This Saturday, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has its fifth official pay-per-view, Full Gear. Airing stay from the Royal Farms Area in Baltimore, Maryland (at eight p.m. ET/5 p.m PT), full gear can also be the primary official AEW pay-per-view to have construct from weeks of tv, as a substitute of simply on-line promotion.
As AEW is a brand new wrestling promotion, there are plenty of expertise on the roster that you could be not be aware of. There are additionally a stunning variety of of us it’s possible you’ll be aware of, particularly for those who’ve watched WWE at any level up to now 10+ years. Let’s check out the All Elite.
Folks You Might Know From WWE
“The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, son of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, brother of Dustin “Goldust” Rhodes, and excellent pal of “The Inexperienced Arrow” Stephen Amell. As sturdy of an announcement as it’s, with out Cody, All Elite Wrestling most definitely wouldn’t even exist. In spite of everything, all of it form of snowballed from Cody’s tweet about how he may be certain that Ring of Honor (ROH) — the promotion he and his AEW buddies had been working at on the time — may promote out a 10,000+ seat area. The present ended up unofficially being the primary AEW present (because the present didn’t find yourself being an ROH present, particularly, however AEW didn’t exist but), All In. Billed as “The Largest Unbiased Wrestling Present Ever,” with an attendance determine of 11,263 folks, All In was the primary non-WWE/WCW occasion in the USA since 1993 to promote 10,000 tickets. Now, Cody is one in every of AEW’s Government Vice Presidents, in addition to #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship. (Additionally, watch that promo above. That’s one hell of a promo. How does a man who can minimize that good of a promo — unscripted — not be your prime man?)
To WWE-only followers, Brandi — spouse of Cody — Rhodes is most definitely finest often known as former SmackDown ring announcer (from 2013-2016) Eden Stiles. Her time as a hoop announcer was additionally most notable for the way she would say Kevin Owens’s identify. In Might 2016, when Cody was granted his launch from the corporate, Brandi adopted swimsuit. Since following her husband out of the corporate and alongside on his wrestling journey since then, Brandi has additionally launched into a wrestling journey of her personal, coaching and wrestling along with accompanying Cody throughout his matches. Like Cody, she serves each an onscreen and behind the scenes position for AEW. Behind the scenes, Brandi is AEW’s Chief Model Officer. Onscreen, she’s a manipulative queen who has girls like Superior Kong do her bidding so she doesn’t should get her arms soiled within the ring. And now she appears to have turned to the darkish arts, one thing her husband hasn’t seen as a result of he’s been too preoccupied with Chris Jericho.
If you recognize Cody — and even for those who don’t — you recognize Dustin Rhodes. Dusty Rhodes’ different son, Goldust himself. When Goldust first returned to WWE again in 2013 — in simply one of the best form of his profession, now clear and sober — he acquired loads of “YOU STILL GOT IT” chants however not many alternatives to essentially present how a lot of “it” he nonetheless has. With AEW, he’s gotten to show simply how far (and the way nicely) he can go, although he’s clearly winding down in his profession and never precisely middle stage right here in his brother’s promotion. At Double or Nothing, he and Cody had a bloody one-on-one epic, the match everybody had hoped for — and nonetheless knew may occur, if given the time and a spotlight — again when WWE barely did Goldust vs. Cody’s Stardust.
Chris Jericho isn’t The Rock or “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin by way of informal wrestling viewers identify recognition, however he’s nonetheless fairly excessive up there. And in contrast to his two contemporaries, he’s nonetheless going within the ring. Not in a tragic, “Randy the Ram” approach both: The truth is, the previous three years or so of Jericho each inside and outdoors of a WWE ring have been a number of the most entertaining of his profession. Even when he’s dressed like “A Clockwork Orange Mid-life Disaster Dad.” Really, particularly when he’s dressed like that. All of that is to say, Chris Jericho being the inaugural AEW World Champion was the right selection, and surprisingly, the truth that he was beforehand thought-about a WWE lifer (post-WCW, after all) is definitely someplace on the backside of the record as to why it was such the right selection. Positive, he misplaced the title at a Longhorn Steakhouse instantly after profitable it — after somewhat bit an excessive amount of of the bubbly… and possibly some “Yeah Boys!” — however that doesn’t change the truth that he’s Le Champion, the chief of the Internal Circle, and [insert every other Jericho nickname here].
