TV Party Tonight!: Fyter Fest (Part 2 – Results and Reaction)

Time for the second AEW event ever! Fyter Fest seems to be pitched as a less significant show than Double Or Nothing – which isn’t to say that there’s no stakes, but it’s being offered for free in the US and generally seems to be intended to provide build to All Out rather than being a destination in its own right.

 

It makes sense for AEW to offer free/reasonably-priced “B”-shows like this as a means of advancing its storytelling until its television deal starts and to provide an onramp for new viewers, and with WWE in the doldrums right now it feels like all AEW needs to do tonight to stay on course is to provide a decently entertaining show. Let’s see what’s in store…

As before, I’ll be on Discord (see the Fake Geek Fun Pit link to the right) if anyone else who’s watching live wants to join me.

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TV Party Tonight!: Fyter Fest (Part 1 – Predictions and Expectation)

Time for the second AEW event ever! Fyter Fest seems to be pitched as a less significant show than Double Or Nothing – which isn’t to say that there’s no stakes, but it’s being offered for free in the US and generally seems to be intended to provide build to All Out rather than being a destination in its own right.

 

It makes sense for AEW to offer free/reasonably-priced “B”-shows like this as a means of advancing its storytelling until its television deal starts and to provide an onramp for new viewers, and with WWE in the doldrums right now it feels like all AEW needs to do tonight to stay on course is to provide a decently entertaining show. Let’s see what’s in store…

As before, I’ll be on Discord (see the Fake Geek Fun Pit link to the right) if anyone else who’s watching live wants to join me.

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TV Party Tonight!: Double Or Nothing (Part 1 – Predictions and Expectation)

So, a week after a pretty good WWE show capped off by a real turd in the punchbowl of a main event finish, let’s strap in and prepare for what should be a real make or break event for AEW.

As Chris Jericho said on his podcast preview of the show, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and whilst AEW’s forthcoming TV show in the autumn will be the first impression they make on more casual fans, for the hardcore crowd Double Or Nothing will be that first impression – and it’s the buzz from that fanbase which has made AEW so hot to begin with. If the show sucks and the buzz cools off, it’s hard to see how that doesn’t add up to a major stumble on the part of AEW.

I wrote this post while watching the day-before-the-show press conference and weigh-in Friday evening. The idea of having a press conference associated with big events like this as a vehicle for storytelling is something AEW’s borrowing from NJPW, but the idea of including a weigh-in really helps with the “oh yeah, this is meant to be a quasi-sport isn’t it?” thing that AEW wants to have going on. I’ll add thoughts on the weigh-in as they come to me under the relevant matches.

As before, I’ll be on Discord (see the Fake Geek Fun Pit link to the right) if anyone else who’s watching live wants to join me.

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TV Party Tonight!: Money In the Bank 2019 (Part 1 – Predictions and Expectation)

This poster is probably my favourite thing that WWE has done since Wrestlemania.

I don’t watch Raw or Smackdown weekly anyway – preferring to read summaries – but since Wrestlemania I’ve also dropped 205 LiveNXT, and NXT UK from my weekly watch. In the case of 205 Live, I think the Cruiserweight Division is really suffering from the size of the division – there’s only so many times we can watch the same matches, and Tony Nese doesn’t inspire me all that much as a champion. With the NXT brands, I think I’m a little too heartbroken about my favourites being called up to the main roster and inevitably misused – I don’t want to get invested any more until that changes.

As for the main roster, despite a few things here and there which are fun (I like the tag team of Asuka and Kairi Sane and if Paige as an English-language mouthpiece is needed for Vince to give them a push, fine, and the Iiconics’ promo game has been excellent), it’s just left me entirely cold. It’s like Vince and the booking team only wrote up to Wrestlemania and gave no consideration to following on from that, which is bizarre because I am pretty sure once upon a time they used to plan much longer in advanced than that.

So, that being the case, why am I even planning to watch Money In the Bank? Well, next week there’s this little rinky-dink indie mudshow called Double Or Nothing which apparently has Vince spooked. I’d have hoped that WWE would up their game to give a memorable PPV here to perhaps engage with the competition – but either way, I’m going to look at how I feel about tonight’s show, I’m going to look at what AEW has to offer next week, and then I’m going to make some decisions about my viewing habits going forwards.

Oh, and I’ll be hanging out in the Nothin’ Means Nothin’ Discord if people want to chat during the PPV and preshow!

EDIT: Whoops, forgot notes on the two actual Money In the Bank matches. Have now added.

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