AEW’s biggest PPV of the year has finally arrived. The card was stacked, and there were plenty of fantastic matches on paper that had real potential for match of the year. Britt Baker looked to become AEW Women’s Champion, Adam Page and Brian Cage collided, and Lance Archer was gunning for Miro’s TNT Championship. The Young Bucks defended their gold against Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley, 21 men battled to become the number one contender for the AEW World Championship, Anthony Ogogo fought Cody Rhodes, and Sting competed for the first time in six years against Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page as he teamed up with Darby Allin. Kenny Omega took on Orange Cassidy and Pac in a triple threat for the AEW World Championship, and the Inner Circle fought the Pinnacle all over the Jacksonville Jaguars football stadium. First off, Serena Deeb took on Riho as she attempted to retain the NWA Women’s World Championship.

The Buy-In: NWA Women’s World Championship Match: Serena Deeb (C) vs Riho

Deeb was able to take advantage early on. Riho went for a dropkick, but Deeb moved out the way. Riho put her hand out to shake, but Deeb slapped her across the face. Riho returned the slap. Deeb hit some uppercuts and Riho hit a dropkick, followed by a running knee. Riho hit a diving crossbody off the top rope, but Deeb went for a Serenity Lock to which Riho got out. Deeb whipped Riho’s throat into the bottom rope and hit a few more European uppercuts. Deeb wrenched at Riho’s nose then stomped on the back of her legs. Riho went to attack Deeb, but she caught her in a headlock through the ropes. Deeb then hit a neckbreaker on the ropes. Riho was able to land a double foot stomp from the top turnbuckle, but she seemed to injure her knee.

Riho landed a flurry of elbow strikes and a hurricanrana. She caught Deeb on the second rope with a 619 and almost got the win. Deeb had Riho in a hanging front chancery, but Riho reversed into a suplex. Riho missed a stomp onto Deeb from the top turnbuckle which allowed Deeb to hit a twisting neckbreaker, but Riho kicked out of a pin. Deeb hit a double dragon screw then a big powerbomb, but Riho kicked out again. Deeb went for Detox, but Riho got out and landed a dragon suplex. Riho double-stomped Deeb in the back from the top rope. Deeb countered Riho and locked in a single leg crab, but Riho got to the rope. Deeb hit an inverted dragon screw and drove Riho’s knee into the canvas. She locked in the Serenity Lock and made Riho tap out.

Thoughts: What a wonderful prelude to Double or Nothing. Deeb dominated for much of the match, but Riho showed some signs of winning. The Woman of a Thousand Holds was just too much for Riho and continued to reign as NWA Women’s World Champion. ***½

Double Or Nothing 2021: “The Machine” Brian Cage vs “Hangman” Adam Page

Page launched an early offence, and despite a strong start, Cage calmed the pace with a powerbomb into the corner post from ringside. Cage drove his shoulder into Page’s torso in the corner and landed a jumping knee strike. He landed a hammer throw into the corner then grabbed Page to slam him, but Page reversed into a crucifix bomb. Page then clotheslined Cage outside the ring. Page ascended the turnbuckle and flew to the outside with a moonsault. He went for a hurricanrana off the top rope, but Cage readied a powerbomb, however, Page countered and nailed the hurricanrana for a two-count. Both men traded blows until Cage hit a one-armed neckbreaker.

Cage dropped Page onto the top rope, then suplexed Hangman from inside the ring and onto the ramp. With Page rocked, Cage jumped with Page off the turnbuckle and dropped him into the mat, but Page kicked out the pin. Cage mocked Page with a Buckshot Lariat, but he dodged and hit an F5. Cage got back in control and hit a powerbomb followed by a buckle bomb. Cage hit a spinning Liger bomb, but Page kicked out again. Ricky Starks and Hook ran to the ring. Hook distracted the ref so Starks could slide in the FTW Title, but Cage threw it back at him. Cage argued with Hook after throwing Page over the ropes, but he went for the Buckshot Lariat and pinned Cage for the win. After the match, Cage pushed Hook and Starks out of the way and headed to the back.

