There’s a variety of information popping out of AEW Double or Nothing 2022. Most significantly, we’ve a brand new AEW Champion. CM Punk beat “Hangman” Adam Web page in the principle occasion to win the title after what was simply one in all AEW’s best-ever matches. The present ended with a crying Punk hoisting up his new prize for the primary time.
It was an incredible climax to an enormous present. The night time started with Wardlow obliterating MJF in surprisingly decisive style, a complete information story unto itself given the malarkey over the weekend regarding MJF reportedly threatening to no present Double or Nothing. Elsewhere, Adam Cole and Britt Baker gained their respective Owen Hart Cup finals, and Kyle O’Reilly beat Darby Allin in an unexpectedly nice match.
The Anarchy within the Enviornment match ended up being maybe an excessive amount of anarchy for its personal good, and ended with Jericho Appreciation Society standing tall over a fallen Bryan Danielson. Hangman Web page was the lone champion to lose at Double or Nothing, with all different champions retaining their gold.
Learn on for a full recap of Double or Nothing 2022.
CM Punk wins the AEW Championship
In arguably the most effective AEW fundamental occasion ever, CM Punk pinned Hangman Adam Web page to win the AEW Championship. The Las Vegas crowd was mega into this fundamental occasion from the outset. We obtained duelling “Let’s go Hangman/CM Punk!” chants, and later “Cowboy Shit/CM Punk!” cheers. Each males had been showered with each cheers and boos after nearly each large transfer — the gang was really break up on this one.
These two labored intense. The dynamic going into the match was uncommon, with each being babyfaces and with Web page harbouring a deep grudge in opposition to Punk that is by no means actually been defined correctly. Web page wrestled the match with fabulous tenacity; you bought the sense that he actually did have antipathy in direction of Punk. This was amongst Web page’s greatest performances.
CM Punk twice tried Web page’s Buckshot Lariat, however botched it each occasions. (After the match, he instructed the gang to by no means let him attempt one other Buckshot Lariat). The primary time it led to Web page going for a GTS, which Punk countered. That led into the second try, the place Punk tried however fell on his ass — however obtained up and clotheslined Web page anyway.
Punk tried to comply with up with the excessive knee within the nook, however Web page countered with a Final Journey Powerbomb, which he rolled right into a Deadeye. That led to a nice nearfall, with Punk kicking out on the final millisecond. He timed that kickout completely.
Web page then did Punk’s Go To Sleep taunt, which obtained an enormous heel response. Web page tried a GTS, however Punk escaped and hit him with a excessive kick. Web page then hoisted Punk up for the GTS anyway, touchdown it this time for one more wonderful nearfall. Punk is so good at timing these kickouts.
The 2 then exchanged kicks, and Web page clotheslined Punk excessive rope. He held up the AEW Championship, yelling “that is mine” at Punk, which obtained a variety of boos. Web page threw Punk contained in the ring and tried a Buckshot Lariat, however Punk countered right into a GTS. Web page struggled out, however by chance hit the referee in doing so. Ref bump activated.
Web page decked Punk with a Lariat after which, with an evil trance, grabbed the AEW Championship belt and debated utilizing it. On the final second he drops it, deciding to go the ethical route, then tries one final Buckshot Lariat. As soon as once more although, Punk escaped and this time managed to land the GTS for the win.
After the match a crying Punk holds the title up as AEW Double or Nothing went off the air.
Ranking: 5 stars. This was a winner for a number of causes. First, it was one in all AEW’s greatest ever fundamental occasions, one which noticed arguably Hangman Web page’s greatest efficiency within the firm but. Second, it was a historic professional wrestling second, with Punk returning final September and incomes his place on the high of a wrestling promotion. And thirdly, it units up Hangman Web page for nice new character improvement plus a surefire winner of a rematch.
Jurassic Categorical retain AEW Tag Staff Championships
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus efficiently defended their AEW Tag Staff Championships in opposition to Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland plus Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks in a three-way tag match. Jungle Boy obtained the pin after their Jurassic Categorical powerbomb.
