Some crazy news, courtesy of Sports Illustrated; The Undertaker, arguably the most WWE guy to ever WWE, has been booked for an appearance at the Starrcast II wrestling convention, happening during AEW Double or Nothing weekend. The inaugural Starrcast took place over All In weekend back in September, featuring all sorts of wrestlers and podcasts and pretty much everything you could want at a wrestling convention. But although he does some work for AEW, including hosting its Double or Nothing launch event earlier in the month, podcast host/insurance salesman/guy who apparently never sleeps Conrad Thompson made it a point in the article to mention that Starrcast is its own thing and not an AEW-branded event. Undertaker, real name Mark Callaway, started taking non-WWE bookings as of last week and this is his first big appearance that’s been announced to my knowledge.
While Starrcast II runs all weekend (May 23-26) leading up to Double or Nothing, The Undertaker appearance will only happen on May 25th. Bracelets go on sale for the convention this Friday, but they mentioned Platinum and Gold in particular so I guess you’ll need one of those to meet The Deadman. I don’t know how conventions work, being around people is gross. Visit the official Starrcast II site for more info if you can stomach being in crowds though, sounds like it’ll be a good time. Meanwhile I’m just going to sit back and try to process THE UNDERTAKER being part of a non-WWE event. That’s going to take some time to get used to.
Yesterday tickets for AEW’s first official event as a company, Double or Nothing, went on sale for the people who weren’t able to get a pre-sale code…and promptly sold out in FOUR minutes. AEW took a victory bow courtesy of Twitter, which is totally justified:
Double or Nothing takes place on May 25th live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV (the former home of WCW’s Halloween Havoc PPVs during the height of the Monday Night Wars). Here is the announced lineup thus far, according to a quick Google search:
Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky) vs. CIMA & Two Partners from CIMA’s Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE) Promotion
Hangman Page vs. PAC
Dr. Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose vs. Kylie Rae
It’s also rumored that The Young Bucks will take on The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) but that isn’t official yet as of this writing.
I’ll be honest: AEW hasn’t really done a lot to excite me; it’s got its segment of the pro wrestling fandom frothing at the mouth at the idea they’ll be competition to WWE but I want to see them actually put on a show first (All In, the proto-AEW show from September that also smashed all sorts of records, was fun and well-produced for what it’s worth). The fact they’ve got wrestling fans excited is a good thing, as is the fact they’ve got some big money backing which means more places to work, but I’m not about to call this thing a success until I see it with my own eyes. Fingers crossed though, I would love to be won over.