On 25 May 2019, All Elite Wrestling held their debut show Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
My oh my, what a show! What a ride. Vince McMahon I hope you have gotten your prescription sleeping pills filled up, because there is nothing the WWE has on AEW right now after their first show. If this was a taste of what is to come from The Elite’s brand of wrestling I can only imagine some uncomfortable board meetings happening at WWE headquarters this week.
Double or Nothing, had everything the WWE can possibly produce and the kitchen sink! From start to finish. But what stood out most of all was the incredible production quality of Double or Nothing, not for one second did you feel you were watching a new promotion’s debut show. And what beautiful camera angles, different and creative. The set was gorgeous with a double entrance fashioned to look like poker chips once lit up.
From the very first match, AEW announced they have arrived for ALL wrestling fans. From a fun Casino Battle Royale to a complete and total blood bath between Cody and Dustin Rhodes (formerly Goldust), amazing tag team action between the Young Bucks and the Lucha Brothers, to probably the first proper 5 star match between Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho.
Even South Africa had representation on the show in the form of Angelico, the high flyer from Johannesburg.
Our favorite matches was definitely the women’s triple threat match turned 4-way match with a surprise entry from the amazing and legendary Awesome Kong, the tag team match between the Young Bucks and the Lucha Brothers was absolutely breath taking…and we mean breath taking. Even though the match between Cody and Dustin turned into an incredible blood bath and not for the faint of heart, it left the entire audience and even the familiar voice of Good Ol’ JR in tears. A surprise appearance by the Greatest that ever was, is and ever will be, Brett “The Hitman” Heart to unveil the gorgeous AEW World Championship title and finally the main event, Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho.
The PPV was that good that we can’t choose a favorite match or moment from Double or Nothing.
Shots was definitely fired, in 3 big ways: First shot fired; Cody Rhodes coming out next to a King of Kings, Triple H styled throne, making his way down the ramp with Brandi waiting for him with a sledge hammer, a trade mark of the cerebral assassin Tripe H, Cody took the sledge hammer and destroyed the King of Kings’ throne…sending a CLEAR message to the WWE and Paul Levesque. The second shot fired, obviously…Brett “the Hitman” Hart, recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for the second time…showing up at Double or Nothing to unveil the AEW World Championship that will be contested between the winner of the Casino Battle Royale and the winner of the Omega/Jericho match, this would have surely been a slap in the face of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, as he and Brett Hart only recently made up after the infamous Montreal Screw Job that lead t Hart leaving the WWF for WCW. And here Hart comes out once again at what is surely, for anyone that watched, going to be WWE’s biggest competition going forward. Finally the third shot fired…after the Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho match, which Jericho won, fans’ jaws was left hanging when through the crowd came the unhinged international superstar, Jon Moxley (FKNA Dean Ambrose), whom just recently left the WWE. Moxley/Ambrose was considered to be one of the biggest superstars in the WWE in recently years capturing almost every single title that the WWE had on the line.
Until Moxley came out, fans all over the world debated on whether or not Ambrose’s exit was just a work and that he was taking time on his career to focus on becoming a movie star, this clearly turned out to not be the case, and the show ended with Moxley, slamming Kenny Omega off poker chips that formed part of the stage.
Double or Nothing, had everything a pure wrestling fan could ask for: Great production value, amazing wrestling, different styles, action, blood bath, tears, laughter, big stars, bigger surprises and a sold out arena. What more can a wrestling fan hope for? AEW, you have our thumbs up!
Official Results: AEW Double or Nothing, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada – 25 May 2019
Casino Battle Royale Winner: Adam “Hangman” Page to earn future world title shot
Kip Sabian def. Sammy Guevara via Pinfall
SoCal Uncensored def. #StrongHearts via Pinfall
Britt Baker def. Kylie Rae via Pinfall, Nyla Rose and Awesome Kong
Best Friends def. Angelico & Jack Evans via Pinfall
Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami def. Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura via Pinfall
Cody def. Dustin Rhodes via Pinfall
Bret Hart introduces the AEW championship
AAA World Tag Team Championship — The Young Bucks (c) def. Lucha Brothers via Pinfall to retain the titles
Chris Jericho def. Kenny Omega via Pinfall to earn future world title shot
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