Chris Jericho took to Twitter and posted a storyline tweet that said he is pulling out of AEW Fyter Fest due to the decision to stream the event on B/R Live for free.
Jericho wrote, “In protest of @KennyOmegamanX, @CodyRhodes, @NickJacksonYB & @MattJackson13‘s foolish decision to give the #FyterFest live stream away to @AEWrestling fans for free, I am pulling out of the event. I refuse to be associated w such shameless pandering.”
In an update on the free Fyter Fest stream, B/R Live will air the event on Saturday, June 29 at 8pm ET. The event will be free to B/R Live subscribers who are logged in, but it is free to join the site.
Jericho is scheduled to face “Hangman” Adam Page at AEW’s All Out pay-per-view on Saturday, August 31 near Chicago. That match will crown the first-ever AEW World Heavyweight Champion.
Fyter Fest, from AEW and CEO Gaming, will take place on Saturday, June 29 from Daytona Beach, Florida. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday at 12 noon ET.
All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes spoke with ComicBook.com about the decision to air the event on B/R Live instead of traditional pay-per-view, noting that this was a huge discussion for the company. Rhodes said he’s thrilled to show the event for free.
“I’m thrilled that we get to do it for free,” Rhodes said. “That was such a huge discussion and I’m so excited. I mean, [you get Jon] Moxley’s first match in AEW for free. It’s great. The people at B/R Live, I couldn’t ask for better partners.”
Rhodes suggested fans get logged in before the event begins, just to make sure they’re good to go.
“You do need a subscription, but it is a free subscription,” Rhodes explained. “It’s not a hook in and you’re charged type of deal. You’ll need to probably, if you’re looking to see Fyter, and it’s streaming for free here in the United States, you should go on the site before the actual event, get yourself signed up so you’ve got all your ducks in a row and you’re ready to go.”
Below is the current Fyter Fest card:
Jebailey vs. Michael Nakazawa
The Elite (The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega) vs. Rey Fenix, Pentagon Jr. and a mystery partner
Cody Rhodes vs. Darby Allin
Jon Moxley’s AEW in-ring debut vs. Joey Janela
“Hangman” Adam Page vs. MJF vs Jungle Boy vs. Jimmy Havoc
Yuka Sakazaki vs. Riho vs. Nyla Rose
Christopher Daniels vs. Cima
Source: Wrestling Inc.