Double Or Nothing was teeming with great moments, but Cody smashing a throne might well have been our favorite.
When we woke up this morning, we began to play back the biggest moment from Double Or Nothing in our heads. Figuring out which part of the historic show was our favorite. Jon Moxley's shocking debut. Bret Hart unveiling the AEW World Championship. Or maybe even the shocking return to wrestling of Awesome Kong.
Despite how much we enjoyed all of those moments, our favorite of the night was Cody's entrance. The American Nightmare using a sledgehammer to destroy a throne. The sort of throne Triple H might sit on during one of his elaborate WrestleMania entrances. As symbolism goes, Cody couldn't have been much clearer.
After the match, Cody caught up with the press. Chris Van Vliet asked him about the thronebreaker moment, revealing how much of a stir it had caused online. Cody actually had more to say on the matter than we thought he would, revealing the deeper meaning behind the iconic moment. "The throne kinda symbolized his reign, and man, I wanna play ball," Cody explained while talking about The Game's entrance at WrestleMania XXX.
Cody went on to reveal that the moment wasn't just about taking a shot at Triple H, but also a signal that he is still a wrestler as well as an executive vice president. "Not so much a shot at Triple H, more a shot at I’m not ready to dive into that role and lean into it. I wanna be a wrestler first and foremost." That makes a lot of sense when put that way.
We're glad that Cody didn't completely deny the obvious symbolism behind the moment. If he were to have said that it had nothing to do with Triple H then we would have been more than a little skeptical. We are fully behind the double meaning explanation, though. There are also clear parallels between WWE's clout and AEW's higher-ups. In particular, Cody and Brandi being AEW's Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Whether either side of the comparison would agree with us on that one is something else entirely.