Thoughts: This was a great opener, with both men putting on a hell of a show. Page never fails to impress me with how athletic he is, constantly improving with every match. Although I expected him to win, it was interesting to see Cage almost turn on Team Taz at the end. They set the bar high for Double or Nothing and made sure they gave the live crowd what they deserved. ***½

AEW Tag Team Championship Match: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston vs The Young Bucks (C) (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)

As the streamers fell and the Bucks posed, Moxley and Kingston attacked them before the bell rang. Kingston hit a Tope con Hilo into the Bucks. Moxley and Kingston beat the hell out of them outside the ring, then wiped out Brandon Cutler. The match finally got underway with Kingston starting off against Nick. Kingston and Moxley stomped him down as the ref stopped Matt from coming in. Kingston hit an FTO and got a two-count. Matt tagged in and hit Moxley off the apron, followed by a dropkick through the ropes. The Bucks then double-teamed Kingston in their corner. Kingston dropped Nick onto the ropes as Matt took out Moxley. Matt was being incredibly arrogant as he controlled the pace against Kingston. Mox grabbed Matt’s feet and pulled him outside to connect with a lariat.

Back inside, Nick tagged in, but Kingston hit an exploder and tagged in Moxley who took out both of the brothers. Mox hit a piledriver on Matt and locked in a bulldog choke, but Nick interrupted. Mox hit a double DDT and continued to assault the brothers. Karl Anderson walked out as Doc Gallows sneaked up on Kingston, but Eddie stopped him. Frankie Kazarian ran out and attacked Anderson as Matt used the freeze spray in Moxley’s eyes. He threw the can into his face and went for the pin, but only got a two-count. Moxley’s face was busted open. The Bucks hit a Meltzer Driver on Moxley onto the ramp. Back in the ring, Matt targeted the cut with some boots and punches. Nick hit a senton as Matt held Mox on the ropes. The Young Bucks booted the hell out of Mox as blood ran down his face. Matt locked in a sleeper, but Mox got to his feet to no avail.

The Young Bucks beat down Moxley, but like the Pitbull he is, he fought back and got the tag. Kingston attacked the Bucks, but they hit an assisted sliced bread. Nick went for a senton, but Kingston got his knees up. He tagged in Moxley, but they hit a double superkick. Mox got a sleeper locked in on Matt, but he moved to allow Nick to hit a 450 splash. Both teams tried to hit Meltzer Drivers and the Violent Crown, but each time they were thwarted by the other. Kingston and Moxley hit the doomsday device on Matt, but Nick broke up the pin. Nick hit a big knee on Kingston who stood on the apron. He went for a superkick, but Mox reversed into the Paradigm Shift.

Nick reversed into a Boston crab, but Kingston broke it up. After some back and forth, Mox connected with a Paradigm Shift, but Matt broke it up. The Bucks hit a double superkick but he hit King Kong lariats on both of them. Mox took a couple of superkicks, but Mox sat up. They hit basement superkicks then chopped down Kingston with superkicks. They hit four BTE Triggers in a row as Matt pinned Mox for the win. Don Callis walked to the ring to celebrate with the Young Bucks.

Thoughts: There’s a reason Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston are adored by the fans. They have great chemistry together but are also tough guys who know how to put on a show. Moxley was able to stand his ground against the punishment he received, but the four BTE Triggers were too much for him. The Young Bucks have been excellent heels, and despite the love I have for Moxley and Kingston, it was only right Matt and Nick picked up the win. ****

Casino Battle Royale

Each of the 21 wrestlers selected a card from a “special deck,” and the suit of that card determined their group. Every three minutes AEW shuffle the deck to see which suit comes up, and after all, suits have been exhausted, the wrestler who drew the Joker card will be last to enter. Eliminations happen by throwing the opponent over the top rope, with the winner becoming the number one contender for the AEW World Championship. The first suit drawn was the clubs, which saw Christian Cage, Matt Sydal, Powerhouse Hobbs, Dustin Rhodes, and Max Caster, who burned the other clubs with a rap. Rhodes almost eliminated Caster, but he got back in. Sydal and Caster went at it as Cage and Rhodes tried to take out Hobbs. Caster managed to knock Sydal over the top rope and eliminate him. Christian Cage was able to then eliminate Max Caster. The Diamonds were the next suit that saw Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, The Dark Order’s “number 10” Preston Vance, Nick Comoroto, and Serpentico come out.

