The Hart Foundation and CONTRA feud raises to another level as the gold is up for grabs
We opened with a CONTRA Unit vs Hart Foundation hype video ahead of tonight’s main event between Brian Pillman Jr and Jacob Fatu. This is all leading to an inevitable Fatu vs Davey Boy Smith Jr. match down the road, which in my opinion will be fantastic.
Dominic Garrini defeated Zenshi via pinfall
Lawlor came out before the match with his new theme tune with the lyrics “I Have Come To Kill You” playing over and over. He took the mic and riled up the Dallas crowd by taunting them about the Von Erichs but the crowd were chanting for him to take his Von Erich t-shirt off, and he obliged, but not before spitting on it and shoving it down the front of his pants. He threw the shirt to the crowd but the Von Erich faithful threw it back akin to John Cena at ECW One Night Stand.
Styles make fights and this one worked really well. Zenshi tried to flip, roll and leap around the ring in the early going, but Garrini matched him and used his ground game to keep a hold of Zenshi, not necessarily gaining a firm upper hand, but he didn’t let Zenshi run wild like he usually does. Zenshi eventually got some offence in, but it felt like every high flying move Zenshi tried, Garrini was there to catch him and reverse into a submission hold.
He built some momentum and hit a pair of sentons on the mat, but when attempting a standing shooting star press Garrini locked him in a head and arm lock. Garrini then took control with kicks and stomps to Zenshi’s arm but the high flier fought back with a somersault dropkick in the corner. Zenshi then leveraged Garrini out the ring then hit his delayed springboard top rope crossbody to the outside.
Garrini then caught Zenshi front flipping off the top rope and again stomped at the arm. The referee held up the “X” sign and a medic entered the ring but Garrini kept going and quickly hit a German Suplex into a sit-out armbar that he calls the “Mighty Mouse”, and due to the already injured arm the referee called for the bell straight away.
Alicia Atout interviewed Garrini and Lawlor after the match. She asked if Garrini may have gone over the top, but Lawlor butted in, called her Joe Rogan and said Garrini did nothing wrong and Team Filthy will continue to show no mercy from now on.
We saw a video from earlier in the day when Brian Pillman Jr. and Davey Boy Smith Jr. were jumped by some of CONTRA’s new Sentai death squad members as they entered the building. The Hart Foundation seemed to fight them off before the camera cut away.
Another video from earlier in the day saw Alicia Atout interviewing the Dynasty. MJF said Holliday’s lawyer SLASH his father has organised for next week’s MLW Fusion episode to be produced by the Dynasty where every match will have a Dynasty member wrestling: Gino Medina will face Septimo Dragon, MJF and Holliday will face the Von Erichs in a rematch for the tag titles, and Alex Hammerstone will defend his National Openweight title against Aerostar.
Alicia Atout had a busy day before the show as she had also caught up with Savio Vega before cameras were rolling. He had his Caribbean championship with him and said he represented all the Caribbean people, but Holliday represents the cowards and he wants to take Alicia salsa dancing.
Richard Holliday defeated Savio Vega via pinfall
MJF was on commentary for this match and he said Vega reminded him of Kwang, only if Kwang got really old, really fat, and really Puerto Rican. He also said no-one wrestles in the Caribbean, they only vacation so no-one cares about his championship.
They played up last year’s match between Hammerstone and Vega where Hammer dropped Vega directly on the knees and injured him with the Nightmare Pendulum, but of course, MJF couldn’t remember, but the commentary team said Vega hadn’t forgotten and was out for revenge here.
Holliday caught Vega with a dropkick early on but Vega rallied back and clotheslined him to the outside. Vega beat him around ringside before rolling him back in but missed his spinning heel kick moments later when Holliday held onto the ropes causing Vega to land hard on the mat. Holliday then hit a big boot and his twisting neck breaker suplex he calls the “2008” and picked up the win.
After the match, Holliday took the Caribbean title with him and left alongside MJF.
Backstage the Von Erichs met the Hart Dynasty and wished Pillman luck for his title match tonight. Pillman took them up on their offer of advice on fighting Fatu.
A Killer Kross hype video aired. After the news this week it looks like he will only be making one appearance in MLW before moving to Florida.
They then had a video for the announcement of MLW’s newest partner promotion: Dragon Gate and then a video for the return of LA Park who will be back in action very soon.
They then showed the finish to last week’s match between Myron Reed and Drago where the referee botched the pinfall and had to count the pinfall twice. They played it up to the storyline between Injustice and MLW and the announcer’s told us that MLW has agreed to have more thorough refereeing in MLW. We were told there will be grading for referees and the higher graded referees will be appointed the more important matches.
Alicia Atout then caught up wth Mance Warner. She asked him for his take on the Dynasty, and he replied with one word (and after drinking his light beer) “A**holes”. She agreed that was quite to the point. Warner agreed, gave her a light beer and walked off.
Zenshi then said he out for revenge for Dominic Garrini trying to injure him earlier in the night.
MLW Wotld Title: Champion Jacob Fatu defeated Brian Pillman via pinfall to retain the title
Fatu rushed Pillman as the ref was handing the belt over at ringside but his early advantage didn’t last too long, he missed a sit-down splash so Pillman fired up and had the champion grounded, but Fatu shook that off and knocked Pillman back down to take advantage again.
Pillman went for a middle rope slingshot crossbody, but Fatu caught him and slammed him with a swinging ura nage. Similar to his latest matches in MLW, Pillman didn’t give up and kept on fighting. He came back and hit Fatu with a superkick, flying forearm and hit a successful springboard crossbody from the top rope this time.
We saw Davey Boy Smith Jr. fighting with more of CONTRA’s Sentai death squad but he was helped out by the Von Erich brothers as Fatu missed a spear and hit the ring post in the ring.
Pillman hit Air Pillman and went to the top to finish off Fatu, but Josef Samael distracted the referee and Jordan Oliver and Kotto Brazil of Injustice came to ringside, but Pillman cross-bodied them instead of Fatu! However, Myron Reed was lurking in the shadows and clocked Pillman with his Middleweight title and rolled Pillman back into the ring where Fatu hit his handspring moonsault but Pillman somehow kicked out! But moments later, and after TWO double jump top rope moonsaults, Fatu pinned Pillman and retained his world title.