Before we get started, I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the friends and family of Shad Gaspard.
From an empty Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida, as the COVID-19 era continues with no end in sight. The show must go on with Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, and Excalibur on the call.
The Inner Circle arrives in a limousine and are glowing about the carnage they plain on inflicting on The Elite.
The Dark Order arrives for the opening contest, but first a word from Mr. Brodie Lee. He demands 10 take a knee and then berates him for not taking a "proper knee" due to slouching. Lee says the people at home can't relate to him, but he's simply a man rather than a god, he just operates on a higher level, an "elite" level to be specific. Lee states that he must beat Moxley at Double or Nothing to reward his men for their loyalty. He declares 10 to be a "high knight of the Dark Order" and instructs him to hurt Moxley on his behalf. Lee and the Dark Order taker off at the sound of Moxley's music, looks like 10 will have to go it alone.
Moxley tries to lure out Brodie Lee by bringing some chairs into the ring. He wraps 10's arm in a chair and declares that he refuses to chase Lee around like a geek, but instead demands that the AEW title get returned right now. The Dark Order appear on the jumbo tron. Lee won't let Moxley call the shots and in times like these, sacrifices must be made. Moxley holds true to his threat and breaks 10's arm with a chair shot.
MJF mocks Stunt on the mic and knocks him out with his diamond ring. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus make the late save, and MJF and Wardlow skedaddle.
Tony Shiavone hosts Jake Roberts and Arn Anderson in the ring for a face to face standoff. Roberts laments that he never crossed Arn in the ring until this point, but he's glad Arn came alone, because he's going to have to get used to it, because Lance Archer is a mean SOB that destroys everything in his path. Roberts asks if it's "weekend pass at the home" because we haven't seen Arn in a while and he's looking "thick." Anderson responds that he and Jake are both credible. Jake is evil, everyone can see it. Jake cuts him off and asks for a fight right now. Arn continues with what he has trying to say, namely that Mike Tyson is coming to Double or Nothing, and he'll have free reign of the venue. He wonders if Jake will throw the stupid snake at Tyson. Roberts dodges the question by saying that he promised Archer the first crack at Tyson, and wonders if that "bimbo" Brandi Rhodes will present them with the TNT title instead. Arn puts Cody over for everything he's accomplished. He's glad that Jake does DDP Yoga, so he can be nice and limber for a spinebuster and some unspeakables. Referees rush in to prevent a brawl from breaking out. This was awesome, it's amazing what can happen when you let guys have managers.
Darby Allin plays poker with guys wearing paper masks of his ladder match opponents. Darby flips them all off and can be seen climbing a ladder in his backyard and setting himself on fire. These Darby videos rule.
Pac video package. He's been forced to stay at home to weather out the storm, and it's basically driving him crazy. He gloats about Orange Cassidy facing certain doom at the hands of Rey Fenix.
Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian come out to tip Sabian off the ladder, and they're joined by Jimmy Havoc for a brawl. Rey Fenix takes them all down with a springboard senton, but takes a bad landing on his back. Colt Cabana runs in for an Asai Moonsault. Best Friends run in to launch OC on the field. OC rests against a ladder and lets us know he's okay with the lazy thumbs up. This was fun, but I hope Fenix didn't kill himself that scary landing.
Rose tries to splash Shida through a table, but Statlander saves her partner. Shida superplexes Rose through the table in another dangerous looking spot, as Rose's head barely cleared.
Backstage interview with Jon Moxley, who defends his actions earlier and says things will only get worse from here. He promises that Brodie Lee will lose any power he thinks he has when he loses on Sunday.
Shawn Spears News update: we get a CNN spoof as Spears reports about what a scumbag Cody really is. FAKE NEWS! He reports that Dustin Rhodes has retired (finally!) and complains about not having a match at Double or Nothing. This was a little too goofy for my tastes, and I watch CHIKARA.
Spears vs. Dustin is confirmed for Double or Nothing.
Inner Circle vs. Elite video package: Sammy Guevara is understandably upset about getting run over with a golf cart 2 weeks ago. The Elite are not good guys, unlike the good people of the Inner Circle. Matt Hardy responds with a bunch of name calling, and sings about making them obsolete.
Hardy brings in a chair, but stops when the other Inner Circle guys appear on the jumbo tron. They have Kenny Omega held up to a field goal post in the football stadium. Jericho beats Kenny with his bat. The Young Bucks return and make a save with crossbodies off the stands. Hardy joins the brawl. Hangman Page runs in from across the field to set the new world record for longest running clothesline in history. The Inner Circle are forced to back off and the Elite have won the brawl. Page walks away from his friends, while the camera pans up to reveal the Elite's logo on the scoreboard.
Final Thoughts: Solid "go home" show for a pay-per-view that circumstances forced to be booked on the fly. I had a few grievances with the booking tonight, and I hope they aren't signs of bad habits forming. I'm eager to be on the other side of Double or Nothing and hoping that Tony Khan and company can form a game plan for the months of TV following, like what they did leading up to Revolution.