There is no doubt that there was one focus for this episode of Road to Fyter as it centered around the young tag team Private Party. These kids seem like they know what they are about and have a good head on their shoulders, but it's about sticking out in what will be a crowded division of a new company. The one aspect of AEW that seems to be ignored by people is that the unknown stars have to find there way to become known stars. Right now these guys are added to the list of fresh youngster to keep and eye on as All Elite continues to build their foundation.
Though I understand they had a lot to talk about as the event draws closer, but I have to say it is insane to think that at one point over 100,000 people were waiting to buy tickets for All Out in August. In reality this event could've outdrew the last three Wrestlemania's which isn't testament to AEW cause it is still early it's more how ready fans are for something new. I also want to mention that Daniels recounting his history with CIMA adds an interesting layer to their match coming up this weekend as i had no idea they had like a mentor/protege relationship. Now with only four days left before the event we have hit the toughest time as we have to just wait for the second event for All Elite to see if they can continue to build the momentum from their first event.
WOW! Of all the hype videos so far this one was the best I have seen from All Elite Wrestling and that is saying something. The amount of raw emotion in this video was on another level from Darby Allen to Joey Janela to Shawn/Gavin Spears so much happened. First I wanted to point out how glad I am that the Joshi women are returning as this raises the importance of the multi-women match from Double or Nothing as it could be looked as an introduction for the women.
Seeing the end of this episode I have become even more of a fan of Darby Allen then I was before, because he offered an explanation as to why he looks the way he does. It's videos like this that should make WWE take notice, because this is a modern example of character development and I am very excited for the match on June 29 against Cody. Overall this entire video made everyone involved look like stars with a ton of potential to become future stars in wrestling.
As we move to the second event ever for All Elite Wrestling it's time for another Road to Series from our favorite new wrestling company. Upcoming on June 29, we have a video game convention presented by CEO Gaming. This convention is a celebration of fighting games in the video game world which is something that we all know that Kenny, and the Bucks have a special interest in. Now though there will be wrestling at this video game convention and as Cody said a ton of cross-over opportunity with.... well do I actually to spell it out for you or can do put it together. On June 29, AEW will head to Daytona Beach, FL for their next event which will stream for free on Bleacher Report Live as reported by @tntdrama on Twitter. In case you missed it:
From the Jon Moxley promo making his match with Joey Janela on June 29 official to Cody fighting the unorthodox Darby Allen a very intriguing episode. First off it is that intensity and feeling that had been missing from Mox's promos while he was in the WWE especially in the last year. Seeing him speak in WWE and comparing that to now you can tell how much happier he is then when he was in the big company. I'm not going to blame Vince or creative I just think that it's that Mox wanted more freedom that he was never going to get in WWE, because nobody really gets that type of freedom anymore.
As for Cody, I'm interested to see where things go for his match with Darby because in my opinion, Darby has everything to gain and nothing to lose from this match. In reality it is matches like this that will make AEW not only stick out, but give them the ability to make new nationally known stars. With both Darby & Joey going against two of the most known faces on the Independents it could be and should be the coming out party for two very worthy and deserving competitors. Fyter Fest on June 29 live from Daytona Beach, FL is already shaping up to be a very interesting event.
So they day that we have building to since January has finally past and now it's our chance to look back in awe at the first ever event in All Elite Wrestling history. Though a lot of fans have been shoveling the praise onto AEW and exclaiming that a war is upon us let's not rush into something and just step back it was their first event. In my opinion, we need to let AEW establish their own identity first before trying to figure out how they measure up against with WWE.
As far as the show I think that the main event was picture perfect as it was the right choice to headline the event. Don't get me wrong Cody vs Dustin was an incredibly emotional and a "bloody good" match pun intended. The embrace between Cody & Dustin was one of the best moments of the year in the world of wrestling period. Jumping back to the main event I will explain why it was so good it was so good that at one point that when they set up a table at ringside I got so lost in the match that I forgot the table was there until they went through it. I also enjoyed that they chose to end the match with the "Judas" elbow which is Jericho's new finishing move and was the perfect way to put it over.
