It feels like such a long time ago that the existence of AEW was first revealed. Here we are, more than five months later, on the cusp of the fledgling promotion's first show. This Saturday, May 25, 2019, starting at 8 pm EST, or 7 pm for the preshow, Double Or Nothing will finally take place. The event will be airing live on Fite, ITV Box Office, and B/R Live. Here is everything you need to know about the show's nine matches.
Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho shocked the wrestling world when he showed up in NJPW to take on Kenny Omega. The two of them then proceeded to steal the show when they went one on one. Now it's time for the pair to up the ante in what will be AEW's first ever main event match, and we have no doubt whatsoever that the two of them will pull it off.
Cody vs Dustin
We still can't quite believe this match is happening. Even though it sort of happened in WWE, it wasn't what we wanted it to be. Years later, Cody and Dustin will have the brother versus brother match they always wanted. It might not be the flashiest match of the show, but we would be willing to bet it will tell the best story.
Britt Baker vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae
The first women given the chance to show what AEW's women's division is all about will be Britt Baker, Nyla Rose, and Kylie Rae. Three extremely talented stars and this match will be an unmissable one. Plus, with no AEW Women's Title currently announced, chances are the winner of this will be in prime position to become the promotion's first champion.
SoCal Uncensored vs CIMA, T-Hawk & El Lindaman
AEW's partnerships with foreign promotions will play a big part in Double Or Nothing. That includes its relationship with Chinese company OWE. SCU requested to face OWE legend CIMA at Double Or Nothing all the way back in February. Here we are, and CIMA plus two partners of his choosing will be in Las Vegas to compete in six-man tag action.
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami
In another huge six-person match, a whole host of international talent will be on show. This match is also another reason why Baker, Rae, and Rose need to shine in their triple threat match. These six wrestlers will be looking to make a name for themselves too and if they do, they'll be coming for the winner of that triple threat.
The Young Bucks vs The Lucha Bros for the AAA Tag Team Championships
There's a very real chance that this match could be the main event instead of Omega versus Jericho. It is also the only match of the show with gold on the line. The Young Bucks went to AAA and took the Tag Titles from The Lucha Bros. On Saturday, Pentagon and Fenix will come to Matt and Nick Jackson's home turf to try and claim them back.
Best Friends vs Angelico and Jack Evans
The Bucks versus The Bros isn't the only big tag team match on the Double Or Nothing card. Best Friends Chuckie T and Trent Baretta will also team up to take on recent AEW signings from AAA, Angelico and Jack Evans. The former were originally meant to be in the night's battle royal, but this match was obviously too tempting to turn down.
The Casino Battle Royale for a future shot at the AEW World Championship
Despite an AEW Champion not yet being crowned, its first challenger will be named during Double Or Nothing's pre-show. Five wrestlers will start the battle royale, then five more will be added at three-minute intervals. There will be 21 competitors in total with the 21st entrant presumably being a big name that will be a surprise. Jon Moxley, anyone?
Kip Sabian vs Sammy Guevara
The Casino Battle Royale was originally the only match scheduled for the Buy In preshow. However, these two have since been removed from that match and given their own spotlight. While the two of them might be ruing the missed opportunity to become a number one contender, they will now have a bigger stage to show new fans what they're made of.