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AEW Fyter Fest Recap

AEW Fyter Fest took place this past Saturday night. And the event was highly anticipated. We have discussed over the last few weeks how this event was a head-to-head matchup with the WWE. The battle of the “B-Level” PPVs. So with that, we dive into our recap of AEW Fyter Fest. And check out the Laracuente Ledger Podcast for more coverage on each match.

The Buy-In

SCU vs. Best Friends vs. Private Party

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 4.25/5
Predicted Winner: SCU
Actual Winner: Best Friends

Actual Winners: Best FriendsThe tag team triple threat match was an awesome way to get the crowd hot and invested from the start. Each team was able to really put on an incredible show. The athleticism of all three teams was truly awesome to witness. This match would also have tag teams that worked very well together. I went into this matchup not knowing much about Private Party but being very intrigued with them. And the innovation by all three teams would just display the incredible nature of tag team wrestling. Ultimately, the Best Friends would be the victors.

Allie vs. Leva Bates

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 2.5/5
Actual Winner: Allie

This match was the first women’s singles match in AEW. Allie versus Leva Bates initially advertised but was an interesting matchup. I have enjoyed Allie’s character growth as a professional wrestler. Both women are talented competitors and had a good contest. The transition during the middle of the match by Levas Bates into submission was so smooth. The aggressive nature of the demon nature that Allie has exhibited in her career would make its way into this match. Allie would take the victory

Michael Nakazawa vs. Alex Jebailey

Laracuente Ledger Rating: .5/5
Predicted Winner: Michael Nakazawa
Actual Winner: Michael Nakazawa

This matchup was something else. I can’t even begin to explain what I witnessed in this match. The weird nature of a hardcore match gave Jebailey and Nakazawa the ability to do whatever they want. This is something that must be seen to understand fully. Now the history between both men would be discussed throughout the contest. Michael Nakazawa would walk away as the victor in this unorthodox contest.

Main Card

Christopher Daniels vs. CIMA

Laracuente Ledger Ratings: 4.75/5
Predicted Winner: CIMA
Actual Winner: CIMA

These two men are legends in the business, and watching them engage with one another was a master class in pro wrestling. Christopher Daniels would target the back of CIMA. The gifted performers would put together a super smooth matchup. Transitions like Daniels moving out of the Arabian Press Moonsault into a crossface was something a veteran like Daniels is masterful at doing. CIMA and Christopher Daniels would put together an incredible contest. Both men would deliver some big-time maneuvers to try and take down the other man. But by the end of it, CIMA would walk away victorious.

Riho vs. Nyla Rose vs. Yuka Sakazaki

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 2.5/5
Predicted Winner: Yuka Sakazaki
Actual Winner: Riho

Nyla would start quickly and use the power advantage against Riho and Sakazaki. The Japanese competitors would ban together to try and take out the power advantage of Nyla Rose. We would see an old fashion “Slobberknocker” slugfest by Yuka and Riho. Yuka and Riho would work together to try to take down Nyla. Given the size difference, Nyla Rose would have control of much of the matchup. Each participant in the match would have a big-time spotlight on them.

MJF vs. Jungle Boy vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Hangman Adam Page

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 4.25/5
Predicted Winner: Hangman Adam Page
Actual Winner: Hangman Adam Page

All four men would begin quickly, and we would see the babyfaces take out the heels. The matchup would then begin to breakdown as the men would try to gain the advantage. Jungle Boy would put on an incredible display of speed and athleticism. All four men in the matchup would work very well together. There is a reason that good heels are detested by fans so much. And when watch the heel antics of MJF, it’s easy to see why some day he’s the best heel right now. Along similar lines, watching Hangman Page, you can see why AEW is investing so heavily in him. Each man would have his moment to shine. But in the end the shining star of AEW, Hangman Adam Page would be the winner.

Darby Allin vs. Cody 

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 5/5
Predicted Winner: Cody
Actual Winner: Time-Limit Draw

People me not have known the name Darby Allin before this matchup. But following this contest the name Darby Allin is a known quantity. Cody would have the size advantage, but Darby would have the speed. The in-ring psychology of both Cody (Rhodes) & Darby Allin is something to behold. In Allin’s presentation of his character, he almost craves the pain that ails him. And the viciousness that Cody displayed at Double or Nothing against his brother was just as present here at Fyter Fest. Darby Allin would also display a level of resiliency that many don’t show in wrestling. And the smooth transitions and quickness that Darby Allin moved with, was good to see from someone associated with deathmatch wrestling. And even without the use the deathmatch style Darby Allin still put his body on the line with an incredible falling dive onto the ring apron. (The hardest part of a wrestling ring.)

Following the match, Shawn Spears (fka Tye Dillinger) would deliver a vicious, brutal, and gruesome chair shot to the head.

6-Man Tag Team: Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid vs. The Elite (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks)

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 5.5/5
Predicted Winner: Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid
Actual Winner: The Elite

The athleticism in this match was the highest ever in a single wrestling match. Nick Jackson and Laredo Kid would begin, and the exchanges between both men were crisp. The usually faster style of luchadors tends to be too much to handle for most American wrestlers. But not the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. We would then have a standoff leading to an exchange of blows between both teams. The high spots in this contest were unbelievable to witness. And there aren’t enough words that I could pen to make you truly feel what this match brought. This is one you just have to watch.

Non-Sanctioned Match: Joey Janela vs. Jon Moxley

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 5/5
Predicted Winner: Jon Moxley
Actual Winner: Jon Moxley

This contest was honestly the past deathmatch maniac versus the present version. Jon Moxley was one of the most violent performers on the Indies at one point. And now that mantle belongs to Joey Janela. However, Mox was not about to take that lying down. These men would waste little time in taking this match to the outside and include weapons. Weapons including a barbed wire wrapped steel chair. This was an incredible and unbelievable re-release of Jon Moxley to the world. This was also a great way to introduce Joey Janela to the general population that may not already know the man.

Following the match, Kenny Omega would give Jon Moxley a receipt for his actions at Double or Nothing. And this post-match confrontation just made the Moxley/Omega at ALL OUT even more interesting.

Fyter Fest Overall Rating: 3.81/5

Overall, I enjoyed the event. There were some matches that I really enjoyed. While there were also others, I could have done without. In the head-to-head competition this week with the WWE, AEW won the matchup in min opinion. And everyone is entitled to their own thoughts on AEW and Fyter Fest as a whole. So reach out or leave a comment. What were your thoughts on AEW Fyter Fest?

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