AEW Double Or Nothing PPV: How To Watch, Match Card, Date, Location, Roster, And More
All Elite Wrestling's first official PPV is just days away, and now that AEW has a TV deal, we know where its headed. Those who are dissatisfied with other promotion's products now have another major wrestling promotion to choose from. Run by The Elite--former members of NJPW's Bullet Club--the group has created a promotion fans are foaming at the mouth to see.
After a successful PPV last year titled "All In," the group is at it again for Double or Nothing, which will air on B/R Live on Saturday, May 25. But going into the PPV, what can you expect?
Whether you've been following The Elite--Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Adam Page (and Marty Scurll, who is still in ROH)--since their days of running The Bullet Club or you just found out about AEW, we have a comprehensive guide for everything you need to know about Double or Nothing and everything else surrounding the event.
Below, you'll find information about the wrestling promotion, the match card, where to learn more about the storylines, and how to watch the event. Make sure to check out every wrestler currently signed to AEW while you're at it as well.
What Is AEW?
Before we get into the specifics, there are undoubtedly a few people reading this who generally have no clue what AEW is or are perhaps new to wrestling in general. Hi new fans, I'm Mat. Nice to meet you.. You're more than welcome to enjoy AEW with the rest of us, and there are some helpful things here to make sure you can enjoy Double Or Nothing with the rest of us.
As for what is AEW, it stands for All Elite Wrestling, and it's a new wrestling promotion looking to carve its own corner out in sports entertainment alongside the likes of WWE, ROH, NJPW, and others. It was formed by The Elite/former Bullet Club members Cody Rhodes, Matt & Nick Jackson, and Kenny Omega, as well as featuring Brandi Rhodes and The Elite's Hangman Page, while Marty Scurll continues his ROH run. These are the biggest non-WWE wrestlers in the world. Thus far, the roster is incredibly stacked with the best independent wrestlers from around the world, as well as some notable former WWE superstars.
Currently, we don't know about the company's upcoming TV deal, and Double or Nothing will be the group's second PPV, as last year's All In was the first--even though AEW wasn't a thing at that time.
Date & Location
Double Or Nothing will take place on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you want to get tickets for the show, you are out of luck. The event sold out within 4 minutes. However, you can still find seats available on StubHub for reasonable prices, for as low as $46.
2018's event All In was held at the Sears Centre outside of Chicago, and that arena held 11,000 people. MGM Grand Garden Arena holds 17,000, so this is a step up from last year's event.
How To Watch
While All In appeared on the Fite TV app, which hosts plenty of wrestling events like ROH, NJPW, and more, WarnerMedia announced at its upfronts that Double or Nothing will air on B/R Live. The Double or Nothing press conference and weigh in will be on Fite, though. If you live in the UK, you're in luck, as Double or Nothing will air on the ITV Box Office channel at 1 AM BST on Sunday, May 26. If you live outside of the US, you will be able to watch Double or Nothing on Fite.Tv.
Sometime later this year, AEW will have a weekly TV series on TNT, the network where WCW Nitro once aired.
Being The Elite
These next few slides are more for people who are new to AEW and The Elite. It's not for you, person who wants to see a constantly updated match card. However, you're more than welcome to put make some comments below for best BTE episodes to watch, while you work on the #FullGearChallenge.
If AEW doesn't have a weekly television show, how will you know what's going on with the storylines? Well, there are a couple of YouTube channels you'll want to keep your eye on. First and foremost is the web series Being The Elite. This is where the storylines for the shows are built. Each 15-20 minute weekly episode followsThe Young Bucks, Cody, Brandi, Kenny Omega, SCU, Page, and other AEW stars--my personal favorite is Joey Ryan--along with an assortment of other indy wrestlers, and you'll never see a full wrestling match. It's mostly stories, like Page killing Ryan and Ryan coming back to life at All In or MJF (who is better than you) kissing up to the bosses while belittling everyone else. Most recently, there's a battle between Kenny & Cody and Matt Jackson & Christopher Daniels over who should take on the gimmicky role of The Librarian. And don't even get me started about Michael Nakazawa.
