Kenny Omega should win this highly anticipated AEW Full Gear match
AEW Full Gear 2020 is right around the corner, with plenty of fan-favorite matches on the card.
We’ve got the tag team match five years in the making – despite having a kind of confusing and rushed Dynamite build up – in the Young Bucks vs FTR. Then there’s Jon Moxley vs Eddie Kingston, Nyla Rose’s rematch against Hikaru Shida, Cody vs Darby Allin, and we even get to see BTE favorite John Silver take on AEW favorite Orange Cassidy.
But one match that should be an absolute showstopper is Kenny Omega vs Hangman Adam Page.
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A few weeks ago, before the #1 contender tournament that Omega and Page are participating in was announced, I made the case that Kenny Omega should face Jon Moxley for the title and win it at Full Gear. Unless we get some sort of extra surprise match between Omega and Moxley after they both win their respective matches on Saturday, it looks like that isn’t going to happen – though to be honest, that would kind of be amazing.
Regardless, despite the card now being Kenny versus Hangman, I still believe that Kenny Omega needs to win at Full Gear.
Perhaps one of AEW’s best-handled storylines since the start of its operation has been the dissolving of the Elite, specifically Page and Omega. The performances have been stellar, the matches have been legendary, and maybe most importantly, the willingness to let the story build slowly has made everything that much better.
Currently, Hangman has lost all of his friends, and despite still being able to deliver as a singles wrestler, is still in a very low place. Omega, on the other hand, is in the process of re-establishing himself as a dominating figure reminiscent of his ‘Cleaner’ persona. Hangman as the ‘Anxious Millennial Cowboy’ has been extremely compelling, while Omega looks poised to finally deliver what has been expected of him as a wrestler.
If AEW wants to keep that long-term storytelling that has brought them so much acclaim with the Elite – and they absolutely should – having Omega win would be the best way to go, as it would allow him to reach his potential while further naturally developing Hangman’s character.
Losing the tournament final would kill all the momentum Omega has gained since the tournament started. We’ve seen his extremely cheeky intro with his accolades being listed, his squash match against Sonny Kiss, and a very well executed match against Pénta El Zero M. If this really is the big push that makes Omega a top singles performer at AEW, what better way to keep that momentum going than to have him beat his former partner in route to a title shot?
In that previous article predicting Omega would win the title at Full Gear, I made a point that Omega is the ideal opponent for Moxley to lose the belt to, and that point still stands. Moxley has had a stellar run as a champion, despite the obvious setbacks caused by the pandemic. When he loses the belt, he deserves to lose it in the best match possible against the best opponent possible. A fully transformed Omega would absolutely be that opponent, and their prior history will guarantee a fantastic feud.
Conversely, despite his current state, it feels like Hangman needs to lose more before he can truly build back up again. Keep in mind, directly after their tag team loss at All Out, Hangman still wanted Omega to wrestle with him, leading to multiple matches where Hangman wrestled solo while Kenny sat at commentary, refusing to join him but still being vague about their friendship. Hangman needs that clean break, losing absolutely everything he has to get to rock bottom; because it’s from there that he can get a redemption arc and become an absolute superstar.
Hangman does need to rise, conquer his demons, and beat Omega in a truly triumphant victory. That feels like a logical endpoint to this story. However, it’s an end that AEW should not skip to now. There’s so much more potential for both of these characters; whether as a redemptive babyface or as a vicious heel.
Regardless of who wins, Kenny Omega vs Hangman Adam Page will surely be an entertaining match. However, when looking to the future of AEW and these wrestlers, Kenny Omega being the winner is the best possible option.