As Night Two of Fyter Fest draws to a close and Fight for the Fallen looms over the horizon, I am going to be reviewing AEW’s concluding show of their two-week event. From hard-hitting tag team matches to fantastic singles matches to a questionable squash match, AEW’s Fyter Fest Night Two had high expectations following their first show, last week. Will they live up to those expectations? Let’s find out.
AEW World Tag Team Championship Match
Kenny Omega & “Hangman” Adam Page VS Private Party (with Matt Hardy)
The opening matchup of the night just so happened to be the only title match we were to witness and it pitted Kenny Omega and Adam Page versus Private Party, who are accompanied by Matt Hardy.
Kenny Omega and Marq Quen start up the match offering some nice exchanges with neither getting the better of each other. This is up until the AEW Tag Team Champions isolate Marq Quen in the ring and light him up with stiff chops to the chest and back to gain the upper hand early on.
The tide turns when Marq Quen reverses Kenny Omega’s patented Kotaro Crusher into a lovely handstand followed by picture-perfect dropkicks to both Omega and Page. We then see Adam Page pick-up and powerbomb Marq Quen into the crowd. Page soon follows him following a sliding dropkick from Isiah Kassidy. This is followed by a springboard leap from Kassidy onto Page and the crowd members. As Matt Hardy becomes noticeably vocal on the outside of the ring, Private Party hit a double Spanish fly for a near fall. They are slowly getting the better of Omega and Page.
We see Isiah Kassidy and Omega lay the heavy leather in on one another accentuating the hard-hitting, intense theme this match had. The ending comes when Private Party look to hit Gin n Juice to try and end the match but Marq Quen is introduced to a V-Trigger from Kenny Omega which subsequently leads to Adam Page catching Isiah Kassidy on the top rope and avalanche powerbombing him onto the canvas. They then hit The Last Call on Isiah Kassidy for the three count and the title retention.
This was a great opening match and was certainly an aggressive one with the two teams laying it in on one another throughout the match; they were definitely not holding back. Private Party, in what was a great showing for them, proved that they can hang at the top of the Tag Team division whilst Kenny Omega and Adam Page further demonstrated why they are fantastic AEW World Tag Team Champions.
Lance Archer Vs Joey Janela
The first singles match of the night got off to an extremely hot start when Lance Archer entered the ring with Sonny Kiss, Janela’s new tag team partner, on his shoulders and then launching him into Janela. From here Archer just proceeds to beat down Janela in a vicious, intimidating fashion all while Sonny Kiss is recovering on the outside of the ring. The action didn’t slow down here as Janela managed to get the better of Archer by hitting a diving back elbow from the top rope onto the outside. Janela, who is clearly quite hot-headed, pulls a table out from the ring and sets it up on the outside, he then picks up a steel chair and again goes to the top rope to dive onto Archer but the referee stops him from doing so enabling Archer to push Janela down from the top rope and get a foothold in the match once again.
Lance Archer just begins to decimate Janela, hitting him with a hellacious Irish Whip proving just how aggressive he can be. We come back from the break and see that Archer had launched Janela over the barricades and onto another one. However, with help from a recovered Sonny Kiss, Janela is able to get back into the match following a string of beneficial distractions.
A quick-fire ending occurs when Jake Roberts tries to distract the referee for Archer’s benefit but it consequently means Kiss and Janela can hit a top-rope senton, followed by a 450 Splash for a near-fall. Lance Archer brushes this off however and pummels Janela with the Blackout from the apron, through the previously set up table on the outside. Archer proceeds to roll Janela into the ring and get the pinfall.
This was quite a quick match but very enjoyable nonetheless. Joey Janela got a lot of offence in and he definitely looked good coming out of this matchup, which will bode him well for his future matches with Sonny Kiss. Lance Archer looked as dominant as ever and this win just helped put him back on the map following his Double or Nothing defeat. I was interested in the fact Jake Roberts only interaction in the match nearly leads to Archer losing the match, so I am intrigued to see if this is leading to a possible split-up maybe, I guess time will tell.
Brian Cage and TAZ Announcement
A quick promo segment sees TAZ gift Brian Cage with the FTW World Heavyweight Championship, a title which is synonymous with TAZ. This title was created in ECW and was used when a storyline had to be halted due to an injury. Even though Moxley may not be injured, he is not able to wrestle as of now so I suppose it still works in these circumstances.
This was a nice, quick promo which did do a lot for Brian Cage. Using an old Championship in these circumstances was something I never thought they would have done but it works. I am interested to see if he will defend this title or if it will be just used as a prop.
