AEW Double or Nothing: Results, Grades, and Analysis

TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 04: Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito during the IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP NO DQ MATCH Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito Wrestle Kingdom 13 at Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 04: Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito during the IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP NO DQ MATCH Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito Wrestle Kingdom 13 at Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Getty Images) /
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Bret Hart came out to introduce the AEW World Heavyweight Championship!

Hart brought out Hangman Page, and afterwards MJF came out. MJF cut a promo saying he’s the fastest rising star in wrestling today. MJF taunted Bret by saying that a fan was coming to attack him. He called the fans jealous. MJF said he’s the future of AEW, and they don’t like it. He called MJF a horse, and said he can’t be the face of the company. It looks like this is going to be one of our main event feuds in AEW. MJF said Page was a horse with a bummed leg, so he needed to be put down.

MJF said Page should relinquish his title shot, and Page went after him. As he walked backwards to get away, Jungle Boy and Jimmy Havoc cornered MJF. All three men beat on him, and Page threw him into the crowd. Havoc and Jungle Boy took him hrough the crowd and out of the arena. Bret Hart than revealed the title, and it’s a beautiful huge gold title.

The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (c) vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix) – AAA World Tag Team Championship

Pentagon immediately went for the Pentadriver, but Matt rolled through and went for a sharpshooter. Pentagon said “Cero Miedo” and tagged in Fenix. Fenix and Matt tried to exchange holds, and Nick made a blind tag. The Bucks almost collided with each other, showing a little ring rust. Nick and Fenix started exchanging attack attempts, with neither being able to get the better off the other, ending with a double dropkick on the floor.

Nick hit the ropes and hit a shoulder block. Fenix hit one of his own. The crowd chanted “tag team wrestling” as Fenix hit a chop on Nick. Both men started to exchange chops before Fenix hit a dropkick. Matt made his way in, but Pentagon hit a kick, and they drove Matt to the middle of the mat. The Bros hit a double superkick, and Fenix and Pentagon hit some more double team offence on Nick Jackson for a near fall.

The Bucks are doing a really good job selling their ring rust. Nick managed to take down both men and made a tag to Matt Jackson. Matt Jackson hit a gorilla press on Pentagon and then a spear on Fenix! Matt Jackson showing some heavyweight power. Nick came in and started to work over Pentagon’s arms. Nick went for a double stomp to Pentagon’s arms, but Pentagon pulled Matt in the way, and Nick double stomped his brother’s back. Matt’s bad back is immediately being sold.

The Bucks knocked Fenix off the apron as Matt limped towards Pentagon. Pentagon dodged a dropkick attempt and Nick accidentally nailed Matt in the back again. Fenix hit a series of incredible moves and scored a near fall on Matt Jackson. Pentagon had Matt in the corner, and whipped him to the other side. Matt Jackson did a corkscrew blockbuster on Pentagon, and I’m not sure I ever saw that before. Fenix hit a blow knocking Nick off the top rope, but Matt Jackson hit a series of rolling Northern Lights Supelxes, and a sharpshooter on Fenix before hitting another Northern Lights Suplex on Pentagon while the sharpshooter was logged in.

Nick Jackson hit a moonsault off the apron on Pentagon and hit a running bulldog and lariat combo on the Lucha Bros. The Bucks did stereo sunset flips before locking the sharpshooter on both Lucha Bros. The Lucha Bros made the ropes and got out. Nick Jackson hit a 450 splash off the top rope on Fenix, who was suspended on the middle ropes. The Bucks hit their powerbomb/enziguri combo in the corner on Fenix.
Matt Jackson hit a sliced bread on Fenix while Nick hit him with a powerbomb. Incredible. Fenix kicked out. The Bucks were using a move from the Motor City Machine Guns, a nice little tribute to both guys. All four men started exchanging superkicks, and all four men were left laying on the mat as the crowd gave a standing ovation. Pentagon and Matt Jackson exchanged strikes on the apron, with both men hitting pump kicks. Fenix ended up the apron, and Pentagon jumped off his brother’s back and hit a flying Canadian Destroyer on the apron on Matt Jackson. HOLY CRAP.

Fenix then hit a slingshot Canadian Destroyer on Nick Jackson, and Nick kicked out. Fenix stood on top of Pentagon’s shoulders before diving to the outside on both men. Pentagon hit a combo Gory Driver and Pentadriver on Nick Jackson, while Fenix hit the Swanton bomb. Nick kicked out, and Pentagon went to try and break Nick Jackson’s arm, but Matt Jackson saved him with a superkick.

Matt hit a half and half suplex before the Bucks hit a double superkick on Fenix. Matt Jackson hit a Helluva Kick followed by a top rope brainbuster on Fenix! A shoutout to El Generico! The Bucks went for More Bang for Your Buck on Pentagon, but Pentagon kicked out! Good Lord, this match is incredible.

Matt Jackson hit Kevin Steen’s Package Piledriver, while Nick Jackson hit a springboard moonsault to the outside on Fenix. They’re pulling moves out from all their former enemies, from the Motor City Machine Guns, and Steen and Generico. Pentagon escaped the Meltzer Driver and broke Nick Jackson’s arm before hitting another variation of the Pentadriver, but Matt Jackson kicked out!

Fenix hit a superkick on Matt and a second one. Specifically, he hit them right in the shoulder and arm that Pentagon broke. Fenix called for a cutter, but Matt Jackson caught him with one arm, and on the outside Nick Jackson hit a superkick on Pentagon before hitting the Meltzer Driver on Fenix! Matt Jackson gets the pinfall while selling the arm. Good Lord, what a match.

Result: The Young Bucks

Rating: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

This was incredible from start to finish. Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson selling that they haven’t been in the ring as much, and needing to break out moves from their former opponents, before finally winning with the Meltzer Driver was a fantastic story. Matt Jackson’s selling of his back and arm was excellent. These two are two of the best tag teams of all time.