On May 25th we had the long-awaited debut show of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for Double or Nothing.
Being broadcast from Las Vegas, it featured a strongly related theme, with the Buy-in (pre-show) and the Casino Battle Royale. Will Cody and the Bucks strike it lucky with their gamble and make their company a success? Only time will tell, but having stayed the course to watch this spectacle, here are the five things we have learned from AEW’s Double or Nothing.
1. Dustin Rhodes Can Still Go
The talent of Cody was never in doubt, but given the relative age of Dustin and the effects that age would have on physical ability, one would be doubtful. Allied to this is how Dustin Rhodes (Goldust) was used in WWE programming. He was never really afforded a chance to show his abilities as a performer. In some years time, I’m sure Vince will look back on this match and realise that Stardust (aka Cody Rhodes) vs Goldust was a match he should have booked. It’s also got me excited for the Fight for the Fallen card, with the Rhodes Brothers taking on the Young Bucks – bring. It. On.
2. The Women Go On Second Everywhere Apparently
It’s a common trope of British wrestling that the women always seem to be the second match of the card, if there’s a women’s match at all. As soon as Alex Marvez and Excalibur ran through the matchcard of Double or Nothing, I let out an inaudible scream (it would’ve been audible had it not been for my sleeping family). It’s quite frustrating that this has happened – AEW could have done something differently and stocked their show to the gills with women’s wrestling.
They have enough talent on their roster that an all-female show wouldn’t be difficult. Despite whatever reasoning AEW have, the
three four women in the match are talented enough that they could have opened the show and set the tone for the new company, especially with Awesome Kong’s involvement.
3. AEW Are Going More Mature With Their Content
Joey Janela received a cigarette to the forehead. That was after he was getting spiked right on his head by Jungle Boy but prior to being absolutely yeeted through a table by Luchasaurus. Tommy Dreamer hit competitors straight in the head with a trashcan and its lid – and that’s just in the pre-show. I also distinctly recall swearing from the commentary team during the six-women tag match.
All things considered this product is definitely aimed at an adult demographic, which could set it apart from other options. To my mind, it will provide an alternative to those fans who may want to see wrestling companies push the boundaries of what is acceptable a little more.
4. The AEW Title Looks Great
The ceremony to display it took a little bit of a winding route, mind you. It involved Jack Whitehall, Adam Page, MJF, Jungle Boy, Jimmy Havoc and, of all people, Bret Hart. This proves yet again that wrestling in 2019 is weird but I am living for it. The belt itself has UFC vibes, but excites the magpie part of me on account of how shiny it is. I genuinely can’t wait to see who gets their hands on it first out of Adam Page and Chris Jericho.
5. Kip Sabian Is One To Watch
Kip Sabian is an amazing wrestler. I know, shocking right? Wrestler that people have said is amazing for ages, and who has been doing amazing things on the British scene, turns out to be marvellous. He has very marketable looks and Mr “Suuuuperbad” is just tremendous. If the involvement of ITV with AEW grants more opportunities to British wrestlers, and if that means Kip gets the spotlight shone on him often, then I am here for it.
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