The Buy-In Preshow kicked off with NWA World Women’s Champion Serena Deeb putting her title up against former champ Allysin Kay!
“Deeb won the title and defended it the next night on DYNAMITE,” said Excalibur.
“Yeah, that says a lot about her work ethic,” replied Tony Schiavone.
Deeb got a top wristlock and drove Kay to the mat. These two women were former tag partners, so they’re very familiar with one another, noted the commentators. Deeb wrenched Kay’s knee with a dragon screw leg lock. Deeb attempted the Serenity Lock but Kay grabbed the bottom rope, forcing a ref break. Kay hammered the champ after a double leg takedown, then followed up with overhand chops. Deeb blasted Kay with a hanging neck breaker from the middle rope. Kay rallied back with a big boot to Deeb for a near fall on the champ. Kay escaped a flying octopus hold from Deeb by planting her with a powerbomb type maneuver! Kay nailed Deeb with a spinebuster for a two-count. Kay went for her AK-47 but Serena Deeb rolled out of the ring. Deeb got back in the ring and went back to working over Kay’s knee. Deeb applied the Serenity Lock, forcing Kay to tap out!
Thunder Rosa came to the ring after the match, pointing at Deeb’s championship, staking her claim for a rematch against Deeb!
Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur were the broadcast team for the main card.
Impact’s Don Callis joined them for the opening match…
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. Kenny Omega
“I saw Page about ten minutes ago, and he looked a bit edgy…maybe that’s good. I don’t see that as a weakness,” said Jim Ross.
Kenny offered a handshake, but Page ignored it. Kenny went for a V-Trigger, but Page dodged it and chopped “the Cleaner” right in the throat. Kenny caught Page with a snap-rana. Page booted back at Kenny and followed up with a fallaway slam!
“Page has a power advantage, but Kenny’s power comes from his ability to explode,” noted Don Callis, who called many of Kenny’s great matches in Japan.
The match quickly escalated to the arena floor. Page sent Kenny crashing into the barricade. Page attempted to do it again but Kenny leapt over the barricade, landed on the retaining bar, and then flipped back with a moonsault on Page!
They traded stiff chops, but Page knocked Kenny off the apron with a lariat from the second turnbuckle. Kenny came back with a tope con hiro on the “Hangman,” but it was clear that Omega’s knee was tweaked.
“Big match experience is a key in this match, because there’s so much anxiety in this one,” said Jim Ross.
Kenny went for a one-winged angel but Page countered it by trying for his own. Kenny wiggled out of it and connected with a V-Trigger. Kenny tried to powerbomb Page on the ramp, but Page took away Omega’s momentum with his own powerbomb to Omega. He pulled Kenny into the ring and planted Kenny with a pop-up powerbomb! Page starched Omega with a rolling elbow but Kenny grabbed “Hangman” and spiked him with Tiger Driver 98! Omega hit a discus lariat and then a snapdragon suplex on Page, but Page fired back with the Dead Eye for a two-count on “the Cleaner”! Omega fought back with a V-Trigger hitting right on the mark, and then the One-Winged Angel, and then he pinned Page.
Winner: Kenny Omega in 16 minutes.
Match Review: 4.5/5. This was one of the best start of a PPV in modern era. Kenny Omega is finally back at his very best with a powerful showing against Page. Page invested all of his big moves, but came out short as Omega kept fighting back. It was evenly paced match.
Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver
“John Silver rolls deep,” said Excalibur, as the Dark Order walked out on the ramp as Silver was introduced by Justin Roberts.
Cassidy put his hands in his pockets, while Silver begged and pleaded for him not to do it. Cassidy took down Silver with a dropkick (with his hands in his pockets, of course). John Silver tore the pockets out of Orange’s pants.
“He’s channeling Bugsy McGraw,” said Jim Ross.
Silver tossed Orange halfway across the ring and then posed and flexed. Silver blocked a swinging DDT from Orange by squatting, and then he suplexed Orange down to the mat. Silver sent Orange into the corner with a mean Irish whip! Cassidy finally countered Silver with a diving crossbody block and then his swinging DDT for a near fall on Silver!
“Quicken the pace, force the powerhouse to make a mistake—Orange Cassidy has the right idea,” said Jim Ross.
Silver gorilla pressed Cassidy with one arm! Cassidy used a spin-doctor reversal for a near fall on Silver! He went for the orange punch but Silver avoided it and nailed Cassidy with stiff kicks. Silver planted Orange with the spin-doctor for a near fall! Silver shouted out Mr. Brodie by signaling for the discus lariat, but Orange moved and blasted him with the beach breaker, pinning John Silver!