This was in a tricky spot for 2 causes. First, it is late in a present that is been filled with a variety of motion and excessive spots. Second, the entire premise is foolish. It is a triple-threat tag match, however solely two wrestlers are allowed within the ring at any given second. Which means always there’s one crew not represented within the ring, who should hope they will by some means discover a method to tag themselves in. Why would anyone tag out? It is a type of outdated wrestling issues that do not get considered sufficient.
Nonetheless, there was some great things right here. There was a sick sequence the place Jungle Boy tried a Suicide Dive on Keith Lee however Lee caught him in mid air and Powerbombed him into Luchasauraus — twice. Later, we obtained a enjoyable showdown between Luchasaurus, Hobbs and Keith Lee that ended with Lee and Hobbs planting Luchasaurus with an enormous double chokeslam.
Moments later, Lee by some means managed a leaping sommersault excessive rope to take out the entire discipline. That was loopy.
Ricky Starks tried to win through dishonest a number of occasions, first by rolling up Jungle Boy along with his toes on the rope and later by hitting Luchasaurus with one of many tag titles. Each occasions he was foiled by Christian Cage, who was at ringside.
From there it was a collection of massive strikes, with groups hitting their finishers solely to have the pinfall damaged up by the third crew. Jungle Boy ended up because the authorized man with Swerve Strickland. That they had an superior last jiffy, culminating with Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus hitting their tandem Powerbomb for the win.
Ranking: 3.5 stars.
Jericho Appreciation Society wins Anarchy within the Enviornment
Chris Jericho, Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Angelo Parker and Matt Menard beat the crew of Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz in an Anarchy within the Enviornment match. Hager and Jericho made Danielson go out to win for his or her crew.
This was a little bit of a catastrophe at first. “Anarchy within the Enviornment” is a obscure stipulation, which individuals thought would primarily simply imply no guidelines. Certainly there have been no guidelines. But it surely additionally apparently meant Jon Moxley’s Wild Factor theme track could be performed on repeat as the ten males brawled all through the sector.
That is largely the problem: It actually was Anarchy within the Enviornment. The ten males had been break up up in 5 pairs who brawled in numerous spots. That meant fixed digicam cuts to completely different components of the sector — contained in the ring, within the crowd, within the again, in one other a part of the gang. It was too disorienting to comply with in any significant manner. It was mainly a professional wrestling music video, however not as cool as that sounds.
Finally Jericho ripped the chords out of the soundboard, which stopped Wild Factor from taking part in. That helped rather a lot. I am positive it was tremendous enjoyable within the crowd, however the track taking part in alongside fixed digicam cuts made it too chaotic to look at from house. From that time on, this turned just a little extra structured, which made it enjoyable to look at (in the event you can deal with blood and guts wrestling).
There have been loopy spots, which fits with out saying. Santa and Ortiz crashed via two tables doing tandem offense on Jake Hager. Jericho hit Moxley with a large digicam. Daniel Garcia gave Ortiz a Piledriver onto the metal steps.
Every little thing broke down as soon as everybody obtained to the ring. Actually broke down: Moxley untied the tunbuckles from the publish and began hitting Jericho with one. That led to the highest turnbuckles on every nook to be deconstructed. Out close to the again, Santana and Ortiz arrange two of the Jericho goons on tables then introduced out a large ladder, which they leapt off.
Within the ring, Moxley and Danielson squared off in opposition to Jericho and Hager. That they had a slugfest, which the gang got here unglued for. (There’s one thing ironic concerning the crowd popping big for a bunch of punches after dudes have been leaping off tables and slicing one another up, however I believe that message will go unheeded.) Moxley and Danielson obtained the higher of them, resulting in Danielson getting Jericho within the Labelle Lock.
At about that point, Eddie Kingston got here to the ring with gasoline and dunked it throughout Jericho (and Danielson). Kingston took out a lighter to burn Jericho, however Danielson slapped it out of his hand. That led Kingston to begin preventing with Danielson. As Moxley tried to interrupt them up, Jericho took out all three with a chair. Hager then knocked Moxley out of the ring, onto a desk with barbed wire on high — due to course.
