What You Need to Know About All Elite Wrestling's First Event, Double or Nothing

Haris KruskicContributor IMay 15, 2019

AEW vice president Cody Rhodes alongside AEW Chief Brand Officer and wife Brandi Rhodes
AEW vice president Cody Rhodes alongside AEW Chief Brand Officer and wife Brandi RhodesMike Coppola/Getty Images

After months of buildup, All Elite Wrestling is set to host their first event next weekend. President and CEO Tony Khan, along with vice presidents Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and Matt and Nick Jackson, are holding nothing back in what is a stacked inaugural card.

On Wednesday morning, AEW and WarnerMedia announced an exclusive partnership to stream the promotion's first pay-per-view, Double or Nothing, along with future pay-per-views and an upcoming weekly show on TNT set to begin later this year. 

President and CEO Tony Khan said that "Wrestling fans have wanted—and needed—something different, authentic and better for far too long" in the official press release, stating AEW is for fans who have felt "under-served" and "disappointed" in recent years. Khan went into detail on what fans can expect to be different:

"Focused on producing fast-paced, high-impact competitions, AEW offers fans less scripted, soapy drama and more athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing a legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had. Wrestlers will also be given more freedom to explore their characters and highlight their athletic abilities ... [AEW will track] each competitor's wins and losses as the wrestlers pursue championships."

Here is everything you need to know about Double or Nothing.

Where and How to Watch

Double or Nothing will be held at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 25. It will be available to stream via pay-per-view for $49.99 USD on B/R Live at 8 p.m. ET, with a two-match pre-show called The Buy-In preceding it at 7 p.m.

The full card currently stands as follows:

Main Show

Hangman Page vs. PAC

The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Lucha Brothers (AAA world tag team championship)

Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho 

Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes

SoCal Uncensored vs. Cima, T-Hawk & El Lindaman (six-man tag match)

Best Friends vs. Angelico & Jack Evans (tag match)

Dr. Britt Baker vs. Kylie Rae vs. Nyla Rose (triple-threat match)

Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami (six-man tag match)

AEW

Pre-Show

Casino Battle Royale (21 participants with winner earning a future shot at the AEW World Championship)

Sammy Guevara vs. Kip Sabian

What to Look Forward To

Hangman Page vs. PAC

In a match that has show-stealer written all over it, two of the most athletic wrestlers in the world go head-to-head. Hangman Page, who has spent the majority of his career with Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling, was named the former's Breakout Star of the Year in 2017. Pac, who might be more familiar to WWE fans under the ring name "Neville", left the company last November after a contract dispute. The Englishman was a two-time WWE cruiserweight champion.

The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Brothers

Two of AEW's vice presidents, Matt and Nick Jackson, make up a Young Bucks tag team considered to be arguably the best wrestling duo in the world. They honed their craft with Ring of Honor and NJPW, where they began working with Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes as staples of the wildly popular Bullet Club stable. They'll take on another successful tag team in the Lucha Brothers, made up of Ray Fenix and Pentagon Jr. The Young Bucks defeated the Lucha Brothers last month in Mexico to claim the AAA world tag team belts, so this rematch already has a proper storyline to it.

Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho

The most high-profile bout on the card features Kenny Omega, considered the best wrestler of 2018 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, against WWE legend Chris Jericho. This will be their second match, as Omega defeated Jericho in January 2018 in front of a crowd of 43,000 in Japan. Jericho ruined Omega's announcement that he passed up a lucrative offer from WWE to sign with AEW by confronting him at the 'Double or Nothing' press conference last February. The 24-time WWE titleholder is keen on exacting revenge.

Cody Rhodes vs. Dustin Rhodes

The two wrestlers who have paved their own respective paths in recent years collide again in this brother vs. brother matchup. After being granted his release from WWE last month, Dustin, the 50-year-old veteran formerly known as 'Goldust", faces Cody who was both his tag partner and biggest rival at one point or another during their time at WWE. Since the latter left WWE in 2016, he's catapulted up the wrestling ladder through various promotions around the world.

For AEW vice president Cody, he's out to put a stake through the old guard of wrestling. 

"I am not here to kill Dustin Rhodes," Cody said on him and his wife's YouTube page 'Nightmare Family'.

"I'm here to kill the Attitude Era."

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