Hooked On Roundtable: AEW Double Or Nothing 2021

Double Or Nothing 2021: The Young Bucks vs Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston
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Just as fans are slowly beginning to regain access to live sporting events following a long and challenging pandemic period, All Elite Wrestling presentsl Double Or Nothing 2001 with a stacked card and a full house at Daily’s Place.

Who will emerge victorious in the title bouts? Who will stand tall in the grudge matches? And which bout will go on last?

Here’s what the HOW team think will go down. Do you agree with our picks? Join our predictions contest by clicking here for a chance to win a tee of your choice from Wrestle Merch Central.


AEW World Championship, Triangle Match: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Pac vs. Orange Cassidy

PAC Kenny Omega Orange Cassidy
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Paul Benson: This as close to a placeholder AEW World Championship match as we have seen in the two years since the company was birthed at Double Or Nothing 2019. Not that there is anything wrong with that on occasion and when the participants are as exciting and fresh as the two challengers here. Sometimes it is better to take a breather and reset the pieces rather than carrying on ploughing the same furrow. Clearly this match will be exciting in terms of action and contains not just three very different personalities but also three completely contrasting styles. I’m looking forward to it immensely. The Cleaner is taking the win here and maybe the aftermath is a feud between PAC’s Death Triangle faction and Cassidy’s crew? It wouldn’t surprise me because one thing that AEW excel at is ensuring storylines and situations organically bleed into one another. I expect that to happen here.

Winner: Kenny Omega

Liam Happe: I agree that this definitely is a means to give two popular and extremely talented guys a main event world title match without diluting the marquee, because I am adamant Stadium Stampede closes the show as it did a year ago. Once the Stampede challenge was made on a recent Dynamite, suddenly this matchmaking clicked and my brain went “ooooooohhhh!”. Of course the belt collector will continue his run here, it’s a bit of an anticlimax before as well as after the fact so hopefully the match is belting to make up for that.

Winner: Kenny Omega

Daniel Steele: Since their inception in 2019, AEW have favoured a long-term booking strategy, particularly when it comes to the main event scene. It appears that Hangman Page is being built up to win the title from his former tag team partner to conclude their long-term story. This Triple Threat, which will electrify the full-capacity crowd at Daily’s Place, is merely a placeholder before the champion moves on to a more substantial singles program.

Winner: Kenny Omega


AEW World Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston

Young Bucks Jon Moxley Eddie Kingston
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Paul: I don’t love The Young Bucks. I have never claimed to be their biggest fan, nor will I ever do so. However, they are at their absolute best when they are channeling their personalities into entitled, smarmy heel characters. They’ve been playing this role with aplomb over the last few weeks and the contrast with the down to earth, no nonsense style of their opponents is likely to lead to a wonderful match. Expect the babyfaces to act like they are relishing putting an old fashioned beating on the champions and this match is likely going to be lengthy. Ultimately, The Bucks should and will win to give The Elite a one-two punch of title match victories at the top of the card.

Winners: The Young Bucks

Liam: As obnoxious as the champs are in this new role (in a good way), how are they the heels here? Granted, they’ve been absolute douches to everyone else on the roster, but Moxley provoked them in that fateful six-man tag before aggressively stalking them every week since. Hopefully this is the last instance of two big singles players teaming up to challenge for the tag gold on PPV and we can move on to the real deal – Nick and Matt losing the belts to Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus – come September.

Winners: The Young Bucks

Daniel: Despite his obvious status as a top star in AEW, Jon Moxley has fallen short in several important matches lately. This also applies to his partner, who has an AEW Pay-Per-View record of 0-3. In contrast, the Young Bucks have held the AEW World Tag Team Championships since November, with multiple successful title defences to their name. The Jacksons have been untouchable following their heel turn, perhaps to an overbearing extent. A title reign for the unorthodox faces would be an exhilarating ride and their victory would absolutely provide a feel-good moment in front of a raucous live audience.

Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston


Stadium Stampede II: The Inner Circle vs. The Pinnacle

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Paul: In my opinion, last year’s version of this match was the best cinematic style offering we have had since the trend began. I really enjoyed the mix of chaos and comedy afforded by the amazing playground that is an empty NFL stadium. That said, I want this match to be different. I want them to use the facilities in a completely different, more serious fashion. Forget Matt Hardy using the VIP area pool as a makeshift lake of reincarnation. I want FTR to attempt to drown Sami Guevara in the damn thing until Santana and Ortiz manage to smash down the locked door to the suite and save their stablemate. This is a serious feud and it needs a serious use of the environment to make this match their own. Who should win? Well as The Inner Circle are set to break up if they lose, I suspect they will take the win as splitting them doesn’t seem like the smart play right now.

Winners: The Inner Circle

Liam: As mentioned above, yeah this is absolutely closing the show and because of that plus the stipulation, it’s gotta be the Circle’s triumphant end to the show, akin to a protagonist walking off picture at the end of a movie having wiped out the bad guys. Of course, this issue will continue in fractured form. And because that involves more Jericho vs MJF, FTR vs the former LAX in duos action, Hager-Wardlow 2 only with a real grudge this time and presumably Guevara vs Spears in some sort of wild brawl, said continuing of feud is going to be great.

Winners: The Inner Circle

Daniel: It feels unnatural that Stadium Stampede follows Blood & Guts in this feud. Ordinarily, the most brutal stipulation serves as the blow-off and last year’s Stadium Stampede had more emphasis on comedy than violence. Nevertheless, the presentation of this one will likely adopt a more serious tone and I am intrigued to see what the “significant live element” entails. This is surely the conclusion of the feud – what more can these two teams do to one another? Subsequently, I believe The Pinnacle wins. They are a fresh main-event level faction and therefore cannot afford to end the rivalry as losers.

Winners: The Pinnacle


AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.

Britt Baker Hikaru Shida
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Paul: This one is as close to a banker as you get on a wrestling card. Shida has held the belt for a year and done not a whole lot with it, frankly. The women’s division seems to be shooting shoots of growth around her but the champion doesn’t feel part of this. Britt Baker has proved herself as a formidable in ring force and an excellent heel character. She is taking the belt he and I expect it to be transformative for women in the company.

Winner: Dr. Britt Baker

Liam: I almost kinda feel sorry for Shida here. In a year as champion she has overseen a really rough start for the AEW female roster evolve into a much more respectable offering with increased depth, and her reward for such needed stewardship will likely be to hear boos from some of the crowd followed by a loud roar of approval when Baker dethrones her. It’s absolutely the right move, don’t get me wrong. But both of these ladies have done a stellar job in getting things in All Elite on their feet.

Winner: Dr. Britt Baker

Daniel: Having held the AEW Women’s World Championship since last year’s Double or Nothing, there is little more for Shida to accomplish as champion. Carrying the division through its darkest days, when much of the roster was stripped away as a result of either the pandemic or injury, Shida was headstrong and resilient. Nonetheless, it is time to pull the trigger on Baker, whose capabilities as both a worker and (crucially) a personality make her the perfect candidate to lead the division into its next evolution. The challenger has undeniable momentum. She truly established herself as the face of the division, despite defeat, in her Lights Out match with Thunder Rosa in March.

Winner: Dr. Britt Baker


AEW TNT Championship: Miro (c) vs. Lance Archer

Miro Lance Archer
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Paul: Finally, the real Miro is here. This is the beast we have been longing to see in AEW for a year. Enough of the silliness and the distractions, this is the charismatic, violent monster we all knew was lurking right there. The man has more potential than anyone else in wrestling in my opinion so here’s to that finally being unleashed. In a vacuum, I adore this match. A great clash of vicious, violent beasts. Right up my street. My only issue is that I don’t want either man to lose. Miro clearly has to go over to build his reign but at the same time, I want Archer to get some steam behind him as a babyface monster. In an ideal world he would have had a big win on this card (Maybe the Casino Battle Royal?) and go on to be Kenny Omega’s next challenger for a month or so. Alas, no. Miro to win and me to enjoy this match immensely.