10 eliminated Serpentico straight away. Comoroto and 10 battled in the centre of the ring. Both men tried to eliminate the other, but Rhodes eliminated both of them. Comoroto hit Rhodes with a cowbell as Hobbs eliminated Rhodes. Cage dropped Hobbs with the Killswitch as Matt Hardy finally squared off against Cage. The next five wrestlers came out as the hearts cards were drawn. The Varsity Blonds ran in and attacked Hardy and Kassidy, followed by Colt Cabana, Anthony Bowens, and Penta El Zero Miedo. Penta went off and attacked Pillman, Cabana, and Hardy, but got knocked from behind by Bowens. Cabana was eliminated by Kassidy and Bowens was eliminated by the Varsity Blonds. Hardy got rid of Garrison. Penta beat down Hardy in the corner as Kassidy and Pillman fought on the other side. The Spades were the final suit to come out, which saw Jungle Boy, Mark Quen, Aaron Solow, Evil Uno, and “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson enter the ring.

Penta hit a couple of sling blades and a backbreaker on Jungle Boy. Pillman was eliminated. Solow was eliminated by Big Shotty, then Hardy knocked Shotty off the apron to eliminate him as well. Penta hit a front face kick on Uno to eliminate him, but Jungle Boy eliminated Penta. Hobbs came back to the ring as did Cage. Cage eliminated Hobbs as Private Party stomped him down in the corner. Lio Rush was revealed as the Joker who took out Private Party and Matt Hardy. Rush almost got rid of Private Party, but Hardy eliminated Rush. Jungle Boy took out Hardy. Jungle Boy and Cage worked together to eliminate both members of Private Party. Cage and Hardy stared down at each other. Cage eliminated Matt Hardy after making him think they were working together. Cage hit a flying elbow on Jungle Boy, but he replied with a step-up enzuigiri. Cage was almost thrown over the ropes, as was Jungle Boy. The two men fought on the apron. Cage threw Jungle Boy into the ring post, but he swung around it. Cage went to knock him off, but he eliminated Cage to win the Casino Battle Royale. Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus came down to celebrate with him. Christian Cage told Jungle Boy to make the most of the opportunity, then left him celebrating in the ring.

Thoughts: It’s hard to give Battle Royals the proper time of day because of the sheer amount of wrestlers involved. The main story threaded throughout revolved around the showdown between Christian Cage and Matt Hardy, and whilst the final encounter between them wasn’t anything special, it was still cool to see them square off. Jungle Boy thoroughly deserved to win. I honestly thought it was going to be Christian Cage or Matt Hardy, but AEW has always been about giving the younger talent their moment to shine. Whoever wins between Omega, PAC, and Cassidy, Jungle Boy will be a tough opponent. **½

Anthony Ogogo W/ QT Marshall vs “The American Dream” Cody Rhodes W/ Arn Anderson

Ogogo winded Rhodes with a punch to the gut, then followed up with an Olympic slam. Cody tried to fight back, but Ogogo stomped into his stomach. Ogogo rocked Cody with a right hand, then connected with a German suplex. As the ref was distracted, Marshall hit a right hand into Cody’s face. Cody landed a bulldog as a cut appeared above Ogogo’s right eye. Ogogo got dropped with a Cody Cutter. He placed Ogogo on the turnbuckle but got caught with a big right hand. Ogogo hit a frog splash from the top rope, but Cody kicked out of a pin attempt. Cody hit a dropkick and locked in a Figure-Four leglock. Ogogo continued to use his humongous fists to level Rhodes, showing some incredible athletic ability and power. He went for the Governor’s Hammer, but Cody landed the Vertebreaker for the win.