Winner: Orange Cassidy in 10 minutes
Match Review: 2.5/5 A simple comedy match with predictable outcome.
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes (w/Arn Anderson) vs. Darby Allin
Darby smashed a car with a skateboard as he made his entrance. The hood of the car had graffiti spray-painted on it that read: “The Face of TNT.”
Cody tried to exert his athletic dominance over Darby at the start of the match. Darby used a standing switch and then slapped Cody Rhodes in the back of the head. Cody rolled out of the ring to reset and get advice from Arn Anderson, who told Cody to muscle Darby around.
From the hammerlock position, Cody hurled Darby out of the ring, right onto the ramp! Cody upped the ante in the ring by applying a top wristlock, and then a stomp to Darby’s left arm. Cody hip tossed Darby and applied more pressure on Darby’s wrist with scissors. Cody used an avalanche shoulder breaker on Darby for a two-count! Cody tried for a moonsault but Darby was one step ahead and moved out of the way! Darby followed up with a Yoshi Tonic for a two-count on Cody! Frustrated, Cody crushed Darby with an avalanche CrossRhodes! He attempted to pin Darby, but Darby’s arm was beneath the bottom rope, out of bounds because it broke the plane, so the ref stopped the count at two!
Cody tried for the disaster kick but Darby countered with last supper, but Cody kicked out. Darby hit a stunner and then the coffin drop onto Cody, but Cody kicked out at two! Darby and Cody countered pinning attempts from one another, but Darby rolled Cody up and scored the victory!
Winner: Darby Allin in 17 minutes
Match Review: 4/5. A brilliant match with Cody again proving why he is one of the better wrestlers when opportunity is presented. Allin is very good at selling throughout the match. Cody dropping the belt was a right call.
Taz distracted Darby and Cody from the ramp while “the Machine” Brian Cage and “Absolute” Ricky Starks attacked them from behind! Will Hobbs chased away Team Taz before they smash Darby’s arm in a car door.
Backstage Dasha interviewed “The Natural Nightmares”—QT Marshall and Dustin Rhodes. They announced this week on DYNAMITE they’d be facing the Butcher and the Blade in a Bunk House Match!
AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida vs. Nyla Rose (w/Vickie Guerrero)
Shida stunned Nyla was a frenzy of offense at the beginning of the match! Shida chopped down “the Native Beast” with a kick to the leg and then a running knee to Nyla’s face! Shida ran on the outside of the ring, looking to spring off a steel chair, but Nyla hit a clothesline. Nyla wanted to swing the chair at Shida but the ref stopped her. As Nyla was arguing with ref Aubrey Edwards, Shida jumped off another chair with a knee to Nyla Rose’s face. When Shida had her back turned, Vickie Guerrero swung the Singapore cane at Shida’s legs. Nyla chop blocked Shida in the ring! Nyla splashed Shida’s legs for a near fall on Shida!
Nyla sat out with a senton but Shida dodged it! Shida got a two-count on Nyla after a vertical suplex! Shida came in with a running knee strike but Nyla blocked it! Nyla rag dolled Shida for a two-count on the champ. Nyla hoisted Shida up and set her on the top rope, and then jumped from the top with a knee across the back of Shida’s head! Shida fought back with a diving dropkick to Nyla onto the ramp, and then a missile dropkick to the “Native Beast” for a near fall. Nyla blocked a knee strike from Shida and then powerbombed Shida. She tried for another but Shida powered out. Shida used an avalanche falcon arrow on Nyla for a two-count! Shida ran into the ropes but Vickie tripped her up! Shida hit another falcon arrow but Nyla kicked out again! After four consecutive knee strikes, Shida managed to finish off Nyla Rose and pin her for the three-count!
Winner: Hikaru Shida in 14 minutes.
Match Review: 3.25/5. This was an average match, but I am not complaining. AEW’s women division is evolving and I am glad they are being given ample time to show their talent.
AEW Tag Team Championships: FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
“Matt’s ankle is not 100%,” said Jim Ross.
Despite this fact, Matt Jackson began the match for his team, against Cash Wheeler. Cash went after Matt’s ankle numerous times until Nick tagged in. Nick arm dragged Cash, and then the Bucks used tandem offense on Cash. The Bucks hit double hurracanranas on FTR!
Dax went to punch Matt on the outside, but Matt moved, causing Dax’s hand to hit the ring post instead! Doc Sampson taped up Dax’s bloody hand. While this transpired, Cash turned on the heat on Matt, wrenching Matt’s leg.
FTR cut the ring in half to prevent Matt from getting the tag to Nick. Dax superplexed Matt off the top rope. Cash tried to follow up with a splash, but Matt lifted his knees in the nick of time! Nick tagged in and cleaned house on FTR with a bulldog clothesline combo!
