AEW Full Gear Saturday

All Elite Wrestling presents Full Gear on PPV Saturday night and it will be headlined by Chris Jericho defending the AEW title against Cody.

The match should be excellent in the ring and fans have been drawn in by the emotional promo by Cody this past Wednesday on Dynamite. Cody said that if he does not win the title, he will never wrestle for the belt again.

Anyone else seeing a “Dusty finish” taking place? Named for Cody’s father, Dusty Rhodes, a “Dusty finish” is when the good guy is about to defeat the villainous champion but something crazy happens and where the challenger wins the match but not the title.

Jon Moxley, known as Dean Ambrose in WWE, will face Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks face Santana & Ortiz, Riho will defend the women’s title against Emi Sakura, PAC faces Adam Page and SCU defends the tag titles against Lucha Bros. and Private Party in a triple threat match.

Dr. Britt Baker faces Bea Pristley on The Buy-In preshow and Shawn Spears is penciled in to take on Joey Janela as well although the match has not been announced.

The PPV, which is AEW’s first with a build from a TV show, begins at 7 with the preshow starting at 7.

WWE travel woes

In last week’s column, we looked at the ridiculous travel schedule of 175 WWE employees who flew to Saudi Arabia and then were to head back to Buffalo for Smackdown. The round trip flight was to be over 36 hours and more than 14,000 miles.

The flight back did not happen in time for the talents to get to Smackdown, and depending on who you talk to, different reasons have been given as to why. In fact, some talents were stuck in Saudi Arabia for a whole extra day.

Initially, it was reported that a mechanical issue with the plane caused the delay, but then others stated that the Saudi government would not let the plane leave due to Vince McMahon cutting off the TV feed in Saudi Arabia. The move, if true, was a counter to McMahon delaying the show for 40 minutes due to the government owing WWE well into eight figures from recent shows.

Some WWE employees, like McMahon, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Tyson Fury, among a few others, were able to get out on private jets.

Several WWE stars are saying they won’t go back to Saudi Arabia for shows, and time will tell if they are serious or just making the comment out of frustration.

Regardless, morale is said to have been low for a lot of wrestlers lately, and this issue will not help.

Orton signs new deal

Rumors had been circulating for a few months that Randy Orton would head to AEW once his WWE deal was up. It won’t happen now as Orton has signed a five-year extension.

Ring of Honor picks up viewers

On Monday, Ring of Honor announced that it was now available across Sinclair Broadcast Group’s newly purchased regional sports networks (RSNs). ROH will air on the RSN’s that Sinclair acquired earlier this year and then on Marquee when it launches in 2020.

This week’s question: I always like to look in the crystal ball at the Royal Rumble every November. Do you have a favorite to win both the men’s and women’s Rumbles? I think this could be the year they let Braun Strowman (win). Jeremy, Waynesburg.

Strowman is a strong choice! The hard thing to predict is if the winner will be from Raw, Smackdown or NXT. On the men’s side, something tells me that Roman Reigns will challenge Bray Wyatt for the Universal title at WrestleMania so I will go with Reigns.

On the women’s side, I pick Lacey Evans.

On this date…

In 2005, Eddie Guerrero wrestled his last televised match in WWE when he defeated Mr. Kennedy on Smackdown. The match was taped on a Tuesday and aired that Friday. That Sunday, Guerrero was found dead in a Minneapolis hotel room. Heart failure was the reason given.

Email questions/comments to Bill at powerhousehughes@gmail.com or reach him on Twitter @BillHughes_III.

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