AEW Double Or Nothing Predictions: A Stacked Match Card For All Elite Wrestling's First PPV
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring and Chris E. Hayner | @ChrisHayner on
Today, the new wrestling promotion--All Elite Wrestling--kicks off with its very first PPV, titled Double or Nothing. AEW's first event is a big deal for wrestling fans as it gives them more high-production promotions to choose from. We're just a couple hours from The Elite changing the world.
The event takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and for those who won't be attending the show, there are multiple ways to watch it. If you live in the United States, you'll have to watch Double or Nothing on WarnerMedia's B/R Live. If you live in the UK, Double or Nothing will air on the ITV Box Office channel at 1 AM BST on Sunday, May 26. For everyone outside of the US, you can watch the PPV on Fite.tv, which aired All In last year.
Double or Nothing will air at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET / 1 AM BST (May 26) / 10 AM AET (May 26), with a kickoff show called "The Buy-In" airing on B/R Live or on AEW's YouTube. There will be two matches on the card: the Casino (Battle) Royale and Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guervara. You can check out the full match card below.
Double or Nothing Match Card:
- Casino (Battle) Royale (Buy-In Pre-Show… #1 Contender Match)
- Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guervara (Buy-In Pre-Show)
- Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho, & Ryo Mizunami
- The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs. Angelico & Jack Evans
- SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. Strong Hearts (Cima, T-Hawk, and Lindaman from China's OWE)
- Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho (#1 Contender Match)
- 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
Like every person on the internet, GameSpot's Wrestle Buddies, Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner have opinions about who will win and lose the matches at Double or Nothing, and you can check those all out below. Make sure to come back to GameSpot on Saturday, May 25 for live coverage and a review of the show.
Casino (Battle) Royale (Buy-In Pre-Show: #1 Contender Match)
Mat: Last year, at All In, Flip Gordon won the Over Budget Battle Royal, but he had a luchador mask on the entire time, so it was quite the surprise. And while there 12 wrestlers confirmed for the Casino (Battle) Royale, could a random person be the winner? There are still 9 mystery performers in this match. With Shawn Spears recently added to the card, I want to lean towards him pulling out the win. However, I want to stick with my original prediction, when the match was announced and go with MJF. He's been a big player on Being The Elite and a fantastic heel, which would be a great addition to the #1 Contender picture. Most likely, someone who hasn't been announced will win, but I'm sticking with my guns.
Chris: I'm intrigued by the battle royale this year because of the stakes. The winner of the match will go on to face the winner of Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jeicho to crown the first AEW Champion. Immediately, that tells me Shawn Speaks--FKA "Perfect 10" Tye Dillinger--isn't going to win. There's no way AEW would have two WWE guys face off in its very first title match. (Spoilers for my main event prediction.) That said, I think it's impossible to predict a winner now because I'm expecting it to be a surprise entrant we don't know yet.
Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guervara (Buy-In Pre-Show)
Mat: Much like MJF, Sammy Guervara has a place on Being The Elite, almost every week. Kip Sabian is a more recent signee to the company, and frankly, I don't know a lot about the guy. I know he's the "Handsome Hustler," and that's a name/gimmick I can get behind. For me, this is all about character, and Kip Sabian will get the win based solely on that.
Chris: I've seen Sammy Guevara wrestle live before--a match in which Walter--who is now signed to WWE--bear the tar out of him in a very entertaining match and I was instantly impressed with him. Truthfully, I don't know much about Kip Sabian, but the few clips I've seen are very impressive. So I have no doubt this will be a great match. That said, given all of the exposure he's gotten on Being The Elite, I have to assume Sammy Guevara is going to walk away with the victory in this one.
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho, & Ryo Mizunami
Mat: I don't know an incredible amount about the women in this match, as this is my first time seeing half of them perform. So this prediction is more about the look of the competitors to me than their actual ability. That all being said, I'm going team Aja Kong.
Chris: Like Mat, I'm not super familiar with all six of these women. That said, I've seen a few clips and am looking forward to this on quite a bit. It could really go either way, but I'm also siding with Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, & Emi Sakura getting the win.
The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs. Angelico & Jack Evans
Mat: I can get behind the idea of two gentleman being best friends and demanding to have their own match, as they are bigger than the Casino (Battle) Royale they were placed in a month prior. I like Angelico & Jack Evans, but The Best Friends are more of a high-profile team, and sure, they could put Angelico & Evans over as a boost, but I feel like Taylor and Beretta should win to elevate their tag team status in AEW.
Chris: I love the Best Friends and have no doubt they will be tag team champions whenever AEW introduces those titles. That said, Angelico and Jack Evans are no slouches. What excites me most about this match is the different styles between the teams. Angelico and Evans are going to fly high, while Chuckie T and Trent will keep their offense on the ground. In the end, I think Evans and Angelico will squeak out the win, though I hope we see these two teams battle again.
SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. Strong Hearts (Cima, T-Hawk, and Lindaman)
Mat: AEW has a partnership with OWE, so we will be seeing plenty of wrestlers from China on the upcoming TNT programming as well as the PPV events from now on. The Strong Hearts will be taking on one of Being The Elite's stars, SCU. And listen, I love SCU. Their segments are my favorites each week, and I also love them as in-ring performers. But when it comes to this match, I'm predicting The Strong Hearts will win, mainly to give OWE a big push.
Chris: I'm a big SCU fan and have been since long before this trio started working together, back in the days when SoCal Uncensored was just a website that tracks all indy wrestling in the Los Angeles-area. I'm much less familiar with the Strong hearts, though I do love Cima. I'm interested to see what this match brings to the table. Given that SCU recently spent some time in China with the stars of OWE, I can only assume they've cooked up something special. I'm going with the Strong Hearts for the win, but I can't wait to hear the promo a losing SCU cuts on Vegas--the worst town they've ever been in.
Dr. Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose vs. Kylie Rae
Mat: I want to say this is one of the matches I'm most excited for, but that's going to be six-way tie. I'm a huge Dr. Britt Baker fan, and I love that this will be a triple threat match, to add a little something different to the card. However, when it comes down to it, I'm giving the win to Nyla Rose, mainly because I really like to see monstrous women wrestlers dominate the smaller ones. And that's a rarity in wrestling, aside from Nia Jax or Awesome Kong.
Chris: One of the wrestlers in this match is a dentist. She wins, obviously. I love how different these three women are. It will make for a unique bout as these three women vie for domination of AEW's women's division. Like I said, though, my money's on the dentist; Britt Baker.
Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes
Mat: It's the storyline and match I really wanted in WWE, but I don't think we ever truly got it. I know there was a feud between the two, but it was probably buried or something, right? Anyway, this is being booked as brother vs. brother, two wrestlers from two different eras fighting each other in the ring. I can see this one going either way, but I actually see Dustin Rhodes eking out a win at the end.
Chris: What a bout this is going to be. Throughout their time in WWE, I wanted to see this match badly. The children of Dusty Rhodes facing off is a dream match. It's more exciting now, though, as Cody has found himself since leaving WWE and the character he's honed is better than anything he did working for wrestling's biggest company. Dustin, meanwhile, won't have any sort of limitations that might come with the Goldust character. I expect this to be a brawl with some fun technical elements mixed in. These guys aren't high-flyers, they're just wrestlers. And that's more than enough. I see Cody taking the win, though.
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix)
For The AAA Tag Team Championships
Mat: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. This is going to be amazing. It's basically my two favorite tag teams in all of wrestling--with two exceptionally different styles--going at it for the AAA Tag Team Championships. This will be one of the highlights of the evening, right behind Omega and Jericho. This really could go either way, but I'd like to see the AAA Tag titles back on the Lucha Bros., so AEW doesn't have a championship circulating within the company, for now. That's why I'm predicting the Lucha Bros. to win and take back the AAA Tag Team Championships.
Chris: This is an especially weird moment for me, as a fan of wrestling. I've been following the Young Bucks since they wrestled under chicken costumes as Los Gallineros, then when they went by the monikers Slick Nick and Mr. Instant Replay. Seeing how far they've come from the days of wrestling in front of 20 people at a swap meet is incredible. Now they are one of the biggest tag teams on the planet and they're going toe-to-toe with the other biggest tag team on the planet. What a difference 15 years makes. This match is going to be incredible. With these four in the ring together, I would expect nothing short of that. It could also be match of the night. In the end, though, I expect the Lucha Bros. to win back the AAA Tag Team Championships. And we all win, because what a bout this is going to be.
Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho (#1 Contender Match)
Mat: If you missed Omega vs. Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 12, don't worry because we'll be getting something near the greatness of that 2018 match here at Double of Nothing. Jericho has the amazing ability to make anything cool, even mime makeup. And Kenny Omega is easily the best wrestler of this generation (I know… Tanahashi, Okada, and Ibushi are on that list too, but sit with me). These are two amazing performers, coming together for the wrestling sequel that fans want and deserve. Does it get any better than this? The best part is that this will be for the #1 Contender slot for the future AEW Championship, so there is something big on the line. This one is tough to call, but I'm giving the win to Jericho, as him being in that #1 Contender position will be a goldmine for promo material.
Did I just predict all of The Elite will lose at Double or Nothing? Yikes.
Chris: The first Omega vs. Jericho match was incredible. It was one of Chris Jericho's best matches ever, which is impressive given the talent he's gone up against in his legendary career. I expect nothing less this second time around. However, I think this might even surpass their meeting at Wrestle Kingdom 12. Both of these guys have had some time off to heal up and train, and being booked in the main event of AEW's first show means they're going to want to go above and beyond to deliver. And in the end, I expect it will be Chris Jericho that gets the victory. It will give him so much promo material, then he can go on to face the winner of the Casino (Battle) Royale for the AEW Championship.