On Wednesday night, AEW held their first night of Fyter Fest. It was a massive show for the third year in a row as it would feature two title matches, the hype from Malakai Black‘s debut last week, and a Coffin match main event. Here are the AEW Fyter Fest results for night one featuring analysis and match ratings to boot.
AEW Fyter Fest Results & Match Ratings (7/14/21): Night One
— IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Karl Anderson
Winner: Jon Moxley
Rating: 3.00 (***)
— FTW Championship: Brian Cage (c) vs. Ricky Starks
Winner: Ricky Starks
Rating: 3.25 (***1/4)
— Matt Hardy vs. Christian Cage
Winner: Christian Cage
Rating: 2.25 (**1/4)
— Sammy Guevara vs Wheeler Yuta
Winner: Sammy Guevara
Rating: 2.75 (**3/4)
— Penelope Ford vs. Yuka Sakazaki
Winner: Yuka Sakazaki
Rating: 2.75 (**3/4)
— Darby Allin vs. Ethan Page in a Coffin Match
Winner: Darby Allin
Rating: 4.00 (****)
AEW Fyter Fest Results: In-Depth Match Analysis
IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Karl Anderson
“Wild Thing” has officially returned to AEW and was ready to defend his IWGP United States Championship. The returning Jon Moxley opened up the night for Fyter Fest as he walked his way down to the ring from the crowd with everyone screaming at the top of their lungs. It was instant that this was a special night for everyone and Karl Anderson was going to need a special performance to uncrown the unbeatable champion. These two battled a bit around the ring as Eddie Kingston removed Doc Gallows from ringside quickly. What was notable was that the match was held under NJPW rules, meaning the 20 count gave them some leeway on the outside. It wasn’t until the match got back into the ring that it really heated up.
At one point, Anderson would hit a Sit-Down Tombstone Piledriver on Moxley for an intense two count. He would even hit the Gun Stun on Moxley but was never able to get the cover. The match ultimately ended when Moxley hit the Death Rider DDT (NJPW name for the Paradigm Shift DDT) to pin Anderson in the middle of the ring.
The bout between these two was an enjoyable one as it opened to the hot crowd and showed that Anderson very well could have taken the title home to NJPW when he and Gallows return this Friday. That was not the case as Moxley proved he’s that great as champion. The IWGP United States Champion will be facing Lance Archer next week in a rematch from their Wrestle Kingdom 14 match. Moxley and Archer should have one of the best AEW matches all year if it mirrors their NJPW version.
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