“He’s taking two men on at once,” said Tony Schiavone.
Matt got the blind tag and tried for a buckle bomb on Cash, but Matt’s leg gave out on him. FTR took advantage with an assisted bulldog ala the Steiner brothers. The Bucks rallied back with the 3D/Twist of Fate/Swanton on Dax for a two-count!
Matt Jackson applied a sharpshooter to Dax but Dax crawled and grabbed the ropes. Nick superkicked Dax’s injured hand. The Bucks applied stereo sharpshooters to FTR! Matt had to let go because of the pain from his injured leg. The Bucks nearly decapitated Dax with the BTE Trigger but Cash broke up the pin for his team! FTR connected with the mind breaker on Matt but Matt broke up the pin by touching the bottom rope with his foot. They removed Matt’s boot. Dax applied an inverted figure four and added an ankle lock for good measure! Nick broke up the submission with a 450 splash! Cash Wheeler superkicked Nick, sending him to the arena floor! Cash gave Matt two middle fingers and then superkicked Matt! Cash attempted a springboard 450 splash but Matt moved! Matt followed up with a superkick and pinned Cash Wheeler!
Winner: the Young Bucks in 28 minutes
Match Review: 5/5. The best tag-team match of 2020. This was an outstanding wrestling match. Finally, the young bucks will carry the AEW Tag Team Division.
Kenny Omega came to the ring to help the Bucks celebrate.
“It’s a PWG reunion,” said Jim Ross.
“Easily an instant classic,” added Excalibur.
“That’s one we need to watch again,” replied Tony Schiavone.
Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
Sammy drove up to the Hardy Compound in a golf cart. Neo 1 displayed a hologram of Matt Hardy, and then disabled Sammy’s golf cart. Matt Hardy squashed the golf cart with a monster truck!
“Now that is a squash job,” said Matt Hardy.
Sammy moonsaulted off the tire of the monster truck onto Matt Hardy. Next he attacked him with a garbage can, and then rammed him headfirst into a tree trunk! Sammy superkicked Matt on the front lawn.
“It’s my house now. Daddy’s home!” said Sammy.
Matt caught Sammy with elbows and then bludgeoned him with rights and lefts!
“You asked for this!” yelled Matt Hardy.
There was a wrestling ring set up on the property, and Matt connected with a side effect, but Sammy kicked out. Matt brought a table into the ring and set it up. Hardy powerbombed Sammy through the table! Santana and Ortiz ambushed Hardy!
Matt Hardy grabbed a walkie talkie from underneath the ring and signaled for assistance. Private Party heard the distress signal and came to the aid of Hardy, evening up the odds for their mentor.
Matt and Sammy began firing Roman candles at one another from different trenches. In the ring, Private Party—Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen—battled Santana and Ortiz!
Matt tried to finish off Sammy, but out of nowhere, Gangrel, an original mentor to Matt, appeared, holding Hurricane Helms hostage. While Matt was distracted, Sammy superkicked Hurricane Helms and Matt Hardy!
Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara fought inside the Dome of Deletion. The door dropped, locking them off from everyone else. There was a ring set up inside the Dome of Deletion. Sammy removed the turnbuckle hooks, and began to choke out Matt with the ring ropes!
“He’s going to dismantle the entire ring,” said Tony Schiavone of Sammy.
Sammy climbed a ladder that was set up in the ring. He crashed down on Hardy with a swanton, putting him through a table. Hardy kicked out at two! Hardy spiked Sammy with a twist of fate! Matt speared Sammy from the ring apron! Sammy smacked down through a table onto the concrete floor. The back of Sammy’s head was busted open! Matt Hardy began to strike Sammy with a steel chair!
“You made me into what I am!” said Matt Hardy.
Matt swung the chair down at Sammy’s head, and then pinned him.
“It’s over!” said Matt Hardy.
Matt Hardy called in Private Party. They placed Sammy into a garbage can and rolled him out of the Dome of Deletion. Private Party placed the garbage can, containing Sammy, into the back of a pick-up truck.
“Senior Benjamin, take him away,” said Matt Hardy.
Winner: “Broken” Matt Hardy in 18 minutes
Match Review: 3/5? This seemed like a recorded action-comedy clip from a TV series. I was surprised to see an Older Matt Hardy winning the match, but its okay- the rivalry is over.
Chris Jericho vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (w/Wardlow)
“You don’t chant ‘Tracy Sucks!’ and you don’t call MJF ‘soft,’” said Excalibur.
Jericho asserted himself immediately with a backdrop to MJF. He chopped away at MJF, and then chopped away some more. MJF clotheslined Jericho, sending him over the top rope and to the arena floor. Jericho tried for the Judas Effect but MJF moved, and Jericho’s elbow collided with the steel ring post!
