Double or Nothing is a huge show. He literally has a huge card:. In the main event of the show, we get what the fans have been asking for since last September. CM Punk will challenge the AEW Championship, currently hosted by “Hangman” Adam Page. Punk is essentially the biggest star in the company since he joined her last August, and he finally made a world title on Double or Nothing.
If Punk’s title hunt is not the hottest match on the card, it’s the difference between MJF and Wardlow. Their story has been piling up for years. Wardlow has been a battered heavy man of the MJF since 2019, but on Sunday he breaks free from these shackles and takes on the most hated heel in the industry.
AEW Double or Nothing hasincluding the team’s triple menace match, Samoa Joe vs. Adam Cole in the Owen Hart Cup final, and the gigantic 10-member tag that set the Jericho Appreciation Society against Eddie Kingston, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Santan and Ortiz.
House of Black versus Death Triangle
Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King will also compete with Pac, Penta Oscuro and Rey Fenix.
Jade Cargill holds the TBS Championship
Jade Cargill is still the TBS champion after defeating Anna Jay in the OK match. After the match, we got our AEW debut Ember Moon – which is now played by Athena.
A little embarrassing action and lots of smoke and mirrors. Cargill started hard and conquered Jay as the dominant champion he is. Jay finally took offense, slowly defending himself from below until he landed on the (slightly messed up) rope of Blockbuster. Then she tossed Cargill up the side steps – Cargill did great and it looked painful.
Then the interference began. Kiera Hogan and Red Velvet tried to double Jay’s team out, but Jay defended himself. When the women were in the ring, “smart” Mark Sterling ran downstairs and threw a pair of crutches into the ring. When he diverted the referee’s attention, Jay Cargill, their intended recipient, took a crutch, struck her with them, and then hit her with two feet of Russian rubbish.
Cargill tried her Jaded paver, but Jay countered by rolling up and getting stuck in the back naked choke. Cargill fought, and they both ended up in the corner on the top tensioner. Then Stokely Hathaway, formerly known as Malcolm Bivens in NXT, got into the ring, which distracted Jay. Cargill then planted Jay’s top rope Jaded slam for victory.
After the match, Hogan, Velvet and Cargill started beating Jay. Kris Statlander came to her rescue. Staring at her, Athena, formerly Ember Moon, AEW debuted. Along with Statlander and Jay starring Hogan, Velvet and Cargill.
Rated: 2 stars.
The Hardys defeat The Young Bucks
Hardys and The Young Bucks competed twice in the Ring of Honor, going 1 to 1. In this rubber match, The Hardys defeated The Young Bucks in a great team match after Jeff Hardy hit the Swanton Bomb on Nick Jackson. There has been some exaggerated action that is typical of Young Bucks PPV matches, an action that makes it impossible to suspend your mistrust. But this was undeniably fun to watch.
The game had a good pace, starting with a rush and a slowdown when the Young Bucks eliminated Jeff Hardy. When Hardy was out, The Bucks beat Matt Hardy, who heroically resisted until Jeff was brought back to life.
As expected, several creative places have been found here. I liked it best when The Hardys tried Poetry in Motion, when Jeff blew Matt off his back to splash Matt Jackson into the corner, but Nick Jackson interrupted it with a sweet Enziguiri over the top rope.
The tide began to turn with a number of places where Nick accidentally eliminated his own team. He tried a high knee in the corner at Jeff, but Jeff dodged and Nick caught Matt instead. Nick then tried to do “you’re dead!” A penalty kick for Matt Hardy outside, but Matt dodged and Nick kicked Brandon Cutler instead. Side note: Cutler was very popular among this crowd.
After some action outside the ring, there was a fantastic close fall, when Jeff hit Nick’s jaw on the top rope and then went for the Swanton Bomb. Nick rolled away, planted Jeff Twist of Fate, and then Matt hit Jeff with Swanton’s bomb in two. The crowd chanted “That’s amazing!”
