AEW Full Gear 2021: Live results, match grades

AEW Full Gear 2021: Live results, match grades

All Elite Wrestling is coming off its biggest pay-per-view of the year with All Out. The promotion will look to keep the momentum going Saturday with Full Gear 2021 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The card will be headlined by the highly anticipated AEW world championship bout between friends-turned-foes Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page.

Page and Omega have been on a collision course for the past year since the former tag partners had a falling-out. Omega went on to become AEW champion by defeating Jon Moxley. Page has scratched and clawed his way into the title picture; he plans to take out his ex-partner and realize his dream of becoming AEW champion.

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Also on the card is the world championship No. 1 contender tournament final between Bryan Danielson and Miro; a grudge match between CM Punk and Eddie Kingston; Dr. Britt Baker, DMD defending her AEW women’s world championship against the surging Tay Conti; and an AEW tag team championship match between The Lucha Brothers and FTR. 

Sporting News will recap and provide grades on every match and on the card in real time. Follow below for complete results and highlights from AEW’s Full Gear 2021 pay-per-view card.

MJF def. Darby Allin

Two of the four pillars of AEW kicked off Full Gear in front of a white hot crowd. While MJF has been lauded for his exceptional mic skills, some questioned whether his work between the ropes could match. Well, that question was answered as these two set the bar high for the rest of the show. An exceptional opening grappling sequence set the stage for a fantastic showdown where Allin often had to find ways to work from underneath the bigger and stronger MJF. But when Darby had those moments, he took full advantage. A suicide dive where Allin went full speed into MJF served as a highlight of the physicality to come.   

Other highlights included a second rope stunner by Allin and MJF countering a leapfrog into a powerbomb backbreaker, a tombstone piledriver by MJF on the edge of the ring apron and a Code Red reversed by MJF into another powerbomb. The story told here was Allin slowly working over MJF’s left knee to compromise his opponent. But a more important story would play out later as MJF promised that he could beat Allin with a side headlock. He did just that, but only in a way that MJF could. 

An insane sequence of pinning combinations brought the crowd to their feet as Allin finally hit a Code Red for a near fall. Allin attempted to hit the Coffin Drop but MJF rolled to the outside. What did Allin do? Hit the Coffin Drop on the outside of the ring. Another attempt was countered by a knee from MJF. Wardlow and Shawn Spears attempted to interfere for MJF but were thwarted by Sting. It was a clever spot to make sure that they didn’t get involved with the finish.

MJF dared Allin to hit him with a skateboard. But when Allin thought better of it and had the referee discard the skateboard, MJF used the ring from his trunks to punch Allin and pin him with a, you guessed it, side headlock. 

This match was incredible for a number of reasons. MJF continues to be the best heel in professional wrestling but showed that he could be part of a well-put-together match. As for Allin, he bumps like a madman and gives it all he has at every turn. Losing didn’t hurt him at all. The future is bright with this company.

Grade: A 

The Lucha Brothers def. FTR to retain AEW World Tag Team Championships

It was always going to be impossible for The Lucha Brothers to follow up on that absolute classic they had with The Young Bucks at All Out. But this was a great follow-up that had a minor blemish with an awkward finish.

FTR beat The Lucha Brothers for the AAA titles recently, which set the stage for this match. 

If there was a complaint to be had, it’s that the referee had absolutely no control over this madness as all four men routinely ran in and out of the ring for double team efforts. It looked great but you’d like to think that the referee would need to gain control with a threat to disqualify either team if it continued.  

Nevertheless, it was a great match that saw The Lucha Brothers get their revenge and retain their titles. It was a tale of two matches. Whenever FTR was able to slow the match down, they were able to grind on Pentagon and Fenix with tag team wrestling reminiscent of the 1980s with mat work and power moves. The Lucha Dragons sought to pick up the pace with a variety of acrobatic offense. It must be said that Fenix is an absolutely phenomenal talent that never fails to impress. 

There were too many great tag team spots to mention but this is a match you should go out of your way to watch. The final stretch came when Cash Wheeler landed a shot with the AAA title on Fenix and Harwood hit the brainbuster for the nearest of near falls. Moments later, we were treated to an absurd sequence that saw Fenix spring off of Dax Harwood, who was eating a spike piledriver to splash Wheeler. Difficult to explain but something that needs to be seen

The end came when FTR attempted to use masks to disguise the legal man but Penta and Fenix sniffed out the scheme, hit Wheeler with the spike piledriver and pick up the win. 

Grade: B+

Bryan Danielson def. Miro

Two men who have been absolutely phenomenal in their respective roles since joining AEW met in a match that they probably wouldn’t have had in their old workplace. While most assumed that Danielson would come out on top, it didn’t take away from an excellent wrestling match that puts Danielson in position to challenge for the AEW World Championship. 

With Jon Moxley taking a hiatus from professional wrestling, Miro stepped in and found himself in the finals of the tournament. With only one loss between the two wrestlers, they both met in this match at their strongest.  

This was a match where brute strength met technical wrestling. For much of the match, Miro used his physicality to cut Danielson off or thwart his attempts and using his submission wrestling. It was well booked as Miro continues to be one of the most unique talents on the roster. It will always be baffling how WWE botched his time with the company. Fortunately, he’s reaching his potential with AEW. Despite the loss, Miro remains a threat to everyone on the roster. And the best part was that a call back to Miro’s weakness being his neck ended up doing him in.  

After a great back and forth, Miro countered the running knee with a powerbomb for a near fall. Miro asked his wrestling God how to finish his opponent and sank in the Game Over submission. Danielson made his way to the ropes for a break but Miro dragged him back to the center of the ring for another attempt. But Danielson escaped and slapped on the LaBell lock. But Miro powered out and dug into his opponent with ground and pound. Danielson threw up a triangle choke and Miro gouged the eyes to escape. Danielson made the mistake of exchanging strikes with Miro and found himself kicked to the canvas. 

Miro carried Danielson to the corner and attempted a superplex. However, Danielson reversed and planted Miro on his bad neck with a tornado DDT for the sensible pinfall and finish. Again, an excellent match and these two will probably see each other at some point again. 

Grade: A-

AEW Full Gear card

There are eight announced matches for Full Gear 2021. Three of the company’s four major championships will be on the line.

  • Kenny Omega (c) vs. “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW world championship
  • Dr. Britt Baker, DMD (c) vs. Tay Conti for the AEW women’s world championship
  • Bryan Danielson def. Miro to become AEW world championship No. 1 contender (20:06)
  • The Inner Circle vs. Men of the Year and American Top Team
  • The Lucha Brothers def. FTR to retain AEW tag team championships (18:36)
  • MJF def. Darby Allin (22:06)
  • CM Punk vs. Eddie Kingston
  • Cody Rhodes & Pac vs. Malachi Black and Andrade El Idolo
  • Christian Cage and Jurassic Express vs. Superkliq

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