Winner: Miro

Liam: Despite what you’ve just read above this, Miro’s six months or so in AEW so far hasn’t been a waste. In fact, instead of the company doing a great job with him right now -despite- the early going, things are this way -because- of it and I predicted as much in December. Miro has built himself up from the ground, with safe distance from all the one-dimensional monster stereotypes he endured in WWE and he’s set to overtake Jake Hager atop the “shaking off the WWE midcarder stigma” charts. This should indeed be a great big man war, but I’ve a suspicion they go to a schmoz and circle back to this in a Dynamite main event. Archer could do with a little protection of his own – especially if they intent on following up on his Sting interactions at some point.

Winner: Draw

Miro’s roll-out in AEW received mixed reviews but we can safely say has finally hit his stride. Following his decisive TNT Championship victory over Darby Allin, the Best Man has never looked better in AEW. It’s a shame that the Murderhawk Monster looks set to suffer another significant defeat. Regardless, I am looking forward to this battle. Two experienced workers, both athletic with size, can potentially steal the show.

Winner: Miro


Casino Battle Royale

Casino Battle Royale
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Paul: If we go down the logical path, this match has to be won by a babyface to challenge Omega. That might not be the case but it feels right. And if you accept that, pickings are slim. By default I have to go with Christian Cage but that feels a bit bland. A bit obvious. With that in mind, I think we might get a win for the mystery entrant here. With AEW’s links with NJPW and Impact, the possibilities of who this might be are exciting. Could it be Kazuchika Okada to come in and have an epic rematch on a different continent with Kenny Omega? What a rush that would be! Could it be Moose? I like the idea of him being the official number one contender for two of Omega’s titles in two separate matches across two different companies. Let’s go with the one that would pop the capacity crowd at Daily’s Place more. Let’s look to the East. Now wait for my disappointed face when it’s just Paul Wight.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada

Liam: I’m not sure what to make of the Christian Cage ‘Indian summer’ so far. Honestly, I feel as though the best route would have been to gone straight to a title match against Omega within weeks of his debut on Dynamite, putting the champ over and then moving onto interesting support feuds. He’s gotta get that match with Omega at some point, and hopefully not as a PPV contest, so why not in the middle of summer as a reason why Hangman Page has to wait a little bit longer himself?

Winner: Christian Cage

Daniel: Battle Royals are unpredictable by nature and often spark debate about potential victors. That sensation is absent on this occasion and there are two reasons. Firstly, very few participants in this contest fit the bill of credible World Championship contender. Secondly, a singles feud between Christian Cage and Kenny Omega over the gold is inevitable, given their confrontation earlier this year. Captain Charisma’s work in AEW has been decent to date but now the former Brood member needs something substantial to sink his teeth into.

Winner: Christian Cage


Sting and Darby Allin vs. Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky

Sting Darby Allin Scorpio Sky Ethan Page
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Paul: Sting will be back in action in a wrestling ring for the first time in six years and I’m sorry but it just seems faintly pointless. Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are a perfectly acceptable reincarnation of a team like Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian from their heel heyday but what does this match all mean other than giving the four guys something to do? I’m afraid to say that Sting’s return has fallen completely flat for me. AEW have a stellar track record of using legends to enhance their current stars in a support and managerial role. They’ve stepped away from a proven blueprint with Sting and they’ve paid the price. I suspect Allin and Sting win this but in all honesty, I just don’t care.

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting

Liam: Sting is surely going to bat clean-up here, and that’s it. Then, I’m presuming, he does something with Lance Archer? Perhaps the Murderhawk Monster can be the one to give him a final singles bout and end it swiftly to add to his own stock. Allin vs Page in a singles feud after the PPV works for me, too. But this will hopefully be short, inoffensive and have another crowd-pleasing ending.

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting

Daniel: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky have maintained the upper hand over their opposition on the road to Double or Nothing. We’ve seen the heels launch Darby down a flight of stairs and assault Sting during his partner’s unsuccessful TNT Championship defense against Miro. This will be the Icon’s first match in front of a live crowd since 2015 and his first in AEW, however. It goes without saying that even at 62 years old, Sting carries significant name value; a victory over him should be reserved for someone with true main event potential.

