Rich Swann picked up a victory over Lance Anoa’i while appealing the fine and suspension levied by League officials for his recent physical altercation with an official and other MLW staffers. In addition, Mance Warner was victorious in his MLW debut, while Rey Horus came out on top in an incredible lucha libre main event.
We also heard from MJF and Richard Holliday following their vicious attack of Teddy Hart on last week’s show. World Heavyweight Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor checked in from his Las Vegas training camp and Salina de la Renta responded on behalf of Low KI.
Let’s get more details as we barrel toward Intimidation Games, set for Saturday, March 2 at Cicero Stadium in Chicago, Ill.
Rey Horus defeated Aerostar
In an absolutely thrilling lucha libre contest, Rey Horus picked up the victory over Aerostar in our main event. The Philadelphia crowd was chanting “Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!” just minutes into the matchup.
The two went back-and-forth throughout the matchup. Aerostar scored with a backstabber off the ropes as Horus was on the turnbuckle. But Rey rebounded moments later with a huge suicide senton over the turnbuckle and the ringpost to the outside.
Aerostar’s best chance at the victory came just minutes before Rey Horus actually picked up the victory. Aerostar nimbly scaled the ropes in the corner and launched himself backward with a trust fall dive that drove Rey Horus hard into the mat. But Horus was able to kick out at the last second before recovering enough to score the win.
Lawlor, Salina Comment on Steel Cage World Title Match
Taking a short break from his training in Las Vegas, World Heavyweight Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor commented on Low Ki’s mysterious training camp in Puerto Rico and his thoughts on next week’s World Title rematch, which will be in a steel cage.
“With MLW Intimidation Games upon us, there have been a ton of rumors about Low Ki,” Lawlor said. “What’s going on with this media blackout? What’s going on with this guy? None of it matters. When we step into that cage in Chicago, if you think … you can come out on top against me in something I’ve been preparing my entire life for in that cage, you’re more delusional than everyone you were. This is my world. This is a cage fight and I’m going to conduct my own blackout when it comes to you in Chicago.”
While Promociones Dorado’s impresaria Salina de la Renta is blocking media from access to former champion Low Ki, she begrudgingly took a few moments for MLW cameras from her compound in Puerto Rico.
“Low Ki is training the hardest he has ever trained in his life,” de la Renta said. “Tom, next week in Chicago, I am going to show you that you messed with the wrong bitch. Low Ki is training with some cage fighters that you’ve actually fought before in the UFC. So, be ready.”
See the World Heavyweight Championship decided on live television March 2 (this coming Saturday) at 9 p.m. ET on beIN Sports!
Rich Swann defeated Lance Anoa’i
Swann, who was suspended and fined by MLW officials recently, was allowed to compete this week while his the appeal of his suspension was considered.
Swann addressed the fans in a taped message moments before the match, thanking them.
“I want to thank the MLW faithful for supporting me, for being by my side, for walking step by step with Rich Swann,” Swann said. “You see, everybody knows that when the electricity flows, Rich Swann keeps the party going all night long. But I can only keep it going with you. Thank you so very much.”
It was a strange statement, as Swann has been booed by many MLW fans for his recent actions.
In the ring, it seemed as though the suspension may have distracted Swann for much of the match. Anoa’i controlled most of the match, showing great power and agility.
But when Lance went for a 450 splash, Swann scooted out of the way at the last second, then utilized the ring ropes for leverage to score the pinfall.
Stay tuned to MLW.com for more on the result of Swann’s appeal of his suspension.
Mance Warner defeated Jimmy Yuta
The Southern Psycho Mance Warner made his MLW debut and picked up a victory over Jimmy Yuta. Earlier in the show, our own Kaci Lennox conducted an interview with Ol’ Mancer, who laid out his game plan for the match against Yuta.
1. Light beers; 2. Eye pokes; 3. Knee pad up, knee pad down; 4. Lariats
It’s unclear if Yuta saw the interview or simply couldn’t do anything about Warner’s strategy. But eventually, Yuta received a poke in the eye. Later, the knee pad went up, then down and the knee slammed into Yuta’s temple. Moments later, a Mancer lariat turned Jimmy inside out and Warner had his first MLW victory.
MJF, Holliday Address Teddy Hart
After viciously attacking World Middleweight Champion and hone half of the World Tag Team Champions Teddy Hart backstage on last week’s show, Maxwell J. Friedman and “Most Marketable” Richard Holliday appeared on this week’s show to discuss the attack.
MJF, who was forced to vacate the World Middleweight Championship due to an injury, is still incensed that Hart is now holding that belt.
“He’s a phony. He’s a farce. He’s a paper champion,” said MJF of Hart. “He is not the real champion. I am. I never lost my title. While this idiot is prancing around with my gold … you have a lot to worry about buddy. That’s why I beat you down like the dog you are.
“This is the man who choked you out,” MJF said as Holliday joined him on camera. “This is the most marketable man in professional wrestling. This is Richard Holliday and Richard Holliday doesn’t come from the slums of Calgary.”
The former World Middleweight Champion went on to say Teddy’s late, great grandfather Stu Hart even knows that “I’m better than you.”
We’ll get another chance to find out at Intimidation Games as the Hart Foundation will face off with MJF and Holliday for the MLW World Tag Team Championships March 2 in Chicago.
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