The Biggest Takeaways from AEW’s Double or Nothing

By Liam Wirsansky on June 4, 2021

Britt Baker is the New Champion that the AEW Women’s Division Needed

In one of the most thrilling matches of the night with the corresponding enthusiasm from the crowd, Dr. Britt Baker DMD came out on top against the former Champion, Hikaru Shida, truly living up to the hype leading up to AEW Double or Nothing. All of the honors and celebrations leading up to the event clearly indicated a title exchange was imminent, especially with Baker’s ascension and massive popularity since her return from injury. After a year long title reign, it was time for a new face to take the reins. Handled in a respectful way that showed how gracious the company was to Shida for carrying the division through the pandemic. With her signature “Lockjaw” submission, Baker takes her rightful spot on the throne atop the Women’s Division as one of AEW’s biggest and most marketable superstars. With Thunder Rosa still lurking in the shadows for another opportunity at revenge, expect this rivalry to be rekindled immediately, as Rosa has quite possibly the most claim to a title shot notching the only victory against Baker in the year of 2021 (though it was an unsanctioned no DQ match).

Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston Will Be Back

Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston are two of the toughest hard as nail wrestlers that you will ever come across and did not disappoint in the most exciting defense by the Young Bucks during their AEW Tag Team Title run. Their immediate ambush of the Bucks set the tone for the match and the integration of moments with the Dior Nikes and interference by the Good Brothers added for extra drama and feel-good moments for the pair of Moxley and Kingston. The antics and cheating by the Young Bucks took to a new level with the pair illegally being in the ring for nearly two thirds of the match and went even further as Matt Jackson sprayed the eyes of Moxley with one of the aerosol cans that Brandon Cutler has been seen holding and spraying the twins throughout their last series of matches. While it is disappointing to see the “best tag team in the world” by their standard stoop to such low levels to win, but its proven effective and very much according to their newly formed realignment with Kenny Omega and Don Callis. Withstanding seemingly everything thrown at him, Moxley kicked out with a one count and a bloody skull after a flurry of superkicks. While the ending may have left something to be desired and the crowd in a bit of disbelief, which is normally the case when anyone sees Moxley pinned, the more believable target would have clearly been Kingston. Regardless, after a fantastic match, expect Moxley and Kingston to return with a point to prove to the Bucks, and The Elite more broadly because Moxley does not just give up.

Sting Returns to the Ring

After being out of action for over six years, the living legend, Sting, made his in ring return in front of a live crowd at Daily’s place alongside Darby Allin at the ripe age of 62 years old during AEW’s Double or Nothing. The match did not disappoint as they faced off against the formidable duo of Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky with revenge on their mind dating all the way back to their role in causing Allin to lose his TNT championship title to Miro just a few weeks earlier. Both sides had some invigorating moments, with Page throwing Allin out of the ring into the live audience, and Sting hitting a beautiful code red for a near fall. Perhaps the most entertaining was the slapping match between Page and Allin while both were being held in tight and painful submission holds. Sting’s counter with a Scorpion Death Drop on Sky for the win was an incredible way to cap off the match and prove that the wrestler still has moves and viability to impress, even at his age.

Jungle Boy Finally Gets His Shot

While the format of the Casino Battle Royale could possibly stand to improve, the scattered entrances made for some enjoyable and sensational moments in the match. Trickery and deceit also proved to be another huge facet of the match, with moments such as Dustin Rhodes pushing both Preston Vance and Nick Commoroto, after the latter landed a nasty spear on the former. Penta El Zero Miedo, clad in a Joker getup had perhaps the hottest threads of the match and did not disappoint with his performance either.  Perhaps one of the most electrifying aspects of the match came with the introduction of Lio Rush, who was the Joker entrant. Rush’s speed was incredible as he flew all over the ring and landed several impressive high flying moves, including an unreal Spanish Fly to Isaiah Kassidy of HFO. His run was short lived however, as the HFO retook the momentum and collectively eliminated him together. After deceiving Matt Hardy into a false alliance to eliminate Jungle Boy, Christian Cage took advantage and quickly dumped him over the ropes to leave the match between himself and Jungle Boy for the opportunity to win and face Kenny Omega for a shot at the AEW World Championship on Dynamite in a few short weeks. Exchanging blows back and forth, each men stood his own, as the match moved outside of the ropes on the edge of the canvas. Avoiding near fall after near fall, Jungle Boy swung around the turnbuckles with a signature move before ultimately putting Cage away with a back body drop to win the match. One of the most consistent wrestlers in the company with the most matches competed in celebrated alongside his friends and teammates Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt of Jurassic Express, earning the biggest match of his career in the doing so.

Don Callis Reminds Us Why He is “Human Garbage”

As cocky as ever, Kenny Omega entered Daily’s Place with all of his Championship title belts (4) wrapped around various parts of his body and exuding an overabundance of confidence. In what appeared to be Kenny Omega’s biggest threat to lose his AEW title in a three-way no disqualification match in which the champion did not need to be on the mat to lose his title, we saw several instances of pins and near falls that had fans on the edge of their seats without Omega even being involved. Orange Cassidy took a beating early in the match, while the match focused on the ridiculously athletic Pac, who many times during this match looked like the most complete wrestler of the group. Coming back with some vicious snapdragon suplexes, Omega regained control of the match and had his way against his opponents for a nice chunk of time. After a series of impressive strings of offense by all the men, a fired up Cassidy hit on his signature Orange Punch move multiple times, causing Don Callis to leave the commentary table in a worry and head towards the action to pull the referee by the leg to stop the pin count. Chaos ensued as Omega delivered a leg drop to the same referee, following Callis’ example, after Pac refused to let go of his Brutalizer submission on Cassidy. In a thrilling end, Omega used his multiple title belts to smack Pac and take him out of the match. After a surprise Orange Punch out of nowhere referee Aubrey Edwards rushed to the ring to count the pin. Ultimately Omega was able to counter in an extraordinarily thrilling end to the  match. Taking advantage of the rules and making his presence felt, Don Callis has shown why he is such a vital piece of Kenny’s team, winning Omega the Championship from Moxley and helping him to retain it at AEW Double or Nothing. In both instances, the way it has been done was shady, but that is just how Callis plays the game. Omega will still certainly have his hands full as he faces the fan favorite Jungle Boy on Dynamite next week for the AEW title.

Urban Meyer Makes an Appearance in the Stadium Stampede Match

Matches like the Stadium Stampede match, give AEW the opportunity to tell a story and throw in several cameos that make the match even more enjoyable. Hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and in TIAA Bank Field, MJF and Chris Jericho made their way into an office where Jaguars’ HC Urban Meyer appeared to be having a meeting with Jaguars’ coach Charlie Strong. Watching the scuffle at first, both coaches got involved and gave an assist to Jericho handing him footballs to throw and a laptop to smash over the head of MJF. It was a hilarious moment and the kind that both companies should continue to collaborate on with the ownership being under the same hand.

AEW Announces Mark Henry Will Join the Company as an Analyst for Their New TV show

One of the biggest announcements of the night came in the form of Mark Henry, “The World’s Strongest Man” and former WWE Champion, walking out on stage to inform everyone that he would be joining AEW as an analyst for their new TV show AEW Rampage which will begin airing sometime later in the summer. This is another huge signing for the company that has added the likes of other living legends this past year, such as Paul Wight, Christian Cage, or even Sting.

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