Sunday’s Double or Nothing Pay-Per-View was the platform for the AEW roster to make good on all the work they’ve been putting in over the last several weeks and climb further to the top of the promotion.
Who took the opportunity and ran with it? Who made good on all their hard work and grabbed the brass ring? Let’s get into our special AEW Double or Nothing Power Rankings and find out!
Thankfully, Wardlow’s victory wasn’t completely overshadowed by the antics of MJF over the weekend. The deal was that if Wardlow won, he’d be free of MJF’s contract and would officially be ‘All Elite.’ Wardlow achieved this with style, hitting a Powerbomb Symphony that stretched to a full ten powerbombs to earn his hard-fought independence. The sheer joy of the audience’s reaction, and Wardlow’s emotional reaction to the same, was a beautiful thing to say. Wardlow’s real journey to becoming a top star begins here.
4. Jurrasic Express
The AEW tag team champions defied the odds that thought they would drop the belts at Double or Nothing. Instead, they not only retained but really contributed to a majorly fun, entertaining encounter that was quite possibly the second-best match of the night.
Considering how Jurrasic Express has been a little bit of an afterthought booking-wise during the title run so far, their victory here, at last, felt like some validation for a team that are clear fan favourites and yet are not always pushed as such.
3. Adam Cole & Britt Baker
Adam Cole and Britt Baker find themselves in joint third here for winning the men’s and women’s Owen Cups respectively at Double or Nothing. That is an achievement in itself, but the booking suggests that AEW might use the pair’s real-life relationship in storylines moving forward. Does that mean Sammy and Tay might have competition as AEW’s power couple? That might just be an interesting development.
2. Thunder Rosa
The AEW Women’s Champion made her first successful PPV defence by beating rival Serena Deeb in a very entertaining pro wrestling masterclass where the momentum switched evenly between the pair. In the end, though, Deeb couldn’t get the job, succumbing to a Thunder Driver that dug Deeb’s head right into the mat for the three count. The passionate response from the crowd said it all: Rosa really is their champion, and long may she continue to reign.
1. CM Punk
Well, he did it! 9 years after being a world champion last, CM Punk did the unthinkable by defeating Hangman Adam Page to claim the AEW World Heavyweight Championship, only the fifth man in the company’s history to do so. Where he goes next will be interesting, and I don’t think his feud with Page is over just yet, but for now Punk is at the very top of the promotion and for that reason tops our Double or Nothing power rankings special!