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Tiffany’s Dynamite Take: The Road to Double or Nothing: Homestretch – May 20, 2020

Last week, AEW started on the road to Double or Nothing! So how’s this card shaping up?

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Last week, AEW started on the road to Double or Nothing! So how’s this card shaping up?

AEW Championship

Well, Jon Moxley vs Brodie Lee became official a couple of weeks, with Lee sending his goons to attack Moxley after the fabulous match with Frankie Kazarian. After being derided personally and professionally, Mox accepted the challenge. Last week, Mox made a statement, literally and figuratively, by absolutely TRASHING some of the Dark Order goons, and making sure Brodie Lee understood that this wasn’t Dean Ambrose, goofy lunatic fringe, this was Jon Moxley, the Baddest Man in the Land, and disrespect would NOT be tolerated.

This week, Brodie Lee cam out and cut a promo on Mox. Still claiming to be AEW Champion, except for that little part where he didn’t BEAT Mox for it.

Mox’s response? Well, 10 learned the shitty part of being a henchman: Getting the trash knocked out of you by the people your cowardly boss is targeting. Oh, 10 got his licks in, but a pissed off Moxley isn’t someone you should be messing with. Mox drove that point home by Gotch Piledriving 10 before hitting the Paradigm Shift.

However, Mox wasn’t done. Deciding to make 10 an example, Mox gave Lee 10 seconds to return the belt, or he’d break the ‘Special Boy’s’ arm. Lee wasn’t inclined to do that, and left 10 to his fate. Mox destroyed 10’s arm anyway. Make better life choices, kid. Mox, for his part, was utterly unapologetic, stating that every devolves into violence and at the end of Double or Nothing, Lee will have nothing but a three piece suit and goons.

TNT Championship

A couple of weeks ago, the growing feud between Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer got personal between their managers. Brandi Rhodes called out Jake Roberts on his habit of intimidation, vowing to fight back. Roberts responded by showing that he didn’t need to touch Brandi to get his point across, thanks to Britt Baker and Penelope Ford, and Brandi found herself on the receiving end of Roberts’ intimidating little friend. Last week, Cody responded by driving his VERY nice truck into the building and getting into a brawl with Archer.

This week, the coaches, Jake Roberts and Arn Anderson, faced off. If you’ve ever watched any kind of ring segment involving tables, you know how this went. Roberts and Anderson just about threw down, but were stopped by the refs. I was a little disappointed, but given the health of both men, it was probably best that things didn’t get physical. Saturday will probably be VERY different.

Women’s Championship

Nyla Rose made no secret of her contempt for the rest of the Women’s Division , and though none of the other women were impressed with Rose’s comments, no one was willing to step up just yet. Last week, the top four contenders tore the house down in a wild melee that ended with Hikaru Shida as the #1 Contender. Rose responded by not only stealing Shida’s trademark Kendo Stick, but by beating Shida with it.

Not to be outdone, Britt Baker, who had missed a chance to stop the final pinfall because she was busy educating Kris Statlander on why even aliens need to visit the dentist, leading to a one on one match at Double or Nothing.

This week, Shida and Statlander took on Baker and Rose in a tag match, which was SOOO good! Rose got the win, but Shida was the last woman standing after a superplex through a table. Look out on Saturday.

Tag Team Championship

I mentioned a few weeks ago that the division hardest hit by the shutdown was the tag team division due to the Tag Team Champions not being able to defend the titles. Last week, Kenny Omega teamed up with Matt Hardy/Damascus took on Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a wild street fight that ended with Omega being pinned.

Hoping to lock the tag title shot for themselves, and the Inner Circle, Santana and Ortiz took on Omega and Hardy last week. However, Omega and Hardy were able to withstand the assault and win. However, Chris Jericho laid down a challenge to the Elite: Meet them in a Stampede Match, whatever that is, at Double or Nothing. To make the point that he was serious, Jericho then proceed to destroy Vanguard 1, Matt Hardy’s drone, much to Matt’s distress.

We got some clarification on the Stadium Stampede match. It’s going to be a TEN MAN tag match: Inner Circle vs Kenny Omega, Adam Page, Matt Hardy, and the Young Bucks. The ring will be on the 50 Yard Line in the STADIUM and it is Falls Count Anywhere.

