AEW’s inaugural show, Double or Nothing, cost fans $50 via Pay Per View. Based on the final 3 matches and the holy-smokes surprise at the end, the show lived up to the price of admission. Now with their second event, AEW is giving the show away for FREE!
As a part of the partnership with Turner, they’ll be using the Bleacher Report Live platform to stream Fyter Fest for free. Fyter Fest was initially presented as a Kenny Omega’s ill-fated riff on the disastrous Fyre Festival but it’s turned into a can’t miss wrestling extravaganza with a card that rivals (and in some spots surpasses) the Double or Nothing line-up. Want to watch it? Here’s the deal:
The Pre-Show is available on YouTube and Bleacher Report Live from 7:30PM to 8:30PM. The main show airs exclusively on B/R Live at 8:30PM. If you want to stream it, you’ve got options…
Go to live.bleacherreport.com and you’re ready to go! On the website, I didn’t even have to sign up for an account to stream the free content. That might be different for Fyter Fest but signing up is easy! You can use your Facebook or Google account and be a member in seconds. No credit card required. I was also able to connect my laptop to my 4K TV via HDMI and the stream was beautiful!
Bleacher Report Live is available in the App Store for iOS and Android devices! When I downloaded the B/R Live app, it did ask me to create an account which I did with ease using my Facebook account! Within the app, it gave me the option to mirror/cast/stream the feed to an Apple TV or ChromeCast device!
Roku/Amazon Fire/Apple TV
B/R Live is available as an app through all of these devices. If you go this route, I suggest giving yourself some time (and have a back up plan) as some of these are a tad tricky if you’re not tech savvy. The reviews for B/R Live on Amazon aren’t glowing. Personally, I’ve had a ton of issues with my Fire Stick recently, so I don’t even use it anymore. I downloaded the app on my Roku TV and initially made the mistake of logging in (trying to use my Facebook email and password) and that didn’t work. I realized the easiest way to connect to Roku is by hitting ‘Activate Device’ and going to their site on my phone to pair my account with my TV. I didn’t try Apple TV, but that’s usually a similar process!
So let’s start talking about these matches!
1 Jon Moxley vs Joey Janella
Jon Moxley (fka Dean Ambrose) makes his in-ring AEW debut against the Bad Boy Joey Janella. As these two have a propensity for ultra violence, AEW has stripped away all of the rules and made this a non-sanctioned, anything-goes match! This one won’t be the faint of heart as Moxley returns to his hardcore roots for the first time since leaving WWE.
2 Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid
The Young Bucks will team with Kenny Omega to take on The Lucha Bros and Laredo Kid in trios action. This could be the match of the night based solely on the quantity of quality in the ring at one time. The Bucks and Lucha Bros are locked in a heated feud over who is truly the best tag team in the world. Throw in the high octane offense of Laredo Kid and the best wrestler on the planet, Kenny Omega, and you could be looking at Dave Meltzer’s next 5 star match.
3 Cody vs Darby Allin
Following his legendary bout with his brother, Cody finds himself competing against another half-face-painted competitor, Darby Allin. Unlike Dustin, Darby Allin is just getting started in his career. He’s a young upstart who thrived in Evolve wrestling and has received high praise from the likes of Gabe Sapolsky. Allin has a high-risk, high-reward offense that’s going to push Cody in ways he likely hasn’t been push in any North American bout over the past three years.
4 Hangman vs Jungle Boy vs MJF vs Jimmy Havoc
MJF is the worst. And I mean that in the best possible way. At Double or Nothing, he failed to earn his shot at the new AEW title in the pre-show battle royal but he made his presence felt when he interrupted the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be Bret Hart. For his arrogance and rudeness, MJF found himself beat down by Jungle Boy, Jimmy Havoc and the man who will battle Chris Jericho for the AEW title at All Out in September, Hangman Page. But there will be no such allegiances in this four way match between some of AEW’s most promising and prominent talents.
