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AEW All Out 2022 PPV Review

Hello everyone, my name is Tanner! Welcome to SmarkDown’s AEW All Out 2022 Review!

Wheeler Yuta vs Rey Fenix vs Rush vs Andrade El Idolo vs Claudio Castagnoli vs Dante Martin vs Penta Oscuro vs ‘The Joker’ | Casino Ladder Match

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IMG Credit: AEW & Cageside Seats

The Joker won after Stokely and Co. Attacked The Contenders at 14:15

I’m very intrigued by what the plan here is. Who is behind that mask? MJF? Adam Cole? We’ll just have to wait and see, but besides that this was a very good opener with some crazy spots and a consistent feel to it. Props to everyone involved. ***1/4

Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs Hangman Page & The Dark Order | AEW World Trios Championships Tournament Final

IMG Credit: AEW & Slice Wrestling

Kenny Omega def. John Silver via Pinfall at 19:50

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I absolutely adore the storytelling in this match. Hangman wants to be fair, while Omega and The Bucks aren’t as respectful, which is a call back to their original heel turn. They call back to the Full Gear finish too which was a nice touch. Silver’s near falls was fun to see as well. Great finish too. Just a great match. ***3/4

Jade Cargill(c) vs Athena | AEW TBS Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Jade Cargill def. Athena via Pinfall at 4:17

This match was very flat and obviously very disappointing with them only getting a 4 minute run time. I’m also going to add that Athena should not have lost this. Jade’s cool and all, but she obviously needs a break to improve her in ring work. *1/2

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Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns vs Wardlow & FTR | Trios Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Wardlow def. Jay Lethal via Pinfall at 16:25

Nothing here is all that outstanding, but I still think this a pretty good match that was a good showcase for The Motor City Machine Guns. Also congrats to Samoa Joe on his return! ***

Ricky Starks vs Powerhouse Hobbs | Singles Match

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IMG Credit: AEW

Powerhouse Hobbs def. Ricky Starks via Pinfall at 5:17

This surprised me with how one sided it was and how dominant Hobbs was over Starks. The clean victory 5 minutes in was actually kind of upsetting because of how hyped up Starks got me for the match. Good for what it was. **

Swerve In Our Glory(c) vs The Acclaimed | AEW World Tag Team Championships Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Keith Lee def. Anthony Bowens via Pinfall at 22:26

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A beautiful mess of a match here. A few mistimings towards the beginning are made up for when The Acclaimed nearly won several times in the performance of a lifetime for them. I’m very interested in the rather heelish performance from Lee and Swerve. I’d honestly be more interested in them if they became heels. Also gotta credit Bowens selling of the leg. ***1/4

Toni Storm vs Dr. Britt Baker DMD vs Jamie Hayter vs Hikaru Shida | AEW Interim Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Toni Storm def. Jamie Hayter via Pinfall at 14:42

Good match here, not all that great though. It just felt like they were telling us that finishers don’t matter in the end in AEW which is a shame because then it isn’t a finisher. **3/4

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Christian Cage vs Jungle Boy | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Christian Cage def. Jungle Boy via Pinfall at 0:22

The direction of this feud is all over the place and it’s quite a mess…. N/R

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Chris Jericho vs Bryan Danielson | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Chris Jericho def. Bryan Danielson via Pinfall at 23:42

This never really escapes second gear, but is still pretty good and has some very good technical work from Bryan who seems to have carried Jericho to an unexpected good match. I’m just kidding, Jericho did good as well. Still I am a bit disappointed by the lack of drama in the match. ***

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House Of Black vs Miro, Darby Allin, & Sting | Trios Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Darby Allin def. Malakai Black via Pinfall at 12:09

Another good match on the card here. Obviously just a spot show to warm us up for the main event, but it told a good story. Loving Miro’s aggression throughout this match. He wants and you can really see it. ***

Jon Moxley(c) vs CM Punk | AEW World Championship Match

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IMG Credit: AEW

CM Punk def. Jon Moxley via Pinfall at 19:56

This is a pretty good match we got here. Violent too. I’m not sure how to feel about Punk winning, but after MJF’s return I think I have a pretty good idea of what they’re going for here. Moxley’s earned that title run. Congrats to him and congrats to CM Punk…and congrats to MJF too! ***1/4

Overall Thoughts: I think AEW is having a bit of a problem with overflow when it comes to their PPV shows. I get the idea that they have to put as many people on here as possible, but you know half of these matches could’ve been on Dynamite or even Rampage. Just feels no matter the quality I always feel overwhelmed by the large amount of matches. Nothing here is bar, in fact a couple of these are excellent, but we gotta stop putting so much stuff on here. 6.5/10

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Prince’s The Day After: AEW & NJPW’s Forbidden Door 2022

Good day, readers! Prince Osborne here coming back to the blog with a new addition to my series “The Day After” where this historic entry coming from All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling joining forces altogether for a miraculous pay-per-view.

