MLW: Reloaded Tour Day 1

 

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MLW: Reloaded Tour Day 1

Orlando, FL - January 9, 2004

DVD Review

Stampede Bulldogs vs. Bobby Quance & Puma (7:29) Quance and Smith start with a lockup but quickly break it then go into another lockup. Smith goes behind Quance then takes him down with a hammerlock but Quance spins out of it into his own hammerlock. Smith reverses into another one but Quance spins out and takes Smith down and Smith grabs a headscissors. Puma and Wilson get tagged in and they lockup and Puma grabs a side headlock. Wilson spins out with an overhand wristlock and Puma spins out with an arm wringer. Wilson drops down and trips Puma down with an anklelock but heís in the ropes. Puma puts Wilson down to a knee with a hard kick to the leg. Puma grabs another side headlock and Smith shoots him into the ropes and they do some running before Puma takes him down with a spinning headscissors then hits a spin kick to the chest. Puma goes for a tornado DDT but Wilson puts him down on the apron and Smith charges with a big boot that sends Puma to the outside and Smith works him on the outside then rolls him in. Wilson gets a snap suplex and floats over for two and tags in Smith. Smith pulls Puma up then whips him into the ropes and hits a back elbow. Smith tags Wilson back in and Wilson delivers a knee to the face and then they hit a slingshot inverted suplex and Smith catches Puma and powerbombs him as Wilson drops him with an inverted DDT. Wilson holds onto a knee bar but Puma slowly makes his way to the ropes for a break. Wilson fires off some punches then bounces off the ropes and Puma jumps up and takes him over with a Ďranna and goes into a mounted position and rains down some punches but Wilson manages to tag in Smith. Smith comes in and fires off some chops to Puma then hits a belly to back suplex for a two count. Smith pulls Puma up to his feet then goes for a running powerslam but Puma lands behind him the tags in Quance who hits a springboard dropkick and keeps the bulldogs down and hits Smith with a spinning front kick. Quance whips Wilson but itís blocked and Quance takes Wilson over with a t-bone variation. Puma spikes Wilson with a tombstone then Quance comes off with a shooting star press for a two count before Smith breaks it up. Smith charges Puma in the corner but Puma lifts his legs and catches a triangle choke but Wilson punches him in the face to break the hold. Smith holds on to Puma and picks him up into a powerbomb position then Wilson springboards in with a blockbuster to take Puma down into the powerbomb and Smith makes the cover for the three.

Analysis: **3/4 A solid tag team match. Its short time is the only thing holding it down. Puma was really good in this match and the other guys are okay. This is a good match to open the show up with. Nothing more than a solid opener though.

Shane Twins vs. Rich Criado & Chad Hart (4:19) Chad and Shane 1 start and Shane hits him with a forearm to the back then gets him in a corner and pounds away. Shane whips Hart into corner and as he comes out takes him over with a release belly to belly suplex. Shane pulls Hart up and whips him into the ropes. Hart ducks a clothesline then takes him over with a side headlock and Shane rolls him over for a couple of two counts. Shane lifts Hart up but Hart holds on and takes him down to the mat. Criado gets the tag and he pounds Shane down then comes off the ropes and takes him down in a side headlock. Shane gets up to his feet then shoots Criado into the corner. Shane charges and misses and Shane 2 catches Criado with a clothesline from the outside as he runs away. Shane 2 is in the ring and he takes Criado with a big suplex. Shane pulls Criado up and throws him into the corner then tags in Shane 1 and they stomp away on Criado. Shane sends Criado into the corner hard and Criado falls to the mat. Shane grabs Criado and hits a big forearm to the back then shoots him into the ropes and Criado does an ugly rollup for two. Shane misses a clothesline but blocks a hiptoss from Criado and takes him over with a swinging neckbreaker. Shane goes up to the top rope and jumps off into a boot to the face from Criado. Shane 1 accidentally clotheslines Shane 2 as Hart gets the hot tag. Criado and Hart whip Shane 1 into the ropes and hit a double backbody drop then kick Shane 2 out of the ring. Hart goes for an Irish whip but Shane reverses it. Hart ducks out of the way then rolls Shane 1 up and uses the ropes for the three count.

Analysis: 1/4* This match was lame. Itís pretty bad when the Shane twins are the best workers in a match. I will say that this is one match where the short time helps it immensely.

