Results:

  • Best Friends def. Private Party – Pre-show match to become number one contenders to the AEW Tag Team Championships
  • Brain Cage wins the Casino Ladder Match to earn a future AEW Championship opportunity
  • MJF def. Jungle Boy
  • Cody def. Lance Archer to become the first AEW TNT Champion
  • Kris Statlander def. Penelope Ford
  • Dustin Rhodes def. Shawn Spears
  • Hikaru Shida def. Nyla Rose (c) to win the AEW Women’s Championship in a No DQ match
  • Jon Moxley (c) def. Mr. Brodie Lee to retain the AEW World Championship
  • The Elite def. The Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match

Three Thoughts:

Stadium Stampede

There was too much craziness in the Stadium Stampede match to go through it beat by beat. Here are some standout moments:

  • Adam Page made his entrance on a horse and chased Sammy Guevara. 
  • Matt Jackson hit a moonsault off of the goalpost. 
  • Broken Matt Hardy was dumped in a pool by Santana & Ortiz and they dunked him. Every time he went under, he turned into old gimmick, including Hardy Boyz & Mattitude versions of himself. 
  • Hardy taped Ortiz to a chair of wheels, and Santana was put in an icebox.
  • Page & Hager had a drink in a bar before fighting once Hager found him.
  • Jericho hit the Judas Effect on the Jaguars mascot.
  • Hager took multiple bottle shots from Omega & Page, who then had whiskey and milk.
  • Hangman ran a linemarker up Jericho’s body. 
  • Guevara was woken up by sprinklers and then chased down by a golf cart again.

Eventually it was a One Winged Angel through some scaffolding to Guevara by Omega for the win. I hope cinematic wrestling never goes away.

 

 

 

Championships Gained and Defended

Three titles in total were on the line, and each title match had something a little different to it. Jon Moxley and Brodie Lee brought a ton of energy to their World Championship bout. A huge spot had Moxley hit a Paradigm Shift through the entrance ramp. This match didn’t have the greatest build, but definitely delivered in terms of action.

Hikaru Shida brought the action in her AEW Women’s Championship win over Nyla Rose. Shida dug deep and used a kendo stick to overcome Rose and win the title. Britt Baker was being positioned as a possible title challenger soon but is now injured. Who Shida will face next is unknown now, but she definitely earned this title.

Cody was able to overcome previously-undefeated Lance Archer to be the first TNT Champion. The match had lots of moving pieces, including the involvement of Mike Tyson. Jake Roberts was attempting to bring his snake into the match, but Tyson cut him off and prevented it. Cody used two Cross Rhodes to pick up the win. Was it a little too far over the top? Yeah, probably – but it provided us with great Mike Tyson reaction gifs so you can’t complain too much.

New Challengers Emerging

The biggest new challenger who emerged at Double or Nothing was Brian Cage. Accompanied by Taz, Cage was the surprise entrant in the Casino Ladder Match and ended up winning the whole thing. He’ll get a shot at Moxley in what is an interesting clash of styles. The addition of Taz as Cage’s mouthpiece/manager is smart as well, as AEW continues to put established mic legends with talents that can use the rub.

On the pre-show, Best Friends continued their hot streak and will be the next challengers to Adam Page & Kenny Omega. They’ve been on enough of a roll (and Page & Omega are due to break up eventually) that they could be the ones to take the titles.

Grade: A

Based on the Stadium Stampede match alone this pay-per-view is an A grade. The rest of the card had some quality bouts, including the Casino Ladder Match, Rose-Shida, Moxley-Lee and one more I’ll mention below. Some of the show was slower, like the TNT Championship and the Spears-Rhodes match. That will all be forgotten and forgiven based on the bigger moments that field the rest of the card.

One More Thing:

MJF and Jungle Boy had an amazing match in the second slot on the card. At only 24 and 22 respectively, these two could go on to have a legendary AEW rivalry.

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