Posts Tagged ‘AEW Double Or Nothing 2022’

In an outcome telegraphed the moment it was announced that AEW’s inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournament winners would be presented with their awards alongside one another, real-life couple Adam Cole and Britt Baker were triumphant at Double Or Nothing 2022.

Cole defeated Samoa Joe in the first of the two finals, wearing the veteran’s injured shoulder down but ultimately profiting from a Bobby Fish interference. His Boom to the back of Joe’s head was enough to seal the deal.

Following this, Britt reversed a Ruby Soho Victory Roll to get a clean 1-2-3 on the babyface. Both were hugely over in the building after what appeared to be a Rampage anomaly, where she was jeered after felling Kris Statlander in their semi-final.

Owen’s widow, Dr. Martha Hart, who established the Foundation following her husband’s death, was brought out by Tony Khan to address the crowd – and the tournament winners. Finally able to celebrate Owen’s wrestling legacy 23 years on, her speech was stirring and impactful, no matter your subjective thoughts on who won and lost the tournament finals.

Pink belts were presented to Cole and Baker following Dr. Martha’s speech, rounding off a great conclusion to a tournament that perhaps didn’t hit the expected heights between the ropes.

CM Punk is the new AEW World Champion, having defeated ‘Hangman’ Adam Page at Double Or Nothing 2022 tonight.

A stiff, gritty bout played out in the main event of a long, 13-match show, with hard shots thrown in both directions. The atmosphere was unique, too, with loyalties split and the Las Vegas more interested in jeering the person they didn’t want to win than rooting for whoever they were supporting. That they were so energised and engaging more than four hours into the pay-per-view eased many a pre-show concern.

Page hesitating on hitting Punk with the World Title belt ultimately cost him. Losing himself for a few fatal seconds, he dropped the strap, hit the outside for a Buckshot Lariat, but leapt into a Go To Sleep. That was enough for the three-count – and for CM Punk to leave Double Or Nothing as the fifth AEW World Champion.

Hangman’s World Title reign ended on 197 days, encompassing six successful defences against the likes of Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole. Punk, meanwhile, is a World Champion for the first time since dropping the WWE Heavyweight Title to The Rock in January 2013.

The new World Champion closed the show in tears, celebrating with his new prize.

AEW contract rebel MJF was in the building for Double Or Nothing 2022 on Sunday, quelling a full day of speculation by showing up in Las Vegas, doing the job for rival Wardlow, and leaving on a stretcher.

The 26-year-old was in no mood to stick around, however. Per PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, the Dynamite Diamond Ring holder showed up during Double Or Nothing’s Buy In pre-show, worked his match, then left the arena immediately after the stretcher job, with AEW producer Pat Buck accompanying him out.

MJF was hurried into the show, too. Johnson states that he was hidden away in a room prior to hitting the ring, which happened so fast that some within the promotion didn’t know he was there until his music started playing. That MJF wasn’t at the gorilla position had some worried that he wasn’t at the show.

It is stated that some AEW locker room members are upset with the 26-year-old over his current situation, as MJF continues to angle for a bigger payday from boss Tony Khan. The duo reportedly held a meeting in Las Vegas yesterday, doing so roughly 48 hours after MJF had no-showed a Fan Fest event ahead of Double Or Nothing.

While that happened in that MJF/Khan meeting is yet to come out, Johnson states that compared to a few days ago, the wrestler and company are now likelier to work something out.

Ruby Soho will get a chance at redemption against Britt Baker at AEW “Double Or Nothing”.

Last night’s AEW “Rampage” included the final semifinal round match of the women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament when Soho went one-on-one against Kris Statlander. With a quick roll-up pin for the victory, Soho advances to the final round of the tournament to face Britt Baker D.M.D. The winner will receive the Owen Cup trophy, awarded to them by Dr. Martha Hart, Owen’s widow.

Baker and Soho have previously wrestled one another in a high-profile match when Baker, the AEW Women’s Champion at the time, defended her title against Soho. At AEW “Grand Slam” that night, Baker got the best of Soho and would retain her title.

Soho previously defeated Robyn Renegade in the qualifying round and Riho in the quarterfinals to get to her semifinal match against Statlander. Regarding Baker, she defeated former WWE NXT star Danielle Kamela in the qualifying round, Maki Itoh in the quarterfinals, and Toni Storm in the semifinals to get to the finals this Sunday.

On the men’s side of the tournament, the finals were determined over the past two weeks when Adam Cole defeated Jeff Hardy on the 5/18 “Dynamite”, and then ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe defeated Kyle O’Reilly on this week’s episode. The two men will compete to determine who will win the men’s version of the Owen Cup.

AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa spoke with Sportskeeda this week.