Chayson Rance vs. PJ Friedman vs. Matt Martel (1:31) Rance fights off both Martel and Friedman early until Martel catches him going for a crossbody block and hits a backbreaker. Friedman whips Rance into the ropes and kills him with a rolling forearm and goes for a cover but Martel pulls him off. Friedman pulls Rance up with a double arm choke and slams him down into a lung blower from Martel. Martel covers and gets two before Friedman pulls him off. Friedman catches Martel and hits him with a gut wrench suplex. Friedman pulls Rance up and hits him with a release dragon suplex. Persephone gets up on the apron and hits Friedman with a heel and Rance rolls him up for the three count.

Analysis: Dud, yeah thatís the whole f-cking match. Iím glad they bothered putting that on the tape. Letís just move on now.

Roderick Strong & M-Dogg 20 vs. Dark Fuego & Pete Wilson (12:42) M-Dogg takes Wilson over with an armdrag then whips him into the ropes and flips over with a Japanese armdrag right into an armbar on Wilson. Wilson gets to his feet in an armwringer and tries to roll through but M-Dogg rolls through with him and goes into a hammerlock and then a full nelson. Wilson sits out and then goes behind with a rear waistlock and goes for a German suplex but M-Dogg lands on his feet. M-Dogg goes for a German suplex but Wilson flips over to his feet and then goes for a belly to back suplex but M-Dogg flips over to his feet. M-Dogg goes for another German suplex but Wilson blocks it then rolls him up for two. Wilson plants M-Dogg with a DDT then throws him into the corner and then just beats down on him. Strong comes in behind the refís back and hits a forearm to the back of Wilson. Wilson pulls M-Dogg to his feet and hits a vertical suplex. Wilson with an arm wringer and then he hits a modified northern lights suplex and goes into a cross armbreaker but M-Dogg gets the ropes. Wilson whips M-Dogg into the ropes and hits him with a leg lariat. Wilson pulls M-Dogg up and jumps up taking him over with a hurrincanranna then making a cover for two before Strong breaks it up. Wilson whips M-Dogg into the ropes and hits him with a phantom dropkick. M-Dogg ducks a couple of clotheslines then folds Wilson up with a brutal release German suplex then tags in Strong. Strong backs Wilson into the corner and hits some big chops and forearms then hits a hard vertical suplex for two. Strong takes M-Dogg back in and they hit a double knife edge chop then whip Wilson into the ropes and flip him over with a double backbody drop sending him face first into the mat. Strong pulls Wilson up to his feet and snapmares him over then drives a kick right into the back of Wilson. Strong pulls Wilson up to his feet and hits a half nelson slam into a backbreaker. Strong backs Wilson into the ropes and hits him with a couple of knife edge chops until Fuego comes in and hits him with a big dropkick and Strong tags M-Dogg in. Wilson holds onto the ropes when he gets whipped into them and Fuego comes in and hits a dropkick to the back of M-Dogg and Strongís heads. Fuego takes Strong over with a vertical suplex then they pull Strong to his feet. Wilson whips Strong into the ropes and hits a jumping punch then tags in Fuego. Fuego comes off the top rope with a kick to the face of Strong. Fuego whips Strong into the ropes and hits a spinning heel kick. Fuego pulls Strong up then goes for an Irish whip but Strong reverses it. Fuego jumps up for a hurrincanranna but Strong catches him and plants him with a powerbomb to the knee. Wilson hits Strong with a missile dropkick and M-Dogg hits an arabian press onto Fuego on the outside. Strong catches Wilson going for a Ďranna then plants him with a powerbomb. Strong lifts Wilson up then flips him over to the outside onto Fuego. All four men go to the outside and then they brawl into the crowd. M-Dogg sends Fuego into the wall with a big Irish whip and then Strong lawn darts Wilson into the wall. Fuego and Wilson fight back. Wilson sends Strong into the wall and then hits him with some kicks. Fuego and Wilson climb up to the balcony above and then hit an ugly double moonsault onto M-Dogg and Strong. Fuego and Wilson take Strong and M-Dogg back into the ringside area. Fuego throws Strong into the ring then whips him into the ropes but Strong reverses it then drops Fuego on his head with a brainbsuter then rolls through another one. Strong then crosses the arms of Evans and holds him back with a camel clutch variation then lets it go. M-Dogg hits Wilson with a half nelson sit out driver and Strong hits a backbreaker variation on Fuego. Strong hits Fuego with a crucifix into an ace crusher and M-Dogg comes off with a great swanton. M-Dogg and Strong charge and hit each other with big boots. Wilson and Fuego position them and then they both come off the top rope with 450 splashes for the three count.

