All Elite Wrestling continues its mission to get eyes on the product before its weekly TV show starts airing on TNT. We already had their big PPV debut Double or Nothing and their follow-up Fyter Fest. Now we’re going with another cheap-to-free show with AEW Fight for the Fallen. This one’s a charity show with the proceeds going to victims of gun violence, tying mainly into the Jacksonville Landing shooting from last year.
WHEN IS AEW FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN?
AEW Fight for the Fallen will take place on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida.
HOW TO WATCH AEW FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN?
AEW FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN MATCHES
THE YOUNG BUCKS VS. CODY AND DUSTIN RHODES
At Double or Nothing, Cody had a match with his brother Dustin based on a lot of underlying animosity between the two and the fact that WWE never let them get their big, climactic blow-off match. After covering the ring with way too much blood, Cody came out of it the winner. He grabbed the mic and asked Dustin not to retire just yet. Cody was going to be taking part in a tag match against the Young Bucks and there’s only one partner who would fit the bill: his older brother.
The two embraced and the match was on.
Despite their working relationship with Cody, the Young Bucks have been all about ragging on their future opponents. Matt and Nick Jackson would constantly quote Cody’s speech, making fun of the emotion of a man’s voice cracking as he asks his brother for help. It’s been explained that they’re tired of hearing people talk about the moment, especially since Matt and Nick have always been there for each other.
JIMMY HAVOC, DARBY ALLIN, AND JOEY JANELA VS. SHAWN SPEARS, SAMMY GUEVARA, AND MJF
On the surface, this match for the Buy-In pre-show is just three faces vs. three heels thrown together. Havoc, Allin, and Janela even have the connection of being self-destructive, violent psychopaths. The real story is with the heel side. While Sammy Guevara is the odd man out, MJF is disgusted to be put on the same team as Shawn Spears.
At Double or Nothing, Cody had a match with Darby Allin that ended in a time limit draw. Shawn Spears – angry that Cody hired him away from WWE for the sake of being a coach who lingers on the midcard at best – ran into the ring and brained Cody with a chair. MJF and the guys from SoCal Uncensored accompanied the officials as they checked up on the bleeding Cody and helped him get out of the arena.
Backstage, MJF chewed out security over the situation and then got in a shouting match with Spears as he walked by. MJF is a hateful egomaniac, but he’s still incredibly loyal to his mentor Cody. Putting him and Spears on the same team is just asking for trouble.
KENNY OMEGA VS. CIMA
Kenny Omega main-evented the first AEW event and it didn’t end so well for him. First off, he lost to Chris Jericho in a match where the winner would be part of a later match to crown the first AEW World Champion. Then Jon Moxley made his first appearance and laid waste to everyone. Omega tried to fight back and ended up getting thrown off a stack of giant poker chips and shattering the floor.
Omega has been trying to regain his momentum. At Fyter Fest, he got the pin for his team in a six-man tag by pinning Laredo Kid. Then at the end of the night, he attacked Moxley after the main event and thrashed him with musical instruments, table pieces, and a trash can.
To keep that momentum going for his upcoming match against Moxley at All Out, Omega is going to take on Cima. Cima’s path hasn’t been as high-profile as Omega’s, but he too lost at Double or Nothing and then redeemed himself a bit at Fyter Fest. It’s just that instead of being in the main event, he’s been the constant main show opener.
Regardless, it’s two veterans who are going to put on a solid match.
HANGMAN PAGE VS. KIP SABIAN
“Hangman” Adam Page won the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing – the very first AEW match – and earned his way into a singles match with Chris Jericho at All Out where the winner will be the inaugural AEW World Champion. Still, when Bret Hart came out to showcase the championship belt at Double or Nothing, MJF arrived to make fun of Hart and Page. This led to Page, Jungle Boy, and Jimmy Havoc beating on MJF.
