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AEW Full Gear 2023 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It took place on November 18, 2023 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California. It was the fifth event in the Full Gear chronology.

Production

Background

First held in 2019, Full Gear is considered one of AEW's big four pay-per-views alongside Revolution, Double or Nothing, and All Out. On August 27, 2023, during the All In media scrum, AEW President Tony Khan announced that the fifth Full Gear event would take place at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California.

Storylines

At WrestleDream on October 1, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) won a four way tag team match to become the number one contenders for the AEW World Tag Team Championship. On the November 8 episode of Dynamite, The Young Bucks took issue with Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho's friendship and their partnership in matches. The Young Bucks challenged Omega and Jericho to a match at Full Gear, with the stipulation that if The Young Bucks won, Omega and Jericho would disband their team. Alternatively, if Omega and Jericho won, they would take the number one contendership status from The Young Bucks.

On the November 11 episode of Collision, having been challenged by FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood), House of Black (Brody King and Malakai Black), and La Faccion Ingobernable (Dralistico and Rush), AEW World Tag Team Champions Big Bill and Ricky Starks declined to give any of the teams a title shot. However, AEW President Tony Khan announced that Big Bill and Starks would defend their championship against the three teams in a four way tag team match at Full Gear. On the November 17 episode of Collision, Starks announced that it would also be a ladder match.

It was announced that Kris Statlander would defend her TBS Championship at Full Gear in a three way match. On the November 11 episode of Collision, Julia Hart defeated Willow Nightingale to qualify. Skye Blue would round out the match after she defeated Red Velvet on the November 15 episode of Dynamite.

At WrestleDream on October 1, Adam Page was defeated by Swerve Strickland. On the October 25 episode of Dynamite, Strickland broke into Page's house. On the November 11 episode of Collision, Page addressed the home invasion, announcing that he would face Strickland in a Texas Death Match at Full Gear.

At All Out on September 3, Jon Moxley won the International Championship from Orange Cassidy. On the September 20 episode of Dynamite, during a defence against Rey Fenix, Moxley suffered a legitimate concussion, which resulted in Fenix winning the title. Then, on the October 10 episode of Dynamite, Cassidy defeated Fenix to regain the championship. On the November 1 episode of Dynamite, Cassidy successfully retained the title against Moxley's Blackpool Combat Club stablemate Claudio Castagnoli. After, Moxley made his return and brawled with Cassidy. That night, Moxley would challenge Cassidy to a title match at Full Gear, which was made official.

At WrestleDream on October 1, Christian Cage retained the TNT Championship against Darby Allin, in a match that saw Nick Wayne assist Cage, turning his back on Allin. After, Cage and Wayne attacked Allin further, leading to Allin's ally Sting making the save. However, Luchasaurus would appear to swing the advantage back in favour of Cage and Wayne. Just as Cage was about to give Sting a con-chair-to, Adam Copeland made his AEW debut to save Sting and Allin. On the October 4 episode of Dynamite, Copeland attempted to convince Cage to reform their tag team, however, Cage declined. On the October 25 episode of Dynamite, Cage, Wayne, and Luchasaurus challenged Allin and Sting to find a partner so they could face off in a six man tag team match at Full Gear. On the November 1 episode of Dynamite, Wayne and Luchasaurus attacked Copeland before Allin and Sting made the save. Despite having previously declared that he would not fight Cage, Copeland announced that he would partner with Allin and Sting at Full Gear.

On the September 27 episode of Dynamite, AEW World Champion MJF was interrupted by Jay White, who took credit for MJF's partnership with Adam Cole and declared that he would win the title from MJF. The following week, White, along with Juice Robinson and The Gunns (Austin and Colten Gunn), attacked MJF, with White stealing the AEW World Championship belt. Following this, White challenged MJF to a match at Full Gear, which was accepted. On the October 25 episode of Dynamite, The Gunns revealed their intention to challenge MJF for the ROH World Tag Team Championship, which was also accepted. On October 30, it was revealed that MJF would team up with a mystery partner to defend the ROH World Tag Team Championship against The Gunns on the Full Gear pre-show, due to MJF's partner Adam Cole being injured.

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show hosts
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

External links

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All Elite Wrestling Events
2019
Double or NothingFyter FestFight For The FallenAll OutFull Gear
2020
RevolutionDouble or NothingFyter FestAll OutFull Gear
2021
RevolutionDouble or NothingAll OutFull Gear
2022
Battle of the Belts IRevolutionBattle of the Belts IIDouble or NothingAEW-NJPW Forbidden DoorBattle of the Belts IIIAll OutBattle of the Belts IVFull Gear
2023
Battle of the Belts VRevolutionBattle of the Belts VIDouble or NothingAEW-NJPW Forbidden DoorBattle of the Belts VIIAll InAll OutWrestleDreamBattle of the Belts VIIIFull GearWorlds End
2024
Battle of the Belts IXRevolutionBattle of the Belts XDynastyDouble or NothingAEW-NJPW Forbidden Door
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