Within the ring, Jericho hit Danielson with a turnbuckle and went for the pin. That obtained a two rely. Danielson fought again, singlehandedly kicking the hell out of each Jericho and Hager. He obtained his Busaiku Knee on Hager, then Jericho tried to hit him with a chair however Danielson did the Busaiku Knee into the chair for an amazing two rely.
Danielson ready to kick Jericho’s “f****** head in”, however Hager clocked him within the knee with Jericho’s bat. Jericho then put Danielson within the Partitions of Jericho as Hager strangled him with the ring rope. Danielson handed out, permitting Jericho’s crew to win.
Ranking: 3 stars. The primary third was terrible, the second third was high quality and the ultimate third was superior. Pretty much as good as this ended up being although, I am unable to assist however really feel this was a waste of Danielson, Kingston and Moxley on pay-per-view. A lot of the match was primarily generic brawling, which did not absolutely benefit from what they might do.
Talking of losing Danielson, having his second-ever AEW loss are available a 10-man tag feels questionable too.
Thunder Rosa continues to be AEW Ladies’s Champion
Thunder Rosa pinned Serena Deeb with a Hearth Thunder Drive after an extended, good match.
Deeb and Rosa labored tremendous arduous right here, and made their match stand out by giving it extra of a wrestling focus. There as loads of grappling and, because the match went on, many sturdy submission spots. The group was tremendous into this in the beginning, popping big for Rosa placing Deeb in a human surfboard.
One of many highlights was when Deeb put Rosa in a Determine 4 Leglock. Deep arched up and slapped Deeb, which led to the traditional backwards and forwards slap change with the Leglock nonetheless in. The 2 then rolled to the surface, leglock nonetheless in place, earlier than it broke exterior.
Rosa retained the title when she planted Deeb with a superplex from the highest after which, a la Eddie Guerrero, shifted her hips to hoist Deeb up once more. However as a substitute of one other suplex, she gave Deeb a Hearth Thunder Driver for the win. Crowd was mega into the end.
Ranking: 3.5 stars.
Kyle O’Reilly pins Darby Allin
This was a brutal, mile-a-minute match. And it dominated. Kyle O’Reilly ended up profitable after he blitzed Darby Allin with three Penalty Kicks, after which a knee strike from the highest rope.
The match began out gnarly, with Allin going for a double-leg takedown and O’Reilly catching him with a knee to the chin. I do not know if it was hardway or a bloodpack, however Allin was bleeding from the mouth from then on.
A lot of the rationale this match was so nice is that Allin took O’Reilly’s offense so effectively. O’Reilly has an MMA type, with stiff kicks and nice grappling, however he is normally smaller than his opponent. He actually kicked Allin across the ring right here, and it made O’Reilly look brutal.
In fact, Darby Allin is a whole maniac so there was some loopy stuff right here. Allin did two Suicide Dives. The primary, whether or not on objective or not, was sort of like a spinning wheel kick although, as Allin fell wanting touchdown on O’Reilly, however caught him along with his foot on the best way down. The second Suicide Dive, in an amazing spot, was countered by O’Reilly right into a Guillotine Choke. Later within the match, Allin did a Coffin Drop onto the apron.
My favourite half was when Allin went for a Coffin Drop in the course of the ring, however on the final second O’Reilly reoriented himself and Allin landed proper into an armbar. It was candy. Probably the most intense spot got here when O’Reilly wrapped Allin’s gold chain round Allin’s mouth, then used it to choke him with it. That led to the three Penalty Kicks and the top-rope knee that gained O’Reilly the match.
Ranking: 4.25 stars. They went just a little too quick, because the match felt rushed in components and would have benefitted from letting a few of the gnarly spots breathe a bit. However these two have unbelievable chemistry, and placed on an impressive match.
American Prime Staff beat Sammy Guevara, Frankie Kazarian and Tay Conti
The crew of Ethan Web page, Scorpio Sky and Paige VanZant defeated Sammy Guevara, Frankie Kazarian and Tay Conti, that means Guevara can now not problem for Sky’s TNT Championship.
