Saturday night brought us All Elite Wrestling’s second event, Fyter Fest. While it was a good show overall, it certainly showed us that the honeymoon phase is over, and they have a lot of work to do to make sure that they stay on top. The pre-show was mediocre at best, so I won’t get too much into that. The tag match was by far the best of the pre-show, with the Best Friends getting the victory. Allie and Leva Bates was forgettable, with nothing really that stood out. Nakazawa vs. Jebailey was a joke, and quite frankly I am waiting for a Jim Cornette podcast review of that one to tell the true story. Let’s dive into the main card, where things got much better.
Cima vs. Christopher Daniels
If AEW plans on making Cima a major star of their company, this was the best way to do it. Both of these men are studs in the ring, and put on a quality match that kicked this show off with a bang. Cima was able to pull off the victory with a meteora. Cima has a match at Fight for the Fallen against Kenny Omega in 2 weeks. If this match is any indication, that one has all of the potential to be the match of the night.
Riho vs. Nyla Rose vs. Yuka Sakazaki
My expectations for this match weren’t set pretty high in the first place, especially after not enjoying the 6-woman tag match at Double or Nothing, but this one surprised me. As one could expect, it started off almost as if a handicap match, with Riho and Yuka ganging up on Nyla. It didn’t work, however, and Nyla dominated both women, at times pinning both and showing off. Riho ended up shocking everyone by countering a Beast Bomb into a roll up for the victory. Nyla attacked her after the match, but walked off, making it a very anticlimactic post match attack. Riho seems to be on the rise in AEW. I know that Kenny Omega is very high on her, so it makes sense. I still am not completely sold, but we will see.
Jungle Boy vs. Adam Page vs. MJF vs. Jimmy Havoc
Apparently the winner of this match goes on to face Kip Sabian at Fight for the Fallen. While I’m sure it’ll be a good match, the stipulation came out of nowhere! Despite that, this was a strong fatal-four way match overall. I think that MJF might be one of my favorite non-WWE wrestlers right now. He cut an unbelievable heel promo to start the match off, and his heel-work during the match was top-notch.
The other thing that really impressed me in this one was Jimmy Havoc’s work. Everything that I have seen from him has been hardcore or death match work. He proved me wrong and didn’t pull any shenanigans.
Cody vs. Darby Allin
It’s a shame that this match will be remembered more for the post match than the actual work, because this was an outstanding 20-minute draw. Darby took punishment like none-other. My back still hurts thinking about his coffin-drop onto the ring-apron. As mentioned, this match ended with a last second draw, as Cody pinned Allin with only 2 seconds left on the clock. After Cody was able to finally get to his feet, he was greeted rudely by a chair shot to the head by Shawn Spears. It was really tough to watch, especially when the blood legit pooled on the ring canvas. Social media has been divided on where we all stand on chair-shots to the head, I personally am not a fan. This match was a strong display of wrestling that is now covered by a controversial shot to the head.
The Elite vs. The Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid
This match was fun to watch, but in my honest opinion it wasn’t much different than their last few matches together. Kenny Omega had some outstanding spots, but what this match did to the world was introduce the world to the Laredo Kid. He started the match off, and just happened to carry the match for most of it. It’ll be interesting to see how the Young Bucks perform at Fight for the Fallen against the Rhodes’. Both of their matches so far in AEW have been almost mirror images, which concerns me for what they are bringing to the table. More to come with this one.
Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela
Two things could have made this match better. One is that it shouldn’t have been the main event. The other is that the entire pre-match commentary was that Mox used to be the King of the Death Match, and that Janela is now holding that title. To me, someone who used to watch a lot of crazy stuff in college, this match was wildly tame for two people who are supposed to be battling to be named the King of the Deathmatch. If you sold this to me as a Street Fight, I would have been good with it. It was a great first match for Mox, as he got a HUGE pop, and is going to be a legit star in AEW. His feud with Omega got kicked into high gear at the end of the match when Omega jumped a beaten down Mox while he was celebrating. Kenny showed a side I haven’t seen from him. Needless to say, I am sold on All Out.
Overall, it was a pretty great show. AEW needs to work on what goes on in between matches. Each time, they cut to commentary, and that team just couldn’t cut it. JR got lost on multiple occasions, and seemed confused. While I am on the commentary team; AEW needs to decide what they want to do. JR technically is the play by play. On many occasions, Excalibur was playing that role AND the Color Commentary role. This hindered Excalibur’s work, which was one of the strong points of Double or Nothing. While having JR there is a great nostalgia moment for the fans that AEW targets, he is NOT the JR of old. AEW would be smart to find a new play by play guy who can help compliment Excalibur. I am going to completely ignore Goldenboy, as he was hardly even there!
That’s all I have for this one. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @TJoftheJK