By Jake Barnett, ProWrestling.net Co-Senior Staffer (@barnettjake)
AEW Dynamite “Fyter Fest Night Two” (Episode 95)
Garland, Texas at the Curtis Culwell Center
Aired live July 21, 2021 on TNT
The Dynamite intro aired, and Chris Jericho made his entrance to open the show. JR, Tony Schiavone, and Excalibur joined on commentary. The crowd sang along to Judas. The Pinnacle’s music hit, and Shawn Spears entered with a chair, and was accompanied by Tully Blanchard. MJF’s music then hit and he joined in on commentary.
1. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Spears: Jericho disarmed Spears early on and sent him into the corner. He landed some kicks, and then picked up the chair. Referee Aubrey Edwards took it away from him and placed it in the corner. Spears fired back with some chops, but Jericho cut him off with a clothesline and sent him to the floor into the barricade. He then chopped spears on the floor, and tossed him into the barricade opposite the hard camera.
Jericho grabbed a ringside camera and showed a first person perspective of Spears. The crowd chanted for Jericho, and he got back in the ring. Jericho knocked Spears off the apron, and then gloated a bit. Spears pulled a chair from under the ring and threw it into Jericho’s head as he attempted a springboard dropkick. Jericho got his hands up. Spears pounced on Jericho and landed some strikes from a mounted position.
Spears picked up Jericho, who landed an enziguri. MJF insisted Jericho had cheated on commentary. He then went up top, but Spears met him up there and tossed him back into the ring. Spears then dragged Jericho over to the post and wrapped his bad arm around it. He then struck the bad arm with his chair. Spears pressed the advantage, but Jericho turned things around with a clothesline and a top rope dropkick.
In the corner, Jericho placed Spears on the top rope and landed some mounted punches. He then landed a huracarrana from the top rope. Jericho gloated, and that gave Spears time to get up and land some punches. He then wedged the chair into the corner. Jericho replied with some chops, and hit the ropes. Spears popped him up and landed a sitout powerbomb for a two count. Spears then grabbed another chair and smashed it across Jericho’s back.
Spears taunted and teased another chair shot, but Jericho tripped him up and applied the Walls of Jericho. Tully jumped up on the apron while Spears tapped out. He then grabbed the nearby chair, but couldn’t make use of it immediately. Sammy Guevara ran down and cleared Tully from ringside, but never hit him. Tully whiffed on a few punches. In the ring, Spears used the chair to get out of the hold and landed his C4 Death Valley Driver for a near fall.
Aubrey Edwards checked on Jericho while Spears placed his chair on the top turnbuckle. He picked up Jericho for another C4, but Jericho slipped out and sent Spears into the chair he had previously set up in the corner. He then hit the Judas Effect and got the pin.
Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Spears at 10:47
MJF got on the mic immediately after the match to congratulate Jericho, and was angry that Sammy got involved. He said since Jericho doesn’t like the rules, next week would be in a no disqualification match with a man who has no respect for the rules. He said his next opponent has stabbed a man in the jugular, and robbed a bank with no mask. MJF then brought out Nick Gage, who will be Jericho’s next labor. The announce team ran down the rest of tonight’s card. Frankie Kazarian is up against Doc Gallows next…[c]
My Take: Nick Gage in a No DQ match is an announcement that will make a lot of hardcore fans really happy. How many people outside the wrestling bubble will know what they are getting into is pretty small. I’m not sure how much of the hardware store based ultraviolence we’re going to get on TNT, but it is what Gage is known for. As for the match, it was a good opener, but I think I expected a bit more chair involvement than what was there. Leave it to Spears to get the ultimate advantage for his character and have it backfire on him.