AEW Worlds End Previews and Predictions

12/29/2023 10:02 PM

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AEW Worlds End Previews and Predictions

AEW Worlds End Previews and Predictions

December 29, 2023 10:02 PM
AEW Worlds End Previews and Predictions
Wrestling News

Predictions and previews of AEW's final pay-per-view of 2023.

The final pay-per-view for AEW has a stacked card that features MJF defending the AEW World Title against Samoa Joe and the crowning of the inaugural Continental Champion. AEW has done a solid job of building towards Worlds End and it would be shocking if a couple of match-of-the-year candidates don’t take place at the big show in Uniondale, New York. Let’s get started with the top match of the show:

AEW World Championship Match: MJF (c) vs. Samoa Joe

This is a hard pick. On one hand, the injury surrounding MJF would lead you to believe that it’s time for him to drop the belt. Plus, MJF just got a huge victory over Joe in their Arthur Ashe bout, so one would think that Joe would finally topple the longest-reigning AEW World Champion, especially since he gave away the ROH World Television title to pursue the world championship.

On the flip side, there are still the pending feuds with Wardlow and The Devil. The Adam Cole saga hasn’t fully wrapped up either, though Cole won’t be wrestling anytime soon so he may not be a big factor here. The company even teased him and Swerve Strickland for having a match in the future. MJF is going into the championship match weak. Another loss for Joe could damage his credibility. 

However, MJF simply has too much going on for him to drop the title right now. It would be a genuine surprise if Joe walked out with the belt here. Though, it would be cool to finally see Joe as the top dog of a promotion again as the guy truly deserves it. 

Winner: MJF

Continental Classic Final Match: Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston 

Moxley doesn’t need the win. The tournament seems designed for Eddie Kingston’s crowning moment in the company. While it’s a shame that we didn’t get a longer build as these two have a rich history with one another, it feels time for Eddie Kingston to get a HUGE feel-good victory over his friend/foe. 

Of course, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Moxley gets the win. For the most part, Tony Khan is a long-term storytelling guy, so perhaps this is the first chapter in the rekindling of their feud. Though Moxley winning won’t be the popular choice, there are some fun possibilities of him holding the ROH, NJPW, and Continental titles all at once. However, the end result will see Kingston beat Moxley for the belts. I think that win will happen here, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the former AEW World Champion came out on top.

Winner: Eddie Kingston

No Disqualification match for the TNT Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs. Adam Copeland

Another tricky match. It feels too early for Christian Cage to drop the TNT title. Plus, given the No DQ stipulation, wacky shenanigans can always be the reason for Copeland’s loss. 

At the same, it’s risky for Copeland to have so many high-profile losses early in his run. He’ll definitely be protected, but this feud can lose steam if the former WWE Champion succumbs to the interference game once again.

Most likely, Cage is retaining here as there’s still juice in his act, especially after the recent changes to his faction. Copeland could end up doing one of two things: 1) Have a ladder match against Cage and win the belt or 2) Veer into a different feud and revisit his rivalry against the TNT Champion at a later date. I’ll go with Cage, though Copeland walking out as champion wouldn’t be surprising.

Winner: Christian Cage

AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Toni Storm (c) vs. Riho

I don’t see the point in giving Riho a transitional title reign. The end goal is Mariah May vs. Toni Storm, so any feud before that one feels like filler. Plus, Storm is just getting into the groove of being champion, so for her to drop the belt this soon would be silly. Then again, creative has played hot potato with the AEW Women’s title lately, so Riho winning isn’t an impossibility. 

Winner: Toni Storm

TBS Championship Match: Julia Hart (c) vs. Abadon

There’s no reason for Hart to lose the title here, especially since a long-term story with Skye Blue is brewing in the background. AEW is clearly high on Abadon and she’ll win a title someday, but Worlds End won’t be the place or time. 

Winner: Julia Hart

Swerve Strickland vs. Keith Lee

Had this match happened earlier this year then I would’ve said Keith Lee’s name with ease. But times and circumstances have changed. Swerve is the hottest act in AEW right now and he’s coming off a huge loss in the Continental Classic. 

It isn’t just the fact that he’s extremely over, as it does genuinely seem like AEW is pushing him towards the world title scene based on his recent interaction with MJF on Dynamite. It would be a mistake to have Swerve drop two matches in a row. Anything is possible, but it would render his huge win over Hangman Page pointless if there were never a plan to move him up the card. 

Keith Lee can always bounce back. Tony Khan just needs to keep him active in 2024. Nevertheless, Swerve wins. They’ll likely use some type of cheating tactic to protect Lee, but it would be downright criminal if Swerve doesn’t leave with the win. 

Winner: Swerve Strickland

Miro vs. Andrade

I don’t particularly understand where this story is going now that CJ Perry is out of commission. With talks of Andrade possibly leaving then this leans more towards Miro, but even his future outside of Worlds End is murky. There were no hints of future title matches or rivals, and Miro has been directionless for quite some time. Hopefully, that changes after Worlds End.

Winner: Miro 

Sting, Darby Allin, Chris Jericho, & Sammy Guevara vs. Ricky Starks, Big Bill Morrissey, Will Hobbs, & Konosuke Takeshita

There’s a minor possibility that the heel team could get one over on Sammy Guevara. However, the stronger likelihood would give Chris Jericho a boost in his pursuit of the AEW World Tag Team titles. Given that Sting’s final match is in less than three months, this bout could also set up his last match against the tag team champions. Either way, Sting isn’t losing this one. 

Winner: Sting, Darby Allin, Chris Jericho, & Sammy Guevara

Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, Mark Briscoe, & Daniel Garcia vs. Brody King, Jay White, Jay Lethal, & Rush

I like everyone in this match, but it feels random, especially after Bryan’s tearful promo. Hell, the FTW Championship match has more of a build behind it than this one. I can see White or Rush getting the pin for their team, especially since Daniel Garcia has a long losing streak story going on. But so does Jay Lethal. I’ll go with the safe bet.

Winner: Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, Mark Briscoe, & Daniel Garcia

(Pre-Show) FTW Championship Match: Hook (c) vs. Wheeler Yuta in FTW rules

Wheeler Yuta is already the ROH World Television Champion so it would be surprising if he also wins this one. Then again, the FTW Championship has a strange placement in AEW as it’s not officially recognized even though there have been multiple title holders. 

Having the FTW title keeps Hook active, even though it’s baffling that he hasn’t moved up the card by now. He was one of the hottest new names in the company when he made his debut in 2021, but he’s mainly been floundering in the lower (and sometimes mid) card for a good portion of 2022/2023. Hook wins, though Yuta claiming a second belt isn’t far-fetched.

Winner: Hook

(Pre-Show) 20-man Battle Royal for a future AEW TNT Championship match 

I can’t make an official analysis of the match since the participants are still unknown. I’ll make a random guess and say AR Fox; he’ll make a strong opponent for Christian because he’s someone that the TNT Champion can beat clean. Anything is possible, but with the focus being on Adam Copeland and Christian, this will be a strong television win for the reigning title holder.

Winner: AR Fox