AEW Fight for the Fallen aired tonight on TNT from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. Jon Moxley defended the AEW Championship against FTW Champion Brian Cage. Cody put the TNT Championship on the line against Sonny Kiss. It was also announced that Vickie Guerrero is Nyla Rose’s manager during tonight’s show.
AEW Fight for the Fallen Results
- Cody def. Sonny Kiss to retain TNT Championship
- FTR def. Lucha Bros
- The Elite def. Jurassic Express
- Nightmare Sisters def. Kenzie Paige & MJ Jenkins
- Jon Moxley def. Brian Cage to retain AEW Championship
Here are 5 takeaways from Fight for the Fallen:
Cody Retained In A Great Match With Sonny Kiss
Cody defended the TNT Championship against Sonny Kiss in the first match of the night. Sonny Kiss enrance included the Jaguars cheerleaders and a dance routine before he made his way to the ring.
Match Recap: Cody went right after Sonny and beat him down in the corner of the ring. Cody showed off and did some pushups as Arn Anderson shouted at him to stay focused. Sonny threw Cody to the apron but Cody got right back in the ring and hit a Disaster Kick for a near fall.
Sonny Kiss connected with an elbow to the face and sent Cody to the outside. Back in the ring, Sonny hit an Enziguri but Cody responded and locked in a Full Nelson in the middle of the ring. Sonny battled back with a beautiful Belly to Belly Suplex and then hit a Hurricanrana for a two count.
Kiss did a split in the ring and then planted Cody with the Cross Rhodes for a two count. Sonny connected with a 450 Splash for another two count. Cody battled back and launched Sonny out of the ring and onto the entrance ramp. Cody followed Sonny out of the ring and hit him with an Alabama Slam on the entrance ramp.
Cody connected a Superplex and went for a cover but Kiss kicked out at two. Jim Ross scolded Cody for a lazy cover and said Cody’s head wasn’t in the game as the champ was arguing with referee Aubrey Edwards. Cody exposed the turnbuckle but wound up getting slammed onto it. Sonny took control and hit a boot to the face. Kiss went for a Clothesline but Cody dodged it and hit the Cross Rhodes for the pinfall victory.
Opinion: Cody and Sonny Kiss put on a great match to kick off this week’s show. They kept cutting to Tully Blanchard watching the match in the crowd and it will be interesting to see if anything comes of that. Cody also wrestled the majority of this match as a heel but shared a hug with Sonny after the victory.
FTR Poured Beer Over Kenny Omega’s Head
FTR faced Lucha Bros tonight at Fight for the Fallen.
Match Recap: Dax and Pentagon started off the match by trading shots in the corner of the ring. Fenix tagged in and went for a Suplex but Dax Harwood blocked it. Cash tagged in and hit Fenix with an Elbow Drop for a near fall. AEW continued to cut to Tully Blanchard during this match as well.
Fenix booted Cash in the face and then knocked Dax off the apron. Rey leveled Dax with a Dropkick outside the ring as Butcher and Blade watched on from the truck they stole from FTR as Dynamite went to a break. When Dynamite returned, Fenix went for a Crossbody off the top rope but Cash caught him with an uppercut.
Dax tagged in and hit Fenix with a couple snap Suplexes. Harwood leveled Pentagon with a Clothesline and then sent Fenix face first into the turnbuckle. Lucha Bros took control and hit Wheeler with a Splash and then a Leg Drop for a two count. Fenix went for a Hurricanrana but Wheeler caught him. Dax tagged in and hit a Flying Clothesline for a near fall.
Fenix and Pentagon went for a couple Splashes but FTR got their knees up. FTR flipped off the Lucha Bros and a brawl broke out. Fenix and Dax knocked each other out of the ring as Pentagon and Cash battled on the apron. Cash knocked Pentagon to the floor and hit a Suicide Dive into a DDT. Fenix leveled Wheeler with a Splash out of nowhere and hit Dax with a Superkick.
Back in the ring, Fenix and Dax traded shots. Dax ripped off Fenix’s mask and then rolled him up for the victory. Young Bucks showed up behind Butcher and Blade and leveled them with a couple Superkicks. Young Bucks gave FTR the keys to the truck back as Kenny Omega brought some beers into the ring as a peace offering. FTR dumped the beer over Kenny’s head and Omega went to attack FTR but the Young Bucks stopped him. FTR were supposed to drive off in their truck but it looked like it didn’t start.
Orange Cassidy Got Revenge On Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho came down to the ring with Inner Circle. They were all holding orange juice as Jericho claimed that he had one of the best matches in AEW history against Orange Cassidy. Jericho boasted about winning the ratings war and referred to himself as “the King of the Ratings, maaaan”.
Jericho said that he understands the concept of drawing money and that Orange Cassidy wants a rematch. All the advertisers in the important demo want a rematch as well. Chris then looked into the camera and said Orange Cassidy isn’t getting a rematch as the chanted that Jericho was scared.
Chris said that the Demo God is never scared and Inner Circle raised their half gallons of orange juice. Jericho took a swig and said the rest was for his dead career. Jericho poured the orange juice in the ring before Orange Cassidy interrupted. Orange Cassidy leaned up against a railing in the crowd as they chanted “freshly squeezed!”.