Sammy Guevara tried to get some measure of revenge on Matt Hardy for the attempted vehicular homicide that happened during the Street Fight a couple of weeks ago.  However, Hardy was able to pull out the win, and that was when all hell broke loose. Hardy went to attack Guevara with a chair, only to be interrupted by the Inner Circle about to finish off Kenny Omega. However, the rest of the Elite rode to the rescue! The Young Bucks and Page are back! Of course, the issues between Page and the Bucks aren’t settled, but there’s at least a truce until the issues with Inner Circle are settled.

Private Party will take on the Best Friends during the Buy In on Saturday in a #1 Contender’s Match for the AEW Tag Titles.

Lower Card

It was announced on Wednesday that AEW would be putting on their first MitB style match at Double or Nothing with the winner getting a title match. As of Wednesday, May 13, our list of entrants were: Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, Orange Cassidy,Rey Fenix, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian, and Luchasaurus. Our final entrant will not be revealed until Double or Nothing.

Orange Cassidy and Rey Fenix…happened. Fenix got the win thanks to an assist from Kip Sabian, in an ATROCIOUS outfit. If you’ve watched anything WWE with ladders, you know that almost everyone involved came out to brawl.

MJF ramped up his growing feud with Jungle Boy, by attacking Jurassic Boy last week. This week, Marko Stunt took on MJF. MJF basically took his time beating Stunt, though I think Stunt should’ve gotten the win just for the fuck of it. However, his crowing was interrupted by the rest of Jurassic Express.

Pac is back, at least in vignette form. The demented elf cut a promo on Orange Cassidy about how Rey Fenix was going to kick his ass. There was also a mask involved. I’m GUESSING, Pac might be the mystery entrant in the ladder match.

It seems Shawn Spears hasn’t forgotten his issues with the Rhodes family, but has decided to try for lower hanging fruit, namely, Dustin Rhodes and a match has been set for Double or Nothing between the two of them.


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King: Top 5 Championship Matches in WWE Royal Rumble History

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!

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Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!

I have gone back in time to reflect over Royal Rumble’s over the last decade. From 2012 to 2022 the WWE Universe bared witness to some amazing matches including AJ Styles defending his WWE Championship against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, The Rock defeating CM Punk and ending his historic championship reign, and even the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar successfully defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena & Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins in a classic triple-threat match.

Here are the top five championship matches at the Royal Rumble over the last decade.

Honorable mentions:

  • Brock Lesnar VS. Finn Balor (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2019
  • Brock Lesnar VS. Kane VS. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017
  • Randy Orton VS. John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Royal Rumble 2014)
  • Daniel Bryan VS. AJ Styles (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2019

Top 5 Royal Rumble Championship Matches 

5. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

In August of 2016, the WWE Universe was shocked when Triple H turned on his former protege Seth Rollins and essentially handed the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens in a crazy fatal-four-way match. Over the next few months, Owens and Chris Jericho would become best friends and true enemies of Rollins and former Shield-mate Roman Reigns. After Reigns was screwed out of the title at Roadblock they would deliver a Shield bomb through the announce table to Owens.

Reigns and Owens would battle again at the Royal Rumble this time, Jericho would be locked inside of a shark cage to prevent interference. Both superstars delivered an impressive performance and threw out everything to defeat one another. Reigns was minutes away from winning the Universal Championship until Braun Strowman obliterated him, which allowed Owens the conniving champion to keep his title.

4. CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2013

The self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ CM Punk was on a complete tear going through the roster successfully holding the title for a historic 434 days. At Raw 1000, The Rock came back and challenged whoever was the champion at the time to a WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble. Later in the night, Punk would turn heel attacking ‘The People’s Champion’ and aligning himself with Paul Heyman shortly afterwards.

The Shield would work as mercenaries for Punk to retain his title since the 2012 Survivor Series where they debuted. Vince McMahon informed Punk that if The Shield got involved in the championship match he would be stripped of the title. After twenty minutes of back and forth action between champion and challenger, the lights went out and The Shield interfered yet again. McMahon came out to strip Punk of his championship but, The Rock had other plans and the match was restarted. The People’s Champion would deliver the People’s Elbow to end the historic reign of Punk.

3.  Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2022

‘The Head of the Table’ Roman Reigns had conquered all of his challengers on Friday Night SmackDown, so a handpicked wild card was chosen from Monday Night Raw to challenge for the Universal Championship. Enter Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins. The two former Shield-mates had faced each other in the past but, this time felt different. Reigns was the arrogant and cocky heel while Rollins portrayed more of a tweener character. Rollins mocked the champion’s historic title reign and infuriated Reigns the go-home episode of SmackDown.

