Double or Nothing is AEW’s second pay-per-view of 2021,, and the primary AEW present to happen in entrance of a stay crowd because the pandemic started. Unsurprisingly, the gang was the star of the present, injecting all the power that is been sorely missed from wrestling reveals over the previous 12 months.
Double or Nothing closed with the Stadium Stampede match, which noticed Chris Jericho’s Interior Circle defeat MJF’s The Pinnacle. Kenny Omega retained his AEW Championship in an excellent triple risk match, and The Younger Bucks retained their tag staff gold too. There was a brand new champion topped although, as Britt Baker received the AEW Ladies’s Championship.
Plus, in a an actual spotlight, we bought to see Sting correctly in motion for the primary time since 2015.
The Interior Circle wins Stadium Stampede
The Interior Circle defeated The Pinnacle in a Stadium Stampede match. If The Interior Circle misplaced, they must disband. The end got here not from MJF and Jericho, however relatively with Sammy Guevara pinning Shawn Spears.
It opens with The Interior Circle getting into by way of absail. As The Interior Circle brawls with The Pinnacle, MJF hangs again in his limo. When he lastly comes out, we see Jericho is prepared for him. They brawl into the backstage area as the remainder of their factions struggle within the stadium inexperienced. MJF and Jericho beat one another with all manor of overseas object, together with a laptop computer, sizzling espresso and an workplace chair.
The remainder of each factions have seeped into the stadium’s backstage, as we see Wardlow and Jack Hager preventing, in a really choreogrpahed vogue, within the again. They brawl right into a freezer, the place Wardlow threatens to stab Hager with an icicle. We transfer to a brand new space the place Shawn Spears and Sammy Guevara are going at it. That is additionally extraordinarily choreographed, however Sammy’s athletics make it enjoyable. Their scene ends with Spears handcuffing Guevara.
The following scene pits FTR in opposition to Santana and Ortiz in a bar struggle. Earlier than they will begin brawling, Tully Blanchard pours them whisky to shot — which they do. We see that Konnan is the DJ, which pops the gang, and the struggle is on. The intro to this was cute, however the the rest of the FTR versus Santana and Ortiz phase was largely simply generic brawling — trash cans, irish whips into partitions, that sort of factor. Afterwards we return to Wardlow and Hager. Hager low blows Wardlow then chokeslams him by way of a picket shelf.
Now we’re again to Jericho and MJF. They struggle in a board room, resulting in a gnarly spot the place Jericho staples a poster onto MJFs head. MJF fights again with a piledriver onto a boardroom desk. MJF tries to smash Jericho’s injured arm with a hammer, however Jericho clocks him with a close-by garbage bin. Jericho opens a cupboard to seek out his baseball bat, Floyd. Jericho beats down MJF with Floyd, then throws MJF by way of a window pane. MJF spills the primary blood of the match.
Jericho and MJF brawl into Day by day’s Place — in entrance of the stay crowd. Jericho smashes MJF by way of a desk with a powerbomb on the bleachers, then we see Sammy chase down Spears into Day by day’s Place with a golf buggy. Now within the ring in entrance of the stay viewers, Spears beats down Sammy with a chair. Spears units a chair up in between the turnbuckle ropes, however he is reduce off by Sammy earlier than he can use it.
Sammy hits him with a GTH, slingshot kicks him into the chair and will get the pin after a 630 splash. The present goes off the air with The Interior Circle celebrating within the ring and the gang singing Judas.
Ranking: This was not a wrestling match, because it was extra just like an prolonged struggle scene from a TV present, so I will not fee it as such. It was cute but in addition foolish. If you happen to like your wrestling severe, this will likely be too choreographed for you. If you happen to view wrestling extra as an artwork or a TV present, you may discover this enjoyable. The one factor I’ll say in opposition to it’s that final 12 months’s Stadium Stampede made essentially the most out of the truth that there was no crowd. This 12 months it sort of took away from the truth that there was a crowd, as 90% of it occurred on a TV display screen.
Mark Henry joins AEW
Earlier than the primary occasion, it is introduced that Mark Henry will likely be becoming a member of the promotion as an analyst for the upcoming AEW Rampage TV present.
Kenny Omega retains AEW Championship
Kenny Omega retained his AEW Championship in a superb triple risk match. He pinned Orange Cassidy with a crucifix rollup to win.
This was an excellent match from begin to end. Everybody bought to shine early, with Cassidy doing his hands-in-pocket flurry on each Pac and Omega, hitting each with shotgun dropkicks and huricanrannas. Later, Pac upped the ante with a double dropkick from the highest rope.
A lot of implausible spots all through. Cassidy tried to roll up Omega and simply as Omega bridged out, Pac hit each with a 450 Splash. Later, Omega tried to german suplex Cassidy from the second rope however Cassidy blocked by placing his fingers in his pockets — it does not make sense if you concentrate on it, however the crowd beloved it. There was an important false end when Pac planted Omega with an avalanche Falcon Arrow, Cassidy ran in an tossed out Pac to get a near-Three pin on Omega.
The match wasn’t spared interference, although you knew that getting into. As Cassidy was Orange Punching everybody, Don Callis ran in a pulled Cassidy’s leg. When Pac bought Cassidy in a Brutalizer, Omega could not break it up by kicking Pac, as Pac held on, so Omega laid out the referee. Omega then hit Pac along with his all of his titles — the Impression, AAA and AEW.
As Omega paraded along with his AEW Championship, Cassidy ran in and hit him with an Orange Punch. He lined Omegan, however his pin was countered right into a Crucifix, which is how Omega received.
Ranking: four.75 stars. Exit of your method to watch this.
Sting and Darby Allin beat Ethan Web page and Scorpion Sky
The Icon is again.
This was Sting’s first correct in-ring match since Night time of Champions in opposition to Seth Rollins in 2015. He began it off with type, taking off his shirt and diving ontop of Scorpio Sky. And he appears to be like insanely good for his 62 years of age: Not as tight as he as soon as was, however the imposing body remains to be there.
Allin began the match off, naturally, with Sky and Web page shortly beating him right down to kick off the warmth. Sting bought a tag in, however earlier than he may go wild the referee demanded him again to his nook, as she did not see the tag. Old skool stuff. In a cool spot, Ethan Web page tossed Allin from contained in the ring onto the gang.
As soon as Sting lastly bought his inevitable tag, he ran wild — and seemed superb. Stinger Splash to each Sky and Web page, a Code Crimson for a close to fall. The gang was tremendous into it. There was a enjoyable spot the place Sting had Web page in a Scorpion Dying Lock and Sky had Darby in a heel hook, and Allin and Web page, within the midst of being in submission holds, have been slapping and preventing one another.
Sting scored the win for his staff when Sky went for a twister DDT however Sting countered it with a Scorpion Dying Drop.
Ranking: Three.75 stars. Seeing Sting wrestle correctly in entrance of a stay crowd was simply implausible. This was put collectively completely, as everybody, together with Sting, seemed robust.
Britt Baker wins the Ladies’s Championship
The gang made this match. It began with dueling chants, with half the gang for Shida and half the gang for Baker, who has beocme one among AEW’s greatest stars. After a prolonged bout, Baker received with a Lockjaw submission maintain. Regardless of the gang being very into this match — most likely greater than the rest on the present thus far — the motion itself wasn’t elite tier, although it was above common.
Although there have been some sharp moments — notably because of Shida, whose suplexes and knee strikes largely seemed nice — there was additionally some sloppy transitions and clumsy spots. They usually felt simply very barely off timed, and at one level botched a top-rope suplex spot. Making issues worse was interference from Insurgent — each match on the present has featured interference, so it is effectively and actually overdone by this level.
Nonetheless, there was extra good than dangerous, and the gang was into this match a lot that it made up for the dangerous. Most significantly, Britt Baker, one of many greatest stars within the promotion, is now Ladies’s Champion.
Ranking: Three.25 stars.
Miro makes Lancer Archer cross out
Miro retained his TNT Championship after a big-man bout in opposition to Lance Archer. It began with a bang, with Archer hitting a brilliant spectacular moonsault on Miro, and ended with Miro making cross out to the Recreation Over choke.
The match noticed interference from Jake Roberts, who ran in with a sack allegedly carrying a snake. Miro hits Jake and tosses the bag into the again. Miro goes for a pump kick on Jake however is intercepted by Archer, who pumps him with a Chokeslam. After some extra forwards and backwards, Miro made Archer cross out.
Ranking: 2.5 stars. Good motion, however nothing notably memorable exterior of the explosive opening moments. The interference is getting tiresome too, as every match has featured it in some type to this point.
Cody Rhodes pins Anthony Ogogo
This was Anthony Ogogo’s third and longest match but, an actual showcase of what he can — and may’t — do. Ogogo did extraordinarily effectively for his degree of expertise, as there was nothing egregious nor any obtrusive errors. After a superb (however not nice) bout, together with transient intereference from QT Marshall, Cody Rhodes pinned Ogogo with a Vertebreaker.
Ogogo’s type is tough to translate into professional wrestling. He is a boxer, and Cody offered intestine photographs — that look equivalent to punches you see in each different match — prefer it was an actual boxing match. And whereas Ogogo did not make any obtrusive errors — no less than to my eyes as a viewer — there have been sequences that have been clearly laid out, and which seemed rehersed. Nonetheless, he is clearly an important athlete and is more likely to be an important wrestler within the coming years.
Ranking: Three stars. Relying on what’s in Cody’s future, the choice to win is questionable. It would not harm him to lose, and it arguably may have made Ogogo. Nonetheless, Ogogo got here off as a worthy competitor right here. Though, it ought to be famous, that Cody was much less over with the gang than Jungle Boy, Adam Web page and Eddie Kingston.
