Welcome to another edition of AEW Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on Double or Nothing coming this Sunday night.
The way this works is a pretty simple three-way breakdown of Hot, Lukewarm and Cold. If you like something and you’re very interested in how AEW is setting up the program, it’s Hot (aka Good). If you’re a bit on the fence about it and see some problems, but it’s not awful, then it’s just Okay or Lukewarm. The ones that are the most problematic that you have no interest in are Cold (aka Bad).
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section to let everyone know what your thermometer reads for each feud as I tell you what my thoughts are below!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho = Lukewarm
Go ahead and crucify me, but no, I don’t think this is going to be the best match of the year in all promotions of professional wrestling and something that will cause people to explode with glee.
To be honest, I think their first match was overrated, and now that I’ve seen that, I don’t feel as inclined to watch a sequel.
Do I think it will be good? Of course. However, I’m not gushing, and that’s why it’s Lukewarm instead of Hot.
Prediction: Chris Jericho wins.
Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes = Hot
I’ve been a fan of both guys for pretty much their entire careers (Goldust had those dips, though) and I really wanted to see this match several years ago when they were tagging with each other. Now that they’re actually able to do it, and without the constraints of WWE holding certain specifications over them, I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing what they’ve envisioned all this time.
I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much, though, because I don’t want to be disappointed. I don’t think this will be the best match of the night, even.
Still, I’ve waited to see this for a long time and I’m hoping they undo the horrible match they had together before.
Prediction: Cody wins.
AAA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Bros = Hot
The Young Bucks are very entertaining to watch and while I haven’t seen enough of The Lucha Bros to start writing a book about them, I know they’re more than capable.
This may be the best match on the card, so I’m excited to see what they have to offer, and while that makes it seem like I have nothing to talk about, that’s true. This gets a thumbs up and I just want to see the match, as simple as that.
Prediction: The Lucha Bros win.
Three-Way Match: Dr. Britt Baker vs. Kylie Rae vs. Nyla Rose = Lukewarm
I’m slightly familiar with Baker, but I know literally nothing about Kylie Rae or Nyla Rose, so I’m curious about what this match will turn out to be, yet I don’t know if I can genuinely be excited for it.
For all I know, it could be trash and these women wrestle styles that I’m not too fond of. Equally, this could be my favorite match of the night by far. I simply don’t know, so I have to give them the middle of the road.
Prediction: Dr. Britt Baker wins.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: SoCal Uncensored vs. Strong Hearts = Hot / Lukewarm
From what I watched of TNA back in the day, I enjoyed what Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian had to offer. Based solely on their previous performances (as I know nothing about Scorpio Sky, Cima, T-Hawk or El Lindaman to really judge them), I assume this will be a fun 10-15 minutes or so.
Prediction: Strong Hearts win.
21-Man Casino Battle Royale = Hot
I like battle royals. It’s as simple as that. They’re clusterfucks, but there’s something about them that I think can be super fun.
Maybe it’s because it’s a different style match than a regular pinfall/submission type of setup and it helps break the monotony. Maybe it’s just because these matches allow for a wide variety of people to participate.
Whatever the case, I’m excited for it. I get to see Billy Gunn again (always was a big fan) as well as Shawn Spears, there could be some surprise names, I remember Luchasaurus from not only his time as Judas Devlin in NXT, but on Big Brother season 17, and I like how this has a title shot on the line, giving it stakes.
Prediction: Jon Moxley wins. Total crap shoot guess.
Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guevara = Cold
Sorry, but I had never heard of either of these guys before they were advertised for this event. If I have, I quickly forgot about them.
They may be absolutely awesome, and I surely hope they are, but without knowing a damn thing about them, I’m not inherently pumped.
Prediction: Kip Sabian wins.
Six-Woman Tag Team Match: Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki and Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho and Ryo Mizunami = Cold
I can’t imagine Aja Kong at 48 is able to do anything super crazy when my experience with her in WWE back in the day (1995) made it seem like even then, she wasn’t able to wow me.
The other five women are complete unknowns to me, and just like some other things on this card, I have no good or bad vibes about any of them, which makes this a wash.
Prediction: Team Aja Kong wins.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) vs. Los Güeros del Cielo (Angélico and Jack Evans) = Cold
I know Trent Beretta from his time in WWE, and I hope he’s at least as good as he was then, but preferably much better. Without knowing the others, I can’t fully judge them, either.
Why do I have the sneaking suspicion this is going to be the equivalent of when WWE puts a random extra tag team match on the kickoff?
Prediction: Los Güeros del Cielo win.
Those are my thoughts, but how do you feel about these particular feuds? What’s hot and what’s cold in your mind? Fill us in on your point of view in the comments below!