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Cook’s AEW Double Or Nothing Gambling Picks

For entertainment purposes only, Steve Cook takes a look at the gambling side of AEW Double Or Nothing!

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AEW Double Or Nothing

For entertainment purposes only, Steve Cook takes a look at the gambling side of AEW Double Or Nothing!

We got us a big wrestling show this weekend, my friends!

AEW presents Double or Nothing on Saturday night in Jacksonville. Originally, Las Vegas was going to host thousands of wrestling fans for an entire weekend of fun & good times. I assume there would have been some sort of convention & other activities like we saw with Double or Nothing last year. None of that is happening, so AEW is holding the event in the Kahn family’s sporting complex in Jacksonville. Daily’s Place will host all of the matches except for one, which will be held in TIAA Bank Field.

We’re all looking for things to bet on these days, and AEW Double or Nothing is here for that purpose! Probably for the purpose of entertainment as well, but gambling is what we’re here to discuss. Bet Online gave 411mania their odds on matches Thursday afternoon, and I have cut & pasted them for usage here. It’s the way of the Internet. We’re going to take a look at the odds and I’ll tell you who to pick. Sounds fun, right?

The Buy-In match between Best Friends & Private Party did not have odds listed. I’ve left Britt Baker vs. Kris Statlander out of the proceedings because there’s a lot of speculation concerning the Good Doctor’s health status. Hopefully she’ll be good to go, but I can’t tell you to wager on a match that might not happen.

Jungle Boy vs MJF

MJF -150 (2/3)
Jungle Boy +110 (11/10)

I’m surprised the number next to MJF’s name isn’t bigger. Dude is undefeated in 2020. OK, he hasn’t had a lot of matches, but it’s obvious that pushing him is a priority for AEW. As it should be. Jungle Boy is a talented young kid, but his win-loss record isn’t exactly setting the world on fire. I wouldn’t be stunned if the Boy pulled it off, but MJF is the pick here. Put the rocket on him, Tony!

Dustin Rhodes vs Shawn Spears

Shawn Spears -400 (1/4)
Dustin Rhodes +250 (5/2)

That’s a big number for Spears, isn’t it? I know Dustin is in the “put guys over” phase of his career, but I can’t see putting much money on him at that number against anybody. Throw a few bucks on Dustin Rhodes and see if it works out.

Casino Ladder Match

Darby Allin 7/4
Field (Mystery Entry) 11/4
Rey Fenix 4/1
Orange Cassidy 7/1
Colt Cabana 9/1
Frankie Kazarian 10/1
Kip Sabian 10/1
Scorpio Sky 10/1
Luchasaurus 12/1

These folks nearly killed each other on Wednesday night while diving & doing all sorts of other craziness. Here’s hoping things go better on Saturday night. Winner gets a shot at the AEW Championship, so the winner here largely depends on who would be the most interesting opponent for Jon Moxley. Or maybe Brodie Lee. Darby Allin is the favorite, and I have no reason to think he shouldn’t be the choice. Especially with Fenix nearly getting paralyzed on Wednesday. In fairness, that happens during most of his matches.

I would give Orange Cassidy a look, but I’m not sure he’ll be bothered enough to climb a ladder. Unless they steal the finish from Money in the Bank and the chip lands in his hands somehow, I don’t see it happening.

Inner Circle vs The Elite – Stadium Stampede Match

Inner Circle -180 (5/9)
The Elite +140 (7/5)

I’m looking forward to this one. Ten wrestlers fighting all over an empty football stadium sounds like the best possible insanity. Chris Jericho’s crazy match concepts usually work pretty well, and I’m expecting no different here. Lots of shenanigans, tomfoolery and wild shit should be on display. I think you have to go Inner Circle here because I’m still not sold on the Elite being 100% together. Sure, Hangman Page ran the length of the field to save his friends on Wednesday night. But are we sure he & the Bucks are…pardon the term…on the same page?

Yeah, I hate that I couldn’t think of a better phrase there.

Add in the fact that Jericho, Sammy, Hager, Santana & Ortiz are simply more evil and ruthless, and you have to like them in a Stadium Stampede. I’ve never seen one, but I assume that being evil and ruthless helps your chances.

Nyla Rose (c) vs Hikaru Shida

Nyla Rose -200 (1/2)
Hikaru Shida +150 (3/2)

Nyla hasn’t been around much lately, but when she has, it’s been bad news for everybody in her path. Shida did manage to hit a superplex through a table on Wednesday, but that didn’t go too well for her either. I think Nyla Rose has to be the favorite and is likely going to have a lengthy reign as champion. I’m just wondering who has it in for Shida to make it a No DQ & No Count Out match.

