Fyter Fest Night Two was another packed show. Orange Cassidy went up against The Blade looking for some payback, and two belts were on the line as Britt Baker defended the AEW Women’s World Championship against Nyla Rose, and Lance Archer looked to become the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion by defeating Jon Moxley. Andrade called out Death Triangle, Doc Gallows took on Frankie Kazarian, and some big announcements were made for the following few weeks. There were also two big debuts (nope, not who you think). First up, Chris Jericho started his climb up the MJF mountain by facing Shawn Spears.

First Labours Of Jericho Match: Chris Jericho vs Shawn Spears W/ Tully Blanchard (Spears Is The Only One Who Can Use Chairs)

Jericho caught Spears with a right hand and caused him to drop the chair. Spears launched Jericho into the turnbuckle, but he returned with a clothesline. He knocked Spears outside and continued to beat him up around ringside. Back inside, Jericho jumped off the turnbuckle but got caught with a chair to the face. Spears pounded Jericho’s face on the mat. Jericho landed an enzuigiri and climbed to the top turnbuckle, but Spears caught him with a superplex.

Spears smashed a chair on Jericho’s arm against the ring post as he lay on his stomach. Jericho connected with a double axe handle and delivered nine punches on the top turnbuckle followed by a Hurricanrana. Spears connected with a superkick, but only got a two-count. He placed a chair in-between the second and top turnbuckle. He dropped Jericho with a sit-down powerbomb, but couldn’t get the victory. Spears smashed another chair across the back of Jericho, and as he went to hit him across the head, Jericho reversed into Walls of Jericho.

Spears tapped out, but Blanchard distracted the referee. Sammy Guevara ran down and pulled Blanchard off the apron. Back in the ring, Spears hit the C4, but Jericho kicked out. Spears went to land another C4 on a chair, but Jericho got out and pushed him into the chair in the corner, then hit Judas Effect and pinned him to win. After the match, MJF said if anyone else comes out in another match, their match is off. He announced a no DQ match against Nick Gage for the second Labour of Jericho.

Thoughts: Oh. My. God. Nick freaking Gage. What a surprise. Jericho is in for one hell of a time next week. As for the match itself, it wasn’t anything special, but if it means Jericho is one step closer to facing MJF, I’m happy. **½

What’s Next For Miro?

Miro cut a promo backstage via video package. He announced he’d defend the TNT Championship at the Jacksonville homecoming, and they were the words of the redeemer.

Thoughts: Interesting. I wonder who will step up to the challenge. Miro is becoming one of the greats in front of our eyes. I love what this guy has become.

Doc Gallows W/ Karl Anderson vs Frankie Kazarian

Kazarian started off strong by delivering a dropkick off the top turnbuckle but got caught with a huge boot by Gallows. He drove Kazarian’s head into the corner, then launched him over the top rope. Anderson clotheslined Kazarian as the ref was distracted. Gallows went after him and began beating him at ringside. He launched Kazarian into the barrier, then ate a flying clothesline in the ring. Gallows continued to use brute force, hitting a suplex and striking a grounded Kazarian. He threw Kazarian over his shoulders up high, then drove elbow strikes into the Elite Hunter’s shoulder.

Kazarian pulled at Gallows’ beard to break the hold and managed to knock him to the mat. He landed a backdrop suplex and a leg drop, but only got a two-count. Anderson got involved, but Kazarian knocked him out of the ring. Gallows took advantage of the distraction by nailing Kazarian with a chokeslam sit down powerbomb. After the match, The Good Brothers stomped him down. They hit the Magic Killer on him as Kenny Omega and Don Callis walked out.

Callis told the fans to take a moment to appreciate the AEW World Champion. He said that this is what happens when you mess with The Elite, The Good Brothers, and Kenny Omega. Omega said, “welcome to my humble abode, said the spider to the fly.” He said the Elite Hunter has become the Elite hunted, thanks to a bit of help from Callis. Hangman walked out with a beer.

As he stepped in the ring, Callis reminded him he was alone. He said cowboys weren’t very bright and asked if Hangman was stupid or that drunk? He attacked the Elite but got outnumbered. Dark Order ran out, who took out Karl Anderson. The Elite walked off as Hangman and Dark Order stood tall in the ring.

Thoughts: Not a bad match, and a nice way to give Kazarian more of a reason to fight for that all-important win in the future. As for the Hangman and Omega stuff, it was magical. Omega has become a great heel, and the fluff of the “Elite hunted” line was funny. ***½

Next Week’s Celebrations

Brian Cage was being interviewed backstage about Taz’s announcement. We saw Taz talk from earlier in the day. Ricky Starks was stood with him, and said he would be celebrating his FTW Championship victory next week. Cage said he loves celebrations.

Thoughts: Well, I’m guessing Cage is still annoyed about his loss to Starks next week. I wonder if Cage brings any new friends to help him out.

