Night one of Fyter Fest 2020 is finally here and join us throughout as we provide updates from Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida.
Five matches have been announced for the show and the action will begin at 1 am BST. International viewers can catch all the action live on FITE.
The matches are as follows:
• Cody (c) vs. Jake Hager - TNT Championship
• "Hangman" Adam Page & Kenny Omega (c) vs. Best Friends - AEW World Tag Team Championships
• Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Penelope Ford - AEW World Women's Championship
• MJF & Wardlow vs. Jurassic Express
• Private Party vs. Santana & Ortiz
Jurassic Express def. MJF & Wardlow
MJF cut a promo before the match began and berated Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus.
The match started out with a bang as Jungle Boy and MJF charged at each other. The Salt Of The Earth dominated the opening moments as he and Mr. Mayhem used all the heel tactics in the book to pin Jungle Boy in their corner. Jungle Jack even managed to make a tag to Luchasaurus but it was behind the referee's back so Rick Knox ordered the 23-year-old to remain in the ring.
After several minutes, Jungle Boy used his athleticism to make the hot tag to Luchasaurus. Everyone's favourite dinosaur proceeded to demolish his opponents with Strikes, Heel Kicks and Leg Sweeps. Wardlow eventually regained his composure and he and Luchasaurus exchanged Strikes and Suplexes in the centre of the ring.
Jurassic Express gained the upper hand soon after as Jungle Boy landed two Suicide Dives and a Diving Senton to MJF on the outside. Luchasaurus followed up with his own Diving Senton to Wardlow on the outside.
The two teams exchanged counters in the centre of the ring soon after which involved Jungle Boy hitting MJF with a Canadian Destroyer and Wardlow connecting with a Hurricanrana on Luchasaurus.
The heels thought they had the match won as MJF Low Blowed Luchasaurus while the official's back was turned, but the dinosaur kicked out. Luchasaurus then kicked out again after Wardlow hit a Senton Bomb. MJF brought out the Dynamite Diamond Ring and tried to punch his opponent but missed and smashed Wardlow in the face instead. Jungle Boy dragged The Salt Of The Earth out of the ring leaving a staggered Mr. Mayhem easy prey for Luchasaurus who picked up the win after a Chokeslam and a Standing Moonsault.
Hikaru Shida def. Penelope Ford to retain the AEW World Women's Championship
Lance Archer and Joey Janela confronted each other after the commercial break.
Kip Sabian was ejected from ringside before the match even began after he pushed Hikaru Shida.
Both women exchanged offence in the opening minutes as the champion connected with a Running Knee while Ford landed a Springboard Elbow into the corner. This move allowed the challenger to take control of the matchup and she worked over Shida's arm and back during the ad break.
Penelope continued to dominate the match with what Chris Jericho described as "meat and potato offence." She locked in a Camel Clutch, raked the champion's back and stood on her hair. The broadcast returned from the ad break while Shida was trapped in the Camel Clutch. The champion fought out soon after but the challenger quickly reasserted her dominance.
Shida fought back into the bout after The Superbad Girl went for a Springboard Stunner but Hikaru countered into a Sleeper Hold. Shida then landed a Falcon Arrow but Ford countered into a pinning combination for a two count. The challenger hit the Stunner soon after but Shida kicked out again.
Greatly angered by the repeated kick-outs, Penelope went to pick up the title on the outside which distracted Aubrey Edwards. Suddenly, Kip Sabian charged to the ring with Shida's kendo Stick but failed to hit the champion. Penelope did connect with the Springboard Stunner though, but Shida powered out again.
The pace then quickened and Shida landed a second Falcon Arrow for a two count. The champion put the challenger away with a vicious Knee to the face moments later.
Cody def. Jake Hager to retain the TNT Championship
The two stars felt each other out in the early moments and Jake Hager quickly asserted his power advantage as he caught a Kick from Cody and tossed him into the corner. The two engaged in mat wrestling and tried to lock in Ankle Locks. Arn Anderson got involved in the matchup soon after as he berated Hager. This forced the action to the ringside area as Big Hurt pursued the enforcer which gave Cody the opening he needed to hit a Dive to the outside.
The action re-entered the ring moments later and The American Nightmare briefly gained the upper hand as he locked Hager in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Hager powered out but was noticeably hobbled. The action descended to the outside once again and Hager choked Arn Anderson and delivered a hellacious German Suplex to Cody.
Hager worked over Cody on the outside and in the ring during the commercial break. After we came back from the commercials, the Inner Circle member tried to throw Cody into the ring post but Arn Anderson stood in the way, displaying more heel tendencies for a man who is supposed to be a babyface.
