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By Richard Trionfo on 2023-03-07 23:04:00

Your announcers are Joe Dombrowski and Matt Striker.

Alex Hammerstone joins commentary for the opening match.

Match Number One:  Jacob Fatu versus Lio Rush

Before Fatu can get in the ring, Rush with a suicide dive and an Asai Moonsault.

The referee starts the match and Fatu sends Lio into the corner but Lio goes through the legs to get away from Fatu.  Lio with a waist lock and Fatu with a side head lock.  Lio bakcs Fatu into the corner and Fatu pushes Lio away.  Lio changes direction as he comes off the ropes.  Lio with a cross body and Fatu catches Lio.  Lio gets to his feet and he slaps Fatu.  Lio misses a cross body and then Fatu catches Rush on a rana attempt.  Fatu with a uranage.  Fatu with a running splash into the corner.  Fatu with an uppercut and he sets for a running hip into the corner and hits it.  Fatu with a head butt.  Lio has a kick blocked and he is flipped to his feet.  Lio with a head butt to the midsection followed by a chop and forearms.  Fatu sends Lio into the air and face first to the mat followed by a back senton.

Fatu with a punch and slam.  Fatu goes up for a moonsault but goes back to the mat when Lio goes across the ring.  Lio with a kick to the leg followed by more kicks.  Fatu blocks a kick and he head butts Lio followed by a hard Irish whip that sends Lio to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Rush with strikes to Fatu and then he hits a kick and enzuigiri.  Fatu with an Irish whip but Rush slides into the corner.  Rush with a boot to Fatu and Rush goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall.  Fatu misses a chop and Rush with a springboard cutter for a near fall.  Rush goes up top but misses a splash and lands on his feet and rolls through.  Fatu with a super kick followed by a handspring moonsault for a near fall.

Rush sends Fatu to the floor and then Fatu gets on the apron and Rush with a handspring kick.  Fatu gets Rush up but Rush counters into a poisonrana.  Rush is caught by Fatu in a pop up Samoan drop and a double jump moonsault for the three count.

Winner: Jacob Fatu

After the match, Fatu tells Hammerstone the belt is coming back to him.

Hammerstone gets in the ring and they have some words.

Fatu pushes Hammerstone and Hammerstone pushes back.  Fatu punches Hammerstone and they exchange punches.

Security and officials make their way to the ring to separate them.  Like every other time, this fails, and Hammerstone makes his way over to Fatu and he throws a few more punches.  They are separated again and Fatu gets his chance to charge at Hammerstone.  They are pulled from the ring and Fatu throws a chair into the irng.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Hammerstone and Fatu are at ringside and they continue to exchange punches.

We take a look back at last week’s Openweight Title Match when John Hennigan defeated Davey Richards.

Sam Adonis introduces Cesar Duran. 

Duran says he told you just to wait and you waited.  Now we are dripping in gold.

John Hennigan and Taya Valkyrie show up and Taya says things were heating up in MLW since she became champion so it was only natural for her to bring in the hottest free agent, her husband.

John asks if there is a doctor here and Cesar mentions Davey Richards is a doctor.  John poses and says his pythons are sick.

Match Number Two:  Tom Billington and Mark Billington versus Mr. Thomas and Myron Reed (with Alex Kane)

Reed and Thomas attack Mark and Tom before the bell rings  Reed and Thomas kick Mark and then they set for a double team move but Mark escapes.  Tom gets in the ring and then Mark and Tom send Reed and Thomas into each other.  Mark and Tom with a double drop kick to Thomas to send him to the floor.

The referee starts the match.

Tom gets a near fall on Reed.  Tom with a side head lock and a shoulder tackle.  Tom with a suplex and he gets a near fall.  Mark tags in and they hit a double shoulder tacckle.  Thomas checks on Reed on the floor and Mark goes up top and hits a moonsault off the turnbuckles onto Thomas.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Thomas with a chin lock on Mark.  Mark with elbows and he goes to the turnbuckles but Reed with a kick and Thomas with a German suplex.  Reed gets a near fall.  Reed with a forearm and Thomas tags in.  Thomas Irish whips Reed into the corner for a clothesline while Thomas knocks Tom to the floor and hits a back body drop on Mark.  Thomas with a Jericho cover for a near fall.

