Tonight, AEW holds their third special show in a row with Fight for the Fallen. Coming off of Fyter Fest, tonight’s show features an AEW World Championship match between Jon Moxley and Brian Cage. That match was pushed off of Fyter Fest due to Moxley’s exposure to COVID-19, but I don’t think AEW will have a problem with this match headlining their premiere fundraising event. That’s right, Fight for the Fallen will be raising money for COVID-19 relief. All information regarding donations can be found on the AEW website.
Cody (champion) w/Arn Anderson vs. Sonny Kiss (challenger) – AEW TNT Championship Match
Cody fires out of the corner with a pump kick and pummels Kiss in the corner. The American Nightmare shows off by doing push ups as Sonny is down on the mat. After getting scolded by Arn, Cody connects with a disaster kick. Sonny kicks out of the pin and rolls out of the ring. Kiss takes control on the floor, tossing Cody back into the ring. He catches Cody in the shoulder with an enziguri. A huricanrana takes down the champ, who gets strung up in the corner. Kiss drops him with an ax kick, but can’t get the pin. Cody dodges a splitting leg drop and kicks Sonny in the head. Kiss counters Cross Rhodes with a DDT, but it’s not enough to get the pin. Kiss goes up top again, connecting with the 450 splash, but still can’t get the pin. Cody tosses Sonny onto the ramp and hits him with an Alabama slam. Cody covers in the ring, but Kiss gets a foot on the ropes.
Cody with a vertibreaker, but Kiss kicks out of the pin. The champ takes off his weight belt and tosses it out of the ring. He’s serious now. Cody takes Kiss up top, delivering the superplex. Again, Sonny kicks out. Cody locks in a crossface, but Sonny is able to get to the ropes to break the hold. Cody rips the cover off the turnbuckle. Sonny sends the champ into the exposed steel, but he can’t get the pin. The two trade forearm shots in the middle of the ring. Sonny swings wildly at the champ, who dodges and catches him with CrossRhodes. The champ covers and gets the three count.
Winner…and still TNT Champion…via pinfall: Cody
After the match, the champ shows Sonny Kiss respect with an embrace in the middle of the ring.
FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) vs. The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix)
The Butcher and the Blade escort The Lucha Brothers in FTR’s truck. Pentagon starts the match by putting the boots to Harwood. The two trade shots in the corner. Fenix tags in, getting slammed onto Harwood. Fenix gets caught trying to slide under Dax and Wheeler makes a blind tag. Cash comes over the ropes to drop an elbow. Fenix gets double teamed in the corner. Pentagon makes the tag and hits a sunset flip off the turnbuckle. The two kick Wheeler out of the ring. A running drop kick off the apron connects with Harwood as we go to commercial.
After the break, Harwood is cleaning house. He suplexes Pentagon onto Fenix. He uses a back throw to toss Fenix into the turnbuckle. Pentagon tags in after dumping Harwood out. The two double team Wheeler. Pentagon with a springboard lag drop. Wheeler kicks out. Fenix goes up for the spike piledriver, but Cash is able to get out of the hold of Pentagon. Harwood with a bulldog off the top, but still can’t get the pin. Dax smacks Pentagon on the top turnbuckle as Fenix tags. Pentagon gets the knees up on Wheeler, only for Fenix to splash onto the knees of Harwood. All four men brawl in the ring. Fenix and Harwood spill to the floor, as Pentagon slams Wheeler into the mat. Wheeler and Pentagon trade chops on the apron. Wheeler hits a suicide dive into a DDT on Pentagon. Fenix takes him out with a diving splash. Harwood then runs into a kick. Harwood ducks a kick from Fenix a rips off the luchador’s mask. Harwood rolls him up with an inside cradle and gets the pin.
Winners via pinfall: FTR
After the match, the Butcher and Blade are taunting FTR. They don’t see the Young Bucks coming up behind them. Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson super kick the two and get FTR’s truck keys back. Kenny Omega walks out with a cooler of beer as a peace offering for Cash and Dax. They toast and pour beer all over Kenny. The Bucks hold Kenny back as FTR leave the ring.
Chris Jericho is in the ring with the Inner Circle carrying a jug of orange juice. He calls his match with Orange Cassidy one of the best ever in AEW. He also claims the ratings victory. Jericho addresses everyone who wants a rematch with Cassidy. Jericho disappoints everyone because there won’t be a rematch. They toast to Orange and his dead career.
Cassidy won’t stand for that, as he walks down through the stands. He stops in the stairway, just staring in to the ring. Jericho runs him down on the mic and repeats that there will never be a rematch. Jericho wants him to leave. Cassidy just gives him a thumbs down. Jericho wants to know what he is going to do. Then he is drenched in oranges and juice dropping from above the ring. He wants a towel, only to find that Cassidy’s face is plastered on it.
Backstage, Jurassic Express is being interviewed. Marko Stunt finds it hilarious what happened to the Inner Circle.
Chris Jericho joins the announce team and he is still furious. Excalibur wants a replay of the juice drop, despite Jericho’s objections. He also shills for the Orange Cassidy towel.
