8 AEW Double Or Nothing Impulse Reactions

Do you want the truth or something beautiful?

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All Elite Wrestling achieved a lot with Double Or Nothing, but in attempting to fuse many of the industry's great traditions with contemporary classics, it inadvertently managed to deliver neither of the extremes in the show's own title.

It was far from Nothing. Jon Moxley's show-closing surprise debut for the group brought proceedings to a pulsating conclusion, not least as Jim Ross finally found his groove at the very end with a "Moxley and Omega" call to rival some of his finest Attitude Era soundbites. The Young Bucks are everything they've always claimed to be. Hangman Page is a megastar in waiting. Cody reaches his fanbase even when his histrionics cause some to reach for the sick bag.

But was it twice as good as September 2018's ALL IN? The juicy "Double"? In a word, no. In a few more, no, but not for the want of trying.

Just about all of it was good, some of it was great and flashes were absolutely excellent. Subjectively somewhere between the best card of the year and a solid show depending on your take (and, for that matter, the articles you may read on this very site), Double Or Nothing was a strange pay-per-view that occasionally tiptoed towards wonderful before stumbling over a minor production gaffe or match flub.

Consider the reality kind, and broadly positive; "Room for improvement", one show deep, is no mean feat, as far as feedback goes. And far better to be optimistic that they can, than pessimistic that they never will.

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