The Big Takeaways:
- In night one of MLW's challenge against AAA, Alexander Hammerstone retained the MLW National Openweight title against a very plucky Laredo Kid in a great match.
- Mance Warner and Savio Vega succumbed to the violence of AAA's Pagano and Mortiz in a wild hardcore tag match. Flaming tables, broken chairs and forehead skewers all were included in this crazy clash.
- Injustice returned with strong warnings for both Court Bauer and Konnan ahead of their AAA trios tag team title match.
- Tom Lawlor announced he and Dominic Garrini are officially in the tag team division and have their sights set on the Von Erichs and the MLW tag team gold.
MLW returned to Mexico, this time for the opening night of the MLW vs. AAA series that will feature interpromotional matches over the next few weeks. The Mexican national anthem ceremony kicked off the show as we went straight into our opening contest.
Pagano and Mortiz (AAA) defeated Mance Warner and Savio Vega (MLW) in a Tijuana barrio street fight (16:03)
Alexander Hammerstone joined AJ Kirsch and Rich Bocchini on commentary which played into the match as he ended up interfering in the run up to the finish. Alicia Atout caught up with Warner and Vega backstage before they made their way to the ring. Atout and Warner high fived at MJF leaving the company after Warner beat him in last week's match. Warner said that Hammerstone and Richard Holliday went to a "Mexican donkey show” last night and spent all their money. Vega said they were ready for Pagano and Mortiz and were ready to hit the pay window.
The plunder and weapons were set up all around ringside as the competitors made their entrances and it didn't take a genius to predict how this one was going to play out. This had everything you could imagine from a Mance Warner hardcore match from Mexico: skewers driven into foreheads, so many chair shots that they eventually disintegrated and fell apart, wooden boards, flaming tables and anything else they could get their hands on.
The match broke down as they brawled on the outside. Choking with camera cables, chairs being thrown, and even a car hood was used as Pagano was whipped headfirst into it. In the ring, Vega knocked Pagano in the forehead with what had to be 25-30 skewers, but moments later, Pagano took flight and squashed Warner and Vega with a somersault plancha between the ropes. Mortiz then took everyone out on the floor with a suicide dive through a wooden door. Later, Vega powerbombed Mortiz onto the car hood and Warner broke a chair over Pagano's head.
In one of the wilder sequences, Mortiz set up a table and climbed the turnbuckle where Warner was perched for a flaming table spot. Mortiz ended up going through the table via a chokeslam instead and was still on fire as he rolled around the ring so Warner and then Vega tried to put him out by “hitting” him with rights and lefts. The table kept burning so the ref missed a pinfall as he tried to keep the mat from catching fire as well.
Pagano and Warner set up dueling doors in two corners of the ring. Warner was speared through the first one, but kicked out at two following a pin attempt. Warner recovered and pounced Pagano through the other table.
On commentary, Hammerstone told Kirsch and Bocchini that his prescription at the Mexican pharmacy was ready and he had to go pick it up, but this was his cue to hit the ring and take out Warner with a bicycle kick. Mortiz then splashed Warner through a table. Vega came off the top rope but Pagano crotched him with a chair and got the pinfall after a blockbuster neckbreaker. AAA takes a 1-0 lead in the series.
- King Mo was suspended for his attack on Killer Kross a few weeks ago. Mo didn't make the trip to Mexico, so that writes him off of the next few episodes.
- “Filthy” Tom Lawlor then cut a promo complaining about Mo's suspension and that he and Dominic Garrini are entering the tag team division and are coming for the Von Erichs' MLW tag team titles. He said Team Filthy want all the belts, and where better to start than taking the tag titles from his “family”.
- Lifestyles of the Rich and Dynastic was next where we were welcomed by the sight of Alexander Hammerstone and Richard Holliday waking up in their hotel room after a debauchery-laden night out at the aforementioned Mexican donkey show. Hammer was stumbling around in his underwear and an American flag and woke Holliday up who slept on top of his sheets fully clothed in his suit, dress shoes, and Airpods. They questioned the donkey show they went to and promised to only go to “two or three more at most”.
They snapped out their hangovers when they realized they needed to wrestle later. Holliday wanted to pull out while Hammerstone said his father told him to never pull out. Holliday didn't know who he was wrestling but Hammerstone had Lardeo Kid later for the national openweight title.
- We saw video footage of the Injustice attack on Brian Pillman Jr. from two weeks ago. The cameras caught up with the trio from an undisclosed area. They warned MLW CEO Court Bauer that they are not paying their fine and have no remorse for their attack on Pillman. They warned him that they might be in Mexico or they might not be. Either way, they will get their justice.
- The cameras caught up with Davey Boy Smith Jr. on his way to a meeting with Bauer. He was asked about Pillman after the attack. Smith said Pillman's jaw is wired shut but he will be back soon enough. He was then asked about the rumors he is challenging Jacob Fatu in an MLW world heavyweight title fight, and Smith asked for the camera to focus on his golden shoes. He said it isn't about where his heels are at, but where his toes are pointing and his are pointing towards talking about some business.
- Atout then caught up with Konnan who was quickly interrupted by Kotto Brazil, Myron Reed, and Jordan Oliver of Injustice. They badmouthed Konnan again and talked down to him, but the Mexican legend came back and said, “My johnson is like my name. It's always in your mouth” and ended up making a match for the AAA Trios tag team titles with Injustice challenging Los Jinetes del Aire (El Hijo del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. and Octagon Jr.).
- Psycho Clown had a response for LA Park, accepting his challenge and claiming he would take his mask.
MLW National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone defeated Laredo Kid (AAA) to retain (10:42)
Alicia Atout caught up with Hammerstone before the match and brought up the Dynasty's losing streak. Hammerstone said all he does is win and the “best luchador on the planet poses as much threat as the best termite on the planet”. He said to put some respect on his name the next time she interviews him.
They hyped up the power vs. speed aspect and that played out throughout the match. Kid hit a headscissor takeover and a middle rope springboard crossbody to the floor, but back inside, Hammerstone caught him coming off the top and gorilla pressed him into a uranage for a two count. A big double underhook slam he calls the Spinal Countdown followed, but he broke up his own count before the ref could count three.
On the outside, the champion whipped him over the barrier into the front row. Back inside, Kid hit a step up kick in the corner and a missile dropkick. He followed up with a tope suicida that left Hammerstone dangling over the barrier. Back inside, Kid hit a pair of moonsaults but Hammerstone powered out of a two count.
Hammerstone fought back and hit a burning hammer after a first attempt was thwarted. Kid slipped out the back of a Nightmare Pendulum with a schoolboy, but the champion turned him inside out with a big clothesline seconds later. Kid came really close to winning with a 450 splash off the top rope, but it was Hammerstone who had to kick out at the last minute this time.
Hammerstone knocked the ref down and behind the ref's back, Kid hit a Spanish fly off the top rope and got the visual three count. Kid lifted the ref back up, but Hammerstone caught the challenger and finished him off with a trifecta of impact moves: german suplex, power bomb, and the Nightmare Pendulum for three.
After the first night of action, we are even at 1-1 in the MLW vs AAA series.
- “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and Dominic Garrini vs. Puma King and Xtreme Tigre
- Douglas James vs. Averno
- Team Filthy and American Top Team press conference