AEW Double or Nothing: Thoughts & Predictions

Tossing Salt Presents:
AEW Double or Nothing PPV
Thoughts & Predictions
May 25, 2019
DougMaynard.com
Coming up tonight from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV is the debut PPV offering from the powers-that-be of AEW, All Elite Wrestling. Nine matches have been announced for this event so far. I’m sure that we’ll have more and a few surprises as well,  but for now, let’s just work with what we have. It’s time to peer into the future and offer a few thoughts and predictions. Let’s do this…

Six-Man Tag Match
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky) vs. Strong Hearts (Cima, T-Hawk, and El Lindaman)

Six man action from six very talented and under-rated superstars. I’ve always been a big fan of Daniels and Kazarian and they’ve never really gotten the appreciation they deserve over the years. The Strong Hearts team, I only know by reputation and word of mouth, but what I have heard has been impressive. My gut is telling me that SoCal Uncensored don’t need the win here. They’re heels and one good promo can offset any win or loss rather easily. I think that the Strong Hearts are more of the unknowns and need the win more.

Winners: Strong Hearts (Cima, T-Hawk and El Lindaman)

Winner faces Casino Battle Royale winner in a future AEW World Championship match
Chris Jericho versus Kenny Omega

The last time these two men fought, it was Omega taking the nod so that would make you think that Jericho should get his win back here, right? And it wouldn’t hurt at all to have the one time Y2J as one of the men wrestling to become the first ever AEW World Champion. That gives the belt a lot of instant credibility. But Jericho foesn’t need to win or lose to matter and be a strong factor in the main title scene. Just by being around, he’s a big deal and top contender. And Omega is so damn good as well, it’s a tough call as to who should be the one to face the winner of the Casino Battle Royal to make history as the first champion. I would prefer to see Jericho, but my gut is saying that Omega is the man to place the bets on. I’ll go with the gut here.

Winner: Kenny Omega

Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose vs. Kylie Rae

Honestly, these three are all mysteries to me, but looking over at Wikipedia and talking to a friend of mine, they all have impressive skills and resumes. I’ll just call it on the fly here and go with the one that WWE, ROH and Impact all wanted, but AEW snagged her instead. They have plans for Dr. Britt Baker and I think they all start here at Double or Nothing.

Winner: Dr. Britt Baker

Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes

Cosy is obviously the star of AEW and a future top guy if not the top guy for the company. Dustin is 50 years old and just had double-knee surgery and while he’s in probably the best shape of his life, definitely the underdog here against his baby brother. There is no reason for Dustio to win. None at all. And for that alone, I think that at least here in the opening round of what I hope to be a series of great matches, the experience and knowledge will come out over the youth and cockiness. Look for Cody to do most of the dominating of this match, but it only takes one mistake and the veteran that is Dustin will take advantage and snatch a win from the jaws of defeat. I think Cody will win the war, but the first battle, here at Double or Nothing, will belong to Dustin.

Winner: Dustin Rhodes

21-man Casino Battle Royale
Winner receives a future AEW World Championship match against Chris Jericho or Kenny Omega
Sonny Kiss vs. Brandon Cutler vs. Ace Romero vs. Glacier vs. Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Sunny Daze vs. MJF vs. Joey Janela vs. Dustin Thomas vs. Billy Gunn vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Michael Nakazawa vs. Jungle Boy vs. Isiah Kassidy vs. Marq Quen vs. Luchasaurus vs. Shawn Spears vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA

Those four TBA’s for the big Battle Royale have me kind of scratching my head and wondering what surprises that AEW might be hiding up their sleeves. Can one of them be a former WWE Champion who was once known as the “Best In The World”? If he shows up, he wins. Period. But he also has an announcing gig booked for Sunday night as well so I don’t think he’ll be there. So of the rest of the guys, who has the best chance and would be the best choice to face off against Omega (or Jericho) to become the first ever AEW World Champion? Looking at the names involved, I think it’s down to Shawn Spears, Joey Janela or Glacier. Okay, just kidding about Glacier, but that would be cool… like ice, like a Glacier is a big chunk of ice. Get it. Okay, not funny, but I’m trying. Will the former Tye Dillinger have his act together and pull off a performance that rates a perfect 10? He very well could, but that gut feeling is acting up again and says to go with Janela and who am I to argue? I have a thing for guys named Joey anyway. “How you doing?” So I will.

Winner: Joey Janela

AAA World Tag Team Championship Match
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) vs. The Lucha Bros (Penta El Zero M and Fénix)

Matt and Nick are so damn good at times, but I do hate their “superkick parties”. That was them, right? They’re a great tag team. And the Lucha Bros. Unfortunately, the WWE and that House Party tag team has soured me on almost anything with the name “Lucha” in it. A dumb reason to root against someone, I know, but it is what it is and that’s my call. I think at least one set of the founding fathers of AEW need to pick up a win during their first pay-per-view event and since I have Cody taking a fall, I think the Bucks will walk out victorious.

Winners and STILL AAA Tag Team, Champions: The Young Bucks

Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guevara

Two more men that I’m not too familiar with, but I have seen Guevara in a couple of matches on the YouTube. The boy can go! From what I understand and have heard, Sabian can go as well and this should be an excellent match. I like the name Sammy. It reminds me of an old friend of mine from many moons ago. I think he’ll get the nod here.

Winner: Sammy Guevara

Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, and Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe, and Ryo Mizunami

Total shot in the dark here as I’m not knowledgable of any of these women except for Aja Kong, who I have watched wrestle several times in the past. For that reason alone, I’ll go with the threesome of Kong, Yuka and Sakura. No other reason is needed.

Winners: Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki and Emi Sakura

Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) vs. Angélico and Jack Evans

With the signings of Evans and Angelico by AEW, the team of the Best Friends was pulled from the Battle Royal to give us what should be an exceptional tag team match. The Friends are a traditional, hard working classic style tag team and Anjelico and Evans, they bring the crazy to the event. This one could easily go either way, but I think that since according to the build and story lines leading up to this match, Taylor and Beretta have been in a battle with AEW officials to get their spots on the card and a loss adds more drama and intrigue and maybe even a good heel turn down the road.

Winners: Jack Evans & Angelico

And there you have it, my predictions for the first ever AEW pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing. Are you planning on watching this show tonight? I won’t be unfortunately due to the price of the event being out of my budget, but I will be following the event online and trying to keep up. Who do you think will win and lose? Do you think it will be a strong success for the AEW talent? Thoughts, comments and predictions welcome. Drop me a line in the comments below.

And with that, I’m out of here. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you later on. Take care.

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