There’s a new face of All Elite Wrestling.
Hangman Page gained the AEW world title in the principle occasion of Full Gear, defeating Kenny Omega and placing an finish to his 346-day title reign. Page turns into simply the fourth particular person to carry the belt since its creation in August 2019, and there’s a great quantity of optimism surrounding this new alternative for the “Anxious Millennial Cowboy” as he takes his place as the highest star within the firm.
The matches ran lengthy, with eight out of 9 bouts working over quarter-hour. The shortest was CM Punk in opposition to Eddie Kingston, which clocked in at 11 minutes, leaving followers wanting extra. Each Punk and Kingston got here off as stars right here, and the violent encounter match their story completely.
There was loads to love at Full Gear, and the match of the night time was the opener of MJF vs. Darby Allin. It ended with MJF—simply as he predicted—defeating Darby Allin with a facet headlock. Proper earlier than, MJF had knocked out Allin together with his Dynamite diamond ring, so ending the match with the facet headlock was a artistic end. There was additionally a shock debut on the pay-per-view, with former two-time Ring of Honor champion Jay Deadly asserting that he’s now All Elite.
Listed below are the outcomes from Full Gear:
- Hikaru Shida and Thunder Rosa defeated Nyla Rose and Jamie Hayter on the pre-show
- MJF defeated Darby Allin
- The Lucha Bros. defeated FTR to retain the AEW tag staff titles
- Bryan Danielson defeated Miro to turn into the number-one contender for the AEW title
- Christian Cage and the Jurassic Specific defeated Adam Cole and the Younger Bucks in a Falls Depend Wherever match
- Cody Rhodes and PAC defeated Andrade and Malakai Black
- AEW girls’s champion Dr. Britt Baker defeated Tay Conti
- CM Punk defeated Eddie Kingston
- Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, and Sammy Guevara defeated Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, Junior dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, and Dan Lambert in a Minneapolis Road Struggle
- Hangman Page defeated Kenny Omega to turn into the brand new AEW champion
The present opener pitting MJF in opposition to Darby Allin was, in a phrase, phenomenal. Each have been coming off pay-per-view losses; MJF misplaced to Chris Jericho at All Out in September, whereas Allin misplaced that very same night time to CM Punk. MJF bounced again by outsmarting Allin and bending the foundations. MJF introduced Allin’s skateboard within the ring and handed it to him, tempting Allin to get disqualified. He as a substitute handed it to the referee, and whereas the ref’s again was turned, MJF drilled Allin together with his “Dynamite” diamond ring. Then, simply as he had boasted he would, MJF defeated Allin after hitting a facet headlock.
It’s a shock that MJF didn’t win his feud in opposition to Chris Jericho, however the stipulation that Jericho must depart AEW gave no different alternative however for Jericho to win. With the win in opposition to Allin, MJF is now prepared for a fair larger program, and there’s no higher opponent for him proper now than CM Punk.
The Lucha Bros. and FTR additionally continued their program. Penta and Fenix retained the AEW tag titles at Full Gear, gaining a measure of revenge in opposition to Dax Harwood and Money Wheeler, who defeated them final month for the AAA tag titles. This was one other excellent match, which is a reoccurring assertion every time each of those groups step into the ring. The end, which protects FTR in addition to prolongs the feud, noticed Harwood and Wheeler placed on their luchador masks. That backfired when Wheeler was pinned despite the fact that Harwood was the authorized man, however the referee by no means seen that distinction due to the masks. The 2 groups meet once more on December 4 at AAA’s Triplemanía Regia II.
Bryan Danielson and Miro then supplied a singular distinction of kinds. The match, which decided the brand new No. 1 contender for the AEW title, was a stark change of tempo from the opening two matches. Danielson gained the match by submission, marking the primary actual shock end of the present. With the standard knowledge resulting in the notion that Hangman Page was profitable the world title, it will have made sense to have Miro win right here and be the primary challenger for the belt. However Page-Danielson is an especially compelling matchup. It’s one that doesn’t have to be rushed into occurring anytime quickly, and the 2 stars ought to construct towards a serious conflict.
