to Baker and Ray who delivered a Superplex to Rose which got a nice pop. Kong delivered a spinning back fist to Baker. Kong teased an Awesome Bomb on the ring apron but Baker countered by delivering a Superkick. Rose speared Kong into the ring steps. Ray delivered a Superkick to Baker. Baker delivered a spinning neck breaker for a near fall. Ray applied an O’Connor roll and then transitioned into a German suplex but Baker kicked out. Baker delivered a Superkick to Ray and then delivered an Ushigorishi for the win. ☆☆☆ 2/4
(Amin’s Analysis: I liked the surprise of Awesome Kong as her presence added to the match. I liked the match as everyone worked hard and there were some nice counters and transitions)
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) def. Jack Evans & Angelico – Angelico and Evans delivered a springboard double stomp/backbreaker combo to Barretta. Evans leaped off Angelico and delivered a standing Shooting Star Press to Baretta for a near fall. Baretta delivered a clothesline to Evans. Taylor delivered a dropkick to Evans. Taylor delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex sending Evans into Angelico in the corner. Taylor delivered the Falcon Arrow but Evans kicked out. Taylor delivered a standing Sliced Bread to Angelico on the floor. Taylor delivered a double stomp to Angelico from the ring apron to the floor. Baretta delivered a tornado DDT as Taylor followed with a flying double stomp but Evans kicked out. Evans delivered a backflip kick to Barretta. Taylor delivered a jumping knee to Evans as Barrett followed with a Claymore Kick. Taylor delivered Sole Food to Angelico as Baretta followed by delivering a half/half suplex. Baretta and Taylor delivered a combo Razor’s Edge/Cutter but Evans kicked out. Evans delivered a reverse Yoshi Tonic to Baretta. Evans leaped off Angelico’s back and delivered a corkscrew kick to Taylor. Angelico and Evans delivered a combo suplex/Super Splash to Taylor for a near fall. Evans leaped off Baretta’s back and delivered a reverse moonsault to Taylor on the floor. Angelico delivered a running Crucifix Bomb sending Baretta into the turnbuckle as Evans followed with a 630 Splash but Taylor made the save. The fans chanted AEW and This is Awesome. Angelico went for a plancha but Taylor moved. Baretta and Taylor delivered a combo Doomsday/flying knee to Evans. Taylor delivered a flip dive to Angelico on the floor. Baretta and Taylor delivered a combo flying double stomp/reverse Crunchy combo to Evans for the win. ☆☆☆☆
–The teams went to hug after the match but the lights went out. Super Smash Bros appeared in the ring as the light went out again. A bunch of masked wrestlers appeared as they attacked Angelico, Evans and The Best Friends as the fans booed and chanted ‘Who are you?’
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great professional tag team wrestling match as both teams are really talented and worked very hard. There were some cool spots and I liked the finishing sequence. The post-match angle was effective as it sets up Super Smash Bros as the heel team in AEW)
–A commercial aired for All Out which will take place on Saturday August 31 from the Sears Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami def. Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura – Ryo delivered a shoulder tackle to Kong who responded by delivering a double sledge. Riho delivered a spinning head scissors into a rollup for a near fall. Sakura delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Riho. Yuka delivered a head scissors and followed with a dropkick for a near fall. Kong delivered a piledriver to Riho for a near fall. Riho applied a rollup and then transitioned by delivering a double to Yuka. Ryo delivered a spear to Kong. Ryo delivered a German suplex to Yuka. Riho delivered a Feint Kick to Kong. Riho leaped off the turnbuckle but Kong caught her with a kick. Kong delivered a backdrop driver but Riho kicked out. Shida delivered an enzuigiri to Kong. Kong whacked Shida with a can. Sakura started a ‘She will Rock You’ chant. Sakura delivered a running crossbody and followed with a Butterfly backbreaker to Shida. Sakura was standing on the ring apron as Shida delivered a deadlift suplex. Ryo followed with a leg drop but Sakazaki stopped the count with a springboard double sledge. Kong delivered a double suplex to Riho and Mizunami. Sakazaki delivered a springboard crossbody to Mizunami and Riho on the floor. Kong delivered a Brainbuster too Shida as Sakura followed with a reverse moonsault but Shida kicked out. The bell rang but it was only a two count. The crowd loudly booed this. Shida moved as Kong delivered a spinning back fist to Sakura. Ryo delivered a flying crossbody to Kong. Shida delivered a Shining Wizard to Sakura for the win. ☆☆☆ 2/4
(Amin’s Analysis: Apart from the missed called spot with the timekeeper, this was a good match as there were some nice spots and everyone worked hard)
