AEW had their first event this weekend live from Las Vegas. The Double or Nothing pay-per-view has been a highly anticipated debut event for the newly formed organization. There were two women’s matches on the card that involved several female talents.
The first match had quite a surprise to many. That surprise was Awesome Kong. In a planned triple-threat match between Dr. Britt Baker, Kylie Rae, and Nyla Rose, a fourth competitor was added. At the beginning of the match, AEW’s Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes wanted to make this match more than good. She wanted to make it “awesome.” Awesome Kong then makes her entrance.
The three original match competitors attempted to neutralize the effect of Kong. Kong was removed from the equation after she was knocked off the ring apron by both Baker and Rae. She was then the recipient of a massive spear into the ring steps by Rose. This resulted in Baker and Rae alone in the ring. Baker was able to end the match with a superkick followed up by a Ushigoroshi. Baker pins Rae for the win.
The other women’s match as a six-woman tag team match. The match consisted of Hikaru Shida, Riho, and Ryo Mizunami facing Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, and Emi Sakura. The match heavily focused on the Joshi style of wrestling. This was the plan going into the match to bring Joshi to the American audience.
The result of the match started with an incorrect ring of the bell. Sakura hit a moonsault on Shida. Shida clearly kicked out at the count of two which the referee indicated. Unfortunately, the bell rang, but the match continued. There was a miscommunication between Kong and Sakura resulting in Sakura being hit by her own partner. This encounter was enough for Shida to take advantage and pick up the pin on Sakura.
What did you think of the first pay-per-view from AEW? Would you like to see more women’s matches at their next event? What do you think of Awesome Kong being added? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!