It’s that time again! The next AEW PPV is fast approaching and that means it’s time for predictions! I’ll be running down the whole card for AEW Double Or Nothing 2021 – Buy-In and all, and predicting every single match! With no further ado, let’s get started.
NWA Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb (c) vs. Riho
This was a fun match to see during the tournament a few months ago, but this is a very different scenario. Deeb was still hindered with an injury at the time, and it was her last match before finally taking some time off, only just now coming back recently. Riho meanwhile was still working off some ring rust at the time. And here they face off with a title on the line, in front of AEW’s biggest crowd in a long time.
What I’m trying to say is, this is very likely to top their previous match in every way and is a real sleeper hit in the making to me. Riho was the best wrestler in the division during her run as champion for sure, whereas Deeb really helped take things to another level upon her arrival. There’s a ton of potential still yet unseen with this match-up for sure.
It certainly wouldn’t be strange to see Riho winning this title and if the match were more built to, I might even expect it. But here on the Buy-In with not much of a story, it doesn’t seem appropriate. Perhaps in a rubber match down the road that might happen, but for now, I’m picking Deeb to retain.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston
The tag titles have opened a lot of PPV main cards in the past and the Bucks in particular open a ton of shows in general. So I figure might as well list this first for our AEW Double Or Nothing 2021 main card predictions. And this is a really interesting match to me. Some very different opponents than usual for the Bucks here, and similarly Mox and Kingson don’t fight guys like this too often. The mix of styles should make for a fascinating clash, and I don’t doubt that it’s going to be a very fun result.
But it’s also one of the harder matches to call for me. It really does feel like it could easily go either way. Moxley and Kingston aren’t a thrown together team. They go back years and the alliance was built to, basically since Kingston’s debut. Together, they’re a pretty strong team. For Mox, it’s a great way to bounce back after losing the world title months ago. For Kingston, it’s his first title and he does feel about due for one. But of course, it’d never be strange for the Bucks to hold onto the titles. They’ve entered that sweet spot where their reign has gone on long enough that they believably could lose them, but not so long that it feels like they should.
So it’s high drama to me, but I’m going to say… Mox & Kingston take the gold.
Hangman Page vs. Brian Cage
Pretty simple story here. Cage got a fairly surprising win over Hangman; albeit only after the rest of Team Taz helped in a pre-match assault. This time it’s going to be on-on-one, or atleast in theory. I’d expect a strong and hard hitting match here. But there’s no question to me that Hangman will be getting his win back here. Particularly if he’s going to be challenging Kenny Omega by the next PPV like I think I will. So yeah, Hangman for the win here.
Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo
A unique test for everyone involved here. Ogogo’s only had a handful of matches and the longest one went for about a minute. I don’t expect a lightspeed squash here, something more in the ballpark of about six minutes or so. Ogogo will have more trouble with Cody than he has most… but, I do actually expect the upset here. I don’t see much value in this match if Cody wins, it doesn’t really do anything for him to beat Ogogo. And it’d be an especially strange use of him on a stage like this. Meanwhile, in Ogogo you have the kind of guy that’d benefit from a lengthy undefeated streak. So… yeah. I’d surmise that Ogogo gets the upset here. Maybe not totally cleanly, but he will be winning by knockout at the end of the day.
Next up on the AEW Double Or Nothing 2021 Predictions…
Darby Allin & Sting vs. Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page
Another unique one here. There honestly is a part of me that thinks the heels are primed for this win… but Darby is coming off a big loss already. You don’t want to put his hot streak in too much jeopardy. And It’s Sting’s first proper match at that. So it does really feel like a significant match for everyone involved. Ultimately, Scorpio and Page can probably bounce back pretty easy from losing this. Darby Allin & Sting for the win.
Casino Royale (Winner earns future AEW World Championship Match)
Now this one is a nightmare for predictions… I mean, of everyone known to be involved I can certainly narrow it down to a most likely suspect. But there’s always the wildcard with this one, The big mystery name… and boy, are there some big names it could be! I don’t feel like a lot of people are talking about this, ’cause they haven’t really done anything to hype up the mystery this time. But… there’s room for it here. It could be the biggest free agent in the world, Daniel Bryan. Samoa Joe depends somewhat on how long his non-compete was. Andrade might be about ready too, he’s got matches coming up soon.
Among other names are folks like Chris Hero, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Matt Cardona, Lio Rush and plenty of others. And it may well not be any of these folks, it’s just hard to say! And a lot of these names could very well come in and win the whole thing. But I think it’s only responsible to pick from what I have. And from the 20 names we know will be here, Christian Cage is the unanimous pick and I agree.
AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD
AEW Double Or Nothing 2021 doesn’t seem like a show with a ton of title changes on it, going in. But this is one everyone seems to agree is happening. Hikaru Shida has held this title for just a few days over a year now, a not-so-common feat in modern wrestling. She’s gotten a lot of praise for weathering through this lengthy pandemic as champion. It feels good to know that she made it here. That her reign continued until the time came that she could defend the title in front of a full crowd on a big stage.
That said, getting here is all that was required. Britt Baker has been a very clear next champion for a very, very long time. And this seems like the perfect time to make it happen. It should be a very good match and a very good crowning moment for the doctor. Britt Baker to become the new champion.
TNT Championship: Miro (c) vs. Lance Archer
This will be a hoss fight and a half. They’ll beat the ever loving crap out of each other and that’s about all there is to be said. It’s certainly way too early for Miro to lose the title, he just got the thing. And I suspect he’ll hold onto it until Darby is ready to regain it. In other words, Miro retains.
AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Orange Cassidy vs. PAC
This triple threat will be an absolute blast, no doubt in my mind about that. But in some ways it does feel like a filler for Kenny, and a match maybe setup to not overshadow the Stadium Stampede bout. (I’d suspect that match will be headlining for the second year in a row.) There really doesn’t feel like a ton of risk of a title change here. Looking forward to it nonetheless, Kenny Omega to retain.
And for our main event here in the AEW Double Or Nothing 2021 Predictions…
Stadium Stampede: The Pinnacle vs. The Inner Circle (If the Pinnacle wins the Inner Circle must disband)
Every indication is that this match will be a little less comedic than last year and a fair bit more violent. We’ll see I suppose. In any event, it should be a spectacle all the same. And, predicting this is a bit rough honestly. For one thing we have a stip that means the Inner Circle is breaking up if they lose. Even without that, there’d be a big argument that this is the time for them to get their win back. They did just turn face as a collective so this might not be the time to give them two big losses in a row. Plus they lost the Stadium Stampede last year, which is a big part of the story. It’d just make sense for them to tie up the score here, in some ways.
But then, the Pinnacle is the top heel group and much newer. It also makes sense for them to go 2-0 and break up the Inner Circle for max heat. But then, the WarGames win was such a huge one for them, especially for MJF, that you could say they can absorb this loss and not really be hurt by it. There’s a lot to think about with this one. I go back and forth a lot about it… but, I’ll have to say… hrm… Inner Circle wins.