Wrestling fans don’t have to wait much longer for the event that everyone has been talking about.
All Elite Wrestling’s first major pay-per-view, Double or Nothing, will air live this Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. When Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks put on All In before creating AEW, they proved they were capable of putting together a successful independent show. Now, many are expecting Double or Nothing to follow suit.
There are nine official matches on the card, with two being on the Buy In pre-show and the remaining seven being on the main card.
I’m pretty sure this is the first non-WWE/NXT event that I’m making predictions for, so let’s see how this goes!
The Buy-In Pre Show
Kip Sabian vs Sammy Guevara
First up is one of the two matches on the pre-show. Kip Sabian was initially announced for the Over the Budget Battle Royale on the February 20th episode of The Road to Double or Nothing. On May 6th, the match was changed to the Casino Battle Royale and then two days later it was announced that Sabian would be facing Sammy Guevara.
Making his debut in 2013, Guevara has worked for the National Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Lucha Underground, Major League Wrestling, and Lucha Libre AAA, where he is a former AAA World Cruiserweight Champion.
Sabian has wrestled for numerous promotions since his debut in 2009, such as WOS Wrestling, Revolution Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and Defiant Wrestling.
To be honest, I’m not very familiar with these two men. However, they both seem like they can put on quite a match. Since I have to make a prediction, I’m going with Guevara. He seems like the more established wrestler, but it should still be a pretty even bout regardless.
Winner: Sammy Guevara
The Casino Battle Royale
Announced: Sonny Kiss, Brandon Cutler, Ace Romero, Brian Pillman Jr., Glacier, Sunny Daze, MJF, Joey Janela, Dustin Thomas, Billy Gunn, Jimmy Havoc, Michael Nakazawa, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Private Party, Shawn Spears, TBA
Next, we have the final match scheduled for the pre-show. This is a 21-man battle royal, where five men will start the match. Five more men will enter every three minutes, with the 21st entrant entering alone. The winner of the match will receive a title shot at the AEW World Championship.
There are several men who are favorites going into this match, with my top picks being Kiss, Janela, and Havoc. If I had to narrow it down to just one man, my pick is Kiss. He was one of the first signees to AEW and winning here could help propel him into the main event scene within the promotion.
It also would help cement the fact that AEW is very serious about promoting equality in wrestling. With that being said, Kiss winning could not only be a big deal in the wrestling world, but perhaps outside of it as well.
Winner: Sonny Kiss
Why Adam Page vs. PAC is not happening *Possible Spoilers Ahead*
After PAC interrupted Adam Page at the inaugural AEW rally in Jacksonville, it set up a pretty heated feud between the two. At the following AEW rally in Las Vegas, a match between them was made official.
However, as of a few days ago, the match has been canceled due to “creative differences”. The storyline was that PAC refused to come to Vegas or AEW after Page confronted him at a WrestleGate Pro event in England and beat him via disqualification.
What supposedly happened was PAC wanting to remain undefeated as the Open the Dream Gate Champion. But AEW had other plans, and now one of the show’s most anticipated bouts is no more.
It’s a shame that this match isn’t happening, because it could have easily been one of the best contests of the night. Hopefully this kind of situation won’t become a recurring problem for AEW.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs. Angélico and Jack Evans
As we move into the main card, we first look at one of the tag team contests scheduled for the show. Like Kip Sabian, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta were originally scheduled to be in the Casino Battle Royale. But then AEW signed Angélico & Jack Evans from Lucha Libre AAA and made this contest instead.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, since AEW has talked about putting a heavy emphasis on tag team wrestling. This is one of three tag matches on the Double or Nothing card.
I’m going with Taylor & Berretta here, but I could see it going either way. Regardless, this should be a highly entertaining contest that helps prove why AEW is serious about tag team wrestling.
Winners: Best Friends
Britt Baker vs. Kylie Rae vs. Nyla Rose
When AEW’s Chief Brand Officer, Brandi Rhodes, spoke at the inaugural AEW rally, she said women’s wrestling was not going to be ignored and would be a major focal point for the promotion.
She then announced the first women’s signee to AEW: Britt Baker. Kylie Rae and Nyla Rose were signed at the following AEW rally, then a triple threat between the three was announced the next day. Rose’s signing was a big deal since she was the first transgender woman to sign with a major American wrestling promotion.
