Before I get started on this week’s report, I want to first comment on a new “signing” by All Elite Wrestling. I grew up a huge fan of Brian Pillman, and loved his reinvention from a high flying babyface to an amazing heel as “The Loose Cannon”. For anyone not familiar with the latter persona, I beg you to check out his infamous introduction to the ECW Arena! We sadly lost him too soon, but Brian Pillman Jr. has been soaring up the indie circuit over the last few years. While still contracted to Major League Wrestling, he is making his AEW debut this week on Dark against Shawn Spears. Here’s what else is on the Dark docket:
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- Pillman vs Spears
- Big Swole vs Rache Chanel
- Luther vs Frankie Kazarian
- Tony Donati/Faboo Andre/Joe Alonzo/Brady Pierce vs Butcher & Blade/Lucha Bros
- Will Hobbs vs Orange Cassidy
- Michael Nakazawa vs Shawn Dean
- Scorpio Sky vs Serpentico
- Peter Avalon/Brandon Cutler vs Dark Order (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson)
To open up Night 2 of Fyter Fest, Private Party are being led out by Matt Hardy (V1) to challenge for Hangman Page and Kenny Omega’s World Tag Team titles. On commentary, JR is surprised that the champs’ cohesion has lasted this long. Few tags are made, but this doesn’t take away from the amazing spots by both teams. Quen lands the best Shooting Star Press in the business, but Omega barely saves his partner. Last Call, and the champions retain their straps.
For some reason, Joey Janela is taking on Lance Archer. I wouldn’t have suggested it, but here we are. The Murderhawk Monster is being led by Jake “The Snake” Roberts, while Sonny Kiss is taken out by Archer before the match. A top-rope splash to the outside from the Bad Boy connects, and he goes under the ring to grab a table. That’s about the end of Janela’s offense for most of the match, as Archer simply destroys the Jersey native. He lands a Blackout through the table off the ring apron, and rolls a lifeless Janela into the ring for a three-count.
Darby Allin is prepping for his return by performing a 30 ft. Coffin Drop into a ball pit. Chuck E. Cheese has gone hardcore… and bankrupt.
Taz is out with Brian Cage, and he’s carrying a bag with him. He puts over the World title match against Jon Moxley next week, but brings out his renowned FTW Title to present it to The Machine. Hey, I marked out when he created it in ECW in his feud against Shane Douglas, as he truly was the uncrowned champion there.
Lucha Bros are in the back of FTR’s pickup truck, absconded by Butcher & The Blade. FTR is joined by Young Bucks in this 8-Man tag match, continuing in their friendly feud with the newcomers. It’s good to see Pentagon Jr back in the States, as he is still under contract with AAA in Mexico. Fenix is as well, but COVID-19 prevented Penta from leaving Mexico after a tournament there. FTR and the Bucks assist each other on tandem finisher attempts, but a miscommunication on a Nick Jackson takes out Dax Harwood, and Lucha Bros land their assisted package piledriver for a heel victory.
Nyla Rose is out next, and she has said she has a surprise for Fyter Fest. It won’t be an interaction with Big Swole, as she has been suspended due to attacks on Dr. Britt Baker. She’s facing Kenzie Paige and KiLynn King in a handicap match, which she ends in about two minutes with no problem. The Native Beast grabs the mic and announces that she now has a manager. No reveal was made, but she’s gunning for the AEW Women’s title.
A sore Colt Cabana, attacked last week backstage, is joining Stu Grayson and Mr. Brodie Lee as Dark Order faces SCU. Cabana grinds this match down to a snail’s pace, which negates the great work being done by Grayson. This story is going to continue with Cabana and Dark Order, but it needs to be scrapped. Lee hits his discus lariat, and insists that Grayson tag Cabana to gain the pinfall.
Swole defies her suspension, confronts Baker, and manages to shove Rebel’s hand into Baker’s face. Again, what is the point of feuding with someone who isn’t able to wrestle?
I never thought I would be typing the following sentence: For our main event, Orange Cassidy is taking on Le Champion, Chris Jericho. He’s sporting taped-over stitches on his ear, courtesy of The Ayatollah of Rock & Rollah. While Cassidy has told Best Friends to head to the back, Jericho is accompanied by Proud & Powerful and Floyd the bat. It’s been a while since Y2J has looked this dominant in the ring, but Cassidy withstands the abuse both inside and out on the floor. Some “Fresh Style” kicks, and he follows by a great superkick for a 2 7/8 count. Santana blinds Cassidy with orange juice, and Jericho knocks him down with Floyd. A Codebreaker cannot finish the match, but the Judas Effect finally gives the Inner Circle a victory to close out Fyter Fest.
JoeStopper’s Elite Of The Week
While not originally a fan of Dark Order, I have grown to appreciate the quirks of Mr. Brodie Lee’s brigade. The original “Creepers” have thankfully been replaced with legit workers like V and 10 (and, seemingly, Colt Cabana). While The Exalted One has been entertaining with his spoofs of Vince McMahon, it has been the resurgence of the tag team of Evil Uno and Stu Grayson that has gone largely unnoticed. Grayson, in particular, has shown dominance both on Dynamite and Dark. This week, he positively shined in the dispatching of SCU, and it looks like the DO are positioned to grab the AEW Tag Team titles. As Fyter Fest concludes, Stu Grayson, you are JoeStopper’s Elite Of The Week!