AEW Full Gear is set for Saturday, November 13th, and will come to us from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The last pay-per-view show that AEW put on, All Out, was widely acclaimed as one of the best all-around shows in recent memory, so Full Gear will have a lot to live up to.
But the promotion’s creative team has done a great job putting together a fantastic card that has all the potential to reach the same level of greatness as its predecessor.
While there is very little chance that Full Gear will have the number of big-name debuts as All Out, it has the chance to surpass it in overall in-ring quality.
And with nine announced matches on the main card and another on the buy-in portion of the card, there will be many chances for the men and women of AEW to put on some classics.
Lets’ take a look at the full match card for AEW Full Gear and what to expect from each.
Buy In: Nyla Rose & Jamie Hayter vs Thunder Rosa & Hikaru Shida
The storyline of this match revolves around the upcoming TBS Women’s Title Tournament matches between Thunder Rosa and Jamie Hayter, and the other pitting Hikaru Shida versus Nyla Rose. And putting these four women in a tag match puts four of the more talented performers on the women’s roster on the pay-per-view card.
Being that this is the buy-in match and will be used to try to get people on the fence to purchase the pay-per-view we can expect a fast-paced and fun match here.
And while there is a school of thought the both Nyla Rose and Jamie Hayter will go into their upcoming TBS Title Tournament matches as the underdogs, it would make sense for the heels to pick up a bit of surprise win here to help build suspense for those upcoming tournament matches.
The most likely outcome, however, is two of the more popular faces of the women’s division scoring a hard-fought victory. Winners: Thunder Rosa & Hikaru Shida
Superkliq vs Jurassic Express & Christian Cage in a falls count anywhere match
In a rivalry that has become pretty violent, Adam Cole, the Young Bucks, Jurassic Express, and Christian Cage will put it all on the line in a falls count anywhere match that is guaranteed to have some wild spots.
The level of talent in this match coupled with all the opportunities that a falls count anywhere match can provide gives this match potential to be a lot of fun, as long as it doesn’t go on for too long.
These two teams have traded wins back and forth on past episodes of Dynamite and Rampage but one team has to get what promises to be the final nod in this feud.
And that team should be the Superkliq.
A loss in a falls count anywhere match won’t hurt either team. But keeping Adam Cole looking strong and keeping the Young Bucks’ confidence high so they can be at their annoying heel best makes the most sense. Winners: Superkliq
Inner Circle vs Men of the Year & American Top Team
Another multi-person feud that should be having its blowoff match at Full Gear is the Inner Circle’s program with the Men of the Year and American Top Team.
By virtue of Sammy Guevara’s singles victory over Ethan Page, the Inner Circle won the right to pick which members of American Top Team would have to participate in this 10 man Minneapolis Street Fight.
The Inner Circle would pick Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, and the founder of ATT, Dan Lambert.
This is the perfect setup to allow the Inner Circle to have the last laugh by embarrassing Lambert while allowing the professional fighters involved in this match to look strong.
We should also expect an appearance from Paige VanZant at some point during the match, as she has been one of the highlights of this entire program. Winners: The Inner Circle
Pac & Cody Rhodes vs Andrade El Idolo & Malakai Black
The war between Cody Rhodes and Malakai Black wages on at Full Gear, but this time in a tag team match that will include two more extremely talented wrestlers in Pac and Andrade El Idolo.
A couple of things have been teased for weeks, and in some cases, months may just come to fruition at Full Gear this weekend.
First, the long-overdue Cody Rhodes heel turn may finally be upon us. And it may come because of something Malakai Black has been teasing recently, adding members to his House of Black faction.
Whether the addition to Black’s stable is someone or a number of people currently on the AEW roster, or a person/people that are coming on board from outside the promotion, this seems like a good spot to pull the trigger on this chain reaction storyline. Winners: Andrade El Idolo & Malakai Black
Eddie Kingston vs CM Punk
This program really went from zero to 60 over a short span of time. And that is a credit to both Eddie Kingston and CM Punk and how good they are on the microphone.
Kingston basically told us the outcome of the match when he told Punk on Rampage that “I don’t even care about winning or losing at Full Gear”.
Those words are all you really need to hear to know that the person who mutters them isn’t winning.