The primary a part of the match constructed as much as Paige VanZant getting tagged in for her first in-ring efficiency. Paige is inexperienced, however she did effectively. She took down Tay Conti and hit her with strikes from a knee-on-belly place, after which hit Sammy Guevara within the guts when he tried to intervene on Conti’s behalf. She then planted him with a Twister DDT, then tripped Conti into Guevara’s crotch.
Conti obtained the higher hand from there, and Sammy congratulated her with a giant hug and a kiss — taking part in into the gimmick that they are a tremendous obnoxious couple. Their OTT PDA allowed American Prime Staff to crowd round them, and led to a disgusted Kizarian to not come to Guevara and Conti’s support. Guevara and Conti then obtained in a twister blitz with American Prime Staff, which led Kazarian to get again into the fray.
He tagged himself in and took out Ethan Web page, however then Conti confronted him over tagging himself in. Guevara tried to Superkick Kazarian, however by chance caught Conti as a substitute — which obtained an enormous pop and a “you f***** up” chant. Kazarian threw Guevara out of the ring, then ate a TKO from Scorpio Sky, which led to the three rely.
Ranking: 2.5 stars. There have been some enjoyable spots right here, however the dynamic of Kazarian tagging with Conti and Guevara was too dysfunctional. Kizarian could be attacking Guevara one minute after which attempting to get a win for his or her crew the subsequent. The important thing spot right here, although, was Guevara by chance kicking Conti — every thing else was background.
Britt Baker DMD wins Ladies’s Owen Hart Cup
Each Britt Baker and Ruby Soho obtained reside music entrances. Soho’s theme track obtained performed by punk band Rancid, which the gang liked. The viewers was scorching for this match in the beginning and finish, with big “Ruby Soho/DMD” duelling chants in the beginning and the top. They had been much less roused all through the center.
Although the gang was invested in each Britt Baker and Ruby Soho, the match itself was missable. Not dangerous, simply high quality. Soho specifically had a less-than-stellar night time. She did effectively promoting all through the match, however her comebacks lacked the fireplace needed to essentially get the gang into the match in a giant manner. A key spot was Soho placing Britt Baker right into a Sharpshooter, which she did not lock in accurately.
The match ended when Soho went for a rollup, however Baker reversed it right into a rollup of her personal for the three rely.
Afterwards, we obtained a ceremony with the Owen Hart Cup winners, Baker and Cole, and a speech from Martha Hart. It was an amazing speech, and an amazing second in professional wrestling historical past. Martha Hart congratulated each titans of wrestling for his or her arduous fought victory — sort of bizarre that two heels had been put in such a place of glory, however that is OK — and introduced each with Owen Hart Cup championship belts.
Ranking: 2.5 stars. OK match, unbelievable ceremony with Martha Hart.
Adam Cole wins Males’s Owen Hart Cup
Adam Cole defeated Samoa Joe with the assistance of Bobby Fish to win the Males’s Owen Hart Cup.
This was a terrific match. It had an amazing circulation all through: Samoa Joe is a giant monster who dominated the smaller Adam Cole, however Cole labored arduous to work out from beneath along with his velocity and technique — and, finally, his assist from stabelmate Bobby Fish. Each labored as arduous as you’d anticipate, and each performed their roles tremendous effectively.
My favourite spot was when Cole went for the Panama Dawn however Joe used his immense dimension benefit to counter it right into a knee buster. Different highlights embrace Joe sick transition from powerbomb to STF, and a stiff clothesline counter to Cole’s Growth Knee try.
As Joe seemed to cinch the victory, proceedings had been interrupted by Bobby Fish, who ran all the way down to the ring. Joe took out Fish, after which locked the Coquina Clutch sleeper on Cole. Fish distracted once more, with Joe releasing the maintain to knock Fish off the apron. Cole then hit a barrage of Superkicks after which a Growth Knee to get the win.
Ranking: 4.25 stars. For my part the improper man gained — however these two labored exceptionally effectively collectively.
Home of Black defeats Dying Triangle
Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King beat Pac, Penta Oscuro and Rey Fenix after Julia Hart appeared and joined Home of Black by spitting black mist into Pac’s face.
