All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: Double Or Nothing (2024)
May 26, 2024 3:21 PM - Season 5 (Specials) - Subscribe

If the original Double Or Nothing is considered the first actual event by All Elite Wrestling then welcome to the celebration of five full years of dream matches, indie booking and internet smarks! Tonight all titles are defended, a former WWE sensation goes straight into the main event, and the new heelish version of The Elite tries to maintain their dominance of the company against an alliance of babyface deathmatch lunatics.

The announced card for Double Or Nothing:

* AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland defends against Christian Cage
* TBS Champion Willow Nightingale defends against Mercedes Moné
* Anarchy in the Arena: The Elite (Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry & The Young Bucks) vs. Team AEW (Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin & FTR)
* AEW Women’s World Champion Toni Storm defends against Serena Deeb
* FTW Champion Chris Jericho defends against Katsuyori Shibata & Hook (Triple Threat Match)
* TNT Champion Adam Copeland defends against Malakai Black in a barbed wire steel cage
* AEW International Champion Roderick Strong defends against Will Ospreay
* Unified Trios titles: The Bang Bang Gang (Jay White & The Gunns) vs. Death Triangle (PAC & The Lucha Bros)
* IWGP World title eliminator match: Jon Moxley vs. Konosuke Takeshita
* Orange Cassidy vs. Trent Beretta
* Buy-In pre-show: Thunder Rosa vs. Deonna Purrazzo
* Buy-In pre-show: The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn vs. Brian Cage and The Gates of Agony
posted by The Pluto Gangsta (4 comments total)
Watched the whole thing live at a sports bar with friends:

Bold choice to begin with Ospreay beating Strong, because what a hard act to follow. I had expected that Strong would attempt a lot of mat-based technical work, but instead he was the striker and brawler of the two while Ospreay stayed mobile and made the most out of "aerial assassin" mode. I knew eventually there'd be heel interference, expected-slash-hoped that we'd get a returning Adam Cole in the match itself, rather than a post-match promo.

But that's OK, because we got a seriously lean MJF, costumed as HHH returning after an 8-month injury in 2002 -- this man knows ALL the visual references of his profession. Apparently Tony Khan won "the bidding war of 2024"!
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 7:47 AM on May 27

Every year Anarchy in the Arena is super-dumb and also super-fun. It’s like all year long every time someone comes up with a dumb idea they put it on a list and then they get them all out at once.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 11:21 AM on May 27

Darby had mentioned on Twitter months ago that he was talking to stunt people about how to safely do a fire spot. I just had assumed it would be him getting set on fire!
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 11:53 AM on May 27

Apparently Copeland injured himself which, yeah, how could he not with that landing?
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:19 PM on May 28

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