This match can go one of two ways for me: either Baker or Rose is going to pick up the win. Anyone who knows me knows I love Britt; she’s a hometown girl and deserves all the success that comes her way. Rose is definitely the wild card in this match, bringing the imposing size that could make her a force to be reckoned with in the AEW women’s division.
Rae is a great competitor as well, don’t get me wrong, I just think that the other two have a better chance of winning. While I could easily see Rose emerging victorious, I’m still going to go with Baker.
All three are going to kill it, but Dr. Baker D.M.D. will show everyone why she was AEW’s first women’s signee.
Winner: Britt Baker
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky) vs. Strong Hearts (CIMA, T-Hawk, & El Lindaman)
Along with Lucha Libre AAA, AEW has also partnered with Oriental Wrestling Entertainment. Because of this partnership, they were able to add CIMA to the event. Daniels, Kazarian, & Sky asked to face him and two partners of his choosing at Double or Nothing.
In March, Oriental Wrestling Entertainment held a tag team tournament to determine who was going to team with CIMA. Then a few weeks ago, T-Hawk and El Lindaman were announced as his partners and the stage was set.
CIMA is a living legend in the world of wrestling, and it wouldn’t surprise me if his team picks up the win. SoCal Uncensored are already extremely popular with fans, so them taking the loss wouldn’t hurt them in the slightest.
Winners: Strong Hearts
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho, & Ryo Mizunami
Up next is the other women’s bout on the card. For this one, we get several Japanese stars squaring off in a six-woman tag team match, including the legendary, Aja Kong.
With all of this talent packed into one match, it’s sure to impress and further showcase what the AEW women’s division is all about.
Kong, Sakazaki, & Sakura are definitely going to win. Any team with Kong on it is almost always the automatic favorite and it’s going to be no different here. This one doesn’t need a whole lot of explaining.
Winners: Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, & Emi Sakura
Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho
Then we come to the rematch of Alpha vs. Omega. Back at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January, Omega defeated Jericho in their first encounter. He would then decide to sign with AEW instead of WWE, but his announcement was interrupted by Jericho—who had also signed with the promotion.
This is easily one of the most talked about feuds and matches, and one that will certainly be hard to top come May 25th. The two have had numerous confrontations, including at All In last September and Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea event the following month.
Either one of these men could pick up the win on Saturday night, but I’m going with Jericho. Omega’s already beaten him once, and I don’t see him doing it twice in a row. Somehow, someway, Jericho will find a way to win to set up another match between the two down the line.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes
Now we move on to the match that I’m most intrigued by.
After several weeks of speculation and teasing potential Double or Nothing opponents, Cody announced on April 20th that he would be facing his brother, Dustin. This would then kick off weeks of buildup, including a fantastic promo from Cody in which he stated he would “kill” the Attitude Era by beating his brother.
Just because of that promo alone, this is the match that I’m most looking forward to. It’s going to be what everyone wanted when WWE tried to pull off the Rhodes brother feud. I fully expect this to be match of the night, especially if it’s as entertaining and exciting as the buildup has been so far.
I’m picking Cody to be the brother that emerges victorious. In that promo he showed that he meant business and will do everything in his power to make sure his generation is no longer compared to the “gilded late-90’s/early 00’s wrestlers”. In his mind it’s time for the younger generation to take over, and that starts with him defeating Dustin at Double or Nothing.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
AAA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (c.) vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix)
Finally, we come to the match that should main event the show. I mean from the very beginning, The Young Bucks have wanted to prove that tag team wrestling could be the main event.
There has been some bad blood between the two teams for the past several months. First, The Lucha Bros attacked The Young Bucks at the AEW Las Vegas rally. Then The Young Bucks returned the favor in February at AAW Wrestling’s The Art of War show.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Matt and Nick showed up at AAA’s Rey de Reyes in March and beat The Lucha Bros for the AAA World Tag Team Championships. Now Pentagon Jr. And Fenix are out for revenge and look to take the titles back on The Young Bucks’ home turf.
This is another match of the night contender for sure; both teams will bring the house down and show that tag team wrestling is main event-worthy. I’m thinking The Young Bucks will retain here, but the feud will continue for a little while longer.
Winners: The Young Bucks
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