Analysis: ** This match was okay. Wilson and Fuego just didnít seem to want to work a coherent match. They would be getting their asses handed to them and then all of a sudden they are in charge of the match. There seemed to be way too much rope running in this match as well. They were always using the Irish whip. Still this is a pretty good match for what it was. The crowd brawl was okay and it set up the big dive well although the dive was fairly lame. A moonsault off a high place just doesnít seem worth the build. Strong and M-Dogg kept the match entertaining while they were in control but the real problem is that Wilson was in too much for the other team and he just isnít that good.

Chad Collyer vs. Chris Hero (8:25) The two men go into a lockup and Collyer grabs a rear waistlock but Hero gets an arm wringer. Collyer rolls through to escape then takes Hero down and puts him into an armbar. Hero gets up to his feet and Collyer grabs him with a front facelock. Hero lifts Collyer up and spins out of the hold and into an arm wringer. Collyer rolls forward then takes Hero over with a firemanís carry into an armbar. Hero gets up to his feet and Collyer goes to an arm wringer. Hero gets up to his feet and the two men go into a test of strength which Hero breaks with a knee to the midsection and grabs a cravate. Collyer powers out only to have Hero grab him with a rear waistlock. Collyer drop toeholds Hero down to the mat and spins into a front facelock. Hero fights up to his feet and hits Collyer with some punches to the midsection and reverses it into a cravate then snapmares Collyer over. Hero grabs a rear chinlock but Collyer slips out into a hammerlock and rolls Hero over for a cover and two. Hero gets to his feet and Collyer grabs him with a side headlock. Hero shoots Collyer into the ropes and Collyer drops him with a shoulder tackle. Collyer runs the ropes then takes Hero down with a side Russian legsweep for a two count. Collyer whips Hero into the ropes and hits a dropkick for two. Collyer pulls Hero to his feet and hits a nice saido suplex for a two count. Collyer throws Hero into the corner then whips him across into the other corner. Collyer charges into a big boot and Hero grabs a cravate from the top rope and flips over into a cravate cutter and gets two before Collyer gets a foot on the ropes. Hero pulls Collyer to his feet and scores with a big punch. Hero pulls Collyer up and hits a strike and Collyer fights back with punches from his knees but Hero nails him with a palm strike then sends Collyer into the corner. Collyer fires up and spins Hero into the corner and hits a chop before Hero pokes his eye. Hero spreads Collyerís legs over the middle ropes then charges with a big boot to the face of Collyer. Hero pulls Collyer up and grabs him with a cravate. Collyer slowly makes his way to his feet and breaks the hold with elbows to the midsection and the two men start trading punches in the middle of the ring and Hero gets the advantage with a kick to the midsection. Hero bounces off the ropes and Collyer spins around taking him down with a DDT for two. Hero backs into the ropes and Collyer sends him over with a clothesline then charges with a suicide dive onto Hero. Collyer throws Hero into the ring then climbs to the top rope and hits a crossbody block for two. Collyer pulls Hero to his feet and goes for a tiger driver but Hero spins out and ducks a clothesline but Collyer grabs a rear waistlock and hits a German suplex and bridges for two. Collyer pulls Hero up and goes for a vertical suplex but Hero reverses it landing behind Collyer and hits a Hero Sandwich for the three count.

Analysis: ***1/4 A nice showing from both of these men. They had a nice mat wrestling sequence to start the match with and they kept a nice pace throughout. Solid wrestling from both of these men as you would expect. The end is okay although a little sudden. I would love to see these two guys go for longer but not bad for the time they had.

Sonjay Dutt (c) vs. Jack Evans (MLW Junior Heavyweight Championship) (5:52) Lockup and Evans grabs a headlock. Dutt fights free with forearms and sends Evans into the ropes only to get taken down by a shoulder tackle. Dutt takes Evans over with a headscissors then an armdrag into an armbar. Evans fights up to his feet and Dutt wrings the arm. Dutt whips Evans into the ropes and Evans ducks a clothesline then hits a dropsault. Dutt ducks an ugly clothesline from Evans then makes a really ugly reversal on a spinning heel kick. Dutt backs Evans into the corner and chips him a couple of times then snapmares him out of the corner and grabs a rear chinlock. Evans rolls over and gets to his feet then hits Dutt with some forearms and sends him to the outside. Evans goes for an asai moonsault but Dutt pulls his feet out from under him sending him face first into the apron. Dutt rolls Evans into the ring then follows right after him. Dutt lands a couple of punches that send Evans down to the mat. Dutt with an Irish whip and takes Evans over with a hurrincanranna for two. Evans ducks two clotheslines before Dutt flips him over with a clothesline on the third attempt. Dutt pulls Evans to his feet and bounces off the ropes and hits a goofy clothesline on Evans and flips over the ropes. Dutt tries to pull Evans up but Evans sends him through the ropes. Evans goes for a baseball slide but Dutt moves out of the way. Dutt then goes for a baseball slide but Evans avoids it. Evans goes for a big springboard move but loses his balance then just settles for a flipping plancha. Dutt rolls into the ring after Evans and covers him for two. Dutt sends Evans into the ropes and takes him down with a back elbow then charges with a clothesline that turns Evans inside out. Dutt goes up to the top rope and hits the double jump elbow for a close two count. Dutt sends Evans down with a powerslam then goes for the Hindu press and rolls thorugh as Evans moves. Evans hits Dutt with a superkick. Evans then goes for a DDT but Dutt rolls through it with a bridge and only gets a two count I guess I donít know the ref f-cked it up. Dutt then hits a standing shooting star press and gets the three count.

Analysis: Dud, this match both sucks and blows. Evans is probably still winded from wrestling a 13 minute tag match 10 minutes ago. Still this was just an ugly match with absolutely no flow. Lots of bad execution especially from Evans and a real disappointment.

Havana Pitbulls vs. Los Maximos (9:03) Romero and Jose start the match and Romero connects with a kick to the leg. They go for another lockup and Romero nails Jose with another stiff kick to the leg. They lockup and Romero backs Joel up but Joel spins Romero into the corner and climbs up the ropes then breaks it cleanly. They circle and go into a test of strength and Romero goes down as Joel ties him up and goes into an arm wringer. Romero reverses it with a judo throw and goes into an overhead wristlock. Joel reverses it himself and grabs a hammerlock. Romero jumps up and takes Joel over with a snapmare breaking the hold and both men tag out. Jose dodges a kick from Reyes and takes him down to the mat and grabs a side headlock. Reyes sends Jose into the ropes and gets taken down by a shoulder tackle. Jose bounces off the ropes and hits a hurrincanranna. Romero comes into the ring and hits Jose with a knee to the face and then the two teams just start brawling on the outside. Romero takes Jose into the ring and Jose drops him with a big back elbow for a one count. Jose tags Joel in and they send Romero into the ropes and hit a double bulldog for a one count. Jose gets tagged back in and he hits Romero with some chops and forearms then sends him into the ropes. Romero ducks a clothesline and sends Jose down with some big kicks then tags in Reyes. They send Jose into the corner and Romero slides through and trips Jose as Reyes charges and dropkicks him in the face. Reyes whips Jose into the ropes but Joel catches him to stop the momentum and they hit a double enziguri and then the total elimination for a two count. Reyes reverses an Irish whip from Jose and takes him over with a northern lights suplex and bridges for two then tags Romero in. Romero snapmares Jose over and nails him with a kick to the spine. Romero whips Jose into the ropes but Jose slides under the bottom rope. Jose blocks a sunset flip attempt and tags in Joel. Joel hits Romero with some stomps then takes him over with a vertical suplex and scores a one count. Joel snapmares Romero over and dropkicks him in the back for two. Joel with some chops and Romero reverses in Irish whip and hits Joel with a big jumping knee to the face. Romero drives some hard kicks into Joelís chest then pulls him to his feet and floors him with a forearm. Romero goes for a German suplex but Joel blocks it then reverses and hits a belly to back suplex. Both men make the tag and Jose ducks a clothesline and hits an enziguri on Reyes then whips a charging Romero over with a powerslam. Jose sends Reyes into the ropes and takes him over with a belly to belly suplex. The SAT grab Romero and send him into the mat face first with the washing machine for a two count before Reyes breaks it up. Reyes catches Jose off the ropes and whips him over with a backdrop driver. Joel grabs Reyes and plants him with a brainbuster and covers for two. Romero climbs up to the top rope but Joel hits him with an enziguri. The SAT climb up to the top and go for the Spanish fly but Romero fights it off sending Jose to the outside. Reyes crotches Joel and then hits a backbreaker and Romero comes off the top with a knee drop and Reyes covers for three.

Analysis: ** This match starts off well and then just degenerates into a fast paced spotfest and itís okay. However the spots arenít great although the execution is fine. Iím not sure which SAT member is which as there is no longer a fat one to tell between them. A decent tag match. About what you would expect from the SAT.

American Dragon vs. Teddy Hart (8:17) They go into a lockup and Dragon backs Hart into the ropes and they start going crazy before the ref breaks it up. They go into a test of strength and Dragon takes Hart down . Hart reverses it and goes into an arm wringer. Dragon tries to counter but Hart keeps the hold on and takes Dragon down to the mat. Dragon gets up to his feet then rolls through a couple of times then floors Hart with a forearm. They go into a lockup and Hart goes into another arm wringer. Hart takes Dragon down to a knee but Dragon gets up and rolls through then uses his leg to break Hartís grip and turn it into an arm wringer of his own. Hart runs up the ropes then jumps off for a Ďranna but Dragon doesnít go down and Hart grabs an armbar but Dragon rolls through into a rear chinlock. Dragon breaks the hold and hits a crossface then kicks Hart in the face. Hart gets up and Dragon drops him with a European uppercut. Dragon pulls Hart up with an arm wringer but Hart starts flipping around but canít reverse it. Hart tries to run up the ropes again but Dragon pushes him off and Hartís arm goes across the ropes. Dragon pulls Hart in and drops him with a European uppercut and follows up with a knee drop for a two count. Dragon pulls Hart up and hits a backbreaker. Dragon rips Hartís awesome pants exposing his boxers. Dragon pulls Hart up but Hart hits him with shots to the midsection until Dragon sends him down with a European uppercut. Dragon sends Hart into the ropes with an Irish whip but Hart ducks a clothesline and jumps onto Dragonsí back with a choke. Hart flips over into a cross armbreaker but Dragon makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Hart pulls Dragon up and hits a reverse DDT. Hart hits a crappy samoan drop then drives a knee into Dragonís face. Hart climbs to the top rope and Dragon follows him but Hart plasters him with forearms sending him down. Dragon gets to his feet and Hart jumps off and catches Dragon planting him with a big DDT. Hart goes up to the top rope again and hits the corkscrew senton on Dragon but he hurts his arm then covers Dragon for two. Hart goes up to the top rope again but Dragon catches him going for the shooting star press and goes into the cattle mutilation. Hart rolls through and grabs the fujiwara armbar for the submission.

Analysis: *1/2 Dragon does some nice arm work in this match, unfortunately Teddy doesnít sell any of it. The ending is pretty bad too as Hart goes for three top rope moves in a row. Thatís just lame. Especially when he grabs his arm and then Dragon puts him into an arm submission he just rolls through and wins. The actual wrestling is good but the story and selling here arenít.

Jerry Lynn vs. Mike Modest (6:08) Lockup and Modest gets a rear waistlock but Lynn quickly reverses it. Modest grabs an arm wringer but Lynn rolls through reversing it into one of his own. Lynn sends Modest down with a shoulder tackle then grabs a side headlock. Modest shoots Lynn into the ropes and Lynn takes him over with a spinning headscissors. Lynn goes to the corner and Modest charges into a big boot then Lynn jumps off the top with a bulldog. Lynn bounces off the ropes and Modest sends him over with a backbody drop but Lynn lands on the apron then avoids a shoulder from Modest and legdrops him over the second rope. Lynn then slings himself into the ring with a sunset flip for two. Lynn goes to pick Modest up but Modest grabs his tights and sends him to the outside. Modest slams Lynnís head into the apron and then the announcerís table. Modest rolls Lynn into the ring then crawls after him. Modest stomps Lynn a couple of times then pulls him up to his feet. Modest slams Lynn into the corner then stomps away at him. Modest charges and hits Lynn with an ass to the face then pulls him out of the corner for two. Modest snapmares Lynn and drops two elbows in a row then steps on the chest of Lynn. Modest pulls Lynn to his feet and Lynn shoves his arms away then rolls him up for two. Modest delivers a poke to the eyes then takes Lynn over with an exploder suplex and covers for two. Modest climbs up to the top rope and plays to the crowd. Modest pulls Lynn to his feet and slams him into the corner headfirst then shoots him across the ring. Modest charges right into a back elbow then Lynn goes up to the top rope. Modest goes for a headstand hurrincanranna but Lynn shoves him down to the mat. Modest lands on his feet and Lynn connects with a missile dropkick. Both men get up to their feet at the count of seven and Lynn ducks a punch then takes Modest down with a clothesline and a swinging neckbreaker. Modest gets to his feet and Lynn spikes him with a tornado DDT. Lynn goes for the cradle piledriver and Modest reverses it into the reality check but Lynn flips out. Lynn picks Modest up and hits a TKO for two. Homicide comes out then guillotines Lynn across the top rope and Modest rolls him up for the three count.

