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AEW Fyter Fest: Night 1

Datila Marquez

Posted on July 15, 2021 03:48

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AEW Fyter Fest, which began on July 14th, had a promising first night, packed with conflict and excitement. Fighters such as Darby Allin, Adam Page, Kenny Omega, and Jon Moxley contributed to an intense and lively show.

Wednesday's show was AEW's first show outside of Florida. The opening contest featured a returning Jon Moxley defending his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Karl Anderson. As Jon Moxley made his way to the ring the crowd sang along to "Wild Thing" which he uses as his entrance music. The match was an awesome way to kick off Night 1 of Fyter Fest.

After the match, Moxley's old nemesis from New Japan Pro Wrestling, Lance Archer (the very man he defeated at Wrestle Kingdom to capture the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship), challenged him to a Texas Death match next week. Later in the night Jon Moxley accepted the challenge. 

In a build towards AEW's All Out, "Hangman" Adam Page made his way to the ring to address Kenny Omega. Page admitted that he was a failure and he tried to hide from it and tried run from it. Hangman was prepared to challenge Omega for the AEW World Championship but before he could he was interrupted by Don Callis, The Young Bucks, The Good Brothers, and Kenny Omega himself. Everyone in The Elite said Hangman wasn't that guy. Matt Jackson entered the ring and confronted Hangman and says that he will fit the perfect narrative of being drunk and alone. Hangman attacked Matt Jackson and The Elite came after him. The Dark Order, which are Hangman's friends, came out to save him.

The storytelling and the emotion is what made this segment. The crowd was behind Hangman chanting in support  for the entire segment. In the end Hangman challenged Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship and on behalf of his friends the Dark Order he challenged The Young Bucks for their Tag Team Championships. Kenny Omega accepted under the condition that if Hangman and the Dark Order lose against them they have to give up their title shots. 

To close out Fyter Fest the main event was a Coffin Match between Darby Allin and "All Ego" Ethan Page. This was AEW's first ever coffin match. Scorpio Sky who is Ethan Page's partner popped up from the coffin and attempted to get involved in the match. Darby Allin's friend Sting (no not the singer, the wrestler) became involved in the match. He took out Scorpio Sky so that Darby could focus on Ethan Page alone. Despite being the one who introduced the fish hook, it was Ethan who got attacked by it. The match ended after Darby Allin took a skateboard and hit Ethan on his back which caused him to fall into the coffin. Darby Allin then proceed to do a coffin drop on the closed coffin, closing the show. 

Datila Marquez

Posted on July 15, 2021 03:48

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