Cody Rhodes vs Lance Archer

Lance Archer -150 (2/3)
Cody Rhodes +110 (11/10)

I think the booking of this feud has contained a lot of good ideas that would have gotten over well during normal times. Unfortunately, I also think many of them have been done too soon & out of order. Let’s break it down with an edition of Good Idea, Bad Idea.

Good Idea: Jake Roberts brings in Lance Archer and targets Cody. Jake cuts an awesome promo. Lance shows up looking all badass. It’s a good looking act on paper for sure.

Bad Idea: Cody doesn’t want anything to do with it. His explanation was that Archer hadn’t done enough in North America or AEW to deserve a match with a wrestler in the AEW Top 5. Ric Flair used the same justification for not giving Terry Funk a title shot in 1989. It was kind of weak then, and it’s kind of weak now.

Good Idea: Brandi Rhodes cuts a promo talking about how she isn’t scared & runs down Jake Roberts.

Bad Idea: Britt Baker DDTs Brandi and rolls her into the ring so Jake can lay a snake on Brandi & dry hump her…ON THE SAME NIGHT THE PROMO AIRED. To me, the potential of man on woman violence is something you let simmer. Tease it once or twice, then deliver it after the fans have thought about it for awhile. Jake didn’t slap Miss Elizabeth at the wedding reception, he waited until This Tuesday in Texas! And don’t get me started on the lame excuses about how Cody was in the locker room and the locker rooms were on the other side of the football stadium. Why didn’t he stick around for his buddy QT Marshall’s match with Archer that led to Brandi’s demise? He couldn’t have possibly thought “QT’s got this”, unless Joey Janela rang his bell with some really stiff offense.

Good Idea: Cody wants revenge.

Bad Idea: Cody shows up in his American Nightmare truck, rolls it into a couple of trash cans five feetr away before coming down to get his hands on Archer. I may have missed something, but was there any need for Cody to drive his truck into trash cans to get into the arena? When Steve Austin did it, he was usually barred from the building. Maybe I missed something on YouTube that told us that Cody couldn’t come within a certain distance of Archer or Jake. Even so, Austin was a much more aggressive driver, so it looked better on TV when he did it.

Good Idea: Arn Anderson & Jake Roberts having a friendly conversation before Double or Nothing. This was awesome. Two of the masters going at it on the microphone while representing their men.

Bad Idea: My main takeaway was “Who would win a fight between Arn & Jake in 2020?”

It’s a testament to Arn Anderson that he won this poll even though he has just one properly working arm. Jake’s in the best shape he’s been in for years, but Arn has that aura about him where you think he can still whip that ass.

The problem I’m running into with this set-up is that Cody & Lance Archer don’t feel like the most important men in this feud. Jake has overshadowed Archer. Cody has been conspicuous by his absence, or in the case of the Archer vs. Dustin match, staring while bad things happen. Oh, and Mike Tyson’s going to present the TNT Championship belt to the winner, because we need more people randomly involved here. Don’t get me wrong, Tyson could add a lot to the proceedings. He could have added even more with more than two weeks of build. Maybe a punch from Iron Mike saves Brandi from physical doom before Brandi meets physical doom, because that didn’t happen three weeks before the PPV. I dunno, I’m just spitballin’ here.

Lance is the favorite here, but I get the feeling that Cody might be the better bet. He looks like a much better representative for TNT as their champion. Iron Mike should raise the hand of a solid citizen, and lay some fists on Archer and/or Roberts. Jake no-sold Muhammad Ali in the Superdome, so Tyson’s going to have to lay one in.

Jon Moxley (c) vs Mr. Brodie Lee

Jon Moxley -250 (2/5)
Mr. Brodie Lee +170 (17/10)

Even in a world without a pandemic, as much as people love Brodie and think he was underutilized in WWE, Mox vs. Lee (heh see what I did there) was always going to be a step down from Mox vs. Jericho as a PPV main event. They’ll get it done in the ring, Brodie has a ton of talent and Moxley’s always got something to prove. I’m not sure Brodie Lee as Leader of the Dark Order and guy that stole Jon Moxley’s title belt is going to draw a lot of PPV buys. A look at this line tells me nobody thinks he’s going to win, and I’ll assume AEW isn’t going to get cute and take the strap off of Jon Moxley.

I mean, throw a few bucks on Brodie if you’d like to see the world burn. I just wouldn’t bet my kids on it. If I had kids.


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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