On November 13th 2021, All Elite Wrestling aired their 4th annual PPV “Full Gear”. Full Gear was a highly anticipated event amongst professional wrestling fans and was a major success.
The most anticipated match on the card was the World Championship match between Kenny Omega and Adam Page, the main event. These two are former AEW World Tag Team Champions but disbanded the team after losing the titles in 2020, not on good terms might I add. The pair would face each other in the finals of the world title eliminator tournament at Full Gear 2020 where the winner would face the then world champion Jon Moxley. Kenny Omega defeated his former tag team partner to ensure he faced Moxley for the richest prize in professional wrestling, at the themed Dynamite show “Winter Is Coming”. The match received great praise from fans and a rematch was absolutely expected at some point. The two were set to face each other at All Out 2021, another of AEW’s four annual PPV’s.
While everyone deemed it Hangman’s time to become champion, the highly anticipated match between these two world class athletes would not go ahead due to Adam Page taking paternity leave, Kenny went on to successfully defend the title against Christian Cage at All Out with an avalanche One Winged Angel that literally had the crowd on their feet. Page would return with a bang however, when he was the joker in the casino ladder match and ended up winning the match to get another shot at the title he had craved for over two years, and the foe he had craved for one.
With the world behind Page to fulfil his destiny and become AEW World Champion, he warned former allies The Young Bucks not to interfere in his match or he would “ruin” them. The Bucks would in fact walk down to the ring near the end of the match, and Matt Jackson was seen giving Adam Page a nod, indicating that he wanted Page to hit the Buckshot Lariat and end the Cleaner’s lengthy World Title reign. Page did just that and finally fulfilled his destiny, becoming the 4th AEW World Champion in the company’s history.
Page’s heartfelt success story wasn’t the only highlight of the night, to open the show we saw Darby Allin took on MJF in a fantastic bout that ended with MJF picking up the win in despicable fashion as usual, when he knocked Darby out with his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which he has won for two years in a row. That will hardly signal the end of this rivalry but nonetheless it amazed fans as they even chanted during it “fight forever”.
We saw the AEW World Tag Team Championships defended in another brilliant match by The Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) against FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) where The Lucha Bros would retain. As well as that, we saw the AEW Women’s World Championship defended by Britt Baker against Tay Conti. Britt successfully retained in an outstanding match and continues her dominant reign.
Ciaran Monaghan – TY Press