All Elite Wrestling
Double or Nothing 2024
May 26, 2024
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada

Watch: PPV / TrillerTV

AEW is celebrating their fifth anniversary this weekend in Las Vegas (my new hometown, holla) and while there’s no closer to a sure bet than an AEW pay-per-view, will the sixth Double or Nothing show keep that trend going?

Side note: It’s been refreshing in the build-up to the show this weekend that everyone has talked about this being the fifth anniversary of AEW as we approach Double or Nothing 6. This is a company that understands the passage of time!

This show really is pivotal to the future of the company. Interest and energy around the product feels low. On screen, the life isn’t there like it used to be. The feeling thought restored threatens to ebb once more. So much has been accomplished in five years, but what will year six bring?

The build to this show has been, well, a bit spotty. Some matches have been built well, some have not, will any of it matter? I guess the easiest way to break it down is to do it match by match.

Thunder Rosa vs Deonna Purrazzo

On Rampage, Deonna cut the best promo she’s done in AEW to set this match up after Rosa told her to name a time and place for them to settle their beef. It’s a pity the promo didn’t air on Dynamite, honestly, so more people could have seen it.

These two have the capability to go out there and put on a good match. Hopefully Vegas shows up on time and on fire and we could very well end up kickstarting this evening with a bang.

Or it could just totally exist and none of us will ever think about it again. Could be worse! More of this please. I have absolutely no read on the winner here whatsoever, though. I guess I’ll go with Rosa, since she’s been pretty well protected. Prediction: Thunder Rosa

AEW World Trios Title Match
(sigh…) Bang Bang Gang (c) vs Death Triangle

I have always had a soft spot for the Gunns. Their matches usually weren’t great and Colton’s mic work was stilted, but they were great at being The Gunns. In their time with Jay White, it seems like it really has raised their level. Their matches are better (I’m writing this before Collision, don’t make me look like a fool boys), they feel like a major league tag team, and even Colton’s promos have improved a little. What the pairing with Jay White has done for them has been tremendous.

What’s strange about this match is that it feels like the Gunns and the Lucha Brothers are entirely on the periphery of it. It feels like we’re in a situation where both of these teams could stand to be plucked out of the trios division and inserted elsewhere. The tag division for the Gunns, and hey, maybe singles division for the other four. (Gimme that Penta/Swerve title match, I needs it!)

Someone has to win, though, and I feel like it is going to be the BBG and the feud will continue beyond this one match. We’ll be seeing more of these two teams again. Prediction: Bang Bang Gang

FTW Championship
Chris Jericho (c) vs Hook vs Katsuyori Shibata

“I’m the Learning Tree!”

I crack up every time. Chris Jericho’s big goofy grin worms its way into my brain and forces me to mimic it. How did I doubt him again? How many times will he prove me wrong?

Is this a safe place to admit I didn’t really mind the finish of the three way on Dynamite? I especially take issue with the claim that it makes Bryan Keith look like a geek for getting submitted by two people at the same time. Would he look like a geek for submitting to Shibata? No. So why does he look like a geek for getting jumped by two dudes and put in two deadly holds? If anything, that’s an excuse! They were in cahoots!

This match probably has the most variance of anything on the show. There’s a world in which this is absolutely terrible, there’s a world in which it rules. Unfortunately, for this wacky, lawless three way to reach truly epic levels, it would likely have to step on the toes of the Anarchy in the Arena. I expect, for that reason, they’re going to take it a little easy.

If I look into my crystal ball, I see Big Bill getting involved early and often. For that reason, I also see Jericho leaving as champion. Prediction: Chris Jericho

Orange Cassidy vs Trent Beretta

A plain ol’-fashioned wrestling match, huh?

I’m not buying it.

This take would be a lot more interesting if they didn’t have Excalibur breaking out the ACME™ Subtlety Hammer about it. In another era of AEW, I would think this was them signaling that they are going to have a normal match. But this is not that era.

A DQ is in play for this match.

Welcome in AEW in 2024. Prediction: Trent Beretta

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Eliminator Match
Jon Moxley (c) vs Konosuke Takeshita

I agree with Joe’s take from this week’s Flagship that this is an eliminator because New Japan doesn’t want to give a DDT guy a title shot. This renders the outcome certain and thus dramatically limits my excitement for this one. I wish we weren’t all watching spoiled.

There was no way around it. Mox isn’t losing a singles match until he loses that belt. We have, however, seen Mox wrestle Takeshita before when the outcome was not at all in doubt and in that instance, they went out and had a tremendous match. Did anyone think Konosuke was beating Will at Revolution? I know I certainly didn’t and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This should be just fine. Spoiler: Jon Moxley

AEW TNT Title Match
Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match
Adam Copeland (c) vs Malakai Black

This is another high ceiling, low floor match. Cope vs Buddy? Snoozer. Cope vs Brody? Banger. Cope vs Malakai? Somewhere in the middle?

What is a barbed wire steel cage, exactly? Is it going to be barbed wire laced in the fencing? Just around the top of the cage? I’m not really sure, no one has elaborated.

Between the ropes, I’ve really not had a single issue with Black’s AEW run so far and Copeland has more than proven himself. I’m calling myself cautiously optimistic on this one. I bet it’s memorable. Prediction: Adam Copeland

AEW International Title Match
Roderick Strong (c) vs Will Ospreay

Circle this one on your programs, kiddos. Make sure you’re in your seat, as these two are going to try to (and very well may) steal the whole show. Will Ospreay is the best wrestler alive and Roderick Strong is slept on, but can be on any given night one of the best in the whole business.

Why is Will Ospreay going to win the International Title? I’m not sure. I’d imagine Tony has a reason for this and somewhere he’s going, but I find it curious personally.

