AEW Full Gear
|AEW Full Gear|
|Promotion||All Elite Wrestling|
|Date||November 9, 2019|
|Venue||Royal Farms Arena|
Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on The Buy In pre-show. In the main event, Jon Moxley defeated Kenny Omega in an unsanctioned Lights Out match. In other prominent matches, Chris Jericho retained the AEW World Championship against Cody after Cody's cornerman MJF threw in the towel, thereby preventing Cody from ever challenging for the title again, Riho retained the AEW Women's World Championship against Emi Sakura, and SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) in a three-way tag team match to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championship.
Full Gear featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Storylines were produced on The Young Bucks' YouTube series Being The Elite and AEW's weekly shows Wednesday Night Dynamite and Dark.
At the conclusion of Double or Nothing, Jon Moxley appeared from the crowd and attacked both Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. The latter fought back and brawled on the entrance stage where Moxley put Omega through the stage with a standing fireman's carry takeover. A match between Omega and Moxley was then scheduled for All Out, however, the match was canceled due to Moxley suffering an elbow injury. On September 4, their match was rescheduled for Full Gear. On the October 9 episode of Dynamite, at the end of Moxley's match against Shawn Spears, Omega arrived on the entrance ramp with a broom and a baseball bat, both wrapped in barbed wire. Omega threw the bat towards Moxley, but Pac blindsided Omega with a steel chair. Unwilling to attack an unconscious Omega and wanting a fair fight, Moxley dropped the bat and walked backstage. On the October 30 episode of Dynamite, it was announced that Moxley and Omega's match would be an unsanctioned lights out match.
At All Out, Chris Jericho defeated Adam Page to become the inaugural AEW World Champion, while on the undercard, Cody defeated Shawn Spears to improve his singles match win–loss–draw record to 2–0–1. Due to Cody's singles match record, he was granted an AEW World Championship match against Jericho at Full Gear. On October 29, AEW announced that the match would include a panel of ringside judges that would decide the winner in the case of a time limit draw. On the November 6 episode of Dynamite, Cody proclaimed that if he did not win at Full Gear, he would never challenge for the championship again.
At All Out, Santana and Ortiz debuted for AEW and attacked The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) following the latter's match. During the debut episode of Dynamite on October 2, Santana and Ortiz teamed with Chris Jericho and defeated The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks). Santana and Ortiz would go on and join Jericho's faction The Inner Circle and challenged The Young Bucks to a match at Full Gear that the Bucks accepted.
At Double or Nothing, Adam Page was scheduled to face Pac, but due to creative differences with Dragon Gate, a promotion that Pac also wrestled for and was the reigning champion, their match was canceled. After settling those creative differences, Pac had his AEW debut match at All Out, defeating Kenny Omega by making him pass out to the Brutalizer. Following the show during Page's post-event interview, he was interrupted by Pac, who said that he had returned to AEW to get revenge on Page. A match between the two was then scheduled for the debut episode of Dynamite on October 2, which Pac won. Page then teamed with Omega and defeated the team of Pac and Jon Moxley on the October 16 episode. Another match between Page and Pac was scheduled for Full Gear.
On the October 30 episode of Dynamite, SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) to win the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Championship. The following week, SCU were scheduled to defend the championship at Full Gear in a three-way match against The Lucha Brothers and the winners of the match between The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen), which Private Party won.
On November 6, Riho was scheduled to defend the AEW Women's World Championship against her former trainer, Emi Sakura. That night on Dynamite, Sakura teamed with Jamie Hayter and defeated Riho and Shanna with Sakura pinning Riho.
During the tag team match pitting Bea Priestley and Shoko Nakajima against Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Riho on Fight for the Fallen's Buy In pre-show, Priestley kicked Baker in the back of the head, giving her a concussion. During All Out's Buy In pre-show, Baker eliminated Priestley from the Casino Battle Royale to determine one of the two challengers for the inaugural AEW Women's World Championship, but Priestley in turn aided in the elimination of Baker, allowing Nyla Rose to win. On November 5 during Dark, a match between Baker and Priestley was scheduled for the Full Gear Buy In pre-show.
|Commentators||Jim Ross (PPV)|
|Excalibur (Pre-show + PPV)|
|Spanish commentators||Alex Abrahantes|
|Ring announcer||Justin Roberts|
|AEW World Championship match judges||Dean Malenko|
|The Great Muta|
The Buy In
During The Buy In pre-show, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. faced Bea Priestley. In the end, Baker forced Priestley to submit to the "Lockjaw" to win.