However, following the match the event didn't end after the pin-fall instead Jericho grab a microphone and demanded a thank you. Jon Moxley would answer the call and make his shocking debut with All Elite Wrestling and proceeded to drop everyone with his DDT. Mox would even drop Kenny Omega with a DDT on the top of the poker chips that were at the side of the stage. I am happy that all the rumors of what he will do next can stop and we can focus on Jon Moxley becoming the star that he should've been in the WWE, but was never given the freedom to do so.
Overall this was a solid show and a positive start for All Elite Wrestling and now we look to the next event which is Fyter Fest on June 29 live from Daytona Beach, FL to see if AEW can continue to build in the right direction. Till then we just have to wait and see what happens next!
Double or Nothing
Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian
I think that this match is on the Pre-Show of the event and with that being said I will treat it like I do the WWE Pre-Show matches. Either way I think Sammy will get the victory tonight.
Britt Baker vs Kylie Ray vs Nyla Rose
I have only seen a little bit of Britt Baker before, but have never seen any action from these other two ladies. This match is very hard to predict as I will have to just base my opinion on how they were portrayed on Road to Double or Nothing. Considering the fact that Brandi Rhodes will likely eventually enter the ring and even though we likely won't hear anything about a Women's Championship just because it will take time. I think I could see Kylie Ray getting a surprise victory as I believe she is one of the lesser known competitors and could use the rub.
#Strong Hearts vs So Cal Uncensored
The reality is the outcome of this match would be based around if Kazarian, Scorpio and Daniels are going to be active competitors or just executives. Of the three talent I know that Daniels holds an executive position within the company and being the oldest of the three could be wrapping up soon enough. It would also be dependent on if the Strong Hearts are going to be sticking around in AEW or will it just be a one time deal or not. With that being said I am going with So Cal Uncensored getting the victory tonight.
Casino Battle Royal: Winner Earns Future World Title Shot
Even though I do believe that a few surprises will be entering into the battle royal as well, but I will not be offering predictions based on the possibility of who could show up. There have been a number of rumors going around recently about certain surprises showing up and I will just leave it with that. Based on the participants that are announced currently I would put my stock in either Jimmy Havoc or Joey Janela. This again would be dependent on who they plan on elevating up the card in the future because we all know that they have a long term plan for booking.
Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura vs. Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami
I will be keeping this short, because I feel like it this more than any other match is being used as a special attraction match based on all of these women being from Japan. Considering the fact that Aja Kong is the only female I've heard of in this match I will be giving her team the victory.
Best Friends vs. Angelico & Jack Evans
There is no doubt that this match will be a very good match as all three of these men are extremely talented, but again like the Women's match it will be a while before the tag titles are placed in the spotlight so they will maybe set the stage for one of these two colliding with the Bucks or Lucha Bros. Honestly either of these teams would have spectacular matches with the Young Bucks this is the toughest decision for me cause it could either way. I think that Best Friends will get the victory tonight because of the way I think they will go in the other tag match.
Dustin vs Cody
In my opinion the WWE would've been better off never doing the match rather than giving it the build that they did. In a way they never did Dustin vs Cody as it was well you know that other gimmick vs Goldust. Since the announcement came down a few weeks ago I have been looking forward to this match just based on the style of build. The build for this match has really stuck out as a totally different feud then any other feud we have seen in recent wrestling. Dustin will take the victory as a form of awakening that he has done it all in his career now and can hang it up if he so chooses.