The identify is probably not acquainted, however you certain as hell know him for those who’ve watch WWE up to now 5 years no less than. Renee Younger’s husband and the person previously often known as “The Lunatic Fringe” and one-third of The Protect, Dean Ambrose, determined to depart WWE after his contract ran out on the finish of April 2019. Since then, he’s gotten again to his roots — each hardcore and technical — in a approach he hadn’t gotten to in years on WWE’s predominant roster. Since he made his shock debut at AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view (its first official pay-per-view), Moxley has made enemies with just about everybody he’s encountered within the firm, however he’s particularly been laser-focused on Kenny Omega. The 2 males had been purported to face-off towards one another at AEW’s All Out pay-per-view, however Moxley ended up not being medically cleared for the match, attributable to an MRSA staph an infection in his elbow. At Full Gear, Moxley and Omega will lastly meet one-on-one in a Lights Out match, an unsanctioned match the place something goes.
One other case of a distinct identify in WWE, again within the different firm, “The Bastard” PAC was often known as “The King of the Cruiserweights” Neville. (He’ll nonetheless at all times be “The Man That Gravity Forgot” although, no matter ring identify.) In WWE, Neville was seemingly held down by a glass ceiling within the type of the Cruiserweight Division and walked out of the corporate within the fall of 2017. He was finally launched in August the next yr, after which two months later (and a few yr after he first walked out of WWE), he returned to the Dragon Gate promotion in Japan as PAC, his ring identify on the indy circuit previous to signing with WWE in 2012. In January 2019, it was introduced that PAC (pronounced “pack”) was All Elite, a member of the AEW roster, however after being booked for AEW Double or Nothing towards “Hangman” Adam Web page, the match was canceled. (Nevertheless, the match nonetheless occur, technically — within the UK a few week earlier than Double or Nothing — and it offered reasoning for why it will not occur at Double or Nothing. AEW even uploaded the match to their official YouTube channel.) PAC ended up making his official AEW debut on the All Out pay-per-view again in August, filling in for Jon Moxley in singles match towards Kenny Omega, which PAC received. He then defeated Web page as soon as once more on the premiere episode of AEW’s weekly TV present, AEW Dynamite, and can face off towards him at Full Gear.
If there’s one wrestler Cody Rhodes would at all times converse extremely of throughout his time each out and in of WWE, it was Shawn Spears. As “The Good 10” Tye Dillinger in WWE it appeared that, nearly as good as he was, he’d at all times stay in WWE developmental. His first stint in WWE developmental (OVW) was as Shawn Spears from 2006-2008 earlier than he had his temporary second in WWE ECW (as Gavin Spears from 2008-2009) and subsequent launch, after which he returned to WWE improvement (NXT) in 2013 as Tye Dillinger, the place he lastly developed the catchy “The Good 10” character. In 2017, Dillinger was lastly known as as much as the primary roster however requested and acquired his launch in February 2019. In an announcement he posted on Twitter after requesting his launch, Spears famous, “I want to proceed to develop as a performer and supply these paying hard-earned cash to observe a present I am acting on, somewhat extra of myself.” That will, he made his AEW debut at Double or Nothing in a pre-show battle royal. Nevertheless, on the following pay-per-view — Fyter Fest — Spears turned on his good pal Cody, hitting him with a chairshot to the the top after Cody’s match towards Darby Allin. From that time on, Spears has known as himself “The Chairman of AEW,” set to show to Cody and everybody watching AEW that he’s extra than simply “ hand” (one thing he’d been thought-about by all his time in WWE). With WWE Corridor of Famer and 4 Horseman Tully Blanchard by his aspect, he’ll be taking off Joey Janela at Full Gear.