“MJF has the opportunity of a lifetime to put Jericho away,” said Jim Ross.
MJF stalked Jericho inside the ring, clubbing him with overhand strikes. Jericho took MJF off his feet with a shoulder tackle. Jericho jumped off the top with a double sledge and then the lionsault to MJF! Jericho sent MJF crashing to the mat with a frankensteiner off the top turnbuckle!
MJF fought out of the corner and then stomped on Jericho’s arm. MJF wrenched the “Demo God” down, and then applied the Salt of the Earth armbar! Jericho slipped out and hooked the Walls of Jericho onto MJF. The submission was broken by ref Aubrey Edwards when MJF grabbed the bottom rope. MJF used a heat seeker and then a Code Breaker for a two-count on Jericho! MJF went for a lionsault but Jericho countered with a Code Breaker for a near fall!
MJF blocked Jericho’s Judas Effect, countering it with the Salt of the Earth armbar! Jericho crawled and grabbed the bottom rope, and the ref broke the hold. As the ref had her back turned, Wardlow tossed MJF the Dynamite diamond ring! From the ringside area, Jake Hager threw the baseball bat over the top rope to Jericho. MJF dropped to the mat, pretending he’d been hit with the bat by Jericho. Aubrey Edwards turned around and saw MJF laid out on the mat, and Jericho holding the bat. She confronted Jericho, and as Jericho explained to Aubrey that he didn’t actually use the bat, MJF rolled up Jericho for the pin!
Winner: Maxwell Jacob Friedman in 16 minutes.
Match Review: 3.5/5. A very good match, which started very slow but picked pace with time. It was a typical Jericho match with Y2J dominating most of it, before getting rolled up for a surprise pinfall defeat
Champion Jon Moxley vs. “Mad King” Eddie Kingston- I Quit Match
Mox and Kingston had a slugfest, with Kingston dropping first. Kingston got back up and puffed out his chest. Mox took down Kingston with his ground game but Kingston bit Mox’s ear. Kingston took Moxley over the top with a belly to belly suplex. Kingston pulled a chair from underneath the ring, but Mox wiped him out with a tope suicida! Mox chucked the chair at Kingston. Jon Moxley suplexed Eddie Kingston onto the arena floor, but Kingston refused to quit.
Kingston set up chairs in the ring, but Moxley pulled a barbed wire baseball bat from underneath the ring. Mox bludgeoned Kingston with the bat. Both men were bloodied by this point. Kingston connected with two suplexes to Moxley. Kingston throttled Mox and started choking him. Kingston removed a strand of barbed wire from the bat, wrapped it around his fist, and blasted Mox with the spinning backfist! Kingston applied a double wristlock, and Mox had to bite Kingston to escape the hold.
“Man, what the hell are we watching? There’s a lot of flesh torn in this match,” said Tony Schiavone.
Kingston was going to suplex Moxley onto the steel chairs, but Moxley reversed it! Kingston pulled a bag of thumbtacks from under the ring. He spread them out across the mat.
“Eddie Kingston is dead set on destruction of Jon Moxley,” said Excalibur.
Kingston suplexed Moxley, but Moxley rocked Kingston with a vicious lariat! Moxley tried for the Paradigm Shift but Kingston countered with a suplex, planting Mox onto the thumbtacks! Mox wouldn’t quit! Kingston grabbed a bottle of rubbing alcohol from Doc Sampson’s kit at ringside. Kingston poured the rubbing alcohol over the punctured skin of Moxley’s back! Kingston grabbed a handful of thumbtacks and smashed them into Mox’s head! Kingston applied the bulldog choke but Mox refused to quit. Mox countered Kingston with a spiked piledriver and then a Paradigm Shift DDT right onto the crown of Kingston’s head! Kingston wouldn’t quit!
Moxley grabbed a strand of barbed wire and wrapped it around his forearm! Mox put Kingston in the bulldog choke using all his pressure and the barbed wire, and Kingston quit the match!
And still your AEW World Champion…Jon Moxley!
Winner: Dean..Jon Moxley in 17 minutes.
Match Review: 4.25/5. A hard hitting physical match with Jon retaining after use of extreme weapons and lots of blood loss
“There’s only one top guy in all of pro wrestling, and for my money it’s Jon Moxley,” said Jim Ross.
After the match, Kenny Omega walked down the ramp to the ring and pointed at Moxley’s belt, as Kenny Omega has earned the right tonight to challenge for Mox’s title!
NYK Rating for AEW Full Gear 2020: 9.25/10
Three Stars of the show
- Young Bucks
- Kenny Omega/Page