AEW Fight For The Fallen marks a third straight PPV-level event held on AEW: Dynamite.
Benefiting Northeast Florida’s COVID-19 response, AEW Fight For The Fallen features the long-delayed title match between Jon Moxley and Brian Cage.
As AEW pivots toward the Labor Day weekend All Out PPV, AEW Fight For The Fallen could be the jumping-off point for the next two months of storytelling.
Who’s going to come away with big wins? And what’s the fallout on the way to All Out?
AEW World Championship – Jon Moxley (C) Vs. Brian Cage (W/ Taz)
Jon Moxley became the AEW Champion at the worst possible time. He had barely two weeks to enjoy his reign before the coronavirus pandemic forced the world to stop turning.
But his feud with Cage and Taz breathed new life into the champion. In fact, Taz single-handedly brought Moxley back from relative obscurity.
Yeah, the champ had a pretty good title defense against Brodie Lee at Double Or Nothing 2020. But it wasn’t the main event caliber opponent Moxley’s accustomed to. Here, at least, AEW took the time to build to Cage as something special and dangerous.
But as well as Cage has been built up, I don’t see him leaving with the title. Look for Moxley not to win this match so much as survive it.
They’ve built the path of Cage. Now they need to show how dangerous that path is at AEW Fight For The Fallen.
Winner (Just Barely) – Jon Moxley
AEW TNT Championship – Cody (C) Vs. Sonny Kiss
So this seems like a pretty academic one at AEW Fight For The Fallen.
Cody’s “open challenge” for the TNT Championship – which is really more of an invitational – so far has seen Cody steamroll over the competition.
And he hasn’t gotten a lot out of it besides wins. A promo here and there has hinted at a possible heel turn, but Cody himself seems to be stuck in neutral.
Sonny Kiss, on the other hand, has found new life in his team-up with Joey Janela and the pair’s ongoing feud with Lance Archer.
In typical AEW: Dynamite fashion, expect Archer to get involved after the match, building to a handicap match between Kiss & Janela and Archer. Plus, an Archer attack ties in with the fact that Cody beat the Murderhawk to become TNT Champion.
That ugly, ugly belt stays where it is, and Archer, Kiss, and Janela march on. While Cody remains in purgatory.
Winner – Cody
The Elite (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks) Vs. Jurassic Express
So this is your crowd-pleaser match for AEW Fight For The Fallen.
It’s a pair of fan-favorite trios, so it could go either way. But in terms of who needs the win more, I gotta pick Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy keeps proving himself as a potential top guy, but he really needs a big pinfall over a big name. And I’m gonna give AEW enough credit to recognize that.
Obviously neither of these groups have beef with the other. So there’s not much to gain in terms of story progression.
Unfortunately that means to make it fit the story, it’s gonna be overbooked. I’m guessing Butcher & Blade run in to attack the Bucks. FTR runs in to save but winds up botching it, allowing Jungle Boy to pin Omega.
If it’s just straight-up three-on-three, though, the Elite will pick up the win. But I feel like AEW Fight For The Fallen is too close to All Out for AEW not to move the needle on Bucks vs. FTR.
Winners – Jurassic Express
FTR Vs. Lucha Bros.
Depending on the order of matches, most of what I just said about the last match might apply to this one.
FTR and the Lucha Bros. are having their own spin-off match from the 8-man tag at Fyter Fest: Night Two.
And while neither team really needs the win to either stay over, FTR needs to win this one.
Lucha Bros. are stuck in neutral with PAC still overseas. This is just keeping them warm until Death Triangle is ready to re-emerge.
FTR gets the win at AEW Fight For The Fallen.
AEW is batting a thousand the last couple of weeks when it comes to these PPV-level TV events.
So far, based on the card, AEW Fight For The Fallen should be another feather in their cap.
Fyter Fest seemed like a culmination. AEW Fight For The Fallen is a jumping-off point.
Here’s hoping the road to All Out is as crazy as AEW dares.
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