One of the highlights of the pandemic era in wrestling for AEW has undoubtedly been the Stadium Stampede bout at AEW Double or Nothing.
The Inner Circle and The Elite battled all over TIAA Bank Field in a cinematic style bout that saw The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Matt Hardy stand victorious.
Speaking to Screen Crush, the Bucks discussed how they pitched the match to Tony Khan.
"Yeah. That was actually Matt and I’s whole idea, and Tony loved it we pretty much ran from there. Matt and I did a singles match against each other on our web series, Being the Elite, pretty much as a pilot to show Tony what we could do in that type of setting. And that was a huge success, so we told him “Hey, if we could do this with Inner Circle, we’ll make magic” and man, we pretty much did. That’s probably one of my favorite moments that we’ve ever done, because it was so fun. It was a huge collaboration with such good guys and creative minds. We shot that thing for like 16 hours. It was insane," said Nick.
Matt added, "You know, what’s funny is we spent the entire day, even the day before that really, prepping everything and ordering from production what props we needed and figured out what we were going to do, and whether or not the NFL was going to allow me to do a moonsalt off of the field goal posts. Spoiler alert: They didn’t want me to, but I did it anyway."
Matt elaborated on the goal post spot by saying, "The actual rule is you can’t even touch the thing anymore. It’s really unbalanced. I’ll tell you this, when I was up there, I was terrified. I described it like if you were in the middle of the ocean and you’re trying to stand on a log and the log was spinning from underneath you. There’s no balance on it. It seems stable, but it felt like it could probably collapse at any moment. So it was terrifying!"
Nick noted that Tony Khan was able to clear the spot with the NFL.
Chris Jericho previously revealed that the NFL didn't want him hitting the Judas Effect on Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxon de Ville, but that too was cleared. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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