AEW Double or Nothing airs tonight on PPV from Daily's Place in Jacksonville. Originally scheduled for Las Vegas, the coronavirus had other ideas, forcing AEW to hold their big event inside an empty building. Luckily, AEW has found a pretty good formula for wrestling shows with no crowds by putting wrestlers and crew members in the audience to create that much-needed background noise. There are nine matches on the card for tonight, and we've put together some predictions in a two-part article. Click here to read our thoughts on Private Party vs. Best Friends, MJF vs. Jungle Boy, Penelope Ford vs. Kris Statlander, Shawn Spears vs. Dustin Rhodes, and the Casino Ladder Match. Below, see our thoughts on Hikaru Shida vs. Nyla Rose, Cody Rhodes vs. Lance Archer, Brodie Lee vs. Jon Moxley, and the Stadium Stampede Match.
Nyla Rose (c) vs. Hikaru Shida – Singles Match for the AEW Women's World Championship
Rose (5-1 in singles competition for 2020) won the championship in February and had one big title defense at Revolution against Kris Statlander, but she hasn't had much to do since then since she wasn't at the Georgia tapings that filled a good chunk of time during the pandemic lockdown. In fact, she had just one match in March, a tag team victory over Statlander and Shida, and then nothing until Dynamite returned to Jacksonville in May. A Shida (9-1) win here feels unlikely, especially with her likely nemesis, Baker, out for the foreseeable future. Rose will pick up the win here and probably go on to a feud with Statlander.
Predicted winner: Nyla Rose
Cody (with Arn Anderson and Brandi Rhodes) vs. Lance Archer (with Jake Roberts) – AEW TNT Championship Finals
At first glance, AEW seems to have a problem going into this match. Cody Rhodes is arguably the company's top babyface, but he's lost his last two major feuds against Chris Jericho and MJF. Cody needs a win before he starts to look like the guy that can't win the big one. On the other hand, Lance Archer entered AEW as a monster heel so losing his first major match won't do him any favors either. Luckily, AEW has a way out with Mike Tyson at ringside to present the championship and carte blanche to get involved. AEW even sowed the seeds for a confrontation between Tyson and Archer on the Dynamite go-home show. Expect Archer to lose this one after he or Jake pisses off Tyson and gets knocked out for their troubles.
Predicted winner: Cody Rhodes
Jon Moxley (c) vs. Brodie Lee – Singles Match for the AEW World Championship
Jon Moxley had the misfortune of starting what should be an epic AEW Championship run right before the entire world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Likewise, Brodie Lee made his big AEW debut on a show without an audience. Chances are Lee facing Moxley wasn't the original plan for Double or Nothing, but circumstances dictated that's the match we get. I don't think we're ready for a Brodie Lee championship run yet, and Moxley definitely isn't ready to drop the title. This one is easy.
Predicted winner: Jon Moxley
The Elite (Matt Hardy, Kenny Omega, Adam Page, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz) – Stadium Stampede Match
In a parallel universe, the big feud between the Inner Circle and The Elite was blown off in front of a hot New Jersey crowd at Blood and Guts back in March. Unfortunately, things didn't work out that way, and it's long past time to close out this chapter in the Stadium Stampede match so that everyone involved can move on to other things. If AEW management feels differently, then we could see the Inner Circle come out on top and that Blood and Guts match happen at a later date, but this does feel like the replacement for Blood and Guts and as such I see The Elite coming out on top of a chaotic and entertaining brawl, allowing other feuds to proceed. Jericho vs. Matt Hardy seems likely, and Omega and Page probably have a breakup in their near future.
Predicted winners: The Elite
AEW Double or Nothing starts at 8 PM Eastern Time, with the Buy-In preshow (featuring Private Party vs. Best Friends) starting an hour earlier at 7. You can order the PPV from your cable provider, or through B/R Live if you're in the United States, or from Fite TV if you're outside the U.S. (or at least if your IP address is). You can find more info on ordering here. Tune in later tonight where Bleeding Cool will be doing live match-by-match coverage. I'm not sure who will be around besides me, but hopefully, I don't get stuck alone with that Chad guy.