All Elite Wrestling presents their first official event tonight on PPV. Double or Nothing will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here is the full lineup for the show:
AEW Double or Nothing Preview
AEW Double or Nothing
May 25th, 2019
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian
AEW will feature a couple of wrestlers under 200lbs to start Double or Nothing, as former AAA Cruiserweight Champion Sammy Guevara will take on Kip Sabian
Sammy Guevara has been featured regularly on BTE in recent weeks. The 25-year-old from Texas could easily be a featured performer in a junior heavyweight or cruiserweight division if AEW decides to have lighter weight divisions. Guevara lost the AAA Cruiserweight title he walked into the Jacksonville press conference with earlier this year to the Laredo Kid. He had won the title at TripleMania last summer.
As for Kip Sabian, the 27-year-old from England will be looking to make a big splash here. He wrestles regularly for RevPro, and other promotions based out of England.
Sabian and Guevara have never faced each other before.
Casino Battle Royale
The stakes were raised this week for the Casino Battle Royale. While AEW had previously stated that the winner would receive a title shot at the AEW World Championship. Now it has been revealed that the winner of the Casino Battle Royale will face the winner of Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho at a later date, with the winner becoming the 1st ever AEW World Champion.
This means the winner of this match on the Buy-In preshow tonight will be in the first ever AEW World Championship match against one of the biggest stars in the world. It won’t be just anybody who wins this match. Here are the confirmed participants:
- Sonny Kiss
- Brandon Cutler
- Ace Romero
- Brian Pillman Jr.
- Sunny Daze
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Joey Janela
- Dustin Thomas
- Billy Gunn
- Jimmy Havoc
- Michael Nakazawa
- Jungle Boy
- Isiah Kassidy (Private Party)
- Marq Quen (Private Party)
- Shawn Spears
4 entries into the battle royal have yet to be named.
Double or Nothing:
The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs Angelico & Jack Evans
After making threatening comments to the Bucks, Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta were moved to the main PPV and will take on the newly signed team of Angelico and Jack Evans. This match is one of two which will take place in the main’s tag-team division. The other is the AAA Tag Team Championship match between the Young Bucks and Lucha Bros.
Known in Mexico as “the Sky Blondes” or “the White Boys From Heaven” Evans and Angelico are former 3x holders of the AAA Cruiserweight Championships, having competed as a team in Mexico from 2013 to 2017. They would go their separate ways in Lucha Underground, however, with Evans joining Johnny Mundo’s World Wide Underground. A win over the Best Friends could put Angelico and Jack Evans in a position to face whoever comes out of the Young Bucks/Lucha Bros rivalry the winner.
The same can likely be said for the Best Friends, however, who also began teaming together in 2013. Throughout their runs in PWG, ROH, and NJPW, the Best Friends have yet to wear tag team gold and are likely hoping to change that in AEW.
This will be the first time these two teams have faced each other.
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, and Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho, and Ryo Mizunami
This match is a part of Kenny Omega’s plan to introduce the stars of Joshi to AEW:
“I’m scouting the Joshi talent,” Omega revealed. “I also wanna work with DDT again. I want to showcase the DDT style, and Yuka Sakazaki is truly one of a kind; there’s no one else like her,” Omega said to Tokyo Sports earlier this year.
On a recent episode of Being the Elite, Omega is seen showing Cody a clip of Riho in action as well. Omega and Riho teamed together for DDT briefly.
Look for Aja Kong to make a noticeable impact on the AEW live crowd in this match, perhaps by delivering a spinning back fist to an opponent.
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky) vs Strong Hearts (CIMA, T-Hawk, El Lindaman)
The members of SCU traveled to China recently to take on members of the OWE roster and were able to pick up the victory. Now, at Double or Nothing, OWE will send the Strong Hearts to represent them against SCU.
The unique style of the Oriental Wrestling Entertainment performers will be on display here. By the end of this match, fans will learn just what has the Young Bucks so excited about working with this group from China.
Britt Baker vs Kylie Rae vs Nyla Rose
The winner of this match is likely going to be in a position to challenge for the AEW Women’s World Championship once the title is created. Baker and Rae have been heavily promoted by AEW on episodes of Being the Elite or the Road to Double or Nothing but Nyla Rose might be the one who leaves this match the winner.
Rose is a 7-year pro who has wrestles for Warrior Wrestling (where she is the women’s champion) and Sendai Girls in Japan. She’s never had an official match with either Kylie Rae or Britt baker previously.
Britt Baker is the lone returnee from the one women’s match at All In. Impact Wrestling’s Tessa Blanchard won a fatal 4-way over Baker, NXT’s Chelsea Green, and Impact Wrestling’s Madison Rayne.
As for “Smiley” Kylie Rae, the 26-year-old from Chicago will be making her major promotion debut at Double or Nothing. Rae and Baker have faced each other 4x previously.
Dustin Rhodes vs Cody
The story that Dustin and Cody have been telling in the build-up to this match is that while they are brothers, they have a different type of brotherly relationship. Dustin is 17 years older than Cody is and their upbringing was very different. There has also been an element of Cody wanting to destroy the Attitude Era in this match, with Dustin representing that era of professional wrestling.
“This match is generation vs. generation,” said Cody, “I’m not here to kill Dustin Rhodes. I’m here to kill the Attitude Era. My entire life, my whole class of peers has been compared to late 90’s to early 2000s for over a decade and it’s a sham. Sure, you’ve paved the roads for us, but you set the speed markers at 35 because you’re fucking terrified of any of us putting our foot down on the pedal,” Cody said on the Road to Double or Nothing.
Then last night at the press conference, Dustin debuted this shirt reading “Dusty’s Favorite”
Cody has said that he’s happy Dustin is coming in to perform in front of an AEW crowd for what Cody says will be his last match. One has to wonder what Dustin has in mind for tonight, however.
AAA Tag Team Championships
The Young Bucks (c) vs the Lucha Bros
In the only championship match of the night, the Young Bucks will look to defend the AAA Tag Team Championships against Pentagon and Fenix, the Lucha Bros. The Bucks defeated the Lucha Bros for the title in Mexico in an impromptu match at Rey De Reyes.
They’ve faced each other 5x according to official records. 6x if you count the time the Young Bucks took on Fenix and Daga.
The Lucha Brothers lead the series 3-2, though the Young Bucks once beat the team of Daga and Fenix.
While it’s not clear what will eventually happen with AEW Tag Team Championships, whoever wins this match at Double or Nothing will undoubtedly be declared the top team in the promotion.
Alpha vs Omega II
Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho
The winner of this match will earn a shot at the newly created AEW World Championship. They will have to face the winner of the Casino Battle Royale to win the belt, however. It’s very likely that the winner of this match will become the first AEW World Champion so a lot is on the line in this match.
Omega, of course, one their first meeting at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in 2018. A lot has changed in the 17 months which have passed since, however.
For Jericho, he has the chance to win this match and then go into NJPW Pro Wrestling Dontaku 2 weeks later and challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Kenny Omega’s Championship Statistics are as follows:
Chris Jericho’s Championship Statistics are as follows: