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Cook’s AEW Double or Nothing 2021 Gambling Picks

Cook brings more gambling picks, but this time with AEW Double or Nothing! Is there any money to be made?

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and you know what that means! AEW’s presenting Double or Nothing, one of their biggest events of the year. Things feel a little bit different this year, as AEW Dynamite is in pre-emption mode due to the NBA Playoffs, and we’re all kind of looking ahead to July, when these wrestling promotions will go back to touring the country.

Yeah, June’s looking like a whole lot of nothing, as far as the actual televised shows go. Surely there will be lots of crazy news happenings, but the matches & such will seem secondary.

AEW’s trying with this show, and there’s a ton of stuff booked. So let’s break it down and see how the BetOnline odds are looking. As a reminder, these picks are for entertainment purposes only.

Adam Page (-500) vs. Brian Cage (+300)

Page had a bit of a rough warmup match with Joey Janela on Friday night.

Doesn’t look like the kind of thing that will hold him back, but Cage will certainly be motivated to prove that he can beat the Hangman on his own. A bunch of money came in on Hangman on Saturday, and considering Cage won the first battle, it should be Adam Page going over to set up the FTW Championship match. Or to move Adam Page up the actual championship rankings, whichever.

Casino Battle Royale:
Christian Cage (-200) vs. Penta El Zero Miedo (+400) vs. Jungle Boy (+600) vs. Powerhouse Hobbs (+900) vs. Matt Hardy (+1400) vs. Preston “10” Vance (+1400) vs. Max Caster (+1400) vs. Nick Comforto (+1600) vs. QT Marshall (+2000) vs. Evil Uno (+2800) vs. Isiah Cassidy (+2800) vs. Marq Quen (+2800) vs. Colt Cabana (+3300)

There are some unlisted options here:
Matt Sydal
The Blade
Griff Garrison
Brian Pillman Jr.
Anthony Bowens
Dustin Rhodes
Lee Johnson

None of them are a very viable choice with the possible exception of Pillman. It’s easy to see why Christian is the favorite here, as it seems like only a matter of time before they get to giving him a title shot & this would be the easiest way to do it. Penta is always a threat, and I think Jungle Boy would have a pretty great match with Kenny Omega. Vance is somebody they’re high on and could pay off, big, but I wouldn’t go much lower than Jungle Boy on the food chain if you’re looking for an upset.

Personally, I’d rather see Omega vs. Jungle Boy than Omega vs. Christian. But that’s just me.

Cody Rhodes (+135) vs. Anthony Ogogo (-175)

Now we travel back to 1985, where Cody Rhodes is defending America’s honor against the evil Englishman, who has said & done all kinds of outrageous, offensive things like putting a British flag on Cody’s prone carcass. He’s decided that for one time only he will take on his father’s moniker of “The American Dream”, as he needs that little extra oomph to get over the hump against a man that’s had a grand total of two matches.

Ogogo seems to have a ton of potential and I’d like to see him made a star. He’s in my Fave Five, for heaven’s sake! But if we’re looking at ways to make money off of this show, we have to look at Cody Rhodes as an underdog against a guy that’s had two career matches.

AEW Women’s Championship
Hikaru Shida (+350) vs. Britt Baker (-600)

You’re going to notice that the odds on some of these championship matches are pretty one-sided. It’s understandable considering the booking, and especially in the case of the Women’s Championship. Dr. Baker has been one of the stars of the pandemic for AEW, she’s been involved in some of the company’s biggest moments & most talked about matches. She has been the face of a division that’s been improving by the month, and now seems like the time to strap her up. Whether or not she’ll be the face of a new era remains to be seen, but now’s the time to find out.

