They’re running out of time. AEW has a lot on its plate at the moment as they continue to try and establish themselves near the top of the pro wrestling world. They are just entering their second month of running regular weekly shows and somehow it is already time for a pay per view. That has not left them a lot of time to really get things ready but they still need to do something about this weekend’s Full Gear card. There is a lot that needs to be done and they managed to put some of that together on this week’s episode of Dynamite.
On Wednesday, two new matches were added and one match was changed for Saturday’s Full Gear card. First up was the Women’s Title match, with champion Riho defending against Emi Sakura, as announced on Dynamite. This match carries some extra importance as Sakura trained Riho to wrestle. Sakura won her first singles match on last week’s Dark and then pinned Riho during this week’s episode of Dynamite in a tag team match also involving Shanna on Riho’s team and Jamie Hayter on Sakura’s.
Also on this week’s Dynamite, the Tag Team Title match at Full Gear was expanded as champions SCU will now be defending against both the Lucha Bros and new challengers Private Party in a three way match. Private Party defeated the Dark Order in a match to determine which team took third place in the Tag Team Title tournament, earning them a spot in SCU’s first title defense. SCU defeated the Lucha Bros to become the first champions last week.
Finally, during the AEW Countdown: Full Gear special, a grudge match was announced between Joey Janela and Shawn Spears. The two have had issues starting back on last week’s Dark, when Spears’ manager Tully Blanchard accused Janela of putting his cigarette in his soda. Spears and Blanchard later held Janela’s tongue with pliers and burned him with a cigarette, followed by Janela attacking Spears on this week’s episode of Dynamite.
We’ve kind of done this before. Check out SCU and Private Party in another triple threat match:
Opinion: They certainly are cutting it close with this one as the card still doesn’t feel like it’s complete. There are only seven matches for the regular pay per view with one of the eight announced matches scheduled for the pre-show. Maybe they can fill in some more of the time later on, but at the moment the card is starting to feel slapped together. Two matches were announced on Wednesday and there is a chance that it could happen again before Saturday’s show. It isn’t the worst thing but it would be nice to have these matches set up a bit earlier no?
Which of these matches sounds best? How do you see them going? 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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