This was six extremely expert and intensely gifted athletes doing a bunch of loopy spots for about quarter-hour. It was mindless, with minimal psychology, however lovely to look at nontheless. The motion was so quick and nonstop that it might be impractical to recap it. As an alternative, have a look at a number of gifs of the craziest stuff.
The end got here when Pac hit a low blow on Malakai Black, and went to the highest to hit his ending splash. The lights exit, and once they come again on Julia Hart was standing within the ring. The referee was distracted elsewhere, so he did not see her spraying black mist at Pac. Malakai Black hit his Black Mass roundhouse kick for the end.
Ranking: 4 stars. Take your considering hat off and this was an unbelievable spectacle.
Jade Cargill retains TBS Championship
Jade Cargill continues to be TBS Champion after defeating Anna Jay in an OK match. After the bout, we obtained the AEW debut of Ember Moon — who now goes by Athena.
Some awkward motion and a variety of smoke and mirrors right here. Cargill began sturdy, subduing Jay just like the dominant champion she is. Jay ended up getting in some offense, slowly preventing again from below till touchdown a (barely botched) top-rope Blockbuster neckbreaker. She then tossed Cargill into the facet steps — Cargill did an amazing job taking this, and making it look painful.
Then the intereference started. Kiera Hogan and Crimson Velvet tried to double crew Jay exterior, however Jay fought again. Then, when the ladies had been within the ring, “Good” Mark Sterling ran down and threw a pair of crutches within the ring. As he distracted the ref, Jay took the crutches off Cargill, their meant recipient, and hit Cargill with them, then planted her with a Russian Leg Sweep for a two rely.
Cargill tried her Jaded finisher, however Jay countered with a rollup and locked in a rear-naked choke. Cargill fought out, and the 2 ended up within the nook on the highest turnbuckle. Then Stokely Hathaway, formerely referred to as Malcolm Bivens in NXT, made his method to the ring, which distracted Jay. Cargill planted Jay with a top-rope Jaded slam for the win.
After the match, Hogan, Velvet and Cargill began to beat down on Jay. Kris Statlander got here to her rescue. Amid a staredown, Athena, previously Ember Moon, made her AEW debut. Alongside Statlander and Jay to stardown Hogan, Velvet and Cargill.
Ranking: 2 stars.
The Hardys defeat The Younger Bucks
The Hardys and The Younger Bucks wrestled twice in Ring of Honor, going 1 for 1. On this rubber match, The Hardys defeated The Younger Bucks in an amazing tag crew bout after Jeff Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb on Nick Jackson. There was some over-the-top motion that is typical of Younger Bucks PPV matches, motion that makes it inconceivable to droop your disbelief, however this was undeniably enjoyable to look at.
The match was effectively paced, starting with a flurry and slowing down when the Younger Bucks took out Jeff Hardy. With Hardy laid out on the surface, The Bucks labored over Matt Hardy, who heroically resisted till Jeff was roused again to life.
As might be anticipated, there have been some inventive spots right here. My favourite was when The Hardys tried a Poetry in Movement, with Jeff launching off Matt’s again to splash Matt Jackson within the nook, however Nick Jackson interrupted with a candy Enziguiri excessive rope.
The tide started to show with a collection of spots the place Nick by chance took out his personal crew. He tried a high-knee within the nook on Jeff, however Jeff dodged and Nick caught Matt as a substitute. Nick then tried to do the “you are useless!” Penalty Kick on Matt Hardy exterior, however Matt ducked and Nick kicked Brandon Cutler as a substitute. Facet be aware: Cutler was mega standard amongst this crowd.
After some motion exterior the ring, there was a incredible close to fall the place Jeff hit a jawbreaker to Nick on the highest rope, then went for a Swanton Bomb. Nick rolled away, planted Jeff with a Twist of Destiny after which Matt hit Jeff with a Swanton Bomb for a two rely. The group chanted “That is superior!”
Then, as usually occurs with Younger Bucks matches, issues obtained a bit foolish.
