All Elite Wrestling has been on a roll in the last few weeks, and the brand new company has taken down WWE NXT for six weeks in a row! The hype around the company doesn’t seem to die down any time soon, as we roll onto the fifth PPV of the year for AEW.
AEW Full Gear seems to be the final PPV for this calendar year, and it has a stacked card filled with several matches with high stakes. The buildup to the PPV has been nothing short of brilliant, as all the storylines have been woven together beautifully.
Ahead of the show, we look at the AEW Full Gear match card and give our predictions.
Buy In: Bea Priestley vs Britt Baker
The Women’s Division of AEW, which has come under the radar for failing to impress as much as their male counterparts, will kick off the show. Britt Baker and Bea Priestley have had a long-standing rivalry in recent months, and it all comes to head at the PPV.
The tension between the two women has been building ever since Fight for the Fallen when Priestley concussed Baker.
The two superstars find themselves on the preshow, but they will be expected to deliver the goods in the matchup, as the winner could find herself in midst of the AEW Women’s Championship scene.
Prediction: Britt Baker wins
Joey Janela vs Shawn Spears (w/Tully Blanchard)
The mid-card of the men’s roster will be in action, as Janela will take on the former Tye Dillinger in a singles matchup. This was quite a late addition to the show, and unlike most of the matches on the card, this one doesn’t have a lot of story behind it.
After Spears defeated Brandon Cutler on this week’s AEW Dynamite, he looked to make an example of the losing party until Janela made the save.
Spears has sadly been relegated to a similar role he had in WWE, and it won’t surprise anyone to see the much more talented Janela pick up the victory over the Perfect 10.
Prediction: Joey Janela wins
AEW Women’s Championship: Riho(c) vs Emi Sakura
AEW’s female roster has solely relied on the Japanese talents for high-quality bouts until now. Riho has been a dominant force in the Women’s Division, despite her diminutive figure which weighs less than a hundred pounds!
Sakura is a great opponent for the champion, and after pinning the champ on AEW Dynamite earlier this week, Sakura has laid claim for the top title in the female side of things.
Sakura is over with the crowd, but it would be too early to reward her with the championship.
Prediction: Riho retains
PAC vs Adam Page
If Spears vs Janela was a showcase of the mid-card, PAC vs Page is the perfect battle between two superstars knocking on the door of the main event. Page already had his share of main-event spotlight, when he took on and lost against Chris Jericho for the inaugural AEW World Championship.
The rivalry between these two superstars goes long back, as they were supposed to face each other at AEW’ inaugural offering, AEW Double or Nothing. Due to some issues with PAC’s appearance in the company, the match was eventually scrapped.
PAC defeated Kenny Omega at AEW All Out, and a victory over Page could be a launchpad into the main-event scene.
Prediction: PAC wins and continues his undefeated streak in AEW
The Young Bucks vs Proud ‘N’ Powerful
Formerly known as LAX, Santana & Ortiz will apparently be called Proud ‘N’ Powerful going forward. This match is a sure-shot banger and is a candidate for ‘Match of the Month’. Both teams are universally regarded as two of the best exponents of tag-team wrestling, and this could be their opportunity to express the same.
Santana & Ortiz perform as lackeys for ‘Le Champion’ Chris Jericho as part of the Inner Circle. Both the superstars have had quite the rivalry with the Young Bucks in recent weeks. PNP attacked the legendary Rock N’ Roll Express last week while they presented the tag-team championships.
The winner in this match will undoubtedly become the No.1 contender for the tag titles, and the duo from Inner Circle look set to achieve that.
Prediction: Victory for Santana & Ortiz
AEW Tag-Team Championships: SCU(c) vs Private Party vs Lucha Brothers
The title of this match is enough to excite any wrestling fan, as three of the most athletic teams in the world face off in the second championship match for the evening.
After picking up a surprise win over Fenix and Pentagon, SCU became the inaugural tag team champs last month. Lucha Brothers earned the runners-up medal, earning the right to challenge SCU at Full Gear, while Private Party won the battle of the semi-finalists to earn the third-place and find themselves in the matchup at Full Gear.
Prediction: SCU retains
Lights Out Unsanctioned Match: Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley
Two wrestlers who have recently been on top of NJPW and WWE respectively will take on each other in what promises to be a hard-hitting encounter at Full Gear. The two individuals were supposed to square off at AEW All Out in August, but an infection to Moxley kept him out of commission.
However, Moxley returned and immediately set his sights on Keny Omega, and a violent showdown between the two superstars has been teased quite a few times in the recent weeks. With the amount of talent in the ring, it is highly unlikely that the fans get a sub-standard matchup.
The winner will surely be the next in line for Le Champion in AEW.
Prediction: Jon Moxley wins and challenges Chris Jericho
AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho(c) vs Cody
In one of the most heated rivalries in recent times, Jericho defends his belt against a motivated Cody Rhodes. The AEW VP has announced that he won’t ever challenge for the belt if he were to lose against Jericho.
Jericho and Cody have involved their own buddies (Inner Circle and Elite) in this ugly rivalry, and the two teams will surely dictate the way the match ends on Saturday night.
Jericho losing the title just a few weeks after holding it seems like an unwise decision while Cody’s announcement makes it difficult to understand the nature behind the match.
Prediction: Chris Jericho retains