All Elite Wrestling returns to pay-per-view on Sunday May 30 with Double or Nothing. This is the third year of the event, which served as AEW’s inaugural PPV in 2019 and showcased some of the young promotion’s most exciting moments.
Kenny Omega has a tough job ahead of him as he defends the AEW World Championship against Orange Cassidy and PAC in one of the night’s featured matches. On the women’s side, Hikaru Shida, the longest reigning AEW champion in history, will defend the women’s championship against Dr Britt Baker DMD
AEW Double or Nothing goes down Sunday, May 30 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla. The event is also the return to crowds at full capacity. The main show will begin at 8 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. So let’s take a look now at the AEW Double or Nothing matches that have been confirmed and break down what could be added to the match map based on the current weekly TV direction.
AEW Double or Nothing card, predictions
AEW World Championship – Kenny Omega (c) against Orange Cassidy against PAC: With Omega in an incredible race after winning the AEW Title from – and defending it against – Jon Moxley, then defeating Rich Swann to add the Impact Championship to his collection, the champion needed a new challenger. Cassidy and PAC faced off on Dynamite and the winner took a title shot. After some interference from Omega left the two men down for the count of 10, it was announced that instead of spending the night, he would face Cassidy and PAC in a three-way pay-per- view. It seems unlikely that Omega will drop the title here as the match just doesn’t seem big enough or features the right opponent to take on the champion role – although Cassidy and PAC are exceptional wrestlers. Pick: Kenny Omega retains the championship
AEW Women’s Championship – Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Dr Britt Baker DMD: Shida held the championship for over a year, providing much-needed stability for the women’s division during that time. Baker, meanwhile, has seen impressive growth as a wrestler and personality, most notably being half of the first female main event in AEW history when she faced Thunder Rosa in an incredible unsanctioned match on March 17. title for the third time in her career, the two previous attempts to clinch the gold medal against former champion Riho. The length of Shida’s reign and the focus on Baker in recent months suggests it’s time for the belt to change hands. Pick: Dr Britt Baker DMD wins championship
Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo: Ogogo is part of The Factory and recently outfitted Rhodes with a body punch. Rhodes responded with a weirdly patriotic promo announcing the game, saying he would take his father’s nickname of “The American Dream” for it. Rhodes has been entangled with the leader of the QT Marshall factory and this is the next step in this story. Given that Ogogo is not the “leader” of the faction that Rhodes is at war with and it is now a sort of “Cody Rhodes Defends America” story, it seems like this is just a showcase for Rhodes to get a victory at the PPV. Pick: Cody Rhodes wins
Page Adam “Hangman” vs. Brian Cage: Cage defeated Page on Dynamite after help from Team Taz. This led to Page launching a challenge for a pay-per-view match. Page also told Cage to leave Team Taz behind so they can go head-to-head in one-on-one action without interference. The loss to Cage knocked Page down from his spot as No.1 wrestler in the AEW singles rankings. Page will continue to be a fixture at the top of the AEW rankings, and he must reclaim the victory to regain his place. Choice: Adam “Hangman” page wins
Casino Battle Royale – Christian Cage vs. Matt Sydal vs. Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Jungle Boy vs. Matt Hardy vs. Marq Quen vs. Isiah Kassidy vs. The Blade vs. Evil Uno vs. Colt Cabana vs. Preston Vance vs. Griff Garrison vs. Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Max Caster vs. Anthony Bowens vs. QT Marshall vs. Nick Comoroto vs. Dustin Rhodes vs. Lee Johnson vs. TBA: One of the must-sees of AEW pay-per-view events returns as competitors battle for a future shot at the AEW Championship. There will likely be at least one surprise participant, as has become the norm for these matches in AEW. It’s hard to predict a match with unfamiliar elements and so many participants. That said, Cage is someone who could make the deserved championship opportunity feel like a big deal. Pick: Christian Cage wins
TNT Championship – Miro (c) vs. Lance Archer: Miro won the title on May 12, beating Darby Allin on Dynamite. In the post-match chaos that followed, Archer walked into the ring to face Miro. It was anything but a formality that Archer would be the first man to challenge Miro and it was confirmed on May 19. Archer provides a good opponent for Miro, giving him a meaningful first victory in a PPV title defense. It’s almost a guarantee that Miro won’t lose the belt so quickly after winning it, leaving little drama for the match winner. Pick: Miro retains the championship
Inner Circle vs. The Pinnacle (Stadium Stampede): It was impossible to believe that these two groups wouldn’t collide again in some format after Blood and Guts. MJF throwing Chris Jericho off the top of the cage didn’t seem like the end of the rivalry, and you don’t waste time building things up thanks to the following pay-per-view event. This exactly happened when Jericho and The Inner Circle showed up on the next edition of Dynamite to issue a challenge for a Stadium Stampede match, with the stipulation that Inner Circle would go their separate ways forever if they lost the match. The Pinnacle claimed victory at Blood and Guts, and with the stipulation endangering the future of Inner Circle, it feels like they’re going to take revenge here to remain a unit. Pick: Inner Circle wins
Sting and Darby Allin vs. Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky: Allin and Page had a classic independent wrestling rivalry in EVOLVE, Page doing all kinds of damage to Allin in creative ways. This carried over to a recent Dynamite, where Page and Sky attacked Allin before throwing him down a staircase. Allin will team up with Sting in an attempt to get revenge. While some think any Sting game is the one he needs to win, it wouldn’t make much sense from a booking standpoint. Page and sky need victory to be high, while Allin has already been high thanks to his run with the TNT title and his association with Sting. A win for Page and Sky opens up opportunities for a lot of interesting things going forward, while a win for Sting and Allin doesn’t do much for those involved. Pick: Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky win
AEW Tag Team Championship – The Young Bucks (c) vs. Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston: After the Bucks retained their titles against the Varsity Blondes, Moxley and Kingston attacked. It was a continuation of the ongoing issues between Moxley and Kingston and The Elite. Now Moxley and Kingston will be looking to win tag team gold by knocking out the most established team from the AEW roster. It’s a tough game to follow, with value both ways. I’m going to assume we’re seeing shenanigans that allow the Bucks to hold onto the belts and propel Moxley and Kingston forward. Pick: Young Bucks retain championship