AEW Dynamite: Fight for the Fallen Preview (7/15/20)

Following an unprecedented two-week “Free-Per-View” event known as Fyter Fest, All Elite Wrestling presents its second annual Fight for the Fallen. In a cool, yet unfortunate, twist of events, this show will emanate from the same venue as it did, and many shows have since 18 March, in 2019, Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. With two titles to be contested, there are a total of four matches currently announced for the two hour event tonight at 8/7c on TNT. Without further ado (apologies to Kenny Omega), let’s get into it…

TNT Championship: Cody (c) vs Sonny Kiss

We will start with the match that should, but probably will not, open the show. Cody continues his “weekly” TNT challenge tonight as he puts the title on the line against Sonny Kiss. Kiss has rarely been presented on Wednesday night; he was on Fyter Fest night two looking to help his tag team partner Joey Janela against Lance Archer. In what will be Sonny Kiss’s first highlight contest on the mid week show, will he be able to wrest the title away from the grandson of a plumber (and ever-arrogant) Cody?

Not being advertised as a match is a promo from Chris Jericho, who will be seven days removed from his hard fought and well-received victory over Orange Cassidy. It is said that Jericho “has something to get off his chest.” Knowing Jericho, whether it will be comedic or very serious (the last time he had a segment like this, it was a bit of both when he and the inner circle squared up to “Iron” Mike Tyson), he will get whatever he has in store over.

Personally, I am not as driven to this kind of announcement as other fans would be. I am more excited about shows in terms of the matches built and the stories that drive them; however, I trust AEW already knew this about several fans. I have trust in Jericho to cut a good promo, whatever it is, but its not the part of the show I am most invested in.

The Lucha Bros vs FTR

Coming off a tremendous eight-man tag team contest at Fyter Fest, opposing teams of the Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) and FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) are set to face off for the “FIRST TIME EVER!” (surely every FTR match right now is a first time ever match, but let’s not be negative here). This is sure to be an excellent encounter between a team of lucha libre, high flying style, and a team of traditional, mat based, pure tag team wrestling. An intriguing combination waiting to happen, this, if not Cody vs Sonny Kiss, is also a good call to pencil in as the opening match.

The Elite vs Jurassic Express

The first time teaming together since Stadium Stampede at Double or Nothing in May, Kenny Omega and the Youngbucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), collectively known as the Elite, will face off against the entirety of Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt) in what looks to be another thrilling six-man tag team match for both sides. It is always exciting (and, at times, heartwarming) to see the elite together in action. Do NOT sleep on J.E. (Jurassic Express), however. While the elite has more experience together from their times before All Elite Wrestling, J.E. are a fun combination and could find ways to surprise the (assumed) over-confident Elite. Is this an easy prediction with the team that the company has been named from going over, or, as with their win against MJF and Wardlow two weeks ago, will this be an upset from J.E.?

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs Brian Cage

Our final billed match on the card is a match that was originally scheduled for Fyter Fest Night Two, but, for well known reasons, was postponed to this show. It will be the 137-day reign of Jon Moxley will be put on the line against the undefeated machine, and “FTW champion,” Brian Cage. Cage made an instant impact in All Elite Wrestling at the Double Or Nothing PPV in May by debuting in the Casino Ladder Match and winning it to become Number One Contender. To the author’s knowledge, the world champion Moxley has not been featured on AEW Dynamite too much since Double Or Nothing and has had one appearance on Dark (AEW’s Tuesday night wrestling Youtube show). With what looks to be ring rust from the champion, and hopefully a good health condition, can Moxley, in Tazz’s own words, stop the path of Cage? Find out by tuning in tonight for AEW Dynamite on TNT at 8/7c.

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