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AEW Full Gear Live Coverage and tl;dr Results (November 18th, 2023)

All Elite Wrestling’s penultimate pay-per-view of the year is main evented by MJF and Jay White for the AEW World Championship. Get your results fast and without fluff from JEZ Sports.

Broadcast live from the Kia Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA

Eddie Kingston retained the ROH World Championship against Jay Lethal (with Jeff Jarrett, Karen Jarrett, Satnam Singh, and Sonjay Dutt)

Zero Hour opening contest for the ROH World Title. Jay Lethal controlled the majority of the match. As both men tried to gain use of a guitar on the ring apron, Ortiz came to the ring and took it. He used it on Sonjay Dutt and Eddie Kingston was able to pick up the win.

Claudio Castagnoli defeated Buddy Matthews

Bonafide banger incoming. A very physical match that featured an abundance of strikes. After a beautiful Jackhammer from Matthews, Claudio retaliated with the Ricola Bomb and locked him in the Sharpshooter. Matthews tapped when he couldn’t make his way to the ropes for the break. Buddy Matthews declined to shake Claudio’s hand, Castagnoli threw up a ‘You Can’t See Me’ in response.

MJF and Samoa Joe defeated The Gunns to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship

No Juice Robinson at ringside for the ROH World Tag Team Championship match. Apparently he was injured when MJF smashed a television over his head on Collision. Samoa Joe played his part well, acting as a meat shield when Max went speeding towards the turnbuckle. The unlikely pair got on the same page, somewhat, but the turning point came when Adam Cole’s music hit and he made his way down the ramp on crutches. This distraction allowed Samoa Joe to lock in the Coquina Clutch and pick up the win for his team. After the match, The Gunns brutalised MJF’s knee with a steel chair while all Adam Cole could do was watch on. MJF was stretchered into an ambulance and taken away screaming “Adam, don’t let them take my championship.”

Sting, Darby Allin, and Adam Copeland (with Ric Flair) defeated the Patriarchy (Christian Cage, Luchasaurus, and Nick Wayne)

Ahead of the match, the saddest children’s choir of all time sang Christian Cage and his Patriarchy to the ring. The team of Allin, Sting and Copeland got their own special entrance too and all came to ring in unique war paint.

Christian and Copeland came face to face briefly but Cage escaped. Darby Allin found himself isolated for a big chunk of the matchup but momentum shifted when Adam Copeland tagged in. Christian was chased out of the arena after low blowing Ric Flair at ringside and accidentally hitting Luchasaurus with his TNT Title. The trio of Sting, Darby and Adam Copeland then combined their efforts on Luchasaurus to pick up the win.

After the match, Sting was given the ring to celebrate alone in what will be his last ever victory in Los Angeles.

Adam Cole Will Replace MJF in the Main Event

Tony Schiavone asked Jay White and Bullet Club Gold to come out to the stage. He went on to confirm that MJF would be unable to compete, the main event was cancelled and that the AEW World Championship would default to Jay White. Adam Cole came out and said there wasn’t a chance in hell White would walk out as champion. After speaking to Tony Khan, Cole said that, one leg or not, he would be defending the AEW World Championship in the main event, on MJF’s behalf.

Orange Cassidy retained the AEW International Championship against Jon Moxley

After fighting at ringside, Jon Moxley dominated the International Champion in the early going but OC stayed in the match long enough to deliver a metric buttload of Orange Punches and follow up with the Beach Break to retain his AEW International Championship.

“Timeless” Toni Storm defeated Hikaru Shida to become AEW Women’s World Champion

Breaking tradition from her usual match start, Toni Storm elected to rip up her own script to begin this contest, rather than give Hikaru Shida the opportunity to do it. Shida started the match picking up where her mentor Emi Sakura left off, chopping at the already raw red chest of Storm. The match went back and forth until Shida lost her shoe. Storm tried to use it as a weapon and drew the ire of the champion. Shida got her kendo stick and was about to use it on Shida but Luther intervened and took the beating himself. While this was going down, Toni Storm took the metal tray that Luther carried to ringside, shoved it down the back of her trunks and used a running hip attack against the turnbuckle to put away Shida and become the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion.

In the back, Eddie Kingston was interviewed. He announced the creation of a new wrestling triple crown by virtue of the fact he will be defending both the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship and the ROH World Championship in every tournament match he is in. Adding this to the Continental Championship title the winner of the tournament receives, somebody has the opportunity to walk out with three championships.

