With Tom Lawlor’s future in MLW uncertain, can he overcome Davey Boy Smith Jr in tonights main event?
We opened backstage with Filthy Tom Lawlor and the Von Erich brothers: Marshall and Ross. Lawlor said he might only be here for a few more weeks but he has big business with Davey Boy Smith Jr tonight. Marshall, and then Lawlor, both asked Ross if he has their back tonight in their matches, with Ross replying “of course, we are all brothers”.
Rich Bocchini and AJ Kirsch then welcomed us to Orlando and hyped up tonight main event between Lawlor and Smith Jr.
Marshall Von Erich (with Ross Von Erich) defeated Ikuro Kwon of CONTRA Unit (with Josef Samael) by disqualification
A good quick match that built up the eventual announcement of Marshall vs Jacob Fatu on Thanksgiving night. They played up the revenge story here as it was Ikuro Kwon who “blinded” Marshall by spitting mist into his eyes earlier this summer. This caused Marshall to miss seeing the birth of his son.
Kwon jumped Marshall as he was making his way around the ring high-fiving fans with a suicide senton. After Samael had instructed Kwon to attack, the newest CONTRA Unit member hit a flurry of strikes to Marshall’s chest and abdomen before hitting a nice spin kick to the back of the head. Kwon’s kicks continued but Marshall caught him with a discus lariat to stop him in his tracks. A spine buster followed soon after, but before he could fully lock in the Iron Claw, Josef Samael jumped in the ring and attacked for the disqualification.
Ross quickly came in to even the odds and the new MLW tag team champions quickly cleaned house of CONTRA Unit.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Dynastic saw Richard Holliday Facetiming with MJF talking about Maxwell’s botched Botox injections. Holliday jumped in horror as MJF revealed his barley noticeable abnormalities. Alexander Hammerstone then came in with a gift train for them both, MJF wished for another Burberry scarf, Holliday wanted REALLY big Air Pods, but Hammer couldn’t reveal their gifts yet, but said it was the biggest gift MLW has ever seen.
Bocchini and Kirsch hyped up the upcoming Opera Cup with two of the four opening-round matches being announced: Brian Pillman Jr. vs TJP and the Dynasty will explode when MJF takes on Alexander Hammerstone.
Before the bell, Holliday told the crowd they were breathing verified air, before his lawyer / his father phoned him and he took the call via his AirPods. He called Garrini and James’ Krav Maga “Krav Ma-garbage” before calling himself the “AirPod God” and Hammer’ “Meatcastle of the Dynasty”.
Dominic Garrini & Douglas James defeated Alexander Hammerstone and Richard Holliday of the Dynasty by count-out
Garrini and James continued their string of impressive performances in MLW here. They both looked really good and Garrini’s snap arm breaker submissions popped the crowd each time and looks like it is quickly catching on.
The action was non-stop as Garrini and James were in firm control. Douglas James came off the top and caught Hammer with a Meteora and got a close two count. The action spilt to the outside where James hit a tornado DDT on Hammerstone as Holliday and Garrini brawled on the other side. James barely rolled into the ring before the 20 count to pick up the count-out win, but Hammerstone was seconds behind him. The Dynasty were left in furious in the ring at their loss.
The new MLW Middleweight champion Myron Reed then had a recorded message for everyone. He said for years to come, everyone will be celebrating the name Hot Fire Myron Reed. He gave a nice shout out to Matt Travis after his tragic passing last week, and finished by saying “free ACH”.
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor and the Von Erich’s were backstage talking about Marshall’s win. Ross received a delivery package that had a phone with a video message inside. Josef Samael was in the video and he said his offer to them was that one of them can face Jacob Fatu on Thanksgiving night. The brothers decided between them that it would be Marshall and he signed the contract on Ross’ back… Although Ross cannot be sure what name Marshall put on the contract as he folded it and handed it back to Ross who put it straight back into the package.
The MLW women’s division had a nice hype video before Kaci Lennox interviewed Zeda Zhang about her match next week against The Spider Lady. She threatened to squish her like a bug and de-mask her to show the world who is under the mask.
Jimmy Havoc then had a recorded message for Mance Warner- he accepted his challenge to a falls count anywhere match and threatened to take him back to his own house, as he lives in Florida, and hit him with his own frying pan. Of course, Havoc then threatened to bust him open and drink his blood.
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr via pinfall
An excellent match that should be added to any MLW watchlist. A complete clinic in professional wrestling and storytelling. King Mo was ringside for this MLW dream match. Lawlor locked in his rear-naked choke but Smith broke free and kept Lawlor into the running power slam position, but Lawlor slipped out the back and dropped him shoulder blades first onto his knee which was enough to pick up the pin and the victory.
After the match, we saw that Smith already had a black eye from (what must have been a legitimate) eye poke and we heard from Filthy Tom Lawlor who was interviewed by Kaci Lennox live on the stage. He said he holds his destiny in his hands, and in a few short weeks, his contract in MLW is up. He questioned what to do, maybe he will return to the cage, maybe he will get a little raw or maybe he will lay a little smack? He called himself the hottest commodity in MLW and hottest thing in wrestling today.