The Elite (Kenny Omego, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt)
Jungle Boy blocks a face buster from Nick Jackson, as Hangman Adam Paige is show in the back at the bar. Marko Stunt tags himself in to face Kenny Omega. Marko tries to shove Kenny around. Jericho points out that Omega is underestimating Stunt because he hasn’t taken his shirt off. Stunt gets in some offense and Omega rips off the shirt. Luchasaurus and Matt Jackson tag in. The reptile lands a big kick, pulling Jackson to the corner. Jurassic Express hit him with a DDT. Marko dances on the floor, until Nick Jackson kicks him in the head. A drop kick from Omega sends Luchasaurus to the floor. Omega takes the Express out with a terminator dive to the floor. We go to commercial.
After the break, Jungle Boy takes out Nick with a head scissors from the apron. He then nails Omega. Luchasaurus tags in, taking out the Bucks. He ducks a double super kick and chokeslams Nick, following with standing moonsault. Omega breaks up the pin.
FTR joins Paige at the bar in the back, as Omega and Luchasaurus trade blows in the middle of the ring. Omega is staggered with a headbutt. Omega hits the V Trigger. He follows with a snap dragon. Stunt jumps in and gets a snap dragon. Jungle Boy also eats one for good measure. The Bucks land super kicks to Luchasaurus and get him up for a piledriver from Omega. Some how, Luchasaurus kicks out. Stunt gets the tag, only to get slammed into the corner. Nick takes him up top. Jungle Boy takes Nick down and Stunt connects with a 450 splash. Stunt hits a destroyer after getting launched over Luchasaurus; he can’t get the pin on Matt, though.
Omega hits Stunt with a snap dragon, but Luchasaurus saves him from the V Trigger. Luchasaurus goes down and Stunt gets a V Trigger anyway. Omega with a big kick to Stunt and hits the One Winged Angel and gets the pin.
Winners via pinfall: The Elite
After the bell, Omega continues to pummel Stunt and the Bucks pull him off.
Hikaru Shida pretty much issues a challenge to anyone since the women’s division is so then right now.
Jon Moxley vows to go after Cage’s previously injured arm.
The Nightmare Sisters (Brandi Rhodes and Allie) w/Dustin Rhodes vs. Kenzie Paige and MJ Jenkins
Brandi and Allie tag team Paige. Brandi makes a blind tag and Allie isn’t happy. Kenzie uses the distraction to take it to Rhodes. Jenkins tags in and Allie hits her with a bulldog. Brandi cuts of Kenzie with a spear. Allie drops an elbow on Jenkins and gets the pin.
Winners via pinfall: The Nightmare Sisters
Dasha Gonzalez welcome Nyla Rose to the ring. She isn’t about to give Dasha the privilege of that announcement. She going to let that person speak for themselves. It’s Vickie Guerrero! She is the original Karen. Guerrero isn’t going to spill any strategy. She puts the locker room on notice that Rose is going to steal every opportunity.
Jon Moxley (champion) vs. Brian Cage (challenger) w/Tazz – AEW World Championship Match
Before the match, Tazz calls out Moxley for staying at home in quarantine.
Cage takes a swing and misses Moxley before the bell. A clothesline takes the champ off his feet and pummels him into the corner. Cage blocks an arm bar and starts curling Moxley like he’s free weights. He uppercuts the champ and connects with a kick. Moxley takes down Cage with a drop kick. A massive kick to the chest leads to Moxley trying to lock in a cross arm breaker. Cage with a back suplex. He attempts to take the champ out of the ring the hard way, but the champ knocks him to the floor. Moxley with a suicide dive. He goes for a wrist lock and Cage just tosses him into the barrier. The two brawl into the seats. Moxley ties Cage up in the security barrier, kicking him in the arm. The champ sets up a barrier up against the ring, but Cage counters into a Northern Lights suplex into the steel barrier. We go to commercial.
After the break, the champ is in trouble in a torture rack. Cage locks in a camel clutch. Moxley gets to his feet, but then runs into a back elbow. On the floor, Cage suplex the champ onto a steel chair. Moxley with a surprise inside cradle in the ring, but Cage kicks out. He slams the champ to the mat and goes up top. Moxley avoids the moonsault, causing Cage to crash and burn. Moxley with a knee strike and a clothesline. Cage with a jumping knee strike. Moxley counters a discuss elbow with the Paradigm Shift. Cage kicks out.
The champ sets Cage on the top turnbuckle and hits the superplex. He rolls over for the cover and gets two, but then locks in an arm bar. Cage breaks it with a buckle bomb. Cage suplexes Moxley back into the ring off the apron. Moxley counters the Drill Claw into another arm bar. Cage is able to lock his hands, even as Moxley kicks him in the face. Moxley starts to manipulate the fingers. Moxley rips into Cage with a deep arm bar. Moxley rolls him over and stares down Tazz. Tazz throws in the towel to protect cage, giving Moxley the win.
Winner…and still AEW World Champion…via submission: Jon Moxley
After the match, Cage strikes Mox with the FTW belt and beats on him. Then the lights go out. When power is restored, Darby Allen in on the turnbuckle. He hits Cage in the face with his skateboard, knocking Cage out of the ring. Tazz has to restrain Cage from trying to take on Allen and Moxley.
AEW Dynamite: Fight for the Fallen 7/15/2020
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AEW follows up the two week Fyter Fest with a solid Fight for the Fallen. It could be considered an extension of last week, since the AEW Championship match got bumped to the show. Moxley and Cage put on a viscous fight with a surprise ending. The six man tag between Jurassic Express and The Elite was better than it had any right to be. Cody and Sonny Kiss set the tone for the show with an excellent TNT championship match. The women got shorted tonight, but with the division as thin as it is, I’ll give them a pass.