AEW Recap: Double Or Nothing
AEW put on a show on Saturday night at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite has had a pay-per-view for the ages. Their young wrestling promotion hosted their third show on special Saturday night, since their debut on television in October of 2019.
The casino ladder match started the pay-per-view. Stars such as Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin, and Luchasauras kicked the show off, and up to nine competitors entered the ring, but only one reigned victorious. Former Impact champion Brian Cage, and one of the biggest free agents in all of professional wrestling, won the bout at Double Or Nothing. Cage, a proven performer, was a bit of a surprise in the eyes of many professional wrestling fans everywhere as he won the bout.
Hikaru Shida defeated heavy favorite “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose for the AEW Women’s Championship belt. Shida was able to dismantle Rose’s game plan and repeat the age old David and Goliath story. With proper preparation and determination, Shida knew Rose’s every move and used it to counter the attack, and take home the gold.
Following one of the biggest matches on the card was a singles match between Maxwell Jacob Friedman, also known as his ring name MJF, and his opponent Jungle Boy. It seemed as if the worldwide favorite for the fight was Jungle Boy, but he came up just short. On a technical, yet entirely legal pin, MJF shined bright and showed Jungle Boy “Who was better, and he knows it”.
Dustin Rhodes defeated Shawn Spears in an exhibition singles bout. This match was no more than bragging rights after a “fake news” promo presented by Spears. Clearly in over his head, Spears was taken care of by Rhodes. Yet another exhibition, not taken too seriously by the instigator was Penelope Ford. She was handed a loss by the hand of Kris Statlander. A superstar from the women’s division was tired of a big mouth, with nothing to prove, and “manager” of a mediocre star, so she dealt with it at Double Or Nothing.
The next match was for the TNT Title. This match was huge, not only for wrestling fans, but boxing. “Iron” Mike Tyson presented the belt to the competitors, Cody “The American Nightmare” Rhodes and “The Murderhawk” Lance Archer. Let me tell you, it was a damn battle. Back and forth, kick for kick, every move was brutally displayed for an epic match to give the quarantined fans exactly what they paid for. Cody, the inaugural champion, proved his veteran prowess, by once again showing the world what he is made of, despite his doubters.
Jon Moxley and Brodie Lee, two former WWE superstars, know their way around a ring. Due to past experiences, it is no surprise they know their way around incredible promotion cutting, and in ring ability. Brodie Lee, once an outcast and underused superstar in WWE, showed his dominance in AEW over the last two months after being the untouchable “Exalted One”. Clearly proven wrong at Double Or Nothing, Brodie Lee is not Al Capone and Jon Moxley proved to be Eliot Ness. For he is the man who knocked the untouchable off of his pedestal. Jon Moxley retained his belt in brutal fashion, leaving Lee bloody and defeated.
In most cases, Moxley and Lee would be headlining, however the Stadium Stampede was involved. The brilliant combination of comedy and athleticism reigned supreme. The teams of ‘The Elite’ and ‘The Inner Circle’ performed a lengthy and physically devoted match in and all around the TIAA Bank field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The ring was placed at the 50 yard line, but falls count anywhere. The match setting took place from the field, to the stands, and even the concourse. Horses, golf carts, and the strongest of legs were involved in evading chaos. Drinks from beer, to whiskey, and even milk, were involved. Jumps were taken from the end zone field goal post and even the pool in the nosebleeds. ‘The Elite’ rose to victory after enduring all complications from the match.
AEW is a hell of a program that I personally encourage everyone to watch. Wrestlers from WWE, Ring of Honor, TNA, and many more have taken their talents to what many believe to be the next best thing. AEW has signed phenomenal athletes because they are some of the best at what they do and have proven week in and week out. Though just a review of a single pay-per-view, this will likely be a common occurrence. Follow and interact with me on Twitter @DaGerbs for more conversations and thoughts.