Cody (w/Brandi Rhodes) def. Dustin Rhodes – There was a throne with skulls on it as Cody came out. Brandi grabbed a sledgehammer and handed it to Cody which got a big reaction. Cody walked up the ramp and stared at the throne. Cody smashed the throne with a sledgehammer which got a huge reaction. (A funny dig at Triple H and WWE) There was a big chant of ‘Dusty’ and ‘This is Awesome’ before the match started. The match started with some chain wrestling. Cody did his old Stardust chant which got a big reaction. Cody delivered a sliding jab and then followed with a tope. Dustin delivered a somersault senton from the ring apron to Cody on the floor. Dustin delivered a running bulldog to Cody. Cody rolled the floor, went to drink some water but handed the bottle to Brandi. Brandi whacked Dustin with the bottle. Cody delivered a cutter for a near fall. Cody delivered a powerslam for a near fall. Cody charged but missed a splash in the corner. Dustin set up Cody for the Shatter Dreams. Cody exposed the middle turnbuckle and tossed it at Dustin. Dustin threw the turnbuckle into the crowd. Dustin went for the Shatter Dreams but Cody countered by delivering a drop toe hold sending Dustin into the exposed buckle. Dustin was bleeding from the forehead. Brandi delivered a spear to Dustin on the floor. Earl Hebner removed Brandi from the match which got a big pop. DDP came out and escorted Brandi to the bank which got a big reaction. Cody delivered a dropkick for a near fall. Cody delivered The Stomp but Dustin kicked out. Cody delivered a flying double sledge. Dustin delivered a powerslam for a near fall. Cody applied a Figure-4-Leg lock but Dustin reversed the hold. Dustin delivered an atomic drop, pulled Cody pants down and whooped his butt with a belt. Dustin delivered a Code Red for a close near fall. Dustin delivered a top rope Superplex and then followed with a Spinning suplex but Cody kicked out. Cody delivered a low blow and then delivered a springboard Disaster Kick. Cody delivered the Cross Rhodes but Dustin kicked out. Dustin delivered a head butt and then followed with a reverse Cross Rhodes but Cody kicked out. Cody delivered a pump kick but Dustin responded with a Spanish Fly but Cody landed on top of him for a near fall. Cody delivered Din’s Fire and then delivered Cross Rhodes for the win. ☆☆☆☆ 3/4
–The fans chanted ‘Thank You, Dustin’ after the match. Cody entered the ring and told Dustin he couldn’t retire tonight. Cody mentioned he needed a favour. He put his name down for a match for Jacksonville show and said he needs a partner against The Young Bucks. Cody said he doesn’t need a partner or friend. He needs his older brother. This got a huge reaction and very emotional moment. The fans chanted ‘Dusty’ Cody and Dustin shared a hug and then walked to the back together.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a terrific match as I loved the emotional aspect and storytelling of the match. My only nitpick there was too much blood which took me a bit off the match. Cody and Dustin are great wrestlers as they worked very hard)
–Jack Whitehall will came out for the AEW Championship presentation and introduced Bret Hart who got a nice reaction. Bret announced the winner of Hangman Page and winner of Chris Jericho/Kenny Omega will take place in a couple of months. Bret then introduced Hangman. Hangman was immediately interrupted but MJF who mocked Bret for getting attacked by a fan at the WWE Hall of Fame. MJF claimed the fans are jealous of him and he’s the future of AEW. MJF called Page’s Casino Battle Royal win a fluke and claimed he should get the title shot. MJF was about to leave but Jungle Boy came out. MJF ignored him and walked away but Jimmy Havoc came out. Havoc, Jungle Boy and Page chased MJF to the back. Bret held up the new AEW Championship which got a big reaction. (MJF was the highlight of this segment as he plays such an awesome heel)
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. The Lucha Bros. (Pentagon Jr. & Ray Fenix) to retain the AAA World Tag Team Titles – There was a great moment as Fenix and Nick countered each other’s signature spots as the fans chanted “Tag Team Wrestling.” Fenix and Pentagon delivered a double Superkick to Matt. Pentagon delivered a Slingblade to Nick. Fenix and Pentagon delivered an assisted reverse wheelbarrow to Nick for a near fall. Matt delivered a military press to Fenix and then speared Pentagon. Nick accidentally gave Matt a double stomp. Matt and Nick delivered an assisted hurricanrana to Pentagon. Fenix delivered a springboard hurricanrana to Nick and then delivered a rolling cutter to Matt for a near fall. Matt delivered a middle rope reverse neck breaker to Pentagon. Matt delivered a triple Northern Lights Suplex to Fenix and then transitioned into a Sharpshooter. Matt delivered a Northern Lights Suplex to Pentagon. Nick delivered Slingshot X-Factor to Fenix and a springboard reverse moonsault to Pentagon on the floor. Nick delivered a combo running bulldog/DDT to Fenix and Pentagon. The Young Bucks placed Fenix and Pentagon in stereo Sharpshooters. Matt held Fenix as Nick delivered a 450 Splash but Pentagon made the save. Matt and Nick delivered a combo Buckle Bomb/enzuigiri to