AEW Fyter Fest: Night One Predictions

This year, All Elite Wrestling has decided to do something different for Fyter Fest: space it our over two weeks, and give it to us for free. The first night of the two week special will feature some awesome tag team wrestling, along with Hikaru Shida and Cody trying to retain their titles won at AEW: Double or Nothing. It should be a night of exciting matches, as AEW has been on fire throughout this COVID-19 wrestling era. They’ve still managed to put on entertaining shows without fans, and they get another opportunity to do so with Fyter Fest. In this article, I’ll tell you what I think will happen on night one.

Tag Team Match: Jurassic Express (With Marko Stunt) Vs. MJF & Wardlow

Will this match open the show with a bang? Absolutely. After a phenomenal match between Jungle Boy & MJF at Double or Nothing, tonight’s show will feature them in tag team action. While Wardlow won’t move the needle much, Luchasaurus being in the match means you have to watch, if only for his look. There’s only one thing that needs to happen in this match, and that’s MJF’s hand being raised in victory at the end. His impressive winning streak needs to be kept up, as he could be the one to finally take the title off of Jon Moxley. Get MJF a win here, have a great opening match, and everyone is happy.

Prediction: MJF & Wardlow Win

Tag Team Match: Santana & Ortiz Vs. Private Party (With Matt Hardy)

Do I love the addition of Matt Hardy to Private Party? Yes. ‘The Hardy Party’ isn’t what I imagined Hardy would be doing when he signed with AEW, but I’m all for him helping out new talent who can turn into eventual stars. Marq Quen had a fantastic match against Cody for the TNT Championship a couple weeks back, and now he gets to show how great he is in tag team action. Hardy has history with Santana & Ortiz of the Inner Circle, so I think so old wounds will be opened up during this match as well. While Hardy in Private Party’s corner could be a great thing for them, it could also create a distraction that allows the heels to steal the victory.

Prediction: Santana & Ortiz Win

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida (C) Vs. Penelope Ford (With Kip Sabian)

Penelope Ford can become the face of the AEW Women’s Division, but not yet. She’s shown a lot of improvement over the recent months, but Hikaru Shida is no slouch. She just won the AEW Women’s Championship from Nyla Rose at DoN, and I don’t think she’s ready to relinquish it so soon. Watch out for Kip Sabian to try to help Ford get some gold around her waist though.

Prediction: Hikaru Shida Retains

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & ‘Hangman’ Adam Page (C) Vs. Best Friends

When Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page are wrestling, it’s impossible to look away. The AEW Tag Team division is the best in the world, and its champions are two of the very best as well. Best Friends have been on a roll, but it’s not time to dethrone the champs yet. When Omega and Page lose the titles, they need to go on to bigger and better things, but I just don’t see them going after the TNT or AEW Championships yet. Their going to win, and this is going to be the best match of the night.

Prediction: Omega & Page Retain

TNT Championship: ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody (C) (With Arn Anderson) Vs. Jake Hager

Cody Rhodes is trying to establish the TNT Championship as a legitimate, and he’s off to a great start. In the midst of a run similar to that of John Cena’s US Open Challenge time that made RAW watchable for weeks, he’s helped put over young stars in fantastic matches, even getting Ricky Starks an AEW contract because of it. Jake Hager will be the most formidable opponent he’s had yet, but it would be a terrrrrrrrible idea to take the title off Cody at this time. Booking Hager to lose runs the risk of him looking like loser Braun Strowman Pre-Wrestlemania 36, but a win over him will only help establish the TNT Championship. Get the fireworks ready, night one of Fyter Fest ends with Cody standing tall.

Prediction: Cody Retains

Wrestling with Silence: Comparing WWE and AEW’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the face of a global pandemic, professional wrestling has been forced to adapt. Some ideas have been home runs, but of course, some have been swings and misses. Still, creative, never before seen matches have taken place that people will never forget, like WWE’s Boneyard Match and AEW’s Stadium Stampede

No matter what, we’ll always compare the two premier wrestling companies in North America, World Wrestling Entertainment, and All Elite Wrestling. We compare their talent, their champions, their storylines, hell – we even the ratings of their shows. Each company has had to face the challenge of putting on shows with no fans, coming up with creative ways to combat this. It’s time to compare how each company has adjusted to the challenges of this global pandemic.

Challenge: No Fans

WWE: WWE has simply just .. continued. We’re seeing the same matches, with the same participants, in the same style we would see with fans in the arena. Their biggest problem: the silence is deafening. Us as fans can only take so much of Michael Cole’s yapping, I really can’t imagine how hard it might be to wrestle while listening it. While it’s admirable that WWE is still putting on shows, they should take a page out of AEW’s book here.

