AEW hosts it’s second pay-per-view event of 2020, with no fans but new titles up for grabs!
We begin the PPV with the preshow, well as AEW calls it the Buy In. Excalibur and Taz gave us a rundown of what we were in store for tonight.
Then we got an interview, or attempted interview, with Jake Roberts and Lance Archer. They were in an abandoned house or cabin. Archer was destroying everything in sight with a sledgehammer, no questions were really answered. Apparently destroying toilets and such was a way to prove Archer was ready for his match with Cody later.
Best Friends defeated Private Party via Pinfall (Strong Zero)
This was a great way to start Double or Nothing off on the right foot. Both teams pulled off some impressive moves, Private Party even used G9 in honor of Shad Gaspard. Even though Private Party were amazing, Best Friends achieved victory and are the number one contenders to the tag titles.
Before going to the main show, Arn Anderson is interviewed. Double A questioned the whole smashing toilets with a sledgehammer. He actually said that toilets don’t hit back, but Cody does. Then Double A played a game of what ifs. What if Jake hits a DDT on him? What if he hits Jake with a spine buster? What if Mike Tyson knocks them both out?
Then he said the good thing is, this match gets decided in the ring, no matter how crazy things may get. Double A then talked about how Lance Archer ran through his side of the bracket, so of course people think this may be a done deal. But then people are forgetting all of Cody’s qualities. While Cody has a lot of his dad’s legacy, tonight he could start his own legacy by finally winning the big one.
We get a quick video promo of the history between Jon Moxley and Brodie Lee, at least what has gotten them to this point.
To open the main show, the AEW Roster thanks those on the front lines of COVID-19 and pay tribute to Shad Gaspard.
We then hear from opponents in the Casino Ladder Match, which will start us off!
Brian Cage defeated Kip Sabian, Darby Allin, Frankie Kazarian, Joey Janela, Luchasaurus, Scorpio Sky, Colt Cabana and Orange Cassidy, he earned a future AEW Title shot
Yes you are reading this right, Brian Cage finally showed up in AEW! It seems he will be managed or affiliated in some way with Taz, which should be an interesting story. Beyond Cage as the main story, this ladder match was filled with a ton of action. Darby Allin may have seriously injured himself after jumping off a ladder on his skateboard. It was definitely chaotic.
MJF defeated Jungle Boy via Pinfall
MJF remains unbeaten in AEW, at least that’s what commentary said throughout the match. Jungle Boy put up a tough fight, at one point wrestling with one good arm. Unfortunately for Jungle Boy, MJF always seems to be one step ahead.
Cody defeated Lance Archer via Pinfall (Cross Rhodes) to become the TNT Champion
Right from the get go, Archer hit Cody with the Blackout but Cody wouldn’t be put away that easily. With Mike Tyson at ringside, it almost seemed that Archer was trying to impress him or show Tyson he can be better than him. Archer was brutal during this, but once Jake and Arn got sent to the back, Archer got caught by Cody. Two Cross Rhodes later and Cody is being given the TNT championship title by Tyson.
After the match, we get an update on Britt Baker’s injury…well kind of. The ringside doctor explained that Baker has tendon tears, a broken leg, etc. Then the doctor said that the injuries are not nearly as bad as the patient. Although he has told her what she needs to do to heal, Baker will tell everyone how long she will be out for on Wednesday. Then we went back ringside.
Kris Statlander defeated Penelope Ford via Pinfall (Big Bang Theory)
Although Statlander may have been preparing for Britt Baker, she had no problem adjusting to her new opponent. Both Ford and Statlander have gymnastic backgrounds according to commentary, so both women had impressive moves to show off.
Dustin Rhodes defeated Shawn Spears via Pinfall (Final Reckoning)
It seemed like no one expected Rhodes to show up, everyone kind off wrote him off. Spears showed up in a suite for gods sake! He definitely was expecting to win this match by forfeit. But Spears did not take into account the resiliency of Rhodes. After having his music played twice, Rhodes snuck up behind Spears. At one point Spears was down to Tully Blanchard boxers…yes it was weird.
After the match a video package hyping ALL OUT for September 5th was played.
Before the Women’s Championship match, there is a nice tribute graphic in memory of Hana Kimura. Excalibur said a few words, calling on us all to be better and kinder. It was beautiful.
Hikaru Shida defeated Nyla Rose to become the New AEW Women’s Champion
This was a lot of fun to watch. From using the giant poker chips at ringside to kendo sticks, this one had it all. Both women had an excellent match, they both had a few cool moments. It was nice to see Shida get this win after all the hard work she has put in.
Jon Moxley defeated Brodie Lee via Referee Stoppage (Sleeper Hold)
The match began oddly because of security or some sort of staff in the ring being a division blocking the men from each other before the bell. Brodie seemed to have the upper hand at the start, but its Moxley..he has no quit. The end really came from a Paradigm Shift that broke the ramp.
Before the Stadium Stampede Match, we find out a line of AEW action figures is coming later this year.
We see some highlights from the show, then its time. We get the entrances of the Inner Circle. Who are all in Inner Circle football jerseys. Then the Elite got introduced, although Hangman Page is missing.
The Elite defeated the Inner Circle via Pinfall (One Winged Angel)
I honestly have no words for this match. They fought on the field, in the stands. Hangman Page rode in on a horse and tried to chase down Sammy Guevara. Matt Jackson hit a moonsault off the goalpost. Chris Jericho called for a replay. Matt Hardy became different versions of himself in a pool. Santana got locked in an ice chest. Just go watch this as soon as you can.
We end the show with the Elite standing tall together. Well really, with a Gatorade bath because thats how one should celebrate a victory in a football stadium.