The Universal Championship match was the first match to open the show to a white-hot crowd. Reigns made his long grand entrance waiting for his challenger until a familiar theme erupted throughout the WWE Universe. Rollins not only mocked The Shield’s old entrance through the crowd but, was also decked in full Shield attire which pissed off the champion.

I feel like it’s impossible for these two superstars to have a bad match. They have incredible chemistry whether as partners or rivals. Reigns locked in his challenger with the Guillotine Choke but Rollins made it to the ropes. The Tribal Chief was relentless and would not break the hold so Rollins won by disqualification.

2. AJ Styles vs. John Cena (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

Let me start of by saying this was a very difficult choice to make because I went back and forth on making this number one. ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles shocked the world in 2016 not only for turning heel on John Cena but, beating him at Money in the Bank via shenanigans and SummerSlam completely clean in the middle of the ring. Styles went on to have an incredible run as WWE Champion over on SmackDown Live.

Cena went off and did his own thing after a devastating loss to his rival but, came back returned in time to challenge for the title to not only become a sixteen-time champion but to tie the illustrious record held by Ric Flair. Both superstars used every maneuver in their arsenal to win the match, but it came down to the final sequence to understand where Cena’s passion lies. Mr. Never Give Up hit the Attitude Adjustment and deadlifted Styles to deliver another thunderous AA to become the sixteen-time WWE Champion. What a freaking match!

1. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship): Royal Rumble 2015

Even though the match before was tieing the legendary Ric Flair’s championship record, I still can say with full confidence that this triple threat match is one of the best matches in Royal Rumble history. Brock Lesnar had an impressive 2014 starting off with ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and then obliterating John Cena at SummerSlam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

At Night of Champions Cena was minutes away from winning the title and defeating ‘The Beast Incarnate’ until the arrogant Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins caused a disqualification. Leading up to the Royal Rumble, Cena and Rollins would face off in a tables match at the TLC pay-per-view, while Lesnar vanished. A huge triple threat match was set for the 2015 Royal Rumble pitting all three superstars against each other. Rollins who was still holding the briefcase bragged about if he didn’t win the title with Plan A, he would just cash-in and become the champion with Plan B.

From the moment the bell rang, the action began between Cena and Lesnar. Rollins played the manipulative cocky heel picking his moments to strike. Rollins and Cena took out The Beast on the outside to make it one-on-one. Lesnar was stretchered out of the match but miraculously came back and displayed his freakish strength taking anyone who moved to Suplex City. Rollins hit the champion twice with his briefcase and set up for the Curb Stomp. Lesnar bounced up and delivered a thunderous F5 to retain in a fantastic match.

I love this match so much because it was the first time that I believed Lesnar can deliver a great match and good story when he wants to. We’ve experienced this in his matches against AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and even Finn Balor. The Beast is a very smart performer and knows how to sell for his opponents to make them look like a megastar.

There you have it, those are my top five championship matches at Royal Rumble. Let me know what you think!


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Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…

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The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…

Daddy’s back with something for you that is meant to be fun–and a distraction from the news surrounding Vince McMahon’s (likely terrible) return to WWE. Being a fan is meant to be fun, and one of the most fun things we get to do is look ahead to WrestleMania.

The main question, for this article at least, is who will be Roman Reigns’ opponent at The Granddaddy Of ‘Em All? Now everyone wants it to be The Rock, so we will explore the alternatives to that match.

In order to do that, I am making the following assumptions, even if some might not be true in the end:

  • Roman Reigns only wrestles one match, the final match on Night 2.
  • Roman Reigns is defending both the WWE and the Universal Championships in that match.
  • Roman Reigns–and this is just purely me–is not losing.

Honorable Mentions

I did have a few ideas who simply didn’t make the list. Check ’em out:

  • Drew McIntyre – Simply put: Why? Why would we put Drew McIntyre against Roman Reigns in a football stadium when we just saw him against Reigns in a football futbol stadium last fall?
  • Kevin Owens – Similarly, why would we do this right after we do it at the Royal Rumble?
  • Karrion Kross – Ok, now I’m just trolling you. He ain’t the guy, brother–not with this gimmick.
  • Ricochet – Personally, as an underdog babyface against Roman Reigns, I love Ricochet winning the Royal Rumble and challenging The Tribal Chief. But we have a better underdog on the list already.

