WRESTLING RECAP

A Splash of Orange Juice: AEW Fyter Fest Night 2 Recap

Last week on the show, Cody defeated Jake Hager (is he wearing fight shorts or boxer briefs?); the main event featured the greatest wrestling entrance of all-time; Santana & Ortiz and Private Party distinguished themselves as (hopefully) the future of AEW’s tag team division; and Penelope Ford and Hikaru Shida…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Two American for Just One Night: NXT’s Great American Bash Rolls On

Is WWE still bad? For sure. Over the past week we’ve seen zero changes in their approach to COVID-19 and employee safety, or any further action taken against the remaining roster members accused of sexual assault. In fact, one of them seems to be getting a huge push on SmackDown…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

NJPW Review: New Japan Cup 2020 Quarterfinals and Semifinals

FanFyte’s regular New Japan Pro Wrestling coverage begins at the end of NJPW’s series of no-audience shows: the quarterfinals and semifinals of the NJPW World Special New Japan Cup 2020. These shows featured some exciting matches, some confusing submission choices, and a post-excursion return that somehow combined the energy of…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

FOLLOW US

Patriotism Loses: 4 Highs from NXT’s Great American Bash Night 1

It’s been a few weeks for wrestling. On the heels of talent testing positive for COVID-19, and the reveal that many workers hadn’t been getting tested at all, WWE also faced down multiple serious allegations of sexual assault leveled against various employees. While many of those accused have been let…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

A Tepid Toast: AEW Fyter Fest Night 1 Recap

Last week on the show, Luchasaurus and Wardlow fought like Godzilla and Mothra while Best Friends dressed for the job they want; Colt Cabana snapped his losing streak with the help of Mr. Brodie Lee; Pentagon and Fenix returned to the most stacked tag team division in all of pro…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Outgunned: AEW Dynamite Recap

Last week on the show, Cody won a very good match absolutely no one expected him to lose against Marq Quen; FTR made their All Elite Wrestling debut against a team of reformed leather daddies; Colt Cabana appeared to seriously consider joining the Dark Order; and Orange Cassidy was bludgeoned…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

WWE Backlash Recap and Review

Well, this show happened. Some ups, some downs, some head scratching moments. A mixed bag filled with an acid-trip in the PC parking lot, more near-falls than you can shake a stick at, and the most TV time some of these NXT recruits will ever see. United States Championship: Apollo…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Twenty Pounds of Blood Oranges (and Tony Hawk): AEW Dynamite Recap

Week to week, it’s kind of difficult to figure out a way to contextualize an episode of AEW Dynamite. We’re long past the point where there’s something novel about there being another wrestling show on a major broadcast network, and everyone has decided to push the potential consequences of wrestling…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Upload This to a Police Snitching App: AEW Dynamite Recap

It is hard to know where to begin this review of AEW Dynamite. Fanfyte took last month off of regular coverage of televised wrestling as a means of responding to WWE and AEW’s decisions to shoot live shows during a pandemic. That pandemic is still a going concern, and watching…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

No Wives, No Brothers, No Chance: WCW Recap 5/22/00

This is my third week of following WCW, and I gotta say, I get it now. I get why this company didn’t make it. For all the talent they have on the roster, I’ve never seen someone so determined to make the same mistakes over and over as Russo and…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Punching A Millionaire To Avenge Your Mom: A Judgement Day 2004 Recap

2020 sucks, so let’s travel back to May 16, 2004. At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, WWE Judgement Day features John Cena as a young up-and-comer, the Undertaker as an aging diva, and Eddie Guerrero as world champion. The show, which runs just over two and a half…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

New Champs and Family Drama: WCW Recap 5/15/00

WCW has been tripping over their own feet recently, with booking more convoluted than the final season of Game of Thrones. This week we’re building towards the Great American Bash, and it’s father vs son, uncle vs nephew, Scott Steiner vs the English language. House of Shared Pain After having…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Sweat, Tears, and Mysterious Red Liquid: WCW Recap 5/8/00

Welcome to Let’s Pretend It’s Any Year Other Than 2020, where the Fanfyte crew talks about wrestling from May in other, better years. Wrestling is somehow still continuing during this current time period, but let’s not dwell on that, because every second I spend remembering it’s 2020 makes me want…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

A Retirement Party Where Everything Blows Up: FMW 6th Anniversary Recap

Welcome to Let’s Pretend It’s Any Year Other Than 2020, where the Fanfyte crew talks about wrestling from May in other, better years. There’s been a lot of Atsushi Onita coverage on Fanfyte lately. I wrote about his exploding ring death match against Terry Funk as an example of the…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

The Head is Where the Brain Lives, and Other Lessons from WCW Slamboree 2000

[Ed note: As I’ve mentioned a few places before, I’m really uncomfortable with the fact that wrestling has continued happening amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Fanfyte has suspended weekly coverage of new wrestling for the time being, since, you know, there shouldn’t be any new wrestling right now! Since it’s incredibly…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Nothing is Over Until You’re Underground: AEW Dynamite Recap

As the world keeps spinning, everything stays in place. Although we’ve had a few key debuts in AEW over the past several weeks, its entire creative world seems in stasis. Blood & Guts has been indefinitely postponed—which is most certainly not a complaint—so the show’s main storyline has been put…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Darby Allin Is a Foot Freak: AEW Dynamite Recap

You may not know this from Fanfyte VCR or any of the non-COVID-19 related wrestling coverage I’ve done during These Uncertain Times, but I feel like my enjoyment of professional wrestling—current American professional wrestling at least—is at an inflection point. WWE isn’t just bad—they’re an active blight on American culture.…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

A Place Behind the Waffle House: AEW Dynamite Recap

In the midst of a barrage of maddeningly unnecessary empty arena shows (sorry to continue beating a proverbial dead horse), last week’s Dynamite was mostly an unexpected highlight. Hikaru Shida and Dr. Britt Baker had an awesome match, the opening round for the TNT Championship getting underway gave the show…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

Tony Schiavone Said “Hentai” on TNT: AEW Dynamite Recap

Other people have said it. And said it. And said it again. They’ve said it better than I could, in so many different ways, and I’m still here to say once again that the task of writing about professional wrestling right now is a bizarre one. I wonder what it…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING

The Life and Times of Sammy Guevara’s Phone: AEW Dynamite Recap

After a fair-to-middling Dynamite of little consequence (featuring an awesome AAA Mega Championship match and Chris Jericho yelling at a drone), more state governments are fighting COVID-19 with shelter in place orders. Apparently before the shutdowns went into effect, AEW filmed a bunch of content to last the next few…

READ MORE >

WRESTLING