Now normally, a wrestling promotion that has had six weeks of weekly television going into a pay per view would be bizarre but AEW is not your usual promotion. In this case, we have Full Gear, which will be AEW’s third regular pay per view and something that probably shouldn’t be taking place so soon after the debut of Dynamite. The card has been a little bit rushed together, but maybe they can pull off something great. Let’s get to it.
Pre-Show: Bea Priestly vs. Britt Baker
These two actually have a grudge and that makes the match more interesting. Priestly kicked Baker in the head and gave her a concussion during a tag match earlier in the summer so Baker has called her sloppy and unprofessional. There is a natural chemistry to these two and it makes sense to have them fight on a stage like this. Now the fact that a match with a story built over months like this is on a pre-show while a match literally put together during the week is on the main show is a different problem altogether.
The fight isn’t over yet:
Joey Janela vs. Shawn Spears
Yeah this is happening too and it was literally set up on Dark, advanced on Dynamite and airing on Full Gear. That’s quite the setup over the course of four days but they have thrown together a lot of this card in the span of a few days. Janela is not the most thrilling performer but the fans love him because he was a big star elsewhere. Spears….he’s trying but it’s just not working. Just find a way to be more interesting.
What a weird visual:
Hangman Page vs. Pac
This is a grudge match after Pac beat Page in the early days of Dynamite. Things have changed a bit since then though as Pac has become a bigger star and Page has become someone who the company can be built around in the future. With so many people running around and both of them getting to look good, I could see this one going either way, but that isn’t what we’re doing here.
Tag Team Titles: SCU(c) vs. Private Party vs. Lucha Bros
Now this one got my attention, mainly because of Private Party being added this week. It changed the way the match was being st up and it really did change the way I was expecting the match to go. SCU does not seem like the long form champions but they got something out of being the first champions. Now they can drop the belts to someone and then chase the titles without actually getting them back.
These guys speak for themselves:
Women’s Title: Riho(c) vs. Emi Sakura
This is one of the most tried and true stories you can have with teacher vs. student, though it isn’t the same version as usual. Instead, this time Sakura is the teacher and wants Riho’s title and Riho has done nothing to suggest that she resents her former teacher. That should make for a nice little twist on what I’m sure will be a well put together technical match, though your level of interest may vary.
The teacher is still the teacher:
Young Bucks vs. Santana And Ortiz
It’s dream match time and I can more than go for that. There are only so many teams in the world that can hang with either of these two and thankfully we are getting to see them face off here. That is the kind of thing that makes AEW shine and their tag division has been as good as it gets at the moment. They could make this into a classic and I don’t think anyone would been surprised.
That’s what they want:
Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega
This is unsanctioned, meaning that it does not count towards the win/loss records. Granted I’m not sure how much of a difference those make in the first place but it is nice to have them covered. This match was supposed to take place earlier this year but was postponed due to Moxley’s elbow infection. Therefore this is a postponed match and they have been teasing a lot of violence.
That’s a lot of barbed wire:
AEW World Title: Chris Jericho(c) vs. Cody
That leaves us with the main event as Cody puts up any future title shots against Jericho’s title. Now that opens up a new door in a move that needed to be made. You can only get so far with Jericho facing Cody in a match he isn’t likely to win, but now it feels like Cody has a real chance in this one. In an ideal world, Cody gets his big win after a long chase, but I’m not sure that is where they’re going here.
Cody is ready:I’ll take Jericho to retain and Cody’s title issues to be fixed later on, as it just seems too sudden to take the title off of Jericho. Cody has nailed it with some of his promos as of late (imagine that: the one member of the Elite who acts like a normal human and has been through the WWE system is the best promo) and it makes me want to see him win the title, but I think Jericho keeps it here.
The more I think about this show, the more I wonder why it is taking place at the moment. Yes it makes sense to do something like this down the line, but we have only had six episodes of Dynamite. It doesn’t feel like the kind of thing that needs to be taking place at the moment but hopefully they can put on a great performance and give us a good show. They have so far so hopefully we get everything that they are capable of doing.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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