Thoughts: America versus *insert Country here* storylines seem far too archaic to work in the present day pro-wrestling world, but here we are. Despite Ogogo putting on a better-than-expected performance, Cody won. I’d have rather seen Ogogo win, giving AEW trying to build him into a legitimate heel but becoming “The American Dream” for one night only pretty much set Cody’s victory in stone. The match itself was pretty boring, but there were moments that impressed me, such as Ogogo’s frog splash. **

TNT Championship Match: Miro (C) vs Lance Archer W/ Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Archer flew at Miro through the ropes before the bell had even rung. Archer walked the ropes holding Miro’s hand, then flipped at him, only picking up a one-count. Miro slammed Archer’s head into the barrier, but he replied with a spinebuster through a table. Miro launched Archer over the barrier and into some fans. He continued to strike Archer in the mid-section, continuing the assault in the ring. Archer hit a running crossbody, but Miro connected with a leg lariat. He grabbed Archer’s hair and delivered kicks to his chest. Archer hit the Helicoaster and went for a moonsault, but Miro hit a roundhouse kick and a fallaway slam. Roberts brought a snake into the ring but was punched by Miro. After superkicking Archer, he grabbed the snake and threw it up the ramp towards the entrance. Archer got back in the ring and hit a chokeslam, but couldn’t get the win. Archer almost hit his finisher, but Miro got out, only to get floored with a football tackle. Miro snap suplexed Archer over the rope and into the ring. He locked in Game Over to pick up the win.

Thoughts: This started off strong, but ended a bit too quickly for my liking. I expected more of war to be honest, but what we did get was a massive brawl between two huge powerhouses. The snake bit was ridiculous as there is no way in hell a real snake would’ve been thrown a good ten yards. **½

All Out will take place on Sunday, September 5 in Chicago.

AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. W/ Rebel vs Hikaru Shida (C)

Baker went for Lockjaw early but it wasn’t to be. Shida locked in a bow and arrow and transitioned into a body-scissors, then a body stretch submission. Baker locked in a hammerlock pick-up, but Shida broke free. Shida hit a hurricanrana and a dropkick. Outside the ring, Shida threw Britt into the barrier. Shida hit a knee strike from the apron, then a crossbody on both Baker and Rebel. Baker booted Shida as she ran at her, then threw her back in the ring. Baker curb-stomped Shida then took the glove off Rebel. Shida got stomped on the bottom rope, then ate a butterfly suplex. Baker drove Shida’s face into the turnbuckle and continued to wear down the champion. Shida exploded with right hands, then drove Baker’s head into the corner. She connected with three running knee strikes into the corner.

Shida wrenched Baker’s nose and hit a suplex, following it up with a running knee strike to the back of Baker’s head. They traded some vicious blows in the centre of the ring. Baker hit a fishermen’s neckbreaker, but only got a two-count. Shida tried to lock in a stretch muffler, but Baker got to the rope. Baker hit a thrust kick and a sling blade. She hit an air raid crash, but Shida kicked out. Baker finally connected with the Lockjaw, but Shida got out. The champion landed a German suplex and a diving elbow strike, but Baker kicked out of the pin. Shida almost did some damage as she had Baker on her shoulders on the turnbuckle, but Baker got out. Shida was able to land a superplex but only got a two-count. Shida locked in the stretch muffler, but Rebel stood on the apron.

Baker got clocked with the crutch as Rebel went to hit Shida. Shida hit the falcon arrow, but Baker kicked out of the pin at the last moment. The ref sent Rebel to the back as Baker booted the belt into Shida’s face. She followed it up with a curb stomp onto the belt, but Shida kicked out. Another jumping knee strike from Shida and a Tamashi couldn’t put Baker away. Baker locked in Lockjaw and Shida tapped out to see Baker become the new Women’s Champion. After the match, Tony Schiavone hugged Baker as she walked off.