The Buy In:

Tag Team Match: Bishamon (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. The Factory (QT Marshall & Aaron Solow)

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & 411MANIA

Bishamon def. The Factory (Hirooki Goto def. Aaron Solow by pinfall) at 8:54

A pretty good start to the show. This match had the pacing right and the offense felt ample considering QT’s team dominating NJPW Strong for a while. Goto & HASHI are a great duo, and they were welcomed so well here while QT enacts the egotistical heel very well alongside a nice talent in Solow.

Rating: 3.25/5

Singles Match: Lance Archer vs. Nick Comoroto

IMG Credits: AEW & Fightful

Lance Archer def. Nick Comoroto by pinfall at 6:08

This was a fine powerhouse collision and gave a nice preview of Lance Archer’s much awaited NJPW return as a part of the G1 Climax. This match perfectly filled the foil of a filler contest. Comoroto did a decent work here bringing some level of intensity.

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Rating: 2.25/5

Tag Team Match: Swerve In Our Glory (Shane Strickland & Keith Lee) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & 411MANIA

Swerve In Our Glory def. Suzuki-gun (Keith Lee def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru by pinfall) at 12:06

This was a great fiery contest between four highly talented wrestlers. The chemistry was great while the rift between Swerve & Lee is now deflating after their undeniable synergy, and I hope it stays the same. Desperado & Kanemaru are a great dynamic duo that have great wrestling background, and this was a very good showcase for them. The long overdue showdown between Swerve in Our Glory & Team Taz is happening sooner and I hope it wraps things up for both sides on a positive note.

Rating: 4/5

Eight Man Tag Team Match: LA Dojo (Alex Coughlin, Yuya Uemura, Kevin Knight & The DKC) vs. Acclaimed Gunn Club (Max Caster, Billy Gunn, Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn) w/Anthony Bowens

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & 411MANIA

Acclaimed Gunn Club def. LA Dojo (Max Caster def. The DKC by pinfall) at 5:35

This was a pointless waste of time for LA Dojo who are extremely talented. Either the opponents should’ve been formidable to showcase more of those men or this match shouldn’t have happened firstly. Caster & Gunn Club are fun but half of them being left but becoming the winners however is a lame booking decision and makes The Dojo look like schmucks.

Rating: 1.5/5

The Main Show:

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Trios Match | Blood & Guts Advantage: Shota Umino, Eddie Kingston & Wheeler Yuta vs. Minoru Suzuki & The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara) w/Tay Conti

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Team Jericho def. Team Kingston (Chris Jericho def. Shota Umino by pinfall) at 18:59

A fantastic opener between these teams. All six had a great time to showcase their best with Umino & Yuta bringing their A-games while the other four were prominent as usual. Kingston is receiving huge response day after day and his interaction with Suzuki was stellar. Umino had a great first outing in the bigger stage of US while Jericho winning the match gave them the B&G advantage which is a herring for them to lose probably.

Rating: 4.25/5

Three Way Tag Team Match | IWGP & ROH World Tag Team Championships: United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) (C) vs. FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) (C) vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero)

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

FTR def. Roppongi Vice & United Empire (Dax Harwood def. Rocky Romero by pinfall) at 16:20

A great three-way tag that cemented FTR’s place even deeper as one of the best tag teams ever to step in and wrestle. The other two were great too but FTR’s wrestling ability and Dax’s untimely exit & return to the scene added more value to their win here. Their dream of winning the IWGP Tag Titles has come true, and an all-time classic run is upon us.

Rating: 4/5

Four Way Match | AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC vs. Malakai Black vs. Clark Connors vs. Miro

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

PAC def. Clark Connors by submission at 15:05

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Such a stellar collision for the inaugural second secondary championship. Connors came in as the last-minute replacement but stole the show certainly by giving his breakout performance in the big league in his first ever attempt. Miro ruthlessly dominated the first half while PAC & Black showed their aggression at prominent times and told their own story that’s left in the shadows. PAC stealing the right moment and becoming the inaugural champion is a fantastic move for a wrestler who was on the upper echelon since day one and his coronation as a champion right here is truly incredible.

Rating: 4/5

Trios Match: Dudes with Attitudes (Sting, Darby Allin & Shingo Takagi) vs. Bullet Club (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson & El Phantasmo) w/Hikuleo

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Dudes with Attitudes def. Bullet Club (Shingo Takagi def. El Phantasmo by pinfall) at 13:01

This was a fun cooldown match that could’ve gone either way, but it went down as a very good outing for all six men. Bucks enjoyed their time reuniting with Bullet Club’s counterpart in El Phantasmo while Sting ruled the scene again with his unprecedented wildness and Shingo embraced the great work he does always. Sting & his team winning left a smile on the fans’ faces which is the purpose of this all-star bonkers of a brawl.

Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match | AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa (C) vs. Toni Storm

IMG Credits: AEW

Thunder Rosa def. Toni Storm by pinfall at 10:41

This was a very good physical battle irrespective of the underwhelming crowd reaction. Both delivered stiff exchanges and great looking technical moves outpowering each other on many occasions. The finish was out of nowhere but felt a bit anti climatic. Rosa’s reign has been very good, but it still needs that game changer of a match to reach the great level. However, from what was seen, a technically sound battle between two talented women.

Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match | IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (C) w/Aussie Open vs. Orange Cassidy

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Will Ospreay def. Orange Cassidy by pinfall at 16:43

This was a spectacular match that was the best work of Cassidy in years. Ospreay elevated his status to another level among the US audience through this match as both men were tremendous in terms of action as well as the storytelling with a nice breeze of comical elements. Ospreay usually becomes inevitable during these high-stake matches, but Cassidy was explosive here which wasn’t seen ever since I started to watch him. Shibata appearing post-match drove me crazy like anything and him vs. Ospreay sounds excellent on paper and hope it bangs as expected.

Rating: 4.5/5

Singles Match: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Claudio Castagnoli def. Zack Sabre Jr. by pinfall at 18:27

Stupendous chess game between two of the most calculative beasts of technicality in wrestling. Sabre’s manipulative massacre type of wrestling meshed extraordinarily with Claudio’s undeniable strength prowess all the time. Both had a fair share of exchanges that eventually made both as their best equivalents till date. It feels ecstatic to see Claudio in a place where he can easily thrive as a great asset of technical wresting and probably weasel his way to the promotion that put him on the upper radar of the map – Ring of Honor. This dynamite of a debut might be the ultimate trigger pull he wanted for years and prove the doubters wrong on becoming a mainstream sensation.

Rating: 4.5/5

Four Way Match | IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (C) vs. Kazuchika Okada vs. “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Adam Cole

IMG Credits: AEW & NJPW

Jay White def. Adam Cole by pinfall at 21:00

The combatants didn’t even lay a finger on each other when the bell rang, and the fans chanted, “Holy Shit” indeed! That shows the electricity of the environment for this match. Irrespective of the on-off build to the place, all four men are equally talented to give a certified MOTN on any large-scale show. Okada being under these circumstances is a rare sight, but he excelled here as the MVP of the bout. Hangman almost pulled off the upsetting win with his aggressive performance while Cole & White were great as an alliance and better as rivals. White wasn’t seen much here which is the dynamic that multi-man matches offer. The ending might’ve been unplanned, but it doesn’t take anything away from the top-tier display of action these men orchestrated.

Rating: 4.25/5

Singles Match | Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

IMG Credits: AEW, NJPW & Cultaholic

Jon Moxley def. Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall at 18:16

Both waited for three long years, and they finally met on a huge ambiance with the stakes being so high. The ultimate endgame is a great seat-gripping contest as expected but the spill of blood by Moxley is something I never expected here. Unfortunately, it hurt this match’s morale in my view. That wasn’t really necessary here as him without that shedding & wrestling even more grittier and cleaner would’ve helped a lot. Tana was fantastic here as he brought the usual intensity that he tends to bring in all of his championship matches. Moxley’s win made more sense as he was overdue for a title run similar to the exceptional “carrying on his back” pandemic run in front of an alive fan base.

Rating: 4/5

Overall Match Rating: 3.75/5
Overall Show Rating: 9/10

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Final Verdict:
This was a grand success for both companies as the quality of matches ranged from very good to excellent irrespective of the dark cloud surrounding them, that is, injuries and lack of huge draws. Even the buy in had a nice set of bouts that amped the sold-out Chicago mates for the extravaganza. I do hope that this is an annual event where more of the dream matches & environments are created and witnessed. Until then, let us soak in the success of this blockbuster pay-per-view.

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AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door 2022 Review

Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevera & Minoru Suzuki vs Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta, & Shota Umino | 6 Man Tag Match Where Winners Receive Blood & Guts Advantage

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IMG Credit: AEW, NJPW & Bleacher Report

Chris Jericho def. Shota Umino via Pinfall at 19:00

It’s a bit awkward in the beginning with weird exchanges and weird selling. Not to mention Jericho doing a really weird arm stretch while tapping the ribs with his elbows. It gets way better towards the end with nice exchanges, near falls, and a good story being told in the end with Shota attempting to get his revenge on Jericho before failing in the end. Solid opener. ***

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FTR vs The United Empire vs Roppongi Vice | IWGP & ROH Tag Team Championships Winner Take All Match

