AEW Full Gear 2020 is almost upon us and the show is shaping up to be a must-see event with the culmination of several of the company’s longest running storylines, a cinematic match at the Hardy compound, and what looks to be an absolutely insane “I Quit” match between AEW Champion Jon Moxley and the man who is perhaps the best promo in the business of pro wrestling, Eddie Kingston.
After an unexpectedly disappointing showing at All Out, AEW will be looking to recapture the reputation of top tier quality that their pay-per-view events normally hold.
Our panel of experts will take you through each match on the card with their predictions.The AEW Full Gear 2020 Buy-In pre-show starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be available for free through the B/R Live streaming service. The show proper begins at 8 p.m. EST and is available through the B/R Live streaming service, at a cost of $49.99, and you can also watch the event via the traditional PPV cable provider service for the price of $49.99.
Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver
Forrest: John Silver has been by miracle of BTE been reinvented so wholly that I can’t help but root for him over Twitter’s perennial fave just a little bit. Hopefully a win here fast tracks him to a TNT win that forces Mr. Brodie Lee to finally be nice to him, too.
Winner: John Hungiee for a win
Peter: As much as I love Orange Cassidy getting real matches, he needs to be able to embrace the silliness of his character from time to time. I honestly can’t imagine Cassidy losing to Silver at this stage in Silver’s AEW career even with the Dark Order interfering. Instead this seems more like a match where it’s about establishing Silver’s character for those that don’t watch BTE. But I don’t see him beating Cassidy, even with the Dark Order’s help.
Winner: Orange Cassidy
Winner: Orange Cassidy
Serena Deeb (c) vs. Allysin Kay – Singles match NWA World Women’s Championship match
Forrest: Now this I can get into! Allysin Kay has recently completed her NWA obligations and is a free agent that AEW would be very smart to pick up, especially if it’s for a solid three-way feud between herself, Deeb, and Thunder Rosa, who the title was recently stripped from – thanks, Billy Corgan! And while I don’t personally care for Deeb’s yoga gimmick (I think it’s totally incongruent with her fantastic in-ring style), I think she’s best suited as an actual AEW signee to hold things down to build to that for a while. A good match, to be sure, and one that gives me a little bit more hope for the women’s division.
Winner: Serena Deeb
Peter: Allysin Kay would be an excellent addition to AEW’s women’s roster which they desperately need. I worry that they wouldn’t utilize her properly at all as they don’t seem eager to try to really fix anything with the women’s division beyond just signing people. It would be smart of them to keep the belt on Serena for at least a while longer since Allysin isn’t signed (yet). It gives NWA exposure with Serena being on AEW and it makes AEW look like they have actually put some effort into their women’s division.
Winner: Serena Deeb
Jay: NWA Powerrr has been off since the pandemic started and somehow I’m more excited about this than the Nyla v. Shida match. Sigh. It will be Serena Deeb. She just won the title and she’s signed by AEW, but this will be a great showcase of Allysin Kay.
Winner: Serena Deeb
Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Nyla Rose w/Vickie Guerrero – AEW Women’s World Championship match
Forrest: That we’re revisiting this match up so soon is kind of disappointing to me, and more so in the larger picture of AEW’s inability to align on a solid plan for their women’s division and move forward. Nevertheless, these two are both interesting and talented performers, and I expect the match itself will be enjoyable. I personally like Shida just a tad more, and will defer to her out of preference, if only because it gives Guerrero more promo material too.
Winner: Hikaru Shida
Peter: I don’t mind this match existing so much as I mind there being no lead up to it at all and it being seemingly put together at the last minute just because they needed a women’s championship match. That being said, where do I see this match going? I’m going with Nyla. We haven’t seen her much lately, she’s dedicated, and it could help the women’s division to get back on its feet with a new champion.
Winner: Nyla Rose
Jay: Ya know, I was excited about this match in May and I was excited when Shida won. But now, meh. Hopefully Thunder Rosa shows up.
Winner: Hikaru Shida
Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara – The Elite Deletion match
Forrest: I worry that these two are snakebitten, and that no match, final or not can be truly satisfying. That being said, a cinematic match is probably the best path forward for their safety and for their narrative needs. It’ll likely be silly, over the top, and something new. I expect I’ll get a good chuckle out of Hardy deleting Sammy’s evil for his inevitable face turn or something, too.
Winner: The Multifarious Matt Hardy
Peter: I agree with Forrest that a cinematic, pre taped match is the best way of handling this and I agree that this match is going to be extremely silly and fun. But that’s where I’ll have to depart with Forrest because I believe Sammy will come out victorious. Matt Hardy has time and time again beat Sammy, to watch Matt beat Sammy once again would be sort of anticlimactic.
Furthermore, Sammy can’t really seem to grab a win against anyone who matters. He’s featured a fair amount but when he goes up against anyone who is even remotely midcard or higher he loses. A win against Matt would be extraordinary and put him on a path to being a strong competitor for the TNT title.
Winner: Sammy Guevara
Jay: OMG STOP TRYING TO MAKE SAMMY GUEVARA HAPPEN IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
Winner: Probs Sammy Guevara. Ugh.
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Kenny Omega – AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament final match
Forrest: If there’s anything I truly love about this feud (aside from the breakup fancam AEW ran this Wednesday about the two which was…inspired), it’s that this is allowed to be messy. Will the Bucks show up? Will Brandon Cutler? What iteration of Kenny Omega will debut or be waiting in the wings? Can Adam keep it together enough for any of those things to matter? It’s unclear, it’s messy and imperfect and as obfuscated as the outcome of any family fight, found family or not, might be and that makes this a little harder to account for than the rest of the card.
