With the AEW World Championship Eliminator in full swing it has been confirmed that the finals will now not be taking place at AEW Full Gear. The climax of the tournament has traditionally taken place at the event, but that will not be the case in 2022.
Ethan Page has already secured a spot in the finals having got past Eddie Kingston and Bandido in recent weeks. In the other side of the bracket, Brain Cage advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Dante Martin, but doesn’t yet know who he will be facing next.
AEW Full Gear To Feature World Title Eliminator Tournament Semi-Final
The issues came as it was revealed that Ricky Starks wasn’t cleared to compete which led to the match being postponed. Tony Khan later confirmed that the match will take place on the November 18th episode of Rampage, with the winner facing Brian Cage on the AEW Full Gear Zero Hour pre-show.
The winner of that bout will then meet Ethan Page on the November 23rd edition of Dynamite.
Dave Meltzer ran down the details and backstage manoeuvring in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
“The title eliminator tournament finals not being on the show was due to Starks legit not being medically cleared. As we noted several weeks back, Starks hasn’t wrestled since 10/13 due to a medical issue that we were told was not wrestling related nor serious and would be a quick turnaround. They expected him to be ready on 11/9 for the match with Archer.
But he wasn’t cleared so they shot an angle where Archer “injured” him backstage which was the cover for not doing the match as scheduled. With Starks not being ready until 11/18, instead of doing the Starks vs. Archer winner on 11/19 against Brian Cage and then have the winner of that match work a second time against Ethan Page in the finals, they decided instead to move the final to 11/23 in Chicago.”
You can find the updated card and everything you know about AEW Full Gear 2022 here.