AEW Double Or Nothing 2022


The Buy-In

Typical video packages and card rundown


The Acclaimed made an unannounced entrance where Caster performed his rapping his schtick as usual. The Gunn Club were there, and Bowens called them "ass boys."


Taz joined commentary.

HOOK & Danhausen defeated Tony Nese & Smart Mark Sterling [5:57]

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Fun!



AEW Double or Nothing starts now

Justin Roberts introduced Jim Ross, who joined the commentary desk.

They started off the show with an ad for Draft Kings, which was strange.


Wardlow defeated MJF [7:35]

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This was exactly what it should've been. If you weren't "in the know," you wouldn't have any idea about all the news regarding MJF over the last day or so.

MJF was booed out of the building during his entrance. The broadcast did cut to an "MJF -- where is my money?" sign.

– After the match, MJF was stretchered out. Wardlow still had no music.

Out on the ramp, Tony Schiavone announced to Wardlow that according to Tony Khan, he was officially #AllElite.


The Hardys (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (w/ Brandon Cutler) [18:13]

***1/2

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Caprice Coleman joined commentary.

The Bucks were introduced by a "Superkick Party" parody version of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas."


TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (c) defeated Anna Jay [7:52]

*3/4

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After the match, Kris Statlander ran out and confronted Cargill and the Baddies, then Athena (formerly Ember Moon in WWE) made her debut to even the numbers.


House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King, & Buddy Matthews) defeated Death Triangle (PAC, Penta Oscuro, & Rey Fénix) [15:05]

***3/4

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Death Triangle came out with Alex Abrahantes and Penta's kid. PAC wore a half-Penta, half-Fénix mask. House of Black had face paint.

This was an awesome all-out six-man tag between six great workers. The smoke and mirrors towards the finish may bother some.

PAC set up for the Black Arrow, but the lights went out, and Julia Hart appeared and spit black mist into PAC's face. Black hit the spin kick on PAC to win.

After the match, Hart celebrated with the House of Black.


Owen Hart Foundation Cup finals: Adam Cole defeated Samoa Joe [12:29]

***

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This was solid, but it felt like a TV match -- nothing you wouldn't see on a random episode of Dynamite. Not exactly up to the standards of the finals of a prestigious tournament.


Owen Hart Foundation Cup finals: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. defeated Ruby Soho [14:51]

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The first 10 minutes of this were absolutely nothing. The closing stretch ended up being pretty great.

Baker had Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward play during her entrance.

They got Rancid for Ruby Soho's entrance.

After the match, Adam Cole came out and celebrated with Baker. Schiavone spoke on the ramp and introduced Dr. Martha Hart, Owen's widow and the head of the Owen Hart Foundation. She was escorted by Tony Khan.

Hart thanked the crowd for the warm welcome. There was a long "Thank you, Martha!" chant. She said the tournament was to celebrate the craftsmanship and skills of her late husband. Finally, he can be celebrated within the squared circle. She thanked AEW, the competitors, her children, the Foundation committee, and the fans for making the tournament a success. Hart congratulated the winners, and said that for next year's tournament, she wants to see everyone wearing a beautiful hat like her extravagant one.

Both Cole and Baker were presented with beautiful Owen Hart Cup championship belts with pink trim as well as the Cup itself.


American Top Team (Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, & Paige VanZant) (w/ Dan Lambert) defeated Sammy Guevara, Frankie Kazarian, & Tay Conti [11:40]

***1/4

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This was very "sports entertainment," but the biggest takeaway for me was how impressive VanZant looked in her limited action.

Guevara and Kazarian can never challenge for the TNT Championship again as long as Sky holds it...this was news to me.


Kyle O'Reilly defeated Darby Allin [10:38]

***3/4

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Not everything landed perfectly, but these two worked insanely hard and did some incredibly cool and entertaining stuff, resulting in what was maybe the best match of the night thus far. A chain got used once or twice so that ruined it. Maybe I forgot or missed it but they did build this match?

AEW Women's World Championship: Thunder Rosa (c) defeated Serena Deeb [16:52]

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Aside from maybe the steel cage match where Rosa won the title, this was probably the best AEW women's title match since Hikaru Shida's reign


Anarchy in the Arena: Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matt Menard, & Angelo Parker) defeated Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, Santana, & Ortiz [22:40]

**3/4

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Also it's 11:10 pm est when this was live. Wtf? I watched this ppv the next morning. And there's still 2 more matches left

Justin Roberts introduced this by saying "shit's about to hit the fan." The match is anything goes.

Remember Stadium Stampede? This was like that, except everything was live, and there was an edge to it that led to as much intensity as any match on American wrestling TV.

The heels won clean.


Andrade El Idolo was in an office. He said he wasn't here in AEW to lose, and A.F.O. are losers. Jose the Assistant had a contract ready, and there was a knock at the door. Former ROH and CMLL star Rush El Toro Blanco came in, and they performed the Ingoberable pose.


Men of the Year and Dan Lambert were backstage and asked how they felt about the match earlier. They all said they felt good. Page is excited to be done with "those pieces of trash." Sky asked, "Who's next?" Dante Martin walked up and challenged Sky. Sky said he'd give him the match in SoCal.


Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (c) (w/ Christian Cage) defeated Team Taz (Ricky Starks & Powerhouse Hobbs) and Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee [17:07]

***1/2

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An excellent three-way tag match that I was falling asleep through...IN THE DAY TIME!!! subsequent to good night sleep. This card was very frenetic and poorly paced.

After the match, Christian celebrated with the champions, so that was a nice touch.


AEW World Championship: CM Punk defeated Hangman Page (c) [25:55]

****1/4

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Instant classic AEW main event. I don't think it's necessarily in the conversation for the best matches in company history, but I thought it was pretty much perfectly booked and executed from start to finish. The crowd was unbelievable.

With the referee down, Page considered using the belt as a weapon. He picked it up and demanded Punk get up. Punk knelt and put his hands up, looking very vulnerable. Page instead opted to drop the belt and go for the Buckshot, but Punk turned it into the GTS for the win.


Final Thoughts: Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up (Watch it at a pace or in pieces)

For the love of God Tony Khan sometimes (not all the time) you gotta play mean parent and put your foot down. Not everyone has to get all their shit in all the damn time. This isn't the problem just a symptom. You seem like the type to be suckered because you're to cool/nice and it's quite apparent and detrimental. This show like others was great ruined by being too long an frenetic. Don't get me wrong, there was alot of good stuff though.