Welcome to another edition of eWN Round Table, where we gather some of the most active writers here on eWrestlingNews and share the platform to answer some questions surrounding a centralized topic, upcoming event, etc.
This is meant to showcase the potential for both a wide range of perspectives as well as how sometimes, there can be a group consensus no matter what your viewpoint is, so we also invite all of you to join in on the discussion by answering these questions yourself in the comments section below.
Participants for this round = Anthony Mango, Ethan Absler, Kyle Dunning.
1) “Heading into Fight for the Fallen, how are you feeling about AEW? Is your viewpoint of the company higher or lower before/after Double or Nothing and Fyter Fest?”
MANGO: I was higher after Double or Nothing, for the most part, but Fyter Fest did some damage. I know they’re still working out the kinks and trying to find a foothold, but I didn’t like some of what was presented and sold to me as amazing, and I’m still not digging this random exhibition type atmosphere with the same basic style match for everything. With FFTF, I’m less interested than I was for Fyter Fest.
ABSLER: I am feeling great about AEW so far. The company still feels really, really fresh and will continue to feel that way for a long time. I also believe that WWE will soon be forced to step up their game due to the success of the first two events. After Fyter Fest lived up to the hype, my view on the company is brighter than I anticipated it would be.
DUNNING: There’s a good feeling of anticipation. I’m looking forward to the weekly TV show and how they handle everything. Before then, PPVs are not easily sold, so I’m reserving judgement and keeping expectations low. There’s certainly room for improvement in all aspects.
2) “Since AEW still doesn’t have a television show, this will act as the go-home program before All Out. Is there anything you feel needs to happen at Fight for the Fallen to help set up All Out?”
MANGO: Shawn Spears and Cody need to have a confrontation of sorts, possibly with Spears taking out Dustin as a fall-guy. Hangman Page and Chris Jericho have to sell the audience that their match is worthy of being the first world title match. MJF needs to establish someone to fight. Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley have to brawl and possibly come up even-handed. And something decent needs to be a hook for the women’s division beyond just Brandi beating Allie or a weak thing like that.
ABSLER: I think as long as AEW still doesn’t have a TV show, they need to use this is a way to setup matches for All Out (Possible Shawn Spears vs Cody?) and other exciting matches. I think to further storyline, a few brawls must happen, like another between Omega and Moxley for example. As well as this show, AEW must utilize their social media presence to advertise and hype matchups.
DUNNING: Bound to be some build to the already announced matches, and further announcements made for new matches. They might feel the need to allocate a decent amount of time to backstage segments, to set up, or further feuds leading in to All Out.
3) “Agree or disagree: Kip Sabian is a waste of an opponent for Hangman Page, knowing that he’s fighting for the AEW World Championship at the next event.”
MANGO: Agree (I’m the one who wrote the question, after all). I don’t buy in any way that Sabian is on the same level as Page at the moment, so losing to him would be detrimental to Page’s credibility, and beating him means about as much as Seth Rollins taking out Mike Kanellis.
ABSLER: I disagree strongly. AEW can create a literal superstar out of just about any character because of how new the promotion is. If Sabin puts up a great fight against Hangman, it puts him on the map and makes both men bigger stars than before. AEW’s booking of Kip Sabin and his performance will determine whether or not he is a waste of time for anybody.
DUNNING: I disagree. While he could have had a more popular opponent, perhaps AEW felt they were needed in other matches? The only issue I can see, is that it’s predictable. Either Page wins, or Chris Jericho interferes. It’s likely a throwaway match to spark the feud in to life.
4) “Are you at all tempted to watch Evolve 131 live instead of Fight for the Fallen?”
MANGO: Both shows largely consist of people I’m unfamiliar with or don’t know super well. Out of curiosity’s sake, I’m more tempted to watch Evolve, but I can’t, as Fight for the Fallen is the bigger show and it takes priority. However, if I didn’t have to do so many things coverage-wise, and I was just watching this as a fan, I’d pick Evolve. Actually, I’d probably go out that Saturday night and try to do something else, as neither card strikes me as “must-see live”.
ABSLER: I think Evolve is great, but I never got into it, at least to the level that I am interested in AEW. I will definitely be watching Fight for the Fallen.
DUNNING: Not exactly, I could always watch Evolve later if others recommend it. There’s some interesting talent choices on the card, but I’m not going to feel like I’m missing out while watching AEW.
5) “Is Fight for the Fallen happening too close to Fyter Fest, or does that not matter to you?”
MANGO: WAY too close to not feel overloaded, although admittedly, some of that isn’t even their fault. It’s a shame this isn’t at least the week after Extreme Rules, if not two weeks from now. Even if WWE didn’t have two other shows going on (which AEW has no control over) it’s still too fast of a turnaround for me to not want to have a break. Just with AEW alone, I feel like Fyter Fest was too close and since I’m not thrilled about this card, it gives me vibes of when WWE splits the difference between 2 cards too close together.
ABSLER: I don’t think the shows are happening too close together because AEW doesn’t have a weekly TV show yet. After the start of an AEW weekly TV show, PPV’s more than once a month in my opinion are just too much. For now, the proximity of the last two shows is fine with me.