Fyter Fest 2021 Night 1 is in the books and it was a rousing success, propelling AEW Dynamite back over the one-million mark for the first time in two months (Thanks partly to the show being banished to Friday and Saturday for five weeks). Now it's time to take a look at Night 2, coming this Wednesday!
This lineup isn't quite as strong on paper as the first night, with two title matches and the first of Chris Jericho's Pinnacle gauntlet, but a couple of lesser undercard bouts. Still this should be another fun night of wrestling with some potentially good matches, one in particular that I'm looking forward to. Let's get to it...
Frankie Kazarian vs. Doc Gallows
It's the Elite Hunter vs. one of the Elite, as Kazarian targets the heel faction's largest member. I'm not expecting a five-star classic and this is likely to be full of run-in nonsense. I wonder if Kazarian will be tapped to join Hangman's five-man team in that elimination match Kenny challenged him to. I think the numbers game likely proves too much for Frankie, and Doc steals a win here.
JUST ADDED: Darby Allin vs. Wheeler Yuta
Just like last week they added a short squash match featuring Mr. Yuta. Kinda strange. He's got potential, but he's not beating Darby, that's for goddamn sure.
Pick: Yuta, get me two! Losses in a row that is....
Orange Cassidy vs. The Blade
This is just a mini-feud to keep Cassidy occupied while they figure out his next major program. Both these guys can go, so this should be enjoyable. I don't see Blade beating one of the company's most popular guys.
Chairs Match: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Spears
Well this just seems unfair - Spears is allowed to use chairs in this match but Jericho isn't. I'm gonna predict Jericho manages to use a chair whilst the referee is distracted so as to not totally bury Spears as the Level 1 mini-boss. This match should be decent. I'm a little wary about Jericho running through the entire Pinnacle on his way to MJF; they're going to have to get really creative about protecting those guys, Wardlow in particular.
Pick: Jericho obviously
IWGP US Championship Texas Death Match: Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer
Now this I'm excited for. These guys had a pretty great little car wreck at the Dome in 2020 and they'll be looking to top that on Dynamite. I imagine this will open the show so they won't have to deal with commercial breaks. Mox and Archer work really well together so this should be a great fight. I'm not sure who eventually takes the belt of Moxley but I don't think it'll be Archer.
Pick: Moxley retains
AEW Women's Championship: Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose
I hope this match main events the show, as Baker is a superstar in the making and deserves another Dynamite main event slot. These two had a really good match during the Women's Eliminator tournament so they definitely have chemistry. The heel vs. heel dynamic is odd, but Baker is super popular with the live crowds despite not being a babyface. Maybe she'll morph into the first women's anti-hero in wrestling. There's no way the belt is changing hands here by the way.
Pick: Baker retains
FF2 isn't as strong a lineup as last week's but then again they have a bunch of special Dynamite episodes coming up, plus a PPV, plus the debut of a new show. So they have to spread out the big bouts. Regardless, this should be an easy two hours of wrestling to sit through.