Tonight’s the night, AEW Double or Nothing 2020 is soon upon us! By far one of the most interesting and original match-ups on the card is the Casino Ladder match! This exciting stip will see nine competitors square off for a future shot at the AEW World Championship! You can expect the same live coverage of the event as always, plus a preview of every match on the card! There’s plenty to talk about so let’s get underway!
Casino Ladder Match: Darby Allin vs. Colt Cabana vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Joey Janela vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Kip Sabian vs. Luchasaurus vs. ???
When this match-up was first announced and the idea of it hadn’t been fully explained, I was admittedly questioning it. Doing a Money In The Bank match of your own weeks after the actual one just didn’t feel like a sound move. But now that we know more about how it will work, I don’t think the comparison is even being made anymore. Plus we barely got a real Money In The Bank match a couple of weeks ago anyway so it’s almost filling that void.
This concept is a lot of fun on paper. It’s essentially a fusion of the Royal Rumble and Money In The Bank ideas, and with the same ultimate goal of a world title match being awarded to the victor. Nine competitors total will take part in the match, with two starting out and the others coming out at timed intervals. This is a unique thing because it technically means the match can end before the last entrant comes out, although I think we’d all be pretty shocked if that actually happened. Still it’s a neat bit of tension, and adds some risk on top of the natural reward of being a late entry, which kinda fits the Casino theme.
Rey Fenix was originally set to be in this match and honestly, if he were still there I’d have considered him a major favorite to win. Of that line-up, he seemed like the best choice because he’s definitely somebody they could and should be presenting as a top of the line star and could use something like this to force his way into the main event scene. Sadly a last-minute injury forced him to pull out and the match loses it’s best high flier in the process. That said I am glad for Janela getting this shot. But Fenix being removed also adds more pressure to the likes of Darby Allin and Scorpio Sky (and maybe whoever the mystery entrant is) to provide a bigger brunt of the matches’ high spots, though I’m sure Janela will be more than happy to fall off of a ladder if asked as well.
I do expect much, if not all, of the field to shine here as we certainly have a lot of interesting talent. But I will say that most of the line-up don’t feel like realistic winners, especially now that Fenix is gone. Of course we have no idea who the ninth and final entrant will be and generally you don’t do things like this unless you have a major name ready. I would like to predict the mystery challenger to win but that feels like a bit of a cop out. So I’ll go with Darby Allin. He will certainly be in the main event scene again sooner or later and it would certainly be fun to see him going after Moxley and maybe having more of an angle this go-round.
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