AEW have become one of the most talked about promotions in all of professional wrestling after their critically-acclaimed debut in Las Vegas two months back. Cody and The Young Bucks look to make the sequel just as spectacular with Fyter Fest, a stacked AEW event taking place at a CEO fighting game festival in Orlando. Unlike the notorious Fyre Festival, this show is bound to be a huge success, just based on the line-up alone.
Fyter Fest has come together nicely, sporting a total of 9 matches with three massive blockbuster main events. With this and Fight for the Fallen scheduled to take place over the next few months, you can expect AEW’s flagship event All Out to be one of the biggest shows of the year.
But that’s still months away, so let’s take a look through what we have for Fyter Fest this coming Saturday and give some insight in to who we’ll see compete and who will walk out with a W.
Make sure you leave your own predictions in the comments below.
Preshow – Kylie Rae vs Leva Bates
Kylie Rae headlined the women’s roster at Double or Nothing, alongside Dr. Britt Baker, Nyla Rose and Awesome Kong. Kylie won over a lot of fans with her white-meat babyface gimmick, very reminiscent of WWE’s Bayley. Even though she didn’t walk out of Las Vegas with the win, she still proved that there’s a lot of potential ready to be tapped in her character.
Leva Bates also made her debut appearance at Double or Nothing, in a backstage segment with Peter Avalon – a fellow librarian. It was a little strange, but it kind of worked for her kooky character.
The two comical characters will be stepping into the ring at Fyter Fest and I think it’s an easy one to call. Kylie Rae could be a huge star for AEW’s women’s division, and with a Women’s Championship yet to be revealed for the budding brand, you can imagine that Kylie Rae might be included in that conversation when it comes around.
Winner: Kylie Rae
Preshow – Best Friends vs SCU vs Private Party
AEW have been nailing their exhibition matches since their inception. The tag team division has been given a personal recommendation from AEW’s Tony Khan, who revealed that there will be a tournament to determine the first ever AEW Tag Team Champions at All Out. This is the first step towards determining who will be in the running for the honour of being the inaugural champions.
The winners of this match will receive a bye in the first round, meaning they will immediately enter the quarter final round. With all three teams already having an airing at Double or Nothing, it’s a tough one to call as of this writing. Regardless, I’m very excited to see what the six guys stepping into the ring for this match are going to put together to help set the show off to a good start.
I’m going to go with SCU for our victors. Kazarian and Scorpio Sky proved to be a popular act for the AEW brand at Double or Nothing (alongside Christopher Daniels), so if they wanted to give the veterans the credit they’re due, then becoming the first-ever AEW Tag champs would be a massive nod of appreciation for what they’ve done for independent wrestling.
Christopher Daniels vs CIMA
Speaking of SCU, the ring general of the trio will be stepping into the ring with CIMA, one of the opponents the faction fought at Double or Nothing in the opening match. CIMA is one of the fastest rising stars on the independent scene, and a big win over Daniels at Fyter Fest would do him plenty of favours going forward.
SCU could probably take a singles loss, especially if they’re in the running for the bye. Chris Daniels can afford to put someone over at this point too, so for those reasons, I’ll be going with CIMA as a surprise winner.
Yuka Sakazaki vs Riho vs Nyla Rose
Another huge feature for the women’s division at Fyter Fest, Sakazaki, Riho and Nyla Rose will be stepping into an AEW ring to further bring the spotlight onto women’s wrestling. Again, this match seems to be another minor exhibition match, without a great deal impacting the wider hierarchy of the division. But with Awesome Kong’s surprise entrance into the triple threat match at Double or Nothing, anything could happen to spice things up a bit.
I think this is the night for Nyla Rose to break-out and break some boundaries. She’s obviously one of the most talked about members of the roster and deserves to have a victory or two thrown her way to cement her as a potential threat to the future Women’s Champion, if it isn’t herself.
Winner: Nyla Rose
3. Adam Page vs MJF vs Jimmy Havoc vs Jungle Boy
One of the few matches that has been given the luxury of some background narrative, this is a fatal 4 way that manufactured itself at Double or Nothing. While Bret Hart was introducing ‘Hangman’ Adam Page to his potential new championship title, MJF hit the ring and verbally berated the man that eliminated him in the Buy-In battle royal. Jimmy Havoc and Jungle Boy soon hit the ramp to help Page teach MJF a lesson.
This fatal-four way was quickly put together to cash-in on the shared hatred of budding heel star, MJF. I think this match should easily put Havoc, Jungle Boy and MJF on the map. But the win should naturally go to Adam Pagew ith his championship opportunity looming.
Page could do with a big win to help put him on the same level as Chris Jericho, his All Out opponent. Seeing MJF get some comeuppance at the hands of ‘Hangman’ should be a satisfying part of Fyter Fest.
Winner: Adam Page
4. Jon Moxley vs Joey Janela
One of the most exciting matches on the card is the debut of Jon Moxley. Moxley closed the show in a huge way at Double or Nothing, making his shocking debut for the company and attacking both Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega. Moxley and Omega are confirmed to be doing battle at All Out in a few months time, but first, he has to deal with ‘The Bad Boy’ Joey Janela.
Janela was one of the names that stepped forward when Moxley first announced his return to the indies. It’s great to see Joey be given the honour of Mox’s first opponent on a televised American indie wrestling show. Obviously Moxley has been killing it in New Japan, recently winning the IWGP United States Championship and confirming his entry into the G1 Climax. Mox is on one hell of a comeback run, I don’t see that slowing down at Fyter Fest.
Jon Moxley is walking out with the big win, in what should be a hell of a match for both gentlemen.
Winner: Jon Moxley
5. The Elite (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks) vs Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid
The feud between The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros continues on from their battle at Double or Nothing. Pentagon Jr and Fenix defeated The Young Bucks to reclaim their AAA Tag Team Championships at a recent AAA event, so the need for vengeance is rife within The Elite. It’s great to see Omega team up with The Bucks once again, these three guys put together a revolution within the wrestling industry. Seeing them tussle with three of the biggest stars out of Mexico is going to be a treat.
This is a match that nobody should choose to miss, it’s potentially a show-stealer amongst a pretty stacked card at Fyter Fest. But nevertheless, I think this match goes to The Elite. AEW is their vehicle, there is no shame in putting themselves over in front of a crowd that definitely want to show their love and appreciation for three guys that have really gone above and beyond for wrestling fans.
Winner: The Elite
6. Cody Rhodes vs Darby Allin
The first match to be confirmed for Fyter Fest was a singles contest between AEW proprietor, Cody, and burgeoning independent star, Darby Allin. Darby recently hit the headlines for having an impeccable match with Jon Moxley, now in the wings for a huge confrontation with Rhodes, big things are awaiting him in the future. This is the match that everyone needs to watch from Fyter Fest as this is what AEW is about: putting new stars in the limelight and allowing them to be as free as they like to do what they love.
Cody’s walking into AEW’s next event – Fight for the Fallen – to compete in a tag match alongside his brother Dustin. After their incredible match at Double or Nothing, Cody’s going to ride that momentum through Fyter Fest. I think Cody will walk away with the win here, but will do his upmost to put Darby over in the process. I fully believe that Allin could be a huge star for AEW and it should all start here.
Fyter Fest takes place this Saturday at the Daytona Beach Ocean Centre. Who’ve you got for the second trademarked AEW event? Do you see any huge developments taking place? Let us know in the comments below.