AEW Full Gear Predictions
So here we are, and AEW once again proves it's possible to tell good stories and actually build to a pay-per-view. AEW Full Gear is this weekend, and the card is pretty solid and I'm gonna preview the entire card so let's get right into it.
Britt Baker vs. Bea Priestly
The story here was a complete accident but it's worked perfectly to build to this match. At Fyter Fest, Bea Priestly legitimately kicked Britt in the head, giving Britt a concussion. This incident was the first thing Bea ever did in AEW. Britt would miss a little time and in following weeks these two would end up in brawls and cost each other matches along the way. It's finally time to settle this, and for me Britt has not looked amazing in the ring, considering she is still very new to the business in general, I think this is a very good chance for her to show us something here, but I'm picking Bea to win, and also I probably would have put this on the main card and this next match on the Buy-In.
Shawn Spears vs. Joey Janela
There isn't a lot to this match, last week on AEW Dark, Tully Blanchard walked up to Janela and told him he didn't like what Janela said about him a few months back, this prompted Shawn Spears to attack Janela from behind and grab Janela's tongue with a pair of pliers and all we hear is Janela screaming as the camera pans away. This is the premise of this feud, if you want to call it one. So for me, this will surely be a pretty decent match, both guys are great workers and in need of a win, but Janela has really been treated as the fall guy for a little while now, if he isn't in a "lights out match" which technically "doesn't count" (more on my feelings towards that match type later). So it seems this was set up just to get Spears a win after he should have beaten Cody at All Out and didn't he's need to be built back up for a little while now and I feel like there wasn't a lot to this match that made it main card worthy as opposed to the Britt/Bea match that is officially on the pre-show.
AEW World Tag Team Championship
(C) SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. Lucha Bros. vs. Private Party
So the Tag Team Tournament to crown the first Tag Team Champions has come and gone, and all the matches involved were pretty good to great, but I had one big problem with it, the only story that was going on between any of the teams resulted in the finals of the tournament being very very predictable. From the beginning of the tournament, SCU and the Lucha Bros. were trading insults and getting into brawls. Then the opening match of the tournament saw the Lucha Bros. attack SCU injuring Christopher Daniels, making it super obvious that this was where the tournament was going. Then the ending of the the finals resulted in a roll up after a twenty minute match, which was very underwhelming. SCU defeated The Dark Order in the semi-finals, and The Lucha Bros. defeated Private Party in the semi-finals, so The Dark Order and Private Party would face each other for third place and earn a spot in this match which was eventually won by Private Party. I expect this match to be very fast paced with a lot of back and forth action with SCU retaining, it wouldn't make sense for them to lose the titles weeks after winning them, but all three teams should have great showings and I expect Private Party will probably be pinned.
AEW Women's World Championship
(C) Riho vs. Emi Sakura
This match though it should be very good, is a throw away match. This is a teacher versus student match, Riho, only twenty-two years old, first started training under Sakura at the age of nine. That's really it for the build to this match, there hasn't really been anything else to talk about, Sakura has only had four matches in AEW and only one of them was a singles match which she won. I don't know how that results in a title match but I digress. Riho is 100% winning here, and I'm assuming they will set up who her next challenger will be right after this match and I really hope it isn't Awesome Kong. If it goes by record then her next challenger would be Hikaru Shida, who is 2-1 in singles competition so far, and I don't want to see Brandi anywhere near the title anytime soon or at all.
Hangman Page vs. PAC
This feud goes back to Double or Nothing in May, PAC was scheduled to face Hangman at that show, but creative differences with Dragon Gate resulting in it being cancelled. When PAC finally arrived in AEW these two picked up right where they left off. PAC got a singles win over Page in there very first meeting in AEW, then Page got the return win in a tag team match. So this is the rubber match, and if PAC wins I think that would put him next in line for a world title match. So it will be interesting to see what they do here. I'm picking PAC to win for this reason, I think they want to get him to that level right away with the way he's been booked recently and they are waiting for Hangman to go on a big run down the line before he is thrown back into the title picture.
Santana & Ortiz vs. The Young Bucks
I've been looking forward to this match since it was announced. Santana & Ortiz (which is what I'll be calling them because "Proud n' Powerful" is a horrible name) arrived in AEW at All Out attacking the Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros. following their ladder match, then on the very first episode of AEW Dynamite they joined forces with Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, and the debuting Jake Hager to form The Inner Circle. The Inner Circle immediately declared war on The Elite (Cody, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Hangman Page) and Santana & Ortiz continued to go after the Young Bucks, basically wanting to prove who the best tag team in AEW is right out the gate. I think Santana & Ortiz need to win here, and establish themselves even further and get them ready for a tag title program down the line. The Young Bucks are the guys, who don't need big wins at the moment, because they're the Young Bucks, simple as that. This win will further the Inner Circle vs. The Elite story and establish other members, not named Chris Jericho.
Non-Sanctioned Lights Out Match
Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega
This match has been a long time coming, it was supposed to happen at All Out but Moxley had to withdraw because of a returning staph infection in his elbow. PAC took Moxley's place, and Moxley would return in later weeks and immediately go right for Omega, giving Omega his finisher, The Paradigm Shift on a glass table. This resulted in every time these two would get in contact with each other they would incorporate weapons, Moxley using a bat wrapped in barbed wire, and Omega using a broom wrapped in barbed wire, to go with his gimmick "The Cleaner". It would later be determined that this match, would be an Non-Sanctioned Lights Out Match. AEW has done this match a couple times already in it's short existence, Moxley had one with Janela, then Omega had one with Janela, and now these two will have one with each other, my biggest problem with this match is it technically doesn't count. They are going to have a match to legitimately hurt each other and it won't mean anything. I feel this stipulation hurts the feud because they will probably have to have another one in order "settle it", so they can go on to whatever they do next. They can't even be considered for the title picture if their matches don't count. I'm looking forward to the match, because I love both guys as wrestlers they are probably two of my favorites in any wrestling federation, and since this doesn't count Moxley will probably win, if they face again and it does count, Omega will win.
AEW World Championship
(C) Chris Jericho vs. Cody
The story leading up to this match has been perfect. Chris Jericho thinks that AEW wouldn't exist without him, and obviously the real reason is because of Cody. The promos by both men have been absolutely on fire. Cody has been nothing but passion, emotion, and realness. Jericho's promos have been arrogant and funny. This feud has a real fight feel. Cody even announced that if he doesn't win he'll never challenge for the world title again, and the reason being that he doesn't want to be one of those members of management who "makes himself champion". Now I'm sure that when he eventually turns heel down the line that will happen but it's not gonna happen here. Jericho needs to remain champion for a little longer, The Inner Circle is the hottest thing in AEW right now and that's because of Jericho. This match is going to be personal, it's going to be emotional, and I may be rambling or whatever, but that's how good the build to this match has been. It's just not the time for Cody to win the belt.
Okay that's gonna do it for me, AEW Full Gear is sure to be a very good show, and full of great matches, I hope everyone enjoys the card as a whole and just enjoys wrestling.