On Saturday, May 25, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) rocked the professional wrestling world with its acclaimed Double or Nothing PPV event. AEW Double or Nothing earned high praise from sports publications the world over, with many professional wrestling fans excited to see what's next from the new company.
As it turns out, AEW's next PPV is called Fyter Fest, and it's set to take place on June 29. Billed as "The Most Luxurious Gaming & Wrestling Festival of All Time," the show will take place in Dayton Beach, Florida, at the annual Community Effort Orlando (CEO) fighting game event. CEO may not be as well-known as other fighting game tournaments like EVO, but it has played host to some important moments in fighting game history over the years, like Killer Instinct's Steam port announcement, for instance.
CEO also has a direct link to the world of professional wrestling, so it's fitting that AEW's Fyter Fest PPV will take place there. All of the fighting game matches take place inside of a professional wrestling, plus the show has played host to professional wrestler in the past, including AEW's own Kenny Omega as well as WWE's Xavier Woods.
And while all eyes may be on August's All Out PPV in Chicago, AEW is still putting together an impressive card for Fyter Fest. Here are all the AEW Fyter Fest matches announced so far.
1. Hardcore Match: Jebailey vs. Michael Nakazawa
Michael Nakazawa stood out in Double or Nothing's Casino Battle Royale Match because of the unique way he used baby oil to escape his opponents' holds. At Fyter Fest, Nakazawa finds himself in the top-billed matched on the card against none other than Alex Jebailey, the administrator of CEO since its inaugural event in 2010. Jebailey, who once leaked Mortal Kombat X-specific PS4 and Xbox One controllers, will fight Nakazawa in a Hardcore Match, which means weapons will be allowed and anything goes. Needless to say, this bout could end up being one of the craziest on the card.
2. Cody vs. Darby Allin
The blood-soaked match between Cody Rhodes and his brother Dustin (formerly known as Goldust in WWE) has been hailed as one of the best matches of the entire Double or Nothing PPV, if not the best match. Cody will be teaming with his brother at July's Fight for the Fallen PPV, but in the interim, he will face off against relative newcomer Darby Allin at Fyter Fest.
3. Six-Man Tag Team Match: The Elite vs. The Lucha Bros. and Laredo Kid
Pac, perhaps most famous as Adrian Neville in WWE, was originally supposed to be on the Double or Nothing card in a match against "Hangman" Adam Page. Creative differences saw Pac ultimately pulled from the Double or Nothing card, and we have now learned that he will no longer be teaming with The Lucha Bros. at Fyter Fest either. The Luchas Bros. will be looking to avenge their loss to The Young Bucks at Double or Nothing, and they will now be teaming with Laredo Kid to try to get the job done.
Meanwhile, Kenny Omega, who lost to Chris Jericho in Double or Nothing's main event, will also want to get back on the winning side of things. Whether or not he dresses as a cross between Sword Art Online's Kirito and Final Fantasy 7's Sephiroth again remains to be seen. Regardless, this match will likely have some of the most ridiculous feats of athleticism on the entire card, and is already a can't-miss for wrestling fans.
4. Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela
One of the most-talked about surprises at AEW Double or Nothing was the debut of Jon Moxley (WWE's Dean Ambrose) after the main event, when he attacked Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, and even a referee. While he was toned down quite a bit in WWE, Moxley initially made a name for himself on the independent circuit by wrestling in deathmatches, which is also how his Fyter Fest opponent Joey Janela built his reputation. Considering their similar wrestling styles, Moxley/Janela is a potential dream match, and its inclusion on the Fyter Fest card really puts the show over the top.
5. Three Way Match: Nyla Rose vs. Riho vs. Yuka Sakazaki
The women of AEW put on a spectacular show at Double or Nothing, and they're looking to keep their hot streak going at Fyter Fest. The menacing Nyla Rose will face off against Riho and Yuka Zakazaki in a Three Way Match that definitely has potential to be a show-stealing bout.
6. Four Way Match: Hangman Page vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Jungle Boy vs. MJF
Hangman Page, Jungle Boy, Jimmy Havoc, and MJF were all involved in a four way scuffle while Bret "The Hitman" Hart revealed the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing. Now those four men will meet in the ring at Fyter Fest, and with Fyter Fest streaming for free, professional wrestling really have no good reason to miss what is sure to be yet another classic bout.
7. Christopher Daniels vs. Cima
Both Christopher Daniels and Cima are professional wrestling veterans with decades of experience under their belts. At Double or Nothing, the two squared off against each other in a six-man tag team match, with Daniels teaming with his SoCal Uncensored stable and Cima joining forces with his Strong Hearts stablemates. Now the two will go one-on-one in what is sure to be one of the more technically-sound matches on the Fyter Fest card.
8. Three-Way Tag Team Match: Best Friends vs. SoCal Uncensored vs. Private Party
Speaking of SoCal Uncensored, members Frankie Kazarian and Scorpion Sky will be in action at Fyter Fest as well, fighting Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen). The winner of this match will advance to AEW's All Out pay-per-view for a chance to compete for a first-round bye in the upcoming AEW World Tag Team Championship tournament.
AEW Fyter Fest takes place on June 29.
Source: All Elite Wrestling