Analysis: 1/4* This is just a bad match all around. Both men look really sloppy and loose in this match which is a surprise from both men. They go all out for six minutes and try to get all of their trademark spots in and it just looks bad.

Steve Corino & Sabu vs. Raven & Vampiro (#1 Contenderís Match) (6:31) Corino and Raven start the match and Corino lays down and asks Raven to pin him but Vampiro runs in and makes a cover for two. Raven and Corino lockup and Raven grabs a side headlock. Corino shoots Raven into the ropes then lays down to be pinned. Raven stomps away at Corino but Corino gets to his feet and nails some punches to the midsection of Raven. Raven grabs Corino and plants him with an evenflow DDT and gets a two count. Raven tags in Vampiro and then hits Vampiro with an evenflow DDT. Corino tags in Sabu and Sabu grabs a chair and comes in. Sabu throws the chair into the face of Vampiro then sets it up and uses the chair to hit a poetry in motion to Vampiro. Sabut makes the cover and gets a two count and then grabs the camel clutch. Sabu breaks the hold then hits the triple jump moonsault and makes a cover for two before Corino breaks it up. Corino blind tags in and Sabu punches him. Vampiro uses the time to recover and hits a spinning heel kick for a two count. Vampiro pulls Corino up and Corino blocks him and hits an ace crusher. Corino pulls his pad off and flips Vampiro with a lariat for a two count before Sabu breaks the cover. Sabu and Corino start trading punches and Vampiro levels both men with clotheslines. Vampiro tags in Rave and Raven clears the ring with big punches. Raven sends Corino into the corner and bounces off the ropes taking him down with a clothesline. Raven sends Corino into the corner again and takes him out with a bulldog and catches Vampiro with a reverse bulldog. Sabu a table into the ring and Raven sends him down with a baseball slide. Vampiro sends Sabu into the guardrail. Raven and Corino start going back and forth with punches. Vampiro comes into the ring and holds Corino. Raven goes for a superkick and Corino moves and Vampiro takes the shot. Raven and Corino battle back and forth over the chair then Sabu comes off the top rope with a legdrop to the head of Raven and Corino breaking the table. Vampiro sends Sabu out of the ring then covers Corino for a two count. Vampiro hits Raven with an evenflow DDT then puts Rave on top of Corino for a three count.

Analysis: Dud, This is a really shitty match. This match is just bad. It starts with a lame concept of determining the World Title contender with a tag match and then they put enemies together on a tag team and they donít work. Then they play off the angle that Raven canít win a title shot by winning the match. This just sucks.

