AEW Fyter Fest 2019: Ranking each match
The spectacular success of Double or Nothing created high expectations. Though Fyter Fest was a comparatively smaller event, All Elite Wrestling still needed to prove that its maiden show wasn't a one-hit wonder. The hard work comes in producing consistent quality and to be a viable promotion. With weekly television a few months away, the upstart company needed to prove it was here to stay.
Despite a wobbly pre-show, AEW did just that. Once the main show got underway, no match failed to make at least a good impression. There wasn't anything of super brilliance at Double or Nothing, but each match was solid, and more importantly, there was no filler. All major storylines advanced, new ones were created, and no one looked bad even in defeat.
It was again, a refreshing contrast to the typical WWE formula. AEW isn't a one-hit wonder.
Let's take a look at each match in depth.
#9 Allie vs. Leva Bates
There's no getting around this. This was the sore thumb on the night and was a horrendous debut singles match for AEW's women's division. Leva Bates' librarian gimmick flopped at Double or Nothing and it flopped even worse last night. There was no heat to the promo, where Bates and her co-librarian, Peter Avalon told the crowd they needed to read more. This gimmick needs to be gotten rid of with all due speed.
Allie was far from impressive, either. The entire match felt disjointed as the two competitors showed zero chemistry with one another. The spots with Peter Avalon and the books felt very forced and the ending fell flat.
It was easily the worst match to take place under the AEW banner so far. Hopefully, Tony Khan and the Elite are parsing over what went wrong here and will make the necessary changes.