You will have identified him as “The All-American American” Jack Swagger — and for his xenophobic “Actual American” gimmick, with the catchphrase “We the Folks” — in WWE, however right here in AEW, Jake Hager is Chris Jericho’s (fortunately) silent muscle in his Internal Circle. Essentially the most attention-grabbing factor (no less than, that’s depicted onscreen) about Hager in AEW is that Jericho, the steel head that he’s, pronounces his final identify “Hagar.” As in Sammy.
Folks Who Had been Wrestling Stars Exterior of WWE
The Younger Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
When Cody started working on All Out, he did so with the assistance of The Younger Bucks, arguably the highest tag workforce on the planet (outdoors of WWE and presumably even for those who nonetheless embrace WWE for comparability). All three males had been in ROH on the time, in addition to New Japan Professional Wrestling (NJPW), and now all three are additionally Government Vice Presidents in AEW. From getting over (with duelling chants of “LET’S GO YOUNG BUCKS / F**Ok THE YOUNG BUCKS”) in SoCal’s tremendous indy Professional Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) to their baffling time as Era Me (who no less than had nice matches with the Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons) to changing into a part of wrestling’s Mount Rushmore to to becoming a member of the Bullet Membership to changing into the glue in well-oiled trios (with males like Kevin Owens nee Steen, AJ Kinds, Adam Cole, and Kenny Omega), The Younger Bucks are both chargeable for altering the enterprise or killing the enterprise, relying on who you ask. As a part of NJPW’s Bullet Membership, the Bucks ushered in a brand new period for each the Japanese wrestling firm’s recognition in America and its “too candy” faction (in addition to ROH, which actually took successful after they and different AEW expertise left), resulting in a profitable t-shirt take care of Sizzling Matter… on prime of their already profitable t-shirt gross sales courtesy of ProWrestlingTees.com. (One of many largest criticisms of AEW earlier than the official announcement and premiere of its weekly present, Dynamite, was that it’s “only a t-shirt firm.” Once more, a reasonably profitable t-shirt firm however nonetheless.) Whereas one would assume they’d be the chances on favourite to develop into the inaugural AEW Phrase Tag Group Champions, the Bucks really fell to the darkhorse workforce Personal Get together within the quarterfinals of the championship event. At Full Gear, they’ll be taking up members of Jericho’s Internal Circle, Proud-N-Highly effective.
His win-loss file in AEW wouldn’t counsel it, however Kenny Omega is definitely thought-about — in plenty of circles — one of the best wrestler on the planet. He cemented that legacy throughout his tenure in NJPW, significantly his 4 epic matches towards Kazuchika Okada (his competitors for one of the best on the planet title) centered across the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. So after creating that legacy in Japan, the Canadian Omega — from Winnipeg, Manitoba, identical to Chris Jericho — has taken fairly the leap in leaping to AEW (the place he’s additionally an Government Vice President).
“Hangman” Adam Web page
The clear ingenue of AEW, “Hangman” Adam Web page is rather more than his hunky, long-haired Stephen Amell appears to be like. Web page signed with ROH again in 2011 and was thrust fairly rapidly into a significant profile feud (and them team-up) with the gatekeeping faction The Decade. However it wasn’t till 2016 that he turned a star, technically over night time, when he joined Bullet Membership, turned the “Hangman,” and received to wrestle in NJPW for the primary time ever (which allowed him to lastly wrestle full-time, having labored a day job as a highschool instructor). The next yr, he received his first title in ROH — the ROH World Six-Man Tag Group Championship, with The Younger Bucks — and round that point, he additionally had a gimmick all about his penis. (It’s an entire… factor. Watch All In and “Being The Elite.” See, there may be a couple of “dick wrestler” in wrestling. Once more, an entire factor.) Now in AEW, Web page guarantees to do “cowboy shit,” after failing to defeat Jericho within the match to crown the inaugural AEW World Champion. Particularly towards PAC at Full Gear — which is definitely named after a “Being The Elite” bit about Web page — after how PAC tried to take him out again of their match within the UK.
