Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage
Tonight may mark a very significant date in the history or pro wrestling. Or not, time will only tell I guess. What is for sure is All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing pay per view promises to be a fantastic show. In a change of pace from our usual Saturday post, today the team preview this upstart promotion’s inaugural show.
Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho
Jamie: There can be no doubt, heading into this first show; Kenny Omega is AEW’s crown jewel. Further down the line maybe someone else will rise to the top but heading into this thing he is the star. So, logic says that the established name in the eyes of WWE converts will put him over here. There is an argument for a Jericho win though. Omega won their match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and another win would pretty much end this rivalry, which would be a shame in my eyes. Also, Jericho will want to look strong heading into New Japan’s Dominion show where he will challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Championship. That said, it has to be Omega and it has to be clean.
Winner: Kenny Omega
Brian: The match the two had in New Japan a couple of years ago was very, very good. It was wild and unpredictable and did it in front of a mostly Japanese crowd, who are very polite and not rowdy in their reactions. Doing the match again on US soil, should give it a different feel. Kenny Omega in my view is pound for pound the best worker in the world right now.
Winner: Kenny Omega
AAA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Young Bucks (c) vs. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix
Jamie: Looking forward to this one. I know The Young Bucks obviously, I’ve seen a few Pentagon matches but I’ve merely heard about Fenix, albeit very good things. I think it is safe to assume that this is highly likely be the most exciting match of the night.
Winners: Pentagon Jr. and Fenix
Brian: This match should be off the hook great. Love them or hate them, the Young Bucks always put on a good show. Fexix and Pentagon Jr are red hot right and consistently put on great matches. If you aren’t able to watch any of their work from Mexico, try seeking out matches they have had in MLW and Impact.
Winners: The Lucha Brothers
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. PAC???
Jamie: It’s not ideal to be changing the card the week of, especially for creative reasons. WWE would easily get away with replacing PAC because they would have ample opportunity to shoot an angle on Raw or Smackdown, but AEW don’t have that luxury right now so on the surface this seems like a glaring error of judgement from them. That said, if they play their cards right, PAC could end up with even more heat if/when this match does go down. I’m crossing my fingers that the rules of wrestling are followed and that PAC (and possibly even Page too) is replaced by someone bigger and better… and maybe that was the plan all along…
Winner, assuming there is a match: Jon Moxley…… surely not?
Brian: It is a real shame that “creative differences” between PAC and AEW got in the way of this match happening. It might tell you a bit about where PAC’s head is right now. Either way, I’m confident that AEW will find a suitable replacement somewhere. Perhaps Austin Aries? Jon Moxley?
Winner, assuming there is a match: Adam Page
Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes
Jamie: I feel like I’ve seen this match in WWE, haven’t I? Yeah, that’s how memorable it was to me. This time the brothers will wrestle on their terms and tell the story they want to tell. Have you seen the promo video for this one? It’s fantastic. Hands down better than any video package WWE have produced in years.
SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky) vs. CIMA, T-Hawk, and Lindaman
Jamie: Well at least I’m familiar with SoCal Uncensored, and I’ve at least heard of CIMA. I envisage SCU going over, to establish them as AEW’s top faction.
Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose vs. Kylie Rae
Jamie: Again, I’ll be honest, I’m not familiar with these ladies. I’ll be very interested to see how they match up to the ladies from Japan, WWE and ROH though.
Winner: Britt Baker
Brian: I am more familiar with Kylie Rae than with either of the other two admittedly. Kylie is a star in the making, so my choice goes to her.
Winner: Kylie Rae
Angelico and Jack Evans vs. The Best Friends (Chuckie T and Barreta)
Jamie: The only guy I’m unfamiliar with here is Angelico, although I’ve not seen Jack Evans wrestle for years. As for best friends, I watch New Japan and a bit of ROH so I’m aware of their work. I very much enjoy their schtick and can see Barreta breaking out into AEW’s singles ranks, as he was in the process of doing just when he stopped appearing for New Japan.
Winners: Best Friends
Brian: Another great looking bout (on paper) The Best Friends have a really good chemistry and I followed Angelico from his work in Lucha Underground. Jack Evans is a veteran who is as good as anybody on the indie scene.
Winners: The Best Friends
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, and Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe, and Ryo Mizunami
Jamie: Aja Kong? I’m sold! I hope this will be as good as I assume it will be in my head.
Winners: Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, and Emi Sakura
Brian: Aja Kong is really theonly one I am very familiar with sadly. She was and is a monster in that ring. With that said though, I’ll guess that the other team wins.
Winners: Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe, and Ryo Mizunami
CASINO BATTLE ROYAL (PRE-SHOW)
Sonny Kiss, Brandon Cutler, Ace Romero, Brian Pillman Jr., Glacier, Sunny Daze, MJF, Joey Janela, Dustin Thomas, Billy Gunn, Jimmy Havoc, Michael Nakazawa, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, TBA
Winner receives a shot at the AEW World Championship
Jamie: Tell you what, there’s some names in here. I’m not going to act like a pretentious dickhead and claim that I recognise everyone but enough names are jumping out to peak my interest. For me this show will be as much about learning as being entertained. I want to become familiar with AEW and I want to see more of this MJF chap I keep hearing about!
Brian: Like Jamie, I am not all that familiar with all the names involved in this battle royal. I do MJF though from his work in MLW. He is a sorta combination of the Miz and The Mean Street Posse rolled up. Very arrogant, cocky and funny. Also a solid wrestler.
Sammy Guevara vs. Kip Sabian
Jamie: Okay, hands up, I don’t know either of these guys. More than happy to learn though.
Winner: Erm, Kip Sabian maybe?
Brian: I have only seen clips of Sammy Guevara, but from what I’ve seen…the guy has an abundance of talent.
Winner: Sammy Guevara
Jamie: I’m really looking forward to Double or Nothing. It’s all very new and shiny and I’m looking forward to seeing how AEW will differentiate itself from WWE, ROH, New Japan etc.
Brian: I liked the All In pay per view. I didn’t love it, but it was a good show with some great matches on it. Double or Nothing should be the same. I’m hoping it is better than that.