AEW World Champion John Moxley will defend against MJF in the main event of Saturday’s AEW Full Gear from Newark, New Jersey.
The Elite (Young Bucks & Kenny Omega) will make their first appearance since being stripped of the AEW Trios titles as they face the Death Triangle for the titles.
In the trilogy, AEW Tag Team Champions The Acclaimed defend against Swerve in our Glory.
Interim AEW Women’s Champion Toni Storm will defend against Jamie Hayter while TBS Champion Jade Cargill will defend against Nyla Rose.
ROH Champion Chris Jericho defends against Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson and Sammy Guevara in a four-way while TNT Champion Wardlow defends against Samoa Joe and Powerhouse Hobbs in a three-way.
In her first match in five years, Saraya returns to the ring against Britt Baker while Jeff Jarrett makes his AEW in-ring debut, teaming with Jay Lethal against Sting & Darby Allin.
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry faces Luchasaurus in a cage match to round out the main card.
Excalibur welcomes us to the pre-show alongside Taz & Tony Schiavone and runs down the card.
AEW All-Atlantic Champion Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, Rocky Romero & Danhausen defeated QT Marshall, Aaron Solo, Nick Comoroto, Lee Johnson & Cole Carter
(Party match kicked things off, as this was a way to really introduce a more serious demeanor to Danhausen.)
The very mysterious, very evil mystery partner of Best Friends didn’t show up in the early going of this one. Taylor & Trent took turns having their way with Solo and Johnson suffered the same fate with Roppongi Vice. Romero hit his forever clotheslines in the corner, as Marshall was ping ponged around with punches. The Factory robbed Excalibur of hitting his line for a Best Friends group hug, as Taz stole it, while The Factory hugged Marshall.
Trent was isolated momentarily until he got knees up to avoid a Carter frog splash and laid out Marshall with a back suplex. Cassidy lit up Comoroto with his little kicks. Used his speed to thwart Carter, Solo & Johnson and delivered ten buckle shots to Marshall. Cassidy tried a satellite DDT, but Marshall put on the brakes into a pop up punch. Trent countered a Cutter into a Tornado DDT, as everyone took turns hitting their big moves until Cassidy starched Johnson with a satellite DDT. Carter wiped out all three of his teammates on a dive, as Rocky, Taylor & Trent hit triple dives. Marshall countered Orange Punch into a Cutter and was about to piledrive Cassidy on the ring steps.
Before Marshall could do it, Danhausen, with new ring gear, entrance and has a jar of teeth and spike. A slingshot German on Marshall, release Northern Lights on Carter, lariat to Solo, snap German to Johnson led to Cassidy hitting an Orange Punch on Comoroto. Danhausen poured the loose teeth into Comoroto’s mouth and hit a pump kick for the win.
– Backstage Renee Paquette is with the newest member of the AEW roster, Konosuke Takeshita. He was happy with his performance last night on Rampage and happy to be back in America. He thanks Tony Khan & the fan, as this is his dream as he’s officially moved to America.
Ricky Starks defeated Brian Cage (w/Prince Nana) to advance in the Title Eliminator Tournament
(A good semi-final match that really had Cage in control for a majority of this, as Starks was selling his ribs almost the whole time. Starks has had to go through two monsters in two days, so the toll is being taken on his body.)
Ethan Page joined commentary for this match, as Cage attacked at the bell, but Starks turned it into a slug fest that spilled outside. Cage hit a superplex from the ring apron back inside and posed for the crowd. Starks tried a comeback, but was quickly beaten down in the corner. Cage really zoned in on the ribs until Starks got a boot up in the corner and followed up with leaping back elbows and a clothesline. Starks tried a cross body off the top, but Cage caught him into a back breaker for two. Starks countered a reverse DDT into a Tornado DDT of his own, tried Roshambo, but the ribs were injured. Cage tried Weapon-X, but Starks got a roll up for a super close two. Starks answered with a Spear for a near fall of his own. Cage hit a powerbomb, buckle bomb and discus lariat, but Starks kicked out again. Starks avoided a top rope elbow, Cage looked for an F-5, but Starks countered into a Destroyer then Roshambo for the win. Page stared down Starks from the ramp, as the finals for the Title Eliminator Tournament is set for Dynamite.
A video package on Saraya’s return to the ring in 5 years is shown ahead of her match with Britt Baker tonight.