The Lucha Brothers
Lucha Underground (R.I.P.) gave us plenty of nice issues — apart from Jake Robust — however two of the best issues it gave us had been Pentagon and Fenix. And Lucha Underground by no means even acknowledged (or have to acknowledge) in its 4 season-run that these two titans had been real-life brothers. However that has been acknowledged in all places outdoors of Lucha Underground that these two larger-than-life — for very totally different causes — characters are, in actual fact, lucha brothers. The hard-hitting Pentagon and the high-flying Fenix are a sibling duo who can really give The Younger Bucks a run for his or her cash — and have, at All Out — and had been the opposite favorites to develop into inaugural AEW World Tag Group Champions. Since that didn’t work out, they’re going to should strive over again at Full Gear, after they face champions SCU and Personal Get together in a three-way match for the title.
Finest Mates (Trent? and Chuck Taylor)
Technically, you keep in mind know Trent? from WWE, however that’s provided that you had been both actually into the Dude Busters or actually into unique recipe recreation show-turned-“Misplaced” island NXT (R.I.P. NXT Redemption) and WWE Superstars circa 2010-2013. You most likely weren’t. However since then Trent? (or Trent… or Baretta… or Beretta… or Trent Beretta… or Greg) has been proving he’s really actually good at skilled wrestling, on the indies and particularly in NJPW. In 2015, Trent began teaming with Rocky Romero in NJPW as Roppongi Vice, and collectively, they turned four-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Group Champions, in addition to 2016 Tremendous Jr. Tag Event winners. Nevertheless, Trent’s tag workforce coronary heart really belonged to a different, Chuck Taylor. Billed because the Finest Mates, Trent and Chuck had been really a tag workforce first, forming in PWG in 2013 and profitable PWG’s DDT4 (an, on the time, annual tag workforce event) in 2014. (That win assured a title shot towards PWG’s Tag Group Champions on the time, The Younger Bucks.” They misplaced.) As for Chuck Taylor, “The Kentucky Gentleman” — a gifted wrestler with a robust propensity for comedic wrestling — has made a profession out of being self-deprecating about the truth that no main firm wished to signal him. The truth is, he had a complete farewell retirement tour in 2015 and even admit that the rationale he deliberate to retire was as a result of “not one of the larger promotions” wished him. (At this level, Trent was wrestling in NJPW with Rocky as his companion.) Nevertheless, he in the end didn’t find yourself retiring, and in 2017, signed with ROH (which then led the best way for him to debut in NJPW) and changing into PWG Champion, the place he stayed till 2019, to hitch AEW.
Proud-N-Highly effective (Santana and Ortiz)
Now a part of Jericho’s Internal Circle, Santana and Ortiz had been initially identified on the indy scene as EYFBO’s Mike Draztik and Angel Ortiz. Nevertheless, it was signing with Impression Wrestling (fka TNA) in 2017 that put them on the map, after they joined (as Santana and Ortiz) the newest incarnation of the faction LAX. On this model, Santana and Ortiz had been the energetic tag workforce, with Konnan returning as workforce supervisor. Over the course of their time in Impression, LAX rapidly cemented themselves because the tag workforce to beat and the most effective tag groups on the planet, profitable the Impression World Tag Group Championship 4 occasions and feuding with groups like Sami Callihan’s OVE, The OGz (the unique LAX pairing of Murder and Hernandez), The Lucha Brothers,, and The North (Ethan Web page and Josh Alexander). In August 2019, Santana and Ortiz left Impression, then debuted on the finish of the month at AEW’s All Out, attacking each The Lucha Brothers. and The Younger Bucks. After teaming with Jericho in the primary occasion of the premiere of AEW Dynamite, he introduced them — with their new tag workforce identify, Proud-N-Highly effective — as a part of The Internal Circle. And now they are going towards The Younger Bucks at Full Gear.
SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky)
Between all three members of SCU (aka SoCal Uncensored, just like the publication ), they’ve a mixed 64 years of wrestling expertise. Put that approach, they’re the right workforce to be the promotion’s inaugural tag workforce champions. All three males have been staples of the Southern California wrestling scene for his or her whole careers, however the largest names of the trio are simply “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, also referred to as “Dangerous Affect” and “The Habit,” who had been a part of a number of the most memorable storylines and feuds in TNA historical past. Earlier than lastly profitable the ROH Championship in 2017 — having been with the corporate on and off since its first present in 2002 — Daniels was thought-about as the best wrestler alive by no means to seize the large one. After Daniels misplaced the title to Cody, Scorpio Sky finally joined ROH and joined forces with Daniels and Kazarian to kind SCU. However as for SCU’s character improvement and catchphrase (“That is the WORST city I’ve ever been in.”), that each one got here from “Being The Elite.”
And Now a Phrase About…
“Being The Elite”
In discussing the histories of a lot of this expertise, it’s necessary to additionally word how a lot of a hand the net collection “Being The Elite” has had and continues to have in AEW’s existence. What began as The Younger Bucks’s weekly journey vlog — with “The Elite” serving as a subset of Bullet Membership initially consisting of simply the Bucks and Omega, in addition to a model that they and sure Bullet Membership members may use outdoors of the NJPW-owned Bullet Membership — finally turned a longform storytelling device for The Elite, so as to construct characters (and catchphrases), transfer tales alongside, and promote their merchandise. The truth is, throughout The Elite’s time in ROH, “Being The Elite” basically did the corporate’s job for them, as The Elite’s tales and character improvement got here from the net collection itself as a substitute of ROH’s weekly wrestling present. (See: Adam Web page’s kidnapping.) You continue to type of have to watching “Being The Elite” to completely get AEW, however no less than the folks behind the webseries are additionally accountable for the wrestling present now. Within the fall of 2018, The Younger Bucks and Kenny Omega formally left Bullet Membership. As did Cody, “Hangman” Adam Web page, and “The Villain” Marty Scurll (who’s at the moment nonetheless signed to ROH), all formally changing into “The Elite.”
Folks Who AEW Will Make Stars
A Boy and His Dinosaur (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus)
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus’ gimmicks are just about proper there of their names, though the thriller type of goes away when you recognize that the previous is Luke Perry’s son and the latter was on “Large Brother” post-WWE developmental (although he received this explicit gimmick from his time as Vibora on Lucha Underground… when everybody within the Temple simply chanted “Luchasaurus” at him). However even with out the mystique, these are two very gifted and hungry younger males go a good distance again—10 years ago, when 24-year-old Luchasaurus was coaching to develop into a wrestler, so was a 12-year-old Jungle Boy. Additionally, they’ve this different tag workforce companion named Marko Stunt. He’s by some means one of the crucial controversial figures in wrestling proper now, merely for present.
To start with, outdoors of AEW, she’s additionally Kenny Omega’s tag workforce companion in Japan’s DDT Professional-Wrestling. (If there’s one factor the AEW roster proves, it pays to get in good with The Elite on the bottom flooring). Because the inaugural AEW Ladies’s Champion, you actually higher hope AEW makes Riho a star. Her underdog showings on AEW pay-per-view and TV have positively performed the trick to date in getting the viewers behind her, however it’s nonetheless too quickly how lengthy her reign will even final for them to root for her on that finish. At Full Gear, she’ll be defending her championship towards Japanese girls’s wrestling legend Emi Sakura, her mentor and coach.
Nyla Rose has already made historical past in AEW as the primary overtly trans lady to signal with a significant American wrestling firm, however one of many largest surprises of AEW to date has been that she didn’t defeat Riho to develop into the inaugural AEW Ladies’s Champion. Particularly contemplating how a lot she was part of the promotion for the promotion and the weekly present main as much as all of it. However with Superior Kong as a backstage mentor and quite a few already spectacular showings — even regardless of large losses — Nyla Rose is clearly in for the lengthy haul with AEW and its girls’s division.
