For years wrestling fans have complained about Vince McMahon force-feeding shitty lines to wrestlers. The most famous shitty line that comes to mind is Roman Reigns saying, "Suffering Succotash".
If that is not the most unnatural moment in the history of pro-wrestling, I don't know what is.
Things are changing however, with AEW putting the pressure on Vince and the WWE, yoy can see things are getting interesting again. It seems as if certain wrestlers are allowed to speak freely and just hit the bullet points in their promos.
Of course we will never see the day when Vince will allow wrestlers to just go completely off the script but honestly I dont think they should anyway.
What's important is the natural feel and believability. People want the wrestlers to come off as genuine even though we know wrestling is scripted.
Chris Jericho recently spoke with Mature Audiences Mayhem and said this about MJF:
"When you're a great heel, chances are you are entertaining. Unless you're a psycho heel, which is very hard to play," Jericho said.
MJF is the perfect example of why AEW is needed. If he were in WWE his character would not be able shine. He is so good on the mic that he makes me forget he is only 22 years old.
We all know that the reason Vince McMahon is switching NXT over to USA is to combat AEW in when it goes to TNT in the fall. However, another reason for the switch to USA is Smack Down moving to FOX on Friday nights. NXT moving to USA is a way to keep WWE programing on the USA network and it is at best an attempt to replace Smack Down and to also keep USA happy.
The only concern I have is that NXT may become less of a Triple H product and more of a Vince McMahon product which cheapen NXT and make it just like the main roster which has its own issues.
To make matters worse, NXT will be going head to head against AEW which id on fire right now. If NXT does not pull in good ratings McMahon could decide to get involved and start to pull out whatever crazy antics he thinks will be necessary to boost ratings and to take away from AEW's audience.
The big risk has pretty much no reward. WWE may get embarrassed in this situation. I can see the NXT ratings be so low that NXT is forced to move back to the WWE network which will make WWE look weak and pathetic in the eyes of today's smart wrestling fans.
It seems like every week, if not every day, there is new CM Punk returns rumor. If CM Punk even looks at a wrestling post or tweets about it, the wrestling community goes ape shit and bloggers, youtubers and podcasters start the CM Punk is returning to wrestling news cycle. Some it is does just to get views but this time, the rumors have a little more validity.
AEW has been open wanting to sign CM Punk and I can't blame them. Everyone remembers how Punk left WWE in a bridge burning fashion.
AEW has a lot of money and have been trending every since Double or Nothing, followed by the announcement of AEW becoming a weekly show on TNT.
The thing that makes the CM Punk rumors legit is that Punk actually showed up at Milwaukee wrestling promotion with a mask on, giving the GTS to one there wrestlers. This proves that CM Punk is still somewhat involved with wrestling.
Finally, the next AEW pay-per-view event "All Out" will be in Chicago, which is CM Punk's home town. Coincidentally, "All Out" is the final pay-per-view that AEW will be hosting just before the launch of their weekly wrestling show that will be airing on TNT. What better way for CM Punk to get revenge on the WWE, than to make an appearance at All Out and sign with AEW.
The timing is too perfect and that makes me think, maybe, just maybe, we this is too good of an opportunity for CM Punk to pass up.
So AEW’s double or nothing was a huge success. It definitely exceeded my expectations. I would have been happy with just an okay show that offered an alternative to WWE but what I got instead was a classic PPV.
Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes was definitely a better match than what I expected to see.
The storytelling was phenomenal. Dustin bled all over the ring and gave a gutsy performance that in my opinion will be the highlight of his career.
Brett Hart came revealed the new AEW Championship. I personally liked the belt. Some people have said it looks too much like an IWPG title but that’s what I liked about the Belt. AEW’s championship looks better than any belt/title that WWE has.
Jericho vs Omega really felt like a big deal. The match felt like it was bigger than this years WrestleMania. The match was well paced and highlighted the 2 wrestlers as the top stars of AEW. This is something that is missing from WWE, the stars just don’t feel like stars in WWE.
Jericho picked up the win over Omega with his new finishing move the Judas elbow. Jericho’s victory gives him the opportunity to fight Hangman Page, the winner will become the very first AEW champion.
The biggest moment of the night was after the Y2J vs Omega match when John Moxley walked through the crowd and proceeded to give Jericho and the referee the dirty-deeds. He attempted to give the Omega the dirty-deeds but they would end up rumbling outside of the ring taking all the way to the stage and Moxley would finally give the dirty-deeds to Omega on top of the big poker chips.
The show ends with Moxley standing on top of the chips with the crowd going crazy. The brawl between Moxley and Omega will most likely set up fued between the two in the future.
I swear I got the Stone Cold Steve Austin vibes from Moxley.
To be honest, Vince Mcmahon has to be feeling the pressure. For so long WWE has been the only big name in wrestling but now it is clear that AEW has carved out its place and is now player pro-wrestling.
Overall I give Double Or Nothing a 9 out 10 simply because they made sure all of the key matches felt like a big deal and that is the most important thing when it comes to a wrestling ppv.