AEW Fyter Fest, out of the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, just wrapped up.
Below you’ll find the match results, our brief thoughts on each match, and an overall letter grade for the show determined by viewers in a poll held on Twitter. Be sure to let us know what you thought of the show on Twitter, @TheRumbleRamble.
Best Friends vs. Private Party vs. SCU
This match really kicked things off with a bang and accomplished a lot of good things. First, Private Party got a chance to show what they could do on a bigger stage and they did not disappoint. Marq Quen, in particular, really stood out from the rest. I love that he looks like a character out of the movie “The Fifth Element.”
I’m also excited to see how AEW presents tag team wrestling going forward. Their division is loaded, and it looks like we’re going to get multiple tag matches on each show, which is awesome.
This was a very spot-heavy match, but it all worked, which is tough to do and a credit to how talented all three teams are. Best Friends got the win, meaning they advance to All Out for an opportunity at a first-round bye in the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament (I have no what all of this means).
Winner: Best Friends
Allie vs. Leva Bates
I don’t really have much good to say about this match, or the rest of the pre-show, for that matter. In fact, the pre-show left a pretty bad taste in my mouth and really ruined my excitement for the show.
There was a lot of bad comedy (to me, at least) on the pre-show and not much good wrestling after the 3-way tag match. However, Allie did shine here, and I think she has a bright future in AEW.
Alex Jebailey vs. Michael Nakazawa
Pre-Show Hardcore Match
Again, not a lot of good things to say here. Jebailey is not a trained wrestler, so he couldn’t do too much in this match. The crowd did react to a lot of what these guys were doing, though, so that’s worth noting.
Winner: Michael Nakazawa
Cima vs. Christopher Daniels
Cima and Christopher Daniels kicked things off for the main card and the two men did not disappoint. Both guys are over the age of 40, but can still very much go in the ring, and are fun to watch.
Cima has a big match with Kenny Omega next month at Fight for the Fallen, so of course he got the win here over Daniels. My expectations for the Cima/Omega match are quite high at this point.
Riho vs. Nyla Rose vs. Yuka Sakazaki
The women came to play tonight and had one of the best matches of the show. To make it even better, they did a nice job of not relying too heavily on the triple threat trope of “toss one person to the floor and have a one-on-one match in the meantime.”
Nyla Rose, in particular, looked great and did some cool spots where she literally beat Riho and Yuka Sakazaki up with one another. Good stuff. In a bit of a shocking finish, Riho got the win. I only say that because it really felt like Rose seemed the likely choice.
Perhaps they’re slowly building up Rose for a “breaking point,” where she eventually gets tired of losing and snaps.
Jungle Boy vs. MJF vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Adam Page
Like the last match, this one did a good job of shining a spotlight on all four performers. MJF shines the most on the mic and got a chance to talk prior to the action.
During the match, both Jungle Boy and Jimmy Havoc got a chance to do their thing. Jungle Boy really stands out as someone who casual viewers may gravitate towards, but one of the most captivating things about him is that he’s unlike anything else on the show.
Finally, Adam Page shined by winning the match, with a “bad knee” that he’s been dealing with for the past few months. Since he won, he’ll go on to face Kip Sabian at Fight for the Fallen next month, which should be a good match as well.
Winner: Adam Page
Darby Allin vs. Cody
I had seen clips of Darby Allin prior to tonight’s show, but this was my first full match of his, and he absolutely won me over. The guy is borderline reckless with his body, even for pro wrestling standards, and just feels like a star. He’s got a chance to be a big deal in AEW, especially once they get on TV in October.
The match itself was good and ended in a perfectly executed time limit draw. Time limit draws are great when used correctly, and I thought they did a good job of establishing Allin here by going with that finish.
Post-match, Shawn Spears showed up and nailed Cody IN THE HEAD with a steel chair. Cody got busted up from the show, which was a bit too much for me, if I’m being honest. I watch a lot of old wrestling and I hate seeing chair shots to the head, so to see one in 2019 was not ideal.
Winner: Time Limit Draw
The Elite vs. The Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid
Unlike the 3-way tag match that kicked us off or even the Lucha Brothers/Young Bucks match from Double or Nothing, this match didn’t click for me. There was just too much going on, spots for the sake of spots, with no real story being told.
The live crowd ate this up though, so it’s wise of AEW to put something like this on the show to appeal to the folks who enjoy it. The Lucha Brothers are my favorite act in AEW at the moment, and I hope we see A LOT more of them going forward.
Winner: The Elite
Joey Janela vs. Jon Moxley
We closed out the night with an unsanctioned match between Joey Janela and Jon Moxley that I absolutely loved. Unlike some of the bumps (and chair shots) that happened early in the show, nothing these guys did during the match made me worry about their long term health.
They used some barbed wire, tables, and thumbtacks to get downright nasty, but didn’t take things to the level where I became turned off by the amount of violence. At one point, Mox dropped Janela barefoot-first onto thumbtacks, and just… ouch.
But one of the best parts of the match was how Mox seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself. The camera always picks up on that kind of stuff, and you can tell he’s loving what he’s doing right now.
Mox got the win, but Omega ran out and beat him down post-match. The beatdown itself went a little too long, but I’m very much excited for the Moxley/Omega match currently scheduled for All Out.
Winner: Jon Moxley
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