Original Air Date: November 6, 2019
Event Date: November 6, 2019
(aired live on TNT)
Commentary: Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, Excalibur
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
“Dynamite” by No One Hero
“The Bastard” Pac vs Trent w/ Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy
(referee: Bryce Remsburg)
Result: Pac wins via KO with the Brutalizer
Good match. Trent got destroyed for the first few minutes, but he eventually started a comeback after a distraction from Orange Cassidy. Trent showed heart, but Pac absorbed what offense Trent threw at him. Pac pretty much had his way with Trent throughout the match. This was a solid outing for Pac, and it definitely made him look string heading into his match with Page at Full Gear. The finish to this match had a bit of strangeness with a three count that apparently wasn’t a three count, but other than that, this was a good opener.
After the match, Pac tells everyone to shut up. Pac addresses Hangman Page and says he will once again make an example of him.
Cody heads to the ring where Tony Shiavone is waiting for him. Cody has an announcement to make. First, he talks about wrestlers who have also been in management positions and the controversy some people feel with that. With that in mind, Cody announces that if he doesn’t defeat Chris Jericho for the AEW World Title, then he will never challenge for the title again.
Cody then goes off on Jericho and points out the hypocrisy of calling Cody and his generation “entitled.” Cody also calls Jericho a “stupid dick.” Cody says Jericho needs the new generation more than they need Jericho. Cody gets emotional as he starts to talk about his own journey from “undesirable to undeniable.” He ends by saying Jericho and his Inner Circle will be eaten alive.
Bronze Medal Match
Dark Order vs Private Party
(referee: Paul Turner; guest commentary: Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky; stipulation: the winners will be added to the tag title match at Full Gear)
Result: Marq Quen pins Stu Grayson after Gin & Juice
Time: 7:55 (1 break)
Good match. Private Party got in trouble throughout the match when they would take damage but not find ways to rest and recover on the apron. Dark Order pressed the attack, so Private Party had to survive long enough to pick some opportune moments to strike.
After the match, SCU heads to the ring and holds up their tag titles. Private Party and the Lucha Brothers look on.
Chris Jericho has produced a parody video of the the video Cody was in a few weeks ago. It features the Inner Circle, Soultrain Jones, and Patricia Bobski.
Jamie Hayter & Emi Sakura vs Shanna & RIHO (Women’s Champ)
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Emi Sakura pins RIHO with La Magistral
Very good match. RIHO did well early in the match, but Hayter and Sakura proved to be a very solid tandem. RIHO was dealt with fairly early in the match, so Shanna came in to give RIHO time to recuperate. Shanna stood her ground very well and showed in impressive combination of strength and agility. Hayter was relentless though, and Sakura was very smart. RIHO was drawn back into the ring later in the match, but she and Shanna struggled to deal with their opponents. I think this was a very good match on its own, and it was a great match for building up every woman involved. Plus, it did a very good job of setting up the women’s title match at Full Gear (being RIHO versus Sakura).
Brandi Rhodes complains about being dismissed because she’s “not all that talented.” Kong’s face appears on the screen as Brandi talks. Brandi says her brain and Awesome Kong’s power will take over the women’s division.
Brandon Cutler vs Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard
(referee: Rick Knox)
Result: Shawn Spears wins via pinfall after a running Death Valley Driver
Pretty good match. It was short. Cutler got a little offense, but this was almost a pure squash for Spears.
After the match, Spears attempts to drop Cutler onto a chair. Before Spears can act, Joey Janela runs out and chases Spears and Blanchard away.
Buildup for the Lights Out Match between Moxley and Omega at Full Gear.
“Hangman” Adam Page & Kenny Omega (AAA Mega Champ) vs Sammy Guevara & Chris Jericho (World Champ) w/ Jake Hager
(referee: Aubrey Edwards)
Result: Chris Jericho pins Adam Page after the Judas Effect
Very good match. Guevara spent a lot of time in the ring for his team, and he got beat up quite a bit early in the match. Guevara was arrogant as ever, and it seemed like whenever he would get a good move in, either Omega or Page would make him pay for it. Omega and Page worked pretty well as a team, but it was clear Jericho was directing traffic from his side of the ring. Seeing Jericho stay out on the apron and direct Guevara so Jericho could get the advantage was great. The match started to break down towards the end, and Jake Hager and Pac both made impacts before the final bell. This was a nice main event and a good final match before Full Gear.
After the match, the Inner Circle beats up Page. Omega tries to hep Page, but he is kept out of the ring. Cody runs down, so Hager and Jericho exit the ring. Guevara gets caught and gets a punch in the face.
On the ramp, MJF sneaks up behind Jericho and Hager and attacks them both with a chair. MJF puts Jericho in the ring, and Cody hits him with Cross Rhodes. Meanwhile, Jon Moxley heads to the ring with a barbed-wire bat. A brawl erupts with Cody, MJF, Hager, and Jericho, and they all fight their way up the ramp.
Omega grabs a barbed-wire broom and faces off with Moxley. Before they attack each other, Santana and Ortiz run out and attack them both. The Young Bucks run out to attack Santana and Ortiz, and all four men fight up to the stage. Santana and Ortiz attempt to powebomb one of the Bucks through the stage, but Omega stops them. Omega takes out Santana with the V-Trigger, and Moxley takes out Ortiz with the Paradigm Shift. Omega and Moxley then brawl with each other.
As the separate brawls become one, Nick Jackson climbs up the rigging on the stage and jumps onto everyone. Everyone goes down. The show ends as the Inner Circle brawls with Cody, MJF, and the Young Bucks at ringside.
Another good show. I thought they did a great job of building up Full Gear. It did feel like some of the competitors were being slightly protected at times, but there is nothing wrong with that. Most of the matches were very entertaining (I think the Spears/Cutler mach was the only one I didn’t care much for), and all the match-ups that we know about heading into Full Gear were highlighted well.
Match of the Night
Inner Circle vs Page & Omega / Hayter & Sakura vs Shanna & RIHO
I really enjoyed both of these tag matches and can’t decide between them. They are both my match of the night.