15th Jul2019

‘AEW: Fight For the Fallen’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of All Elite Wrestling’s Fight For The Fallen Pay Per View, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and AEW has got another big card before All Out, so let’s see if they can keep their momentum going.


Match #1: Sonny Kiss beat Peter Avalon

This was a bit of a mess, but not a terrible one either. Kiss was the driving force behind this match, but Avalon didn’t exactly look lousy. The match was kind of odd, but it worked for what it was.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Shoko Nakajima & Bea Priestley beat Dr. Britt Baker & Riho

This was a fun tag match that was hot and cold as far as action, but when it got hot it burned.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: MJF, Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears beat Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin and Joey Janela

This had enough life in it that it felt like a fun fracas, but I wouldn’t go comparing it to any Shield matches or any of those Dragon Gate fights either. There was a real grueling sort of tinge to this match’s atmosphere, which is a way of saying these guys kept trying to break each other’s ribs. I liked this and it I liked the way it made each of these six athletes look tough.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #4: Brandi Rhodes (with Awesome Kong) beat Allie

This was a fun, albeit slow, match that got better when Allie was in charge of it. Brandi did well for her part, but Allie was the big thing to mention here.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5

Match #5: The Dark Order beat Jack Evans & Angelico and Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy (with Marko Stunt)

This was a lot of fun. The action was fast and thrilling, but a bit too focused on comedy at certain points. I get that these guys excel at humor in wrestling, but it is a very potent ingredient to add to a match, so less is more. I’m surprised that TDO won, but they did get that big angle a few shows ago where they were pushed as a dominant force of evil. TDO did feel very evil here, but they were impressive, nonetheless. Over-all, this was a breeze to watch, but very forgettable as well.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #6: Adam Page beat Kip Sabian

This was an excellent match that had an even amount of offense from both wrestlers. Page and Kip worked well together to make Page look like a star, even though I’m not quite sold on him becoming the league’s World Champion in a month or so. These guys got a strong crowd reaction when it counted, but will that carry through for Page when he wins the title over a proven draw who is not an executive in the league like Page is? In any case, Page made his case for being the league’s top star and it was pretty convincing. Kip was a real pleasure here, giving the kind of performance that you can really relish after it’s over. I feel a bit all over the place here, but that’s because there are lots to say about this match, at least as far as wrestling quality is concerned. Overall, this was the best match so far.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #7: Lucha Bros. (Penta El Zero M and Fenix) beat SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky with Christopher Daniels)

This was an excellent match that featured the kind of wrestling that it should have at this point in the card, namely fast, furious and kinetic fighting. The quality was never in doubt or question, so this whole thing started off as effortlessly as it should (not every match has to start with every-body getting power-bombed through the canvas). This was smart and slick, with enough risks taken to feel like it belonged on a major card, which is what this whole show is. I could go for another few of these matches between these two teams.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #8: Kenny Omega beat CIMA

This was a dynamic fight to the finish that had a different feel to every-thing else on the show so far. CIMA has an intense way about him and he wrestles like he could kick a wall into pieces just by think about lifting his leg. Omega almost felt out of his league here, if only because of the character thing, but for the wrestling part they were more than matched. Every-thing here felt so easy that it must be a thousand times more difficult than it appears to be. CIMA may prove to be an ace in the whole, as he has that tough guy appeal that so many seem to be lacking in this era of the sport. At any point in the fight, you can expect Omega to show why he is so successful with every move he makes. I guess what I’m saying is that this match is worth the time it takes to watch.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #9: (Main Event) The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) beat The Rhodes Bros. (Cody and Dustin Rhodes)

This was a psychology-heavy match that went longer than it should have, but definitely worked as a main event. I didn’t like the Bucks pretending to hate the Rhodes brothers, because it felt too false to believe, but they didn’t forget to wrestle a fun match. If you like watching the Bucks do spots and kicks all day, then this will disappoint you from bell to bell. I liked the pace and the atmosphere for this match, which is a testament to both teams and their appeal with the people. Overall, this worked as a main event and could lead to a nice series of matches if they come together again.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

News Of The Night:

  1. 1Aja Kong and Awesome Kong might be wrestling each other in the near future.
  2. Chris Jericho and Adam Page engaged in a strong pair of brawls over the course of the show to build toward the World Title Match at All Out.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was the least of the AEW shows so far, but it had more than enough good matches to be worth watching. I almost gave this a lower review score, but when you have five 3.5 matches on one card, it just feels wrong to punish the event in question just because it wasn’t perfect.


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