“This was All Elite Wrestling’s love letter to professional wrestling”, said a fan after the conclusion of arguably the best PPV AEW has presented in their two-year existence. AEW had a rather disappointing outing at All Out, which put the onus on them to bounce back stronger. They did exactly that with AEW Full Gear 2020.
Live from the Daily’s Place with a lot more fans than usual, the sequel to Full Gear 2019 had a packed card and huge expectations. The show managed to satisfy these expectations and gave proper send-offs to several storylines. Two major titles changed hands on the show, while a major rivalry just got set into motion.
Let’s take a look at how the show went down, with our thoughts and analysis on the final PPV offering by the Jacksonville based promotion this year.
Buy In | NWA Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb(c) vs. Allysin Kay
Making her debut in All Elite Wrestling, former NWA Women’s Champion, Kay took on the recently crowned champ Serena Deeb in the pre-show. The two started off with some pure wrestling maneuvers, dealing in chain-wrestling before Kay upped the ante.
Deeb delivered a neck breaker followed by an octopus submission, but Kay survived. Deeb hit the challenger with yet another neck breaker but couldn’t keep her down. Kay hit an Alabama Slam and her AK47 finisher, but the champion survived by rolling out of the ring.
Deeb ended up applying the Serenity Lock for the win.
Result: Serena Deeb defeated Allysin Kay
Analysis: This was a solid match to kick off the show, much better than what AEW’s Women Division has offered so far. Serena Deeb has added newfound energy to the division, which is going to be a great plus for the faltering roster.
Kay is now a free agent after leaving NWA and should be a top priority for the company. Post-match, Thunder Rosa appeared for a confrontation with Deeb, which basically confirms that she will be remaining with AEW and not moving to WWE or Impact.
AEW World Title Eliminator Final: Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page
The two former friends and tag champions battled each other to determine the next challenger for the AEW World Championship. Page landed several chops and delivered a superplex for two-count. Omega reverted with his own series of chops and a moonsault outside the ring.
Omega botched a moonsault inside the ring before delivering one, while Page delivered a clothesline turning his opponent inside out.
Omega landed a V-trigger and escaped a Deadeye attempt, but ended up taking a huge powerbomb. As the intensity reached max levels, both the stars delivered everything in their arsenal. Page’s attempt at Buckshot Lariat was countered with multiple V-Triggers by Omega who finished it off with the One-Winged Angel.
Result : Kenny Omega def. Hangman Page
Analysis: This was a deeply personal rivalry and, with the addition of a world title opportunity at stake, the duo produced a stellar encounter. The match was full of high-quality action, with both superstars proving why they are two of the best singles performers in the company.
Omega winning was a rather expected move, as the Cleaner and Jon Moxley’s past history will allow for a fabulous matchup down the line. The duo produced one of the best matches in AEW last year at Full Gear, and will possibly revisit the same quite soon.
Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver
John Silver didn’t back down from the challenge and immediately sent out the sloth outside the ring. He blocked a DDT attempt with a suplex of his own and got in control. Silver continued the assault and showed off his incredible strength with a series of Irish Whips. However, Cassidy countered one of those with a crossbody and a tornado DDT.
The duo continued trading jabs before Silver looked to finish it off with Brodie Lee’s hallmark Discus Clothesline. Orange Cassidy countered it with the Orange Punch and hit the Beach Break to secure the three-count.
Result: Orange Cassidy def. John Silver
Analysis: Cassidy is known to give a lot of fun matches which was forgotten during his tiresome feud with Chris Jericho. Silver played the perfect foil for Cassidy and used his great in-ring presence to full effect. Cassidy winning the match was never in question. However, questions need to be asked. When does Dark Order stop losing matches consistently outside of Brodie Lee? Will Cassidy get to hold a title soon? Only time will tell.
TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes(c) vs. Darby Allin
The match got off to a very surprising start when ring announcer Josh Matthews introduced the champion as Cody ‘Rhodes’, the first time he is referred to as such in AEW. Darby Allin’s assault proved too much for the champion in the early stages. Cody threw Allin onto the ramp and slowed down the pace with several holds but a missed moonsault from the champion allowed Allin back into the match.
Cody hit the avalanche cross-rhodes, but couldn’t win due to Allin’s arm being under the rope. Allin hit a Coffin Drop, but the champion kicked out at 2 and a half. After trading a few pinning predicaments, Allin held down the champ for three-count to win the title.
Result: Darby Allin def. Cody Rhodes to become the new TNT Champion.
Analysis: Allin and Rhodes have produced sublime matches in the past, and this was yet another one for the books. Allin looked much more focused during the match and seemed like a man on a mission.
Cody finally put over someone, which is a good sight, and Allin has great potential to deliver fantastic matches on Dynamite every week with the title.
The post-match attack by Brian Cage and Ricky Starks will ensure that Starks and Allin continue their entertaining rivalry, with the addition of the title to the picture.
AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida(c) vs. Nyla Rose
Shida started her assault right from the word go, and took out the challenger with a running knee. Vickie Guerrero turned the tide after sneakily hitting the champion with a kendo stick. Rose took this opportunity to attack the injured knee and went for a splash from the top. Shida dodged it and delivered a series of kicks of her own. The champion survived a powerbomb and delivered a running knee strike followed by Avalanche Falcon Arrow.
Rose survived, and Guerrero looked to distract the champion once again. However, Shida pushed Rose into Guerrero, knocking her out. Shida delivered two consecutive Tamashii strikes to retain the title.
