It was another big night. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that AEW is not like other wrestling promotions. Not only has it started running weekly television on a top national stage, but it has also put together titles and a nice little history in a short amount of time. That has allowed it to do a lot of things that other companies have not been able to do, including run a pay per view just a few weeks after they started their television show. That was a place where the titles were involved, but what happened?
On Saturday, AEW presented its first pay per view since Dynamite debuted with Full Gear, which included every title being defended. This included the Women’s Title, the Tag Team Title and the World Title, all of which are still held by the inaugural champions. None of the titles changed hands during the show, with every champion retaining. It was the first title defense for the Tag Team Titles as well as the first time that all three titles were defended on the same night. So how did they all retain?
During Full Gear, three title matches took place. First was the Tag Team Title match, with SCU successfully defending their titles against the Lucha Bros and Private Party as Kazarian hit Marq Quen with SCULater to retain. Later, Riho defeated Emi Sakura with a rollup to retain the Women’s Title. Finally Chris Jericho retained the World Title over Cody when Maxwell Jacob Friedman threw in a towel as Cody was in the Walls of Jericho. Friedman turned on Cody after the match was over.
These were some big matches. Check out how we got to all of them:
Opinion: It certainly was a big night all around and that made for an interesting series of title matches. What matters most is that the matches were all pretty high quality, which is becoming AEW’s trademark. If they can keep this going, they might be onto something with what they’re doing in the long term. The thing to remember though is that they have just started doing all of this and it is going to be a long time before we find out how much staying power it really has. Good champions can help that, but they are still a long way away from seeing what actually works.
Did you like the show? Which champion will lose their title first? Let us know in the comments below.
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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