The next big PPV from All Elite Wrestling is fast approaching. AEW Full Gear 2020 is tonight and it’s perhaps the biggest card they’ve promoted yet. I don’t wanna waste any time getting into these predictions, let’s go for it!
NWA Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb (c) vs. Allysin Kay
The alliance with NWA has been an incredible bolster for AEW’s women’s division and I suspect this Buy-In match to be another great example. Deeb/Kay and Shida/Rose will be competing to see which match can outshine the other I imagine. I only know Allysin so well but I do have reason to think this will be an extremely solid match. Deeb to retain though, she just won this title and looks like a very good choice thus far.
Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver
It warms my heart to see John Silver’s progress this year. He went from an unsigned job boy to a cult favorite mainstay, and now he’s got a big main card PPV singles match to show for it. Feels good. This will also be a lot of fun, both because of the guaranteed hijinks we’ll see from these characters and because they’re both wickedly talented athletes. This match should have a few different gears to it, it’ll be a nice one. Orange Cassidy over, of course. Can’t really see him beating Chris Jericho one PPV and losing to John Silver the next, much as I love the guy.
TNT Championship: Cody (c) vs. Darby Allin
I think this may be it. I really kinda totally think this might possibly be it, perhaps! Darby has been due for his big win for a long, long time. I always felt that Cody would be the one that he got it over, and I always felt it should be on PPV when it happens. And once the TNT title came into play, I could just see it, crystal clear that Darby would dethrone him for it. It’s been built to for about a year and a half now. Darby’s already on the verge of being a star as is, he wins this and I really think they’ll have made him. Darby Allin over.
AEW World Title Eliminator Final: Hangman Page vs. Kenny Omega
This, along with several other matches tonight, is a long, long time coming. Kenny and Hangman have teased a feud since before they even became tag team champions together. They had a great run as a tandem, with their match with the Bucks at Revolution being considered by some to be the greatest tag match of all time. Now these two finally square off one-on-one with big stakes as well, as the winner goes on to challenge for the AEW World title. Expectations are high for this one to knock it out of the park and I don’t think it’ll disappoint. Kenny Omega for the win this time around, but I think this is only the beginning of what will be a major rivalry for AEW.
The Elite Deletion: Sammy Guevara vs. Matt Hardy
I think this match would make sense to put at the very center of the show. It’s a big chance of pace, so it works well to differentiate between intense in-ring action, and because it’s so different, it doesn’t have to really worry about ‘following’ a great match, nor does anything else have to worry about following it. So putting in here in kind of an intermission spot seems like the smart thing to me.
But that doesn’t mean it’ll be a break match, far from it. This should be Matt Hardy at his absolute zaniest. He has the same amount of creative freedom he had at Impact but now with a far higher budget to work with. We haven’t even really gotten a hint as to what he intends for this one but I expect it’ll be grand. I’ll say Sammy wins in the end somehow though losing to Matt at this kinda game wouldn’t hurt him at all. But putting him over was the purpose of this the whole time so it makes sense for him to win the finale.
AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Nyla Rose
These two had a great PPV battle back at Double or Nothing. I expect them to try and top that effort this time around, should be very good. The fact that we’re getting this rematch at this juncture does imply that we’re in a little bit of a holding pattern right now but as long as they put on the best matches they can, I’m okay with it for now. This is Nyla’s first big match since joining up with Vickie months ago and conventional wisdom might be that she shouldn’t be losing as a result. Shida’s been such a good reliable champion all through the Pandemic though… I’m not positive on this one, maybe the toughest for me to call. But I guess I’m leaning Nyla Rose.
MJF vs. Chris Jericho (If MJF wins, he joins the Inner Circle)
This match will definitely be very different from everything else on the card. Should have a bit of a throwback quality to it. It’s also possible they’ll spend the whole match trying to screw each other over and see who can play the dirtiest. Either way it should be a very good time. After all this, I can’t see MJF not joining the Inner Circle honestly, so I think Max gets the big win here.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR (c) vs. The Young Bucks (If the Bucks lose they never challenge for the titles again)
To me, this is far and away, hands down, the biggest and most historically significant match on the card. It will have some strong competition for MOTN but the expectations of this are that it should be in the running for MOTY. It has an uphill battle ahead of it beating Bucks vs. Omega and Hangman given that it will have only a fraction of the crowd that match had. But we are talking about the two greatest tag teams in the world today, finally facing off after years of build-up.
I feel so strongly that this should be the main event. I feel like if this particularly match doesn’t headline this particular PPV, than no tag team match will ever headline any PPV, even in AEW. Sadly it’s already been confirmed that it won’t happen. Oh well. Atleast tag teams can be B+ players in one major promotion, that’s still a helluva lot better than anyone else can say. Anyway, given the stip, and how seriously they take this given Cody’s situation, I can’t possibly imagine the Bucks losing. I can’t foresee a world where they never hold those titles, and I really don’t WANT to see it either. FTR were always the ideal choices for them to take the titles from as well. Everything is lining up for the Young Bucks to finally get the gold.
I Quit Match for the AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Eddie Kingston
I feel like the only reason this isn’t an Unsanctioned Match is because the title wouldn’t be on the line in something like that. Given the two people involved, the stip that we do have, and the fact that it’s going on last, I do very much expect this to end up being a deathmatch akin to Mox and Omega’s last year. This battle is sure to be intense and emotional and raw. There’s no way in Hell Eddie Kingston is winning this, it’s just way too sudden and they really haven’t even given him a lot of big wins to build to it. But I am glad they immediately saw so much in him that they put him in this spot, because from the beginning it’s been obvious that he should’ve been in a major promotion for a decade already. Moxley to retain.