The first night of AEW Fyter Fest 2022 wrapped up with new AEW World Tag Team Champions being crowned as Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland pulled off the upset to beat both The Young Bucks and Team Taz to become new champions. Weeks after nearly splitting due to what seemed like a Strickland betrayal, the two were able to patch things up and work as a cohesive unit on Wednesday night. Lee cleared the ring late in the match by whacking both of the Bucks with one of Matt Jackson's shoes, then tossed Powerhouse Hobbs out of the ring with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Strickland then hit a Swerve Stomp on Ricky Starks to pick up the win.
The loss ends The Young Bucks' second reign as tag champs at 28 days, giving them the shortest reign in the championship's history. The pair became the first two-time AEW tag champs at Road Rager last month by beating Jurassic Express in a Ladder Match.
The pair then celebrated with the fans inside Savannah, Georgia's Enmarker Arena. One fan also snapped a photo of Tony Khan congratulating the pair.
Lee had fans worried about his status heading into the match as a tweet he posted on Tuesday night was worded in a way where fans were concerned about his health. He wrote, "Got some very much less than stellar news today....No matter the results, tomorrow's match belongs to my two brothers. It's all I can do until I return. Love you boys."
The tweet turned out to be a reference to an issue within Lee's family. Khan confirmed he'd still be on the show via a Busted Open Radio interview, saying, "I don't want to get into Keith's personal business. Keith is here, he is wrestling tonight. He had a family situation. It's not my place to talk about it. Keith is here and here to wrestle, as I understand it. I can't really comment on what is happening, but we're going to support him through what is happening,"
Fyter Fest will continue on next week's AEW Dynamite in Duluth, Georgia. Here are the confirmed matches for the show:
- Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Jericho (Barbed Wire Everything Match, The JAS will be suspended above the ring in a shark cage)
- Brody King vs. Darby Allin
- Christian Cage & Luchasaurus vs. The Varsity Blonds