Listen, you won’t find many bigger supporters of Dr. Baker than yours truly. If this was a Roundtable style column, I’d be taking the Good Doctor. Here, we’re talking about making money. Generally speaking, AEW booking tends to shy away from “shocking swerves” at moments like this, but there is an argument to be made for keeping the title on Shida. You could always do the “double turn” and give fans an actual reason to boo Shida against Baker on a later title defense in a venue that isn’t Daily’s Place. I’d stay away from getting cute here and just put the title on Britt, but out of the underdogs in these title matches, Hikaru Shida is the best pick and the best way to make some fake money off of this.

AEW World Championship
Kenny Omega (-650) vs. Orange Cassidy (+400) vs. Pac (+600)

As cute as it would be for Orange Cassidy to win the AEW World Championship, it’s not happening here. Maybe someday, but right now is Kenny Omega‘s time. He’s not going to lose the AEW Championship before he loses his other titles, so there’s no reason to even think about it right now. You could throw some money on Orange if you want to be cute, but other than that you gotta stay away.

AEW TNT Championship
Miro (-600) vs. Lance Archer (+350)

We’re finally seeing the Miro that people wanted to see when he arrived in AEW, and it’s working pretty well. If Friday night’s crowd is any indication, Miro squashing fools will make him a pretty big babyface going forward. It’ll be interesting to see whether AEW embraces it, lets Miro keep doing what he’s doing, or tries to make him less likeable. It’s obviously too soon to take the TNT strap off of him, and I don’t see much of a chance for Lance Archer to pull the upset.

Should be a pretty interesting match though, and it’ll be interesting to see where Archer goes from here. Will there be more interactions with Sting? Is the Jake Roberts thing really working? I don’t really have any answers for these questions, which is why I ask them.

Sting & Darby Allin (-300) vs. Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page (+200)

Considering it’s Sting in a match, and Darby Allin is the new hotness and doesn’t need to be losing too often, it’s really hard for me to tell you to put your money on Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page. I’m going to tell you to do just that. Sky & Page are guys that AEW sees a lot in, and we’ve seen that Sting/Darby feuds with people tend to last a long time. A win here would be a much bigger deal for Sky & Page, and could lead to a long-running issue. Sting hitting the Scorpion Death Drop & Darby hitting the Coffin Drop would pretty much end things.

Plus, Sting’s record over the past several years…not so good. Big time losses to Triple H & Seth Rollins, unable to win the TNA Championship from Magnus, he’s just not the sure-fire bet to win that he once was.

Stadium Stampede
The Inner Circle (-200) vs. The Pinnacle (+150)

Friday was about making people believe that the Inner Circle was going to lose this match. Their in-ring promo segment didn’t exactly showcase a ton of confidence, with each member saying something along the lines of “if this is the last time”. I know they’re supposed to be decent fellas now, but a little bit of confidence would have made us feel better. The Pinnacle beatdown at the end didn’t exactly help their cause either.

So yeah, it’s easy to see how the IC became the betting favorites. They went down so hard on Friday that they must be going over on Sunday, right? Not necessarily. The Circle has never won a Stadium Stampede match, for one thing. For another thing, we know Chris Jericho has a bad elbow & who knows what kind of shape Santana & Ortiz are after those sick piledrivers. Also, I just have this feeling in my stomach that one of Jericho’s friends are going to stab him in the back in order to end the group. Much like Seth Rollins made himself a big deal by ending the Shield, one of these men will try & make themselves a big deal by ending the Inner Circle.

I dunno man. There’s just something about Sammy Guevara that gets my Spidey-Sense tingling. That’s why betting on the Pinnacle isn’t a bad idea.

AEW Tag Team Championship
The Young Bucks (-150) vs. Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston (+110)

Mox & King are two of the best today, and are just delightful together. I would absolutely love it if they became Tag Team Champions. Most other people would as well, and that’s why the Young Bucks aren’t as heavily favored as one might expect. To me, it seems like a good time to actually lay some money down on the Young Bucks, even if they also remind me of Ned Flanders’ kids.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show! Or enjoy whining about the show, you do you.


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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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Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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