AEW Full Gear 2022 Review

AEW took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday November 19th.

“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry vs. Luchasaurus – Steel Cage match

This was fast paced, bloody and got the crowd into the action early. The use of blood added to the intensity of the feud, and was needed here more than previous matches that have taken place in AEW. After being conditioned to multiple years of WWE cage match rules, it is still slightly weird to see competitors go to the outside and the match to still continue, but the action on the outside was warranted. The elbow drop from the top of the cage will be what people will remember the most from the match and will go down as one of the highlights of the pay-per-view. ****

Death Triangle (c) vs. The Elite – Trios match for the AEW Trios Championship

The lights went out for The Elite’s entrance, who came out to Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas. The match started with multiple displays of athleticism, with The Elite reminding the fans of what they can do in the ring while they have been off of tv. Following multiple high spots, Omega was eventually isolated by Death Triangle. Nick Jackson would eventually be tagged in and The Elite would take advantage. A hurricanrana off the top rope to the outside got a big cheer and “holy sh*t” chant from the live crowd. A triple tombstone spot would take out The Young Bucks, followed by destroyers and cutters. Fenix was offered the hammer to use as a weapon, but refused. Fenix was set up for the one winged angel, but was handed the hammer for a second time. This time, Omega was struck with the hammer to allow Death Triangle to retain. ***1/2

Jade Cargill (c) vs. Nyla Rose – Singles match for the TBS Championship

A brief altercation outside of the ring took place before the match could officially begin. Nyla Rose got kicked over the barricade before being brought back over to the ringside area. Rose would briefly take control, followed by suplex attempts from both competitors. Cargill hit Rose’s own finisher onto Rose, followed by Rose hitting the Jaded onto Cargill. Cargill would go on to hit a Jaded to win the match and retain the championship. **

Chris Jericho (c) vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Sammy Guevara – 4 way match for the Ring of Honor Championship

The match started with a member from each faction paring off. Following the JAS members being taken out, Danielson and Castagnoli would face each other with a strike and grapple exchange. Multiple pin attempts followed until Jericho got back into the match. Guevara would hit an impressive double cutter to factor himself back into the match. Jericho and Guevara met face-to-face in the ring, but refused to fight each other, instead continuing to double team the BCC members. This would eventually implode when Guevara broke up a pinfall attempt by Jericho. The JAS members would then exchange strikes and chops. Guevara hit a codebreaker onto Jericho for a nearfall, then attempting to apply the walls onto Jericho, who countered it into a walls of his own. Danielson attempted to make the save, but was then put into the walls. Jericho attempted to pin Danielson while in a sharpshooter, but was then placed into a double submission. Guevara would hit Jericho with a GTH for a nearfall, followed by Castagnoli throwing Guevara out of the ring and Castagnoli getting git with he knee by Danielson. Jericho would hit a Judas Effect onto Castagnoli to retain the championship. ****

Saraya vs. Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.

Understandably, the match started slower than the usual fast paced style that AEW is known for. Saraya took some time to get up from that first bump, but seemed unharmed. Baker frequently targeted the neck of Saraya, hitting a neckbreaker that Saraya sold for a long time. Saraya would get some breathing room on the outside, hitting a cross body onto Baker on the outside. Saraya sensibly and understandably would take controlled bumps throughout, hitting her finisher twice in a row on baker to win the match. **1/2

Wardlow (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Powerhouse Hobbs – 3 way match for the TNT Championship

Wardlow went straight for Samoa Joe, taking down Joe outside of the ring, with Hobbs picking his spot to attack Wardlow. All 3 men would be back in the ring, with Wardlow hitting an impressive dive off of the top rope. Joe would take control, taking down both men. All 3 men showed impressive athleticism for their size, with big crashes taking place throughout the match. Wardlow would hit 3 Powerbombs onto Hobbs, but Joe would hit Wardlow with the title as Wardlow went for the 4th. Joe would choke out Hobbs to win the championship. ***1/2

Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting and Darby Allin

Darby would run through the fog with skateboard in hand, taking out the associates that accompanied Jarrett and Lethal to the ring. Sting would sneak up behind Jarrett, which got a loud TNA chant from the crowd at Full Gear. The no disqualification and no count-out stipulation caused multiple crowd brawling spots to take place. Sting would pair off with lethal, as would Allin with Jarrett. Satnam Singh would then get involved, throwing Allin onto the entrance ramp. Sting would dive off the crowd rail to take out Lethal and Singh. Sting had Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock, but was broken up by Singh. Allin went for the Coffin Drop, but Jarrett hit Allin with a guitar on the way down. Sting would neutralise the interference and Allin hit a Coffin Drop onto Lethal to be victorious. ***1/2

Toni Storm (c) vs. Jamie Hayter – Singles match for the Interim AEW Women’s Championship

The crowd were behind Jamie Hayter from the outset. Following a striking and taunting exchange in the ring, the fight would spill to the outside. Storm took control after Hayter’s head was driven into the ring post. Storm went for a chop, but Hayter ducked, meaning that Storm struck the ring post. The fight on the outside lasted for a long time before finally being brought back into the ring. Hayter continued to taunt, much to the delight of the live crowd. Hayter would drive Storm into the mat and applied a sleeper hold. The referee would try to intervene, much to the objection of Hayter. Storm hit a Lou Thesz press and a hip attack, followed by a diving cross body, which Hayter just kicked out of. Rebel came to ringside to support Hayter, who cracked Storm with the belt for a nearfall. Rebel was then ejected from ringside, which was followed by Storm being thrown out of the ring. Britt Baker hit a Stomp onto Storm onto the belt on the outside, but this only got a 2 count. A Storm Zero by Storm also got a 2 count on Hayter. Hayter would drive Toni Storm into an exposed turnbuckle and hit the Hayterade to win the match and the championship. ****

The Acclaimed vs. Swerve in our Glory – Tag Team Match for the AEW Tag Team Championships:

Anthony Bowens came to the ring with his right arm taped up, which was targeted in the match, and Bowens would sell. Strickland and Lee would isolate Bowens, also taking Max Caster out of the match by driving him into the barricade. Strickland would grab a barricade to the objection of Lee. Bowens got a hope spot with a reversal of a Strickland suplex, but was continued to be isolates. Caster eventually got the hot tag, taking the fight to Lee and Strickland. Caster attempted to lift up Lee, but was unsuccessful. Strickland was about to go into the brought in barricade, but was saved by Lee, who went through the barricade after Caster dove off the top rope. Strickland attempted to use pliers to cheat, but Lee objected. Lee walked out of the match, leaving Swerve to fend for himself. ***1/2

Jon Moxley vs. MJF – Singles match for the AEW World Championship

MJF was the clear fan favourite in this match, to which Moxley realised and acted more heel in the match. The fans wanted a new champion to be crowned, cheering for MJF’s spots and booing when it appeared Moxley might retain. A tombstone onto the apron and a piledriver through a table were some of the bigger spots to take place in the match. Following multiple ref bumps, MJF would grab the Dynamite Diamond Ring, hoping to strike Mox with it. This brought out William Regal, who demanded MJF drop the ring. As Moxley went to check on the fallen referee, Regal would slide in brass knuckles to MJF. MJF would strike Moxley with the knuckles to pin Mox and become the new AEW World Champion. ****

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