Then, as is often the case with Young Bucks matches, things started to get a little silly.
The Bucks then started the Superkick Party and hit double Superkicks on both Matt and Jeff. With Matt and Jeff on their knees, the Bucks shot them down with four supercocks. The Hardys got to their knees again and the Bucks both hit the double Superkicks again. Both Bucks shot down both Hardys and both scored two points.
The Bucks then set the ring steps on the outside, but the Hardys, after eating the Superkicks, immediately recovered and defended themselves. Matt sat Matt Jackson over the circular stairs, and Jeff Hardy hit the rough – rough – Swanton bomb from the top rope on the stairs.
In the ring, Matt Hardy hit Nick Jackson’s Twist of Fate for two points. He tried another Twist of Fate, but Nick countered the rollup. Hardy kicked, hit Nick with a side effect and another Twist of Fate, then Jeff Hardy fired a Swanton bomb at Nick Jackson to win.
Rated: 4 stars. I hated the Superkick Party. There are too many places to cause long-term brain damage in real life that won’t hold anyone here for three seconds. Matt and Jeff also worked hard, but both, especially Jeff, certainly don’t move as well as before. Jeff often looks distressed, which is nothing to see.
But with both of these critics, it was a great team match and a lot of fun.
Wardlow destroys MJF
Wardlow completely wiped out the MJF in the opening match. The MJF didn’t get offended and Wardlow pinned the MJF after 10 power bombs. It was a squash match. I’m sure the plan has always been for Wardlow to win, but the squash format could be a punishment for a real threat to the MJF in the form of Double or Nothing.
Testimony for MJF: He had nuclear heat in this match. Many fans in the arena knew that the MJF had played chicken with the company – it did not legitimately show up on Saturday and the green, a move that seems to be a real part of the MJF’s contractual disputes with AEW – which led to the sarcastic “showed up!” sing.
When the match began, fans chanted “f *** ty MJF”.
The MJF began by jumping into and out of the ring to avoid Wardlow. Eventually, Wardlow grabbed him from the outside and pulled him inside. Wardlow tried a power bomb, but MJF bit him in the head to smash it. Then he poked Wardlow in the eye. In the middle of the fight, the MJF tried to pretend to have a knee injury, and when the referee backed away with Wardlow, the MJF tried to grab his brass ring – but Wardlow attacked him before the MJF could put it on.
Hence the powerbomb series match. He hit the MJF with about 10 power bombs and then pinned him. After the destruction, the MJF stretched as the crowd chanted “You deserve it!”
Up on the ramp, Tony Schiavone met with Wardlow and announced that, according to the rules of the match, Wardlow was officially an AEW wrestler and no longer needed to be an MJF bodyguard.
Rating: No rating. It appears that this may have been the MJF’s punishment for failing to show Saturday’s meeting and greeting event and its implicit threat of not appearing Double or Nothing. The crowd hated MJF, so he loved this. But it wasn’t much of a match.
Hookhausen defeats Tony Nese and “Smart” Mark Sterling
The strange duo Hook and Danhousen debuted in the AEW Double or Nothing preshow. It was a simple match, as you would expect from a (exciting) newcomer and comedy actor. Danhausen pinned Mark Sterling after Hook gave Sterling a head and arm suplex.
The match had a basic template. Hook opened it and knocked Tony Nese double. When Tony Nese withdrew from Hook, Hook was identified in Danhausen. After several spots where Danhausen tried to curse Nese, Nese gained the upper hand over Danhausen and he and Sterling were given a few minutes of heat. Danhausen eventually changed his move from Nese to the Northern Lights Suplex, then was designated in Hook.
Hook wiped out Nese and the suplexes, then struck Sterling’s head and arms. He then identified Danhausen, who placed his foot on Nese’s chest for a pin.
Rated: 2 stars. AB match, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Danhausen is too stupid for me, but if you’re a fan of him, you’d like this.