Ricky Starks and Big Bill retained the AEW World Tag Team Championship against La Facción Ingobernable, FTR and Kings of the Black Throne in a Ladder Match

Lots of fast action in this one with lots of great spots. The champions, Ricky Starks and Big Bill, kept their noses pretty clean and let the other teams take strips from each other for the majority. This tactic paid off as, once the major players had taken each other with brutal drops through ladders set up at ringside, Ricky Starks climbed the ladder and only had Dax Harwood to dispense with to claim the championship belts and retain the gold.

Julia Hart defeated Kris Statlander and Skye Blue to become TBS Champion

New entrance music and crown for Skye Blue ahead of this hotly anticipated meeting of three homegrown AEW stars. The match fell victim to the dreaded triple threat turntaking syndrome at times but these one on one moments were highlighted by physical battles between Skye and Hart. The pin would ultimately take place between these two as, after Kris Statlander had done all the work to put down Skye Blue, Julia Hart returned to the ring to push Statlander from the pin and roll up Skye Blue herself to win the TBS Championship.

AEW’s Big Free Agent Signing

Tony Schiavone stood in the ring to introduce AEW’s blockbuster free agent signing. As expected, it was none other than Will Ospreay. In his opening comments, Ospreay said he was happy to be part of the team but the bad news is he won’t be arriving just yet. Will Ospreay will be finishing up with New Japan Pro Wrestling and then he’ll be on the road to Revolution. Will Ospreay is All Elite, bruv.

Swerve Strickland (with Prince Nana) defeated “Hangman” Adam Page in a Texas Deathmatch

Prince Nana and some dancers gave Swerve Strickland a special entrance to kick off this Texas Deathmatch but Adam Page wasn’t interested in having a flashy entrance of his own and he jumped Swerve in the ring and took him down with a quick Buckshot Lariat. Hangman went completely off the wall in this one, binding Swerve’s hands, stapling his son’s fingerpainting to his face and laying underneath Strickland to drink his blood. Swerve returned his brutality, opening Hangman up with barbed wire, dropping him on a cinder block with a Death Valley Driver and a Piledriver on the ringside barricade.

With Hangman poised to win, Prince Nana pulled Swerve from the ring, breaking the ten count. This brought Brian Cage to the ring to attack Adam Page. Hangman was able to dispense with The Machine but, in the aftermath, Strickland smashed a cinder block over the back of his head. Swerve then choked and hung Adam Page from the ringpost with a chain. Starved of oxygen, this kept Page down for a ten count to award the match to Swerve Strickland.

The Golden Jets (Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)

A special stipulation for this one – if The Golden Jets win, they will get The Young Bucks’ AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity but, if The Young Bucks win, The Golden Jets must disband. In this match, The Young Bucks were booed in their home state, Kenny Omega didn’t want Chris Jericho to hurt the Bucks and everyone seemed to be cut up from the remnants of the Texas Deathmatch. Towards the end of the match, Omega feigned like he was turning on Jericho but delivered a V-Trigger to Nick Jackson instead. Omega went on to deliver the One Winged Angel and pick up the win for The Golden Jets. The Young Bucks had a major hissy fit as Jericho and Omega stood tall in the ring.

MJF Adam Cole MJF retained the the AEW World Championship against “Switchblade” Jay White

As per the events of earlier in the night, Adam Cole would defend MJF’s AEW World Championship against Jay White in the main event. With Adam Cole barely able to even take off his ROH World Tag Team Championship, how on earth would he be able to compete in this match? Thankfully, he would not need to. The sound of sirens filled the arena and MJF drove it back into the KIA Forum.

MJF struggled against White in the early going and he was delivered to The Gunns at ringside for extra beatings on multiple occasions. They were eventually caught and ejected, allowing Max to get back in the match somewhat. As the match progressed, MJF had to work harder to negate the impediment of his knee. Adam Cole nearly threw in the towel as Jay White had him in a Figure Four Leg Lock but the champion was able to reverse it. Adam Cole tried to help by hitting Switchblade with the ROH Tag Title but White confiscated it from him and used it on MJF himself. Likewise, White gained possession of the Dynamite Diamond Ring but, when Max got it back, he used it to knock out Jay White and retain the AEW World Championship.

We leave you with this parting thought…

I still wanna know why 20 bodies tried to stop Max from getting in the ring but the dude with crutches from TWO ankle surgeries got a whole ass unbothered entrance?!

Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. via Twitter

Did you enjoy AEW Full Gear? What were your favourite moments? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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