Cody and Dustin vs. The Young Bucks was the main event for AEW's final showcase before All Out.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
AEW Fight for the Fallen turned in an entertaining show featuring a series of matches that ranged from below-average to very good. Luchasaurus was undoubtedly the breakout performer of the night as his stock continues to grow while The Young Bucks prevailed over Cody and Dustin Rhodes in the night's main event.
After a charity show where an impressive $150,000 was raised for victims of gun violence in the city of Jacksonville, AEW will now look ahead to August's All Out pay-per-view as the upstart promotion continues to build on its rising momentum.
In a post-pay-per-view promo, Cody made sure to take a veiled shot at WWE by insisting that "you can't counterprogram what AEW is doing."
Sonny Kiss def. "The Librarian" Peter Avalon (Buy In Preshow)
Sonny Kiss defeated "The Librarian" Peter Avalon in the opening match of AEW Fight for the Fallen.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
There has been talk of AEW canceling the Librarian gimmick after a few weeks of fan outrage. Poor AEW is so committed to being the fan-friendly promotion they find themselves in a position where they feel they have to overreact and course correct at the first hint of fan complaints as if that's ever been a solid philosophy in any industry. Listen to fans long enough...
The outdoor setup complete with stands filled with people makes AEW come off as major league.
We're about seven months and three shows into the AEW experience and Alex Marves is still nervous.
Sonny Kiss feels overqualified as a pre-show performer but boy does he know how to get a crowd going.
Bea Priestley and Shoko Nakajima def. Britt Baker and Riho (Buy In Preshow)
Bea Priestley and Shoku Nakajima defeated Britt Baker and Riho.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
Bea Priestley and Britt Baker was teased as a major singles program in the future, but Priestley screwed up a springboard and now I don't want to see this match as badly.
More women's matches need the 619.
Nervouz Marvez asked if the winner would be a frontrunner for an AEW Championship and Excalibur uncomfortably rebuffed that claim, which told me Brit Baker was not winning this match.
MJF, Sammy Guevara, and Shawn Spears def. Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin, and Joey Janela
AEW Fight for the Fallen kicked off with an entertaining six-man tag team match.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
Shawn Spears is wasting no time ripping off La Parka as the Chairman of AEW.
The great irony of Joey Janela is how fearless he is inside the ring compared to how terrified he was in a potential scuffle with a 5'11 Enzo Amore.
The wrestling industry never gets more excited than when a young Caucasian performer has charisma, and the very talented MJF is their catnip.
Brandi Rhodes def. Allie
Brandi Rhodes defeated Allie in her singles debut at Fight for the Fallen.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
The Rhodes family has perfected the specific art of acting like complete babyfaces outside the ring only to resort to the most underhanded heel tactics inside of it.
Awesome Kong is probably the only pro wrestler who can say she gets Netflix money and Billionaire Khan money and I love her for it.
The story of the match was Brandi Rhodes being inexperienced, winded and rusty, so when she botched a German Suplex it seemed like she was "telling a story."
The story of the match was Brandi Rhodes being inexperienced, winded and rusty, so when she botched the finish of the match...
The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) def. Anglico and Jack Evans vs. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus
Luchasaurus broke out in a star-making performance at AEW Fight for the Fallen.Credit: WWE.com
Luchasaurus was the most popular performer in a match featuring Jungle Boy and hopefully, AEW wrestler-executives took notice.
Jim Ross' indignation with negligent refereeing was amazing for all the right reasons.
I'll never understand how Luchasaurus slipped through the cracks in WWE. He was even awesome in Season 17 of Big Brother. Tonight was a star-making performance.
So what happens when Luchasaurus continues to come off as more popular than the likes of wrestler-executive Adam Page? Will AEW continue to give fans what they want or will this get political?
Hangman Adam Page def. Kip Sabian
Adam Page secured a victory in a tune-up match against Kip Sabian.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
I won't have the stats of when or how frequently viewers switched over between EVOLVE 131 and Fight for the Fallen, but I'm guessing one of the bigger switches was from Adam Page's tune-up match to Matt Riddle vs. Drew Gulak.
Hangman Adam Page was described as a "cowboy with a lot of thoughts." Needless to say, I still need more to really care about this character.
This was the quietest match of the night, which is a terrible sign for Page, who is supposed to be the No. 1 Contender for the AEW Heavyweight Championship.
Chris Jericho attacked Hangman Adam Page and posed with both middle fingers to the sky, doing his best impression of his own Twitter account after 2 am.
SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (with Christopher Daniels) vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagn Jr. and Rey Fenix)
SoCal Uncensored battled the Lucha Brothers at Fight for the Fallen.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
SoCal Uncensored found out the hard way that people in Jacksonville don't necessarily like the Jaguars.
Justin Roberts saved his best announcement for the Lucha Brothers, who received all the fanfare of Shane McMahon's "Best in the World" announcement.
The taunt-off between Scorpio Sky and Pentagon Jr. was far more entertaining than it should have been.
Aubrey Edwards became the biggest heel in this match simply by doing her job.
This match quickly fell apart during a sequence where The Lucha Brothers were presumably supposed to hit a series of dives.
The Lucha Brothers set up a Ladder Match against The Young Bucks by standing on a ladder following a match/brawl against SoCal Uncensored. What?
Kenny Omega def. Cima
Kenny Omega attempted to bring his winless streak to an end at AEW Fight for the Fallen.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
The fact that Kenny Omega's winless streak was such a point of emphasis in this match makes him seem like a bigger star since the announcers seem so concerned with his slow start. Nice touch.
Head to Head Update: A Kenny Omega match is going head-to-head with an Adam Cole match.
I don't know if Cima is married or not, but if so, his wife is probably jealous of his love for Meteoras.
I hope AEW has serious plans for Cima past a mutually beneficial business relationship. What a match.
Chris Jericho Addresses
Jerksonville Jacksonville, Fla.
My favorite part of this promo from Chris Jericho, unfortunately, cannot be repeated.
WWE's pull-apart brawls are leaps and bounds above AEW's pull apart-brawls.
After his mini-controversy with Enzo Amore, I have no idea what Joey Janela is doing anywhere near a brawl.
The Young Bucks def. Cody and Dustin Rhodes
Cody and Dustin Rhodes battled The Young Bucks in the main event of Fight for the Fallen.Credit: Allelitewrestling.com
Tonight marked the first Young Bucks match in AEW that didn't involve cosplay.
Earlier in the night during an awkward backstage interview, Cody talked up The Young Bucks as young and the future of pro wrestling. Both Cody and Matt Jackson are 34.
The Young Bucks, who have surprisingly assumed the roles as de facto heels during this program, mocking Cody and Dustin Rhodes was just as hilarious as it was "too soon."
"This is wrestling" is one of the dumbest chants of this generation and I was all too happy to see it die a quick death during this match.
With a name like "Rick Knox," there was no more fitting individual to take AEW's first ref bump.
If this match is truly scheduled to go an hour as was teased by Jim Ross, the 30-minute mark would be a good time to call an audible.
Fans surprisingly seemed to hit a wall during the main event but they tried their best to remain engaged and all four wrestlers worked hard in an otherwise underachieving match.