With AEW Double or Nothing 2020 concluded, it’s time to look back on what happened and assess the damage, praise the positives and talk about what went down.
As I’ve been doing lately, I kept track of my reactions and thoughts throughout each segment tonight. There were some positive moments here and there with plenty of negatives, too.
Check them out below, as well as my regular Smack Talk Pay-Per-Viewpoint post-show podcast at the end of this post, which reviews the event in more detail.
Without further ado, here’s what was running through my mind during AEW Double or Nothing 2020:
Buy In: Best Friends vs. Private Party (No. 1 Contender’s Match)
- Every episode of Dynamite has been consistently easier to watch than Raw, SmackDown, NXT and 205 Live because of the arena and the people ringside. Immediately with this event, I feel so much better about it than if it were Money in the Bank and such. That’s going to help out a lot.
- There’s a whole series of moves leading to the G9 that was just a total mess. You lose me when people have to redo moves and stand around waiting for each other. It breaks the immersion.
- I’ve always been fond of piledrivers. Obviously, I want them to be safe, but those moves are so good.
- Thumbs up on Best Friends winning.
Casino Ladder Match
- Admittedly, the poker chip hanging doesn’t look as bad as I thought it might.
- Darby Allin jumping off the ladder with his skateboard reminds me so much of Jeff Hardy setting himself up for failure in these matches.
- “The laconic and sloth-like Orange Cassidy.” hahaha
- LMAO Orange Cassidy standing on the ladder horizontally. This dude is the best.
- The intervals are working pretty well, but I’m feeling a little underwhelmed by the lack of spots.
- Oh hey, Brian Cage. That’s a good addition to the roster. Not too sure how I feel about Taz being his manager, but it could work.
- Jimmy Havoc better not use that tie to choke Justin Roberts instead of Orange Cassidy. Just ask Daniel Bryan what happens.
- The right man won.
MJF vs. Jungle Boy
- Good job on MJF for selling that fake injury. I actually started to buy it for a moment.
- Some good back and forth action. I’m a fan.
- I do think this may be going on a tad long from what I would have booked it, but since it’s been solid, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
- MJF by pinfall is surprising. I thought he’d win with his Salt of the Earth finisher.
AEW TNT Championship Tournament Final: Cody vs. Lance Archer
- The TNT Championship is…well…kind of ugly. It’s not the worst in the world, by far. But I’m not a big fan of it. I’ve never liked colorful straps and I don’t like how plain it is. I’m okay with the silver, though. I know that’s something a lot of people probably aren’t all that fond of, but I’m okay with that part.
- This match is best when Archer is showing off power moves and Cody is fighting from underneath.
- Every time they cut to Mike Tyson ringside, he’s doing something that makes me chuckle.
- Two Cross Rhodes is a good way to finish this. It means Archer still looks tough, but the right decision was made for who wins this title first.
Penelope Ford vs. Kris Statlander
- As I imagined, this was a filler match with nothing really to it. It wasn’t bad, but I have nothing at all to say about it.
Shawn Spears vs. Dustin Rhodes
- I enjoy Dustin Rhodes and everything, but after teasing the idea that he wasn’t going to show up and putting the thought in my mind that someone else could take his place, I feel so deflated that Rhodes came out the second time.
- I feel like so many people who loved this silly stuff about Spears showing his ass crack probably would hate the exact same thing if this were a WWE segment.
- Rhodes wins? Lame. They need to start actually giving Spears some victories if he’s ever going to amount to something more than a jobber.
AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Nyla Rose (c) vs. Hikaru Shida
- What in the world is Shida wearing?? This is like 5 different outfits combined.
- It always bugs me when a match is No DQ and it’s pretty much entirely just a kendo stick affair. That’s my least favorite foreign object from these past 10 years or so.
- “Always bet on black.” – That was so bad, but I chuckled.
- “Why that table gotta suffer?” – was that Pineapple Pete? Hahahaha.
- The avalanche Falcon Arrow got me near-fall. I thought that was the end.
- Oh hey, Shida still won anyway. Good deal.
AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Mr. Brodie Lee
- It’s funny when there’s “security” who look like they’re children compared to the wrestlers. Jon Moxley and Brodie Lee are so much more threatening looking than these dudes separating them.
- To be perfectly honest, my attention wasn’t entirely on this match, so I might have missed some moments here and there. What I was seeing, though, seemed underwhelming. This should have been a No DQ match.
- Of course, the highlight so far is the Paradigm Shift through the stage. Befitting.
- Moxley wins with a sleeper? I didn’t see that coming.
Stadium Stampede Match: The Inner Circle vs. The Elite
- I’m digging the football-esque entrances. They’re on a football field, so while it’s silly, it makes sense. It’s different….even before the horse came into play. And no, that wasn’t an intentional joke of horseplay.
- Someone needs to jump off a goal post.
- Thank you, Matt Jackson, for crossing off the goal post spot on the check list.
- I certainly didn’t expect to have some attempted drowning happening in this football field match.
- Matt Hardy Version 1 was a nice touch with him changing his coat.
- Instead of “the chair of wheels” for a wheelchair, Jim Ross says “the wheel of chairs.” Now, I’m just picturing a big Ferris wheel with tons of chairs attached to it.
- Nice moment with Page and Hager sharing a drink, temporarily.
- I was hoping someone would smash a bottle over someone else. Three times is even better.
- Nick Jackson throwing footballs at Chris Jericho is giving me flashbacks of The Simpsons “football in the groin” gag. We need that sound effect in this.
- Touchdown with the suplex!
- I love the use of the flags. This is so stupid, but fun.
- This was easily the best part of the night. Hands down.
For more opinions on the show as a whole, check out the latest edition of the Smark Out Moment SMACK TALK podcast: