All Elite Wrestling presents their final PPV of the year with the second edition of Full Gear. The PPV is all set to take place from Daily’s Place this weekend, featuring a loaded card with all the championships on the line along with several high-profile rivalries coming to a head at the event.
AEW’s last outing on the PPV side, All Out, was deemed as their first failure, after several injuries and unplanned events disrupted the show. The company will look to bounce back strong with Full Gear, whose first edition was met with great reception in 2019.
All the top stars of the company are once again at the top of the card for the PPV, which has been the case for the company since its inception in 2019. The newer talents are unable to displace the likes of Chris Jericho, Cody, Kenny Omega, etc., from the top, which should be a priority for the company going forward.
We look at the AEW Full Gear 2020 match card announced so far, and give our thoughts and predictions on how the PPV will go down.
Date: November 7, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Time: 8pm ET/5pm PT
Where to watch: BR/Live
Buy In | NWA Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb(c) vs. Allysin Kay
Former NWA Women’s Champion Allysin Kay will make her All Elite Wrestling debut at Full Gear after Tony Khan announced this matchup for the Buy-In show to replace the previously scheduled Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver encounter.
Deeb, who won the title last week against Thunder Rosa, is serving as the primary bridge between AEW and NWA for the time being. Kay’s contract with NWA expired recently and she could be on her way to AEW if this match is any indication.
Deeb should end up retaining her title in what promises to be a solid encounter, and will most likely outclass the AEW World Title encounter on the main-show between Hikaru Shida and Nyla Rose.
Prediction: Serena Deeb retains.
Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver
Orange Cassidy took on Cody twice in the previous month with the TNT Championship on the line, but Dark Order’s constant interruptions due to their tussle with Cody cost him the match. This led to Cassidy vs Silver booked for the show, with the two highly popular names in the Internet Wrestling Community sure to put forth an entertaining battle.
Cassidy was at the top of the card during the previous PPV, and there were talks of him getting a good run at the top of the company. This was initially added as the Buy-In match but has been moved to the main card recently.
Prediction: Orange Cassidy wins.
AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Nyla Rose
This match is the perfect example of how AEW has given zero thoughts regarding their Women’s Division. This match was randomly added to the card last month, with no story or background whatsoever. AEW’s handling of this division has often come under the scanner, and this match leaves a lot to be desired.
Shida’s run hasn’t been memorable due to a lack of exciting rivalries, and the story will continue even after this PPV. It doesn’t make sense to give the title to Rose once again, and AEW will be wise to continue with Shida for the time being.
Prediction: Hikaru Shida retains.
Elite Deletion Match: Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
This match was one of the major reasons why AEW All Out was panned by critics, as Hardy sustained a brutal head injury, but the company refused to call off the match. The duo will once again battle in an Elite Deletion match, which will most likely be a cinematic matchup (no more injury scares now!). Hardy and his cinematic matches rarely disappoint, which makes this an engaging encounter.
As mentioned earlier, AEW has been quite inconsistent with their younger talents’ handling, and this will be no different, as Hardy will most likely come out on top.
Prediction: Matt Hardy wins.
AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament Final: Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page
The two former friends will collide in the finals of the tournament to determine the number one contender for Jon Moxley’s AEW World Championship. Page and Omega spent the majority of 2020 as the tag team champions of the company, before heading out in separate directions with Omega’s newfound heelish persona.
Omega and Page will now find themselves on the opposite ends of the squared circle, which will result in a deeply personal and intense matchup on the PPV. An early prediction for MOTN, Omega and Page will surely go all out to hurt each other.
Omega will most likely come out on top, and take on his former rival Jon Moxley for the title.
Prediction: Kenny Omega wins.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF
The ongoing rivalry of sorts between MJF and The Inner Circle will get settled inside the squared circle at Full Gear. Jericho and MJF will compete against each other for the first time ever, with MJF getting a chance to join the Inner Circle if he manages to take down the former AEW Champion.
MJF and Jericho have been the top heels of the company for the past year, and both of them working together have vibes similar to Jericho-Owens in WWE. However, MJF has worked supremely well alone and should continue to do so for the time being. The Inner Circle has stayed fresh so far and doesn’t need any new additions or deletions.
Prediction: Chris Jericho wins via shenanigans.
TNT Championship: Cody (c) vs. Darby Allin
Cody returned to AEW last month to recapture his TNT title, and the company immediately announced a match with Cody’s long-time friend Darby Allin. Darby Allin is one of the brightest talents in the company and has often received solid booking, but has no big wins to show for in his resume. Cody’s win over Brodie Lee didn’t go down well with several fans as they felt it was too early for the Exalted One to lose the title.
AEW doesn’t often do short-term runs with their titles in order to keep them prestigious, which could mean a win for Cody. However, Allin winning the title gives rise to the possibility of several exciting encounters each week.
Prediction: Cody retains.
AEW Tag Team Championship: FTR (c) vs. The Young Bucks
Arguably two of the finest tag teams in the world, FTR and Young Bucks will compete in what is deemed a dream match for many. After years of teases, the two teams will compete for the top prize in the tag-division, with Young Bucks putting their future opportunities for the title on the line.
It is tough to predict a winner in this match, but Young Bucks’ newfound aggression (similar to Kenny Omega) should get them above the line in the battle with equally aggressive and sneaky FTR.
Prediction: Young Bucks win.
“I Quit” Match for AEW World Heavyweight Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Eddie Kingston
Eddie Kingston’s rise to the top of the company has been a treat to watch, as the superstar has toiled hard on the independent scene for several years to get where he is currently. Moxley and Kingston’s feud is based on both their struggles in the mid-2000s, but Moxley went ahead and signed with WWE while Kingston stayed back.
Their previous encounter in AEW saw Moxley reign supreme, but Kingston didn’t back off and demanded another match, which was accepted by the champion but with an added stipulation. Deeply personal rivalries with ‘I Quit’ matches for the title seem to be the flavor of the month (Reigns-Uso at Hell in a Cell), and AEW will no doubt present a solid encounter to close out the show. Moxley has been a fantastic champion so far and will continue his dominance at Full Gear
Prediction: Jon Moxley wins.