AEW’s annual Full Gear pay-per-view is only a day away and is scheduled to take place on November 7th from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville Florida. Join James, Sam and Chris as we run through the match card and give you our predictions for Full Gear 2020.
John Silver (#4) vs Orange Cassidy
We have seen the rise of Cassidy as of late and this match has been moved from the kick-off show to the main card. I can’t help but hope that this is just a transitional feud whilst AEW are planning what to do next with Orange Cassidy. I’m a fan of Cassidy, he’s my guy.
James’ Prediction: Orange Cassidy
It’s curious how Cassidy has gone from feuding with Jericho to working with Cody and now finds himself here with John Silver at the bottom of the big card. Maybe this is just to keep Orange’s face out there whilst they prepare to launch his next big feud but did we really need this match? There’s so much talent that would have benefitted from a spot on the card. Will Hobbs, for example. I’d have liked to have seen him get into it with Brian Cage in a big hoss beef slapper. Maybe next time.
Chris’ Prediction: Orange Cassidy
Fans have been on Orange Cassidy from the beginning, but The Dark Order on YouTube’s “Being The Elite” has been hilarious. Fans love them, especially John Silver with Mr. Brodie Lee. Both have been comedic, so look for it here. I know OC has had great matches with Cody and Chris Jericho, but I think AEW starts things off with a shock.
Sam’s Prediction: John Silver
‘Hangman’ Adam Page vs Kenny Omega (Final qualifying match for the #1 contendership for the AEW World Championship)
This match is the final qualifying match to see who will become the #1 Contender for the AEW World Championship. Of course, Page defeated Wardlow and Omega defeated Penta on a recent edition of AEW Dynamite to secure their respective spots in this match. Will it be The ‘Hangman’ or will it be ‘The Cleaner’ who gets themselves one step closer to AEW Championship Gold. I truly believe it’s time for Omega to main event an AEW PPV against either Mox/Kingston for the biggest prize in All Elite Wrestling.
James’ Prediction: Kenny Omega
Omega’s been heeling it up a little of late, whilst Page has been looking for redemption, looking to reconcile with his former tag title-holding partner. I expect this to be the point Omega fully goes into ‘Cleaner’ mode, taking the win not by cheating but via excess brutality, perhaps whaling on Hangman when he’s out for the count. Look for this to lead to Omega ultimately dethroning Mox in the future, with Page on the chase.
Chris’ Prediction: Kenny Omega
Many think this will be the Match of the Show. I don’t buy these two because they never live up to the hype. Too much pressure and they don’t deliver. Kenny needs to rehab his image since he is in charge of the women’s division and it has been awful. His matches have not been great. He chose to do tags instead of singles. People are starting to call him out about his New Japan reputation. Can he do the same things here? I think he gets his chance this run.
Sam’s Prediction: Kenny Omega
Chris Jericho vs MJF (If MJF wins, he can join The ‘Inner Circle’)
What can I say? Seeing everything that has gone down between these two in the past number of weeks has been nothing shy of entertaining. Jericho and MJF are obviously incredibly talented performers—as we have seen from their individual in-ring carers and, of course, ‘Le Dinner Debonair’. That segment in particular has suffered a lot of criticism. I for one think it was great. It was so unexpected and it entertained me—what more could I ask for?
As we know, If MJF wins, he will be allowed to join the Inner circle. Jericho and MJF have amazing chemistry. Personally, I want to see Jericho and MJF head to head rather than side by side. It seems that even Jericho has acknowledged the talents and skills of MJF. AEW’s ‘Town Hall’ segment really set the tone for this match in my opinion. MJF exudes confidence and he is incredibly brash, but so is Jericho—these guys are more alike than they may think. As impressive as Jericho’s record is, I truly believe that MJF will walk out of this one as the winner, by any means necessary, and to the disdain of Jericho, join the ‘Inner Circle’.
James’ Prediction: MJF
The entrance to the Inner Circle might be what’s at stake here, but I think this could be the start of a larger issue. See, people love Jericho. He’s the heel people love to hate, but within that a lot of people just want to cheer him. So, what better way to have that work in story than have MJF join the Inner Circle then usurp his position as leader? Have MJF take over and beat the hell out of Jericho. If done right, this could see MJF go from great heel to the top-line superstar he has the potential to be. But he needs to win here for things to play out.
Chris’ Prediction: MJF
My free prediction for you is that this is the Match of the Show and maybe Match of the Month. Chris Jericho puts him over big time and the Inner Circle doesn’t help out, leaving him upset. These two pull out all the stops. MJF wins with the ring punch but doesn’t join the Circle since he won but doesn’t need the rub of membership.
Sam’s Prediction: MJF
Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara in ‘The Elite Deletion’
This rivalry has been an extremely personal one and at times has blurred the lines for me in terms of what was scripted and what wasn’t. My reasoning for my prediction is not a reflection of how I feel about Hardy as a talent and his ability to come out on top; it comes from a place of knowing that Matt Hardy is truly a seasoned veteran and feeling that a victory here would benefit Guevara more in the grand scheme of things, given his age and spot in the company.
James’ Prediction: Sammy Guevara
You know what? If Matt leaves this encounter with Sammy in one piece, then we’re all winners, especially Matt. Don’t kill him, Sammy! I don’t know what to expect from this one. Sammy could do with a big win, but Matt is the sensible call here.
Chris’ Prediction: Matt Hardy
It is hard to tell what is in Matt Hardy’s mind. I wish Willow could show up, but we know Vince McMahon would rather die. Why Sammy agreed to go to the Hardy Compound is beyond me. Reby Hardy isn’t letting him out alive after the last pay-per-view. If he beats Matt or Matt gets hurt then her and King Maxwell will get him. Matt is going to raise the bar two levels for WWE on cinematic matches
Sam’s Prediction: Matt Hardy
Hikaru Shida vs Nyla Rose for the AEW Womens World Championship
Hikaru Shida has been the AEW Women’s Champ for quite some time. Simply put, that’s not going to end anytime soon. This isn’t going to be a clean-cut match in my book, especially with the dastardly Vickie Guerrero at ringside. I still feel Shida will come out on top.
James’ Prediction: Hikaru Shida
With the focus on the NWA’s Women Championship lately, not that I’m complaining, it’s pushed the AEW’s Women’s title into the background. There’s no real reason to get excited about this match apart from the fact I enjoy Shida’s work. Shida for the win here.
Chris’ Prediction: Hikaru Shida
I think Vickie Guerrero gets involved, but Shida fights through it. She keeps her championship because she deserves it. She has been huge for the company by stabilizing it. I can’t see AEW putting it on Nyla Rose since she hasn’t been on TV consistently. I’m hoping we get a “Diamond” surprise here though.
Sam’s Prediction: Hikaru Shida
FTR vs The Young Bucks for the AEW World Tag Team Championships
On a recent edition of AEW: Dynamite, Excalibur conducted an interviewed with FTR and The Young Bucks. Its no secret that this match has been brewing for years, but the main thing to note is that Matt Jackson will be competing in this match with an injured ankle. No matter how pig-headed/stubborn Matt Jackson is, he’s not going to be at 100% and his brother Nick Jackson knows it. The current AEW World Tag Team Champions, FTR, made it known that whatever happens, whoever walks out as the winners have cemented their legacy as the best tag-team in the wrestling world and I could not agree more. This truly will be a dream match. Despite Matt’s ankle injury, you can never count the Bucks out so it’s hard to predict this one.
My gut says that FTR will retain but only time will tell.
James’ Prediction: FTR
A dream match for many, certainly for the parties involved, it’s a weight of expectation to live up to.