IMG Credit: AEW, NJPW & TheSportser

Dax Harwood def. Rocky Romero via Pinfall at 16:20

Felt a bit underwhelming at times, but is a pretty good match with some nice exchanges and a great story of FTR rising from the fall after Harwood was temporarily hurt. Proud of their progress since their WWE departure. They deserve it. ***

PAC vs Miro vs Malakai Black vs Clark Connors | Inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Championship Fatal 4-Way

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IMG Credit: AEW & NIPW

PAC def. Clark Connors via Submission at 15:01

Most of the match is very underwhelming, but towards the end its pretty entertaining with them actually acting like it’s a 4 way and doing great exchanges and a nice and dramatic closing sequence. Congrats to PAC. **3/4

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Dudes With Attitudes vs Bullet Club | 6 Man Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: AEW, NJPW, & TPWW

Shingo Takagi def. El Phantasmo via Pinfall at 13:01

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This match is completely and utterly dumb as hell, but I honestly kinda dug it. Solid trios match. (Side note: Sting has to be on a large amount of crack the ways he’s taking these bumps.) **3/4

Thunder Rosa(c) vs Toni Storm | AEW Women’s Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & NJPW

Thunder Rosa def. Toni Storm via Pinfall at 10:41

It’s a pretty solid match, but that flat finish really ruins it. There was a also a lack of intensity that is a serious problem in the womens division. **1/4

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Will Ospreay(c) vs Orange Cassidy | IWGP United States Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW, NJPW, & aletifo

Will Ospreay def. Orange Cassidy via Pinfall at 16:39

Best match of the show so far. Cassidy’s corny Gimmick lasted not long and he actually wrestled here. Ospreay is great too and Cassidy showed he is a raging machine in the ring. Loved his tenacity in the end to keep going before finally falling. Great seeing Shibata post match. He’s definitely a legend in the Japan scene and deserved at least an appearance. ***1/4

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Zack Sabre Jr. vs ??? | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW, NJPW, & WrestleTalk

Its….Claudio Castagnoli!!!!!!! (FKA Cesaro)

Claudio Castagnoli def. Zack Sabre Jr. Via Pinfall at 18:28

It’s absolutely great seeing Claudio/Cesaro back in wrestling and getting the recognition he completely deserves. This was a really good match that was both great in the technically spectrum and the consistency spectrum. Love this for both of these guys who deserve such a spot on the card. ***1/4

Jay White(c) vs Hangman Page vs Kazuchika Okada vs Adam Cole | IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match

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IMG Credit: AEW & NJPW

Jay White def. Adam Cole via Pinfall at 21:05

I’m so confused what exactly happened at the end there. Was Cole hurt? Did he purposely take the pin? Either way it was a horribly flat finish to a match that was doing really well. The match throughout has some great exchanges and nice drama with Cole and White’s issues and Okada and Hangman being the original match. It was great. However that finish completely takes that away… ***1/4

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Jon Moxley vs Hiroshi Tanahashi | Interim AEW World Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE, NJPW, & Wrestling Observer

Jon Moxley def. Hiroshi Tanahashi at 18:16

This is good. There’s nothing shockingly great about it, but overall they put on a pretty solid contest and I like Tanahashi’s mini comeback towards the end before Moxley won, which I thought was a good finish. Can’t wait for Moxley vs Punk! ***

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Afterwards to end the show, Blackpool Combat Club and Jericho Appreciation Society engaged in a Brawl previewing Blood & Guts!

My thoughts on this show may differ from others. Personally I feel that even with the set backs heading into the show, they still could’ve delivered a great show with the talent they still had with them. However I feel like this was a massive disappointment as a lot of the high value matches just didn’t hit the mark. The finish to the IWGP World Title match completely toned down my mood for the main event. The post main event Brawl was underwhelming, like the show. We got some good parts, but overall this show is what I like to call…mid. 5/10

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AEW Dynamite: Road Rager 2022 Review

Chris Jericho vs Ortiz | Hair vs Hair Match

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Chris Jericho def. Ortiz via Pinfall at 11:46

The match itself is pretty decent, but I love the post match antics of Sammy Guevera coming back to the Inner Circle and also the brawl during the match. Can’t wait for Blood & Guts. **3/4

Wardlow vs The Plantiffs | 1-on-20 Handicap Elimination Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestleTalk
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Wardlow def. Plantiff #20 via Pinfall at 4:08

Beautiful, just beautiful. N/R

Dax Harwood vs Will Ospreay | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW & POST Wrestling

Will Ospreay def. Dax Harwood via Pinfall at 13:41

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Great match here. I liked Harwood’s aggression against Ospreay and Ospreay is pretty good with the counters. Loved Harwood’s last stand towards the end here before ultimately falling. Also Ospreay vs Orange Cassidy is unironically a must see match. ***1/2

