By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AEW Fyter Fest Hits
Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy: A strong match with Jericho playing the taunting heel favorite to perfection, while Cassidy shined in the underdog position. Cassidy had some excellent near falls that left me wondering if Jericho was going to put him over clean. Ultimately, Jericho went over, but Cassidy clearly gained something by pushing the legend to his limit, and this definitely created the need for a rematch somewhere down the road.
Kenny Omega and Hangman Page vs. Private Party for the AEW Tag Titles: A fun spot-fest tag title match that opened the show on a high note. There was no reason to suspect a Private Party win given that the match was added as a replacement for the postponed AEW Championship match, but I actually enjoyed this more than last week’s Omega and Page vs. Best Friends main event.
FTR and The Young Bucks vs. Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, The Butcher, and The Blade: An even wilder spot-fest than the tag title opener. I haven’t been a fan of the Bucks losing as often as they have in AEW, but I didn’t mind it in this case, as it gave a big win to Pentagon and Fenix, and avoided the expected finish of Butcher or Blade taking the pin while also telling a story. On a side note, I’m looking forward to FTR vs. Pentagon Jr. and Fenix more than any tag team match in recent memory.
Nyla Rose vs. KyLynn King and Kenzie Page: A dominant return match with Rose destroying both opponents in a handicap match. The post match promo with Rose announcing that she’s hired a manager was intriguing and I like that they are making us wait to find out the identity of the mystery person. Hey, what’s Slick up to these day? Shut up, I can dream.
Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, and Stu Grayson vs. Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky: A solid match with the added hook of the Cabana injury. Lee’s recruitment of Cabana has been a fun story to see play out and it was a nice touch to have Lee allow Cabana take the pin. I was down on Lee’s impersonation of Vince McMahon because it took away from his actual cult leader persona, but that’s changed for the better in recent weeks.
AEW Fyter Fest Misses
Lance Archer vs. Joey Janela: I’m probably in the minority. I enjoyed most of the work in the match, but I just didn’t buy that it would take the monstrous Archer eleven minutes to beat Janela.
Big Swole suspended: Just to make sure I have this right, “kidnapping” is worthy of suspension in AEW, but grand theft auto of the FTR truck is apparently fine.
Taz names Brian Cage the FTW Champion: Yes, before UFC introduced its BMF Championship, Taz was the FTW Champion in ECW. The belt never did much for me back in the day and yet I actually found this to be a fun throwback. But the timing of the presentation is questionable at least in the moment, as this strikes me as something that could have been given to Cage following a disputed finish in his AEW Championship match with Jon Moxley as opposed to him receiving the belt prior to that match. Perhaps this will make more sense coming out of next week’s title match.