Amid the rhetoric of war, competition and counter-programming, AEW presented a charity show, Fight For The Fallen, 24 hours removed from WWE's own B-show Extreme Rules.
It was the worst of the first three events promoted by the upstart company. Very uneven, production issues marred a humid, sapping night for the talent and audience alike. Kenny Omega vs. CIMA was an excellent, story-driven match, in which the veteran spammed his Meteora finish in a burst of desperation. He was outclassed; it was all he could do. He half-destroyed his knees in the process which, combined with Omega's own assault, saw him fall mid-sprint, leaving him prone for a sick V-trigger to the back of the head.
Elsewhere, beyond two pulsating midcard tag team matches, AEW got too cute with the get-guys-over-in-defeat thing by seeking to elevate Kip Sabian. The result only lowered the stock of Hangman Page. Admirable in its attempt to further establish the drama of time limits, it was nonetheless the wrong time to do it. Too many matches outstayed their welcome. Jim Ross effectively complained that some performers were doing too much in there, actively campaigning for the finish at various points, incredibly.
Fight For The Fallen was a 6.5/10 show.
On the evidence of it, and Extreme Rules, each side is at a standoff on the battlefield...