The Opera rages on and Tom Lawlor looks to mock the legacy of the Von Erich family as MLW heads into 2020
Mance Warner opened this week’s episode of MLW Fusion with a message for Jimmy Havoc. He recapped their rivalry so far and focussed on his busted open forehead. He warned Havoc about their upcoming no rope barbed wire match in Texas and said he would be hitting the pay window this time.
Special Exhibition Match: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor defeated Rip Von Erich via submission
This was announced as an unsanctioned match as Lawlor came to the ring with a Von Erich t-shirt. He took the mic before “Rip” entered the arena. He said everyone just wants to talk to him about the Von Erichs and called them all dumb asses. He said he didn’t think Marshall and Ross are real members of the family anyway. He announced his opponent as “from the loins of Lance Von Erich”, to which the announcers correctly reminded us that Lance was not a real Von Erich.
Lawlor out powered and out weighted his much smaller opponent. He spun him in an aeroplane spin and choked him out with a chin lock with an Iron Claw to the forehead for good measure.
Lawlor acted relieved that his match was finally over and called for the ring announcer, who he called Joe Rogan, to give him a mic. He told “Rogan” to go do his podcast as he snatched the mic off him and told us he was undefeated against the Von Erichs and called them Hawaiian hill-billies.
This brought out Marshall and Ross but before they could get their hands on Lawlor, the Spirit Squad ran down and jumped the Von Erichs from behind. Lawlor took Marshall’s cowboy hat and paraded around the ring with it on. The Team Filthy cornerman also got involved in the beat down.
We saw a recap from two weeks ago when StrongHearts were attacked by CONTRA Unit during their interview.
Richard Holliday and Alexander Hammerstone were backstage earlier in the day talking about Gino Medina and how he could become the newest member of the Dynasty. Salina de la Renta then joined them and said there was nothing they could give Gino that she couldn’t… Hammerstone told her to stop cockblocking them.
Alicia Atout then interviewed Davey Boy Smith Jr. and asked him who the true power in MLW was between him and Alex Hammerstone? Smith said he shines in the technical and submission wrestling division, and that when the fatigue sets in, Smith will lock in a submission and make Hammerstone tap like the bitch that he is.
Opera Cup Semi-Final: Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Alexander Hammerstone (with Richard Holliday) via pinfall
MJF was on commentary and was brilliant throughout. They hyped this match as two powerhouses but they started chain wrestling and sizing each other up. After a back and forth contest, Smith Hulked up and hit the ten punches in the corner, big back body drop, big boot and the legdrop of doom but Hammerstone amazingly kicked out. Smith then hit three rolling Germans for another close near fall.
Hammer landed on his feet off a back suplex and went for the Nightmare Pendulum but Smith reversed it into a crossface. Holliday distracted Smith and got up on the apron, but Hammer accidentally knocked him off when he missed a big boot. Smith then hit a running power slam and a diving headbutt to pick up the win. Smith will face the winner of Timothy Thatcher and Brian Pillman Jr. (who face off in the next semi-final next week).
Smith offered a handshake after the match and it looked like Hammerstone was going for it, but Holliday pulled him away and sent him to the back.
Brian Pillman Jr. was then interviewed by Alicia Atout about his Opera cup match against Timothy Thatcher but was interrupted by Kotto Brazil. Brazil was fed up with everything being about the Hart Foundation in MLW. He said Injustice were undefeated and warned Pillman that he might not make it to next week’s semi-final.
We then had a CONTRA Unit propaganda video. Josef Samael warned everyone that you never see them coming. They called out the Hart Foundation and said #StrongHearts will also find out that they should not mess with the global dealers in violence.
The debut hype video for Erick Stevens then played before our main event.
CONTRA Unit (Jacob Fatu, Simon Gotch and Josef Samael) defeated #StrongHearts (CIMA, Shingehiro Irie and El Lindaman) via pinfall
After some back and forth between both teams, the action broke down into a 6-way brawl on the outside. Fatu chopped a ring post and was sent to the guard rail before he and Irie traded suicide dives onto each other. All three StronHearts then teamed up and got Fatu back inside. They chopped him but Fatu fought back with right hands. CIMA hit him with double knees from the top, Irie hit a rolling senton while he was draped on the middle rope and Lindaman hit a bridging delayed German suplex for the close near fall- only broken up by Gotch.
Lindaman then took out Samael with a somersault plancha to the outside. But inside Fatu caught CIMA with a pop up Samoan drop and a 300 lb top rope moonsault to pick up the pin and the victory for his team.
Before we went off the air, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor had a message for the Von Erichs. He said they were too dumb, stupid and idiotic to see what is coming next. He challenged them to face his “two-star students” next week, and put their belts on the line.