Page wanted a match against MJF based on that, but due to miscommunications, he ended up in a four-way match with MJF, Jungle Boy, and Havoc. Although Page didn’t get to settle the score with MJF, he did win the match by pinning Havoc after hitting the Dead Eye.
During the match, Kip Sabian was on commentary. He mentioned that he would be taking on the winner of the match at Fight for the Fallen. It’s fitting that he’ll be going up against Page as Sabian is actually the winner of the second match in AEW history.
BRANDI RHODES VS. ALLIE
There isn’t much to this one at the moment. Brandi Rhodes hinted at stepping into the ring at Double or Nothing, but it was a swerve and she was instead adding Awesome Kong into a women’s match. In an episode of Road to Fight for the Fallen, Brandi talked up about how she’ll be competing this time as part of her own mission to prove herself, namely to redeem her failed career as a figure skater and her lack of being used in WWE.
Allie herself has appeared at the previous two AEW shows, including getting a win over Leva Bates. Yeah, like I said, there isn’t much to this one.
SOCAL UNCENSORED VS. THE LUCHA BROTHERS
Since AEW started up, the Lucha Brothers have been at war with the Young Bucks over who is the best tag team in the world. That, as you might guess, would annoy the others in the AEW tag division. This especially holds true for Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky from SoCal Uncensored, who will be taking on Pentagon Jr. and Fenix at Fight for the Fallen.
With the tag titles coming soon via a tournament, momentum is key.
THE DARK ORDER VS. JACK EVANS AND ANGELICO VS. LUCHASAURUS AND JUNGLE BOY
Winning team advances to All Out to face Best Friends. Winner of that match gets a bye in the AEW World Tag Team Championship tournament.
Of the three teams involved, only one has actually competed together in an AEW ring. Jack Evans and Angelico took on Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent) at Double or Nothing and lost. After the match, the two teams were about to hug it out when the lights turned off. The Dark Order (known in the indies as the Super Smash Brothers) appeared with a bunch of masked henchmen. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson annihilated everyone in the ring and posed before disappearing in the darkness.
When Best Friends won a triple threat at Fyter Fest, the Dark Order once again appeared before them, but only to get in their heads before vanishing.
Meanwhile, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus have been hanging out together excessively. Not only did Luchasaurus stand in Jungle Boy’s corner at Fyter Fest, but he’s also been carrying him on his shoulders all over the place, whether it’s getting groceries off the top shelf, driving around, or swimming at the beach.
SONNY KISS VS. “THE LIBRARIAN” PETER AVALON
Peter Avalon is a weird one. Trying to find his place in professional wrestling, he decided to become a wrestling librarian. Seems like an original enough gimmick, right? Then he discovered that Leva Bates is also a wrestling librarian. The two have had what appears to be a love/hate relationship based on all of this. As it is right now, the gimmick is widely hated by pretty much everyone and AEW has been leaning into it as some kind of meta deal.
The Librarians enjoy shushing people into being quiet, but few wrestlers are louder than Sonny Kiss.
BRITT BAKER AND RIHO VS. SHOKO NAKAJIMA AND BEA PRIESTLEY
There’s no real story behind this match other than a way to showcase joshi talent and have them mingle with the American talent. Britt Baker and Riho are linked together by their success in the women’s division during AEW’s brief life thus far. Baker won a big fatal four-way at Double or Nothing while Riho not only was on the winning side of a six-woman tag at the same show, but she won a triple threat at Fyter Fest against Yuka Sakazaki and Nyla Rose. Their opponents have yet to make any appearances in the company.
Chris Jericho will also be making an appearance, presumably to run down Adam Page over their upcoming title match at All Out. Jericho has been high on his own star power and has taken all the credit for AEW’s success and tendency to immediately sell out shows. Every now and then he takes a second to demand a “thank you” from the fans and fellow wrestlers.
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Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and wants Luchasaurus to feud with Omega because he likes Primal Rage more than Street Fighter. Read more of Gavin’s articles here and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L