Double or Nothing last weekend was not only a fantastic pay-per-view packed with awesome moments, shock title wins and brilliant in-ring action, but was also a much-needed distraction after a rather tough week in the wrestling world.
During the week of Double or Nothing, the wrestling world was shocked by the tragic deaths of former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard, long-time wrestling journalist Larry Csonka, and STARDOM wrestler Hana Kimura, the entertaining pay-per-view provided a fantastic distraction to many at this tough time.
While I’m sure there was no ill-will intended by AEW, but it has been noted that some of the friends of Shad Gaspard were upset with a particular spot in the Stadium Stampede match that main evented Saturday’s pay-per-view.
During the match, Santana and Ortiz attempted to drown Matt Hardy in the swimming pool of the stadium. Based on the fact that Gaspard tragically drowned earlier on in the week, his friends are said to have been unhappy while watching the spot.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer spoke about Gaspard’s friends telling him they felt ‘uneasy’ when watching the drowning spot at Double or Nothing:
“There was a scene where they showed Hardy’s lifeless body and even though it was comedy for another resurrection, I can say that this particular scene was one that at least some friends of Gaspard did find uneasy because they told me that themselves.”
The Stadium Stampede match is said to have been filmed the day before Double or Nothing, once it was already confirmed that Shad Gaspard had passed away. While I’m sure there was no ill-will with the spot, it is something that probably should have been removed from the match.