The Bucks started a Superkick Celebration, hitting double Superkicks on each Matt and Jeff. With Matt and Jeff on their knees, the Bucks blitzed them with 4 Superkicks every. The Hardys obtained to their knees once more, and the Bucks hit each once more with double Superkicks. Each Bucks pinned each Hardys, and each obtained two counts.
The Bucks then setup the ring steps on the surface, however the Hardys, after consuming a barrage of Superkicks, immediately revived and fought again. Matt planted Matt Jackson throughout the ring steps, and Jeff Hardy hit a gnarly — gnarly — Swanton Bomb from the highest rope on the steps.
Within the ring, Matt Hardy hit Nick Jackson with a Twist of Destiny for a two rely. He tried one other Twist of Destiny, however Nick countered right into a rollup. Hardy kicked out, hit Nick with a Facet Impact and one other Twist of Destiny, then Jeff Hardy landed a Swanton Bomb on Nick Jackson for the win.
Ranking: 4 stars. I hated the Superkick Celebration. Spots that in actual life would trigger long-term mind harm however right here do not even hold somebody down for 3 seconds are simply an excessive amount of for be to disregard. Additionally, Matt and Jeff labored arduous, however each, significantly Jeff, definitely do not transfer in addition to they used to. Jeff seems to be pained a variety of the time, which sucks to see.
However with each of these criticisms famous, this was an amazing tag crew match and a complete lot of enjoyable.
Wardlow destroys MJF
Wardlow completely obliterated MJF within the opening match. MJF obtained in no offense, and Wardlow pinned MJF after 10 powerbombs. It was a squash match. I am positive the plan was at all times for Wardlow to win, however the squash format could have been punishment for MJF’s real-life menace to no present Double or Nothing.
A testomony to MJF: He had nuclear warmth on this bout. Lots of the followers within the enviornment knew that MJF performed rooster with the corporate — he legitimately no-showed a meet and inexperienced on Saturday, a transfer which seems to be a real-life a part of MJF’s contractual disputes with AEW — which led to a sarcastic “he confirmed up!” chant.
Because the match started, the followers chanted “f*** you MJF”.
MJF started by leaping out and in of the ring to keep away from Wardlow. Finally Wardlow grabbed him from the surface and pulled him in. Wardlow tried a powerbomb, however MJF bit him on the top to interrupt it up. He then poked Wardlow within the eyes. Amid a skirmish, MJF tried to faux a knee harm, and because the ref backed Wardlow off, MJF tried to seize his brass ring — however Wardlow attacked him earlier than MJF might put it on.
From there the match was a collection of powerbombs. He hit MJF with about 10 powerbombs, then pinned him. After the destruction, MJF obtained stretchered out as the gang chanted “you deserve it!”
Up on the ramp, Tony Schiavone met Wardlow and introduced that, per the stipulations of the bout, Wardlow is now formally an AEW wrestler and now not certain to be MJF’s bodyguard.
Ranking: No score. It seems to be like this might have been MJF’s punishment for no exhibiting Saturday’s meet-and-greet occasion and his implicit menace to no-show Double or Nothing. The group hated MJF, so liked this. But it surely wasn’t a lot of a match.
Hookhausen beats Tony Nese and “Good” Mark Sterling
The unusual bedfellows pairing of Hook and Danhousen made their debut within the AEW Double or Nothing preshow. It was a easy match, as you’d anticipate from a (thrilling) novice and a comedy act. Danhausen pinned Mark Sterling after Hook gave Sterling a head-arm suplex.
The match had a fundamental template. Hook opened and took down Tony Nese with a double-leg. With Tony Nese backing away from Hook, Hook tagged in Danhausen. After a number of spots, the place Danhausen tried to curse Nese, Nese obtained the higher hand on Danhausen and each he and Sterling obtained a couple of minutes of warmth. Danhausen finally reversed a transfer from Nese right into a Northern Lights Suplex, then tagged in Hook.
Hook obliterated Nese and with suplexes, then hit the head-arm suplex on Sterling. He then tagged in Danhausen, who put his foot on Nese’s chest for the pin.
Ranking: 2 stars. A-to-B match, however there’s nothing improper with that. Danhausen is simply too foolish for me, however in the event you’re a fan of his you need this.