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-Chris Jericho announced today that he will be given a live mic at Fight for the Fallen on July 13. Jericho has been doing a storyline where he wants a thanks from AEW for the success of the promotion to date.
UPDATE: I incorrectly listed the start time and that Fight for the Fallen can also be watched for free on B/R Live in Canada. My apology for the error. The correct information has been added below:
-AEW will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. with the pre-show starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and the main show will start at 8:15 p.m. Eastern . The show will stream for free for those in the U.S. and Canada on B/R Live and air on PPV internationally on Fite TV.
AEW’s Fight for the Fallen lineup has had several matches announced including Cody & Dustin Rhodes vs. The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega vs. CIMA, Hangman Page vs. Kip Sabian. Shawn Spears & MJF, & Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin & Jimmy Havoc, & Joey Janela (Pre-Show), Brandi Rhodes vs. Allie., and The Lucha Bros. (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. S.C.U. (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky).
Radican’s Analysis: From a storyline standpoint, this is the weakest AEW event today, which is understandable given the two week turnaround from Fyter Fest. Nothing has been done to build up Kenny Omega vs. CIMA and with Jon Moxley in Japan for the G1 Climax tournament, there’s no threat of him trying to get revenge on Omega after Omega’s attack on him at Fyter Fest.
The pre-show match is really puzzling, as AEW has booked MJF, who is Cody’s friend in storylines and showed up first when Cody took a chairshot to the head from Shawn Spears at Fight for the Fallen. It will be interesting to see how that match plays out, but throwing a six man tag out with no explanation comes across as lazy booking that can be seen on Monday and Tuesday night every week.
The most compelling match is The Young Bucks vs. Cody & Dustin Rhodes, but the build for that match has been The Young Bucks making fun of the emotional post-match segment between Dustin and Cody at Double or Nothing where Cody asked Dustin to be his partner. This is AEW’s last stop before All Out in August and despite of the lack of a real hook on this card, I would expect a strong push to get over the main matches the company is pushing for All Out.
-The most recent episode of Being the Elite began with a shot of The Young Bucks notepads on a table. One of the notepads had October 2 written on it.
Radican’s Analsyis: Being the Elite clues usually pan out. I don’t have any confirmation, but this could very well be the confirmation that AEW TV will air on Wednesday Nights on TNA starting on Oct. 2. The company also recently filed for trademarks for Wednesday Night Dynamite.