One thing that’s more certain, however, is that Kenny is and has been on a path to assured self and mutual destruction with the very company and friends he helped build from the ground up. Who better to stand in the way of that, out of compassion or out of a sense of justice, of making things right than Hangman? The loner cowboy with more than a little baggage appears here to either save his friend, or push him completely off the edge. Both satisfying narratively (and I have reason to suspect they might split the Bucks between Hangman and Kenny), and both requiring Hangman to take the impassioned stand I truly think he will.
Winner: Hangman Adam Page
Peter: I was absolutely sure it would be Kenny but after Forrest’s well made points I am not so sure. However, I’m still confident enough with that prediction to go with Kenny over Hangman. One of the criticisms of AEW is that they don’t utilize their big names enough and while Hangman is pretty big, Kenny is bigger and seems like the more obvious choice for taking out Moxley. This will then allow Hangman to eventually take the belt off of Kenny when the time comes for that to happen.
Winner: Kenny Omega
Jay: I’m gonna go Hangman. No one expects him to win and it would solidify Omega’s turn with emphasis if he attacks him after the match or if he screws him out of a title win. It’ll make for great watching as Hangman now has to climb his way out of a pit.
Winner: The Hangman.
Cody (c) w/Arn Anderson vs. Darby Allin – AEW TNT Championship match
Forrest: I think that, perhaps still in a slightly lesser capacity than Jericho is increasingly being used, Cody (now Cody Rhodes again!) is very interested in ‘making’ new talent. This is that catalyzing moment for Darby, a real standout in the company, and the one most needing of a solid angle. This is that match, this is that moment: Cody can make people look good, and Darby has enough weird, unique energy both in and out of the ring to carry this title for a while. Especially as Darby in his goofy goth way lords his win over Cody only to get demolished by team FTW.
Winner: Darby Allin
Peter: I can’t imagine anyway that Cody comes out of this retaining. Darby has been pushed so hard and it’s clear that AEW wants him to be one of their main stars. The TNT belt seems like a perfect stepping stone for him since the company is still young. And remember, Darby has lost twice to Cody before but both times were incredibly close. It’s clear that they were just waiting for the perfect time to finally pull the trigger on Darby taking out Cody and this is clearly that time.
Winner: Darby Allin
Jay: Darby. Cody is also in the middle of a heel turn and him attacking Darby post match would solidify it. I expect a long feud out of this where Cody just keeps throwing obstacles at Darby to mess with him and the rest writes itself.
FTR (c) w/Tully Blanchard vs. The Young Bucks – AEW World Tag Team Championship match
Forrest: This is the other part of that very messy but endearing story that I’ve alluded to with Hangman and Kenny above. Does a win re-center the Bucks? Does a loss push them over the edge and back into the embrace of a dangerous Kenny Omega? Has the company cooled enough on FTR since their debut to have them drop the titles? It’s kind of nebulous, and I could see it going any way satisfyingly, but I tend to think the Bucks losing and not being able to challenge for the belts again is the most inherently interesting, so let’s go with that.
Peter: I can’t believe that FTR would suddenly drop the titles here. The Bucks have recently been acting like heels up until this week when they inexplicably were acting like faces. I think they did this weird hiccup to reinforce their fall into total ‘heelness’ after they lose this match. Also, with Matt Jackson’s leg injured it would make sense to have them lose in order to set up for a rematch.
Jay: I strangely don’t give a **** about this. I don’t know why. I mean I should, but alas. Bucks, I guess? I don’t know. It’s gonna be interesting.
Winner: Bucks. Shrug.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF – If MJF wins, he is allowed to join The Inner Circle
Forrest: As I alluded to above, I think Sammy is turning face and leaving the Inner Circle. That leaves a perfect MJF sized hole in Jericho’s little group, and the inner turmoil and schadenfreude his inclusion there will incite is just a little too good to pass up. Especially so, if it means Wardlow will turn on Max as an initial feud.
Peter: I see absolutely no way MJF loses this. MJF’s interactions with the Inner Circle have been absolutely brilliant and to just end that now, right as it is getting started, would be an absolute shame.
Jay: MJF. This is easiest match to call. He’s obviously going to win and join the Inner Circle leading to more chicanery.
Jon Moxley (c) vs. Eddie Kingston – “I quit” match for AEW World Championship
Forrest: I personally feel that the back and forth promo between Eddie and Mox on this week’s Dynamite was the most electric in the company to date. These two have a very natural energy and antagonism, and I like both of them very much. That being said, I think a loss for Moxley actually helps him here.
AEW is lacking satisfying challengers to throw at Mox, and some of his feuds to date have felt “below” the level of performer and athlete he is. Kingston, however, is well positioned to perform alongside Mox both in and out of the ring than some challengers have been, and he has more runway to go with the title as of right now (the falling out of his family would be a good start). The story being centered around the idea of Mox selling out, being protected, and selfish is a good one to use to check his “authenticity” too. Is Mox such a real one that he’ll lose just to maintain his credibility in a weird inverse sense? I think so, patnah.
Winner: AND NEW AEW World Champion The Mad King Eddie Kingston
Peter: This has been such a good build up that if there wasn’t the promise of Kenny vs Moxley (or if I’m wrong about that, Hangman vs Moxley) on the horizon that I would say Eddie wins this hands down. But I can’t imagine Eddie winning this match and not letting us see the tournament winner go up against Moxley.
Granted, Moxley losing his title to Eddie is more interesting character wise and it would allow Eddie to get over even more by holding the title, even if he were to just get absolutely destroyed by Kenny just weeks later. But I’m stubborn in my belief that we will get Moxley vs Kenny.
Winner: Jon Moxley
Jay: Mox gonna Mox and there’s gonna be brawling and chicanery about. It’s going to be a nice wonderful mess that will be very enjoyable as Kingston is to wrestling what a classically trained actor is to broadway.
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