Reed tags in.  Reed with a kick and a forearm to the back.  Reed with a forearm and he gets a near fall.  Reed with an elbow to the top of the head and he kicks Mark in the corner.  Thomas tags in and he chops Mark.  Mark with punhes and forearms.  Thomas sends Mark into the corner and Mark with forearms.  Thomas keeps Mark from making the tag for a moment but Tom makes the tag but the referee does not see it so Tom is sent back to the apron.  Thomas with a slam.  Reed makes the non-tag but they convince the referee it was made.  Mark with a kick to Reed and a side head lock and head scissors take down.  Tom tags in and they hit clotheslines.  They hit drop kicks on Thomas and Reed.  They send Thomas and Reed together by the head.

Mark with a forearm to Reed and then Tom slams Thomas.  Mark and Tom with a double clothesline to send Thomas to the floor.  Mark and Tom with stereo suicide dives onto Reed and Thomas.  Tom goes up top and Mark picks up Reed.  Kane gets on the apron and he distracts the referee and Mark.  Smith comes out and pulls Kane off the apron.  Reed has a clotheslien blocked.  Reed with a back heel kick and Tom with a cross body to Reed.  Thomas tags in and he misses a clothesline.  Mark flips over Thomas and hits a drop kick.  Mark gets Thomas up and Tom with a drop kick for the three count.

Winners: Tom Billington and Mark Billington

After the match, both teams have some words for each other and Smith holds the ropes open for Kane.

We take a look at the history between Real1 and Mance Warner.

We go to Real1 and he is in a wheelchair.  He says that he is going to sue everyone for what happened to him.  He says Mance is going to see the Judge.  He says he is coming after Mance for everything.

Next week, EJ Nduka and Calvin Tankman defend the tag titles against The Samoan Swat Team. 

We go to the tag team champions.

EJ asks if you are worried about why he did what he did to Lance Anoa’i.  You disrespected me.  You need to put respect on my name and these titles.  You act like a big dog.

Calvin interrupts and tells EJ to calm down.  Calvin asks about the tag titles instead of your talk about the world title.  We are a team.  You don’t do stuff by yourself and not think about your brother.  We cannot continue to build these titles if you are thinking about Hammerstone.  We need to keep doing this.  No more I.

EJ says we are here to take over MLW.

We have a video package for Alex Hammerstone. 

He says 2022 had a lot of highs.  He feels like he cemented himself on the top but he has a way to go.  He says he doesn’t want to be the next guy with the belt.  He wants to be synonymous with MLW.  Whether it is the people on the podcasts or those writing stories about you whether they are true or not.  There is pressure on him and he is making him take his true stride. 

When he came in to this company he was looking to the top and now he is there.  It is surreal to be at the top in 2023.  The last time he was here to open up, it was a message that was heard by a lot of the fans and the people in the back.  He says he has to put his best foot forward for himself and this company.  There are some dream matches ahead of him.  That is what he lives for.  He is here for the big fights.  He is not here for the easy paycheck.  To take this title around the world to show not only that he is the man, but that this company is something to be reckoned with.  This is the year that he proves that he is here for a reason.

We go to Mance Warner with Micro Man.  Mance says he is going to talk to you, he says he isn’t going to scream.  You can do whatever you want.  You can hit someone with a chair, light them on fire, hit them with light tubes.  He has hit people with a car before.  You don’t ever mess with Micro Man.  This is his little boy.  When you Calling Card Boys put your hands on him, you made the biggest mistake.  You have to look out for me.  He says for what you did to his buddy, he is going to lay you out cold.

Mance faces one of the Calling Card people next week.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a video from the Calling Card Group.

Raven says he is the martyr for all the people who were left behind.  He says he feels their pain.  He says he is their savior and their hope.  They are very dangerous.  You can trust in him. Trust in Raven.

We see Calvin Tankman and EJ Nduka in the crowd.

Match Number Three:  Alex Hammerstone versus Lance Anoa’i (with Juicy Finau and Jacob Fatu) for the MLW Heavyweight Championship

They lock up and Hammerstone with a wrist lock.  Lance with punches and a reversal.  Alex with a side head lock and Lance with a drop kick that backs Alex into the corner.  Lance misses a splash into the corner.  Alex with an Irish whip and overhead belly-to-belly suplex.  Alex clotheslines Lance over the top rope to the floor.

Jacob gets up to check on Lance and Alex goes over to Jacob and pushes him.  Jacob and Alex exchange punches and the referee calls for the bell

No Contest

Jacob continues to attack Alex while a referee holds Alex back.  They are separated and then EJ Nduka and Calvin Tankman go over the guardrail and confront Lance and Juicy.  They have to be separated.

Hammerstone stands in the ring surveying the turmoil.

They are eventually separated and we go to credits.

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