By Allan “AWESOME” Proskin
Hikaru Shida & Thunder Rosa def. Nyla Rose & Jamie Hayter
AEW once again proves that the buy-in is a kind of a big deal for them, and not just a filler for the card. Unlike some other companies, the buy-in for AEW really puts a stamp on how the rest of the night will go – and this match was no exception. All four women tore it down. I personally can’t wait to see where these women take the AEW women’s division.
MJF def. Darby Allin
The opening match of the main card saw MJF pick up a victory against Darby in one heck of a match. Was it the match that should have started the show? No. Did it exceed my expectations? A little. But these two men showed us exactly why they are 2 of the 4 pillars of AEW.
AEW Tag Team Championship: Lucha Bros def. FTR
This should have been the opener. Two of the greatest tag teams ever just showing exactly why they are who they are. Obviously, this is far from over because of the finish – I don’t think the legal man was pinned. Either way, I’m all for another match between these teams again, but with the undefeated Gunn Club looming we might have to wait until a later date.
AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament Finals: Bryan Danielson def. Miro
Obviously, we all knew that the American Dragon Bryan Danielson was going to take the victory in this tournament, setting up a future rematch against Kenny Omega. Miro should have been in this tournament since the beginning, but took Jon Moxley’s place so that Mox can get his mind right. Here’s hoping we see a healthy Mox return soon. Nothing against Miro, but this wasn’t his match to win. His day will soon come, but at least he’s being featured more and has a solid character that he can continue with – unlike his run in WWE.
Christian Cage & Jurassic Express def. Superkliq(Young Bucks & Adam Cole)
This match (although very long) was a very entertaining one! Christian still looks like a million bucks! The things Luchasaurus can do for his size astonish me every time, Jungle Boy is just fantastic and is due for a push real soon (in my opinion). You can tell that Adam Cole is just having the time of his life being in AEW with his friends (and girlfriend). The spot with the thumb tack knee pads was awesome! I didn’t think they’d outdo the tacks on the bottom of the shoes but they did.
Cody Rhodes & Pac def. Malakai Black & Andrade El Idolo
I guess you can say that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ was the tag line for this match. Cody’s heel turn is looming around the corner, even if he doesn’t want to – but I think if he were to turn heel, now is the PERFECT time to do it! You could say this was a filler match without taking anything away from all four of these men, just because this match happened because Cody wanted it to happen. This could have easily been a match on either Dynamite or Rampage. Weird finish, but I don’t think this four way feud is over.
CM Punk def. Eddie Kingston
It’s still so surreal to me that we get to see CM Punk every week! Like, what is life right now?! This was one of the matches I was really looking forward to, and it delivered just like I thought it would. The spot where Punk started doing Cena’s Five Knuckle Shuffle had me rolling! Just to cap it off with the bird! Classic! I don’t think this is the last time we see these two go at it and I’m glad, because if there was someone to beat Punk it might as well be Eddie. His story is just incredible and he’s an amazing talent – and his mic skills are impeccable. But you gotta wonder who’s next for Punk?
AEW Woman’s Championship: Britt Baker (D.M.D) def. Tay Conti
With all due respect to the amazing talent that is Tay Conti, it’s simply not her time…YET! The reign of the doctor continues and will for quite a bit, simply because – who is going to take the title off her? Also, will we see Deonna Purrazzo vs. Britt in the near future? Maybe if there was someone to beat Britt, it might be someone like Deonna who bursts open the proverbial forbidden door and blows the roof off the place. Until then the reign of D!M!D! goes on.
The Inner Circle def. Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, Junior dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski & Dan Lambert. (Minneapolis Street Fight)
This was a fun and entertaining match that again maybe went a little too long. You can tell in this match who the leader was. You can even hear Jericho yell to J.D.S to get in position to punch him during the lionsalt spot. I don’t mind when MMA fighters step into the squared circle; sometimes they are quite surprising and put on a semi decent match. For example, J.D.S actually had some impressive spots. I liked this little feud but I think it may be officially over with. What will be next for the Inner Circle?
Jay Lethal debut!
With Ring of Honor taking a little sabbatical, it looks like AEW will be acquiring some of their talent. The first being Jay Lethal. Now obviously, there is some controversy surrounding him from his past – but needless to say, AEW might be a great fit for him. Who knows, maybe some day we’ll get the return of the Black Machismo or maybe a Ric Flair impression or two? Either way, I’m looking forward to what he does in AEW. First up is a shot at the TNT championship against the Spanish God Sammy Guevara.
AEW World Heavyweight Championship: “Hangman” Adam Page def. Kenny Omega
It’s main event time! And boy, did this match deliver! I mean, we got to see Hangman riding through the streets of Minneapolis on a freaking white horse! There was no way in hell he wasn’t going to win this match! Plus, I think Omega is dealing with some injuries so this was the perfect time to take the title off him so he can rest up, because boy he earned it!
Omega has been KILLING it this past year, and if there was anyone to take the AEW title off him it had to be Adam Page. These two put on a CLINIC last year (and this year) at Full Gear in the Tournament Finals. Plus, the story these guys told throughout the year was amazing!
I actually can’t wait for Bryan vs Page in the near future. As much as I would have loved to see Bryan vs Omega II, I guess the old adage goes “good things come to those who wait”. So congratulations goes to Hangman Adam Page. A well-deserved title victory! I hope it goes a bit, although I don’t see him beating Bryan Danielson.
The show closed with Adam Page embracing his friends of the Dark Order. The perfect way to end this show! No debuts. Just Page celebrating with his friends.
Believe me, AEW will start debuting more talent – especially after the recent string of releases by WWE. AEW has all the time in the world to debut new talent and tonight was not that night. Yes, I think we will eventually see the artist formally known as Bray Wyatt in AEW, but again this was not the night.
If I were to grade Full Gear, I’d give it a solid B+ and not because it had anything to do with the card but simply because Bleacher Report was acting really weird on my Roku TV. Can’t wait to see what AEW has in store for us in the closing end of this year!
Author: Allan “AWESOME” Proskin