Can they do it though, or will it be a clash of styles? Personally, I hope they can. A modern-day Tully and Arn versus the Rock and Roll Express match would keep me very happy. What with the stipulation and Matt’s knee, I can’t see The Bucks winning. Do I think that they’ll never challenge for the AEW tag straps again? No, I think there’ll be a loophole to exploit later on. But for now, FTR will win via shenanigans, or Tully Blanchard as he’s known, and steal the win here.
Chris’ Prediction: FTR
These are the two best tag teams in the world and have been for years. If I’d written this last week then my prediction would have been FTR. They are the best team. Then The Young Bucks come out with their stipulation. Same thing Cody did. Don’t copy. Tony Khan can’t have that. He can’t have three out of four EVPs not being able to challenge for the biggest championships in the company. As much as I would like FTR to win, it is time for The Bucks to take the championships. Khan isn’t letting them paint themselves in a corner like Cody did. Because of the stipulation…
Sam’s Prediction: The Young Bucks
Cody v Darby Allin for the TNT Championship
I’m not knocking Darby Allin—he’s phenomenal—but Cody is not losing the Championship at Full Gear. Darby may very well come close to a victory but that’s where it will end. I do not have anything else to say on the matter.
Cody will remain TNT Champion at the end of the night.
James’ Prediction: Cody
One could argue that Darby should really have been wrestling Ricky Starks here to give a big blow-off to their feud—unless that feud is going to continue. I expect Darby to look like he’s going to come out on top here, only for Ricky to appear and cost Allin the match, setting the stage for their feud to roll on. More interestingly, if Cody does win by such an intervention, how is he going to react? I still think we’re building up to some big drama with the ‘American Nightmare’.
Chris’ Prediction: Cody
If you have read my wrestling articles here then you know I love Cody. However, Darby Allin is one of my favourites also. I saw him in VICELAND’s “The Wrestlers” in Season One and fell in love with his athleticism, his outlook and his style. I immediately started watching his indie matches on YouTube and anywhere else, then he became All Elite. All over social media, Cody has been saying Darby doesn’t deserve another shot. So unless Team Taz gets involved then Darby wins, but that’s my caveat…Team Taz. I think Ricky Starks gets involved hopefully afterwards.
Sam’s Prediction: Darby Allin
Jon Moxley vs Eddie Kingston in an ‘I Quit’ match for the AEW World Championship
As much of a viable threat that Kingston is to Moxley, it is not Kingston’s time to hold the World Titlle, especially when were are on the cusp of greatness, that being the inevitable Mox v Omega battle. Kingston will have his time to shine at the top of the mountain one day, but the stars have not aligned quite yet in Kingston’s favour. I’m calling for Mox to retain.
James’ Prediction: Jon Moxley
I don’t believe Eddie is going to dethrone Mox here. Omega will be the man to do that as part of his redemption by veering to his ‘Cleaner’ side. I could even see Omega attacking Mox after the bell, an inversion of the end of the inaugural Double or Nothing. In any case, I enjoyed Mox and Eddie’s first match on Dynamite and I expect this one to ramp up the brutality, bringing more of the MMA-style conflict from the first match and adding some hardcore antics to the mix. Mox is leaving with the belt, though.
Chris’ Prediction: Jon Moxley
These two are going to show WWE what an “I Quit” match really looks like. It is a total brawl with numerous ‘almosts’ in it. They don’t need a cage. They’ll show you the level of pain you must reach to quit. I think one will pass out and get slapped to wake up. There will be no crying in this one. I also think they will be aware not to go too long. I think this match will be lucky to go 20 minutes because of the pain they show each other. I can’t see anyone believing in a program between Kenny Omega and Eddie Kingston, and it just isn’t time for Mox to lose.
I’m hoping for The Man from King’s Lynn to show up and challenge Jon Moxley as a surprise.
Sam’s Prediction: Jon Moxley
So there you have it! James, Chris and Sam have given you their takes on how AEW Full Gear will play out. Do you think that we will have new AEW Tag-Team Champions on Saturday night? Will Mox rise above Eddie Kingston? And who will be the Champion’s next contender? Let us know what you think in the comments!