Tony Khan has addressed the frenzy that followed a photo of the AEW President clutching what appeared to be the Full Gear card went viral online.
Full Gear has become AEW’s November spectacular in the promotion’s short existence. Previous iterations of the show have seen Darby Allin become TNT Champion and Cody Rhodes be cruelly stripped of his right to challenge for the AEW World Championship by supposed friend MJF.
Tony Khan was been spotted at a Jacksonville Jaguars game looking pensive and clutching a stack of papers with a potential card for Full Gear showing clearly to the camera that is taking his photo.
Wrestling fans pounced on the picture believing this to be the planned card for Full Gear but as ever the card is subject to change. Although some matches on the exposed list will make AEW fans’ mouths water.
Kenny Omega and Hangman Page top the list as the AEW World Championship match is usually the main event. That is followed by Bryan Danielson taking on former AEW Champion Jon Moxley. It should be noted that both Khan and now AEW have confirmed that Kenny Omega will defend the AEW World Title against Hangman Page at the event.
Inner Circle is then slated to face American Top Team with Darby Allin and recent rival MJF scheduled to go one-on-one. CM Punk could be set for his toughest test since returning to wrestling as he potentially faces The Pinnacle’s War Dog Wardlow.
Dr. Britt Baker DMD does not appear to have a challenger as yet for the AEW Women’s World Championship but Thunder Rosa looks like she might be continuing her troubles with the impressive Jade Cargill.
Christian Cage could face The Elite’s Adam Cole in singles action while Cole’s Superkliq partners The Young Bucks are slated to face Jurassic Express. Top Guys could be in line for an AEW Tag Team Title shot as the Lucha Brothers’ names appear next to FTRs. The same line contains the word “OPEN” which could mean the show open or that there’s another spot for another tag team to get involved.
Cody Rhodes appears to have a plethora of opponents waiting for him and none will give the American Nightmare an easy night at the office. Rhodes could rekindle his feud with Malakai Black or potentially face Andrade El Idolo or former TNT Champion Miro.
However now on an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Tony Khan has poured cold water over the speculation saying he was just doodling:
“I was doodling on my notebook and I saw a lot of people took notice of the notes in my notebook, which is pretty amazing because when you’re walking around with full notes, you never think photographers are going to capture the small writing you’ve written down.”
“I’m glad it wasn’t anything more personal. It’s funny that people run with assumptions on the internet these days. I’ve seen all these people jumping to conclusions that, ‘oh, that must be the Full Gear card.’ It is true, I announced that Kenny vs. Hangman is the main event that we’ve all been waiting for with Full Gear, it’s going to be a huge pay-per-view, it is absolutely (booked).”
Tony Khan’s last comment on the subject maybe gives some insight into the possibility that Khan knew exactly what way his paper was facing as the wrestling world is now talking about Full Gear:
“I just have notes and have been messing around with different ideas and playing around with stuff. You can even see, it’s scratching around and written in pencil and been erased. I think it’s pretty fortunate because it’s gotten a ton of buzz and has gotten people wondering and people should be wondering. It creates more speculation and now I’ll leave you with more questions than answers.”