All Elite Wrestling has been on a roll thus far!
Double or Nothing was an exciting PPV debut for the burgeoning wrestling company. And Fyter Fest was a fun mix of wrestling and video game culture. AEW isn’t resting on its laurels after putting on two quality events back to back, however. They’re heading to Jacksonville, Florida for an event dedicated to victims of gun violence for Fight for the Fallen. Taking place within the Daily’s Place amphitheater, AEW’s third talent showcase will look to continue the good string of events put on by The Elite.
Let’s check out the event’s announced match card and delve into the night’s predicted winners.
Sonny Kiss vs. Peter Avalon (with Leva Bates)
Predictions & Winner: AEW’s resident pretty boy and proud LGBT supporter is competing in his first singles match for the company. And his opponent will be the other half of the librarian duo, Peter Avalon. This will probably be a gimmicky bout full of spots that are meant to elicit laughs from the viewing audience. I’m guessing Sonny Kiss will get the win here since he’s the bigger star here (count on Leva Bates indirectly repaying the favor by being the cause for her counterparts’ defeat).
SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (with Christopher Daniels) vs. Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fenix)
Predictions & Winners: AEW’s tag team scene continues to roll on with impressive showings from its signed talents. Best Friends managed to win a major match at Fyter Fest that pushed them to All Out for a first-round bye in the tag team title tourney. Now the rest of AEW’s tag teams are fighting to make their way to that same tournament by showing just how worthy they are of being there. What we have here is a clear example of that sentiment. SCU will do battle with the Lucha Brothers in a match that’s sure to please the crowd. I’m pulling for a Lucha Brothers win here – they’re one of the best tag teams out right now and it would be fitting to see them gain even more cred on their way to the tag team tourney.
Darby Allen, Jimmy Havoc and Joey Janela vs. MJF, Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears (Six-Man Tag Team Match)
Predictions & Winners: What we have here is a showcase of AEW’s most promising Superstars. One side features the reckless youth known for putting everything on the line to get the win – the hardcore trio of Darby Allen, Jimmy Havoc and Joey Janela. On the flip side of the coin is a group of men who are a bit more grounded when it comes to attaining victory – the classical yet still flashy ensemble of MJF, Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears.
There’s an interesting story thread that will play out here, I presume. Spears laid out MJF’s best buddy in Cody with a steel chair at Fyter Fest, which is sure to cause some sort of friction between the two as this match unfolds. The bad blood will be too hard to overcome though and lead to a surprising victory for Allen, Havoc, and Janela. I’m expecting this match to be a great one and lead to some sort of grudge match between MJF and Spears in the near future, which will then evolve into Cody looking to get his revenge on Spears at All Out.
The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) vs. Angélico and Jack Evans vs. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus (Three-Way Tag Team Match; To Advance to All Out for an Opportunity at a First-Round Bye in the AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament)
Predictions & Winners: All Out is shaping up to be another quality show from the brains behind AEW. That’s because of the tag team tournament that’s planned to be showcased during the event. This Three-Way Tag Team Match will decide the next team who’ll get the First-Round Bye spot alongside the team of Best Friends. Seeing as how they’ve been beefing with The Dark Order lately, a team that’s been built up during the last two AEW shows, they seem like the ones to watch here. I’m betting on them nabbing the victory here. While I appreciate the other two parts of this bout’s equation, The Dark Order is the main duo being primed for tag team tourney greatness.
Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Riho vs. Bea Priestley and Shoko Nakajima
Predictions & Winners: AEW’s standout women’s athletes who are clearly being primed for greatness are Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Riho. Britt and Riho emerged victorious at Double or Nothing from there respective bouts and have been featured prominently ever since. Now both ladies are teaming up to take on two debuting AEW talents in the form of Bea Priestley and Shoko Nakajima. With two major debuts taking place here, I’m predicting a win for the incoming ladies. What better way to put them over huge by giving them the win over AEW’s top women’s athletes!
Brandi Rhodes vs. Allie
Predictions & Winner: I’m worried about this one, folks. Brandi Rhodes is pretty rough in the ring and is clearly a women’s wrestler who’s still in the development stages. Allie is a talent with a magnetic personality that certainly has a fanbase, but she’s not that well coordinated in the ring either.
Putting these two in the ring together is a recipe for disaster if you ask me. I’d love to be proven wrong here and feast my eyes on a surprisingly fun women’s matchup. But after sitting through Brandi’s subpar matches in ROH and Allie’s lackluster performance at Fyter Fest, I’m predicting a bathroom break matchup here. You know what else I’m predicting? A Brandi Rhodes victory.
Adam Page vs. Kip Sabian
Predictions & Winner: AEW’s “workhorse” has a big championship match to look forward to in the near future. Come August 31, Adam Page will lock up with Chris Jericho to decide the first-ever AEW World Champion. By virtue of winning the Four-Way Match at Fyter Fest, Page earned the right to compete at Fight for the Fallen.
His opponent is the up and coming Kip Sabian, the UK Superstar who got a win over Sammy Guevara at Double or Nothing. I think we’re going to get a pretty good matchup here – Page has proven to be the type of talent who can be placed in any role and prosper, plus Sabian is a young talent who’s always ready to put on his working boots. Page is clearly going over here since he’s being built up even further ahead of his AEW World Championship match at All Out.
Kenny Omega vs. CIMA
Predictions & Winner: Now this singles matchup has the potential to be a definite barn burner! Kenny Omega is two for two so far when it comes to his AEW performances. The same goes for CIMA, who’s managed to still look great at this late stage of his career. As someone’s who’s an avid independent wrestling fan, I’m shocked that we’ve never seen this bout take place at a PWG show or in Japan. Props to AEW for presenting wrestling fans with this dream match setup. Let’s all hope this first-time meeting gets a lot of time to fulfill its true potential. I’m pulling for Omega here since he’s also getting more credibility and value attached to his name as he heads toward his All Out meeting with Jon Moxley.
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. Cody and Dustin Rhodes
Predictions & Winners: There wasn’t a dry eye in the building during the conclusion of Cody and Dustin Rhode’s heated brawl at Double or Nothing. After Cody got the win over his older brother, both men set aside their differences and promised to team up once again. Anyone’s who witnessed the tag team magic both men had during their WWE Battleground 2013 matchup against The Shield knows we have a lot to look forward to here. AEW will be the “battleground” for a tag team matchup I never even knew I wanted – Cody and Dustin Rhodes vs. Matt and Nick Jackson, The Young Bucks.
I’m super excited to see this one unfold. The Rhodes Brothers are decidedly old-school and bring back the golden era of NWA/WCW tag team wrestling with their bouts. As for The Young Bucks, they’re a product of the current day wrestling landscape and thrive on high-flying thrills. Mixing both of these concepts together has the potential to produce a matchup that’s on par with the battles between The Revival and The Usos. I think the Rhodes clan is getting the win here. The best way to close out the show is witnessing Cody and Dustin getting a sentimental victory and celebrating with The Young Bucks as the crowd roars in approval.