Kenny Omega may be the AEW World champion, and the Belt Collector. But he wasn’t the main event of Double or Nothing on Sun., May 30, at least not if you define “main event” as the last match on a card.
It wasn’t a surprising decision, given his Triple Threat title defense in Jacksonville came together relatively late in the PPV’s build. There’s plenty of history between Kenny and PAC, and between PAC and Orange Cassidy. But nobody predicted this booking a month ago.
But while there was little doubt about the outcome, there was fun to be had - especially considering the full house at Daily’s Place there to cheer on slacker hero Cassidy. And he started hot, or whatever...
It was the Bastard from Britain giving folks reason to “ooh” and “ahh” in the first half of the match, though.
Omega eventually took control, if only to set-up a few OC hope spots. Their one-on-one battle also set-up this impressive 450 from PAC.
Down the stretch, there were big spots (and several chances for Cassidy to pop the crowd by defiantly putting his hands in his pockets), but neither Omega or PAC could get three. The closest nearfall may have come when OC swooped in to try and steal a pin after the Bastard hit the champ with a super Falcon Arrow.
That was also why PAC had no patience for Orange’s patented shin kicks. A low blow in this no disqualification match set up the Black Arrow, but Omega broke up the pin. Kenny and the Brit countered each other’s finishers, and allowed Cassidy to earn a nearfall by hitting the champ with an Orange Punch and Beach Break! But before OC could pin PAC after another Orange Punch, Don Callis ran in from commentary to pull referee Bryce Remsburg from the ring.
More heelish antics followed. When Omega couldn’t get PAC to release Cassidy from his Brutalizer submission, he attacked Remsburg instead. While the ref was out, he had Callis throw his titles to him one by one, using each as a weapon.
While the Collector was gloating about what he did with his belts, Cassidy hit one more Orange Punch. But it took a while for back-up official Aubrey Edwards to arrive, and in that time, Kenny recovered to kick out, then to pin OC.
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