Top AEW Stars with Most Momentum Heading into All Out After Fight for the Fallen
Fight for the Fallen was All Elite Wrestling's third show, but it was established early on that the next big event following Double or Nothing on May 25 would be All Out, which is scheduled for August 31.
That could well be AEW's equivalent of WrestleMania, and with the card filling up swiftly with six potential matches already confirmed or hinted at, fewer spots are left open for others.
In many ways, Saturday's Fight for the Fallen was the last major stepping stone for wrestlers to make an impression and drive up some buzz to earn their place on the card.
Performers such as Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus took a step in the right direction and stole the show, but they still don't have much to show for it in terms of booking for All Out.
So which wrestlers came out of Fight for the Fallen with the most momentum to carry them into August and set up their roles at All Out? Let's take a look.
Brandi Rhodes and Awesome Kong
Now that Awesome Kong has been associated with Brandi Rhodes at both Double or Nothing and Fight for the Fallen, it's clear AEW is booking her in the typical heel role of being a weaker performer who is backed up by a monster bodyguard of sorts.
Going into her match with Allie, Rhodes was the lesser wrestler of the two, and it showed when she was both down for a pin and tapped out, unbeknown to the referee.
Being outclassed throughout the match didn't matter, because Rhodes was able to pick up a victory with help from Kong at ringside to prove how this is a winning combination.
Aja Kong came out to aid Allie against the two heels, leading to both Kongs sizing each other up.
It's likely All Out will feature either Kong vs. Kong with Rhodes and Allie in their respective corners, or a tag team match so Allie can get a measure of revenge on the AEW chief brand officer and pick up a victory to offset her loss on Saturday.
None of this is officially confirmed yet, but given how Aja Kong didn't get any sort of true wins and Allie came up short, momentum is on the side of Awesome Kong and Rhodes.
The Dark Order
So far, The Dark Order have made their presence felt at all three AEW events to varying degrees.
At Double or Nothing, they came out of nowhere with a surprise attack on Best Friends, who they specifically called out at Fyter Fest, rather than that just being a random display of power.
At Fight for the Fallen, Stu Grayson and Evil Uno were upstaged by Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy for the majority of the match, but The Dark Order still managed to get the win.
That means they not only secured a match at All Out, but they also made good on their threat to Best Friends; and if they manage to beat Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor, they will receive a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament to crown the first tag team champions.
Given how Angelico and Jack Evans, SoCal Uncensored, Private Party and other teams are nowhere near that comfortable a position right now means The Dark Order is sitting pretty.
One of the biggest talking points of Fyter Fest was Shawn Spears' attack on Cody, when his controversial chair shot to the head drew as much criticism as it did blood.
Turning into the skid and capitalizing off that, Spears came out at Fight for the Fallen brandishing a new moniker of The Chairman—a point that would have gone over even better had he brought another chair to the ring, but that is nitpicking at a positive character touch.
He worked his tag team match as the biggest heel, even with MJF on his team.
While Spears lost at Double or Nothing, he scored a win at Fight for the Fallen, pinning Darby Allin, who had previously wrestled Cody to a time-limit draw at Fyter Fest.
This gives The Chairman the ability to say he beat someone Cody couldn't, which goes a long way in establishing him as an actual threat.
He'll likely lose at All Out in order to get his comeuppance and give the babyface Cody some revenge, but it's certain Spears will put up a fight.
Adam Page and Chris Jericho
There is still something missing from the build between "Hangman" Adam Page and Chris Jericho ahead of their AEW world-title clash at All Out, but Fight for the Fallen did a lot in boosting the story's foundation.
Page has now accumulated three wins and no losses, and even though he's had to fight hard for those victories, he's being booked as a babyface who can gut it out and get the job done.
In comparison, Jericho has only won once, but he already has a legacy of credibility and doesn't need two more victories to balance Page out. Instead, he gave himself a moral victory by attacking his rival to show how he's the better fighter.
Of course, Page managed to get his fair share of shots in during their second brawl to even things up, and they are now on a more equal footing.
Hangman would have even more momentum had he beaten Kip Sabian in quicker fashion, but that will be forgotten about in the grand scheme of things.
Jericho is going into All Out as a complete jerk, but he is a legend who can back up what he's saying. Page is the underdog in terms of experience, but he has the heart and determination to pull off the upset.
Kenny Omega had the second-longest match of Saturday night against Cima, when the two battled it out as if they were fighting to become the No. 1 contender to Page or Jericho for the AEW World Championship.
This did a lot in establishing Cima, but it was Omega who came out on top in the end.
Now, Omega has a 2-1 record, which is more than Jon Moxley's one "unofficial" victory in his non-sanctioned match at Fyter Fest.
Perhaps more importantly, there was no appearance from Moxley to brawl with Omega and put him back on top, so since their last encounter saw Omega getting the better of the fight, he's looking just a tad more impressive in comparison.
Obviously, Omega vs. Moxley will be one of the biggest matches at All Out. Both are on a relatively equal level, but The Cleaner is slightly ahead of the game, and the ball is in The Death Rider's court.
The Young Bucks
Some would argue The Lucha Brothers deserve to be on this list after beating SoCal Uncensored, but what happened after that match was a step in the wrong direction.
Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix challenged The Young Bucks to a ladder match for All Out and felt like they were standing so high in that moment. Fundamentally, though, they are still the ones looking to prove something.
Matt and Nick Jackson beat them on their own and in a six-man tag team match, and won the main event against Cody and Dustin Rhodes at Fight for the Fallen.
The undefeated Young Bucks are tied with Page for the best overall win-loss record in AEW, so they are definitely the team with more momentum in comparison to The Lucha Brothers.
When All Out happens, it's a safe bet that will be when the tide turns and The Young Bucks lose, although their track record points in the other direction. It's up to Pentagon and Fenix to not fall short a third time.
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