AEW Fyter Fest 2020 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Day 1
All Elite Wrestling's first Fyter Fest event in 2019 was a standard pay-per-view, but this year's event has been changed into a two-night special that will take up this and next week's episode of Dynamite.
Management packed the first night with some big matchups that included most of the titles being defended against the top contenders.
Cody put the TNT Championship on the line against Jake Hager, Hikaru Shida defended the AEW Women's World Championship against Penelope Ford and the team of Kenny Omega and Adam Page faced Best Friends with the tag belts up for grabs.
We also saw MJF and Wardlow battle Jurassic Express, and Private Party took on Santana and Ortiz in two matches that highlight AEW's tag team division.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's Fyter Fest edition of AEW Dynamite.
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Here is the lineup for the first night of Fyter Fest:
- MJF and Wardlow vs. Jurassic Express
- Private Party vs. Santana and Ortiz
- Cody vs. Jake Hager (TNT Championship)
- Omega and Page vs. Best Friends (AEW Tag Team Championships)
- Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford (AEW Women's Championship)
MJF and Wardlow vs. Jurassic Express
MJF gave a promo before the match with his usual brand of wit. Jungle Boy started strong with a clothesline before MJF and Wardlow overpowered him to take control.
The cocky MJF did a little strut to taunt Luchasaurus before bringing in Wardlow to throw Jungle Boy around like a rag doll. They even prevented a tag from the human dinosaur by using some classic heel tactics.
Luchasaurus finally managed to get into the ring and took the powerhouse down with a flurry of kicks. MJF tagged out as soon as he had an opportunity.
The two behemoths clashed with a few power moves that put both men on the mat. Once Jungle Boy recovered, he took out his biggest rival with a few dives out of the ring. Luchasaurus followed suit and took Wardlow out at ringside with a dive of his own.
Marko Stunt tried to get involved, but Wardlow ended up throwing him into Jungle Boy. MJF tried to use his diamond ring as a weapon and wound up hitting Wardlow by mistake. This allowed Jurassic Express to take him out with a few moves to get the win.
As usual, MJF was on point with his mic work before the match. It's so easy to hate him, and that is what makes him one of the best heels in the company.
The in-ring work from both teams was good, but it wasn't quite at the level we have come to expect from AEW's tag team division when it comes to fast-paced excitement.
This bout had more of an even pace, which actually worked in its favor at certain points. It allowed short bursts of offense to have a bigger impact.
This was a solid opener because it was good but not so good that there was no room for improvement from everything that followed.
Hikaru Shida vs. Penelope Ford (Women's Championship)
Referee Aubrey Edwards booted Kip Sabian from ringside before the match started. As soon as the bell rang, Shida hit a running knee.
Ford tried to regain her composure, but she didn't get the upper hand until they took the fight out of the ring. She threw the champ into the barricade, but Shida came back and hit another running knee.
The challenger dodged another knee and hit a back handspring elbow followed by a German suplex for a near-fall. We returned from a break to see Ford keeping Shida grounded in a camel clutch.
The champ broke free and applied a sleeper and a stretch submission before hitting a brutal backbreaker for another two-count. She hit her trademark falcon arrow, but Ford countered the pin perfectly.
Both women almost had the win at several points. Sabian tried to interfere with a kendo stick, but Shida disarmed him and used it to knock his block off. Ford kicked out of a couple of finishers before Shida hit one more knee to the face for the pin and the win.
Ford and Shida have quickly become two of the standout talents in the AEW women's division, so it was great to see them square off for the title.
This was a competitive contest from start to finish. Both women pulled everything they had out of their bag of tricks. Some of their unique counters were especially impressive.
This is easily the best Ford has looked since coming to AEW, but Shida was the star here. They had a couple of sloppy moments, but those didn't overshadow how many great moments they produced.
Cody vs. Jake Hager (TNT Championship)
Cody was at an immediate disadvantage against the bigger Hager. He quickly found himself on the mat after trying to go full speed at him.
The TNT champion went for a single-leg takedown but had to settle for a headlock when the big man refused to be taken down. Both men managed to counter an ankle-lock submission from each other.
Hager went after Arn Anderson, but Cody dove over the top rope to cut him off. Hager caught him in midair and slammed him to the mat to counter a Disaster Kick. This allowed him to get his hands on Anderson.
The champ tried to intervene, but the MMA fighter hit a suplex on the floor. Cody hit a beautiful cutter from the top rope as he began to gain some momentum.
Hager's wife, Catalina, slapped Cody, but Goldust ran down and evened the score by hitting Hager. This allowed The American Nightmare to get the upper hand. Hager went for a submission, but Cody countered into a pin to retain the title.
Hager is a solid technical powerhouse, but we all knew Cody would have to do the heavy lifting when it came to making this match exciting. He used a few more high-flying moves than usual.
They had good chemistry and had some impressive exchanges, but something about this match fell short compared to Cody's other recent TNT title matches. It's hard to say exactly what it was.
The ending was slightly awkward, but it was different, and that is always a good thing in pro wrestling.
Private Party vs. Santana and Ortiz
Matt Hardy accompanied Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy to the ring by for their match against Santana and Ortiz. Orange Cassidy was lounging by the announce table for some reason.
Kassidy and Santana kicked things off for their teams. Santana gave him a free shot and laughed at Kassidy's effort. This didn't stop Private Party from using their trademark high-flying double-team offense to take control.
It didn't take long for Ortiz to ground Kassidy in a submission to slow down the pace a bit. After the commercial break, Private Party began to pick up some steam.
After a furious exchange of double-team moves, Quen was able to score the win for his team.
The first half of this match went exactly as you would expect. Private Party came in hot, but by the time we went to a commercial, the heels were in control.
Not having anyone else from The Inner Circle at ringside allowed Santana and Ortiz to shine on their own for once. Hardy was a passive presence who was there to provide support, so he didn't distract from the action.
This match provided the kind of exciting tag team action AEW has become known for. Both duos were in top form and worked well with each other to create some interesting spots.
Private Party will be a top contender for the tag titles in no time if it keeps putting on performances like this.
Kenny Omega and Adam Page vs. Best Friends (Tag Team Championships)
Trent and Chuck Taylor showed up for their title shot in style with Trent's mom dropping them off in a minivan like they were teenagers who couldn't drive themselves to a movie.
Taylor and Omega started the match with a quick exchange of counters and takedowns. It was a textbook opening for a tag match. Neither man had a clear advantage. This led to Page and Trent tagging in and trading punches.
FTR eventually came out to the stage with some lawn chairs and a cooler to watch the final 10 minutes of the show as The Hangman and The Cleaner started to dominate.
We returned to see Best Friends making a comeback. Taylor hit a big dive to take out Omega so they could isolate Page. The Hangman fought back and took out both men with a series of signature moves.
Trent countered a moonsault from Omega, and Taylor followed up with a spike piledriver for a close two-count. They came close again with their finisher on Page, but Omega was right there to break up the pin. The Hangman hit the Buckshot Lariat for the win after a long back-and-forth.
The show ended with FTR offering the winners a beer before getting into an argument.
This was a great main event featuring four outstanding wrestlers. Shida and Ford probably should have been in the main event, but both bouts were worthy of the spot.
Best Friends winning would have been nice, but the outcome of the match wasn't surprising. Whoever wins the eventual FTR vs. Young Bucks match will probably be the team that wins the belts next.
Ending the show with The Bucks and Omega arguing with Page and FTR was an interesting way to keep the story of tension between Omega and Hangman going.