When we take a look at the Full Gear card on paper, there’s an argument to be made here, that this is the most stacked card in AEW history. There’s 10 matches on this card, including 1 buy-in match, and I really don’t see where the crowd will have a chance to take a breath, because every match is huge! We have a huge 10-man tag match, a trios match, an all-star tag match, the women’s title, tag team titles, and AEW title is on the line, and the biggest question going into tonight…is it FINALLY Hangman’s time?!
All that and so much more, and here is where we break it all down.
Kenny Omega (C) vs Hangman Page – AEW Championship Match
In what many are calling the best long term story in years, we might have the conclusion to that story tonight in the main event. Ever since they were a tag team, AEW started planting hints that Kenny Omega and Hangman Page would one day meet in a main event match for the title, and tonight’s the night.
When Hangman started spiralling, Kenny did his best to try and help Page, until they lost the tag titles and Omega had enough, and left Hangman in the ring. Hangman then left the Elite, to try go on his own path, and that took him to the final of the AEW Eliminator Tournament, where he lost to Kenny Omega. Kenny would go on to win the AEW title from there, and he’s been champion ever since. Hangman Page would need to do some self-reflecting, and needed to rebound.
Then a funny thing happened, when Hangman started to get involved with the Dark Order, he started gaining confidence. It didn’t happen right away, but the Dark Order have rallied behind Hangman to give him the self-confidence he needs to go for the title. Hangman is now one of the most over acts in all of wrestling, and now could this be the chance for Hangman to finally become champion?
AEW have done a great job of portraying that Hangman always losses the big match, and Kenny has been sure to remind Page of this in the build up. Page lost to Chris Jericho in the first ever AEW title match, and then led the Dark Order to defeat against the Elite with both Hangman’s and the Dark Order’s title shots on the line in the big 5 vs 5 match. But something feels different about Hangman right now, and in previous spots where you could feel Page’s nerves getting to him, there is an air of confidence now instead.
When Hangman stepped away from wrestling for a few months for the birth of his first child, it took a little bit of momentum away from the storyline, and I think it altered somewhat. If Kenny and Hangman met at the previous PPV, I would’ve had them draw or Kenny win by a screwy finish, and then lose the belt next time they met. But now, I think the crowd want Hangman to win too much for AEW to deny it. I think we see and title change here, and I also think there is a chance for Page to even kick out of the One Winged Angel (one of the most protected finishers in wrestling), and if he does, expect one of the biggest crowd reactions you’ll ever see.
CM Punk vs Eddie Kingston
You want to talk about two guys who make this feel real, who make connections with the crowd…look no further than CM Punk and Eddie Kingston. A match that was seemingly made out of nothing, has everyones attention in less than 3 weeks. One backstage interaction leads to an unbelievable promo battle the next week, and here we are completely invested in this match.
This is a special match because you have two guys who are absolutely loved by crowd, but don’t get along with each other. CM Punk is still in the honeymoon faze of his return to wrestling, and can just about say anything, and the crowd will cheer him. While Eddie Kingston’s raw emotion, and ability to get across to the audience that wrestling is his love and passion, makes him so easy to get behind, and want to see win.
This is an interesting match up, because I didn’t think anyone could get the fans to turn on Punk, but on Rampage, Eddie had some fans booing Punk. That shows just how loved Kingston is. I expect this match to have the crowd split the entire time, and will be emotionally draining. I think that this would be a great spot to have Eddie Kingston win, to prove to Punk that he can hang with the best, and earn Punk’s respect and maybe even an apology.
Bryan Danielson vs Miro – AEW Eliminator Tournament Finals
Bryan Danielson has been on an absolutely crazy run of matches since joining AEW. He’s wrestled the likes of Bobby Fish, Eddie Kingston, Minoru Suzuki, and wrestled the AEW champ, Kenny Omega, to a time limit draw. Now he finds himself in the finals of the AEW eliminator tournament, against maybe his biggest test yet.
Miro wasn’t even originally in this tournament, but when Jon Moxley removed himself from the bracket, Miro was took full advantage. He defeated Orange Cassidy in the semi-finals, and after losing his TNT title to Sammy Guevara, Miro now has a chance to jump right back to the top of the line.
I think that both these guys have a legit shot at winning this tournament, which makes it hard to pick a winner here. Something is telling me that we see somewhat of an upset here, and Miro will defeat Bryan Danielson and become the #1 contender to the AEW title.
Here is a quick look at the rest of the card for Full Gear:
Lucha Bros (C) vs FTR – AEW Tag Team Title Match
Britt Baker (C) vs Tay Conti – AEW Women’s Title Match
Inner Circle vs American Top Team – 10-man Minneapolis Street Fight
MJF vs Darby Allin
Super Kliq vs Jurassic Express & Christian Cage – Falls Count Anywhere
Cody Rhodes & PAC vs Andrade El Idolo & Malakai Black
And on the Buy-in:
Nyla Rose & Jamie Hayter vs Thunder Rosa & Hikaru Shida
All this action goes down tonight, November 13th, and is available in Canada on FiteTV. The event starts at 7:30 with the Buy-in.
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