AEW Double or Nothing and NXT Battleground both take place on the same day of Memorial Day weekend and Tony Khan has addressed this move.
During the NXT Battleground media call, Shawn Michaels had described the decision to run the latest major NXT show on the same day as AEW’s big show as a “coincidence.”
With WWE Night of Champions on Saturday night, Michaels also said that it would give WWE fans a big weekend by having the NXT show on the Sunday.
Tony Khan was also involved in a media call for AEW Double or Nothing on Thursday and commented on the decision, saying:
“It’s been that feeling from day one, since we launched a TV show. It actually, probably changed a little bit on April 14, 2021, and now with this, it feels like the old days in some ways. I’m always very eager to compete in whatever arena I’m in.”
When AEW Dynamite launched it went head-to-head with WWE NXT on a weekly basis until NXT moved to Tuesday night in April 2021.
Khan would go on to discuss competition in wrestling before touching upon running directly against each other, stating:
“I really love the competition in pro wrestling as long as it’s done with some ethical standards.
“People running events at some similar times, I don’t know if that’s necessarily unethical.
“I don’t have a big problem with it. I wish everybody the best, and I expect we will do the best show on Sunday. I think there will be a big audience for AEW Double or Nothing.
“Certainly, the spirit of competition is something we’ve dealt with since the launch of AEW, and I have never really had any problem with it as long as it’s an ethical competition, and I don’t think it has always been coming from the other side.”
Tony Khan had previously said that there was a “real war” between AEW and WWE based on what others have come to him and alleged.
With both shows taking place on Sunday, wrestling fans are spoilt for choice, but here’s the cards for both shows all the same.
The card for the AEW Double Or Nothing event on Sunday, May 28 is as follows:
AEW World Championship – MJF (c) vs. Darby Allin vs. Jack Perry vs. Sammy Guevara
TNT Championship Ladder Match – Wardlow (c) vs. Christian Cage
AEW Women’s World Championship – Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Toni Storm
AEW World Tag Team Championship (Special Guest Referee Mark Briscoe) – FTR (c) vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett
Anarchy in the Arena – Adam Page, Kenny Omega & Young Bucks vs. Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta
Unsanctioned Match – Adam Cole vs. Chris Jericho
Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn & Ethan Page vs. Isiah Kassidy, Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy
International Championship Blackjack Battle Royal – Orange Cassidy (c) vs. 20 TBA
TBS Championship – Jade Cargill (c) vs. Taya Valkyrie
The card for NXT Battleground on Sunday, May 28 is as follows:
NXT Championship – Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Bron Breakker
NXT Women’s Championship – Lyra Valkyria vs. Tiffany Stratton
Heritage Cup Championship – Noam Dar (c) vs. Dragon Lee
NXT Tag Team Championship – Mark Coffey & Wolfgang (c) vs. Brutus & Julius Creed
North American Championship – Wes Lee (c) vs. Joe Gacy vs. Tyler Bate
Last Man Standing – Dijak vs. Ilja Dragunov
Transcript from Fightful.
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Author: Dave Adamson