We’re fully in the aftermath of this past Sunday’s AEW Double or Nothing 2024 pay-per-view and we’re getting an idea of the general feedback on the show. Online feedback is generally positive. Cagematch has the show at 7.91, which is a very good score but puts it as just the 20th-best PPV in AEW’s history. That says more about the company’s history of delivering great pay-per-views than anything specific about Double or Nothing itself.

I generally enjoyed the show, though I think it underdelivered compared with the match quality on paper. That said, there was a throughline for the show that really annoyed me and is a point of concern I have for AEW moving forward: there was a ton of interference and overbooking in nearly every match. For the purposes of this piece, we’ll define that as “bullshit.” Almost every match had some “bullshit.”

I’m not someone who thinks that every match has to be free of interference and overbooking to be good, but there is a point where you overdo it, and Double or Nothing 2024 blew well past that.

Will Ospreay vs. Roderick Strong

This might have been the worst offender of the night, but it got off the hook by a later match. They were having a wonderful outing, and then we had to Tell a Story®. Don Callis left the announcer’s table to instruct Ospreay to use the feared Tiger Driver ‘91. Ospreay set up the move but refused to hit it because it was just too violent, so he didn’t use it. This is Adam Cole-era NXT storytelling to the max. It detracted from what was an otherwise great match and capped its ceiling. So, yes, this had “bullshit.”

Death Triangle vs. Bang Bang Gang

This was rather “bullshit”-free, but the ending had the return of Juice Robinson costing the faces the return. Logical? Yeah, and as a Juice fan, it’s great to see him back. But it’s also “bullshit”, and it happened right at the finish, which is the most impactful time for “bullshit.”

Serena Deeb vs. Toni Storm

This had less than most on this show, but we still had a sequence where Luther and Mariah May fought over a towel, with May teasing throwing it in as revenge for Storm doing it on May’s behalf a few shows ago. There may not have been a lot of it, but it was definitely present, so we had “bullshit.”

Orange Cassidy vs. Trent Beretta

This had a weird decision for who went over, but that’s not “bullshit”, and this match didn’t have any. Congrats, fellas, you skated by here.

Hook vs. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Chris Jericho

Both Big Bill and Bryan Keith running in on this match is an easy call for “bullshit”, but Keith doing it while wearing a mask that he immediately took off in the ring is a special brand of “bullshit.”

Jon Moxley vs. Konosuke Takeshita

This was a weird choice for a limb work match, but it was also interference-free, so in that sense, it avoids the “bullshit” counter.

Malakai Black vs. Adam Copeland

Oh boy. This was completely reasonable in terms of having absolute chaos, as a barbed wire cage match should, but then we had a swerve on a teased turn by Buddy Matthews & Brody King for basically no reason. That was total “bullshit.”

Mercedes Mone vs. Willow Nightingale

Much like Ospreay & Strong, this started as a great match and then had some creatively questionable “bullshit.” Stokely costing Willow the match by “accidentally” distracting the ref was fine—I know some people thought it was unnecessary, but I think this was the one match of the night where protecting the loser with a visual pinfall made perfect sense. But then the post-match had Kris Statlander doing a swerve into a heel turn on Willow. It was unnecessary and, worse, did the exact same thing as the previous match. Why couldn’t Kris (or the House of Black) just do the heel turn without any kind of fake out? This was the night’s high point for “bullshit”, or the low point, depending on your point of view.

Christian Cage vs. Swerve Strickland

“Bullshit” is an inherent part of the Christian Cage act, and that’s okay by me—in a vacuum. But this was match nine of ten on the main show and well into its fourth hour. Every previous match but one had nonsense. On a different night, this would have been absolutely fine, but on this night it was just more “bullshit.”

Anarchy in the Arena

Anarchy in the Arena is a match built upon “bullshit.” It heaps it up and revels in it. That’s the point. It’s inoculated itself against “bullshit” poisoning by being “bullshit.” No, Anarchy in the Arena, you are the “bullshit” demons. And then, Darby was a zombie.

Final Tally

On the entire main card, eight out of ten matches on AEW Double or Nothing 2024 had some kind of meaningful non-match “bullshit.” in the form of interference, turns, teased turns, distractions, etc.

For a company that loves its “Where The Best Wrestle” catchphrase, maybe they should update it to “Where the Best Interfere and Distract.”

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