The war between Konnan and Salina de la Renta isn’t over. But a major battle was won on tonight’s episode of MLW FUSION. Konnan led the Lucha Bros. – Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix – to a successful World Tag Team Championship defense vs. Promociones Dorado’s Los Parks – LA Park and Hijo de LA Park.
In addition, Brian Pillman Jr. continued to show his lack of respect for veterans and legends of professional wrestling. The Hart Foundation member suffered a loss to Tommy Dreamer and let’s just say the young gun didn’t handle his lesson well.
World Tag Team Championship Match
Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix (cornered by Konnan) defeated Los Parks (presented by Salina de la Renta)
The official had his hands full in this one. The match was contested under Mexican tag team rules, meaning tags were unnecessary and all four men could be in the ring at the same time. Action was all over the place from the beginning.
The Parks held the advantage for much of the match, utilizing chairs, tables and the ring post to physically assault the World Tag Team Champions. But Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix are nothing, if not resilient. The Lucha Bros. responded and did a great deal of their damage inside the ring, although they were certainly willing to fight fire with fire when it came to stretching the rules.
Pentagon powerbombed Hijo onto an unforgiving table on the outside. He even delivered a low blow to LA Park, taking him out of the match and setting up the victory. With the elder Los Park out of commission briefly, Penta put Hijo in position for the Pentagon Driver, with the top rope-stomp-assist from Fenix, who then made sure LA Park was out of it with a violent dive to the outside.
Meanwhile, back inside the ring, Pentagon Jr. was covering Hijo de LA Park for the 1-2-3 to retain the titles.
Konnan and the Lucha Bros. won this battle. But the war between de la Renta and her Promociones Dorado charges rages on vs. Konnan. Among the next major battles will be Konnan coming out of retirement to face Low Ki for the World Heavyweight Championship Dec. 14 in Miami.
Tommy Dreamer defeated Brian Pillman Jr.
As if the attack on Kevin Sullivan didn’t prove the point, Brian Pillman Jr. and the Hart Foundation continued their assault on veterans and legends of professional wrestling on this week’s episode. Pillman has set his sights on the Innovator of Violence Tommy Dreamer.
Prior to the match, in a show of sportsmanship, Dreamer extended a handshake to Pillman. The youngster acted like he was going to shake hands and executed the classic swerve of going to his hair. Dreamer was unfazed.
As Pillman gained an advantage in the match, he went to grab his signature cane. The same one he busted Sullivan open with. When the official forced him to put down the cane, Pillman decided to gloat over Dreamer, who looked to be in bad shape on the mat. But the wily veteran was playing possum. As Pillman stood over him and while the official was distracted, Pillman delivered a double shot of fists to Pillman’s groin and secured the pinfall. Dreamer was clearly very pleased with himself.
After the match, he tried to show Pillman even more sportsmanship, even offering him some advice and kind words. How did Pillman repay Dreamer for his kindness? With a pair of swinging neckbreakers sandwiched around a beatdown with a cane.
But this one’s not over, as League officials have sanctioned a Singapore cane match for Miami on Dec. 14 at MLW Zero Hour between PIllman and Dreamer.
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor Addressed Simon Gotch
MLW cameras caught up with “Filthy” Tom Lawlor in Las Vegas to get his thoughts on Simon Gotch’s betrayal. Needless to say, Lawlor is a bit displeased with his former Team Filthy mate.
“They guy’s a fake, a fraud, a phony, a liar” Lawlor said of Gotch. “I thought we were brothers. He’s not going to be able to use that money that he’s collected (from Salina de la Renta). He’s not going to be able to look at that nice gold watch that he’s got now, because I am going to break every single finger on Simon Gotch’s hands.”
Lawlor will get that opportunity Dec. 13 at MLW Never Say Never in Miami. The League has signed Lawlor and Gotch in a match with no ropes and no holds barred. Lawlor has less than two weeks to wait to look for his revenge on his former friend.
Gotch Wins Prize Fight Challenge
Mocking his former friend and teammate Lawlor, Simon Gotch came to the ring to open the show with another Simon Gotch Prize Fight Challenge. He said he would be facing the “filthiest man in the back.” But young prospect Ariel Dominguez hit the ring and was devasated.
Gotch rocked with Dominguez with a handful of high-impact maneuvers before setting him up for a vicious piledriver to end the match. But Gotch wasn’t finished. He retried the prize money, peeled off a couple bills, stuffed them in his opponent’s mouth and proceeded to piledrive him once again.
MJF Afraid of Heights?
World Middleweight Champion Maxwell J. Friedman spoke to our very own Kaci Lennox in a backstage interview and denied there would be a ladder match for his title at MLW Never Say Never on Dec. 13 in Miami.
“I have literally told the MLW offices there will be no ladder match for my World Middleweight title,” MJF told Lennox. “That is beneath me. I am better than that. I’m sure there’s a lot of people going around and saying ‘Maybe it’s because MJF is afraid of heights,’ which is absolutely ridiculous because I’m not afraid of heights. I am not a coward.”
MJF was clearly agitated and nervous as he spoke about heights and ladders. Perhaps he just gave a bit of strategy advice to his opponents on Dec. 13?
Last week on MLW FUSION, we saw Stokely Hathaway for the first time in a long time. But we weren’t sure what his plans were now that he was back in MLW. We still aren’t 100 percent what his plans are. But we do know he plan on managing, thanks to his brief and somewhat abrupt interview with Lennox.
“As far as plans go, it’s probably what Stokely Hathaway does best,” he said referring to himself in the third person. “Domination, being successful. I plan to take MLW to new heights. And I’m here to manage. And whoever I manage, I promise you they will be successful, just like me. They will want all the money, just like me. And they will be great, just like me.”
Well, that clears things up … right?
The following is a look at all the matches signed for our Miami double shot of Never Say Never and Zero Hour and Dec. 13-14.
MLW Never Say Never (Dec. 13)
– “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Simon Gotch (No Holds Barred, No Ropes)
– Teddy Hart vs. Pentagon Jr.
– PCO vs. LA Park
– Rush vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland
– Dragon Lee vs. Rich Swann
– DJZ vs. Hijo de LA Park
– Andrew Everett vs. Dezmond Xavier
MLW Zero Hour (Dec. 14)
– Tommy Dreamer vs. Brian Pillman Jr. (Singapore Cane Match)
– Rich Swann vs. Rush
– Barrington Hughes vs. Ace Romero
– Dragon Lee vs. DJZ
– MJF vs. Kotto Brazil vs. Jason Cade vs. Andrew Everett vs. Dezmond Xavier (World Middleweight Title Ladder Match)
– Low Ki vs. Konnan (World Heavyweight Championship Match)
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