AEW hosted their third event, Fight for the Fallen on Saturday Night July 13 . The event featured two first time ever matches as The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson, took on the team of The Brotherhood, Cody and Dustin Rhodes. In the other main event Kenny Omega took on CIMA. How did this show compare to their PPV, Double or Nothing, or their previous event Fyter Fest? Find out in my report card, and don’t forget to check out my Archive and follow me on Facebook and Twitter
Buy In Match 1: Sonny Kiss pinned The Librarian Peter Avalon in 5:10
Grade: 2 stars, (C-). Kiss made a grand entrance with The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders and mascot being to loud for the librarian . This was a basic showcase match for Kiss who could be a fun act when AEW goes to TNT.
Buy In Match 2: Bea Priestley and Shoko Nakajima defeated Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. and Riho when Nakajima pinned Riho with a Reverse Hurricarana in 15:40
Grade: 3.5 stars, (B). This was am interesting match as Priestley and Nakajima are singles champions in Japan and Riho has victories in her last two AEW matches. This could have been a lot better if Baker hadn’t received a concussion and communication issues with Riho, but it was still great. I’d like to see Baker vs. Priestley one on one.
Match 1: Shawn Spears, MJF, and Sammy Guevara defeated Joey Janela , Jimmy Havoc, and Darby Allin when Spears pinned Allin with a Running DVD in 13:10
Grade: 3 stars, (B-). A great showing of the AEW mid-card as all six men looked strong. I also loved the fact that there was some dissension between the two teams.
Match 2: Brandi Rhodes pinned Allie with The Bionic Spear in 11:00
Grade: 1 star, (D-). Brandi lured Allie into thinking this was going to be an even fight, but she had Awesome Kong as her protection. This wasn’t a good match as Rhodes was overmatched and needed Kong’s interference and distraction to defeat Allie. I really hope Brandi doesn’t undeservingly book herself at the top of the Women’s Division while many more competitors are more talented.
Match 3: The Dark Order defeated Jungle Boy & Luchasarus and Jack Evans & El Angelico when Evil Uno pinned Jungle Boy with Fatality in 14:59
Grade: 3.25 stars, (B). Like at Fyter Fest, this was a tremendous three team match. All three teams really shined with Jungle Boy really standing out. The Dark Order will now face The Best Friends at All Out with the winners getting a First Round Bye in The AEW World Tag Team Title Tournament on TNT this fall.
Match 4: Hangman Adam Page pinned Kip Sabian with The Dead Eye in 19:00
Grade: 2.25 stars, (C). What was that? I’m not saying Sabian should have been made to look bad, but AEW failed to make Page look strong heading into All Out and his match with Chris Jericho for the AEW World Championship. I understand they’re doing an injury angle, but Page should have been dominate. I’m still looking forward to the match with Jericho and I think it could be a classic.
Match 5: The Lucha Brothers defeated So Cal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) when pinned Pentagon pinned Kazarian with The Penta Driver in 15:00.
Grade: 3.5 stars, (B). A great match between two talented teams. The Lucha Bros were their usual outstanding selves and Scorpio Sky continues to impress. Christopher Daniels tried to interfere, but he was ejected. After the match, The Lucha Bros challenged The Young Bucks to a Ladder Match at All Out for presumably The APA Tag Team Titles. Sign me up now.
Match 6: Kenny Omega pinned CIMA with The One Winged Angel in 23:01
Grade: 4 stars, (A). This match started slowly, but picked up at the end. I could watch these two wrestle all night. This match was what you would expect from both men
Match 7: The Young Bucks defeated The Brotherhood (Cody and Dustin Rhodes) when Matt pinned Cody with The Meltzer Driver in 31:00
Grade: 4.5 stars, (A). Wow! This was one of The Young Bucks best matches ever as they continue to evolve from simple spot monkeys but still have the awesome moves. And how about the revival of Dustin Rhodes? I know some people thought this could have been a little shorter, but they sucked me into the story and that’s all that matters.
Overall Show Grade: 3 stars, (B-). Well another solid “B-Level” event from AEW. They have a lot of momentum heading into All Out and their debut on TNT this fall. All Out is shaping to be one of the best PPV’s of all time.