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AEW rolls on with Fyter Fest



On the heels of their highly successful Double or Nothing Pay Per View, All Elite Wrestling hopes to continue building their momentum with Fyter Fest, which will be presented tomorrow might from Daytona Beach, Florida. In a move that is sure to delight fans, the event will be presented for free on the Bleacher Report (B/R Live) App, with its pre-show available also for free across AEW social media channels. The event kicks off at 7:30 Eastern with the Pre-Show starting at 6:30.

Being presented in conjunction with the CEO Fighting Game event and the brainchild of AEW EVP Kenny Omega, Fyter Fest is a parody of the doomed Fire Fest, which has been chronicled earlier this year in separate popular documentaries on Netflix and Hulu. Omega has been depicted for months now on “Being the Elite” developing lavish plans for the event (the joke is Kenny didn’t watch the whole doc) and the show was announced with promos featuring many beautiful women (with a disclaimer saying none of them will probably be a Fyter Fest). Despite the comedy aspect of the event, AEW is presenting a serious card with many attractive matches.

So Let’s do this.

Michael Nakazawa vs Alex Jabailey (Hardcore Match)

Kicking off the Buy In portion of this show is pure comedy in the spirit of the event, as Omega’s former partner in Japan’s DDT promotion, the lovable Nakazawa faces Jabailey, who is not a wrestler at all, but an executive with the CEO event. These two wrestled last year at CEO event at the New Japan promoted event and Jabailey used various chicanery to beat Nakazawa. Expect more with that came from as this match is simply comedy to get the show started and pay off Being the Elite storylines. It should be fun.

SCU (Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs Best Friends (Trent and Chuckie T) vs Private Party (Isiah Kassdy and Marq Quen) (Winner Gets a First Round Bye)

The other match on the Buy In is sure to kick things into high gear as these three teams are bound to put on a show in a quest to earn a buy in the first round of the upcoming AEW Tag Team Title tournament. SCU and Best Friends are teams that were featured on Double or Nothing and are well known to fans. The real wild card is the young team of Private Party, who come out of the House of Glory school in New York and were trained by indy wrestling legend the Amazing Red. They were featured heavily on Episode 3 of Road to Fyter Fest and its clear AEW sees them as the team of the future. This is a golden opportunity to feature them.

It’s a true toss up as to which team wins this match. SCU feels like the no brainer given their status amongst the fans but Best Friends could be in the hunt as well. It is also not out of the question the team known as The Dark Order (aka Super Smash Brothers) to make another appearance after what happened at DoN. There’s a lot of intrigue here…

Nyla Rose vs Riho vs Yuka Sakazaki (Three Way Match)

The women’s bout on the card features two of the best young female wrestlers in Japan in Riho and Yuka, who will have to deal with the force that is Nyla Rose. Nyla will carry a huge size advantage into this match, and Riho and Yuka will have to work together in order to neutralize that. This should lead to some crazy, creative things in this match, and will be a unique showcase for the young Japanese women.

Nyla hasn’t gotten the promotion the other women have yet, but if AEW wants to establish her as a force to be reckoned with, this is the match to do it. Let’s see how bad ass she can really be.

Christopher Daniels vs CIMA

This match is a love letter to the fans of indy and international wrestling in the early 2000s (like me) who in the pre YouTube, pre-streaming age had to work very hard in order to get footage of wrestlers outside the WWE system. At that time CIMA became an underground legend in smaller organizations in Japan and Daniels was a protégé of his.

Now both of these men are in their forties, but this is the sleeper on this card. I expect this to be a very interesting match with a lot of different styles being showcased. Daniels is the veteran ace of this group and I expect to him to win a war here in what will be a very special match.

Hangman Adam Page vs MJF vs Jungle Boy vs Jimmy Havoc

I hate MJF. You hate MJF. The Dali Lama and Mr. Rogers also probably hate MJF and so does Adam Page, the No. 1 contender to the AEW World Title, who wanted Cody Rhodes’ hated protégé one-on-one, but thanks to bad cell reception, ended up in this four way match.

Jimmy Havoc, the former Progress World Champion is the real wild card here, because he is crazy in addition to being a very good technical wrestler. No one quite knows what to expect from Jungle Boy, so this match is probably going to be a free for all. Seeing Page lose before All Out seems unlikely, so I’m betting MJF will be targeting someone else to escape with the win. No matter what happens, we just all hope MJF gets that ass beat.

Cody Rhodes vs Darby Allin

Some fans may be confused as to why the 5’8, 165 pound Allin was Cody’s handpicked opponent for this show, but others will know that Allin has emerged as one of the best unsigned talents in the world over the last three years. Coming of age mostly in the Evolve promotion, Allin has compensated with his lack of size by developing a very unusual style and he has managed to come with many things that come across as unique or original. The star of Episode 2 of “Road to Fyter Fest,” Allin is ready for this stage.

The selling point as that between Cody’s big match his brother, and with the big tag match with the Young Bucks in two weeks at Fight for the Fallen, Allin may be a trap match for Cody. It’s hard to see Cody losing here but look for Allin to put him in serious jeopardy here.

The Elite (The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega) vs Fenix, Pentagon Jr, and Laredo Kid

The war between The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros will have its next chapter here, and this time they are bringing friends to the party. Of course, it was originally supposed to be Pac teaming with the Lucha Bros, but Laredo Kid, who is really coming on a huge babyface in AAA in Mexico is good as a substitute as they can get. This is the biggest stage he’s on in the US by far, and I really expect him to shine.

But after DoN and losing the AAA Tag Belts in Mexico, I expect the OG Elite to really want to bring the pain here, especially Omega, who is coming off his loss to Jericho and has Jon Moxley in his future. This is gonna be fun.

Jon Moxley vs Joey Janela (Non-Sanctioned Match)

Twenty-Five years ago, Cactus Jack and Sabu met for the first time in July 1994 in the ECW Arena, and Mick Foley contends to this day that he believed that fans thought someone might actually die in the match. That’s the feeling coming into this match. Someone might actually die.

Of course, the former Dean Ambrose has become the biggest star in wrestling over the last two months, winning the IWGP US title and destroying Kenny Omega at DoN. He has clearly missed being the violent, deranged soul he once was and he’s ready to do that here and he has the perfect opponent in Janela, the patron saint of the crazy, ultra-violent Game Changer Wrestling. AEW has come out in recent days and put the Unsanctioned tag on the match. So really, who knows what the hell we are going to see here. With these two dudes, the chance that someone gets really hurt is legit very high.

It’s gonna be a hell of a ride…

Frank has been a wrestling fan since he was two years old. (Don't worry, he's got proof.) He's also a huge boxing and UFC fan and has a long standing love affair with Popeyes Chicken. He still owns a VHS copy of the first Ring of Honor show ever and was watching NXT before it was cool (or good). Bret Hart > Shawn Michaels. You can follow him on Twitter at @FightFanaticPod and on Tumblr at FrankTheFightFanatic. He's also starting his own podcast soon!

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