Fenix. Matt and Nick delivered a Sliced Bread/Powerbomb combo but Fenix kicked out. Nick and Fenix exchanged Superkicks as Matt and Pentagon delivered double clotheslines. Pentagon delivered a running Canadian Destroyer to Matt on the ring apron. Fenix delivered a Canadian Destroyer to Nick. There was a crazy spot as Fenix leaped off Phoenix shoulder and delivered a plancha to Matt and Nick on the floor. Fenix delivered a Swanton Bomb but Nick kicked out. Matt delivered a Superkick to Phoenix and followed with a half/half suplex. Matt and Nick delivered a stereo Superkick to Fenix. There was another crazy spot as Matt gave Fenix a Brainbuster on the top turnbuckle. Young Bucks delivered More Bang for Your Buck but Phoenix kicked out. Young Bucks delivered a combination double stomp/Package Piledriver to Phoenix for another near fall. Nick delivered flying somersault sexton to Nick on the floor. Pentagon snapped Matt’s arm and then delivered the Pentagon Driver for a near fall. Fenix delivered a triple Superkick to Matt’s arm. Fenix charged but Matt caught him with a Superkick. Nick delivered a Superkick to Phoenix on the floor. Matt and Nick delivered the Meltzer Driver to Fenix for the win. ☆☆☆☆ 3/4
(Amin’s Analysis: This was an outstanding match as both the Lucha Bros and Young Bucks worked really hard and showed why they are the best tag teams in professional wrestling. There were so many awesome spots and I liked the closing moments of the match)
Chris Jericho def. Kenny Omega – Jericho got a special entrance as he dressed up from different times in his career including the Lion Heart, The List and light up jacket. Omega delivered chops and strikes to Jericho in the corner. Omega went for a hurricanrana but Jericho countered by applying the Walls of Jericho. Omega rolled underneath the ropes to force a break. Omega scoop slammed Jericho on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho showed Omega over the barricade and then grabbed a camera. Omega sprayed water at Jericho. Omega delivered a rolling senton and then followed with a reverse moonsault for a near fall. Jericho delivered a missile dropkick for a near fall. Omega delivered chops but Jericho countered with a lariat for a near fall. Jericho delivered jabs as Omega was bleeding from the nose. Omega delivered a hurricanrana. Jericho brought out a table as Omega delivered a Terminator Dive. There was a table placed on Jericho as Omega delivered a springboard double stomp. Omega delivered a Guitaro Crusher for a near fall. Omega delivered a running V-Trigger to Jericho into the turnbuckle. Omega delivered super backdrop to Jericho for a near fall. Jericho went for the Lionsault but Omega countered by getting his knees up and then followed with a V-Trigger. Omega went for the One Winged Angel but Jericho countered by delivered a reverse German suplex. Jericho delivered a double Lionsault for a near fall. Jericho backdropped Omega who went crashing through the table. Jericho delivered a springboard dropkick. Omega leaped off the turnbuckle but Jericho caught him with a Codebreaker for a near fall. Omega delivered a double snap Dragon suplex. Omega delivered a reverse crunchy for a near fall. Omega went for a V-Trigger but Jericho countered by applying the Walls of Jericho but Omega rolled through. Omega delivered a running V-Trigger. Omega went the One Winged Angel but Jericho countered by delivering a botched DDT. They did the same spot as Jericho countered a One Winged Angel and delivered a DDT. Jericho delivered the Codebreaker and then followed with the Judas Effect (a running spinning elbow) to Omega for the win. ☆☆☆☆ 2/4
–After the match, Jericho mentioned he doesn’t care if the fans boos for cheers. Jericho said it’s my time now and noted he is AEW. Jericho took credit for AEW getting a new TV deal and selling out Double or Nothing. Jericho said he demanded a Thank You as Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) was shown coming through the fans which got a big reaction. Moxley delivered the Dirty Deeds to both Jericho and the referee. Moxley went to give Omega the Dirty Deeds but Omega broke free. They battled in the crowd as the fans loudly chanted AEW. Moxley gave Omega the Dirty Deeds onto the poker chips and then gave him an Attitude Adjustment off the stage. Moxley posed as the show came to a close.
(Amin’s Analysis: Apart from the one missed timed spot, this was another terrific match as both Jericho and Omega are terrific wrestlers and worked very hard. There was some great counters, transitioned and I liked how they made Jericho’s new move the Judas Effect look strong by debuting that as the finish. The post-match angle with Jon Moxley was very effective as he felt like a major superstar and will be interesting to see who he wrestlers in his AEW debut)
–Overall: AEW Double or Nothing was a terrific show from top to bottom as the show was filled with a different and great variety of professional wrestling matches. Looking forward to the launch of All Elite Wrestling TV in the fall. A great start to launch a new promotion.