Personal Get together (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen)
One-third of Full Gear’s three-way match for the AEW World Tag Group Championship, Personal Get together has been probably the most stunning workforce in all of AEW to date. Whereas the opposite groups all have sufficient of a robust resume behind them — together with The Hybrid 2 (Jack Evans and Angelico) and The Darkish Order (previously often known as Tremendous Smash Brothers, Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) — Personal Get together are nonetheless a comparatively new workforce, having made their debut in 2015. Their residence promotion pre-AEW was New York indy Home of Glory Professional Wrestling, the place they confronted off towards the Bucks this previous August. The truth is, the Bucks personally hand-picked Personal Get together to be a part of AEW. Since making their AEW debut at Fyter Fest in a three-way towards Finest Mates and SCU, Personal Get together have been an on the spot favourite for AEW followers. Actually, all it’s essential to see in Marq Quen’s Capturing Star Press as soon as and also you’ll be a fan too.
What occurs once you take Paul Rudd’s character from “Moist Sizzling American Summer time” and switch him right into a wrestling gimmick? You get Orange Cassidy, the brand new third Finest Pal and a wrestler who very clearly doesn’t wish to wrestle. (Severely, the reference level is “Moist Sizzling.” That is Orange Cassidy’s entrance theme on the indies.) Like The Younger Bucks, there’s plenty of discuss that Cassidy is killing the wrestling enterprise, even though: 1. He’s simply the preferred wrestler wherever he goes, together with AEW. 2. His gimmick clearly takes an unimaginable quantity of talent to really work, in any other case there can be much more Orange Cassidys efficiently within the enterprise. 3. Most clips of his work are simply that, clips, not the total match. 4. At one level, he was Fireplace Ant of The Colony (a steady which featured many extraordinarily gifted wrestlers beneath the masks) in CHIKARA. The purpose is, it’s good to get freshly-squeezed as soon as in awhile. Let Orange Cassidy freshly squeeze his approach into your wrestling coronary heart.
Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.
With simply 4 years as an expert wrestler beneath her belt, Britt Baker had been making fairly the identify for herself on the unbiased scene earlier than signing with AEW. She additionally managed to develop into a dentist — a legit dentist, not only a wrestling gimmick — in that point, so now when she’s difficult her opponents, she’s doing so with the intimate data of how to rip their jaws off. Again in July at AEW’s Struggle for the Fallen pay-per-view, British wrestler Bea Priestley concussed Baker within the opening moments of this match. Since then, Baker has wished her revenge and can presumably get it when she and Priestley go one-on-one on the Full Gear pre-show (at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT), The Purchase In.
In some way, Darby Allin isn’t on the cardboard for Full Gear, however he’s performed nothing however impress since making his AEW debut at Fyter Fest. He wrestled Cody to a time-limit draw, instantly revealing his all-heart and fearless model of wrestling. In a while AEW Dynamite, he challenged Jericho for the AEW World Championship in a Philly Road Struggle, solely falling to Le Champion after interference from Jake Hager. Technically, Darby Allin was a star within the indy promotion EVOLVE, however he himself has gone on the file quite a few occasions since signing with AEW about how being in EVOLVE and a part of World Wrestling Community (WWN) did nothing for getting his identify on the market, regardless of all of his arduous work.
MJF has one Burberry scarf he at all times wears to the ring, which is after all an indication that he’s “Higher Than You.” Sure, MJF is yet one more wealthy douche, holier than thou gimmick, however the factor about MJF’s model of it’s that he really commits. Even when it results in folks like Joe Manganiello dunking on him on social media for insulting D&D and everybody judging him for his terrible taste in music . He additionally has layers, which is why he’s nonetheless capable of be Cody’s trusted finest pal and but an absolute jerk to everybody (together with Cody’s Elite stablemate, “Hangman” Adam Web page) from wrestling Corridor of Famers like Bret Hart to your entire AEW viewers. (As a result of, inside baseball spoiler alert: It’s by no means made sense for heels to be solely pals with different heels. Loads of “good” folks have asshole pals in actual life.)
The younger buck — no pun meant — of the Internal Circle, Sammy Guevara likes to name himself a “Spanish God.” He additionally vlogs and has the most punchable face in the world and the dumbest hair. He’s going to go far on this firm, the little punk.