Amidst all the carnage and social uncertainty, All Elite Wrestling have been doing their best to keep things together and provide wrestling fans with a much needed dose of weekly escapism. AEW have also been the first wrestling promotion to return a live audience, under strict regulations to ensure safety and social distancing, which is huge considering WWE are still behind the curve on this. With momentum fully in their corner heading into their upcoming Full Gear pay-per-view, I believe they are on the precipice of producing the very best wrestling event of the year.
The big show on November 7th is already forming one heck of a card, garnering major attention across the industry for its mixture of hotly-anticipated dream match-ups and personal grudges reaching their brutal climaxes. Already confirmed on the card is a huge AEW Championship ‘I Quit’ match between Jon Moxley and longtime independent star, Eddie Kingston.
‘The Mad King’ was rewarded with a full-time contract after his sporadic appearances, and incredible TNT Championship match with Cody. Eddie has since gained quite the cult following, now the leader of a new stable featuring the Lucha Brothers, The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny. Kingston now looks to dethrone the dominant champion, his former friend and force him to ‘quit’ in the middle of the ring.
The intense promos from both parties have been exceptional. Even if you’ve never had the chance to catch an Eddie Kingston match prior to his AEW run, you’re going to be more than ready to see him step into hist first pay-per-view main event after seeing just how much passion he’s willing to pour into this feud. Expect an incredibly hard-hitting affair between these two come Full Gear, a credit to both performers as they culminate a longtime chemistry on the big stage.
In other championship news, the AEW Tag Team Championships take centre stage as the long demanded dream match between FTR and The Young Bucks finally goes down at Full Gear. This match has finally come about after The Bucks defeated three other teams to claim their rightful contendership to the titles they’ve yet to win. Following the match, FTR hit the ring with Tully Blanchard to dismantle the siblings, leaving Matt Jackson with a potential knee/ankle injury in place for their match at Full Gear.
Without a doubt, the two greatest duos on the planet today, I can’t even begin to imagine how many stars this confrontation will be awarded come next Saturday. Expect bucket loads of great wrestling here, psychology and peak levels of Tag action when these two teams finally clash. This is what the world has been waiting for!
The finals of the AEW Championship contenders tournament will soon be added to the line-up for Full Gear. With the current brackets, it seems to be edging further towards a meeting between two Elite rivals: Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page. With Omega now drifting back into heel territory, re-christening himself as ‘The Cleaner’ of NJPW fame, this should be a fantastic singles match that may indeed steal the show.
Omega and Page have been teasing a major blood feud since first capturing the AEW Tag Championships from SCU. Page’s lust for anything with an alcohol percentage tested Kenny’s patience and led him to question the Cowboy’s loyalty to his friends. Despite nearly coming to blows on a couple occasions, they managed to hold off on killing each other and the tensions have now spilt over into the championship tournament. With the semi-finals taking place on this week’s episode of Dynamite, we can only assume that the big payoff will be confirmed for Full Gear, adding yet another highly-anticipated contest to the card and giving us even more of a reason to see this as one of the best pay-per-view cards of recent memory.
Supporting these three blockbuster clashes is a TNT Championship match between Cody and challenger, Darby Allin. Even though the feud between the Rhodes family and The Dark Order seems to still be bubbling in the background, we hope that this puts Darby on an even higher pedestal, setting him up for a championship run in the near future, if not starting at Full Gear. Matt Hardy will resume hostilities with Sammy Guevara in an Elite Deletion match, whatever that entails is currently beyond me, but I suspect that we’ll have plenty to be entertained by if ‘The Broken One’ takes things back to the Hardy Compound for the first time in AEW.
With the AEW Women’s Championship still yet to receive any booking, and major stars Chris Jericho and MJF seemingly building towards some sort of programme at Full Gear, there’s still a heck of a lot to be excited for on top of everything that we’re already buzzing over.
This could very well be 2020’s wrestling masterpiece, with some very high potential already on the card, there’s not much to go wrong with? Right?
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