2020 AEW Double or Nothing predictions, matches, card, start time, All Elite Wrestling PPV preview, date

AEW heads back to pay-per-view on Saturday night to present its annual Double or Nothing event in the promotion’s de facto home of Jacksonville, Florida. The card, on paper, should provide the intense in-ring action fans expect while continuing the run of AEW shows held without fans in attendance during the coronavirus pandemic. Double or Nothing this weekend marks AEW’s first PPV event since the Revolution show earlier this year in February. 

AEW will look to take advantage of the situation with one of the featured matches on the show — a Stadium Stampede match with Matt Hardy and The Elite taking on The Inner Circle — inside an empty TIAA Bank Field. In addition, there will be three title matches on the card, with Jon Moxley defending his title against Dark Order leader Brodie Lee, Cody and Lance Archer competing to become the inaugural TNT champion and Nyla Rose putting her women’s championship up against red-hot Hikaru Shida in a match void of disqualifications or countouts.

Double or Nothing will begin at 8 p.m. ET with the show expected to last anywhere from three-plus hours, not counting The Buy-In pre-show which starts one hour prior to the main card at 7 p.m. CBS Sports will be with you the entire way on Saturday with live results, highlights and analysis.

Below is a look at the complete match card set for AEW’s Double or Nothing event on Saturday evening, followed by predictions for the marquee bouts on the show from our CBS Sports experts. 

AEW Double or Nothing match card

  • AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Brodie Lee
  • AEW TNT Championship: Cody vs. Lance Archer
  • AEW Women’s Championship: Nyla Rose (c) vs. Hikaru Shida (No DQ, no countout)
  • Matt Hardy & The Elite vs. The Inner Circle (Stadium Stampede)
  • Casino Ladder Match (AEW world championship shot): Darby Allin vs. Colt Cabana vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Rey Fenix vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Kip Sabian vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Luchasaurus vs. mystery competitor
  • MJF vs. Jungle Boy
  • Penelope Ford vs. Kris Statlander
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears
  • Private Party vs. Best Friends (The Buy-In pre-show)

AEW Double or Nothing predictions

Casino Ladder Match

This feels like a match to crown a contender for a short title program to play out on Dynamite. Rey Fenix is one of the best wrestlers on the planet, and a win here puts him in line to take on Moxley or Lee in a barnburner title match on television. The mystery competitor could change things in a big way, but without knowing who that is, I’m leaning Fenix as some of the other best choices for the match have had big singles moments that Fenix has not yet enjoyed in AEW. Pick: Rey Fenix wins — Brent Brookhouse (also Jack Crosby)

When picking a match like this, it is always best to do so by process of elimination. After doing that, I’m left with Allin, Fenix and the mystery competitor. Not knowing the mystery entrant, I am reluctant to choose them to immediately get a title opportunity. As such, I look at who is being featured most recently and recognize Allin’s turn to the dark side and desire to do whatever it takes to get the job done. In a match like this, he should be featured, though there’s always the chance he does a Coffin Drop off a ladder and never recovers. Pick: Darby Allin wins — Adam Silverstein

Matt Hardy & The Elite vs. The Inner Circle (Stadium Stampede)

The ridiculous nature of a “Stadium Stampede” plays right into Hardy’s wheelhouse, and that should give his team a slight edge. The match should be pure madness, but madness in a way that is built for the “Broken” one. There’s no shock in any result here, but there have been plenty of good brawls between competitors in the match, so expect plenty of wild action. Ultimately, Hardy will have something up his sleeve to pull off the win for his squad. Pick: Matt Hardy & The Elite win — Brookhouse (also Silverstein, Crosby)

AEW Women’s Championship: Nyla Rose (c) vs. Hikaru Shida (No DQ, no countout)

Shida is fantastic, and AEW has done a great job with her run to get the title shot. But it doesn’t feel like Shida is the one to get the dramatic win to end Rose’s reign as champion. The No-DQ stipulation adds interesting wrinkles in that it should favor Rose, but in wrestling these things backfire. Still, a spirited effort from Shida will come up just short against the division’s monster. Pick: Nyla Rose retains the title — Brookhouse (also Silverstein, Crosby)

AEW TNT Championship: Cody vs. Lance Archer

This was a tough choice because, on the surface, upon the introduction of the TNT title it seemed tailor-made for Cody since he — for now — can never again challenge for the AEW world title. Still, AEW has done a tremendous job of presenting Archer as a formidable monster since his debut which includes pairing him with the legendary Jake “The Snake” Roberts. You don’t want to halt that momentum, so Archer will get the better of Cody on this night to go down in history as the first-ever TNT champ. He won’t be completely in the clear, though, as you can expect him to get a little too cocky in celebration and end up catching a right hand from the legend in attendance to present the title to the winner: “Iron” Mike Tyson. Pick: Lance Archer wins the title — Crosby (also Brookhouse)

As Jack wrote above, this is a difficult pick. Conventional wisdom says Cody should take the title here for the reasons stated not to mention wrestling on TNT and the history that goes along with that. So while that would normally have me leaning toward Archer, I also realize that Cody has won next to nothing thus far in AEW aside from beating his own brother. He not only lost the AEW world title match and gave up an opportunity to contend for it but also fell victim in the feud with MJF. A company cannot have its top face be this much of a loser unless they are already planning to turn Cody, which is certainly possible. More likely to me is that Cody takes out his frustrations on Archer and beats him only to drop the title in quick fashion. Pick: Cody wins the title — Silverstein

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Brodie Lee

It’s a little strange to see Lee vaulted to a title shot on one of AEW’s most prominent shows of the year so soon upon his arrival, but maybe some plans changed amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’ll be tough to see Lee take a loss as he’s been looking so dominant on television, but it’s too soon to take the title off Moxley. Hopefully they figure out a creative way to make Lee look strong in unsuccessfully challenging for the top prize in All Elite Wrestling. Pick: Jon Moxley retains the title — Crosby (also Silverstein)

It may be too soon to pull the trigger on another title change, but I think strong heel title runs are the lifeblood of wrestling promotions. Moxley is great, but he’s more interesting on the chase — as is the case with every babyface. Given the power of The Dark Order, putting the title on Lee does potentially great things for AEW. Of course, I may be thinking with too much of a fantasy-booking brain rather than understanding the logic of keeping the title on your top star. But this is a great moment for a surprising title change to put the championship on a man with an entire stable of bodies to put in front of him for Moxley’s battle back. Pick: Brodie Lee wins the title — Brookhouse

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