But it doesn’t take away from the intrigue of this matchup. Punk and Kingston have worked their magic on the microphone and all that is left is to show up on Saturday and do the same in the ring. And they will. Winner: CM Punk
Miro vs Bryan Danielson in the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament
On the surface, this seems like a sure win for Bryan Danielson.
Danielson has yet to suffer a loss in his AEW tenure, his resume is near the top of the promotion and he seems like the obvious choice to come out of Full Gear as the number one contender for the AEW title.
But the widespread belief is that this pay-per-view will end with Adam Page winning the AEW World Title from Kenny Omega. And having a new babyface champion’s first challenger be a nearly unstoppable monster like Miro makes perfect sense.
A win over such a high-level opponent as Bryan Danielson immediately reestablishes Miro as a top contender in AEW and makes all memories of him losing the TNT Title to Sammy Guevara fade away.
AEW can’t really go wrong either way with the outcome of this match. No matter who picks up the win there is another truly exciting match waiting on the other side. But it feels like Miro has more to gain from a win here. Winner: Miro
FTR vs Lucha Bros for the AEW World Tag Team Titles
One of the most overlooked matches on this stacked pay-per-view card is the AEW tag team title match between the current AEW Tag Team Champions, the Lucha Bros, and the current AAA Tag Team Champions, FTR.
While FTR is always a credible threat to win any tag team match and any set of tag team titles, the title reign of the Lucha Bros is in its early stages.
Penta and Fenix have made up one of the most exciting tag teams of the past decade and they should be allowed to have a title reign worthy of what they have given to professional wrestling.
This will be an awesome match. How can it not be when you have two teams of such high caliber? But in the end, the Lucha Bros will find a way to retain. Winners: Lucha Bros
Darby Allin vs MJF
Two of the brightest young stars in professional wrestling today will go to war when MJF and Darby Allin meet for the first time in an AEW ring at Full Gear.
This is quite possibly the toughest match to call as both MJF and Darby Allin are coming off of losses at All Out and could really use a victory here.
And both men winning makes absolute sense.
If Adam Page goes on to defeat Kenny Omega for the AEW World Title, then having MJF coming off a big win over Darby Allin puts MJF near the top of the list for a title shot in the imminent future.
However, the growing friction between Wardlow and MJF and the presence of Sting at ringside betters the chance that Darby will get a fair fight on this night.
And because of that, this seems like the night where Wardlow tries to interfere and fails, costing MJF the match and leading to the long-anticipated split of MJF and his hired help. WInner: Darby Allin
Tay Conti vs Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Title
Tay Conti’s growth since joining AEW has been very enjoyable to watch. Perhaps no one in the entire promotion has added to his/her offensive arsenal to the extent that Conti has in the past year and a half.
And the fact that she is wrestling for the AEW Women’s World Title on a pay-per-view is evidence of that growth.
But the question is, has Conti grown enough to be the face of AEW’s women’s division?
The answer is not quite yet.
As good as Conti is, Britt Baker is still the face of the women’s division in AEW, and she will continue to be until Thunder Rosa eventually takes that title (and the AEW Women’s Title) away from her.
Conti will still use this as a stage to continue to impress and grow her fanbase with her performance here. But in the end, the champ will stay the champ. Winner: Britt Baker
Adam Page vs Kenny Omega for the AEW World Title
This is a match and a storyline that is years in the making, and it all comes to a likely conclusion on Saturday at Full Gear.
“Hangman” Adam Page will finally get the opportunity to exorcise the demons that he has carried around with him since Full Gear 2020, where he lost to Kenny Omega in the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament.
Omega would go on to beat Jon Moxley and win the AEW World Title, while Page would go on to struggle with his confidence over the next couple of months.
But with the help of The Dark Order, the fans, and a big win in the Casino Ladder Match, Page has worked his way back into a chance to silence his doubters by becoming the top guy in professional wrestling’s hottest promotion.
We head into Saturday with the majority of the wrestling world expecting Page to win the title from Omega at Full Gear.
So there is always the chance that AEW shifts away from that plan and keeps the belt on Omega.
But this chapter of this story has gone on long enough.
And like the WrestleMania payoff that crowned a very deserving Kofi Kingston as the WWE Champion, this is indeed the night to put the AEW Title on Adam Page. Winner: Adam Page