10 Ups & 0 Downs From AEW Dynamite: Fyter Fest (Jul 1)

A pay-per-view quality show on a Wednesday night? Sign us up.

FTR Hangman Page Kenny Omega

AEW essentially gave a pay-per-view away for free last night.

This is true not only because Fyter Fest fit that format last year and was presented as a special supercard this time around, but also because of its quality. Night one was outstanding.

Some will see "0 Downs" in the headline and baulk without even watching the show: a shame, though the Wednesday Night Wars' increasingly toxic tribalism can't be quelled at this stage. It is what it is and taste is subjective, but debating in good faith is largely dead in this era of wrestling, particularly on Wednesday nights/Thursday mornings.

Hangman Page and Kenny Omega put their AEW Tag Team Championships on the line against Best Friends in the main event, looking to stave off a challenge earned at Double Or Nothing. This was one of three title fights, with Women's Champion Hikaru Shida defending against Penelope Ford preceding Cody vs. Jake Hager for the TNT strap, while Private Party wrestled Ortiz and Santana on the midcard and the MJF/Wardlow tandem met Jurassic Express' Luchausaurus and Jungle Boy in a lightning opener. That Chris Jericho was back on commentary brought significant appeal as well.

A great show from a company nailing its episodic weekly format at the moment. Let's light the fuse...


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