Enormous flip, eye-opening violence and story failures
Full Gear, All Elite Wrestling first pay-per-view for the reason that launch of “AEW Dynamite” on TNT, confirmed the corporate’s warts whereas delivering the motion and large moments we’ve come to count on.
There’s loads to study from and construct off of Saturday evening’s present as the corporate will get set to finish its first yr in enterprise. Listed below are 5 takeaways from Full Gear in Baltimore:
Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega’s unsanctioned match was a grasp class in violence, that the previous WWE star received with a Paradigm Shift on the uncovered wooden of the ring. The conflict included a lists of weapons Unhealthy Santa couldn’t have checked twice. There was a barbed wire bat and broom, damaged glass, a board lined in mouse traps, an ice choose and spirals of barbwire the 2 wanted AEW employees to drag them off of after a suplex.
What made this match standout was that it wasn’t violence for violence sake. Every weapon felt prefer it was used neatly and had a goal. At one level, Moxley needed to crawl throughout the damaged glass like Bruce Willis in “Die Onerous” to interrupt a maintain. The match itself felt becoming for 2 wrestlers who had waited greater than 4 months to get their palms on one another finish left Moxley’s spouse Renee Younger live-tweeting her nervousness.
Omega proved once more why he’s arguably the perfect on the planet proper now. He composed lovely symphonies in Japan. This was a heavy steel basic. Moxley was the correct name to go over as a result of he flipped out when AEW president Tony Khan determined this match wasn’t going to rely on his AEW report. That storyline can proceed in a giant approach.
No Buddy of Mine
MJF might have price his former greatest buddy Cody all the pieces with the throw of a towel and a kick within the nuts. His flip, which has been teased, did really feel a little bit too quickly. However, it does set AEW up long run regardless of the instant disappointment of Cody probably dropping any likelihood of wrestling for the AEW world championship once more — a stipulation he put in.
MJF threw within the towel from ringside, with a bleeding Cody locked for the second time in champion Chris Jericho’s Lion Tamer submission. It ended a compelling, well-scripted match that introduced alive a Baltimore crowd that felt disinterested at completely different instances throughout the evening.
Cody appeared to forgive him earlier than MJF — who had a fan throw water on him — turned on the son of Dusty Rhodes. The three judges – Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko and The Nice Muta — weren’t even wanted to resolve a possible draw. Heck, it additionally felt like we had been by no means instructed how shut they got here to the 60-minute time restrict.
Followers had been denied the euphoria of seeing Cody — AEW’s high babyface, win the title and shut up Jericho, who celebrated his 49th birthday. However a feud with MJF — who has nuclear-level warmth — can be should watch. There are many loopholes for Cody to nonetheless use — put his profession on the road, or say MJF didn’t act in good religion — to get a title shot approach down the highway. Till then, get pleasure from the truth that AEW might lastly be unleashing MJF.
AEW’s tag division continues to be one among its highlights and a well-booked divisions — regardless of one hiccup.
The tag-team triple risk match received the gang again into the pay-per-view after a sluggish begin. Rey Fenix continues to be a pleasure to look at, his spinning dive off the highest rope into the remainder of the sphere awoke the gang.
Having Frankie Kazarian pin Isiah Kassidy of Non-public Occasion to retain their championships stored the top-ranked Lucha Brothers inline for a rematch. Fenix and Pentagon attacked Kazarian after the match. The lights went out and Christopher Daniels, dressed as Pentagon, appeared to save lots of his teammates to a blended crowd response. No want for all of the theatrics, simply let Daniels, who had been injured by the Lucha Bros present up as himself. The pop probably would have been greater.
Within the different match, the Younger Bucks continued to place over the remainder of the tag staff division whereas having very good match, dropping to Santana and Ortiz when an injured Nick was pinned after a Road Sweeper.
The match was fittingly completely different than what we’ve seen from The Younger Bucks towards the Lucha Brothers and Non-public Occasion. It had a slower, gritty and extra bodily grinding type that made sense towards a street-wise staff like Santana and Ortiz in comparison with the fast-paced ballet we’ve seen thus far.
The Rock N’ Roll Specific leaping the railing to save lots of Matt and Nick Jackson from an Internal Circle assault, together with a Ricky Morton suicide dive, received a giant pop from the gang and is a pleasant tip of the cap to the historical past of tag staff wrestling.
Prepared for his or her shut up
Cody stated the media name previous to Full Gear that we’re going to see extra from AEW’s girls’s division after the present. The pay-per-view set it up to take action.
Champion Riho remained undefeated and retains successful with rollup. She wrestled a wonderful trainer vs. pupil match with mentor Emi Sakura, who threw all the pieces at her. So you have got a reputable champion. Britt Baker, battling the full-blown flu, beat Brea Priestly on the preshow and will get a title rematch.
After Baker’s match, Brandi Rhodes] creepy vignettes had been paid off along with her and Superior Kong coming to the ring to assault Priestly. Kong used a knife to a clump of Priestley’s hair as trophy with a knife equipped by Rhodes. Doing this to a babyface would have been simpler, however the crowd nonetheless delivered sufficient boos.
One thing’s a miss
AEW didn’t capitalize absolutely on Baker, who’s a feud with Priestly blurred the strains of actuality. The concussion and black eye Priestly gave Baker made for a simple story, however the one construct was a wonderful promo on AEW’s “Darkish” YouTube present, not TNT. Baker delivered a killer promote, however Priestly by no means received an opportunity to reply. It’s highlights the work AEW must do on the tales for the decrease finish of the cardboard/
One other instance was Shawn Spears vs. Joey Janela. The match was shortly put collectively threw very brief segments and it confirmed within the lack of crowd reaching. Tully Blanchard, Spears’ supervisor who interfered to assist him win, feels much less like a legendary 4 Horsemen and extra like a generic heel supervisor.
One instance of dangerous positioning was “Hangman” Adam Web page and PAC.They instructed in-ring story, however the slow-building, plodding match didn’t fairly join with crowd as a result of it adopted a similar-style match. Having Hangman go over means he jumps PAC within the rankings and is the No. 1 contender for the AEW championship. That feels too quickly after his loss at All Out.
Greatest winner: Jon Moxley
Greatest losers: PAC/Cody
Match of the evening: Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega