12th Nov2019

‘All Elite Wrestling: Full Gear’ Pay-Per-View Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of All Elite Wrestling: Full Gear, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have several big matches, including one that has been advertised as one of the most violent matches in a long time. Pull up your Daisy Dukes and get ready to talk in a really high squeak, because it’s time to hit, Full Gear. See? I’m cool. I’m not lame!

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Match #1: Dr. Britt Baker defeated Bea Priestley

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Before the match began, Priestley whipped her jacket at Baker, clearly playing mind games. Baker tried for the Lock Jaw earlier on, but Priestley escaped and stomped on Baker. Priestley stretched Baker against the ring post, and started working Baker’s back and ribcage. The commentators informed us that Baker was dealing with the flu tonight, besides battling the “Top Gaijin” Bea Priestley. The two traded forearms in the center of the ring, and both went down after a double lariat. Darby Allin was seen watching in the front row. Britt started taking the fight to Bea, shifting the momentum with a sling blade, then a swinging fishermen’s neck breaker. Priestley kicked out at two! Baker hit an avalanche brainbuster on Priestley. Somehow Priestley managed a shoulder capture on Baker, but Baker was able to reach the ropes for the break. Baker hit the ripcord, then a destroyer for a two count. Baker followed up with Lock Jaw for the submission victory.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was fun for a decent amount of time, but it never really became a match worth talking about. Besides, doctors are jerks. Take your medicine. Get some rest. Let that woman out of your basement. Losers.

Match #2: Proud And Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) defeated The Young Bucks

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Jim Ross described this opportunity as a “life changing scenario” for Santana and Ortiz. The Rock ‘n Roll Express, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, were shown sitting in the front row, and offered some words of encouragement to the Bucks. Matt was raining jackhammer right hands down on Santana, while Nick tossed Ortiz over the barricade into the front row. It didn’t take long for Santana and Ortiz to get ugly with the Bucks, executing some efficient and unorthodox tag team combos on Nick and Matt. The Bucks wouldn’t be outdone, though, as Matt delivered five suplexes in a row, and then his team hit More Bang for Your Buck, for a two-count on Santana. Matt was hit with a cutter and then a flapjack from Proud & Powerful, but he managed to get his shoulder up at two! The crowd began chanting “This is awesome!” P&P hit the Street Sweeper on Matt Jackson, but Matt countered it in midair. The Bucks tried for the Meltzer Driver, but Nick’s injured leg gave way midair. Matt placed Nick on the top rope, trying for More Bang for Your Buck, but P&P thwarted this with superkicks of their own. Eventually, Proud and Powerful hit the Street Sweeper on Nick Jackson for the pinfall victory!

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was smart wrestling with an edge to it. You won’t be able to accuse this of being indy-garbage, I can tell you that much. If more matches were like this one, then maybe wrestling wouldn’t get ridiculed so much. They’ve got a great pairing on their hands, if this is meant to be a feud.

Match #3: Adam Page defeated Pac

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Page charged PAC as the bell rang. He took PAC to the outside and was sending him straight into the metal barricades. Page rocketed from inside the ring to the outside on PAC with a tope suicida. Both athletes pulled out all the stops, with PAC landing some devastating leg kicks to Page. PAC went to the top rope for the Black Arrow, but Page ran up and hit the avalanche blockbuster, sending PAC all the way across the ring! Page planted PAC with a pop up powerbomb, and tried for Dead Eye. PAC transitioned out of Page’s finisher and applied the Brutalizer submission hold on Page. They fell into the ropes and the referee separated the two wrestlers. PAC went for the Black Arrow but Page rolled out of the way. The match could have gone either way, but Page hit Dead Eye and defeated PAC via pinfall.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was another fabulous match. These guys have proven to have a lot they could do together. Who’da thunk it? You did? Well…damn it.

Match #4: Shawn Spears defeated Joey Janela

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Spears was wearing a shirt that read: “No More Garbage Wrestling.” Tully’s teaching has clearly had an influence on Spears, as Spears delivered a backbreaker to Janela on the outside. Then Spears tossed Janela, hitting Janela’s back right on the edge of the ring. Spears put the scorpion deathlock on Janela in the center of the ring, working over the back even more. Janela grabbed the bottom rope for the break, and then hit a thrust kick right on the chin of Spears. Janela hit a flipping senton off the top to the outside on Spears. Janela was the victim of a spiked piledriver on the concrete via Tully and Spears, and Spears followed up with the C4 for the pin!

