The wrestling landscape has been impacted in a major way due to the current global pandemic.
Now that arena shows full of thousands of fans have been put on hold, companies like WWE have been forced to broadcast empty arena events. Another wrestling fed that has followed that same formula is All Elite Wrestling. And in all honesty, they’ve been doing a pretty good job of it thus far by having members of the roster provide the proper crowd noise for their matches. The episodes presented during this coronavirus craze have been building up to AEW’s next major PPV event, Double or Nothing. The second installment of this event was originally supposed to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but now it will emanate from an undisclosed location.
Even with a venue change, AEW Double or Nothing 2020 is looking to be a pretty exciting match card. Let’s break down every announced matchup and predict who’ll come out of this event as the big winners.
Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) vs. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent) (Tag Team Match to Determine the #1 Contenders for the AEW World Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: Chuck Taylor and Trent have been on quite the hot streak lately. They’ve captured several triumphant wins and done so after producing some entertaining performances. I get the feeling that their winning ways will continue as they prepare for an inevitable meeting with “Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega.
I love Private Party, but it’s pretty clear that the Best Friends are being pushed far higher up the card than them at this current time. Do I think Chuck and Trent will defeat Kenny Omega and Page when they finally cash in their title shot? No. But I think they’ll handily defeat the party boys here and march onto a future championship opportunity on Dynamite.
Dustin Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears
Predictions & Winner: Shawn Spears sure has a hard-on for disrespecting the Rhodes brothers. He’s been seen stewing in the heel crowd section while watching Cody and Dustin compete in the AEW TNT Championship, which has caused his thirst for revenge against them to grow ever more severe.
After watching Spears hilariously slander Dustin during his SSN segment, I care about this grudge match a little bit more. Even though it would make a lot of sense for Dustin to make his return and prevail over a sworn enemy of the Rhodes family, I get the feeling that Spears will finally get one up on Cody be defeating his brother. And I’m expecting Tully Blanchard to come back to help his guy and get Spears back to his winning ways.
MJF (with Wardlow) vs. Jungle Boy
Predictions & Winner: After weeks and weeks of required absence from AEW Dynamite, both MJF and Jungle Boy have finally returned to the ring. MJF is currently enjoying a hot streak buoyed by excellent promos (no surprise there) and triumphant wins.
Jungle Boy has a pretty decent win-loss record of his own, plus MJF is in the midst of a big push towards the AEW World Championship. This young boy matchup will certainly be a fun time and showcase both talents in a very positive light. MJF is clearly going over here to continue his excellent run and gather more steam before he reaches the very tip-top of the AEW roster.
Penelope Ford (with Kip Sabian) vs. Kris Statlander
Predictions & Winner: After Britt Baker suffered a nasty injury on the go-home Dynamite show for this PPV, she’s been replaced by Penelope Ford. I’m expecting Britt to still be at this show and get in some verbal digs at Kris Statlander by blaming her for her injured leg, though.
As for the match, I think Kris will get the win here as AEW keeps her hot until she competes against a freshly healed Britt at some point in the near future. Kinda depressing to see Britt get hurt mere days before her planned matchup, but her heel work on the mic should keep her fresh in fans’ minds until she comes back to wrestle once again.
Darby Allin vs. Colt Cabana vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Joey Janela vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Kip Sabian vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Luchasaurus vs. ??? (Casino Ladder Match for a Future AEW World Championship Match)
Predictions & Winner: I’m fully prepared to enjoy every bit of this ladder assisted, car crash affair. This matchup is a wild mix between a battle royal and a Money in the Bank Ladder Match. It’s pretty safe to say that Darby Allen will do something extremely risky off the ladder, Orange Cassidy will do something cool while his hands are in his pocket, Joey Janela will risk it all as expected and Scorpio Sky will certainly do the same. The biggest question surrounding this matchup is who will be the mystery man to make his grand debut during this PPV?
There’s been a lot of recent WWE releases that have put a lot of great talents in the free-agent pool. One of those men is EC3, a man who’s developed a new kind of intensity within his newest slate of promos. I’m betting he’s the man that will come out last and shock the wrestling world as the big surprise debut on this show. Funny how EC3 could make his in-ring debut during a ladder match since he did just that back at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. With such a stacked lineup of great talents to choose from here, who do I think will walk away as the victor? My pick is Darby Allen. The madman with the half-painted face will overcome this ladder match challenge and get his rematch with Jon Moxley with the AEW Championship on the line. With this win, Darby’s ascent up the card will get a much-deserved boost here.
Cody (with Arn Anderson and Brandi Rhodes) vs. Lance Archer (with Jake Roberts) (Tournament Final for the Inaugural AEW TNT Championship; Presented by Mike Tyson)
Predictions & Winner: I knew this one was going to happen sooner than later. Jake “The Snake” Roberts came into AEW with Lance Archer in tow with one goal in mind – destroy the face of the company, Cody. Cody made every attempt to ignore their constant requests for a match, but the TNT Championship tournament has forced him into finally confronting the raging behemoth. This storyline has been built up perfectly – Cody has fought valiantly to make his way to the Finals, while Archer has torn through the opposition with ease. Archer even laid into Cody’s older brother Dustin Rhodes, which has given Cody plenty of reason to avenge him and take the fight to Roberts’ chosen monster.
Now Archer will finally get his wish and take on Cody. And what makes this matchup even more important is the fact that it’s being contested for the brand new AEW TNT Championship. Since Cody can no longer vie for the AEW World Championship, we all know that he’s going to try his damndest to get his hands around the company’s secondary title. Archer sure won’t make it easy for him, though.
So who do I think will walk away from this show as the first-ever TNT Champion? I’m putting my money on Cody for this one. Somehow someway, Cody will find a way to prevail by planting Archer with repeated Cross Rhodes and nab the triumphant win. I get the feeling that this feud needs to continue, plus Cody has to claim a title at some point during his AEW career. Cody’s win here will further cement him as an AEW great and give Archer even more of a reason to keep going at him.
Nyla Rose (c) vs. Hikaru Shida (No Disqualification and No Countout Match for the AEW Women’s World Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Nyla Rose was out of the AEW Dynamite scene for a while now due to the pandemic madness that kept a lot of other AEW talents off the show. But now that she’s back, she hasn’t lost a step as the destroyer and reigning champion of the women’s division. Hikaru Shida quickly rose up the ranks during Rose’s absence and fought her way to the #1 contender position through her quality efforts against Britt Baker and several other top-ranking members of AEW’s women’s division.
With relaxed rules added to this bout, I get the feeling that this affair will stand out as one of the better contests on the show. Shida will put up a good fight, but she’ll end up falling to her much larger and domineering foe at the end of it all. Rose just came back to further legitimize her women’s title reign, so it wouldn’t make much sense for her to drop it so soon after returning. This will be Shida’s star-making performance in AEW and definitely set her up for future greatness. But you’d be crazy to place all your best against the champion here. “The Native Beast’s” grasp over the women’s title shall continue!
Matt Hardy and The Elite (Adam Page, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson) vs. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz) (Stadium Stampede Match)
Predictions & Winners: This is a mighty fine replacement for The Elite vs. Inner Circle Blood & Guts steel cage match that was canceled a few months back. And the addition of Matt Hardy and his multiple gimmicks have proved beneficial to Kenny Omega since his tag team title partner has been in quarantine. The same goes for the Young Bucks, who have been finding unique ways to stay in tip-top wrestling shape during their absence from AEW.
Omega and Hardy have thrown themselves headfirst into The Elite’s ongoing war with The Inner Circle and have been on both the winning/losing end thus far. I loved the hell out of their Street Fight on Dynamite, which is why I’m extra excited to see both teams bring that entertaining formula to a massive football field. And this time, Omega and Hardy will have all the extra backup needed to stay on equal footing with “Le Champion’s” wrestling mafia.
The Inner Circle has managed to stay on top since its very inception. Even after taking some devastating losses, they’ve always found a way to rebuild their cred and keep themselves in the main event scene. They’ve made The Elite’s lives a living hell as they’ve sent one of their members away in an injured state for months and snuck away with big wins thanks to their gangland tactics.
I think they’ll finally meet their match here now that the entirety of The Elite will be on hand to even up the odds. This match better come close to the quality of those incredible Lethal Lockdown and Wargames matches fans have come to appreciate. Even without the use of a steel cage, I’m sure this brawl will be full of plunder, brutality, and hilarity. The combined efforts of “Woken” Matt Hardy and The Elite will overcome the Inner Circle and do it in the most convincing way possible.
Jon Moxley (c) vs. Brodie Lee (AEW World Championship)
Predictions & Winner: The Dark Order’s “Exalted One” has put his in-ring dominance on display since arriving in the AEW. He’s destroyed every jobber that’s stepped in front of him, done plenty of lasting damage to established stars, and has increased his stable ranks. Now he’s decided to target the number one guy in the company that holds its much sought after championship, Jon Moxley. Moxley has been riding high as AEW World Champion since winning it – he’s been able to maintain his top position by handing out L’s to Jake Hager, Frankie Kazarian, and others. Now he has to contend with an old foe that just so happens to have a new line of backup by his side.
This matchup should deliver in the quality department since Brodie Lee and Moxley have produced good to great matches during their WWE run. While I enjoy Lee in his new role as the leader of a creepy cult, Moxley is my easy pick here. He’s still experiencing a strong run as champion and I don’t see that title reign coming to an end anytime soon. Don’t be surprised if Moxley ends up surpassing Chris Jericho’s past title reign when it comes to consecutive days held. Lee will certainly put up a good fight, but Moxley will ultimately prevail and overcome his much larger foe. Moxley’s reign will continue uninterrupted, folks!