– Backstage Renee Paquette is with Eddie Kingston, who is moments away from his dream match. He tells Renee he doesn’t want to talk right now, but he was 18 when he saw Akiyama and can’t put into words how he feels about this match. You can hear the crowd chanting for Eddie.
Eddie Kingston defeated Jun Akiyama
(A fantastic back and forth battle only strengthened by Kingston’s respect and admiration for Akiyama.)
Massive ovation for Kingston, as Akiyama ran through a chop, while Kingston blocked a high knee to start. Both men jockeyed for position before Kingston got a full nelson, Akiyama got the ropes and ate a Kingston chop that echoed. A chop & forearm exchange is loud as Akiyama’s chest is beat red. Akiyama was sent outside, as Kingston went after, looking for a half & half on the apron, but Akiyama countered into a DDT and guillotine knee on the apron. With the arms locked, Akiyama hit a violent curb stomp and a piledriver for two.
Akiyama again was cut off in the ropes, as Kingston bit him and nailed a superplex. Machine gun chops from Kingston, as Akiyama absorbed them and hit machine gun forearms. Kingston answered with more chops and hit a half and half. Both men popped up to deliver Exploder suplexes before Akiyama hit a charging knee for the double down. Kingston avoided another Exploder and hit a perfect DDT of his own. Spinning back fist crumbled Akiyama, who blocked a second one into an Exploder and charging exposed knee for a close two. Kingston fought back with a Northern Lights Bomb and hit another spinning back fist to put away Akiyama for three. Kingston was brought to tears, as this was the biggest win of his career with the amount of respect he has for Jun Akiyama. Kingston bowed and shook hands with Akiyama, as he gave Akiyama the ring to cheers in a very classy move.
Kingston took the mic post match and said not to thank him, it’s about thanking the fans for showing up and thanking Jun Akiyama. Kingston shows respect to Giant Baba, Rikidozan, Mitsuharu Misawa, Jumbo Tsuruta & Antonio Inoki and hopes he made them all proud. He went to run down the PPV card himself, but got cut off, so he just said bye and left, which was pretty hilarious.
AEW All Out
Excalibur & Taz are joined by Jim Ross to comprise the announce team for the show.
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry defeated Luchasaurus (w/Christian Cage) in a Steel Cage Match
(A war of an opener that led to one of Perry’s biggest wins of his career. This was an excellent opening contest.)
Excalibur informs us pinfalls or submissions only in this cage match. Perry used his speed in the early going to avoid the clutches of Luchasaurus, springing off the cage and hitting a missile dropkick. Luchasaurus got his grip on Perry and lawn darted him into the cage and already busting him open. Luchasaurus picked Perry apart, launching him into the cage repeatedly and delivered a Razor’s Edge into the cage for two. Perry countered a corner chokeslam into an arm bar, but was cut off on the top with a massive choke slam by Luchasaurus, who followed with the Cutthroat for two.
Luchasaurus got in the face of referee Bryce, which allowed Christian to pick the pocket of referee Mike Posey, who had the keys to the cage door. The door is open, as security went to escort Christian away, but Luchasaurus cleared them away. Perry nailed a dive from the ring to the floor, but Luchasaurus blocked another dive and slingshot Perry into the cage. Luchasaurus threw a table, two chairs and Perry himself into the ring. Luchasaurus took too long and Perry hit a series of dropkicks and kicked Luchasaurus’ face into the cage. Perry was backdropped on the apron, as Luchasaurus tried a chokeslam through a chair, but Perry countered into a step up Destroyer off the chair and Killswitch onto the chair for two.
Perry went for another launch off the chair, but this time Luchasaurus blocked it into a chokeslam through the chair. While in the corner, Perry fought free and hit an avalanche Sliced Bread, as both men sat up like the Undertaker that led to a slug fest., as Perry refused to stay down, as he dropped Luchasaurus with a stalling piledriver for a near fall . Perry got a sleeper, but Luchasaurus countered into multiple Tombstone’s, but Perry wouldn’t quit. Luchasaurus tried a Cutthroat through the table, but Perry got a sleeper, sat Luchasaurus on the table and swung a chair at his face. Perry climbed the cage, gave a kiss to his late father and hit a huge elbow drop through the table. Snare Trap was applied and Luchasarus submitted. Post match, Perry climbed over the cage and hugged his mother and sister ringside.