As noted, on Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and killed at least 19 children and two adults. Several wrestlers including Cody Rhodes and Jordynne Grace had reacted to the tragedy.

During the interview, Rosa revealed that she will be auctioning off her Double Or Nothing ring gear to help families, who lost their children in the Texas school shooting.

“This Sunday, I will be remembering the beautiful souls that just passed away, murdered, at school in Uvalde Texas,” announced Rosa. “I actually want to auction the gear that I’m wearing to help families with funeral services for the kids.”

Rosa is set to defend the AEW Women’s Title against Serena Deeb at AEW Double Or Nothing on Sunday, May 29.

AEW Double Or Nothing will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will air on B/R and traditional PPV providers in the US and on FITE TV for international audiences.

AEW has Paige VanZant’s first ever wrestling match listed internally for this Sunday’s Double Or Nothing 2022 lineup.

This is according to Dave Meltzer, who reported on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that a bout pitting PVZ and one of Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page vs. Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti is “tentatively scheduled.” AEW is yet to make this official, though the company still has one episode of Dynamite and Rampage to get through before the pay-per-view.

Sky, the current AEW TNT Champion, has been feuding with Guevara for several months. He and Page are aligned with VanZant through American Top Team, with manager Dan Lambert bringing PVZ into AEW to combat Conti. Frankie Kazarian, Sky’s former SCU stablemate, remains in the storyline’s orbit, despite losing a TNT Title match on the 13 May episode of Rampage.

Meltzer noted that AEW may end up resolving the storyline in a different way, though the mixed tag team match was pencilled in at the time of recording.

A former UFC fighter, VanZant has been making semi-regular AEW appearances since last summer, when she was a secondary figure in the American Top Team vs. Inner Circle feud.

Add another match to the pile for AEW Double or Nothing, as the World Tag Team Championship will be defended in a three-way match pitting champs Jurassic Express against Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks and Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee.

Lee & Strickland knocked off the Workhorsemen in short order on Dynamite Wednesday night, then announced that that victory bumped them into the top five of ranked tag teams. This brought out Hobbs & Starks for a jaw-jacking session.

It didn’t take long for the tag champs Jurassic Express & Christian to make their way out to issue the challenge to the two teams for the upcoming PPV. This would mark the team’s sixth title defense in their four-plus-month reign at the top of the division.

The match was teased last week on Rampage when Jungle Boy lost an FTW Championship match against Starks when Swerve inadvertently caused a distraction when he tried to stop Starks from using the title belt. This led to tension with Christian, who blamed Strickland for leading to Jungle Boy’s downfall.

The tag title match will get a preview next week on Dynamite when Swerve, Jungle Boy and Starks all tangle in a three-way match of their own, which Christian said is an opportunity for JB to get his win back from Rampage.

A title match was announced for “Double or Nothing” Friday night. Jade Cargill will defend the TBS Championship against Anna Jay at the pay-per-view in Las Vegas on May 29.

After Kris Statlander defeated Red Velvet in their Owen Hart Foundation Tournament match on Friday night’s “Rampage”, Cargill and Kiera Hogan got into the ring and helped Velvet attack Statlander. Ruby Soho (who was a guest on commentary) tried to make the save and help Statlander, but The Baddies took her down as well. Anna Jay’s music hits and the Dark Order member ran down to the ring to chase off The Baddies.

Later in the show, Cargill and The Baddies were with Tony Schiavone backstage. Cargill yelled at him to go away. She is furious at Jay for what she had done and says since Jay thinks she can step up to the plate again, at “Double or Nothing” she will give her the beat down that she deserves.

The Young Bucks issued a challenge to the Hardys on “AEW Rampage” Friday night.

In a backstage segment with the Undisputed Elite, the Young Bucks issued a challenge to the Hardys. Matt and Nick Jackson said that because the Hardys now have a free schedule, they want to hold the dream match at the pay-per-view in Las Vegas on May 29.

The Hardys agreed to the match, and it was later made official for “Double or Nothing”.

Serena Deeb will challenge for Thunder Rosa’s AEW Women’s World Championship at Double Or Nothing 2022.

The match was confirmed on last week’s episode of Dynamite. Deeb, who recently ascended to number one in AEW’s women’s division rankings, was called out by Rosa, who said Serena once inspired her to become the best version of herself. Initially respectful, Deeb then stated that holding the Women’s Title merely suggested that Rosa was the division’s best in class. For AEW’s scene to truly ascend, that strap needs to be around the waist of its best wrestler – herself.

Deeb vs. Rosa was then set for Double Or Nothing, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday 29 May.

This will be Rosa’s second defence since taking the title from Britt Baker on 16 March, having defeated former champion Nyla Rose at Battle Of The Belts II on 15 April.