Wheeler Yuta W/ Orange Cassidy vs Darby Allin W/ Sting

Yuta worked on Allin’s injured ribs in the early stages. Allin got back into it with some strikes, but Yuta was calculated in his takedown of Allin. Allin got caught with a bridging German suplex and was almost pinned. Allin hit a superplex off the top turnbuckle. Outside the ring, Cassidy and Sting had a bit of a staredown and traded ‘Cassidy’ kicks. As Allin watched, Yuta almost pinned him with a roll-up. Allin landed a stunner and Coffin Drop for the victory. After the match, The Blade attacked Orange Cassidy at ringside and walked off.

Thoughts: How good was that bit with Sting and Cassidy? Really funny stuff. The match was pretty average, and The Blade coming out and cracking Cassidy in the jaw was just mean. **½

Hyping The Main Event

A great video package aired that highlighted Moxley and Archer’s feud, with both men interjecting in-between their encounters in NJPW and AEW. We then saw Hikuleo from NJPW at ringside.

Thoughts: I was already excited for the main event, and that video helped to tip it over the edge. It’s so cool to see Hikuleo in AEW, too.

AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Nyla Rose W/ Vickie Guerrero vs Britt Baker D.M.D. (C) W/ Rebel

Baker worked on Rose’s arms in the early stages, but Rose proved too strong. She took some punches to the face but dropped Baker with a military press and a standing senton. Rebel pulled Baker from the top rope so Rose couldn’t drive her knee into her back. Baker stomped Rose down in the corner, then wrenched at her arm, using the post as leverage. Baker was in control, hitting a Russian leg sweep. They traded blows in the centre of the ring. Rose hit a modified Rock Bottom, then hit two backbreakers in a row, followed by a fallaway slam.

Rose squashed Baker in the corner. Baker hit a slingblade after Rose missed the cannonball. Baker nailed a DDT, but only got a two-count. Baker countered a chokeslam, then locked in Lockjaw until Rose hit a Death Valley driver. She went for the diving knee drop again and connected, but managed to kick out at the last second. Baker hit a swinging Neckbreaker and a kick to the jaw. She landed another kick and went for a pin, but Rose kicked out.

Rose landed a chokeslam, but Baker kicked out of a pin. Baker hit a crucifix bomb. She did it a second time, but Rose kicked out again. Baker hit two curb stomps in a row, yet Nyla Rose kicked out. Rose hit a huge forearm, but Rebel got on the apron. With the ref distracted, Baker threw the belt at Nyla, but she threw it back as the ref turned around. Rose hit a Beast Bomb, but Baker kicked out. Rose tapped out of Lockjaw which saw Baker retain.

Thoughts: Match of the night so far. A great back and forth between both women. Nyla Rose put up a great fight and showed a lot of heart, but Baker was on fine form, using that devastating submission to pick up the win. ***½

FTR And Proud And Powerful Talk It Out

Tony Schiavone was holding a press conference with FTR and Santana and Ortiz ahead of their match next week. Ortiz said they’d been in AEW since day one. Santana showed a variety of photos of his mother and a newspaper report of his mother fighting the ‘slum lords’ in government. Harwood said he didn’t care and was looking forward to beating their ass next week. They almost came to blows as security split them up.

Thoughts: A strict tag team match between these two excellent teams is just what is needed. Forget all the Inner Circle and Pinnacle stuff. These two teams are up there with the best in the world, so this match should be excellent.

Andrade Wants Death Triangle

Tony Schiavone was in the ring. He called out Andrade El Idolo who walked down and had a few things to say. He said he had a surprise for everyone. Andrade’s assistant talked to Schiavone, who then announced Chavo Guerrero as Andrade’s Executive Consultant. Chavo walked down and the crowd went nuts. Chavo said, “wow, you remembered.” He said he’d heard this was the place to be and it was a great time to be a wrestling fan. Chavo said with all due respect, nobody has as much talent as Andrade does.

Death Triangle then walked out. Pac said they heard their names in Andrade’s mouth last week. He said they hide from no one. Andrade said Fénix and Penta were good, but he was great. He spoke in Spanish, then said he was an elite superstar. Chavo said he was going to explain to Pac what was said. Chavo said Pac’s waist wasn’t shiny enough, and he should listen to Andrade. Andrade asked why they worked for Pac? Now, they work for Andrade.

Pac said they didn’t work for him. They were a team and a family, a brotherhood. Fénix said they were the real face of the Latinos. Penta talked Spanish to Andrade. Alex Abrahantes translated and said why would they work for Andrade when he isn’t even on their level. Death triangle walked to the ring, but officials stopped them from attacking.

Thoughts: Hmm, I wonder if Fénix and Penta do eventually turn on Pac. It would certainly make sense. Not only that, but we’d get some awesome matches out of it.

Christian Cage Lays Down A Challenge

We were shown The Hardy Family battling Jungle Express and Christian Cage from earlier in the day. Cage, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus were backstage. Cage challenged Angelico and Private Party to a match next week.

Thoughts: Oh boy. Let’s hope this match goes ahead for next week.

