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AEW Full Gear 2020 preview: How do you beat a man who won’t quit?

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AEW is revving up to Full Gear tonight (Nov. 7, 2020) for their latest PPV. The eight-bout main card kicks off at 8 pm ET. Let’s run down the storylines and x-factors for each contest to get you prepared for the evening’s festivities.

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs Eddie Kingston in I Quit match

Jon Moxley defeated Eddie Kingston via submission in a previous title defense. Kingston never actually quit verbally or physically from the bulldog choke. He had to be saved by the referee for his own good after he appeared to pass out. Thus the I Quit match. Kingston wants what he believes to be a fair shot.

X-factor: Kingston family. I can’t envision either Kingston or Moxley quitting due to pain. They are both super tough and stubborn enough not to live to fight another day. That means Kingston may have to do something extra. What that entails, I don’t know. I can’t predict the actions of a madman, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Lucha Bros, Blade, and Butcher play a role in that plan.

AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR (c) vs Young Bucks

The long-awaited dream match is here. FTR will finally get it on with the Young Bucks. The Bucks earned their shot by winning a #1 contender four-way. Adding to the drama is a self-imposed stipulation that the Bucks will never challenge for the AEW tag titles again if they lose.

X-factor: Health. Matt Jackson’s ankle was seriously damaged at the hands of FTR, Tully Blanchard, and a steel chair. FTR is efficient in picking weak spots apart. Matt does have some Super Cena powers but not so much that he can’t be seen. Can he withstand the pain to fire off a comeback when it matters most?

TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs Darby Allin

This will be the fourth televised match between these two. Cody currently has the edge at 2-0-1. His ring acuity has been the difference. Allin was handed the title shot after his performance in beating Ricky Starks. Since the last meeting with Cody, Allin has diversified his game. He executes smarter strategy and improved his submission game.

X-factor: Shenanigans. Cody has developed a certain style for his big matches. They often have a crazy moment that may or may not be relevant to the finish. Team Taz is angry about not being on the card, and they hate Allin. The Dark Order still hates Cody. Someone is bound to show up to make a scene.

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs Nyla Rose

Nyla demanded a title shot. Shida accepted. The story is slim, but the action should be robust. They had a dandy of a fight back at Double or Nothing. The rematch should be just as exciting.

X-factor: Vickie Guerrero. Vickie hasn’t had much influence yet. It is time to earn her money, whether that be cheating for her client or eating a trademark knee strike from Shida.

Hangman Page vs Kenny Omega

Former tag team champions meet in the final of a #1 contender tournament. The winner will earn a world title opportunity. The intrigue comes in finally finding out who is best. Omega appreciated his run in the tag team, but he believes it is now his time to shine in singles glory. Hangman has been emotionally troubled about losing in the inaugural AEW World Championship bout and also by leaving the Elite, but he still knows how to dig deep to win big matches.

X-factor: Alcohol. Hangman’s weakness comes in the form of tasty beverages. Sometimes he drinks for fun, and other times to deal with stress. The moment of fighting a friend may be too much pressure and drive Hangman looking to take the edge off. Finishing a bottle of booze could affect his athletic ability. It would be a sad thing to see, however, it could also become a rock bottom moment to begin Hangman’s redemption.

Chris Jericho vs MJF

MJF wants to join the Inner Circle, however, they were not so eager to allow membership. Jericho wants to make MJF prove himself. A win over Le Champion will guarantee MJF a spot in the group.

X-factor: Killer instinct. Jericho has doubts that MJF will do whatever it takes to win. MJF claimed he will do anything. There’s no doubt that a moment will come when MJF has to go to extremes.

Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara

The last major match between Hardy and Guevara resulted in head trauma and an awkward finish. Hardy said he wouldn’t stop until Guevara is deleted. Guevara said he wouldn’t stop until he sends Hardy back home for good. The only way to settle this feud is the Elite Deletion. Expect a wild brawl with a cinematic flair.

X-factor: Lake of Reincarnation. This could go one of two ways. Guevara has to defeat every single form of Hardy, or Guevara takes the loss only to come back as a true Spanish god.

Orange Cassidy vs John Silver

A pump kick from Silver aided in flushing Cassidy’s TNT title opportunity down the drain. Revenge must be served.

X-factor: Silver’s beard. Don’t put it past Silver to pad his jaw with steel hidden under chin hair. That would be the ultimate neutralizer of Cassidy’s Superman punch.

NWA World Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb (c) vs Allysin Kay

Fresh off winning the NWA title from Thunder Rosa, Deeb is keeping active. Why is she defending it in AEW on the pre-show? That’s not clear, but I’ll gladly take this free title fight. Kay has the experience to make it memorable.

X-factor: Springboard. This might be the biggest audience of Kay’s career and could also be the first time many fans are exposed to her skills. Kay has a chance to make a name for herself with a strong performance, or, even better, a win. Just look at Deeb’s match against Thunder Rosa in AEW. Deeb lost, but that impressive effort springboarded her into an AEW contract and also winning the NWA strap.

The Full Gear PPV can be purchased through B/R Live (and traditional PPV) in the US and Canada, and elsewhere across the globe.

What are your x-factors for each bout at All Out? Which contest will steal the show?