Jericho told Orange Cassidy that there will never be a rematch and told him to shove his sunglasses up his ass. Chris demanded Orange Cassidy to get the hell out of the arena and called him a piece of shit. Orange Cassidy gave Jericho a thumbs down and a giant container of orange juice was dropped onto Inner Circle. Jericho threw a fit and demanded someone throw him a towel. Jericho wiped his face and it was revealed that it was an Orange Cassidy towel.
Opinion: I absolutely loved this segment and I know it pissed off the people that spend hours arguing about ratings on Twitter instead of just enjoying both shows. Jericho continues to be awesome in AEW and I’m fall for a rematch against Orange Cassidy.
The Elite Defeated Jurassic Express
The Elite squared off against Jurassic Express tonight on Dynamite.
Match Recap: Nick Jackson booted Jungle Boy in the midsection as Hangman Page was shown drinking backstage watching the match. Jericho shouted that he wanted some vodka as Marko and Kenny tagged in. Marko hit Kenny with a couple jabs but Omega shrugged them off and hit Stunt with a chop to the chest. Stunt battled back with a Dropkick and tagged in Luchasaurus.
Nick Jackson took out Jungle Boy and Marko outside the ring. Omega knocked Luchasaurus out of the ring and Kenny flipped onto everyone as Dynamite went to a break. When Dynamite returned, Jungle Boy leveled Omega with a Clothesline outside the ring. Luchasaurus hit Nick with a Clothesline and sent Matt to the corner.
Luchasaurus leveled the Young Bucks with a kick to the face and followed it up with a Chokeslam on Nick for a two count. FTR joined Hangman backstage and poured some whiskey as Omega tagged in. Omega hit Luchasaurus with a V-Trigger and followed it up with a Snap Dragon Suplex. Omega hit Jungle Boy and Marko with a couple Suplexes as well.
Young Bucks brought Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt out of the ring and then hit Luchasaurus with Superkicks. The Elite then planted Luchasaurus with a Tiger Driver 98 for a two count. Jungle Boy hit Nick with a Hurricanrana and Marko followed it up with a 450 Splash for a two count. Marko hit Matt with a ridiculous Canadian Destroyer before Omega leveled Stunt with a Clothesline. Kenny hit Stunt with the V-Trigger and then the One Winged Angel for the pinfall victory. After the match, Kenny unloaded a flurry of punches to Marko’s face before Young Bucks broke it up. Kenny was laughing in the corner of the ring to end the segment.
Opinion: There is a lot going on in tonight’s show. We got FTR sharing drinks with Hangman as Kenny is losing his mind during the match. It sure looks like Kenny Omega is on the verge of a heel turn and that could lead to trouble to the AEW Tag Team Champions.
Jon Moxley Retained After Taz Threw In The Towel
Jon Moxley defended the AEW Championship against Brian Cage in the main event of this week’s show. Before the match, Taz cut a promo about Moxley sitting home his wife while Brian Cage was wrestling a regular schedule and training his ass off. Moxley came down to the ring in a Danny Havoc t-shirt.
Match Recap: Moxley started off the match in control and beat Cage down in the corner of the ring. Cage exploded out of the corner and leveled Moxley with a Clothesline. Cage lifted Moxley up like he was nothing and did a few curls. Brian followed it up with an uppercut and went for a German Suplex but Jon broke free with some elbows to the face.
Jon battled back with a Dropkick and then focused his attack on the surgically repaired left bicep of Brian Cage. Moxley locked in an Armbreaker but Cage broke free with several punches to the face. Jon slammed Cage into the ring post and Brian fell to the floor outside the ring. Moxley hit Cage with a Suicide Dive but Cage quickly battled back and threw Moxley into the barricade.
Cage and Moxley continued to battle outside the ring and Jon trapped Brian’s arm in the barricade. Moxley booted Cage’s arm and set up a barricade on the apron. Brian Cage sent Moxley into the barricade with a Belly to Back Suplex as AEW went to a break. When Dynamite returned, Cage had Moxley in a Torture Rack in the middle of the ring. Cage slammed him to the canvas and went for the cover but the champ kicked out at two.
Brian thew Moxley into a steel chair and set up for a Suplex but Jon countered into a roll-up for a two count. Cage went for a Moonsault but Jon got out of the way. Moxley hit Cage with a knee to the face but Cage responded with a Clothesline. Moxley hit a Clothesline of his own and then the Paradigm Shift for a near fall.
Moxley perched Cage up on the top turnbuckle and planted him with a Superplex for a near fall. Jon then quickly applied the Kimura Lock in the middle of the ring. Cage powered to his feet and hit Moxley with a Buckle Bomb. Brian followed it up with a Superplex of his own and went for Drill Claw but Jon escaped. Jon went for an Armbreaker but Cage kept his hands together. Moxley ripped his fingers apart and locked in the hold.
Jon gave Taz the finger while still having the hold locked in and Taz threw in the towel to end the match. After the match, Brian Cage hit Moxley in the face with the FTW title and the lights went off in the arena. When the lights came back on, Darby Allin was on the top rope and hit Brian Cage with the skateboard.
Opinion: I really enjoyed Fight for the Fallen but thought the main event was very underwhelming. I get the logic that Taz throwing in the towel protects Cage, but it still left a lot to be desired for a title match. It was just a bad note to end such an entertaining show on. There were several good matches but I enjoyed FTR versus Lucha Bros the most and it great to see Darby Allin back.