Thoughts: This was a superb match. These two have been rivals for a long time, and this match was the conclusion to an epic feud. Baker has been a phenomenal heel, and thoroughly deserved to win tonight. They both brought everything to the ring, and this could easily be the match of the night. I’m gutted for Shida, but if anyone deserved to take the belt from her, it was Baker. ****

Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page vs Sting & Darby Allin

Darby Allin flew at Page outside the ring as Sting took out Sky. Sky hit a suplex on the ramp as Sting got straight back up and threw him off the stage onto Page. He then flew off the ramp and landed on both Sky and Page. Allin threw Sky into the ring and the match officially started. Sting whipped Allin into Sky and Page, then tagged in Sting who wrenched at Sky’s arm. Allin and Sting worked well as a team to isolate Sky in their corner. Allin was swept off the ropes by Page as Sky hit a cutter off the apron and into the ring. Page launched Allin into different turnbuckles, then tagged Sky back in. Sky landed a backbreaker on Allin then tagged in Page who mocked Sting. Page executed a suplex as Sky mocked Sting as well.

Allin tagged in Sting, but the ref didn’t see it. Sky and Page continued to wear down Allin. Page gorilla pressed Allin over the ropes and barriers into his family. Sting recovered Allin, but he laid lifeless at ringside. Allin only just got into the ring before the count. Page went for Ego’s Edge, but Allin got out and jumped on Page’s back and hit a stunner. Sting tagged in and levelled Sky with some clotheslines. He hit a Stinger Splash on both guys and almost rolled up Page for the pin. Allin was tagged in but got knocked off the turnbuckle by Sky. Page attacked Sting, then threw Allin on top of Sting. He went for Ego’s Edge on Allin, but Sting locked in the Scorpion Death Lock. Sky locked in a heel hook as both Page and Allin gouged each other’s eyes. Page and Allin made the tags that saw Sting and Sky go at it. Sky chopped at Sting’s legs. Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop on Sky to pick up the win.

Thoughts: For saying the guy is over 60, Sting can still go toe-to-toe with the younger athletes. Page’s gorilla press looked painful, especially for the guys at ringside. This was a fun match, and even though Sting was limited due to his age, it never felt forced, and it never looked rough around the edges. Wow, it was so good to see Sting wrestle again. ***

AEW World Championship Match: PAC vs Orange Cassidy W/ Best Friends (Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, & Kris Statlander) vs Kenny Omega (C) W/ Don Callis

PAC went straight after Omega, but he hid in the ropes. Omega knocked Cassidy out of the ring as PAC went after him. PAC hit a high boot, then both guys landed some crossbodies on each other. Cassidy rolled back in the ring and went to pin PAC and Omega, but both men kicked out. Cassidy landed a double hurricanrana, then a tope con hilo on PAC. He hit a spinning DDT on Omega, but the champion kicked out. PAC hit a hurricanrana on Omega and followed it up with a moonsault off the second rope to the outside. Cassidy was choked by PAC’s boot in the corner and was then taken out by a shotgun dropkick. Omega ate a shotgun dropkick as well. PAC followed it up by dropkicking both opponents. Omega dropped PAC as he hit a backstabber on Cassidy.

Omega dragged PAC’s head across the rope then landed a falling suplex. PAC and Omega traded elbows as Omega booted PAC halfway across the ring into the turnbuckle. Cassidy got caught with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Omega. He hit another backbreaker, freshly squeezing Cassidy into the mat. He struck Cassidy in the back then kicked PAC and Cassidy outside the ring. Omega followed it up with a suicide dive. Cassidy countered Omega with a Stundog Millionaire. Omega and Cassidy reversed multiple pins as PAC hit both guys with a 450 splash. Omega hit PAC with a snapdragon, then two for Cassidy. Omega hit a V-Trigger on Cassidy, but PAC moved out of the way. Omega landed a V-Trigger into the corner on Cassidy and tried to suplex him off the top turnbuckle, but Cassidy got his hands in his pockets to prevent it. PAC climbed up and landed an avalanche release German suplex off the top rope on Omega as Cassidy remained up there.

