2018 was a historic year for Major League Wrestling. As the year comes to a close, MLW fans and officials are combining to bestow year-end awards for what was an amazing period of time in MLW.
It’s time to honor the MLW Match of the Year. While there has been great action on MLW FUSION throughout 2018, a handful of matches stood out. At the end, it was the Mexican Massacre Match between Pentagon Jr. and LA Park that took home Match of the Year honors.
While the early part of 2018 saw Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix aligned with Salina de la Renta and Promociones Dorado, Konnan opened the Lucha Bros. eyes over the summer. When the World Tag Team Champions left her company, de la Renta did not take it lightly. In fact, the way between Salina and Konnan is still raging.
One of the first battles de la Renta brought to Konnan and his charges after Pentagon Jr. and Fenix tore up their Promociones Dorado contracts was a Mexican Massacre Match with the legendary LA Park facing Pentagon Jr.
Here’s what the MLW FUSION Recap had to say about this matchup:
This one wasn’t for the faint of heart. Less than five seconds into the match, Pentagon Jr. threw a metal trash can at LA Park. Seconds after that, LA Park crushed the same trash can over Penta’s head. After celebrating with the legendary LA Park strut, the Chairman and Salina de la Renta once again showed there is no depth too low for them to sink in an effort to win.
One week ago de la Renta ripped the mask off Pentagon’s brother Rey Fenix, leading to him losing as he challenged the World Champion Low Ki. This week, it was LA Park, who tried to rip off Pentagon Jr.’s mask, what some would call a cardinal sin in the world of lucha libre. While Park ripped the top of the mask, most of it stayed intact and Penta’s identity was safe.
But that action seemed to give LA Park an incredible amount of confidence and momentum as he continued to batter Pentagon Jr.
But Penta didn’t go quietly into that good night. A tope over the top rope put LA Park through a table. Pentagon nailed his opponent with a chair. At that point, turnabout was fair play, as Penta tore at the mask of LA Park. The two beat the hell out of each other for what seemed to be an eternity.
Finally, Pentagon pulled out all the stops, attempting to use a fireball. But it seemed to hit the official more than LA Park. When the official’s count was slow as he was trying to clear his vision, Penta lost it, hitting the official with a trash can. There were no disqualifications in the match, so it continued.
But with the official writhing in pain from being hit by the trash can, LA Park saw an opening and kicked Pentagon Jr. in the crotch. The low blow was enough, after nearly 20 minute of torture. LA Park was finally able to keep Pentagon down for what was an incredibly quick three-count.
See the entire match, by watching MLW FUSION, click the player below:
This match eventually led to a World Tag Team Championship bout between the Lucha Bros. and Los Parks (LA Park and Hijo de LA Park). But the Lucha Bros. have so far managed to maintain the titles under Konnan’s guidance.
Match of the Year Honorable Mention
Of course, there were tons of great matches in Major League Wrestling this past year. We’d be remiss if we didn’t list those that were in the running and were nearly named Match of the Year.
As summer heated up, battles raged throughout Major League Wrestling. War Games seemed like the only way to settle the score. Watch the entire MLW War Games match below:
Lucha Bros. vs. Rich Swann & ACH
Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix have been fighting champions, taking on all comers for the World Tag Team Championship. One of the most incredible matches of the year saw four major stars lock up in an MLW ring for the richest tag team prize in the world. While the Lucha Bros. came out on top, Swann and ACH gave them all they could handle. See that matchup below:
Low Ki vs. Rey Fenix
Of the four matches mentioned in this article, at least one of the Lucha Bros. — Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. — have been a part of three of them. While the Lucha Bros. were defending the World Tag Team Championships for most of the year, they weren’t adverse to wearing singles gold either. Rey Fenix had an opportunity at the World Heavyweight Championship held by Low Ki.
The bad blood between Promociones Dorado, Konnan and the Lucha Bros. has been well-documented. This was yet another battle in that war that has yet to be completely settled. To see Fenix challenge for the World Title, click below:
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