Miro vs Ethan Page | All-Atlantic Championship Fatal 4-Way Qualifier

IMG Credit: AEW & 411Mania

Miro def. Ethan Page via Submission at 9:49

This match is alright. A bit on the bland side, but a rather dominant victory from Miro makes sense here. **

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Dr. Britt Baker DMD vs Toni Storm | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW

Toni Storm def. Britt Baker via Pinfall at 7:32

Well that wasn’t good. Majority of the match is trash work from Britt before Toni gets a couple of moves in, but not enough to cover up this mess of a match. Glad she won though, but what a waste of 7 minutes. *

Jurassic Express(c) vs The Young Bucks | AEW World Tag Team Championships Ladder Match

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IMG Credit: AEW & Wrestling Inc

The Young Bucks def. Jurassic Express at 14:53

A spot filled chaotic match here. Love the fight Jungle Boy put on while Luchasaurus took all the big spots. The Young Bucks winning makes sense considering the moment after the match that I have been waiting for. Love that Christian is now a heel and I can’t wait for his match with Jungle Boy down the road. ***1/2

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The middle of the show really isn’t the best, but the first hour and the closing match make this a solid show and makes me wonder where they’ll go next with a few storylines. 6.5/10

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Prince’s The Day After: AEW Double or Nothing 2022

The ultimate rundown of AEW’s inceptive grand gala.

IMG Credits: AEW

Good day to the readers! Prince Osborne here coming back to the blog with a new addition to my series “The Day After” where this entry coming from All Elite Wrestling’s fourth instalment of the sensational spectacle, Double or Nothing. My sincere apologies for the prolonged post due to my personal commitments leading to missing the shows live/ as per the concept (day after live show). Let’s cut to the chase!

Buy-In:

Tag Team Match: Hook & Danhausen vs. Tony Nese & Mark Sterling

IMG Credits: AEW

Hook & Danhausen def. Tony Nese & Mark Sterling (Danhausen def. Mark Sterling by pinfall) at 5:25

A perfect comical relish done here. All men did their work right and the prime focus was on HookHausen and they utilised it very well. The crowd was extremely pleasing and this served as a nice amp-up for the main show.

Rating: 2.5/5

Main Show:

Singles Match: Wardlow vs. MJF

IMG Credits: AEW

Wardlow def. MJF by pinfall at 7:35

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Sincerely satisfied with this story-driven spectacle to open things up. MJF getting little to zero offense makes huge sense as per the story of David vs. Goliath. I’m extremely happy to see Wardlow get the huge spotlight and I dearly hope he thrives as a massive star in AEW.
Rating: 3/5

Tag Team Match: The Hardys (Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)

IMG Credits: AEW

The Hardys def. The Young Bucks (Jeff Hardy def. Nick Jackson by pinfall) at 19:13

This was a fun match at the end. Both teams started off in a different way than usual because of the dull visual from The Hardy Brothers. But, the match picked up in the second half with cool spots and great energy from fans. Hardy Brothers winning is a nice crowd pleaser even though I rooted for The Bucks.

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Rating: 3.5/5

Singles Match – AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (C) vs. Anna Jay

IMG Credits: AEW

Jade Cargill def. Anna Jay by pinfall at 7:27

Almost surpassing their previous match, this one had Jade as the better athlete and I’m happy to see her improve. Jay stepped up and gave nice moments of stealing the match but her inactiveness in the prime scene was exposed in this match leading to some misfires from her side. The shenanigans were aptly used and the double debut (Stokely Hathaway & Athena Palmer) excites me as per the usual surprise debuts AEW pull off in big stages.

Rating: 3/5

Trios Match: Death Triangle (PAC, Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix) w/Alex Abrahantes vs. House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews)

IMG Credits: AEW

House of Black def. Death Triangle (Malakai Black def. PAC by pinfall) at 15:31

A tremendous sprinter between two of the menacing trio units AEW has built. The story was prolonged with intrigue & great previews of singles & tag action here and there. Ultimately, the payoff we had here was fantastic & worth the wait. It went just as expected even though there were some rough patches. The final twist was seen from a far mile but seeing it happen eventually was wild.

Rating: 4.25/5

Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals: Samoa Joe vs. Adam Cole

IMG Credits: AEW

Adam Cole def. Samoa Joe by pinfall at 13:15

A pretty good match for an almost memorable men’s side of the Owen Hart tourney. Both did a nice job inside the ring with their good chemistry but didn’t shift to high gears which billed this as good but not great. Cole is a fine choice of a winner as he needed a form of accomplishment in AEW.

