AEW Double or Nothing Results: Matches AEW Must Book in 2020May 24, 2020
AEW Double or Nothing Results: Matches AEW Must Book in 2020
On the heels of Saturday's monumentally excellent Double or Nothing pay-per-view, All Elite Wrestling now looks to the remainder of 2020 to continue to build its brand and forge its revolution in the wrestling industry.
Much of its ability to do both will be based on its ability to craft matches and storylines fans can invest in emotionally, giving them a reason to stick with the company for the long haul.
To do so, it can look to storylines of the past that have yet to have proper payoffs.
There are stars like world champion Jon Moxley, who has an on-again, off-again rivalry with Pac that could easily be exploited into a sustained main event. Then you have Luchasaurus and newcomer Brian Cage, who gave fans a small taste of what a physical war between them might look like.
In preparation for all that is to come from AEW throughout the remainder of the year, take a look at these five matches the creative team must book before 2020 comes to an end.
AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley vs. Pac
Shortly before the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world, Pac and the Lucha Bros formed Death Triangle, a trio of villains who likely would have run roughshod over AEW. That would include, presumably, world champion Jon Moxley.
Pac is no stranger to the champion. On the debut episode of Dynamite in October, Moxley dropped him with a Paradigm Shift and left him to lose a tag team match to Kenny Omega and "Hangman" Adam Page. From there, the Brit wrestled to a time-limit draw with Moxley before suffering a defeat at his hand earlier this year.
There is a wealth of history to pull from in order to craft that quality PPV title program.
Furthermore, we have begun witnessing Moxley's reliance on MMA holds and submissions of late, most recently in Saturday's Double or Nothing victory over Brodie Lee. A match that sees him fight for a rear-naked choke while Pac constantly looks to apply The Brutalizer would provide Moxley with a fresh type of title defense.
Above all, it would elevate Pac and Death Triangle. Given the talent involved, that would be a welcome development.
TNT Championship Match: Cody vs. MJF
At Revolution, MJF scored the biggest win of his young career when he blasted Cody with the Dynamite Diamond Ring and pinned his shoulders to the mat. It was the culmination of a monthslong story and one that captivated fans.
Now that MJF has exorcised the demon of Jungle Boy from his life and Cody has a shiny new belt around his waist, would it not make sense for the loudmouthed egotist to stake a claim to be the No. 1 contender to the TNT Championship?
That Cody never got the measure of revenge the AEW faithful had hoped for at Revolution after all of the pain and suffering he endured just to get that match, which makes the idea of a rematch even more appealing.
Throw in MJF's impressive unbeaten streak and his desire to win titles to go along with that beautiful diamond ring of his, and you have all the reason needed to bring those two former friends together for a proper blowoff to their program.
On the heels of a brilliantly wrestled match against Jungle Boy and another great match out of Cody as he defeated Lance Archer in a brawl, these stars deserve the opportunity to make up for a match that was not quite the classic fans anticipated back at the February PPV.
AEW Women's World Championship Match: Hikaru Shida vs. Dr. Britt Baker
Hikaru Shida's road to Double or Nothing and her AEW Women's World Championship victory over Nyla Rose began with her hard-fought, hard-hitting victory over Dr. Britt Baker on the April 8 episode of Dynamite.
It was in that match wherein Baker suffered the broken nose that sent blood pouring over her face, injury to go along with the insult of her defeat. Since then, Shida has risen to championship status while Baker has built on her increasingly over heel persona.
Given the strength of their previous encounter, their parallel rises up the ranks and a women's division that finally feels like it is building momentum after a rough start, a rematch between the two with the top prize in that division at stake is one that AEW cannot avoid this year.
The idea of the egotistical Baker targeting the beloved Shida is a fantastic dynamic fans could invest in and provide genuine heat for. If played correctly, it could realistically be the cornerstone rivalry of the entire division.
Luchasaurus vs. Brian Cage
AEW fans got a taste of what a Luchasaurus vs. Brian Cage match might look like during Saturday's Casino ladder match. The hard-hitting battle between the heavyweights provided a suitable exclamation point on the opening match of the night. More importantly, tossing around Luchasaurus made Cage look even more impressive in his first night with the company.
What better way to further establish The Machine as a badass world title contender while also highlighting the rare athleticism of the mask-wearing babyface than by putting them in the ring together and letting them shine without the distractions of seven other wrestlers?
We have not had the opportunity to see Luchasaurus showcase what he is capable of since the hamstring injury that halted his momentum late last year. The more he gets to do so against other heavyweights, especially one who has a similar style and abilities like Cage, the greater the opportunity for him to re-establish himself as one of the company's breakout stars.
Hangman Page and Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara
The Elite and The Inner Circle may have wrapped up their rivalry in the extraordinary spectacle that was the Stadium Stampede match Saturday night, but there is still an untapped bout that could provide yet another classic tag team contest.
Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara are only just finding their footing as a team, constantly getting better with every outing. As a legitimate team, Le Sex Gods, they could easily earn a few wins to climb into contention and challenge Page and Omega.
Of course, that is all dependent upon the tag champions remaining in that role and not breaking up or dropping the gold before then.
That match could easily take place at Fyter Fest or at All Out in September and be a legitimate main event based on the talent involved. More importantly, from a storyline perspective, it could be The Inner Circle's last-gasp effort to stick it to The Elite after their high-profile loss Saturday.