AEW has arrived in the game and has successfully managed to make a huge impact with its first ever pay-per-view Double or Nothing. The show saw some of unbelievable match-ups, some genuine WTF moments and some moments that made us all emotional.
The Hangman Advances
First off on the Buy In pre-show we kicked off with the Casino Battle Royale. The match-up saw Superstars like Hangman Adam Page, MJF, Joey Janela, Jimmy Havoc, Jungle Boy, Luchasauras, Orange Cassidy, Sean Spears and many others compete to earn a shot at the AEW World Championship. However, Page won the entire thing by eliminating MJF in the final seconds of the match.
WINNER: HANGMAN ADAM PAGE
Guevara vs Sabian
Next, Sammy Guevara faced off against Kip Sabian in the first ever AEW singles match. Sabian and Guevara took each other to their absolute limits. However, Sabian ultimately defeated Guevara via pinfall.
WINNER: KIP SABIAN
1. SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky) vs The Strong Hearts (CIMA, T-HAWK, El Lindaman)
The veteran power in this match was strong. Both teams put up a phenomenal opening match and fans got to see a lot more from the OWE roster members. However, SCU managed to put down CIMA and his partners after a great opening match.
WINNER: SoCal Uncensored
2. Britt Baker vs Kylie Rae vs Nyla Rose vs Awesome Kong
(CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT THIS MATCH AND THE DEBUT OF AWESOME KONG)
WINNER: Britt Baker
3. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Berretta) vs Jack Evans and Angélico
This was a good match with some decent tag-team action from both teams. Chuckie T and his BFF Greg came out on top ultimately and the two teams hugged after the match was over.
WINNER: BEST FRIENDS
4. Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe and Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki and Emi Sakura
This was another decent match that introduced the fans to Joshi wrestling. All six women fired on all cylinder and brought everything they had on the table.
WINNER: Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe and Ryo Mizunami
5. Cody vs Dustin Rhodes
(CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE SYMBOLICAL DECLARATION OF WAR BY CODY ON TRIPLE H BEFORE HIS MATCH)
This was hailed as the match of the night by almost everyone who watched the show. A well-made concoction of emotion, storytelling and in-ring psychology paired with a lot of blood and brutality. The younger Rhodes came out on top and the two brothers broke down in tears after the match. Cody declared that he wants his older brother as his tag partner on the next pay-per-view in a match against Young Bucks.
(CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE AEW WORLD TITLE REVELATION BY BRET HART)
6. THE YOUNG BUCKS vs PENTA AND REY FENIX FOR THE AAA TAG TEAM TITLES
This was a rivalry that has been built up intensely over a period of months and on various different promotions. A gruelling match that told the story of how the two teams have been going back and forth for the title of “Best Tag Team in the World” over anything else. The Young Bucks defeated the Penta and Rey Fenix on an episode of AAA to capture the AAA Tag Titles a few weeks ago. Therefore, the Lucha Brothers came down to Vegas with only revenge in mind.
After a long and brutal match-up full of broken limbs, exciting spots and close pin-falls, The Young Bucks came out on top yet again and retained their title. However, this story doesn’t seem to be over just yet.
WINNER: THE YOUNG BUCKS
7. CHRIS JERICHO VS KENNY OMEGA
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WINNER: CHRIS JERICHO
The show ended with former WWE Grand Slam Champion Dean Ambrose, now known as Jon Moxley, finally arriving at All Elite Wrestling and wreaking absolute havoc. To read the full story about Moxley’s debut click here.