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Rating: 3.25/5

Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals: Ruby Soho vs. Dr. Britt Baker, DMD

IMG Credits: AEW

Dr. Britt Baker def. Ruby Soho by pinfall at 14:52

It was almost as good as their Grand Slam match with a questionable winner. Both showed their best as expected and the crowd was really active taking both sides during the cool spots. Ruby deserved of winning this tourney more than Baker as the former hasn’t done anything noteworthy since her time here. The same can’t be said for Baker who’s been a high profile wrestler in the women’s division. Cole & Baker stealing the whole tourney as the “power couple” of AEW is a decent move to highlight them often.

Rating: 3/5

Mixed Trios Match: American Top Team (Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page & Paige VanZant) vs. Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti

IMG Credits: AEW

American Top Team def. Team Kazarian (Scorpio Sky def. Frankie Kazarian by pinfall) at 12:03

A decent overbooked trios match where Scorpio, Frankie & Ethan carried the wrestling part in a pretty good way. PVZ had a very cool debut here showing a lot of potential in becoming AEW’s first MMA-convertible woman. Sammy & Tay were playing their roles well as annoying heels but the wrestling part didn’t get much focus as the storytelling part got. Even though it had a lot of time, the storytelling was decent at best.

Rating: 2.75/5

Singles Match: Darby Allin vs. Kyle O’Reilly

IMG Credits: AEW & Tokyvideo
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Kyle O’Reilly def. Darby Allin by pinfall at 10:34

This was a certified slugfest between two of the most dedicating wrestlers of the roster. KOR has been underutilized in overall but taking a deep look, he has stepped up and delivered excellent matches as a singles star and this one was no different. Darby bringing his usual self & wowing the fans meshed very well with Kyle’s technical mastery. Him winning could’ve easily ignited a potential singles run sooner.

Rating: 3.75/5

Singles Match – AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa (C) vs. Serena Deeb

IMG Credits: AEW

Thunder Rosa def. Serena Deeb by pinfall at 16:50

Such an intense fight between two of the best women on the league. Both had the utmost fire & desire to outsmart each other leading to bring the best they’ve got in order to rise to the top. Serena is a fantastic technical beast and she proved that she could thrive very well in the bigger stage and Rosa had the best title match so far since her win as well as previous pursues over the title.

Rating: 4.25/5

Anarchy In The Arena Match: Eddie Kingston, Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley) & Proud n Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) vs. The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matt Menard & Angelo Parker)

IMG Credits: AEW

The Jericho Appreciation Society def. Team Kingston (Chris Jericho def. Bryan Danielson by submission) at 22:40

This fight lived up to the name it has – anarchy at the absolute best! All ten men smacked each other in convincing hardcore style with stellar spots and astonishing brawl all over the arena. Moxley, Kingston, Bryan, Menard & Jericho became the MVPs of the fight with the final stretch from Eddie’s badass march with a gasoline can to the choke-out end by Jericho & Hager on Danielson was crazy. The hype for this match was so intriguing and the match itself delivered and went beyond from what we least expected. JAS is a unit that gave its doubts of relevancy but after this bout, they’re surely ready for the league.

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Grade: A

Three Way Tag Team Match – AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) (C) w/Christian Cage vs. Team Taz (Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs) vs. Swerve In Our Glory (Shane Strickland & Keith Lee)

IMG Credits: AEW

Jurassic Express def. Team Taz & Swerve In Our Glory (Jungle Boy def. Shane Strickland by pinfall) at 17:16

An exceptional hot-rod match as expected. These three teams are on a white hot streak as a defiant layer of tag team roster where the champions are so focused than before while the challengers are hungry and poised as potential dethroners. All six men had stellar synergy with sick moves and thrilling action. Jurassic Express was expected to be dethroned here so their victory was a surprise yet convincing for some fans of them.

Rating: 4/5

Singles Match – AEW World Championship: “Hangman” Adam Page (C) vs. CM Punk

IMG Credits: AEW

CM Punk def. Adam Page by pinfall at 25:52

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This was a befitting end to The Lovefest Return of CM Punk with a World Championship win in over seven years. He proved to this world of pro wrestling that he still has left some dose of drive to usher in the spotlight of stardom and here we are witnessing that proving mettle of the Second City Saint.

Hangman’s presentation as the World Champion might’ve not been the greatest but he elevated his stardom to superstardom with the title reign he had and this was nothing but a respectable cap-off to it.

The first misfire from Punk was accidental but the immediate one added legitimacy to the story of Punk trying his best to psychologically dominate but unable to do so. Hangman’s edge was a great move as he ripped off the beloved mask for once and showed his possible villainous side that made him look even powerful.

These two were exceptional wrestlers, did their best in-ring work and told a defining story of a veteran’s re-emergence to the mountain top. Now, seeing the current state of the champion and the division, I feel extremely bad for Punk but gives me more intrigue on the potential happenings for the interim status.