The actual pay-per-view opened with Proud and Powerful (Santana and Ortiz) facing The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson). The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) sat in the crowd, and were greeted by The Young Bucks during their entrance. Santana and Ortiz performed the "Street Sweeper" on Nick to win. Afterwards, Proud and Powerful continued to attack The Young Bucks. Morton and Gibson appeared and Morton performed a Front Flip Piledriver on Santana. Morton performed a Suicide Dive on Ortiz and Sammy Guevara.
The second match pitted "Hangman" Adam Page against Pac. Page performed a "Dead Eye" on Pac to win.
Next, Shawn Spears (accompanied by Tully Blanchard) competed against Joey Janela. In the end, Spears and Blanchard performed an assisted spike piledriver on Janela the outside. Spears then executed a "Death Valley Driver" on Janela to win.
Afterwards, SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defended the AEW World Tag Team Championship against The Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fenix) and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) in a three-way tag team match. Sky and Kazarian performed an "SCU Later" on Kassidy for the win.
In the next match, Riho defended the AEW Women's World Championship against Emi Sakura. Riho hit Sakura with a double stomp to the head to retain the championship.
In the penultimate match, Chris Jericho (accompanied by Jake Hager) defended the AEW World Championship against Cody (accompanied by MJF). Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, and The Great Muta were introduced as the judges to determine the winner in the event of a time limit draw. Cody attempted a Suicide Dive but Jericho avoided it, resulting in Cody falling on the entrance ramp and bleeding. Hager struck Cody but was ejected. Jericho struck Cody with the AEW championship belt for a near-fall. Cody performed "Cross Rhodes" on Jericho for a near-fall. In the end, Jericho applied the Liontamer, and MJF threw in the towel, meaning Jericho retained the title. As per the stipulation, Cody will never challenge for the AEW World Championship again.
After the match, MJF initially consoled Cody before attacking Cody with a low blow and leaving to loud boos from the audience.
In the main event, Jon Moxley faced Kenny Omega in an unsanctioned Lights Out match. Throughout the duration of the match, several weapons were used, including glass, anchor chains, trash cans and a screwdriver. Late in the contest, Adam Page and The Young Bucks appeared and delivered a platform of barbed wire for Omega to use. Moxley performed a suplex onto the barbed wire platform on Omega. Omega performed a "V-Trigger" through a glass display on Moxley. Moxley performed a "Snap Double Underhook DDT" on Omega for a near-fall. Omega performed a "Snap Double Underhook DDT" on the boards on Moxley for a near-fall. Omega attempted a "Phoenix Splash" but Moxley avoided and performed a "Paradigm Shift" on the boards on Omega to win.
The event received generally positive reviews. Jason Powell of Pro Wrestling Dot Net "enjoyed the show"; it was "refreshing to see an event filled with matches that all felt like they mattered and weren’t just filling time." He also stated that "the crowd was hot and everyone went above and beyond in the ring." Writing for CBS Sports, Brent Brookhouse and Jack Crosby also liked the show, commenting that "the final two matches of the night brought a unique approach that only AEW can truly deliver with a lack of the restrictions imposed on WWE efforts and the elite level talents on the All Elite Wrestling roster." The Moxley-Omega main event and the Jericho-Cody world championship match were the two highest rated matches of the show, with both getting an "A-" grade. Elsewhere on the show, the Riho-Sakura women's title match was rated "B+" and the SoCal Uncensored-Lucha Brothers-Private Party three-way tag match for the tag team titles was rated "B-".
Despite the show being met with mostly positive reviews, the unsanctioned Lights Out match between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega garnered divided reactions due to its graphic violence and heavy use of weapons. Arya Witner of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter called the match "disgusting" and if she never sees "another AEW Lights Out match, it will be too soon." On his podcast, Jim Cornette called the match "...self-indulgent, phony, silly, stupid, embarrassing, big-budget garbage fucking wrestling", and stated "the only thing they did right was they actually did turn the lights out; they dimmed the lights and brought them back up" in the spirit of an old-school Lights Out match. Cornette labelled the match as "an abortion" and concluded that it was "ECW with a budget." On the contrary, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter acknowledged that although he personally "hated" the match, from a "mental aspect of laying out a match and the physical aspect of doing it at a high level" that "it was a tremendous match and an incredible spectacle". He would give the match a 4.5 star rating. AEW commentator Jim Ross claimed that the "passion in that match was a breath of fresh air for our business."
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