Jungle Boy wins On line casino Battle Royale
The foundations of the On line casino Battle Royale are barely complicated. It is a battle royale through which entrants be a part of a swimsuit at a time, and every swimsuit has 5 males connected to it. 5 males begin, and as every swimsuit joins at three minute intervals one other 5 be a part of, in spite of everything fits have joined. Then a Joker is available in on the finish.
The ultimate 4 have been Christian Cage (who entered at primary), Matt Hardy (who was being helped by Personal Celebration), Lio Rush (The Joker) and Jungle Boy. In essence it was a closing six, since Personal Celebration have been within the ring alongside Hardy for Hardy’s whole tenure within the match.
After an enormous flurry by Rush, Personal Celebration and Hardy eradicate him. Jungle Boy and Christian work collectively to take out Personal Celebration, after which Christian eliminates Hardy. The ultimate two are Christian and Jungle Boy. They’ve a very good back-and-forth on the ringside apron, with Christian teasing a Killswitch and Jungle Boy evading elimination with spectacular athletics. Finally, Jungle Boy flips out Christian to win.
Ranking: 2.75 stars. Good, however chaotic. It was arduous for me to maintain up with all the pieces happening — however not simply me, because the announcers have been usually confused. Matt Hardy primarily being three folks, as no disqualifications allowed Personal Celebration to be by his facet always, was additionally a drag. But it surely bought higher and higher as the gang bought thinner and thinner.
All’s effectively that ends effectively although, and the suitable man received. The gang was bananas for Jungle Boy.
Younger Bucks beat Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston
The extremely anticipated tag title match is up subsequent. Moxley and Eddie Kingston are available first, and the match kicks off as they ambush Nick and Matt Jackson because the Bucks are doing their muscle-man posing entrance.
A lot of chants for Kingston, a giant second for him since that is the primary time he is carried out in entrance of a full AEW crowd. As soon as the ambush ends and the match begins, it is The Bucks beating down Kingston and his injured leg earlier than Moxley will get the tag in for a spherical of warmth for himself.
Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows briefly interfered, however Kingston took out Gallows and Elite Hunter Kizarian jumped in to scare off Anderson to the again. Because the ref was seeing off the riff raff, Matt Jackson sprayed Moxley within the eyes with miscallenous aeresol spray. The Bucks then hit a Meltzer Driver on the skin for a close to countout — a transfer that busts open Moxley.
That entire sequence wasn’t a false end a lot as a warmth spot. It’s kind of OTT for a warmth spot for me, but it surely works — the gang rallies behind Moxley. After the Bucks reduce him off, he finally fights them off and tags in Eddie and the gang goes wild. It is a pink herring although, as whereas he is chopping one Buck within the nook Eddie will get caught with a superkick to the leg from one other Buck.
A number of false finishes observe. Mox and Kingston hit a Doomsday Machine — Moxley with a pair of sneakers on his fingers as he lands the clotheslin — for a two. Later, Moxley hits his huge DDT on Nick however the pin will get damaged up by Matt. We then get a Superkick Celebration, with The Bucks blitzing Moxley with a barrage of superkicks — however he kicks out at one. They then take him out with extra Superkicks, after which take out Kingston with the identical.
4 — 4 — BTE Triggers on Moxley scores The Younger Bucks the pin.
Ranking: Three stars. It is a arduous one to fee. To me, there was an excessive amount of foolish stuff. Moxley will get sprayed within the face with an aerosol can, however is barely blinded for about 30 seconds. He will get killed with superkicks however kicks out at one. He is proof against a BTE Set off, in order that they must beat him with 4. It is simply too arduous to droop disbelief.
That stated, the gang beloved it — so perhaps it is simply me.
Adam Web page pins Brian Cage
The primary present opens with Web page versus Cage. The gang may be very sizzling for Web page — having crowds again guidelines.
These two labored arduous to mild up the viewers. Moments after it kicked off, Cage chucked Web page from a powerbomb place into the turnbuckle. Later, he suplexed Web page from center rope onto the doorway ramp — which did not appear to be it had tonnes of give. However other than the spots, these two simply labored very, very effectively. A lot of easy sequences, and the back-and-forth counters on the finish labored to a sizzling end.
Web page bought the win with a Buckshot Lariat after interference from Workforce Taz members Ricky Starks and Hook backfired. Starks and Hook tried to assist Cage, however Cage rebuffed them — and was caught with the Lariat and pinned. Enormous pop for the 1-2-Three.
Ranking: Three.75 stars. Tremendous starter, and the gang was tremendous into Web page — though the interference on the finish was a bit wacky, it appears to be like to progress a Workforce Taz breakout for Cage.
Purchase-In Preshow outcomes
Serena Deeb retained her NWA Ladies’s Championship within the preshow match by beating Riho.
After a really robust preshow bout, Deeb made Riho faucet out with a Serenity Lock.
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