Homicide vs. Low Ki (15:10) The two circle then go into a lockup and Ki backs Homicide into the corner and gives a reluctant clean break. They lockup again and Homicide takes Ki over still holding on and Ki hits some kicks to the side of Homicideís head and gets up to his feet. Homicide throws him down but Ki just kips up to his feet and they lockup again. Homicide tries to monkey flip Ki but he flips over to his feet and both men get up to their feet. They go to the corner and Ki drops over the top rope with a cross armbreaker and gives a break. They circle each other before another lockup and Homicide grabs a side headlock. Ki shoots Homicide into the ropes and Homicide drops him with a shoulder tackle. The two men trade armdrags then they both go for an armdrag at the same time. Ki sidesteps a dropkick from Homicide and Homicide ducks a kick from Ki then both men get up to their feet. They go into a test of strength but Ki kicks away a hand and Homicide breaks it. They go into the test of strength again and Ki kicks him in the side of the leg and gets another break. They test of strength again and Homicide kicks Ki in the midsection then starts striking away. Homicide whips Ki into the ropes and Ki hits a crossbody block then follows up with a nice dropkick. Homicide flips Ki over to the outside then goes for a dive but Ki counters with a kick. Ki comes back into the ring and covers for two. Ki pulls Homicide up and hits a European uppercut then snapmares Homicide over. Ki bounces off the ropes and hits an elbow drop for two. Ki sits Homicide up then nails a dropkick to the back of his head. Ki lets fly with a series of forearms then shoots Homicide across the ring. Ki charges and hits a forearm then takes Homicide out of the corner with a butterfly suplex and bridges for two. Ki pulls Homicide to his feet and hits a double Mongolian chop. Homicide drives a knee into the midsection of Ki then shoots him across the ring but Ki reverses it. Ki cartwheels then connects with a kick to Homicide in the corner. Ki pulls Homicide up and connects with a chop that sends Homicide to the apron. Ki pulls Homicide through the middle rope and drives some kicks into his chest then Homicide stands up and takes some kicks to the head. Ki charges for a yakuza kick but Homicide blocks it then drops down holding Kiís leg over the top rope. Homicide sends Ki to the outside then charges and connects with a tope con hilo. Homicide pulls ki up and rolls him into the ring and rolls after him and covers for two. Homicide pulls Ki up and hits a delayed vertical suplex. Homicide hooks a leg and barely gets a two count. Homicide snapmares Ki over and then butterflies Kiís arms behind him and stretches him out. Ki breaks the hold with a kick but Homicide fires back with a kick to the face of Ki. Homicide sends Ki into the ropes then hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Homicide makes a cover and gets a short two count. Homicide pulls Ki up and puts him in the corner then hits some forearm shots before a knife edge chop. Ki fires off a couple of punches to the midsection but not enough. Homicide lifts Ki up to the top rope and takes him over with a brutal hurrincanranna for a two count. Homicide goes up to the top rope and misses a diving headbutt. Ki hits some hard knife edge chops and just starts going crazy. Ki shoots Homicide into the ropes but Homicide reverses and Ki comes off the ropes with a forearm shot. Ki drives the two kicks into the chest of Homicide then misses the third and goes into the Kawada kicks. Homicide no sells and rolls Ki over backwards. Homicide goes for the cop killer but Ki flips over and hits a copo kick to the back of the head then delivers an awesome everest German suplex. Ki makes the cover and gets two before Homicide puts a foot on the ropes. Ki pulls Homicide up and hits a kick to the chest then springboards off the ropes and goes for a kick but Homicide catches Ki and hits a dragonscrew. Ki staggers into the corner and Homicide connects with a splash then sets Ki on the top rope and takes him off with a dragonscrew. Homicide ties up the legs of Homicide with a figure four then flips him over into a modified STF and Homicide releases it because h thought Ki gave up. Homicide goes for a powerslam but Ki drops down and grabs the dragon clutch but Homicide gets to the ropes for a break. Ki pulls Homicide up and goes for the Ki krusher but he couldnít connect. Homicide ducks a shining wizard but connects with a kick to the back of the head and covers for two. Ki sits Homicide up and grabs the dragon clutch but Homicide gets up to his feet and runs Ki into the corner. Homicide comes off the ropes and hits a lariat for the two count. Homicide pulls Ki up to his feet and Ki reverses the cop killer and goes into the dragon clutch but Homicide reverses it into a pinfall for a three count.

Analysis: ** Really disappointing considering these two men and the kind of chemistry they should have in the ring. They just seem to try and put too much into the match way too quickly into the match. The strikes between these two just donít seem as stiff or as brutal as they normally pack. Homicide in particular looks really bad compared to how he normally wrestles. Still they do some nice moves and have some nice execution. I really loved Kiís German suplex as he just holds Homicide up with the German suplex for quite some time before finishing it off and it looks great.

Overall Recommendation: Pass on this show and pretty much any MLW show you see. It has some okay matches here but nothing beyond that. None of the talent is really given enough time to work out their matches and that shows in the last three matches more than anywhere else. MLW lives up to its reputation of the best talent working the worst matches. The commentary from Garguilo and Smokes is okay from what I remember the first time but its way too quiet and hard to hear. MLW works quite a bit on its angles and most of them arenít very good.

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