Wrestling Review: AEW Fight for the Fallen (2020)

After weeks of waiting, The All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Champion, Jon Moxley, returns to AEW Dynamite for the special event, Fight for the Fallen. In the main event, Moxley will defend his championship against The Machine, Brian Cage, and following the back and forth verbal shots each man has taken at the other, it’s certain to be a hard hitting affair. The TNT Championship will also be defended, when current champion, Cody, continues his promise to defend each and every week against someone new; this week, The Concrete Rose, Sonny Kiss will compete in the biggest match of Kiss’ career and attempt to win the title. For the first time in months, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks will reform The Elite as they face off with Jurassic Express in a six man tag, and FTR will face off with The Lucha Bros for the first time ever. All of this and much more at AEW Fight for the Fallen.

+ Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) vs FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler): there were a few miscommunications here, but overall this was a really good tag team match. I didn’t much care for the ending, personally, but everything following the first botch until the ending was great. Fenix is one of the best in the world by a huge margin, and Pentagon is so charismatic. I don’t want to say ‘wasted’, but frankly the Lucha Bros should have been a much bigger deal. FTR are also good, and I look forward to their bigger matches

Jon Moxley (c) vs Brian Cage (AEW Championship): this was so, so boring. I generally like both guys, but they never clicked in a meaningful way, and the ending left me frustrated and worn out
The Nightmare Sisters (Brandi Rhodes & Allie) (w/ Dustin Rhodes) vs Kenzie Page & MJ Jenkins: it didn’t suck. But it wasn’t very good. Gosh Allie is a cutie patootie
Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt) vs The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson): I’m really sad to say this did nothing for me. Omega was the only real highlight here, because even at half-assed, he’s still better than almost anyone else on the planet. Marko had a few fun moments, Jungle Boy is going to be a star and both the Bucks are good in general. Luchasaurus looks really slow and lost a few times, which was a shame, as I hope he will be a big star someday, as well. This felt like it should have been a big match coming in, but it just didn’t reach those heights
Chris Jericho came out for a promo, and holy smokes I hated every second of it. This was intended to get some cheap boos from the crowd and/or the fans of NXT that were proud of winning the ratings the last few weeks, and maybe that worked; who knows. All I know is it made AEW, as a company, look incredibly petty. It’s the kind of stuff I hated WCW doing in the late 90s, Raw/Smackdown doing to each other in the mid 2000s and TNA doing in the early 2010s. Just leave it alone
Cody (c) (w/ Arn Anderson) vs Sonny Kiss (TNT Championship): the main takeaway from this is that unfortunately, Sonny’s inexperience really showed. I’m a sucker for a good full nelson hold, and have fond memories of locking one on my friends many years ago, and Sonny busted out a few really impressive looking moves (in a vacuum), but overall this was a disappointment

> I believe I’m correct in saying Sonny Kiss uses he/she/they pronouns, but I admit I was a bit confused as they seemed to change throughout their match with Cody. This isn’t a negative, just something I noticed, because frankly I don’t know if the situation has come up before

Should you watch this event: This show was really disappointing. The Lucha Bros and Kenny Omega were enough to say it wasn’t a total dud, but overall this felt like the leftovers of their previous two weeks, and that is not good. Jericho’s promo might work if AEW is content to keep losing in the overall ratings, but that seems like a risky trade off to bet on.

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