I could talk all day about Being The Elite, but I won't. What I will say is that it is a ton of fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. It shows the stars off as real people and goofballs, which is something right up my alley. It also manages to make storylines and feuds work, even when the wrestlers involved are performing for a variety of different companies around the world.
Nightmare Family On YouTube
For a much more serious and very sincere look at the building of AEW, you'll want to check out the Nightmare Family YouTube page. Cody and Brandi Rhodes introduce some of the new wrestlers, commentators, and employees to AEW in the Road To Double Or Nothing series and tell their stories, and many times, these people have been on very emotional journeys. It's one of the most earnest looks at professional wrestling, as it paints AEW's talent as people first, and wrestlers second. Being The Elite and Nightmare Family are tonally polar opposites, but this is where all the news for AEW is coming from, so you'll want to watch both.
There is also the All Elite Wrestling account, but that's not used very much.
The Match Card
Below, you'll find the current match card for Double of Nothing. This is not finalized, and we'll keep updating it as more matches are announced.
- Casino (Battle) Royale (Buy-In Pre-Show)
- Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guervara
- Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho, & Ryo Mizunami
- The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs. Angelico & Jack Evans
- Hangman Page vs. Pac
- SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. Strong Hearts (Cima, T-Hawk, and Lindaman from China's OWE)
- Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho
- Dr. Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose vs. Kylie Rae
- Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes
- The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) For The AAA Tag Team Championships
Casino (Battle) Royale (Buy-In Pre-Show)
At All In, The Elite held the Over Budget Battle Royal which is exactly what it sounds like. The winner of the bout got a match against Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship later in the evening. Flip Gordon won the match, but ultimately lost to Lethal in a very entertaining battle.
This year, the Over Budget Battle Royal has been renamed the Casino (Battle) Royale. There will 21 participants in the match, and the event will start with 5 wrestlers in the ring. Every 3 minutes, a new wave of 5 will enter. Finally, "Lucky 21" will enter last. The entry numbers will be revealed at a later date. Brandon Cutler drew his number on Episode 151 of Being the Elite, but he kept his entrance number a secret.
The match will take place on the Buy-In preshow, which starts one hour before the PPV. Information on how to watch the preshow has not been revealed yet. As of this writing, nine wrestlers have been confirmed for the match, and the winner will receive a title shot at the newly crowned AEW World Champion.
- Sonny Kiss
- Brian Pillman Jr
- Brandon Cutler
- Kip Sabian
- Ace Romero
- Sunny Daze
- Dustin Thomas
Former WWE Stars Will Be There
Aside from the obvious example of Cody, also appearing on the card will be Cody's real-life brother Dustin Rhodes--formerly known as Goldust. Additionally, Chris Jericho and Neville, who now goes by the name Pac, will be on the card as well.
Don't expect this promotion to be entirely made up of former WWE talent though. The promotion's main goal is to be inclusive and highlight rising stars on the indie circuit.
Aside from Double or Nothing, there is a convention built around the PPV called Starcast II--the original Starcast was held in conjunction with All In last year. This year's event will take place in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Beginning on May 23 and running through May 26, the wrestling convention will featuring panels, movie premieres, stand-up comedy, and live podcast recordings. Check out the full schedule for Starcast II here.
Double or Nothing isn't the final stop before a weekly television series. In June, AEW will host Fyter Fest in Daytona Beach, Florida at the Ocean Center. The event will mix video gaming and wrestling, and it's obviously a rub at the failed music festival Fyre Fest. Then, in July, Fight for the Fallen will take place at the Daily's Place Amphitheater in Jacksonville, Florida. Proceeds from Fight for the Fallen will be donated to victims of gun violence.