The day has finally arrived. May 25, 2019, the night the wrestling war of the 21st century is ignited in earnest as All Elite Wrestling presents its first show, Double or Nothing, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on PPV. The show will be led in by the pre-show dubbed The Buy-In and will showcase in excellent show from top to bottom.
Capping the show will be three stellar main events that seem destined to get the wrestling world talking, as we have a tag team dream match, a match many years in the making, and an explosive, personal rematch,
Let’s kick it into high gear.
Main Event #1: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) versus the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Fenix) for the AAA Tag Team Championship
The story going to this match is beautiful in its simplicity — who is the best team in the world? For many years that team in the eyes of many has been the Young Bucks — the high flying, Too Sweeting, Superkick Party having dudes from California who have had massive success both in and outside the ring, building a merchandising empire all the while winning tag team titles many times in Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
But in the past few years, no team has come as close to challenging The Young Bucks dominance as The Lucha Brothers, Pentagon Jr and Fenix, brothers who set the world on fire in Mexico and Lucha Underground. Once they stopped fighting each other, they have banded together to win tag team titles in PWG, Major League Wrestling, All American Wrestling, and AAA. It was the Young Bucks who first laid out the challenge during Super Bowl weekend, but it was really on when the Lucha Bros showed up at the Double or Nothing On Sale Event and laid the Young Bucks, including Penta laying out Matt Jackson with a package piledriver on the stage.
The Young Bucks response was vicious, first showing up at AAW in Chicago to cost the Lucha Bros those tag belts in a match against the LAX, and then showing up in Mexico City and destroying Penta and Fenix right after they had won the AAA Tag Team Belts in hard fought match. They only needed less than five minutes to handle Penta and Fenix that night, drawing huge heat in Mexico. Those titles will be on the line tonight.
This is a definition of a pick em match. It’s hard to see the Young Bucks losing on this big show, but with the AAA belts on the line and the obligations of Penta and Fenix across the world, that may be the Wild Card. Also, the Young Bucks have said time and time again on Being The Elite that they have become rusty, the short match in Mexico being their only real match since Wrestle Kingdom, while Penta and Fenix are red hot across the world.
One more thing, the Young Bucks have been teasing a big new move on BTE, which has managed to stay just out of the view of the cameras. What could it be? Will it bring them victory, or ultimately cost them? It’s one of many big questions in these main events…
Main Event #2: Cody vs Dustin Rhodes
Just how long this match has been brewing all depends on your point of view. Some say ten years, going back to when Cody eliminated Goldust from the 2009 Royal Rumble. Some will say even longer. No matter when you put the start, the reality is that this match is a longtime coming between two brothers who come from two entirely different generations. It was rumored to be penciled in for at least two different WrestleManias, but it wasn’t to be, but finally it will happen at Double or Nothing.
Of course, Dustin Rhodes is one of the best wrestlers of the last thirty years, getting over and winning many titles as both ‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes and Goldust. At fifty-years old, he is still in phenomenal shape and it can be argued that he was as good as he ever was in his last run with WWE. This match is no less captivating than it would have been five-years ago.
Then there is Cody, who has grown leaps and bounds since his release from WWE three years ago, winning the Ring of Honor and NWA World titles and the IWGP US Title. He’s in phenomenal shape, well rested, and at the top of his game.
But I think he loses here.
This has been teased as Dustin’s Last Ride, but even at fifty years old, AEW could really use his veteran presence going into the next year. Plus, Cody is coming off knee surgery and has been out for four months and between his role as Executive, his problems with Jericho, his conniving protégé MJF, and numerous distractions, I think Dustin gets the win here.
Shit is going down in this match, and I expect whatever happens here to have ramifications for months.
Main Event #3: Chris Jericho versus Kenny Omega
Fifteen months ago, these two met at Wrestle Kingdom in one of the biggest matches in recent memory. That night, it was the Best Bout Machine that overcame the GOAT, as Omega took everything Jericho had in a no disqualification match and came out victorious. Since then both men have been on a tear, with Omega winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and Jericho the IWGP Intercontinental Title. Jericho dressed as Pentagon to attack Omega after his match at All In and they clashed in a six man tag on The Chris Jericho Cruise last October. This rematch was always inevitable.
That being said, the momentum seems to be with Jericho right now. His huge contract combined with his big wins last year in New Japan have his ego at all time high. This combined with his rage at having lost to Omega last year have wanting not to beat Omega but destroy him. This could all be hubris, of course, but Omega is also trying to recover from losing the IWGP title to Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom and the collapse of the Golden Lovers, as well as a humiliating loss to Don Callis in Winnipeg. Kenny Omega, the Best Wrestler in the World, is the underdog here.
This match also was taken to another level this week when it was announced that the winner would face the winner of the Casino Battle Royale to become the first AEW World Champion. This guarantees that this match is going to be crazier than ever. Both men have been seen training like crazy and Jericho is even touting a new finisher, a spinning elbow known as The Judas Effect. So who knows what these two will do to top Wrestle Kingdom and score big on the most important show of their careers? God knows I can’t wait to find out…
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