10 Things AEW Wants You To Forget About 2023

9. Double Or Nothing

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Double Or Nothing was a very, very fun show to attend live - Karen Jarrett hit Aubrey Edwards with a guitar, and Matt Jackson kicked a bomb in Jon Moxley's face! - but it was less fun for those who paid a premium sum for it on pay-per-view.

The amount of outside interference was staggering, draining - totally ineffective after the first three times. The Acclaimed Vs. House of Black was just there; a nothing Trios match that failed entirely to fulfil the initial promise of a high-octane genre unique to the promotion.

(In general, the Trios title probably warrants an entry unto itself. The division was unexciting, in a once-thought impossible development, existing as an excuse to keep the Acclaimed on television).

Adam Cole and Chris Jericho's grudge match was a clunky dud and not a soul in the T-Mobile arena bought Adam Cole's performance as a badass at the finish. The final two matches were incredible and the last 10 minutes of FTR Vs. Planet Jarrett were overbooked in the best possible way, but as a show on the whole, Double Or Nothing laid bare the chronic lack of inspiration that had plagued the promotion.

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