The AEW Fyter Fest took place on June 29 in partnership with the CEO Fighting Game Tournament in Florida. CEO, for the uninitiated, is a fighting game tournament in which the games are played in a real wrestling ring. The interaction makes sense. But instead of having AEW just hosting a show with the CEO, it went one step further as CEO organizer Alex Jebailey competed in a hardcore match against Michael Nakazawa had two at the CEO in 2018. The match was about as ridiculous as many had expected, with rivals trying to drown in a pool and using a variety of bizarre weapons. And since the event took place during a fight game tournament, some of the weapons contained video game accessories.
One of the most noteworthy spots for video game accessories came when Nakazawa hit Jebailey in the head with a GameCube controller. Nakazawa then wrapped the string around Jebailey's neck and strangled him while he pushed buttons on the controller. Jebailey slapped Nakazawa on the back with a brand-name fighting stick and threw Nakazawa on a pile of loose combat sticks.
] The match between Jebailey and Nakazawa was not the only match at the Fyter Fest that had video game references. For example, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks fought as Street Fighter characters disguised for their match, and they even used Hadoukens against their opponents. Jimmy Havoc played a shoryuken for Jungle Boy in the Four Way Match, and the commentators made several video game references throughout the night.
In the future, AEW will likely continue to have video game references in its shows. Finally, Kenny Omega is a great player who recently announced that he likes holding business meetings with humans while he plays Apex Legends and that his favorite video game series is Nintendo's Earthbound . Combine this with other top wrestlers and AEW executives who enjoy video games, and it's clear that the company will remain connected to the industry in the future.