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting


Hangman Page vs. Brian Cage

Hangman Page Brian Cage
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Paul: This match has the potential to be anything from a basic time filler, through to a springboard for either man to move on to bigger and better things. Page still feels like a project two years after getting pushed as an early star of the company and he has certainly benefited from time lower down the totem pole making him a more well rounded character that people want to see succeed. Brian Cage is a bit of an enigma. He has been in the company a year now and he has not done anything particularly noteworthy but nor has he done anything that feels like a disaster. I feel between Page and Cage, the Hangman would benefit more from the win than the focal point of Team Taz. Maybe Hangman wins this and we get a rematch with the FTW title on the line in due course? That seems about right to me.

Winner: Hangman Page

Liam: This has been a decent little device to give Page another big PPV showdown while deferring his inevitable path back to Omega. I think Starks costs his stablemate the win here, bringing that little crease in the storytelling back to the forefront. Starks may not be able to compete in-ring for a while, but I suspect we’ll still see the fallout one way or another.

Winner: Hangman Page

Daniel: A member of Team Taz winning an important match is a rarity – therefore many were surprised when Brian Cage defeated Hangman Page on Dynamite last month. Despite being presented as a threat throughout his run in AEW, Cage loses when it truly counts. There is no reason to believe that Sunday night will be any different.

Winner: Hangman Page


Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo

Cody Rhodes Anthony Ogogo
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Paul: A slightly strange build for this one. It seems Rhodes tried to steer it towards some sort of USA vs. Great Britain slant which feels misguided. In reality, this is the story of a young lion looking to make a name for himself by gouging a chunk of flesh from the established leader of the pack. Can he land that blow or will ol’ Mufasa swat away the prideful youngster? Rhodes seems to want this to be another tribute to his father with the ‘American Dream’ branding so he will probably take the win here. Ogogo has looked good with his screen time so far and his time will come, and probably soon.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

Liam: The nationalistic feud is never particularly tasteful, and while I liked Cody’s recent promo better than most he really tried and failed to find the sweet spot between progressive tolerance pushed too far and full-on flag-waving. He seemed to realise there is no middle ground in wrestling when it comes to this, and walked out the next week draped in Old Glory. This plummet down a timewarp will put Ogogo over well, at least. Cody will serve as the perfect babysitter for the rookie, slotting him into a basic good-vs-evil formula contest and mounting a huge comeback before walking right into the new big finisher in town, completely out of nowhere.

Winner: Anthony Ogogo

Daniel: The initial rivalry between the Nightmare Family and The Factory was reminiscent of the early Nexus angle. A group of rookies violently earning their spot is a timeless story. Conversely, the story of a “heroic” American wrestler vanquishing an “evil” foreigner is archaic. Seeing it make an unexpected comeback in AEW is disheartening. Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo is a talented prospect, with a substantial air of legitimacy due to his boxing background. Unfortunately, there is slim chance of him defeating Cody Rhodes on a night where the latter adopts his late father’s “American Dream” moniker.

Winner: Cody Rhodes


NWA Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb (c) vs. Riho (Buy In Show)

Riho Serena Deeb
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Paul: I do love the fact that Serena Deeb is finally getting the recognition she deserves on a big state. Ten years later than it should have come but I suspect the NWA Women’s champion won’t be complaining. I actually smell title change here. The NWA have a big show coming up and having Riho on that would be a good boost. I’m calling for her to get the strap.

Winner: Riho

Liam: This will of course be one of the lowest-interest, if not the lowest-interest, bout on the card. But it will succeed in having two great women’s singles bouts on the same PPV. Which is another great step in the aforementioned bounce back of the division.

Winner: Serena Deeb

Daniel: The NWA World Women’s Champion recently returned to AEW television with an aggressive edge and a convincing submission win over Red Velvet. On the other hand, as the inaugural AEW Women’s Champion, Riho possesses the necessary credibility to portray a realistic threat to Deeb’s title, without needing a story to build up to the match. Nonetheless, a consequence of the lack of build (and of the contest occurring on the Buy In), is that a title change seems improbable on this occasion.

Winner: Serena Deeb


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