AEW held their Double or Nothing event this week and it was a loaded card, but one big match was missing. The company is known for their big battle royale matches during events, but that didn’t happen this time around. There was a good reason for that.
During the Double or Nothing media scrum, Tony Khan was asked why AEW didn’t hold another casino battle royale match. His reason was simple, because it would be a longer match and there were other uses for the spotlight on the card.
It would arguably get more wrestlers on, but I don’t think it would spotlight people as much and it’s a longer match. Historically, a lot of entrances and you talk about a match that could burn the crowd out on a night where we’re trying to do that. Doing 21 entrances isn’t necessarily the way to go. Also, I didn’t want to have somebody come out, the winner of the match could tip what was going to happen in the main event.
A Casino Battle Royale match would have also given away too much about the company’s plans for the main event.
It could have been somebody that was a good matchup for either person. I also thought it was probably better to have Darby and Kyle do a great match at the length they did, which was a kick ass and hot match versus sticking them in with 19 other people where, anybody else, a mixed trios would have made sense there, the other matches on the card were all in good spots. Death Triangle and House of Black, with Fenix coming back, they deserved a good trios match. They kicked ass versus jamming the six of them in there with Darby, Kyle, and a bunch of people.
We’ll have to see if AEW continues holding Casino Battle Royale matches. If anything, fans will certainly be paying close attention to how the company stacks their storylines as they enter a new era with CM Punk as World Champion.
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