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – Janela should have won, but other than that, this turned out fine. Nothing remarkable here, which is the point of Pay Per View, but at least this was good.

Match #5: SCU defeated Private Party & Lucha Bros – All Elite Wrestling World Tag Team Title Match

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This match was heaven for fans of tag team wrestling. The Lucha Bros. hit a doomsday dropkick on Quen, and Fenix followed up with a cannonball into the corner on him. Pentagon his a backstabber on Quen. Scorpio Sky was tagged in and hit a cutter on Fenix. Kazarian hit a cutter of his own on Kassidy. Kazarian hit a leg drop on Pentagon, and both men topped to the outside. Scorpio Sky was ready to dive to the outside but Fenix intercepted him with a ropewalk kick! Fenix took out all the competitors with a beautiful dive to the floor. Quen hit a picture perfect shooting star press on Kazarian for a near three count!

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a brisk spot-fest that delivered plenty of PPV thrills, but none of the intellect of the best PPV matches in history.

Match #6: Riho defeated Emi Sakura – All Elite Wrestling Women’s Title Match

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RIHO displaced massive courage taking on her instructor tonight. She hit running knees to Sakura, then a single-leg Boston crab. RIHO tried for a body slam but Sakura turned it into a swinging flatliner on RIHO. Sakura used her size advantage to great effect and used the Romero Special surfboard on RIHO. Sakura was taunting RIHO, and the fans were chanting for RIHO. Sakura hit a Vaderbomb on RIHO for a near fall. After going toe-to-toe, RIHO won the match out of nowhere with a fundamental pinfall against her instructor, Emi Sakura!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was another excellent women’s match in AEW. The joshi influence has been able to add the depth to the division that has already bested the precursor to it (Ring Of Honor’s Women Of Honor). I thought that this was a smart, strong match that was a bit dull for PPV, but still really good and worth the viewing.

Match #7: Chris Jericho defeated Cody Rhodes – All Elite Wrestling World Title Match

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Dean Malenko, Arn Anderson, and the Great Muta, were the ringside judges, should the match go the distance and need the decision. Cody’s mother, Michelle, was sitting in the front row. Cody was busted wide open early on after landing on the steel entrance ramp. There was concern that referee Aubrey Edwards would stop the match. Jericho approached Michelle Rhodes, who slapped the champ. Cody hit a spear on Jericho, and then a waterwheel spinebuster drop (“Alabama Slam”) on the champ for the two-count. Cody let out a “Wooo!” and applied a figure-four to Jericho. The champ reversed it into a variation of an Indian leg lock, but Cody reversed it again. Cody rolled up Jericho, but Jake Hager walloped Cody. Ref Aubrey Edwards sent Hager to the back, but not before Hager slammed MJF into the guardrail. While the ref was distracted outside, Jericho slammed the heavyweight championship into Cody’s skull for a two-count. Jericho went for the Judas Effect but Cody caught it and nailed Jericho with the CrossRhodes. The champ kicked out at two! The packed arena began to chant “This is awesome!” Both competitors began to slug it out while on their knees. Cody hit a bionic elbow on Jericho for a near fall. The crowd was now chanting “Cody! Cody! Cody!” “The American Nightmare” went for the disaster kick but Jericho countered for a two-count. Jericho had the decided upper hand at this point in the match. Jericho was “dealing the cards” said Jim Ross. Jericho removed a leather weight belt and began whipping Cody with it. Cody went for a hurracarana from the top rope, but Jericho countered with the lion tamer. Cody made the long crawl to the ropes as Jericho sat back and wrenched the hold. The fans willed Cody to the ropes, forcing the ref to break the hold. Jericho again applied the lion tamer, and Cody’s corner man, MJF, threw in the towel to stop the match on behalf of Cody.

My Opinion: 4.4 out of 5 – A lame finish got in the way of a great match that delivered a lot of equally great action. Cody and Chris had the right sort of chemistry that was able to make this feel like a big match. Hey, prize fights are supposed to feel more important than anything else and this did. I wish this could have just ended on its own accord, rather than just being the starting point for something else, but that’s the way thing happen sometimes. Anyway, this was fantastic and just what the show needed at this point.

