After a successful premiere event in Double or Nothing, All Elite Wrestling will be looking to go 2-for-2 in pay-per-view events with this weekend’s Fyter Fest, taking place in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday, June 29, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This event will stream for free on B/R Live. With a big card featuring lesser-known talent and big names, this event is sure to be action-packed. Let’s look down the card and preview each match.
Buy-in Match: Michael Nakazawa vs Alex Jebailey (Hardcore Match)
This is one of those matches with two guys I know nothing about. This is such a smart way to get a lot of eyes on both of them. It being a Hardcore match makes it even more interesting. This is the opportunity for them both to win over some fans, and I fully expect them to leave it all in the ring. With Jebailey being the inexperienced wrestler, I pick Nakazawa to win this match.
Buy-in Match: So Cal Uncensored vs Best Friends vs Private Party
(Winner receives a show at All Out for a first-round bye in Tag Team Championship Tournament)
This is another match that will let me learn about some new wrestlers. I know SCU and Best Friends through Ring of Honor, so I know they can bring it in the ring. However, I do not know anything about Private Party, and I plan to go in blind. I’m expecting to see something fantastic in this match. Due to the fact that SCU is featured so prominently on “Being the Elite,” I’m going to predict they will win the opportunity for a first-round bye in the Tag Team Championship tournament.
Main Card: Nyla Rose vs. Riho vs Yuka Sakazaki
I saw these three women perform at Double or Nothing, and they impressed me. You have the scrappy underdog in Riho, the high flyer in Yuka, and the monster in Nyla Rose. Nyla is the favorite due to her size, but I will not count either of these women out. I’m going to go against the grain and choose Riho to score the upset victory and open the eyes of the AEW brass.
Christopher Daniels vs CIMA
The Fallen Angel returns to singles action against CIMA. I’m fairly new to CIMA, with Double or Nothing being my only introduction to him, so I’m excited to see what he can bring to the ring against probably one of the best wrestlers in the world in Christopher Daniels. I’m expecting this to be an extremely technical match with its fair share of high flying, and I expect to see Daniels hit the Angels Wings on CIMA and take the victory.
Fatal Four Way Match: Jungle Boy vs MJF vs Jimmy Havoc vs Adam “Hangman” Page
This is going to be an action-packed match. All four of these guys have shown in the past that they can go in the ring. This match will feature a little of everything. Jungle Boy will bring the high-flying action, Havoc will bring the brutality, MJF will bring the dirty tactics, and Page will bring strength and high flying like you wouldn’t expect. With an AEW championship match in Page’s future, I don’t quite see him losing just yet, so I will pick him to win this match.
Cody vs Darby Allin
Cody has very little time to celebrate his victory and the rekindled relationship with his brother, because Darby Allin is ready for him. Now I don’t know much about Darby, but from what I’ve seen, he is very sadistic and fearless in the ring. He will stop at nothing to hurt his opponent, and Cody will learn very quickly what Darby is all about. However, Cody is no slouch in the ring, and he’s no stranger to matches that take a little more of a dark side to win. I think Cody will just squeak by Darby in a match that will not be safe for work.
Nonsanctioned Match: Joey Janela vs Jon Moxley
Remember what I said about Cody vs. Darby Allin? Well, multiply that by 1000, and that’s what this match will be. AEW put out a statement that due to both of these guys’ penchant for violence, this match will be nonsanctioned. That means whatever happens in this match, AEW will not be held responsible. That means there are no rules besides that the winner can only be determined by pinfall or submission. And if you haven’t seen these two guys, then you are in for a treat. Janela mentioned in his promo that he wants to die in the ring, and Moxley said that Janela should be careful what he wishes for. I have Moxley walking out as the victor, if he can even walk by the end of it.
Main Event: Pentagón JR, Fénix, and Laredo Kid vs The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega
This is the hardest match for me to predict. The Young Bucks, in my opinion, scored the upset and took the Lucha Bros AAA Tag Team Championships at Double or Nothing. The Lucha Bros won them back in Mexico, though. This time, the Young Bucks are bringing their fellow Elite member in Kenny Omega. The wild card is Laredo Kid. I don’t know anything about him, but if the Lucha Bros trust him enough to bring him as backup, then I have to trust that he is just as amazing as they are. I’m going to go out on a limb and pick the Lucha Bros and Laredo Kid to pull off this upset.
This is going to be a wild pay-per-view with plenty of opportunities for the lesser-known talent to win some of us new fans over. With Fight for the Fallen just a month away, this event could provide the extra momentum they will need in order to get us fans even more excited for when AEW finally gets to their weekly shows that will be airing on TNT in the fall. I can’t wait, and I hope you enjoy the event. Tune in Sunday night from 8–10 CDT on KTXF-db The Reel for Armbars and Suplexes to hear Jesús and me talk about the matches and the fallout from the show.