A few hours ago, the highly anticipated All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing. The event is the strongest AEW PPV of the year. It was also the longest one in the year until now as its length exceeds five hours and a half. The event was unforgettable and impressive to all wrestling fans. The importance of the contests represented in marking the end of some feuds, and the kicking off of more. Here is a full analysis for AEW DoN 2022.
Buy-In Tag Team Match: Hook & Danhausen Defeated Tony Nese & Mark Sterling
This match was a good warming up for people in the arena. It was a fantastic kicking off for the show, and there is a nice harmony between Hook and Danhausen. The fans and commentaries called the team as HookHausen. Fans are still waiting for the future of such a team
Wardlow Defeated MJF
This match was one of the highly anticipated matches on the card, especially, after the emerged reports about MJF abandoning the show. Several stories about MJF's withdrawal from his contract with the AEW, and signing with the WWE. So, his appearance at the show was one of the reasons for the high trending AEW DoN.
As storytelling, this match was one of the strongest storylines represented by the AEW, and the way of Wardlow squashed MJF was the best ending for this story.
After the contest, all fans chanted Wardlow for the TNT title. In addition, Wardlow was announced as All Elite!
It is expected that MJF will be out of the screen for some time.
Delete vs. Elite Tag Team Match: The Hardyz Defeated The Young Bucks
This was one of the best matches for the night, and a highly anticipated dream match, although its start was somehow slow, and Jeff Hardy pressed the concerns of the fans, he seemed out of the mood for some. There were some previous reports about Hardy's injury, but during the match, it was obvious that Hardy had a problem with his boots which was quickly solved, and a different stage of the match began!
The Hardyz defiantly delivered one of their best prestigious, classic-like representations since their comeback together.
The exchanged takeover between both teams, the high harmony, and the long history between them enriched the contest. Jeff Hardy once again gave the fans more optimism about the Hardyz as tag team champions.
He did several outstanding spots during the match.
One more note, the high involvement of storytelling techniques in the match was impressive. The way Matt shook Jeff's body telling him (C'mon Jeff, you can do it), and flaming the anger of the bucks for giving them more superkicks, Jeff's walk towards the crowd and his return to the ring was just for telling that he is fine, he is ok, and he will never go away again!
TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (c) Defeated Anna Jay
This contest was strange, both ladies presented the least of their efforts and talents. On the other hand, the importance of this contest was the representations of new debuts such as the blowing arrival of Athena, one of the greatest women's power in the industry nowadays.
There is something remarkable about the moment of Athena's debut, Cargill seemed emotionally interacted with her entrance, as if she waited along for such an arrival.
It is obvious that Athena will be the next challenger for the TBS.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: House of Black Defeated Death Triangle
There is no doubt that this contest was one of the greatest of the night. House of Black are masters in delivering this sense of darkness and doom. The way they move to the ring with their customs is so impressive.
Moreover, Death Triangle members had one of the coolest entrances ever.
The energy of the performances and the exchanged movements between both teams were high and good. The presence of Julia Hart was surprising, especially, after the harsh criticism the story between House of Black and Julia Hart faced.
Hart was a real turning point as she cost the Death Triangle the victory.
It is expected that the feud between both teams is not over yet, and a new chapter was initiated by Hart.
Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals: Adam Cole Defeated Samoa Joe
The match was cool, but it was lower than what was expected by fans. In addition, the victory of Adam Cole was somehow expected.
Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals: Britt Baker Defeated Ruby Soho
This contest had also some of the coolest entrances, especially in the presence of the iconic Rock group Rancid. Regarding the performance of both superstars, Soho did one of her best matches since debuting at AEW, while Baker did a good job.
Mixed 6-Man Tag Team Match: TNT Champion Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, & Paige VanZant Defeated Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti
It was a controversial addition to the card as the fans deeply dislike the relationship between Guevara and Conti, and they are keeping flame the anger of the audience.
The performance of the match was not as expected, it was much lower than people wished to see in the match. VanZant is still needing more practice and work.
Thankfully, after their loss, Guevara and Kazarian can't challenge Sky for the title again. It will be a good step to see more fresh challenges for the title.
Kyle O’Reilly Defeated Darby Allin
Honestly, it was one of the top 5 matches of the night, however, its place on the card was not wisely chosen. It was a mixture between the technical and the suicidal style provided by Allin.
In addition, the building of the match was not that deep to be added to a huge PPV such as DoN, however, it is hard for AEW fans to watch a PPV without the presence of one of the 4 pillars.
AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa (c) Defeated Serena Deeb
Rosa succeeded in retaining her title in a highly technical, catch style match. The audience was not deeply interacted with both stars, despite their great skills of both.
Several Twitter users reported that the length of the event made the audience tired and out of the mood, so the decision of moving the Anarchy in the Arena match after the AEW Women's World title contest was a very good decision.
Anarchy in the Arena 10-Man Tag Team Match: Jericho Appreciation Society Defeated Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Santana, Ortiz and Eddie Kingston
Surely, it was the best match of the whole night! The best produced, written and directed No DQ contest in the history of the AEW. Several scenes in the match are really memorable.
The fans were brought back to life by listening to Jericho's Judas, and it was really smart that the JAS team didn't cut the music.
Furthermore, the continuation of Mox's "Wild Thing" after the beginning of the fight really reflected the essence of having an anarchy mood.
The only negative point regarding the match is the TV direction as several important spots were missed.
AEW World Tag Team Titles: Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (c) Defeated Ricky Starks & Powerhouse Hobbs and Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland
"Higher than expected" is the best description of this match. Every team had the space and ability to express its talents and techniques. In addition, the team of Strickland and Keith Lee is an impressive edition for the AEW tag team pision.
Furthermore, the shape of Keith Lee becomes better, there is a good improvement.
It was expected that the Jurassic Express would retain their title to lose it soon to the Hardyz.
AEW World Title: CM Punk vs Adam "Hangman" Page (c)
This was the most highly anticipated fight in the whole event. The build between both stars was fascinating and the progress of Page is surely one of the most successful projects by the AEW.
The match is of course a five-star one due to the excellent storytelling and performance of both. The fight for the execution of the GTS move inflamed the competition between both.
One of the most emotional moments is the monologue between Page and himself using a dirty way to having the victory, but, Punk managed to execute his GTS and pinned Page for the win.
A historical moment for the AEW and CM Punk after all hardships, and difficulties he faced in the last 8 years of his life.
Punk's coronation with the title declared the beginning of a new historical era in the AEW.
The event overall was full of great and funny moments. It is clear that several stories wrapped up such as the MJF-Wardlow story, the Owen Heart Foundation Cup Tournment, Sky, Guevara, and Kazarian's fight for the TNT, and Rosa-Deeb's fight for the Women's title.
On the other hand, Hardy Boyz - The Young Bucks could be paused due to the long waited conflict between NJPW's Bullet Club, and AEW's Undisputed Elite. A new feud for CM Punk would be born, and one of the expected names in Kenta.
The fight between sports entertainment team JAS, and pro-wrestling supporters BCC, Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz would be continued to Blood and Guts PPV.
The length of the event was a hard test for the fans who were in the venue. Actually, a number of the contests could have been postponed or replaced in Live AEW Rampage.
General Rating: 8/10