AEW President Tony Khan is unequivocal about which wrestling company has put on the better shows in the pandemic era saying Double Or Nothing in 2020 “kicked the sh*t” out of WrestleMania as well as adding that he felt Double Or Nothing in 2021 was a better show than the two-night WrestleMania 37.
With the global pandemic shutting down live events in early 2020, the two major US-based wrestling companies – WWE and AEW – would not be denied putting on a show however they had to do it. With both companies running several week’s worth of shows on closed sets including WrestleMania 36 and Double Or Nothing in 2020. As time wore on however AEW made use of Daily’s Place, an outdoor ampitheatre where they would be able to house some fans. WWE on the other hand began their residency in the WWE ThunderDome where screens would allow fans to be seen watching from home.
Now speaking on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take the AEW head honcho has pulled no punches when it comes to which company has pulled off the better big events during this trying time.
Tony Khan explained:
“I’ll tell you something; Double or Nothing last year and this year, in my opinion, was a better show (than WrestleMania),” Khan said. “I liked this year’s WrestleMania a lot better than last year. They had some fans this year and everyone there worked their ass off both years. This year I thought, both (were) good shows. They did a two-night show and it was a good show. But I thought Double or Nothing this year was outstanding and it was the best wrestling show of the year so far. And last year Double or Nothing, during the pandemic, it kicked the sh*t out of WrestleMania last year. The pandemic version last year? Not even close. Double or Nothing was a much better show.”
Double Or Nothing in 2020 was headlined by the inaugural Stadium Stampede match where The Elite defeated Inner Circle. While Jon Moxley also defeated The Exalted One Brodie Lee to hang onto his AEW World Championship. In contrast, the two-night WrestleMania 36 was headlined by the cinematic Boneyard Match between AJ Styles and The Undertaker and a sub-five-minute match between Drew McIntyre and Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship.
In 2021 WWE presented WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium in front of 25,000-plus fans on each of the two nights. Night One was headlined by Bianca Belair defeating Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. SmackDown claimed the main event of Night Two as well, as Roman Reigns racked and stacked Daniel Bryan and Edge to retain his WWE Universal Championship. As for 2021’s Double Or Nothing, Kenny Omega defeated both Orange Cassidy and PAC to retain his AEW Title, and in the main event, Inner Circle claimed a victory over The Pinnacle in another outing of the Stadium Stampede match.