An Apology Will Be Given, Maybe

QT Marshall was backstage with The Factory. They were asked if an apology was in order for Tony Schiavone for pouring a drink over his head last week. Marshall said next week they’d give him an apology.

Thoughts: Not the most exciting of promos or prospects for next week.

The Blade W/ The Bunny vs Orange Cassidy

Cassidy attacked The Blade from behind before the bell rang. Cassidy was being stomped down in the corner. The two managed to avoid contact as The Blade played possum in the corner. The Blade got up and ran at Cassidy as he was distracted. Cassidy hit Stundog Millionaire and went to climb the turnbuckle, but The Blade powerbombed him on the top rope. The Blade whipped Cassidy into the barrier twice in a row, then threw him head-first into the ring post.

Back in the ring, The Blade Irish whipped Cassidy hard into the corner. He chopped Cassidy’s chest and whipped him into the corner again. Cassidy was able to whip The Blade’s head into the corner a couple of times, then connected with a crossbody off the turnbuckle and a DDT. The Bunny got on the apron, but Kris Statlander came out and pulled her off. Cassidy hit a tope suicida, but The Blade pulled Statlander in the way. Cassidy then pushed The Blade into The Bunny.

Back in the ring, Cassidy went for a DDT, but got thrown onto the top rope. He hit a lariat and a corkscrew tombstone, but Cassidy kicked out. Cassidy evaded The Doctor Bomb and hit Beach Break, but The Blade kicked out. Cassidy dodged The Blade trying to use the brass knuckles and hit Orange Punch, then picked up the win. After the match, Cassidy hit another Orange Punch.

Thoughts: What a great match. The powerbomb on the turnbuckle looked amazing, and Cassidy sold it really well. Cassidy deserved that win. Bravo, sir. ***½

The Painmaker Returns

Chris Jericho was being interviewed backstage. Jericho said if MJF was bringing the most violent and demented person to face him, he would bring the most violent and demented version of Jericho to face Gage. He turned around to show his Painmaker face paint, then put on his signature hat.

Thoughts: How cool was that. Nothing more needs to be said.

Cody Rhodes vs Malakai Black Gets A Date

Cody Rhodes vs Malakai Black was announced for the Jacksonville Homecoming. We then got to see a short video package about how it came to be.

Thoughts: Short and sweet. Gutted neither man was here tonight, but at least we know they’re going to go at it very soon on August 4.

IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Match: Jon Moxley (C) vs Lance Archer W/ Jake “The Snake” Roberts

The two went at it before the bell had even rung. They traded blows until Archer charged at Mox and knocked him out the ring. Archer flipped off the apron into Moxley, then smashed him with a kendo stick. Moxley tackled Archer through the barrier as they took the fight to the crowd. They headed up the steps, but Mox knocked him back down with some strikes. Moxley dived off the steps and hit Archer, so Archer grabbed a fan and threw him at Moxley.

Moxley got punched in the face after attempting a tope suicida. Archer exposed the concrete floor, but Moxley hit the Paradigm Shift into it. Archer got back to his feet, but he was busted wide open. Moxley had a fork in his hand, then pounded it into Archer’s head. He continued to gouge Archer’s head with the fork, then set up a couple of tables at ringside. Mox threw a couple of chairs and a trash can into the ring. As he got back in, Archer landed some blows but was jabbed with the fork over and over again.

Moxley landed a dragon screw, then trapped Archer’s leg in a steel chair. He climbed to the top rope and stomped on the trapped leg. He went to smash the trash can lid over Archer’s head, but the Murderhawk punched through it into Mox’s head. They began to punch each other, then Moxley chewed his face. Archer hit a ripcord after taking a release German suplex. He hit Moxley with the trash can then attempted Blackout through two chairs, but he got out and hit a low blow.

Archer chokeslammed Moxley into two chairs, with his spine smashing into them. He booted Moxley, but got hit by a King Kong lariat and a Paradigm Shift. Archer got back up, but Moxley hit him with the fork multiple times. Moxley grabbed some barbed wire and placed it on the two tables. he went for the Paradigm Shift off the apron through the tables, but Archer reversed. After smashing the fork into Moxley’s head, he hit him with a chokeslam through the barbed wire and picked up the win, becoming the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion. After the match, Hikuleo entered the ring and stared down Archer as the show went off air.

Thoughts: Wow. What a brilliant finish to a brutal match. As much as I love Jon Moxley, it was about time Archer got some gold, and it was only right he’s the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion. **** 

Match of the Night: Jon Moxley vs Lance Archer

Best in Show: Lance Archer

Overall Rating: ***½

What’s Happening Next Week?

FTR vs Proud and Powerful

5 vs 5 Elimination Match: Kenny Omega, The Good Brothers, and The Young Bucks vs. Adam Page, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds, and John Silver

No DQ Match: “The Painmaker” Chris Jericho vs Nick Gage

Christian Cage, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus vs. Angelico and Private Party

IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Lance Archer (c) vs. Hikuleo

All images and videos courtesy of AEW – Very special thanks to Fite TV for the captures

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