Jungle Boy is just 21 years old and has the look and charisma to be a big player for AEW. Jimmy Havoc has been around for a but, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to become a household name in North America until now. Finally, if Page and MJF live up to their potential, they could be AEW’s top two stars for the next 5-10 years. This is an early chapter in what might likely be a career defining feud for both men.
5 Chris Daniels vs Cima
In the the case of Christopher Daniels vs Cima, you’re looking at two guys with a combined age of 90 years old. For context, the previous match with four competitors had a combined age of 106. Daniels and Cima met 20 years ago on a tour with Michinoku and battled in the 6-man match at Double or Nothing last month. This is the first time in a while that Daniels will be without his SCU counterparts on the apron, so it will be cool to see him he fairs. The interesting thing about Cima is that he is Kenny Omega’s next opponent at AEW’s Fight for the Fallen in July. This match should give us a good indication of what to expect next month when he squares up with the best bout machine!
6 Yuka Sakazaki vs Riho vs Nyla Rose
The women’s match on Fyter Fest is a three way between the Native Beast Nyla Rose, Yuka Sakazaki and Riho. All three women competed at Double or Nothing with Riho being the only competitors to score a win. So Nyla and Yuka Sakazaki will surely be aggressive as their search for their first Ws in an AEW ring. Chief Branding Officer Brandi Rhodes promised that she wouldn’t be adding another competitor like she did at Double or Nothing, but in the fallout from this match, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Dr. Britt Baker or another AEW wrestler make an appearance to set up something for Fight for the Fallen or All Out.
7 The Buy In Pre-Show
The Pre-Show will be simulcast on YouTube and B/R Live. AEW hopes to encourage casual fans on YouTube to then sign up to watch the free broadcast on Bleacher Report Live.
The main match on the pre-show is the three way tag match between SCU, Best Friends and Private Party. The winner advances to All Out where a first round bye in the upcoming AEW tag tournament will be on the line (likely against the Young Bucks?) SCU will be represented by Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian. These two dudes have been heavily featured on Being the Elite and are already fan favorites. The Best Friends consist of Chuck Taylor and the criminally underrated Trent Barreta. Chuck and Trent have traveled the world entertaining fans and putting on surprisingly incredible matches when you consider how silly they can be sometimes. It’s a great combination.
When you talk about AEW making their own stars, Private Party might become the first example of it. They came from almost nowhere. Every male competitor on this card has roots in WWE, ROH, NJPW, Evolve, PWG, Progress…etc. Not Private Party. Private Party were handpicked and recruited by the Young Bucks for AEW. Products of Amazing Red’s wrestling school, Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen (Left and Right in Above Photo) have a style that fans will surely find impressively. They move quick, they fly high and they hit hard.
Rounding out the pre-show are two wildcard matches. The first is Michael Nakazawa vs the founder of CEO Gaming Alex Jebaily. I really don’t know what to expect from this match as Alex is not a wrestler. Alex is responsible for the video game tournament that Fyter Fest is partnered with and he’s no dummy. He took the reins of the tournament in 2010 and with only three weeks to turn around what looked like a disaster, he did. Nine years later, he’s taken the event from a few hundred people to tens of thousands around the world watching. So if he’s stepping in the ring, he must have a plan.
The other match might be Kylie Rae vs The Librarian Leva Bates. The two had a really funny interaction during Double or Nothing and the match has been rumored/implied online by various sources, including Brandi Rhodes. But there hasn’t been confirmation as of this posting. It’s a match I’d love to see as Kylie Rae is just brilliant and Leva Bates is very entertaining!
8 Wrap Up
Fyter Fest is AEW’s second event but it doesn’t quite have the hype of All In, Double or Nothing or All Out. That’s ok. I feel there is a tentativeness with fans that won’t quite subside until AEW becomes a wrestling fixture when they hit TNT this fall. Most of these stories were told, rather masterfully, via YouTube and other social media. This is a great opportunity for the Executive Vice Presidents of AEW and fans to learn a little more about what AEW is and what it can be. I absolutely suggest you check it out!