Match #8: (Main Event) Jon Moxley defeated Kenny Omega – Lights Out Match

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Mox entered through the crowd. Both competitors laid in heavy shots on one another. Omega hit the Yakuza Kick to take down Mox. Omega ran into the ropes, but Mox caught him with a black hole slam. Jon Moxley tossed a garbage can into the ring, and used the lid on Omega’s head. They took the fight outside, and Omega threw a beer into Moxley’s face, then whipped him into a garbage can. Omega hit a diving foot stomp onto the garbage can, which was on top of Moxley’s sternum. Omega went for a backflip off the barricade but Moxley pushed him off. Moxley delivered a snap suplex to Omega onto the ring floor. Moxley pulled out a barbed wire baseball bat from beneath the ring and swung it against Omega’s spine. There were puncture marks all over Omega’s back. Omega tried for a suplex, but Moxley began raking the barbed wire bat across Omega’s arm. Omega DDT’ed Mox onto the garbage can. “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega went to the outside and pulled a table from under the ring. Next he grabbed the barb wire broom and swung it at Moxley’s head, and then his back. Omega stomped onto the broom, and Moxley’s back was a horror show of bloody gore. Omega smiled and said, “I can do this all day!” He did a moonsault off the middle rope, holding the garbage can, and landing onto Moxley. Omega pulled out a board that had 50-60 mousetraps affixed to it. Moxley smashed Omega with an uproarious clothesline, and then suplexed Omega onto the board, setting off the mousetraps! Moxley carried in steel chains and set them into a pile. He dropped Omega onto the chains via a sidewalk slam for a two count. Mox tried for a rear naked choke on Omega, but Omega fought out of it using the lid of the trashcan. Moxley executed a side angle backdrop, dropping Omega onto the pile of chains. Finally Omega hit a snapdragon suplex onto Moxley to shift the momentum in his favor, and then another, and then a third snap dragon suplex. Moxley wrapped the chain around Moxley’s neck and tossed him over the top rope. Moxley was about to black out from the lack of oxygen, but Moxley slipped out. Omega cleared the top rope, diving right onto Moxley and smashing him through a table. Omega pulled a bag from beneath the ring. The bag was full of broken glass, and Omega took a shard of it and slashed Mox’s hand. Omega delivered a sit up spinebuster onto Moxley, crashing down onto the pile of broken glass. This match was not for the faint of heart! Omega gave Mox two V-trigger knees. Moxley climbed away on his knees on the entrance ramp. Omega took a screwdriver and approached Mox. Omega dug the screwdriver into Moxley’s forehead. Kenny called out the Bucks and Adam Page. He pleaded with them, and finally they carried out a barbed wire spider web. Omega went for the one-winged angel, but Mox countered it into a suplex onto the barbed wire spider web. The ring crew had to untangle the two competitors from the barbed wire. Omega sent Moxley through a Plexiglas structure via a V-trigger. The momentum caused Omega to crash through it also. Moxley used a Paradigm Shift in the ring, but only managed to score a two-count. Moxley sliced away the ties that were connecting the ring canvass to the platform of the ring. He exposed the wood of the wrestling ring. Omega countered a Gotch-style piledriver and hit a Paradigm Shift of his own on Mox. Omega attempted a Phoenix Splash onto Moxley, but Moxley moved out of the way! After an elevated Paradigm Shift onto the pine boards, Moxley earned the three-count victory over “the Best Bout Machine” Kenny Omega!

My Opinion: 4.4 out of 5 – As horror shows go, this was among the best. This was definitely a Death Match, so if you can’t stand those, then this will drive you insane. This was needlessly graphic and depressing, which is what a Death Match uses as a motif, rather than a goal. Make no mistake when I say that this is a great match, because it was, but this could have been even better if there was a real reason for these two to have wanted to hurt each other like this. The “Moxley is at war with management” angle is a nice idea, but it’s half-baked at this point, so it serving as the reason to have the match didn’t quite work. Remember, if you watch this match, then you will see legitimate violence (some was fake, campy farce, but not that much) and it likely caused these guys a lot of pain to do this. Okay, this was great, whether I like it or not.

News Of The Night:

  1. Brandi Rhodes is being pushed as Awesome Kong’s manager.
  2. MJF betrayed Cody Rhodes to become a heel (no one is surprised) in a move that should have happened on free TV, not on PPV.
  3. Christopher Daniels dressed up as Pentagon to attack Pentagon (made no sense, but it looked cool).
  4. Kip Sabian is the leader of a faction called “Superbad”.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

This was an excellent show that felt, for the most part, like another really good AEW: Dynamite show, rather than a great PPV. The Lights Out Match had no business being the main event and the wrong person won the World Title Match (just have Jericho steal it on Dynamite and do the MJF turn there instead). The first two-thirds of the card weren’t as good as the last chunk, but it was all fun to watch, so that’s alright. Overall, Full Gear represents what’s great and weak about All Elite Wrestling.

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