AEW: AEW has done the obvious, but that doesn’t make it a great idea – they’ve put wrestlers and television personalities in the crowd. It works perfectly. The silence of WWE matches can cause the show’s to drag, but AEW shows haven’t been bogged down to that effect. AEW has even done things like separating heels and faces to certain sides, and having wrestlers side betting during the matches. It’s become an added layer of to look forward to during these shows, and that’s a great thing. 

Challenge: Storyline Progression

WWE: The storyline progression on RAW and Smackdown has worked for some feuds, like Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre, but for most feuds it has not. The last time fans were in the arena, the Universal Champion was Goldberg, and he was about to face off against Roman Reigns for the title. In a little over two months, the title is now in the hands of Braun Strowman, who has already faced Bray Wyatt, and will now face Miz and Morisson in a handicap match for the title. WHAT? Also, there’s now a rule where superstars can jump brands randomly, and AJ Styles got traded to Smackdown with no explanation. Storylines in the world of WWE don’t always make sense, but they’ve been especially bad in recent months.

AEW: Contrary to WWE, AEW has been able to develop, continue and finish entertaining storylines in the face of this challenge. The ‘Exalted One’ was revealed, Matt Hardy debuted, the Elite and the Inner Circle continued their feud, and we even got a championship tournament, culminating with a crowning moment for Cody Rhodes. While WWE has been leaving plenty of loose ends and adding random filler feuds that last a month tops, AEW has been paying off storylines months in the making.

Challenge: The Fourth Wall

WWE: This has been WWE’s biggest fault, they have barely even acknowledged this pandemic. Their biggest superstar, Roman Reigns, skipped Wrestlemania due to it and we never even got an explanation. I don’t think we’ve ever even heard the word Coronavirus on television yet. In the year 2020, in this age of information, this is an asinine thing to do. It is so freaking stupid. If for some unknown, crazy reason, WWE was your only form of participation in society, you literally wouldn’t think anything was different in the world. It just makes zero sense.

AEW: At least one wrestling company doesn’t think its viewers are complete morons. AEW has repeatedly mentioned their talent have been tested before each show, a welcome acknowledgement to the viewers at home. Another thing AEW has done right is simply wish their viewers well, and talk about how weird of a situation it is. All other major sporting that have happened since this pandemic have acknowledged it, and to ignore it is just plain stupid. I get that WWE wants to play the keeping kayfabe card, but some things supersede it. A freaking global pandemic is one of those things.

This wasn’t meant to be an AEW puff piece, but they’ve just been putting out much better content than WWE during this pandemic. Not every episode has been a winner, but they’ve had more hits than misses. The WWE still has done some good things, like the Boneyard Match, the Firefly Funhouse Match and the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but aside from that .. it’s been rough. Plus, you could argue that AEW’s Stadium Stampede match was better than all three. 

The powers at be in WWE have always been stubborn, but they need to borrow a couple of AEW’s ideas if they want their content to improve until fans return.

AEW Double Or Nothing 2020: Preview and Predictions

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All Elite Wrestling ‘Double Or Nothing’ (2020) is set for TONIGHT! A much anticipated PPV event in which, under these unforeseen circumstances, will be held at a basically empty Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. This will be AEW’s first attempt at a PPV since this Global Pandemic struck the nation and changed the wrestling world as we know it. Wrestlemania 36 took place over a month ago in a pre taped, lackluster event, aside from a handful of segments. Double or Nothing will be the most talked about wrestling event since this pandemic began. A stacked card, including a 9-man casino ladder match for a future AEW world championship opportunity, the undefeated Mr. Brodie Lee vs the undefeated Jon Moxley for the AEW championship, Cody vs Lance Archer to crown the first ever TNT champion, and for the first time ever a match will be held in a empty football stadium! 82,000 seats in capacity in the background of what is being called a ‘Stadium Stampede Match’ between The Inner Circle and The Elite.

Buy In (Pre Show): Private Party (4-1) Vs. Best Friends (7-3)

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This will be a very entertaining match to kick off the night. I expect a ton of high flying and fast paced action. The Best Friends have been a weekly stable on Wednesday nights, and probably AEW’s most exposed team in 2020. Being the number one contenders in the weekly rankings, expect the Best Friends winning ways to continue. Private Party are such a young and talented team, but they haven’t been showcased nearly enough to be given a tag title opportunity. Their time will come, just not now.

Prediction: Best Friends Win

Penelope Ford (3-2 ) Vs. Kris Statlander (3-4)

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The Women’s division AEW has put together has been very underwhelming so far. Why is this match happening, let alone on a PPV card? AEW’s female competitors aren’t showcased enough, or at least not enough to make you care about them . Aside from Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida, and their current champion, Nyla Rose, no women’s wrestler has shown anything in recent months. Expect ‘The Alien’ to go over here, as Penelope Ford still needs some more matches under her belt to even be in any type of discussion for a push.