With his hands still in his pockets, he flipped on PAC who was at ringside. Back in the ring, Omega hit a Tiger Driver on Cassidy, but he kicked out. Omega went for One-Winged Angel but had to reverse into a suplex, only getting a two-count. Omega pulled down his knee pad and kneed Cassidy in the jaw two times before falling to the mat. PAC was pushed out of the way by Cassidy who hit a Michinoku Driver on Omega, then PAC landed a sheer drop brainbuster on Cassidy to get a two-count. PAC took Cassidy to the turnbuckle and set up for a suplex, but Omega struck PAC from behind to send Cassidy outside the ring. He went for the One-Winged Angel, but PAC countered with a powerbomb. PAC hit an avalanche falcon arrow off the top turnbuckle, and Cassidy ran in, threw PAC outside, and almost got the victory by pinning Omega.

PAC booted Cassidy below the belt, then dived over the ropes onto Omega. He climbed the turnbuckle and delivered the Black Arrow, but Omega broke up the pin. PAC went for the Black Arrow on Omega but he moved. The champion went for the One-Winged Angel but PAC reversed into the Brutalizer. Cassidy connected with Beach Break, but only got a two-count on Omega. Cassidy hit a couple of Orange Punches on PAC and Omega. He delivered another to PAC and went for the pin, but Callis interrupted the pin. PAC locked in the Brutalizer on Cassidy. Omega tried to break it up, but he wouldn’t let go. Omega attacked the ref as Callis handed him one of his belts. He smashed PAC with it, then Callis threw the other three belts and Omega did the same. Cassidy hit Orange Punch on Omega and another ref ran in, but it was only a two-count. Omega snuck the victory at the last moment to pin Cassidy.

Thoughts: This was an epic showdown between the three men. PAC was a savage, and Cassidy was electric. Omega, however, was never going to lose this. Whilst his performance was probably the weakest, his dirty tactics and the help of Callis gave him the win. Unless the other co-main event is better, this was the best match of the evening. ****½

Mark Henry Is All Elite

Tony Schiavone announced that the recently announced AEW Rampage that starts August 13th will feature a newly-signed talent who will act as the analyst and coach. “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry walked out, and the fans went wild. Schiavone said the world would hear from Mark Henry this Friday on AEW Dynamite. Full Gear was also announced for November 6 in St. Louis.

Stadium Stampede Match: The Pinnacle (MJF, Wardlow, Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler, & Shawn Spears) vs Inner Circle (Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, & Chris Jericho)

As MJF got out of his limo and cut a promo, the Inner Circle started to rappel down the video wall of the stadium. The Inner Circle ran after MJF who got back in the limo. The rest of The Pinnacle arrived in a truck, and they all started to brawl on the field. Spears and Guevara fought in the ring as everyone else fought outside. Guevara hit a cutter, then booted Wardlow on the apron. Spears hit a blue thunder bomb as MJF got out of the limo, but Jericho was waiting for him. They went at it, as FTR fought Santana and Ortiz in the seats. MJF used a fire extinguisher on Jericho and ran off. MJF headed into the stadium, but Jericho caught up and threw him into a bin. MJF threw a hot coffee into Jericho, then hit him with a phone. Jericho picked up a megaphone and shouted into it. He smashed two metal trays against MJF’s face, then shoved a table into his stomach as he stood against the concrete wall.

Jericho continued to beat MJF down with various objects. Jericho was given two American footballs by a couple of Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaches and he threw them at MJF, then planted him with a laptop. Jericho sent MJF flying over a ramp on a desk chair. Jericho got caught in the arm, but he spanned a whiteboard into MJF’s face. They went through a fire door as Wardlow and Hager were shown fighting. Wardlow tried to lock Hager in a walk-in freezer, but he got out. They fought in the walk-in freezer where Wardlow grabbed an icicle, but Hager dodged and slammed him into some boxes. Wardlow knocked an equipment rack into Hager’s face and continued to beat him down. Hager threw up his middle fingers, so Wardlow charged at him through the wall and into the kitchen. Guevara was looking for Spears and found him sat in a room surrounded by hundreds of chairs.