With that all out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. I give you…

My Top 5 WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

5. Sami Zayn

The bloom is off the rose for Sami Zayn, at least in the eyes of The Tribal Chief. The eventual turn is one of the most telegraphed things in recent memory, and in this instance that is perfectly fine. Sami Zayn is insanely over, and him fighting the uphill battle with The Bloodline would get him Daniel-Bryan-Danielson-at-WrestleMania-30 levels of heat along the way.

People love Sami Zayn. His awkward charm and seemingly unlimited charisma won over the audience so well that his storyline with The Bloodline had to get extended multiple times over. However, it’s obviously coming to an end.

The obvious match is Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn against The Usos, but you could also slot Kevin against Solo Sikoa if Sami were to indeed get the nod.

4. Bron Breakker

You probably think I’m crazy, and I totally get it. Bron Breakker comes from NXT and goes right to the WrestleMania main event?

If you want to create a new star in Bron Breakker, this is how you do it. (At least, it’s one way you can do it.) Look at Roman Reigns himself–part of the story of his WrestleMania 31 challenge of Brock Lesnar was that he was growing into the role. JBL told the story on commentary, and the match was all about Roman ascending to the level of Brock.

Of course it was all the perfect set-up for Seth Rollins to give us the greatest Money In The Bank cash-in in WWE history, but in the process Roman proved that he belongs.

So make this year’s Royal Rumble the ultimate opportunity–the most shocking winner since Rey Mysterio, the NXT Champion Bron Breakker.

3. Seth (Freakin’) Rollins

Seth Rollins seems to be in a never ending program with Austin Theory, and it’s time to move on. Seth is an automatic main eventer in WWE at this point. He’s a made man, probably the next biggest star (on the men’s side) in WWE after Roman Reigns.

And he also has a very specific distinction that no one else has: a singles victory over Roman Reigns since he made his huge return in 2020. Yes, it was by disqualification, but he has proven his abilities to get inside the head of the Tribal Chief.

And Seth Rollins is going to have a match at WrestleMania, and 50,000+ in Sofi Stadium are going to be singing his song. Might as well be in the match that closes WrestleMania Night 2.

2. Sheamus

This is purely a match on my playlist–but this is MY list. And to me, Sheamus makes perfect sense.

In fact, I thought the feud between The Bloodline and The Brawling Brutes would lead to Sheamus challenging Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. And had Sami Zayn’s involvement in The Bloodline not taken off the way it did, we still may have.

Sheamus is more popular now than ever, and at 44 years of age he is doing some of his best work. Sheamus winning his second Royal Rumble and challenging Roman Reigns would be the Lifetime Achievement Award he deserves.

But it’s more than that! The match? It would deliver in a big way. History? There’s plenty between Sheamus and Roman, going back to when Sheamus cashed in Money In The Bank on Reigns, and when Reigns eventually beat The Celtic Warrior to win one of his world championships. The fans? They would be solidly behind Sheamus, and would go nuts for every near fall. Don’t sleep on Sheamus as your WrestleMania 39 main event opponent for Roman Reigns.

1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Full credit for this idea belongs to PC Tunney and Dave Ungar, as shared in the Chairshot Radio Twitter DM thread. And it’s steal-worthy indeed.

Three major legendary names are rumored for WrestleMania 39: The Rock, John Cena, and Steve Austin. All three make sense for a multitude of reasons. But The Rock will be launching a football league (which might be a reason to do this–the publicity), and is still in insane demand in Hollywood. Cena seems to be free at the present time, and we’ve seen the videos of Austin working out.

Remember, I am assuming Roman Reigns is going to win. If that’s the case, then this WrestleMania is but another moment in Reigns’ legacy. Why not add Steve Austin to his list of victories?

It would sell. ✅
The fans would buy it. ✅
Austin proved he can go. ✅

This type of match is what WrestleMania is all about. If it’s not The Rock, it should be “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

And there you have it, my list of–

Wait a minute Greg, what about Cody Rhodes?!?!

Man, I thought I could slip this one past the goalie!

Cody Rhodes is a great question. But you have to look at my assumptions above. I am assuming Roman only wrestles one match, defends both championships, and–most importantly–doesn’t lose. Given those assumptions, you want Cody Rhodes as far away from this match as possible.

If we do split the titles, then Cody needs to be the guy to walk away with the WWE Championship. He does that either over Seth Rollins, or in a triple threat on Night 1 against Reigns and Rollins–but Rollins still eats the fall.

But under my conditions, losing at WrestleMania doesn’t do anything for Cody.


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