The critically acclaimed arrived at AEW Full Gear with all the style you’d expect, even with two verses to start the match instead of one, but Swerve In Our Glory didn’t smile and had nothing but punishment in mind. They were on the same page for quite a while and coupled with Bowen’s injured shoulder and arm, it looked like their game was a losing one. But The Acclaimed stayed in the game and never let off the throttle, and then Swerve imploded in our Glory thanks to Strickland. That caused Lee to run away and leave Strickland alone, and the combined might of Caster and Bowens was too much to overcome (plus a little help from Billy Gunn). The Acclaimed would win and are still your AEW Tag Team champions.
Bowens was still hurting from his injury, but that didn’t stop him from going straight for Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland, but Strickland regularly focused on his injury. He then set up Bowens to be suplexed by a table, but Bowens was able to counter and suplex Strickland. Bowens got back in and he hit Lee with some effective body shots, but Lee lifted him up with one arm and then landed all his body weight on Bowens’ injured arm and shoulder.
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Caster made his way back to the ring after being thrown into the barricade, and then Bowens hit some effective strikes on Lee, only to be headbutted by Lee. Lee then again aimed for the shoulder with elbow strikes and then Strickland tapped in and clocked Bowens with a punch to the face.
Strickland then went to work on Bowen’s arm, stuffing it into Bowens’ pants, then bounced off the ropes with a kick that caused Bowens considerable pain. Lee lifted Bowens onto his shoulders and Caster knocked down Strickland, and Bowens somehow hit a reverse hurricane on Lee, sending him to the mat and able to reel in Caster.
Caster hit a body drop on Swerve then hit Lee with targeted kicks followed by a dive over the ropes to Swerve. Caster went to lift Lee up, but it wasn’t going to happen, and Lee hit a pair of big forearms on Caster’s ribs. Caster then went up and hit a Hurricane, but Lee picked up Caster and put him on the top turnbuckle to slam huge chops to his chest. Caster pushed Lee back off the mat twice and then hit a leg drop before hitting a hit on Swerve in cover, but he kicked out.
Caster tagged in Bowens who kneed Swerve and then came into cover on the Cutter, but Swerve kicked out of the pin. Bowens tried to lift Swerve, but couldn’t, and then Swerve threw Bowens into his partner, knocking him off the platform. Bowens then sent Swerve over the ropes, but Lee stopped his partner from falling. Then Caster was on top and he hit a crossbody that pushed Lee through the guardrail. Bowens had Swerve in the ring and hit a DDT in a cover, but Swerve kicked out.
Bowens and Swerve dodged each other, but Swerve hit a Flatliner on Bowens, and then he landed a huge kick to the head into cover, but Bowens kicked out. Swerve hit another kick to the head and followed it up with a third, but Bowens didn’t budge. Swerve then pointed to the camera and hit another kick to the head, but somehow still kicked Bowens out. Swerve dragged Bowens to the corner and went up for the Swerve Stomp, but he lost his footing thanks to Bowens. He went back up and went for the punch but he missed and Bowens hit the arrival then tagged Cater who hit the Mic Drop and almost got the pin but Lee broke it at the very last second.
Caster kicked Lee out of the ring and then lifted Swerve up, but he kicked Bowens in the face and hit Caster the brainteaser, though he didn’t understand everything. Lee was tagged and caster clotheslined twice. Then he attacked Caster and threw him over the ring. Lee then knocked Bowens to the other side of the ring. Dodge went to and they got moving, but Caster kicked out at the very last second.
Lee tagged in Swerve and then lifted Caster, but he hit some punches and then tagged in Bowens, though Lee didn’t see it. However, Lee kicked Bowens with his free leg and then bombed Caster on top of Bowens, and they rolled out. Swerve then threw Caster into the side tables and grabbed a pair of pliers. He dragged Caster and had his hand, but Billy Gunn came out and made the save, though he hates a kick from Swerve. Swerve showed Lee the clippers and he looked upset and tossed them aside. Swerve slapped him and they were in each other’s faces.
Lee picked up Bowens and patted him on the back before walking out on Swerve, leaving him alone in the ring. Bowens rolled him up, but he kicked out. Bowens hit another kick to the face and Swerve had the move locked, but he reversed it. Bowens made the tag and Swerve didn’t see it, and Caster droppedkicked Swerve. They reached the finisher and that was it for Swerve, and The Acclaimed retained their AEW World Tag Team Championships.
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