What I really hope does not happen here is Don Callis or the Undisputed Kingdom costing Will this match. It’s on the table, unfortunately. I just don’t fully trust them these days.

Hopefully that will not happen and the right thing will happen here and Will will win. Where do they go from there? Time will tell, I suppose. Prediction: Will Ospreay

AEW Women’s World Title Match
“Timeless” Toni Storm (c) vs Serena Deeb

Bold prediction time: This is going to be the best women’s match on the show.

I’ve been more frustrated with the “Timeless” Toni stuff than probably anyone, as the squandering of her talent was infuriating at a time when the division desperately needed her to have the kinds of matches she can. Recently though, while the gimmick hasn’t changed much out of the ring, inside the ropes she has become much more serious again.

I’ll take it!

Deeb is a steady hand, Toni might have a little chip on her shoulder for being down card from the TBS Title, this has some things working in its favor. Best of all, these two can just go out and wrestle, something Willow and Mercedes may not be able to do as well. Prediction: Toni Storm

Anarchy in the Arena
The Elite (Matthew & Nicholas Jackson, Jack Perry, & Kazuchika Okada) vs FTR, Bryan Danielson, & Darby Allin

Who would’ve thought that 4 years ago, born out of a pandemic and the ability to do a match in a football stadium completely unoccupied, a tradition would be born of a giant donnybrook at the top of the Double or Nothing card? This will be the third Anarchy in the Arena, but remember it is the evolution of Stadium Stampede back before that was a half-baked Fortnite-like. The previous matches have all been eventful.

The original was noteworthy just for the unbridled insanity and silliness of it all. The second Stadium Stampede had Urban Meyer (remember that Jags season?) make a cameo and saw a babyface Inner Circle vanquish the dastardly Pinnacle. Anarchy in the Arena 1 gave us that shot of Eddie Kingston with a gas can. Anarchy in the Arena 2 would be the beginning of an alliance that still goes strong today between Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita with the latter interfering at the end on behalf of the Blackpool Combat Club.

There’s also a Stadium Stampede match from All In last year, but I’m gonna be honest, I don’t remember a single thing about it. Willing to bet you don’t either.

With all the history and the pressure on this to perform, I’m sure they have some big things planned. Will they be big bumps? With Darby there, almost certainly now. Will there be some twists/turns? Does Kenny show up early? Does Hangman stop by the ring on his way to pick up his paycheck and hit the road? What’s up with Claudio?

(Ok, maybe expecting that last one to pay off is wishful thinking in 2024’s AEW.)

Speaking of tradition, the competitors in this have previously gone on to compete in Blood and Guts and I wouldn’t expect this to necessarily be any different. It was Takeshita’s interference in Anarchy in the Arena that lead to his inclusion in Blood and Guts, forcing The Elite to bring in Ibushi. Do they do that exact same thing again this year?

I’d say it’s too lazy, but look at how we got to Will and Roddy. Prediction: The Elite, the the Elite

AEW TBS Title Match
Willow Nightingale (c) vs Mercedes Moné

In the “Triple Main Event”, I’ve seen this listed at second from the top, but I’m expecting it third, as I think Anarchy in the Arena will once again close the show, something it has done all but once at Double or Nothing.

Up until this point, Mercedes has not felt like a part of this company. She’s felt completely other. It’s like when your favorite NBA team makes a big trade and you’ve got this great player, but the scuttlebutt around the league is already out there that he’s not going to resign and so, yes, they’re on the roster, but it doesn’t really feel like they belong. Those are the vibes I get from Mercedes.

I hope they’re temporary. At her best, Mercedes Moné is the best female wrestler North America has ever produced. She embodies a recklessness and reality, often landing in the “good sloppy” zone for me. I’m already racing at the possibilities of her and Mariah May or Jamie Hayter. It would really be unfortunate if Mercedes never gels, never fits, and leaves like Punk before so many what ifs are realized.

The lean into a heel character was the right move. The powerbomb through the table broke the seal on someone really hurting her and made it feel like she wasn’t on this separate plane from Willow and everyone else. And what a line from Willow with the, “Last time we wrestled, I walked out a champion and you didn’t walk out at all.” That’s good stuff right there.

Willow has been the new Bailey for some time now and so it’s almost apropos that Mercedes start off her run with her. Let’s see what evolves from this one. Prediction: Willow Nightingale

AEW World Title Match
Swerve Strickland (c) vs Christian Cage

Whose house? I guess that’s really the question at the top of the AEW card right now. There have been moments in AEW where Swerve Strickland felt like the coolest dude on the planet. Unfortunately, those moments were months ago. Now? It feels like we’re playing catch up.

They’ve added a new element to his presentation where he just hangs out random places backstage. I’m of two minds about it. On one hand, it… kinda works, believe it or not. He did seem more interesting on Wednesday. On the other hand, it’s such a weird affectation! Oh, that Swerve, always sittin’ on random boxes.

The entire presentation for Swerve since his title win has been bizarre to me. He has settled into a plucky underdog sort of role which is not what I want from him and I don’t think it’s what’s right for the moment. AEW just added Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada, now is the time to give your champ a rocket so he has a prayer of keeping up. Let him go out there and squash some name guys.

Christian is a challenger that, while certainly talented and has produced quality time and time again for AEW, just doesn’t get my blood pumping. I’m confident, however, that these two are going to go out there and give everything to put on a show. So while I’m not quite The Rock over here slapping my goosebumps in anticipation, I expect this to be very good.

The outcome is certain, however, as there is no world in which Swerve should be losing this match to Christian. Prediction: Swerve Strickland

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