Rating: 4.25/5

Overall Match Rating: 3.5/5

Overall Show Rating: 8/10

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The whole PPV was super solid but gruelling to watch because of the duration being five plus hours that easily made the fans grumpy either being live or watching at home. Some of the matches were more than enough to be slated at a Dynamite show (mixed trios, Darby/KOR etc.) but the prominent bouts were rock solid and made the pros rise high making those cons matter the least.

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AEW PPV Reviews The Day After

AEW Double Or Nothing 2022 Review

Hi readers, Tanner here to give my insight on AEW’s latest PPV event!

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MJF vs Wardlow | Fate Of Wardlow’s Contract

IMG Credit: AEW & Wrestling News

Wardlow def. MJF via Pinfall at 7:33

This was a simple, yet brilliant way of capping off a 2 year journey of a storyline. Wardlow hit MJF with 10 vicious powerbombs for the win and to make himself officially #AllElite **1/2

The Young Bucks vs The Hardys | Elite vs Delete

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IMG Credit: AEW & Wresting Inc.

Jeff Hardy def. Nick Jackson via Pinfall at 19:13

A few mistimings towards the beginning of this bout, but they were able to move past that and have a fun tag match with some insane spots and a shocking result as the Hardys get a clean victory over the frankly overpushed Young Bucks ***1/4

Jade Cargill(c) vs Anna Jay | TBS Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestlingWorld
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Jade Cargill def. Anna Jay via Pinfall at 7:27

It’s a messy bout, but not too bad. More about the arrivals of the former Malcom Bivens and Ember Moon. **

Death Triangle vs House Of Black | 6 Man Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestlingWorld

Malakai Black def. PAC via Pinfall at 15:31

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The ending threw me off a bit mostly because I thought it was completely someone else, but yeah this was a very cool sprint match with some crazy spots and some nice back and forth near falls that really brings the question of who will win which I always love in wrestling. ***3/4

Adam Cole vs Samoa Joe | Men’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament Final

IMG Credit: AEW

Adam Cole def. Samoa Joe via Pinfall at 13:16

A bit iffy on the rather clean finish, but overall a very good contest. Nothing oundtsnding or amazing, but a solid boutique either way. ***

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Dr. Britt Baker DMD Vs Ruby Soho | Women’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament Final

IMG Credit: AEW & 411MANIA

Britt Baker def. Ruby Soho at 14:48

I think my main issue with this match is the lack of engagement brought to me and the joining audience in the arena. It’s a slow burn of a match that only gets interesting towards the end, but even then their weaknesses are exposed when we get a heavily messy finishing stretch that never seemed to end. It felt longer than 15 minutes and that’s not good. I do appreciate the post match speech and presentation however *3/4

America’s Top Team vs Sammy Guevera, Frankie Kazarian, & Tay Conti | Mixed 6 Man Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: AEW & Mandatory

Scorpio Sky def. Frankie Kazarian via Pinfall at 12:04

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A fun match here and also a satisfying one as Sammy and Tay faced the consequences for being the most annoying people ever. Interesting how Frankie turned on his partners yet still fought their opponents. No idea why, but whatever. ***

Kyle O’Reilly vs Darby Allin | Singles Match

IMG Credit: AEW & Fightful

Kyle O’Reilly def. Darby Allin via Pinfall at 10:33

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A surprisingly clean win for O’Reilly after a fun and engaging match. A random placement on the card, but definitely a good one. ***

Thunder Rosa(c) vs Serena Deeb | AEW Women’s Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & WrestlingWorld

Thunder Rosa def. Serena Deeb via Pinfall at 16:52

Started promising with some nice exchanges, but descended into a bit of a boring however average contest. It’s solid, but not so engaging and also extremely messy. Matches the build quite nicely. **1/4

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The Jericho Appreciation Society vs Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, Santana, & Ortiz | Anarchy In The Arena Match

IMG Credit: AEW & SportsKeeda

Chris Jericho & Jake Hager def. Bryan Danielson via TKO at 22:41

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A fun, chaotic, and overall dramatic brawl here. Everyone went nuts here. Blood everywhere, brutal ways of attempting to win. Very surprised that Jericho’s team was able to win here, but that finish was knarly. ***1/2

Jurassic Express(c) vs Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs Ricky Starks & Powerhouse Hobbs | AEW World Tag Team Championships Three-Way Match

IMG Credit: AEW & Wrestling Republic

Jungle Boy def. Swerve Strickland via Pinfall at 17:16

A couple of missteps here, but overall a very good and fun tag title bout here with some near falls that really added to it. The multiple Jungle Boy is going to be pinned moments is interesting because it exposes the power dynamic between himself and Luchasaurus. ***1/4

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‘Hangman’ Adam Page(c) vs CM Punk | AEW World Championship Match

