Welcome to the first part of the Fyter Fest Week 1 report, staged at the Enmarket Arena in Savannah, GA. Between Wardlow's first titled defence, a vitriolic promo by Chris Jericho and the main event between Jon Moxley and Japanese star Konosuke Takeshita, there was meat on the AEW home this week as well.
TNT Championship Match: Wardlow vs Orange Cassidy. The show opens with new champion Wardlow and "Freshly Squeezed" Orange Cassidy, one of the biggest fans on the entire roster for months. Despite the obvious difference in size, Cassidy shows determination and tenacity but is forced to give up after a prodigious powerbomb that delivers the victory to the reigning champion.
Orange Cassidy challenged Wardlow
At the end of the match, Wardlow greets Cassidy as a sign of respect, acknowledging his commitment. The cameras return to the ring where we see Chris Jericho addressing the audience claiming he is a business legend and is fed up with the complaints of Eddie Kingston, who has repeatedly promised to make him bleed.
The two will face off next week in the first Barbed Wire Deathmatch in AEW history, but the Canadian reminds him of an important detail: while Eddie has never participated in a match like this in his career, he took part in the very first Barbed Wire held in Canada.
Jericho promises him that in seven days he will have to deal with the "Painmaker", his alter ego who's currently undefeated in AEW. And once he defeats him, he won't be able to take refuge in the excuses of alcoholism, depression and mental health problems.
Yet another vitriolic promo that demonstrates how Jericho is untouchable at the microphone. Backstage we see Eddie Kingston alongside Ruby Soho, still sore from last week's attack, and Ortiz, sporting a new cut after being almost completely shaved.
He promises him that next week he will taste his blood and put an end to their rivalry once and for all. AEW Interim World Title Eliminator Match: Jon Moxley vs Konosuke Takeshita Great return to AEW of the Japanese star Konosuke Takeshita, who comes close to winning several times thanks to his acrobatic manoeuvres.
As William Regal defines it at the commentary table, it is a fight between angry pit bulls: Takeshita's determination, on the one hand, and Moxley's aggression on the other. It is the defending champion who wins after submitting him with a Bulldog Choke.
The audience sings the chorus "This is Awesome" and William Regal warns CM Punk, warning him that once he returns he will have to face Jon Moxley, now in a state of grace.