Jurassic Specific and Christian Cage defeated the Younger Bucks and Adam Cole in a chaotic Falls Depend Wherever match. Whereas this was the AEW pay-per-view debut for Cole, resulting in the assumption that he would win, the end made full sense as Jungle Boy lined Matt Jackson for the victory. Cole is on a trajectory headed straight towards difficult Page for the world title, and this loss doesn’t damage his standing. The one that actually wanted this victory was Jungle Boy. At solely 24, this win at Full Gear marks an vital second in his profession, and nonetheless leaves the door open for a match in opposition to Page, who he has but to beat one-on-one.
Following the six-man tag, Cody Rhodes teamed with PAC in opposition to Andrade and Malakai Black, who’re all former WWE stars. With so many former WWE stars now a part of AEW, ultimately there’ll come a time when an AEW star departs for WWE. The most important title that might do this, no less than in my estimation, can be Rhodes, one of many founding members of AEW. Wouldn’t it’s exceptional if Rhodes was WWE champion earlier than holding the AEW title? Greeted to a good quantity of boos at Full Gear, Rhodes labored an entertaining match with this proficient assortment of stars. Regardless of teasing points between the 2, Rhodes and PAC gained the match, solely to be attacked by FTR and Black afterward.
Dr. Britt Baker additionally efficiently defended the AEW girls’s title in a aggressive bout in opposition to Tay Conti. There was no query that Baker was going over, as she’s laying the inspiration for a memorable title run, however the aim right here was to construct Conti right into a professional contender for the belt. And that’s precisely what occurred. Conti acquired loads of near-falls–and the end was sensible, with Baker lucky to flee with a victory. Conti has all of the instruments to be a serious wrestling star, and this match solely bolstered that perception.
In a match devoted to the reminiscence of the legendary Eddie Guerrero, CM Punk defeated Eddie Kingston. A bloodied Punk gained with the GTS, however the match supplied loads of offense, proper from the start, for Kingston.
This was a brief however dramatic program, and the one frustration surrounding is it didn’t last more. Kingston opted to not shake Punk’s hand after the match, and there’s loads of purpose to consider these two will reengage their program at a later level—particularly if Punk ever turns into AEW champion.
There have been quite a few multi-person matches, together with the Minneapolis Road Struggle pitting The Interior Circle in opposition to Males of the Yr and American High Workforce. Sammy Guevara took an outrageous bump off the highest of a ladder and onto a desk within the spot of the night time. He and the remainder of the Interior Circle have been victorious when Chris Jericho–in a end paying homage to Demolition pinning Mr. Fuji in a handicap match in opposition to the Powers of Ache at WrestleMania V–pinned Dan Lambert for the win. There was additionally a spot within the match the place Ethan Page was exterior the ring taunting Jake Hager’s spouse, which led to a enjoyable change the place 81-year-old wrestling luminary Baron von Raschke, who was ringside, locked the famed claw onto Page.
Within the section earlier than the principle occasion, Tony Schiavone launched Jay Deadly to AEW. Deadly, who at one level was the face of Ring of Honor, instantly challenged TNT champion Sammy Guevara, which he accepted. Starting with Deadly, extra expertise from ROH is predicted to signal with AEW.
In the principle occasion, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page labored a charming world title match. There have been a few convincing near-falls, and the turning level occurred when Page escaped from Omega’s One-Winged Angel finisher. That is likely one of the most protected finishers in wrestling, however Omega by no means hit it. That constructed to Page hitting back-to-back Buckshot Lariats on Omega, every in entrance of the Younger Bucks, for the win. Neither of the Bucks interfered within the match, and it appeared Matt Jackson gave Page a nod of approval earlier than profitable the belt.
Following the win, Page celebrated within the ring with the Darkish Order. That celebration will proceed, as AEW makes its debut in Virginia—Page’s dwelling state—this Wednesday on Dynamite. Page profitable the title was at all times a part of the plan in AEW, and that lastly materialized at Full Gear. Now he has an opportunity to steer the corporate, the largest alternative so far in his profession.