AAA World Tag Team Championship:
The Young Bucks (c) vs. Lucha Bros
Until today I didn't know this was going to be a match for the AAA Tag Team championships as this does raise the questions for the match. The reason for this is if AAA will let them decide the title change or if this was something that had been planned to allow a special switch on the big event sort of the way that they did it with the NWA World title at All In last September. Earlier I mentioned that the winner of the Best Friends vs Angelico and Jack Evans match would likely meet one of these teams next and that's why I selected the Best Friends. With the AAA title's aside I think the Lucha Bros will win to both establish them as the bad guys and also set up a fresh match against Best Friends at a later date. Mind you the Bucks will be booking AEW so I am unsure how active they will be in the ring or maybe that will change once the show comes to TNT.
Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega (Winner Earns Future World Title Shot)
The rematch everyone has wanted to see after they fought a year ago at Wrestle Kingdom. I have mentioned before how much I like Jericho's new entitled character as it is almost like an effortless gimmick for him which makes it even better. Right now we are starting from square one this is the first ever event in All Elite Wrestling and they will have the chance to set up there universe how they see fit. In my opinion this match can go either way with both men have legitimate reasons to get the victory. I think that Chris Jericho is the stable choice, because even though Kenny is a proven commodity he has proven that over in Japan and has not yet reached that point in the States, but he will. I would also be interested to see Jericho fighting the winner of the Casino Battle Royal for the title considering Jericho's status how he could immediately establish a new star with one match if they need him to.
It was rumored last month that wrestling could be finding it's home back on a station that formerly housed wrestling for over twenty years. Some fans may not be aware of the previous history that Turner Broadcasting had with wrestling other than it's association being World Championship Wrestling's parent company. Prior to WCW being on the network other wrestling companies called another property under the Turner umbrella home they include: Jim Crockett Promotions, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Universal Wrestling Federation, and World Wrestling Federation.
Originally WTBS was the home of wrestling in the early decades; but World Championship Wrestling wouldn't find a home on TNT until Monday Nitro was put on the table. From there wrestling went hand and hand with TNT until the end of the company in the spring of 2001, this also lined up with when both TNT & TBS were changing directions. Remember "We Know Drama!" In my opinion, a Turner property was the last place that that I thought AEW would end up based on their past in the wrestling business. Not much is known about the deal other than it does leave the door open for social media opportunities with Turner Broadcasting owning the Bleacher Report. The opportunities will begin on Saturday with Double or Nothing actually streaming on Bleacher Report Live.
Overall trying to figure out how it happened is unnecessary and would be a waste of time, because it being beside the point and the fact that I should just focus on them being on television. It is incredible to think that this fall we will have wrestling on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and I believe Friday with Smackdown moving back to the old day. Even though WWE & AEW will not be colliding head to head it will still change the wrestling world just based on another company will be on television and will be very different then the WWE. From here we need to wait and see what happens, but everything begins on Saturday May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Double or Nothing.
At this time we are almost a week away from the build finally reaching it's end when May 25 because the biggest day in the history of modern wrestling. For the last twenty years wrestling has been pretty much been a one company show, but back in January a new horse joined the race. It was announced during a press conference that All Elite Wrestling has officially become a promotion with the financial backing from the Khan Family specifically Tony Khan.
Back in September of last year we saw an incredible sight when for the first time in nearly two decades a company not named WWE sold out a 10,000 seat arena. Chicago played home to All In and with the success of the event it was the birth of what would become All Elite Wrestling. I am sure that Cody, Young Bucks, Brandi and others who have been directly involved in building this can't put into words how it feels to be this close to the final product. I for one am very excited to see what all this build will bring us on May 25 from MGM Grand Garden Arena. In my opinion, coming up on May 25, 2019 the wrestling business will change forever and even though we can't go back to a Monday Night War things will definitely change for the better when the MGM and even more so Las Vegas become All Elite.
It has been nineteen years since wrestling was on national television and the end of the Monday Night Wars. It's been five years since wrestling was on national television and a lot has changed in the years since both happened. Nineteen years ago World Championship Wrestling called the Turner networks home especially TNT as this was the home of Monday Nitro the company's flagship show. Spike TV had TNA Wrestling on the air starting two months after the WWE hightailed it back to USA Network. TNA called Spike home for a respectable nine years before being removed from the network.
