Tuesday, July 27, 2021

AEW Fight for the Fallen 2021 Preview & Predictions

Welcome to another round of AEW Dynamite predictions here at Enuffa.com!  Well, the upstart promotion is continuing a slew of loaded, themed Dynamite episodes this week, with a stacked Fight for the Fallen!

After two successful Fyter Fest shows, both of which drew well over a million viewers, AEW will go for the hat trick with Fight for the Fallen.  They may have an uphill battle going up against the 2020 Olympics, but maybe the strength of this lineup will make up the difference.  Regardless, there are some very exciting bouts on tap for this show, particularly a first-time tag team war and a huge 10-man elimination tag with championship ramifications.  Let's take a look....

JUST ADDED: Thunder Rosa vs. Julia Hart

Thunder Rosa just signed officially with the company so this is obviously a showcase match for her.  And hopefully we'll see a Rosa-Baker rematch sometime soon.  This will be short and sweet.

Pick: Thunder Rosa

Christian Cage & Jurassic Express vs. Angelico & Private Party

Christian and Jurassic Express continue their feud with Matt Hardy's stable in this six-man match.  Lots of athleticism on display here, so this should be a very fun match.  I'm not sure what the endgame is for this feud, since Christian has already defeated Matt, but I can't see Team Christian losing here.  Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus for my money are a great choice to eventually dethrone the Bucks, so I feel like they have to come out of this feud strong.

Pick: Cage and the Dinosaurs

Santana & Ortiz vs. FTR

This match could very easily steal the show.  FTR are great, Santana & Ortiz are on the cusp of tag team stardom.  This will be a pretty spectacular tag match.  I feel like this is the one match where I'm really not sure of the outcome.  Santana & Ortiz could really use a high-profile win, but at the same time I have babyfaces winning every other bout on this show.  Might be a little much to have the good guys sweep, so maybe FTR wins this one.

Pick: FTR

No Rules Match: Chris Jericho vs. Nick Gage

It's the maniac vs. the Painmaker.  I've never actually seen Gage wrestle, but he's seeing a career resurgence of sorts thanks to his Dark Side of the Ring episode.  This will obviously be a wild affair, likely with copious amounts of blood.  It's Jericho's second task on his way to a match with MJF, so of course Jericho's winning here.  Should be a crazy fight.

Pick: Jericho

TNT Championship: Lance Archer vs. Hikuleo

Lance Archer is your new IWGP US Champion, and he's already got a title defense against NJPW up-and-comer Hikuleo.  Two hosses throwing bombs at each other under New Japan rules.  Should be a solid affair.  Hikuleo is clearly not winning here but he'll have a chance to make his mark in such a high-profile match.  

Pick: Lance retains

Elimination Tag Match: The Elite vs. Hangman Page & The Dark Order

I assume this bout goes on last since Page is uber-over and his AEW Title shot is on the line.  My question is how do they have the Bucks and the Good Brothers lose to Dark Order guys, none of whom has been really presented as on the same level?  Does Page do most of the work to help build him up?  I'm going to guess Page ends up as the lone survivor after losing most or all of his teammates fairly early; Kenny and his friends can afford to lose to such a hot babyface star.  Omega-Page is a shoe-in for the All Out main event, but I wonder if the likely addition of Bryan Danielson and CM Punk affects Page's eventual title win.  Do they have Omega steal a win at All Out so they can book Omega-Danielson for Full Gear?  The buyrate would be too big to pass up I think.  Meanwhile Page could have an arc where he's down on himself over his failure but earns another crack in the spring and finally gets the job done?  It's a tough choice to sacrifice a homegrown push for an incoming star, even temporarily, but it might be worth it here.  Omega-Danielson has much more drawing potential with the title on the line than without.  Anywho, I don't see Page losing the elimination match.

Pick: Team Page

It's an exciting time to be an AEW fan, between all the homegrown rising stars and the influx of established former WWE talent.  The remainder of 2021 could be a defining era for the young company.  Pop some popcorn and enjoy...

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