Expectations for Full Gear
With Full Gear right around the corner I thought it was time to take one last look at the card and see if we can the likely long term plan for All Elite Wrestling or at least a direction I would go if I was in a position to decide such a thing. Recently I explained my expectations for the main event of Full Gear so we will avoid that match.
In my opinion, as for the other two title matches set for the event which include the AEW World Women's Champion Britt Baker defending her title and the Lucha Brothers defending the tag gold. Since the beginning of AEW there has been person from the Women's division that has rose to the top and become a star and she is the current Women's Champion. At this point, Britt Baker should keep the title for the foreseeable future and chase down the record setting reign set by the former champion. Reality is there is no reason for Britt to drop the title right now unless there is a story we are missing.
The same could honestly be said for the Lucha Brothers who I believe just defeated the Young Bucks for the gold back in September at All Out. I don't mean to make it seem like everyone needs a long reign as champions, but the team shouldn't drop the gold at the first hurdle. At this point FTR has a ton of momentum and with the help of Pinnacle will likely maintain it's current momentum. Shawn Spears could find himself in the feud alongside Pac to make it an interesting six man rivalry. I don't know that Full Gear will be the end of the feud between the Brothers and FTR, but again like with Britt there is no reason to switch at this from the perspective I'm seeing.
Overall this event will likely be another home run for AEW and put on display why they not only should be taken seriously, but why people should pay attention. I'm not sure the status for Full Gear on the calendar, but being on the national scale it's the time the next generation to again show why AEW has the deepest roster in wrestling. Names like Jack Perry, MJF, Darby Allin, and others have shown they have what it takes to be the future of wrestling.
Does CM Punk Finally Have a Feud?
It's only been two months since CM Punk made his in-ring return at All Out in September against Darby Allin. However, since then Punk has been moving around fighting anyone and everyone, but hasn't had a defined direction. Outside of short rivalry with Team Taz specifically Powerhouse Hobbs there really hasn't been much going on for Punk. It understood that they didn't want to rush into something and wanted to keep Punk's gimmick developing which is basically him showing that he can still go after seven years out of the ring.
After in many ways a random altercation between Eddie Kingston and Punk last week it seems like we might have an answer to that question. The altercation looked a bit spontaneous which makes it look real, but there needs to be more context to the feud before we judge the feud. Kingston had the best match of his career thus far against Danielson last week and was likely frustrated. It is possible that Eddie could feel a bit upstaged with the arrivals of the new marquee stars taking spots anyway from the founding members of the roster.
Honestly, they couldn't have picked someone better for Punk to have his first meaningful feud with then Eddie Kingston. It could help set the stage for a slow burn return to the main event picture for CM Punk and I agree with the route they were taking with Punk. Considering the fact Bryan Danielson moved into the title picture upon his arrival in the company there was no reason to have Punk move right into the title picture upon his return. Punk will likely be in the World Title picture or the main event scene at some point, but it likely will not happen for another year in any case. In either case I'm looking forward to see how this feud materializes.
Expections for Page vs Omega
Ratings might be in a lull might that doesn't mean that All Elite will not deliver on PPV like they almost always do every single time out. I want to get this out of the way early Hangman Page wouldn't have been brought back in such a big way or at this time for him to lose at Full Gear. I would be dumbfounded to see Kenny Omega leaving Full Gear still AEW World Champion. Omega could stay the champion, but to a point they have been painted into a corner with holding off the momentum for Page. We saw it at the first PPV when Page fought Jericho to crown the first champion and knew the time would come eventually.
I've been watching Adam Page for more then a few years now and he's shown a ton more potential then he did when I first remember watching him in Ring of Honor years ago. Page has grown and matured so much over the years and at Full Gear it will be his moment in the sun. The main question is should Omega lose the title now or could the reign have lasted a bit longer. The old saying is run with the hot hand does Kenny's title reign still have life or would it be better to get the gold on someone knew after all this time in the spotlight.
Another question is persisting the rumors of Adam Cole already turning on The Elite and breaking away setting up a power struggle within the faction. It's not a bad idea, but it could be a little too soon to rush into what could be a money making storyline. Truth is maybe the best decision is to allow this to be the long term plan and wait out the turn until next year. Allow Adam Cole to find his identity in AEW and get his legs about him, because of all The Elite I do believe Adam is the only one people want to cheer might just be that believes this though. Cole should have no part in this main event at Full Gear the rematch fine, but if your doing a switch leave it clean and let Page have his moment.
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