Going back nineteen years to April 2000 when Turner had their upfront presentation for advertisers this is when they officially reveled the planned re-launch of TNT & TBS. Now fast forward to May 2019 and this time the presentation will likely be a lot more positive for wrestling. At this point various sites are reporting that All Elite Wrestling and Turner seem to be in advanced discussions for the company to begin airing Tuesday Night Dynamite in October.
As of right now we don't know too much about the upcoming program other than at this point the contract has yet to be signed. The only details we know is that Jim Ross will be on the announce team and the show will have a two hour run time. The contract could also include a "multi-platform" existence for AEW which means it will likely be available on other Turner Properties as well like Bleacher Report Live Stream. One rumor is that the weekly series could possibly not run all year round similar I would guess to how Lucha Underground has operated outside of the contracts; partially due to the fact that we aware of the type of contracts that AEW has in place currently.
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Though very early on most of us knew that Adam Page & Pac would collide at Double or Nothing following their confrontation at Press Conference back in January. Now at this point I don't think that they will be crowning a World Champion right away, but this match will set the stage for us to know what to except from the top talent in All Elite. I haven't seen Pac since he left the WWE, but I know he likely hasn't lost a step because I think he found his prime in the last year he was with the company. In reality there is no doubt that Pac is a very capable main event talent as he showed his potential but now he needs to break through.
The Wrestling Observer crowned Adam Page the most improved wrestler of the last twelve months and I would completely agree, because he has come very far in recent years. I remember Page as a youngster when he looked like a trucker, but now he has an identity and has all the potential in the world to be a leader in All Elite, but we need to see him in a major position as this will be his first chance to display his talent on a major scale.
Now looking at the other match listed being the Young Bucks and Lucha Bros and even though I mentioned it yesterday after seeing the Road to Double or Nothing episode I like the build of the match, but need to see more. Considering I don't think these two teams have ever faced each other I'd rather not have super high expectations, because it's tough to know if teams will click in the ring if they have never fought before. Though these two have very similar in ring styles that doesn't always mean that they will click in the ring and even though these are four of the best in the world I can't wait for the match.
Overall these two matches alone are making me very excited for the show and in my opinion I am more excited for Double or Nothing then I am for Wrestlemania this year just based on how lacking the big event feels this year. Now don't get me wrong I will not walk away from WWE or anything, but I really would love to see what All Elite have to offer as a company.
Following the departure of Kenny Omega from New Japan Pro-Wrestling last month it lead many fans to speculate if the former IWGP champion could remain with NJPW work with both promotions. However, within days of his title loss it was officially announced that New Japan would be sticking with Ring of Honor instead of joining forces with All Elite Wrestling. This isn't really surprising albeit a little disappointing, but I guess it's just a part of the bigger picture that has been coming together since the announcement of this brand new promotion.
One thing comes up from there is does this mean that AEW will not be working with CMLL down in Mexico either since that promotion has had a decades long working agreement with CMLL. However, with the signing of former AAA World Cruiserweight Champion and would hold the title until losing the championship to Laredo Kid on February 16, 2019. Though this could mean nothing but it could also set up a working agreement with the two fledgling wrestling promotions providing some stability for both companies. Now All Elite Wrestling has set up some sort of agreement with OWE or Oriental Wrestling Entertainment as members from the roster are a part of the company. It is unknown if there is an agreement in place or not but we do know that the Good Heart stable and Cima are among the names from OWE set to appear for AEW.
Overall though if the last few years have proven anything it's that both the companies and talent can benefit tremendously from working agreements it doesn't matter if it's ROH & NJPW or Evolve and WWE each company has been benefited in a variety of ways from there respective agreements and I think it's only a matter of time before AEW makes some of their own.