AEW are finding their feet in the wrestling world after two successful pay-per-view events. We’re only two weeks removed from All Elite’s last event – Fyter Fest – which provided fans with a vast array of different wrestling styles. We were treated to the violent gore-fest between a debuting Jon Moxley and Joey Janela, a hellacious trios match between The Elite and The Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid, and a match that featured Michael Nakazawa using an N64 Controller as a weapon.
Fight for the Fallen is the last pit-stop before All Out, AEW’s biggest event of the year. With a lot riding on that September spectacular in Chicago, the AEW need to be firing on all cylinders in this go-home pay-per-view. It seems as if AEW are testing the waters with what could be the presentation and booking styles for the weekly AEW television programme, so I wouldn’t expect anything too crazy going into this weekend’s event. More exhibition style contests to help establish the hierarchy of the roster going forward.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at who will be performing in Jacksonville this weekend, and who could walk away with the big wins. Remember to leave your thoughts and opinions down in the comments section.
Sonny Kiss vs Peter Avalon
The first of two scheduled pre-show matches features the singles debuts of Sonny Kiss and Peter Avalon. Avalon has found himself involved in a strange comedy-ish gimmick with Leva Bates as two overbearing librarians, I personally don’t get the humour of a wrestling librarian gimmick, so I’m looking forward to Sonny Kiss absolutely destroy Avalon in the opening contest of the Buy-In.
Sonny is one of those talents that nobody has a negative thing to say about. Kiss has made a name for himself in promotions such as Lucha Underground, where his flamboyant style got him over with the fans and made him a highly sought after attraction for independent shows across the world.
This is Sonny’s match, there’s no way he’s walking away with the L.
Winner: Sonny Kiss
Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin & Joey Janela vs MJF, Shawn Spears & Sammy Guevara
The big spectacle of the pre-show is this huge six-man match, stacked with some of the biggest names in AEW. The big talking point going into this trios contest is Shawn Spears, and his developing feud with AEW head honcho, Cody. Spears drilled Cody with a surprise chair shot after his match with Darby Allin at Fyter Fest, naturally setting the two friends for a grudge match at All Out, which should be a lot of fun. In the meantime, Spears is competing alongside hot product MJF and the burgeoning Sammy Guevara.
On the opposite side of the ring will be Havoc, Allin and Janela. All three men have already set the bar high for the rest of the AEW, there’s no surprise that Cody and the Bucks have relied upon them to deliver some fantastic action during the Buy-In.
I feel like the heel team are going to take this one, with Spears at the fore-front of that victory. If AEW are planning on pushing Spears/Cody as a headlining act for All Out, then the artist f.k.a The Perfect 10 will certainly need a big win behind him.
Winner: MJF, Shawn Spears & Sammy Guevara
SCU vs The Lucha Brothers
Both teams have been featured pretty heavily on AEW shows. With the Tag Title tournament steadily approaching, and The Best Friends taking the bye for the first round, SCU and Lucha Bros need to put on a show to help with the wave of momentum they’re both riding. This has the potential to be an amazing tag match, another to add to the building pile of great two-on-two matches in the AEW Tag division.
It’s hard to call this match as it’ll depend on which team AEW see more value in at the moment. After the AAA title feud between the luchadores and The Young Bucks and the spiritual sequel at Fyter Fest, I think Pentagon Jr and Fenix are currently a little higher on the totem pole than Kazarian and Scorpio Sky. It’s probably time for the Lucha Bros to get a big win on paper heading into the tag tourney.
Regardless, this should be a great match.
Winner: The Lucha Brothers
Adam Page vs Kip Sabian
‘The Hangman’ has found himself perched on the top of the card since winning the battle royal at Double or Nothing. Page picked up a big singles win over MJF, Jungle Boy and Jimmy Havoc at Fyter Fest, which also earned him the right to face ‘Superbad’ Kip Sabian at Fight for the Fallen. Page is another name that’s going to be pushed as one of the main event players in AEW, especially on the road to All Out for his match against Chris Jericho for the first ever AEW World Championship reign. Naturally a big win here would put him on the right direction.
Sabian started off his AEW career with a win over Sammy Guevara, which despite being a very minor match on the card, put him in a promising position. Sabian is an excellent athlete that should bring out a good fight in Page, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they put on in Jacksonville.
But saying that, the winner is clearly going to be the potential first ever World Champ, although a balanced match could do wonders for Kip’s career and put him in line for a shot at the title in the near future, should ‘Hangman’ walk away with the win in Chicago.
Winner: Adam Page
Brandi Rhodes vs Allie
The AEW women’s division has been forming quite nicely. With Japanese stars and other homegrown talent starting to develop some traction with the audience, it’s time for the division to find itself its first major feud. Brandi Rhodes has booked herself to compete against young hopeful Allie, which could go either way in terms of performance. I’m happy to admit that I’m not Brandi’s biggest fan, and I don’t see her as someone that should be pushed as a leading figure in the women’s division.
Allie absolutely deserves the win here, her name value is up there with the likes of Dr. Britt Baker and Awesome Kong, so she should definitely be given the opportunity to be in the title picture as and when the championship comes into action. Perhaps a win over the Chief Brand Officer could put her on the right track heading into All Out.
Kenny Omega vs CIMA
Kenny Omega is set to face Jon Moxley in Chicago. After assaulting Mox in the aftermath of his unsanctioned main event against Joey Janela, Omega has momentum on his side. With this exhibition singles match with CIMA set for Fight for the Fallen, you can imagine Omega is out to once again show that he can hang with just about anyone. CIMA has been presented as a veteran who’s out to wrestle the best; there’s no doubt AEW are providing him with just that.
CIMA has a big win over Christopher Daniels under his belt, but I don’t think that’s enough to stop the steam train that is ‘The Cleaner’. I wonder if we might see a surprise attack from Jon Moxley in retaliation of the post-match attack delivered by Kenny at Fyter Fest. Either way, Omega’s got this one.
Winner: Kenny Omega
Cody & Dustin Rhodes vs The Young Bucks
In Fight for the Fallen’s main event, we see the reunion of the Brotherhood. Cody and Dustin Rhodes will be joining forces once again to face one of the best Tag Teams in the world today – The Young Bucks. A match that was declared at Double or Nothing after the two brothers’ incredible blood feud, we’re set for an awesome main event that should once again get the wrestling world talking about All Elite Wrestling.
Cody and Dustin haven’t performed as a unit since their run as Goldust and Stardust in 2015. It’d be great to see the Rhodes boys help redeem themselves from that debacle and put on a display of the same chemistry everyone fell in love with during their feuds with The Shield and The Usos back in 2013.
It wouldn’t surprise me if this ends up being very highly rated by wrestling journalists across the world. Both teams are going to put on a show that is going to make people very excited for All Out in September, mark my words. But to choose a winner, well that’s a pretty tough choice. I’d like to think that AEW will go down the feel-good moment route and have the two sons of Dusty pick up the win. Not because the Bucks deserve to lose, but more because it just makes sense from a storytelling point of view. The Bucks will be able to take the loss, a loss which could indeed be at the hands of Dustin’s final hurrah.
Winner: Cody and Dustin
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