IMG Credit: AEW & ComicBook

CM Punk def. Adam Page via Pinfall at 25:54

Very good main event. The action is pretty good, but the storytelling is fantastic. This was a bloody war. Hangman hated Punk so much he would do anything to win, even if it meant risking Disqualification. But the his good side got the best of him and cost him the match against Punk who was all tons of emotional after the match. I didn’t like it at first, but you know what…I’m happy for the guy. ***1/2

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Overall this is a solid show, however I do need to bring up a few complaints. First of all, this show went 4 hours and 40 minutes. That is absolutely absurd especially for a non WWE promotion. And secondly I feel like some of these matches were brought down by the fact that they were all 10+ minutes except for Jade vs Anna, but even that had a post match segment. So yes, there are a few things to remember here like Punk winning the title, Wardlow securing a contract, and the bunch of debuts, but honestly there is just *good*. One of the weaker AEW PPVs, but it’s really saying something when it’s still a solid show. 6.5/10

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AEW Best Of Wrestling Impact Wrestling Lists Ring Of Honor

Best Of Wrestling: April 2022

A rundown of what took place last month in the eyes of wrestling fans!

Ring Of Honor Returns under Brand New Partnership with AEW

IMG Credit: ROH & Catch-Newz
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  • ROH ran their annual ‘Supercard Of Honor’ after a hiatus following the release of all wrestlers signed under the company
  • This show included the dream match of FTR vs The Briscoes finally bring realized and it was a classic
  • Samoa Joe made his return to wrestling at this show and was confirmed to be signed under All Elite Wrestling via Tony Khan’s Twitter

Annual WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Takes Place

IMG Credit: WWE

WWE ran their annual Hall Of Fame Ceremony by inducting the following:

  • Queen Sharmell (inducted by Booker T)
  • The Steiner Brothers (inducted by Bron Breakker)
  • Vader (inducted by his wife & son)
  • Shad Gaspard (recipient of Warrior Award)
  • The Undertaker (inducted by Mr. McMahon
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WrestleMania 38 takes place on two different nights!

IMG Credit: WWE & Sportsmanor
  • Bianca BelAir dethroned Becky Lynch of her Raw Women’s Championship
  • Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after 6 years to face Seth Rollins in a classic!
  • ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came out of retirement to fight Kevin Owens in the main event of Night One
  • Johnny Knoxville and The Jackass Crew delivered a prank filled beating to Sami Zayn
  • ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came back on stage on Night Two to take out Austin Theory, the boss himself Mr. McMahon, Byron Saxton, and Pat McAfee
  • The WWE’s two World Titles were Unified when Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to retain his Universal Championship and win the WWE Championship

Elias’ Younger Brother debuted on Raw!

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IMG Credit: WWE & POST Wrestling
  • During a Kevin Owens promo, an unknown named ‘Ezekiel’ came out and introduced himself as Elias’ younger brother!
  • He’s impressed us ever since!

Wheeler Yuta Earned His Place in the ‘Blackpool Combat Club’

IMG Credit: AEW & 411MANIA
  • After multiple teases of AEW’s Wheeler Yuta perhaps taking his own spot with William Regal, Bryan Danielson, and Jon Moxley’s seemingly unstoppable faction
  • After losing to Bryan Danielson, interest was taken in Yuta
  • Wheeler defied the odds and managed to stay alive in a bloody war against Jon Moxley before passing out
  • In the end, Wheeler Yuta earned his spot in AEW’s most vicious group
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Gunther and Raquel Rodriguez made their presence known on Smackdown

IMG Credit: WWE & Metro
  • On the Smackdown following WrestleMania, Gunther & Raquel Gonzalez made their debut appearances on the brand
  • Gunther debuted with Ludwig Kaiser, formerly known as Marcel Barthel, squashing a jobber and making his brutality known.
  • Meanwhile, a rather charismatic Raquel Rodriguez (Gonzalez) seemed all smiles ahead of her future on Smackdown

Josh Alexander reclaimed his Impact World Title at Impact Rebellion

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IMG Credit: Impact Wrestling & TopFitness20
  • After Josh Alexander was screwed out of his first World Title Reign in Impact, he swore to get revenge on Moose, who took everything from him
  • After a brutal war, Alexander finally pinned Moose to win his title back and to finally get his post match moment. Congratulations Josh!

Asuka & Mustafa Ali returned to WWE Monday Night Raw

IMG Credit: WWE & TheSportster
  • On the April 25th edition of Monday Night Raw, Asuka & Mustafa Ali made their much anticipated returns
  • Asuka, who had been gone for 9 months due to an arm injury, returned to confront and tease a feud with Becky Lynch
  • Mustafa Ali, who had previously asked for his release months ago, made a shocking return to WWE on Television and after a convincing promo pinned The Miz to further himself towards redemption
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