Prediction : Kris Statlander Wins

MJF (7-0) Vs. Jungle Boy (7-5)

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MJF has been phenomenal these last few weeks on Dynamite, whether it be him cutting promos from his home in Long Island, or wagering on matches from the crowd. He is the definition of a HEEL. Jungle Boy (or Jungle Boy Jack Perry [as JR says]) is a super talented wrestler. I expect these two young bucks (no pun intended) to put on a show. MJF needs to win, as he’s in prime position to be the next face of this company. What does every face of a company eventually need? A championship. Expect this monster heel run to continue and MJF’s stock to rise. One last thing, Wardlow (MJF’s Muscle) might try to get involved, but if that’s the case he’ll be interrupted by the other Jurassic Express Member, Luchasaurus. I can see that being a hot feud over the next few weeks.

Prediction: MJF Wins

Dustin Rhodes (7-4) Vs. Shawn Spears (5-7)

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This is going to be a nice little match, with two competitors who have had a mildly entertaining feud on Dynamite. Shawn Spears, since joining AEW, has yet to be in a big feud. I expect him to go over Rhodes here. If Cody were to win that TNT Championship, this match could lay the foundation for a title program between the two. I would love to see ‘The Chairman’ Shawn Spears in a title program!

Prediction: Shawn Spears Wins

AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Nyla Rose (5-1) vs. Hikaru Shida (10-3)

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As previously stated , the AEW women’s roster is very underwhelming. They aren’t gifted with talents such as Charlotte Flair or Sasha Banks. So, they are in a tricky situation here. Nyla Rose has been booked as a monster heel, kinda like a Brock Lesnar, she is a trash talking, take no prisoners, monster heel b***h. Opposing her is Hikaru Shida, who has been a diamond in the rough, with an impressive 10-3 record. She has clearly been pushed and shown to be the divisions best worker so far. Nyla Rose is the champ and has looked unstoppable, so I see her going over. But, after Shida, I have to ask, who’s next? AEW has some serious work to do with this division, and if they don’t .. then Rose will be champ for a long time.

Prediction : Nyla Rose Retains

The Casino Ladder Match

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This is going to be fun. A loaded match, consisting of Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, Orange Cassidy, Joey Janela, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian, Luchasaurus, AND a mystery competitor. So many guys are capable of winning this match, and honestly, this match is completely unpredictable. Could the mystery star be a debut of a former WWE superstar? Could it be a returning PAC, or even Jeff Cobb? Who knows, but my pick is going to be Darby Allin. Allin has been made to look like a complete star, and with his high flying antics and daredevil attitude, I think he steals the show and silences all his doubters.

Prediction : Darby Allin Wins

AEW TNT Championship Match: Cody (10-3) Vs. Lance Archer (5-0)

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‘Iron’ Mike Tyson will make his surprising All Elite Wrestling debut to unveil the new TNT Championship. After weeks of matches, we’ve come to a very predictable tournament finale. The storytelling in this feud has been on point. On Dynamite three weeks ago, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts“ violated Cody’s wife, Brandi, on live television, and since then this feud has grown to be predictable. I think ‘the Murderhawk’ Lance Archer will look very strong in defeat, but I do expect some screwy finish, especially with Mike Tyson being involved here. Cody’s matches have been among the companies best booked matches so far, and this will be no exception. Also, I can’t wait to see what the new championship looks like, since the AEW world championship is absolutely gorgeous.

Prediction: Cody Wins

AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley (C); (10-0) Vs. Brodie Lee (5-0)

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This match shouldn’t be happening, well at least not yet. Jon Moxley had his title stolen from him by Mr. Brodie Lee weeks back, and since then it’s been a weird situation with the champ chasing his belt. Brodie Lee is that guy, and will continue to be a force while leading the Dark Order, but he doesn’t need to be champ. Just like Lance Archer, he has looked insanely strong and hasn’t suffered a loss, but expect this to be a war with Moxley ultimately going over. Lee will still look strong in defeat, and as he and his faction will continue to grow over these next few months. Moxley and Lee (or Ambrose and Harper) have history from their time in WWE, battling as members of The Shield and The Wyatt Family, so these guys have a good amount of memorable, lengthy matchups. This will be another.

Prediction: Jon Moxley Retains

Stadium Stampede Match: The Inner Circle Vs. The Elite

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Normally, I hate it when non-title matches are main events, but for this I’ll make an exception. This is going to be something nobody has ever seen. Coupled with the immense amount of talent in this match and the complete backing of the company, I 1000% expect this to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue when they talk about the years best and most unique matches. Most of The Elite have been off TV for weeks, as they adhere to social distancing from home during these times, so they need this win here. My prediction? I think they get it. I can’t wait to see the visual of the ring in the middle of the empty TIAA Bank Field, it’s going to be WONDERFUL (in my best Broken Matt Hardy voice).

Prediction: The Elite Wins