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AEW Dynamite preview (May 19, 2021): Double or Nothing here we come!

Tonight All Elite Wrestling comes our way from Jacksonville, Florida. Last week, Jon Moxley retained his IWGP United States Championship in a classic pro-wrestling match against Yuji Nagata. The American Nightmare Dream gave a rambling, incoherent promo calling out Anthony Ogogo. SCU was left bloodied and broken after their defeat by the Young Bucks. Christian Cage announced his entrance into the DoN Casino Battle Royal. Both PAC and Orange Cassidy were counted out of their number 1 contender match, leading to a triple threat at DoN against the champion Kenny Omega. Adam Page challenged Taz to a match at DoN. The Pinnacle’s celebration was cut short when The Inner Circle doused them with a lot a bit of bubbly. Britt Baker told Tony Schiavone that she was ready to take her rightful place as the face of the women’s division. Thunder Rosa squashed Jazmin Allure. Jade Cargill made it known that she doesn’t need a manager. And Miro won the TNT championship from Darby Allin.

This Week’s Headliner:

Double or Nothing (DoN) is around the corner, and to whet your whistle, the entire match line-up will be revealed tonight on Dynamite. We already know a few, like The AEW World Champion will face both PAC and Orange Cassidy for his title and several entrants for the Casino Battle Royal. Plus, there are some challenges out there that need to be answered. Will Brian Cage will abandon Team Taz to take on Adam Page? Will The Inner Circle say yes to another stadium stampede?

Like the magic eight ball of wrestling, tonight all will be revealed.

The Title Scene:

AEW Tag Team Championships The Young Bucks are defending their tag titles once again, but tonight it’s against Dark darlings, the Varsity Blondes. I like the Varsity Blondes well enough, but this feels very much like a placeholder match. SCU was forced to break up their legendary tag team last week due to some well-placed elbows and some timely cheating. Due to Christopher Daniel’s injury, it seems like the big break-up angle was put on the back burner so that he could get some medical attention.

It would serve the Bucks right if their match tonight was interrupted but one or both former members of SCU. It’s understandable if Christopher Daniels is done wrestling. He’s 51 and has had a hell of a career, but if that’s the case, he deserves a bigger send-off.

Last week Dynamite concluded with the new TNT Championship Miro standing over Darby’s broken body. Tonight we learn what kind of champion Miro will be. Will he be a hoarding heel, or will he continue with the TNT Championship open challenge? We already know from Dark that Lance Archer is gunning for him, so maybe a more traditional one-on-one feud is next for the champ. And, of course, you can never count out Darby. The man can’t say “die!”

AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida will take on her DoN opponent’s valet/makeup artist/cheerleader/friend? Tonight when she goes one-on-one with Rebel. Let’s be honest here; this is a set-up. Britt is using Rebel to distract Shida so she can get in a sneak attack. We’ll just have to wait and see if Shida realizes it too.

It’ll be nice to see the champion on actual tv.

Other Things to Keep an Eye On:

-NWA Women’s champion Serena Deeb takes on AEW up and coming favorite when she puts her belt on the line against Red Velvet. I doubt Deeb drops the title, but it’s cool that we’re still getting some crossover action with this belt, and it’s being to elevate the AEW women’s roster.

-Eddie Kingston & Jon Moxley are taking on The Acclaimed, and boy am I PRAYING for some Jon Moxley rap lyrics. This is a good opportunity for The Acclaimed. Although this match will surely be interrupted by The Good Brothers, it gives The Acclaimed some Dynamite air time to capitalize on their growing popularity.

-Christian Cage opens his third eye when he takes on Matt Sydal

-Anthony Ogogo responds to Cody’s crazy “patriotic” promo with a punch to the gut. Hopefully.

Tune into AEW on TNT at 8 p.m. EST to see how this all plays out!

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