Result: Hikaru Shida def. Nyla Rose by pinfall.
Analysis: This match was bound to be the weakest one on the card due to the nature of the booking. Rose hasn’t done much since aligning herself with Guerrero and there was zero interest in this encounter.
Shida winning was quite the expected move, as the company wouldn’t want to turn back to Rose currently. Hopefully, stars like Thunder Rosa, Serena Deeb and Allysin Kay find their way to the top in the Women’s Division soon, because it is in dire need of it.
AEW Tag Team Championship: FTR(c) vs. The Young Bucks
The injured leg of Matt Jackson was the main focus in the early part of the match, but the fighting spirit of the Young Buck didn’t stop him from hitting several kicks. Dax Harwood’s attempt at hitting Matt with his right hand backfired, leading to him hitting on the steel post instead. Harwood’s hand joined Jackson’s leg in becoming the main focus of the match.
FTR isolated Matt for a while before Nick took a hot tag and ran wild, dropping the champions with a flurry of kicks. Taking a page out of Hardy Boyz’s book, Young Bucks hit a Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb for the nearfall. Matt Jackson applied the Sharpshooter in the ring but his leg gave out eventually and he had to break the hold.
A BTE Trigger followed by a pinfall attempt was broken up by Cash Wheeler. FTR hit their Mind Breaker, but Matt got his foot on the rope to survive. The champions took off Matt’s boot to inflict further pain on the injury, but Matt survived the assault and hit a superkick to secure the win.
Result: The Young Bucks def. FTR by pinfall to become the new AEW Tag Team Champions.
Analysis: Was there ever a doubt about this matchup? A dream match for any professional wrestling fan, these two teams proved why they are among the greats, with a match full of top-notch storytelling and in-ring action.
Young Bucks won the titles for the first time in AEW, which is rather surprising due to their status as the best team in the division. It is unclear if the Elite will stay as tweeners or go all out heels soon.
Elite Deletion Match: Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
Guevara arrived at the Hardy Compound in a golf-cart, which was crushed by Hardy’s monster truck. Both men traded shots with various weapons before heading to the ring, where Hardy delivered a Side Effect. A powerbomb through the table seemed enough for Hardy to take the win before Santana and Ortiz made the save. Private Party joined the fray to level up the odds.
The two stars used fireworks on each other throughout the compound, before Hurricane Helms and Gangrel joined the fray, leading to an all-out brawl in the middle of the ring. The two entered the Dome of Deletion, where a Swanton Bomb from the top of the ladder couldn’t get Guevara the win. Hardy hit a Twist of Fate, followed it up with a spear through tables, and finally bashed Guevara’s head with a steel chair onto the concrete to win the match.
Result: Matt Hardy def. Sammy Guevara
Analysis: This was never going to be a technical masterpiece, rather an outlandish match with all sorts of gimmickry involved. Guevara and Hardy had several callbacks to their match from All Out, where Guevara legitimately concussed Hardy. Although Hardy winning is not the best decision, the match delivered and the addition of Helms and Gangrel was quite unexpected.
MJF vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho injured his arm early on in the match, which led to MJF targetting it for the early part of the match. Jericho somehow turned the tide and hit a Lionsault followed by the Frankensteiner. MJF shifted the tide in his favor after pushing Jericho off the top rope. Jericho got the Walls of Jericho locked in but the young star somehow survived by making it to the bottom rope.
A Judas Effect attempt was countered into the Fujiwara Armbar. Wardlow gave the Dynamite Diamond Ring to MJF, who missed with his attack on Jericho. Hager brought Jericho’s baseball bat into the ring, and with the referee distracted, MJF pretended as if Jericho hit him with the bat. The referee looked to disqualify Jericho, but MJF rolled him up for the three count to win the match. Jericho welcomed MJF and Wardlow into the Inner Circle after the match.
Result: MJF def. Chris Jericho by pinfall
Analysis: Jericho is constantly becoming the worst part of AEW PPVs, due to his lack of speed and intensity. This was a substandard match that ended in an underwhelming fashion. MJF is now a part of the Inner Circle, but only time will tell if he manages to sustain his friendly camaraderie with the Le Champion.
‘I Quit’ Match for AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley(c) vs. Eddie Kingston
The main event of AEW Full Gear started with the two men attacking each other ruthlessly right out of the gate with a serious of meaty punches and chops. Moxley threw a chair at the challenger outside the ring, and suplexed him onto the concrete outside. The champion introduced a barbed wire baseball bat and hit Kingston with it multiple times, and later rolled it on his face to bust him open.
Kingston took the upper hand after throwing the bat on Moxley and wrapped the wire on his bat, landing multiple punches on the champion.
Moxley brought a bag of thumbtacks but Kingston ended up suplexing him onto the tracks and put rubbing alcohol on Moxley’s back for inducing further pain. Kingston tried to win with the Bulldog Choke, but Moxley hit him with a piledriver and the Paradigm Shift. Moxley wrapped the barbed wire around his arm and choked out Kingston, forcing him to utter the words “I Quit”.
Result: Jon Moxley def. Eddie Kingston
Analysis: Give these two insane creatures a list of weapons to work with and, more often than not, they will produce a stellar encounter. Moxley made his name with the match against Omega last year at Full Gear which featured plenty of weapons, while Kingston’s debut match against Cody on Dynamite was a No Holds Barred match. The two told a great story in the ring, and Moxley retaining was the perfect decision to end a near-perfect PPV.