Never Say Never Recap: Tankman vs. Fatu For World Heavyweight Title

Both Calvin Tankman and Jacob Fatu are ready to “Never Say Never” tonight (presented by as Heavyweight Hustle wants that World Heavyweight gold from The Samoan Werewolf. Fatu makes it clear that he wants to add Calvin to CONTRA’s ever-growing body count, but Tankman knows this is what he’s joined MLW for and is ready to unseat the longstanding champ. It all goes down in the marquee main event!

Ray Flores joins Jared St. Laurent on commentary for the biggest night in MLW history as we start the event off with a big-time grudge match.

Simon Gotch vs. Jordan Oliver

Oliver catches Gotch in a standing switch and takes the CONTRA member down. Gotch does the same to Oliver with a single leg takedown. Indian Death Lock attempt by Gotch gets rolled through by Jordan. The two competitors roll on the mat and it takes a big knee to jar Jordan.

Front chancery by Gotch who rolls Oliver down to the canvas with a grounded octopus stretch. Oliver battles out of it and slugs Simon off the apron. Oliver goes to dive on top of Gotch, but he is well-scouted.

Oliver goes leaping off for a cutter attempt, but it’s Gotch who catches him with a back elbow. To protect his own hand, Gotch takes Jordan’s bandana and slugs Oliver repeatedly before choking it’s rightful owner with it.

Simon keeps Jordan grounded with a flurry of harsh kicks. Gotch attempts a modified armbar, but it’s Jordan who rolls to the outside for a recoup. It ends up being the wrong decision as Simon delivers a snap suplex onto the floor. Simon rolls him back in for a two count. Frustrated, Simon hammers Oliver with pointed elbows and focuses on Oliver’s left hand. Jordan gets caught flush with a standing kick to the skull.

Gotch attempts his patented rive, but Oliver musters up enough energy for a modified DDT. Both men are down as we reach the eight minute mark.

Back on their feet, the two men trade elbows and running shots which is all capitalized by a lariat from Oliver.

Jordan jumps out of the corner for his cutter attempt, but once more Simon scouts it. Third time’s a charm and Oliver nails him with it, picking up the win!

WINNER: Jordan Oliver

We see Josef Samael who makes it very clear that this is a war. While Calvin Tankman has been taking pictures with “the children” but it’s CONTRA who’s been planning his destruction. Once they do that, that will be justice.

Some big international projects await MLW as the league’s partnership with Dragongate Japan Pro-Wrestling will continue in 2021!

Myron Reed vs. Daivari

Reed lives up to his “Hot Fire” moniker as he goes immediately on the attack with a dive to the outside!

The ref begins the MLW 20 count as Daivari sends Reed crashing into the big soundboard at ringside. He begins choking Reed and the official has to come outside to break it up. Davairi takes his brute force to the canvas as he doesn’t relent on The Young GOAT.

It’s not long until the fight goes back to the outside as Davairi attempts a piledriver in front of the stage, but Reed reverses for a back body drop and dives onto the veteran.

Reed goes back to dive onto Daivari but a side step saves him. Daivari continues his gameplan of wearing Reed down with his brutal offensive attacks, particularly to the left knee and ankle. Reed however, manages to counter with a modified stunner!

Reed shakes the pain off and kips off for a series of clotheslines. Massive boot by Myron sets Daivari up for a guillotine leg drop and then a springboard leg drop for a very near fall!

Reed is still favoring his leg as he tries to walk off the pain, but this allows Daivari to counter with a swift powerslam. Daivari then removes Myron’s chest protector and dons it himself.

He goes to nail a frog splash, but Myron moves and hits Daivari with a leaping cutter akin to Oliver’s earlier actions. He puts his vest back on, steps on the apron and vaults himself on top of his foe for the No Cap Splash and that’s enough for the W!

WINNER: Myron Reed

Hammerstone is far from pleased at Mil Muertes having hold of his National Openweight Championship. Muertes five-step plan to steal his title was poorly executed and it went something like this: Step 1) Steal his championship Step 2) post as many selfies he can with said stolen championship while Step 3, 4 & 5 all involve beating Mil’s ass and sending him back to the grave he crawled out of. That title match is set to take place on April 14th!

Alicia Atout is having an exclusive sit-down interview with Richard Holliday and Gino Medina. Richard takes exception to not being referred to as the Caribbean Champion. Gino doesn’t want to hear any of this bickering. He tells Holliday he wouldn’t know “dynastic” if it kicked him in the head (which Gino plans on doing soon). Holliday makes it clear that he is Dynastic while Alicia makes it clear the cologne Rich wears requires a heavy duty facemask to survive. Gino gets a bit of a kick out of that. Holliday wears Dolce & Gabbana. The consumers love the way he smells. Medina wants to cut to the chase and doesn’t want to hear from a Thrift Store Barbie or a Knock-off Ken. They continue to bicker before Alicia announces that it will be Gino Medina challenging Richard Holliday for the IWA Puerto Rico Caribbean Championship on April 14th!

We will get a medical update on Bu Ku Dao after he was ambushed by TJP two weeks ago. TJP was suspended and fined $2,500, but it’s Dao who has suffered the true punishment as he’s been put out of action. We’ll get an update on him in two weeks time.

Main event time, ladies and gentlemen! Here’s the tale of the tape and the statistics are quite similar between our two main event competitors!

MLW World Heavyweight Championship
Calvin Tankman vs. Jacob Fatu (c) (with Daivari)

Jared St. Laurent does make note that Calvin Tankman has been suffering from food poisoning and questions if the challenger is completely hydrated as Fatu steps forth into the squared circle.

The title is raised, the bell sounds and we are underway. Tank and Fatu circle on another before locking up, several times. The two behemoths collide with one another and Tank tanks Fatu out when they do that a second time! Fatu is irate.

This definitely has the champ briefly off his game as Tank hammers and scouts the Samoan Werewolf. A leaping arm drag and massive dropkick downs Fatu!

Fatu finds a window with a headbutt on the apron as he follows up quickly with a springboard shoulder block. He certifies that Tank stays down with a superkick to the jaw!

Fatu aims for the throat of Calvin and Fatu hoists Heavyweight Hustle up for a Samoan drop! Fatu loosens his wrist tape and begins to strangle Tankman with it.

Calvin shows his resiliency as he fights from his knees, but Fatu chops Tank in the throat. This continues as Calvin struggles to survive in the corner. Fatu slows the pace down to methodical attacks and sends Tank tumbling down with a corner splash and then a running cannonball against the bottom turnbuckle!

Fatu powers in his patented nerve hold. Calvin fights to his feet, but Fatu flattens Tank back down with an extreme diving shoulder block!

Tankman still finds enough strength to trade shots with Jacob center ring. Both men show that they scouted one another very well, but Tankman gets the better with a suicide dive and follows that up in the ring with running shooting star press! `1-2-no!

Tankman sizes Fatu up and hits a stunner, but Fatu blocks it to nail a superkick, then handspring moonsault for a close fall of his own!

Tankman pops Fatu up for a spinning back elbow and then crashes him down for a big-time backbreaker. That gets punctuated with a lariat that turns Fatu inside out! 1-2-the champ kicks out!

Daivari sense trouble in steps into the canvas. Calvin gives him a receipt, but it’s Fatu who nails Tank with the black flag of CONTRA. He quickly ascends up top for his patented moonsault for the 1-2-3!

WINNER and STILL MLW World Heavyweight Champion: Jacob Fatu

It took Daivari and a flagpole for Fatu to squeak out the title retain! One HAS to believe Calvin will receive another shot at that Heavyweight gold!

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