25 May 2020 07:24
Brian Cage Wins Ladder Match For Future AEW Title Match For me, ladder matches are always more entertaining when you have all of the competitors in the ring already as opposed to just waiting for the next competitior to come out. In addition, it doesn't make sense because in theory, Scorpio Sky or Kazarian could have won the match before anyone else came out. He looked very good in the ring, and his interactions with Luchasaurus was very entertaining. All the things wit Jimmy Havoc, Marko Stunt and Best Friends just padded more time if you ask me. Overall, the effort was definitely admirable, and I think the good outweighed the bad here.
However, I do think this ladder match was a tad overbooked. face dynamic, and I think both MJF and Jungle Boy played it up to a tee here. From the test of valor of the hard knife edge chops, to Jungle Boy not being able to complete his submission because MJF was working over the arm, this was a fabulous match if you ask me. Towards the end, there were some creative spots that utilized Jungle Boy's arm, and it created some entertaining near-falls if you ask me. Another subtle spot I enjoyed was how JUngle Boy consistently tried hard to desperately fight out of the Armbar whenever MJF would try to lock it in, and MJF could only win by escaping him.
The dynamic between these two, both in the ring and as separate characters worked incredibly well, and it resulted in a hard fought match between two superstars who are the future of wrestling. Looking at this match, you wouldn't know that MJF is 24 and Jungle Boy is 22. Before I analyze the actual match, that TNT Championship is……definitely a belt. Anyways, this was another hard hitting match that took on a different pace than the MJF/Jungle Boy match. While I though tit went a long for my taste, the quality of this match was very high, and Cody did a good job making himself a rag doll to sell Archer's offense. My fear was that they were going to overbook the finish by having excessive interference from Arn Anderson and Jake, but fortunately, it didn't take away from the match. I also thought the finish was very good, as Cody needed multiple finishers to finish Archer off in succession. We definitely needed something to cool down after MJF/Jungle Boy and Cody/Archer. Obviously nothing too special to unpack, and while I thought there were certain spots that were a bit uneven, it was overall an easy match to watch. Okay, one thing I definitely didn't need to see is Shawn Spears' bare ass. But I don't think this match needed to be on PPV. I will say that it was kind of weird to see Shida dominate a lot of the match in the manner that she did. Shida absolutely busted her ass here as she was flying from one side of the arena to the other, and she didn't pull her punches when it came to using weapons. Congrats to Shida for winning the women's title which I will continue to say is criminally puny until the cows come home. I think this match would have gotten significantly crazier reactions if it came from a packed audience, but they still did crazy spots regardless, and I appreciated the effort from both men. Overall, a very solid main event match for the title. It's one thing to have a non-traditional wrestling match with all sorts of crazy things happening, but the creativity and over-the-top nature of everything involved here made this extremely entertaining. This is definitely one of the best 34 minutes that I spent watching anything, and overall, the cinematic value of everything involved in here made this a fantastic and entertaining main event to me. If there is one thing that I will dock points on this match for, it's the Matt Hardy "drowning" spot. Now, of course, they didn't intentionally mean any ill-will by it, but this wasn't the best week to spoof someone drowning in light of what happened to Shad. I'm not sure when the match itself was filmed before or after the tragic incident, but I do think that spot should have been cut, or at least re-arranged. But that didn't ruin my enjoyment of this, and this is probably the best thing that will happen in a football stadium all year. Jungle Boy and the main event. I can't imagine what this show would have looked like in a packed arena, but regardless, everyone busted their asses in one way or another, and for that, AEW Double or Nothing 2020 gets a thumbs up for me. AEW Tag Team Championship Number One Contender's Match: Best Friends (7-3) vs. I am pressed for time on the day since there's family stuff going on, so I'm shortening this match. Casino Ladder Match: Brian Cage (0-0) vs. It worked like a gauntlet, with Scorpio Sky and Kazarian starting to give us some SCU action. Kip Sabian was next in and he said "ladder matches were In his blood." What the hell does that mean? The final entrant was the mystery and it turned out to be a debuting Brian Cage, accompanied by Taz. He looked like a beast throughout. Cassidy had a win interrupted by Sabian, Ford, and Havoc, so Best Friends made the save. That was a unique match with some fun moments throughout. Also, a bit weird to hype the rankings and such so often, yet put a guy like Cage in this match. Although Jungle Boy has a rough record, he's 7-5 in 2020 and feels like a budding star. While MJF has done really good character work and is getting a push, he's missing that standout great match. I liked how, early on, MJF was happy to match Jungle Boy with confidence. However, when he slapped Jungle Boy, he got his ass kicked. MJF put the target on the arm and Jungle Boy sold the hell out of it. He was in trouble and couldn't put Jungle Boy away. MJF is such a smarmy heel and Jungle Boy is a great underdog, who killed it in terms of selling. AEW TNT Championship Tournament Finals: Cody (16-6-1) vs. As good as Archer has been lately, he's at his best in shorter stints. His longest G1 match in 2019 lasted about 18 minutes and most of the best ones hovered between 11 and 15. Kip Sabian came out on crutches and wrapped in a bunch of bandages after the ladder match. AEW Women's Championship No Disqualifications Match: Nyla Rose (11-4) [c] vs. While Nyla/Riho was very good, I've said for a while that Shida needs to be champion. I really liked how Nyla was allowed to be a bully but Shida never looked overwhelmed. When they made it back to the ring, Shida went on something of a barrage and won the title with a stiff running knee after 17:03. Shida, like Cody earlier, gave it her all and put on a hell of a show. AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (16-2-1) [c] vs. Anyway, though this wasn't a No DQ match, they had a brawl. That's a good idea since it's the style both are best suited for. The guys fought in the ring for a bit, which is the best place to take spots, though they did well to try out other creative things.