AEW Full Gear 2023 is on the horizon, set to unfold this Saturday. Before the action kicks off, let’s dissect the crucial details and predictions for this anticipated pay-per-view event.
PPV Event Information:
- Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
- Start Time: 7 p.m. ET (Zero Hour pre-show), 8 p.m. ET (main show)
- Location: Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California
Match Card, Predictions & Heat Index Anticipation Levels:
- Temperature Scale: Scorching > Hot > Lukewarm > Temperate > Chilly > Cold > Freezing
- Heat Index evaluates match interest, excitement, and feud intrigue.
[Zero Hour] Tag Team Match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship:
MJF (c) and TBA vs. The Gunns (Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn)
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Thoughts: MJF’s unpredictable storyline calls for caution, but holding titles till ROH Final Battle seems plausible. The shift in plans due to Adam Cole’s injury and CM Punk’s departure adds uncertainty. While instincts lean towards MJF losing, ROH Final Battle might be the stage for a change.
Singles Match for the AEW World Championship:
MJF (c) vs. Jay White
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Thoughts: Maintaining MJF’s reign until Worlds End, dismissing the notion of a premature comeback. The narrative doesn’t align with Jay White dethroning MJF, especially with Wardlow in the background. Despite an anticipated good match, MJF’s title defense should proceed, perhaps facing jeopardy at a later event.
Singles Match for the AEW Women’s World Championship:
Hikaru Shida (c) vs. “Timeless” Toni Storm
Toni Storm wins.
Thoughts: Repetitive matchups dull excitement; craving fresh faces in the women’s division. The constant Shida vs. Storm narrative fails to captivate, and the Timeless Toni Storm character doesn’t resonate. A title change might inject new energy, but the overall interest remains low.
Sting, Darby Allin, and Adam Copeland vs. Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, and Nick Wayne
Sting’s team wins.
Thoughts: A decent segment, potential Ric Flair interference down the line. The match lacks significant buildup, and while the involvement of legends adds nostalgia, the overall excitement level is moderate. Potential interference could spice things up, but the outcome seems relatively predictable.
Singles Match for the AEW International Championship:
Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Jon Moxley
Orange Cassidy retains.
Thoughts: A potential show-stealer; a storyline where Cassidy evens the score for a future rubber match. The match holds promise as one of the night’s highlights. While hesitant about the prediction, Cassidy’s win could set the stage for a compelling rubber match, offering a satisfying continuation to the feud.
Tag Team Match:
The Golden Jets (Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Golden Jets triumph.
Thoughts: Heel antics position The Young Bucks as adversaries; stipulations favor Omega and Jericho. The Young Bucks’ heel turn amplifies the stakes, and the stipulations add an extra layer of intrigue. While not hyping it excessively, the match is expected to deliver, though comparisons to past classics are cautioned against.
Texas Death Match:
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland (with Prince Nana)
Adam Page wins.
Thoughts: A straightforward contest with Page continuing his momentum. The simplicity of the match’s narrative aligns with a Page victory. Swerve Strickland’s credibility won’t suffer from a loss, maintaining the momentum for Page’s go-to match type.
Three-Way Match for the AEW TBS Championship:
Kris Statlander (c) vs. Julia Hart vs. Skye Blue
Julia Hart claims the title.
Thoughts: Anticipated title change with potential storyline twists involving Skye Blue. The match serves as a platform for a TBS title change, allowing Kris Statlander to move up the ranks. Potential twists involving Skye Blue add unpredictability to the outcome.
Four-Way Tag Team Match for the AEW World Tag Team Championship:
Ricky Starks and Big Bill (c) vs. La Facción Ingobernable (Rush and Dralístico) vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) vs. Kings of The Black Throne (Malakai Black and Brody King)
Ricky Starks and Big Bill retain.
Thoughts: Uncertainty hovers, leaning towards champions retaining, but potential for surprises. The match’s unpredictability lies in the 50/50 scenario between champions retaining and FTR winning. The aftermath is crucial for the division’s trajectory, irrespective of the outcome.
How excited am I for the event as a whole?
Thoughts: AEW events, while exhaustive, still hold potential. Some fatigue with the current product, hoping for engaging outcomes to sustain interest throughout. The card offers a mix of promising matches and repetitive narratives, presenting a delicate balance for sustained engagement.