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Breakdown: AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament

The AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament looks and feels a little bit different this time around. What will the 2021 installment entail?
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It seems as though the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament might be a yearly occurrence now. But this time around, it looks and feels a little bit different. Many fans have pointed out that some of the participants seem out of place, while others believe it's too predictable this time around. However, I suggest not jumping to conclusions too quickly as we will be in for some surprises as always.

Of the participants some are questioning, we will see Dustin Rhodes, Dark Order’s 10, and Powerhouse Hobbs. This first matchup featuring Hobbs vs. Orange Cassidy is an interesting one. They fought a little over a year ago in one of Will Hobbs' first matches. It was a quick bout that saw Cassidy walk out the winner. But this time around with more experience to his name and some extra friends, could we see Hobbs score another big win in his young career? That will be the first match of the tournament on Friday Night Rampage.

An intriguing match to keep an eye on will feature Bryan Danielson vs. Dustin Rhodes, as Danielson isn't going into it as the veteran of the ring. Since coming to AEW, Danielson has been on a roll, but he could have issues with the man that just “keeps on stepping.”

One match that's expected to be a straight fight is Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer. These two have been going at it for weeks now in battles stemming from pure hatred of each other. But now they have the added motivation of a chance at the AEW World Championship. Expect these foes to bring everything they have to win this match.

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Regarding the aforementioned predictability concerns, many fans think a Bryan Danielson vs. Jon Moxley final is inevitable expectations of seeing Moxley turning into a heel. That matchup itself, which will be a classic fight that all fans can enjoy, should be the final, so the assumption is fair in that regard.

But here is the real question: does Moxley finally turn heel during this? It would be very similar to what happened with Kenny Omega last year. Though it does seem a bit quick for that development, it's very possible the process begins during this tournament.

When it comes down to it, the final should be Moxley vs. Danielson. But who should move on to face the winner of Omega vs. Hangman? This buildup will lead to some intriguing matchups over the next few months for all of these men involved.

Who do you think will win the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, and who will they be facing? All these answers will come to light at this year's Full Gear PPV.

Stay tuned here at On Tap Sports Net for further AEW coverage as the drama unfolds.