Hanging In The Balance... Four of AEW's Top Prospects Collide This Saturday!
“Fyter Fest” is just one day away; Saturday night June 29th in Daytona Beach, the wrestlers of AEW return to action as part of the CEO Fighting Game Championships, and all the action will be broadcast on B/R Live (AEWonBRLive.com) ABSOLUTELY FREE!
With The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega versus The Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid in a 6-Man Tag on the card, with Cody taking on Darby Allin, with Yuka Sakazaki, Riho, & Nyla Rose in a Triple Threat, with everything else on tap for this event, it is hard to speculate which match will be THE match that steals the show.
But without question there is one match that quietly sits there, okay maybe quietly is not the best word considering one of the men involved is MJF, maybe under the radar is a better descriptor. Either way, the Four Corner Match between MJF, Jungle Boy, Jimmy Havoc, and “Hangman” Adam Page could mark the biggest change to the immediate future of All Elite Wrestling.
After coming out the winner of the Casino Battle Royale at “Double or Nothing”, eliminating Luchasaurus and MJF back-to-back, Page is positioned as one-half of the AEW World Championship bout, opposite Chris Jericho, scheduled for the sold-out “All Out” event on August 31st in Chicago. That fact alone lays a weight on this bout that no other contest scheduled for “Fyter Fest” will be feeling, and that says nothing of the pressure it places on Page when he steps between the ropes this Saturday night. He finds himself on the precipice of history, on the doorstep of becoming the very first All Elite Wrestling World Champion AND beating a modern legend in Chris Jericho in the process.
That is not hyperbole, that is not merely hype for the upcoming match, that is a simple fact of the position “Hangman” has earned. And as possibly noticed by the eagle-eyed viewers of Episode 156 of “Being The Elite” (Watch Here), THAT is one match he is already deep in preparation for, yet THIS match could potentially shift THAT.
Before the ramifications of this match are even addressed though, it is necessary to look at the other three men involved here. First up, the loudest voice in the room, the man who has found a way to infuriate every human he has ever encountered in his wrestling life, and probably outside wrestling as well, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, MJF. This is a man who, despite being the last one eliminated from the Casino Battle Royale by Page, still took umbrage with the official AEW World Title presentation later in the night, and verbally lambasted the legendary Hall of Famer Bret Hart. Suffice it to say, he more than earned an ass kicking from Page, Jimmy Havoc, and Jungle Boy for his words. But, as is abundantly clear to anyone who has paid attention to MJF for more than five minutes, nothing shuts his mouth for long. and he seems to respect no one (save Cody). Just look at Episode 158 of “BTE” (Watch Here) and how he arrogantly applies a Sharpshooter to a poor faux Adam Page after Walter hit him in the knee with a chair!
Then there is Jungle Boy, who shockingly eliminated Ace Romero in the Casino Battle Royale, but ultimately was eliminated himself by Jimmy Havoc. It speaks to the strength of both men's character though that they would later unite in an attempt to teach MJF that aforementioned lesson. In the weeks since, Jungle Boy has spent a great deal of his time in the company of Luchasaurus...more specifically riding the shoulders of the man with the Master's degree. What sort of preparation this has provided Jungle Boy is anyone's guess, but this 22 year old man has more than shown his capabilities over the course of a wrestling career whose foundation was first built in 2009 when he was just 12 years old!
Jimmy Havoc, the man who not only eliminated Jungle Boy in the Casino Battle Royale but also Tommy Dreamer, marks the fourth corner of the square here. His presence in this match offers up an entirely different vibe than any other person in the AEW locker room likely would; the track record of his wrestling career is a clear indicator of that fact. Search Jimmy Havoc and you will see words such as “Deathmatch”, “Light Tube”, “No DQ”, “Barbed Wire”, and “Hardcore” as part & parcel of his match history. It was a flavor Jimmy brought to “Double or Nothing” when he pulled out a staple gun in response to the plunder Dreamer carted to ringside with him. This Dartford, Kent native is the definition of chaotic and in that may lie the ultimate key to his success in this match specifically, and in AEW as a whole.
Now, with the four corners of this square defined, what does the outcome of this match potentially mean for the future of AEW? With an Adam Page victory in this One Fall battle, nothing changes. There is no question as to who is the most deserving man for the title bout at “All Out”; but if any other man picks up the victory, ESPECIALLY if that man gets the win over “Hangman”, then the foundation unquestionably shifts.
The questions will begin to flourish: “yes Page EARNED that title match with the 'CBR' victory, but does he DESERVE it?” or “Yes, Page technically earned the title match with Jericho, but maybe Jungle Boy or Jimmy Havoc or...ugh, MJF...should be the guy instead?”. And those are just a couple examples of the questions that will mount from fans, perhaps even within AEW itself, yet it says nothing of the questions, the doubts that may creep into the heart and soul of Adam Page if he takes the “L” on Saturday night.
Will he question his own worthiness to be in that championship position? Will a loss here make Page falter in the most important match of his life come August 31st? Will it eat away at him while it simultaneously motivates the winner to greater heights? That is what hangs in the balance here: the future of Adam Page, the possible future of the AEW World Title, the future of MJF, Jungle Boy, and Jimmy Havoc...it all hinges on what happens in just a few short days when AEW comes to Daytona Beach for “Fyter Fest” live & totally free on B/R Live!
AEW & CEO GAMING Present Fyter Fest Saturday, June 29th Daytona Beach, Florida. Visit the official Fyter Fest website for tickets and info. This event will be streaming on the B/R Live app FREE OF CHARGE when it takes place on June 29th!
How To Watch: Click Here
Fyter Fest Card:
• Michael Nakazawa vs. Alex Jebailey (hardcore match)
• Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) vs. SoCal Uncensored (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen)
• Cody vs. Darby Allin
• Christopher Daniels vs. CIMA
• Yuka Sakazaki vs. Riho vs. Nyla Rose
• Adam Page vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Jungle Boy vs. MJF
• The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero M and Fénix) and a mystery partner
• Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela (Non-Sanctioned Match)
AEW Present Fight For The Fallen Saturday, July 13th Jacksonville, Florida. This event will be streaming on the B/R Live app FREE OF CHARGE when it takes place on July 13th!
Fight For The Fallen Card:
• Chris Jericho Appearing
• The Young Bucks vs. Cody & Dustin Rhodes
• Kenny Omega vs. CIMA
• Brandi Rhodes vs. Allie
AEW Present ALL OUT Saturday, August 31st Chicago, Illinois.
All Out Card:
• Adam Page vs. Chris Jericho (AEW World Championship)
• Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley