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AEW Full Gear 2021 (Sat 13th Nov)


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So, the final AEW PPV of the year is set for Saturday 13th November. It was originally to be the week before in St. Louis but was pushed back a week to avoid clashing with UFC and has moved to the Target Center in Minneapolis known for hosting Jess Ventura's inauguration and SummerSlam 1999. Rampage on the Friday night is also live from the same arena.

Main event announced - Kenny Omega (C) vs. Adam Page (AEW World Championship)

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This match opened the same PPV last year as the final of the Championship eliminator tournament, with Omega winning and then dethroning Moxley. This would, you'd imagine, be the first time Mox hasn't closed this event after his light's out match with Omega in 2019 and his title defence against Eddie Kingston last year.

This is the culmination of the Omega/Page story that in some ways pre-dates AEW but really kicked on when they won the tag titles and then defended against the Young Bucks at Revolution 2020 in the best match in AEW history and held until All Out that year, after which Omega, like the Young Bucks, slowly turned on Page, who needed the Dark Order to pick him back up.

Obviously this match looked a sure thing for All Out in September, but it wasn't to be, and so we've had to wait two months, but it's finally arrived. The Omega title run has lost plenty of steam over the last few months, so I think this is the time to pull the trigger. Potential title matches with Bryan Danielson and CM Punk for a heel champion muddy the water and leave the result in plenty of doubt, happily, but this is the time to do it. Let's go, Hangman.

Britt Baker (C) vs. Tay Conti (AEW Women's World Championship, No DQ)

Britt has been the champ since dethroning Shida at Double Or Nothing in May and makes a 5th title defence against the fabulous Brazilian Tay Conti. Tay has quietly been on a fantastic run, losing only once since she unsuccessfully challenged Shida 6 months ago and that was due to The Bunny hitting her with brass knucks. 

This should be a terrific match though the result looks obvious.

Lucha Bros (C) vs. FTR (AEW Tag Team Titles)

This is the third match between the teams in AEW after they met at Fight For The Fallen 2020 and then recently on Dynamite from Miami when FTR, under hoods as Andrade's mystery lucha team "Las Super Ranas" when they took the AAA tag titles off Penta and Fenix leading to this one for the AEW belts. It will be FTR's first shot at the titles since they lost them last November to The Young Bucks. 

A tough one to call but the Lucha Bros have only held the titles since September and this is only their third defence so hard to see them dropping it already. 

Darby Allin vs. MJF 

A feud between two of "the four pillars" of AEW (along with Jungle Boy and Sammy Guevara) started when MJF was spouting off as usual and has escalated through Darby's sit down interview explaining the origins of his face paint (he was in a car accident that killed his uncle), an attack on Darby by a group of masked men (who were obviously The Pinnacle) and then MJF, Wardlow and Spears attacking Sting last week. MJF's mic work has been excellent as Darby missed shows to sell the attack and has created a grudge match out of nothing.

Interestingly, MJF has challenged the winner of Hangman and Kenny so it will be intriguing to see if he's being positioned as Hangman’s first challenger and therefore, does he win here? 

Inner Circle vs. Men Of The Year and ATT (Minneapolis Street Fight)

All five Inner Circle members (Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz) will take on Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky and three ATT members, Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski and Dan Lambert, which the IC were entitled to choose by virtue of Sammy's win over Ethan Page. Jorge Masvidal has been positioned as Jericho's nemesis through this angle so it was interesting that he's not actually getting in the ring.

Bryan Danielson vs. Miro (Eliminator Tournament Final)

Danielson has beaten Dustin Rhodes and Eddie Kingston in a couple of bangers to reach the final of this tournament. Miro obviously replaced Jon Moxley in the semi-final and so has only beaten Orange Cassidy. If my research is correct, this is only the second ever one-on-one match between these two after Rusev beat Daniel Bryan in a MITB qualifier back in 2018. It should be a terrific match. I'm not keen on either guy losing but I thought that about Moxley and Danielson anyway so there's a tough decision to be made regardless.

Adam Cole and The Young Bucks vs. Christian Cage, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (Falls Count Anywhere)

Adam Cole's debut at All Out saw him come out as a surprise at the end of the show and then immediately join The Elite by kicking JB's head off which has created tension between them ever since. With the re-establishing of Cole and the Bucks as the SuperKliq (Ugh), this has been a natural match-up which should be fun but doesn't have the stakes of the bigger fights.

Pac and Cody Rhodes vs. Andrade El Idolo and Malakai Black

Cody and Malakai Black have ha an issue since Black's surprise debut when he gunned down Arn Anderson and then Cody. Black then defeated Cody twice before losing the third match between them last month. Pac and Andrade have trod a very similar path with Andrade targetting Mighty Mouse early on, coveting an alliance with the Lucha Bros and generally stirring up shit between them. These two have faced off twice, both brilliant matches, winning one apiece. The feuds crossed over to establish the Andrade/Black relationship and with FTR perhaps on the fringes of joining them, this is an intriguing faction in the works.

CM Punk vs. Eddie Kingston

A match born out of Kingston's loss to Bryan Danielson in the semi-final of the eliminator tournament on Rampage. CM Punk, being interviewed backstage, supposedly smiled at Eddie and things got heated quickly but not as heated as they'd get in the fantastic in-ring segment on Rampage last week. Two veteran, masterful promos who have built a must see match from nothing.

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Nyla Rose and Jamie Hayter vs. Hikaru Shida and Thunder Rosa

 

 

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I'm way more hyped at this point out from Full Gear than I was at the same point prior to All Out (although All Out did end up being fantastic).

It must be a byproduct of AEW having been firing on all cylinders since All Out (have they had a bad show since?) but the gap between All Out and Full Gear has seemed like nothing compared to how it normally feels. I mean, it's a month away still but it feels really, really soon.

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I honestly can't see how they can deliver a show as good as the last one (as a whole anyway) but their record for delivering exceptional PPVs is right up there, and if they finally pull the trigger on Hangman at the right time in the right way then that moment alone will be just as satisfying.

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13 minutes ago, DavidB6937 said:

I honestly can't see how they can deliver a show as good as the last one (as a whole anyway) but their record for delivering exceptional PPVs is right up there, and if they finally pull the trigger on Hangman at the right time in the right way then that moment alone will be just as satisfying.

The last one everyone was slating for the card before it happened. This one’s not gonna have the surprises, but it will more than likely have their goodwill moment  ending that’s lacked in some Main event finishes

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1 hour ago, tiger_rick said:

This is the culmination of the Omega/Page story that in some ways pre-dates AEW but really kicked on when they won the tag titles from the Young Bucks at Revolution 2020 in the best match in AEW history and held until All Out that year, after which Omega, like the Young Bucks, slowly turned on Page, who needed the Dark Order to pick him back up.

Sorry to be that guy, but Omega & Page were defending them at the PPV against the Bucks, they won them from SCU a few weeks earlier I think.

Anyway, this could be a cracker.

Omega/Hangman & Moxley/Danielson should be absolute belters. Would have preferred Bucks/Danielson & Punk though.

Probably pointless guessing the rest of the card as things can move along so fast in AEW.

 

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High on the list of things I never, ever want to see in wrestling again is the "Championship celebration". Is there another sport on the planet where the celebration doesn't happen afterwards but is saved for the following Monday/Wednesday/Friday night to fill a segment? Always dreadful.

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