This allowed the TNT Champion to gain the upper hand as he landed a Cutter on Hager for a two count. Cody followed up with a Powerslam for another two count and landed a Reverse DDT after Hager connected with a Hager Bomb.
The American Nightmare went to the top rope and his high-risk move ended in disaster as Hager charged up the corner and tossed Cody from the top rope. Hager locked in the Ankle Lock soon after but the move was broken after Dustin Rhodes charged to the ring to interfere.
This put Hager on the mat and the challenger locked Cody in an Arm Triangle Choke. The champion managed to shift his weight, however, and pinned the challenger's shoulders to the mat for the 1-2-3.
For someone who is supposed to be a babyface, Cody sure used a lot of underhanded tactics to pick up the win.
Private Party def. Santana & Ortiz
Chris Jericho was greatly angered on commentary after Orange Cassidy sat at the announcer's table to enjoy the next match. Le Champion was repeatedly distracted by The Freshly Squeezed One while calling the action.
Both teams took turns dominating the action in the opening minutes as Isiah Kassidy worked over Santana but Proud and Powerful gained the upper hand after he tagged in Ortiz.
The Inner Circle were in control during the commercial break but Private Party fought back into the match once the broadcast returned as Kassidy hit Ortiz with a Senton Bomb. He tagged in Marq Quen but Ortiz quickly landed a Liger Bomb from the top rope on Quen and Santana tossed him into the top rope.
Santana & Ortiz tried to pick up the win with Street Sweeper but Marq Quen pulled Santana's bandana over his eyes. This gave Private Party the opening they needed to hit Gin & Juice for the 1-2-3. Ortiz almost broke up the pin but wasn't fast enough to make the save.
Le Champion was absolutely enraged after a match, having witnessed his faction lose both of their matches. He went after Orange Cassidy but referees and enhancement talents were on hand to separate the two rivals ahead of their match next week.
Ahead of the main event, AEW announced Private Party will face the winners of "Hangman" Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Best Friends for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. The young promotion also announced Jon Moxley vs. Brian Cage for the AEW World Title will take place in two weeks at Fight For The Fallen. This comes after Moxley's wife Renee Young revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Night two of Fyter Fest is set to be taped tomorrow and the CDC recommends people quarantine for 14 days if they come into contact with someone who has coronavirus.
Taz came to the ring to cut a promo with his client and The Human Suplex Machine said Moxley just has a bad case of the chicken s***s and he may have taken a shot at WWE when he said AEW doesn't run a "sloppy shop."
"Hangman" Adam Page & Kenny Omega def. Best Friends to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships
Kenny Omega and Chuck Taylor engaged in chain wrestling in the early going. Hangman and Trent? then tagged in and used more of a smash-mouth style as they exchanged strikes. Best Friends worked over Hangman but the champion made a tag to The Cleaner after Suplexing Trent? onto his partner.
FTR made their way to the commentary table with deck chairs and a cooler filled with beer.
The champions worked over Trent? during the commercial break, using quick tags and tandem offence to great effect.
Best Friends fought back into the match after Chuck hit both Omega and Page with a Diving Senton over the top rope. Trent? followed up with a Tope Suicida to Omega and tossed him into the barricade with a Belly To Belly Suplex. This left Hangman alone to fend off both Taylor and Trent.
Omega was only out of commission for a minute and Hangman made it to the corner to tag in his partner. Kenny tried to hit his signature offence with the Moonsault from the middle rope but Trent got his knees up and connected with a Running Knee. The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion then hit both opponents with three Snap Dragon Suplexes and Hangman and Omega combined with their toss into a German Suplex. The champions tried to put Trent? away with their Buckshot Lariat-V-Trigger combination but Taylor pulled Omega out the ring and the challengers hit Strong Zero.
Kenny climbed through the ropes to make the save at the last moment and suffered a Spinning Piledriver from Taylor for his trouble. This allowed Hangman to regroup and he and Trent? fought back and forth in the centre of the ring and both stars almost picked up the win as Trent? locked in a Pinning Combination while Page connected with Dead Eye.
Moments later, Hangman hit Trent? with the Buckshot Lariat to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
FTR then made their way to the ring and offered the champions a beer. Hangman took it straight away and devoured the cold beverage. Kenny took the beer but refused to drink it and poured it on the floor. Omega and Dax Harwood almost brawled as a result but The Young Bucks separated them to end the show.