FTR & The Young Bucks VS The Butcher and The Blade & Lucha Brothers
The third match of the night sees FTR making their PPV debut whilst tagging with The Young Bucks for the first time in a very intriguing storyline.
The Butcher and The Blade along with Lucha Brothers make their way to the ring in FTR’s truck that they stole last week. FTR and The Young Bucks soon follow before the four teams stand in the ring. This visual of those four teams all standing in the ring illustrated the uniqueness and depth of the tag division within AEW.
Anyhow. Pentagon and Nick Jackson start in the ring. We see Pentagon do his usual glove shtick but instead of throwing it to Rey Fenix he actually throws it at FTR, much to Dax’s chagrin who tags himself in and the matchup starts. It is key to mention that Cash Wheeler actually put on the glove that was thrown at him where he mirrored Barry Windham of The Four Horsemen. This was a very nice touch. Dax and Pentagon start off in a vicious manner where they display a mix of wrestling based grapples and hard-hitting offence.
Lucha Brothers are working over Dax for the early portion of the match up until a fierce clothesline from Dax enables him to tag in Cash but not before Matt Jackson manages to blind tag himself in and The Young Bucks then clear house. It is noticeable within the match that tags were happening quite often, I suppose due to their being 8 men, but it was nice and quick-paced due to this even if the in-ring wrestling was slowed down at points. A beautiful encounter happens between Rey Fenix and Nick Jackson when they battle up the ropes up until Nick hits him with a hurricanrana from the top rope. This encounter was visually fantastic.
FTR and The Young Bucks are now showing fantastic teamwork in the match. We see this when Matt Jackson fakes a superkick enabling Dax to hit a quick-snap DDT. The pair then hit a double superkick on the Butcher followed by the Goodnight Express from Nick and Cash. Nick and Dax this time hit the spike piledriver for a near fall. The incredible teamwork continues as Matt and Dax hit a double superplex from the top rope leading to a Cash Wheeler splash and a Nick Jackson senton atomico.
The heels manage their way back in the match however when Rey Fenix hits a Canadian Destroyer off of Pentagon’s back onto Nick, who is tangled in the ropes, onto a crowd of bodies on the outside. Back in the ring, Matt Jackson tries to superkick Pentagon but misses and instead hits Dax. Lucha Brothers quickly then hit the LB Driver on Matt Jackson for the, in my opinion, surprising win. As the heels go off and celebrate, FTR and The Young Bucks share a handshake in the ring to close the match.
Where to start with this one. This was my match of the night. It was incredible. The FTR and Young Bucks chemistry was superb. I loved how they were all working with one another as it really made you forget that these guys are subtle rivals. The ending was great too as it teased tension between the two teams despite their handshake after the match. The fact The Butcher and The Blade & Lucha Brothers won did surprise me but in hindsight given the storyline of the match, it made so much sense and was the right call. Amazing tag team wrestling.
Nyla Rose vs Kenzie Page & Kilynn King – 2-on-1 Handicap Match
We found out earlier in the night that Nyla Rose’s match would be a 2-on-1 affair. It turned out the pair would be Kenzie Page and Kilynn King who have never tagged together and have a combined singles record of 0-6. I did not fancy their chances here.
To the surprise of nobody, Nyla Rose won in about 2 minutes following a powerbomb on Kenzie Page on top of Kilynn King’s battered body. There was more to come however as Nyla Rose picked up a mic and cut a promo. She states she will be having a manager by her side soon as within in the confines of AEW having a manager leads to better success; she lists Brian Cage and Cody Rhodes as examples. With that being said she then calls out Shida and claims the AEW Women’s Title will be hers again soon.
The match here was very pointless in my opinion. Having a former Women’s Champion squash two winless jobbers did not do much for anyone at all. The post-match promo, however, was interesting and made it worthwhile. I am curious to see who she will have as her manager and would not mind seeing a Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida rematch.
SCU vs The Dark Order
We witnessed a backstage segment before this match which saw Colt Cabana badly bruised in the doctor’s room. Brodie Lee promises Colt that he won’t get injured under the protection of The Dark Order and tells him to get ready for the match, which Colt surprisingly replies with “Ok, Mr Brodie.”
In the ring, The Dark Order consisting of Colt Cabana, Stu Grayson and Brodie Lee make there way to ring, with the rest of The Dark Order standing on the stage. SCU soon follow with the trio interestingly all wrestling for the first time together since March where they teamed with Colt Cabana to beat The Dark Order. How the tables turn. Before the match gets underway we see Colt Cabana walk over to SCU to cordially speak to them but Brodie Lee puts an immediate halt to this.
Stu Grayson and Christopher Daniels start the match up with Grayson getting an early upper hand. A slick tilt-to-whirl backbreaker from Daniels diminishes The Dark Order’s momentum and Grayson now gets worked over. Grayson though performs a lovely kip-up reversal to evade Daniels’ offence and tags in an uncomfortably injured Colt Cabana. As the referee goes to check up on the condition of Cabana, The Dark Order clear the ring of SCU and go on to dominate throughout the break.
We can see Brodie Lee trying to please and help Cabana by intervening when possible to stop Cabana from getting hurt. It was a nice wrinkle in the matches storyline as Cabana is noticeably appreciative of Brodie Lee’s efforts throughout the match despite his own uncomfortable state. Near the end of the match, SCU are gaining control and Daniel’s goes for a pinfall only for Cabana to stop him, rightly so. Christopher Daniels, who is displeased by Cabana’s actions, slaps Cabana but then behind the referees back runs into a vicious Discus Clothesline from Brodie Lee. The Exalted One then orders the legal Stu Grayson to tag in Cabana so he can get the cover. Which he does, leading to a Dark Order Victory. It is also evident through Cabana’s facial expressions after the match that he is very happy with the victory juxtaposing his clear conflicted state from during the match.
This match was good but consisted of better storytelling. I loved Colt Cabana’s reluctance throughout the match, I loved Brodie Lee’s persistence in pleasing Cabana and I also loved the showing that Stu Grayson got. He showed how good he is in this match. I would now assume Cabana has joined The Dark Order which in my opinion is awesome. He is different from what they have and it was done in a realistic, convincing storyline way. No issues with this match whosoever.
Orange Cassidy vs Chris Jericho
It is now time for Fyter Fest’s main event. The highly anticipated grudge match between Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho. Orange Cassidy makes his way to the ring first in his blood-stained shirt that was harmed in the making of AEW Dynamite. Chris Jericho is out next and is accompanied by Santana, Ortiz and Floyd, his baseball bat.
A fiery start ensues when Orange Cassidy performs his hand in pockets shtick followed by a headbutt to Jericho, a dropkick and then a tope. It was an intense start which was representative of the intensity seen in the prior weeks build up. Chris Jericho seizes Cassidy’s momentum early on by locking in the Liontamer all while Ortiz damages the back further by hitting Cassidy with his sockball. Chris Jericho is relentlessly working over the back of Orange Cassidy who can’t plant his foot in this match anymore. After an abundance of back damaging moves from Jericho, Cassidy manages to manoeuvre into a litany of roll-ups to find an equilibrium in the match.
After the break, Chris Jericho is still working over the back of Orange Cassidy and is halting any form of comeback that Cassidy tries to go for. Jericho’s experience seems to be winning him the match at this point. Chris Jericho consequently fires Cassidy up following a slap which leads to Cassidy’s famous shin kicks and instead of doing his usual anti-climactic kick he instead performs a brutal superkick to Jericho. This was a nice moment having Cassidy altering his memorable move-set to benefit him in the match.
Cassidy is firing on all cylinders at this point and is getting near fall after near fall in the match. He is his patented top rope flop for a two count, he fits a diving DDT from the top rope for another two count, a modified inside cradle off of the Liontamer earns him another two count. Orange Cassidy is edging closer and closer to victory at this point.
This angers Santana and Ortiz, who throw orange juice all over Cassidy. This triggers Best Friends into running out and brawling with the duo. As this is happening and as the referee is distracted Chris Jericho grabs Floyd, the bat, and smacks Cassidy with it. This is quickly followed by a codebreaker for a near fall for Jericho this time. The near falls in this match have been intense. Furthered by the fact, Cassidy hits a Stundog Millionaire and a swinging DDT for another convincing near fall. Just as it seems Cassidy is going to win the match, he goes for his Superman Punch but runs into a vicious Judas Effect which gives Jericho the victory.
What a main event! This was a fantastic match. I am critical of saturated near falls in matches sometimes but this match benefited immensely from them. I was on the edge of my seat for the last 10 minutes of that match. Orange Cassidy looked like an absolute star. He just keeps proving that he isn’t just a funny gimmick; he’s an immense wrestler who can go toe-to-toe with one of the greatest of all time in Chris Jericho. The Jericho victory was the right call here but you can’t help but feel Orange Cassidy was the real winner.
That concludes the two-part review of AEW Fyter Fest. Two fantastic shows with an abundance of unique matches, there truly is something for everyone. Night Two does get the edge of Night One in my opinion but that just shows how good these wrestlers are, that they can put on such high-level, intense, thought out matches so consistently.