Christian debuted for AEW at their Revolution pay-per-view in March. His mystery signing was hyped as the “biggest scoop ever,” and his first angle on Dynamite involved a confrontation with world champion Kenny Omega. It seemed like big things were coming to Christian right away.
But AEW quickly slowed things down from there, settling Christian into a mid-card feud with Team Taz. And now, Christian has eagerly signed up for the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing on May 30.
Christian’s whole gimmick is that he out works everyone, so this is actually a very efficient way to deliver on that promise. It would take much longer to outlast all of these competitors in separate singles matches, after all. Some folks seem bothered when former WWE wrestlers are pushed hard out of the gate in AEW, so the fact that Christian’s first ever PPV match for the promotion is a Battle Royal is pretty much going in the other direction.
Jokes aside, Christian does effectively hype up the importance of this match. He says that the winner gets a future championship match. That means he can theoretically win this match and then shoot right up to a main event championship fight with Omega at a later date. So...this isn’t all that different from a Royal Rumble match then, huh? I guess the joke is on me for busting his chops over this booking decision.
AEW used tonight’s (May 12) episode of Dynamite to set up a ton of matches for Double or Nothing, even if some of them aren’t official yet. Here is the current card:
- Kenny Omega vs. PAC vs. Orange Cassidy (AEW world championship)
- Hikaru Shida vs. Britt Baker (AEW women’s championship)
- Casino Battle Royale (Winner earns AEW world title match)
- Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo
- Hangman Page vs. Brian Cage
AEW is also setting up a Stadium Stampede match between the Inner Circle and the Pinnacle. The Young Bucks could be defending the AEW tag titles against Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston. Miro might have a TNT championship match against Lance Archer. It looks like Sting and Darby Allin are headed for a war with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky. None of these matches are official yet though, so keep that in mind.
How do you feel about the way Double or Nothing 2021 is currently shaping up?
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