No fans? No Problem! This Saturday night at 7p.m., AEW embarks on its first Pay-Per-View amidst the coronavirus pandemic live from Jacksonville, Florida. Double or Nothing is one of AEW’s bigger events of the year, and the fourth PPV on their yearly calendar. Throwing together a stacked card isn’t easy given the current circumstances, but I think AEW stands to give fans the opportunity to sit back, relax and forget about the global reality if only for a few hours.
What to Watch For
Stadium Stampede: Inner Circle vs. The Elite
What do you do when you have to put on a wrestling show with no fans but you are the owner of an NFL team with access to, oh, say, an 80,000-seat stadium? That’s right, you have a 10-man-falls-count-anywhere match. It just so happens AEW owner Tony Kahn has a whole stadium at his disposal. The Kahn family owns the Jacksonville Jaguars and the event space next to the stadium where Double or Nothing will be taking place.
The Stadium Stampede, which will start on the 50-yard line of TIAA Bank Field and spread throughout the stadium. It will pit two of AEW waringest factions against each other. Even casual fans of the sport will recognize at least two of the competitors set to lead their team into this gridiron battle: Matt Hardy (The Elite) and Chris Jericho (The Inner Circle). As far as gimmick matches goes this one stands to entertain. Who knows what awaits these teams on the gridiron. And predicting an outcome? Next to impossible. I will give one prediction for all you eagle-eyed fans out there. Look for the Revival of WWE fame to possibly show up. Their appearance in AEW was teased on Being the Elite last month. Enjoy the stampede.
AEW Championship Match: Jon Moxley vs Brodie Lee
John Moxley defends his belt against the Exalted One Broadie Lee (FKA Luke Harper in WWE). These two heavyweights know each other well from WWE, so this should be a good chance to see these two vets one-on-one. However, it’s too soon for Mox to drop the title, but too soon for Broadie to get vanquished clean. Look for Mox to retain his title, but in a way that The Exalted One won’t lose momentum. This shouldn’t be a one-off, instead, it should be the beginning of the story for these two.
TNT Championship Match: Cody v Lance Archer
Cody is coming off a loss in February to MJF and looking to put championship success once again on the line when he goes toe to toe with the PPV debuting Murder Hawk Monster Lance Archer in the finals of the tournament for this inaugural championship. Cody was thwarted once from winning the AEW Championship, losing to Chris Jericho in November. And thwarted again from ever challenging for it by losing to MFJ in February. He is obviously a shoe-in for this secondary title, right? I mean all he has to do is beat a 6’8, 176 lb man who goes by the name Murder Hawk and whose theme song specifies “Everybody DIES.” No sweat.
Ladders and football stadium matches notwithstanding, this aims to be the match of the night. Cody, just like his dad, is great at storytelling through a match. He puts on a great show. But he is an EVP of the company, and his story isn’t to win its secondary title. Cody also did not court Archer to AEW just to beat him in his first major match. Look for Lance Archer to become your first TNT Champion. Oh, did we mention ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson will be presenting the belt to the winner? Because he is.
Also how cool is it that AEW is going to have a TV title? Harkens back to classic WCW Saturday Night Days. And I’ve dated myself, moving along…
Casino Ladder Match
A match with major implications down the line as the winner here gets an AEW Championship opportunity at a later date. The participants:
- Darby Allin
- Colt Cabana
- Orange Cassidy
- Rey Fenix
- Scorpio Sky
- Kip Sabian
- Frankie Kazarian
- ?? Mystery Competitor
My gut tells me Darby Allin should be the odds-on favorite. The company is high on the rising star, and he has been getting major air time on Dynamite, AEW’s weekly show on TNT. The mystery competitor is an interesting aspect. As we know, WWE has recently released several mid-card talents and fan favorites. Could we see someone like Rusev or Zach Ryder? The latter having some prior experience in big time ladder matches.
Or, could it be someone returning like a Jeff Cobb or PAC? PAC returning aside, I’d still have to give the nod to Allin in this one. But Pac vs Moxley could loom large over the summer.
The Rest of the night breaks down like this:
- MJF vs. Jungle Boy
- AEW Women’s Championship — Nyla Rose (c) vs. Hikaru Shida (No DQ)
- Britt Baker vs. Kris Statlander
- Dustin Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears
- Private Party vs. Best Friends (The Buy-In pre-show):
How To Watch:
AEW Double or Nothing is available to purchase on B/R Live Saturday Night at 8pm EST. And while the $50 price tag might be a tad steep in the midst of a recession, AEW has always come out swinging for the fences on their big shows. And here is a hack, B/R Live allows for 2 devices to be logged in at once, so split it with a friend. But you didn’t hear that from me.
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