Spears knocked Guevara off a chair. He tried to throw him into a wall, but he somersaulted off it and hit a spinning kick. Guevara was thrown into a garage door by Spears, who picked up some bolt cutters. He threw them away and opted for a steel chair instead. Guevara booted Spears and took him into a warehouse. He found some wiring and choked Spears with it. Guevara then climbed up some racking, but Spears moved out of the way and hit him with a ladder. Spears found some handcuffs and chained him to the racking, then walked off. Luckily for Guevara, he found the discarded bolt cutters from earlier. Santana and Ortiz wandered into a bar where FTR and Tully Blanchard were located. Both teams took out some of the guys having a drink, then they all had a drink together before flipping the table on going at each other. Konan was shown on the DJ decks. Ortiz choked Harwood with a table, and Blanchard went to strike Ortiz, but Konan stopped him. Ortiz and Santana attacked Blanchard, but FTR went after them. All four men brawled, with Ortiz and Harwood having a fistfight.

Ortiz smashed Harwood’s body with a trash can. Wilder threw some glass bottles at Ortiz, but Santana stopped him and fought him inside an elevator. The doors closed as Wardlow and Hager were shown fighting. Wardlow almost smashed a wooden pallet on Hager. They battled on top of a golf cart, where Hager chokeslammed Wardlow into a wooden pile of boards. Jericho and MJF fought in the office area. Jericho smashed a cardboard cut-out of Tony Kahn’s father into MJF then stroked the cut-out’s head. Jericho stapled MJF’s head, then ripped it out in the boardroom. MJF punched Jericho onto the table then hit a piledriver, almost getting the victory. MJF went to use a hammer on Jericho’s arm, but he stopped him, picked up Floyd the baseball bat, and hit him with it. Jericho then threw MJF through the glass on a door and bust his head open. Spears was shown walking around where the Inner Circle Motorcycle Club chased him down. He escaped into an office and narrowly missed being struck down.

Jericho took the match back into Daily’s Place. They headed down the stairs where MJF was dropped onto the railing. MJF almost tossed Jericho over the railings, but he managed to stop it from happening. Jericho powerbombed MJF through a table as Spears ventured towards Daily’s Place. Sammy Guevara appeared driving a golf cart and hit the Chairman with it. He took Spears to the main ring. He dived at Spears off the ropes but got hit with a chair, only just kicking out of a pin attempt. Spears struck Guevara with a chair as he was on his knees, but he kicked out again. He lodged a chair in-between the turnbuckles, but Guevara hit the GTH. He then stomped Spears into the chair and hit the 630 senton to pick up the win for the Inner Circle. The Inner Circle regrouped in the ring as the pyros went off behind them.

Thoughts: This match was a hell of a lot of fun. Every member killed it. I’m so glad Inner Circle are still together after this. It was brutal, funny, and thrilling. These guys were excellent and finally got some payback following Blood and Guts. A great way to end Double or Nothing. It was a beautiful moment as Judas cut off and the fans sang along. What a night. ****½

Final Thoughts

Double or Nothing was an outstanding PPV overall. both World Championship matches were excellent, and the Stadium Stampede was a hell of a lot of fun. Some of the matches felt like filler, such as Cody vs Ogogo and Miro vs Archer, but I still enjoyed every match to some extent. Going forward, we’re going to get to watch Jungle Boy take on Kenny Omega, but I can’t see him dethroning the champ any time soon. Omega will retain for quite some time. Finally, Mark Henry becoming All Elite was a bit of a surprise, but nonetheless, it was a nice one.

Match of the Night: The Pinnacle vs Inner Circle – Stampede Match

Best in Show: Britt Baker

Overall Rating: ****

All images and videos courtesy of AEW – Very special thanks to Fite TV for the captures

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