MLW Fury Road
September 3rd, 2023
By: John Siino
2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA
Commentary: Joe Dombrowski & Matt Striker
MLW National Openweight Championship Weapons of Mass Destruction Match: Jacob Fatu (c) vs. Rickey Shane Page
The referee is in a full hazmat for this upcoming match with the hazardous materials on the outside as they start brawling and take it to the outside right away where Jacob Fatu dives onto Rickey Shane Page. Fatu tosses RSP into the ring and hits a senton for two. Fatu goes and grabs a couple of chairs and starts tossing them to RSP’s face. Fatu tries to suplex RSP onto the chairs set up, but RSP whips Fatu into another chair that was wedged in a corner and then proceeds to suplex Fatu onto the chairs. RSP starts using the end of the chair to dig it into the shoeless foot of Fatu, before using a wrench onto also. RSP takes that same wrench to take off a turnbuckle and tosses a chair onto Fatu’s face. RSP continues to take off turnbuckles before body-slamming Fatu onto a chair. RSP eventually takes off a turnbuckle and uses the metal end to dig into the foot of Fatu. The entire top rope is now removed as they take it back to the outside. RSP puts on a military helmet before trying to put Fatu’s face into the toxic waste, but he avoids it as they head back inside where Fatu dives right onto RSP. Back inside, Fatu hits a super kick and hits a standing moonsault, and a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. Fatu brings a gas can into the ring and knocks RSP with it after RSP spits at him. We see RSP is busted open now, as Fatu hits a senton from the top rope to the outside onto RSP. Fatu sets a wooden board onto two steel chairs and puts RSP onto it with a Samoan Drop. They start trading blows when back in the ring until RSP tosses Fatu to the outside where he sets Fatu onto a ladder that’s against a barricade, but when RSP dives onto it, Fatu gets out of the way. Fatu starts putting RSP’s face onto the toxic waste, as sparks and smoke fly out of it. RSP’s tag team champion partner; AKIRA of The Calling comes out and starts attacking Fatu as RSP’s face is being bandaged up. They try to double-team Fatu, but AKIRA super kicks RSP by accident. As Fatu is taking out AKIRA, RSP follows with the Raven Effect to Fatu on top of the edge of a seated chair to get the pin and win and become a double champion, and four pieces of gold for The Calling.
Winner: Rickey Shane Page by pinfall at 15:21, to become NEW MLW National Openweight Champion.
Ol’ Mancer’s Toes
Sam Leterna is backstage with the Second Gear Crew, as 1 Called Manders & Matthew Justice are disgusted by the way Mance Warner’s feet smell. Warner tells the camera to zoom in on his feet and says Matt Cardona will have to kiss his feet tonight. Warner reveals that he’s been walking barefoot in cow shit, pig shit, and maybe some human feces as the streets of Philly are filled with all types of dirty things. Warner says Cardona is trying to cut the line in a place that Warner helped build. Warner will wear his boots tonight just for the fight, but when he removes them Cardona can smell, kiss, and taste the blood on his toes.
Sessions by Saint Laurent: Salina de la Renta Returns
Mister Saint Laurent is on the stage for the debut of his new talk show, Sessions by Saint Laurent. MSL explains it just like the ‘World Titan Federation’; this show will be what the world is watching with A-list guests, interviews, huge scoops, and the hottest takes in wrestling. MSL plugs the Kiss My Foot match for later on and says that Warner will kiss his foot as well. MSL brings out the first guest of his show the returning Salina de la Renta, who had left MLW back in 2021. MSL asks where Salina has been, as she says MLW has not been the same without her and asks where the Lucha is and says the best, they have is a ‘baby Yoda thing’. MLW says the ‘Micro joke’ (Microman) is long gone and asks Salina if she has anything to do with the disappearance of Cesar Duran. Salina says, ‘What do you think’ and with MLW’s new pipeline to Mexico, she will bring the best Luchadoras that MLW has ever seen, and she will be debuting the first one, next month at MLW Slaughterhouse.
· Slaughterhouse (Saturday, October 14th)
· Fightland (Saturday, November 18th)
· One-Shot (Thursday, December 7th)
· Blood & Thunder (Saturday, January 6th)
Maki Itoh vs. B3CCA
Maki Itoh isn’t too impressed with B3CCA’s music performance. B3CCA gets on the mic before the match and says she knows Philly doesn’t want to hear Itoh singing, as they do for Itoh. B3CCA says she wants to prove once and for all that she’s the ultimate pop princess, so she challenges Itoh to a sing-off. Itoh starts singing, but B3CCA takes her out from behind as the bell rings. Itoh dodges a Singapore cane from B3CCA and then begins to attack B3CCA with it. Back inside, Itoh hits the Flying Bighead, but B3CCA comes right back with a side slam for a two. B3CCA gets on the mic again and starts singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Itoh while attacking Itoh, but she comes right back with punches until B3CCA uses the mic as a weapon while continuing to sing. They start trading forearms, before falling to the mat where they fight over the mic both saying, ‘My mic’. Itoh says ‘Kiss my ass, bitch’ then starts using the mic to hit 10 punches to B3CCA in the corner, a running boot a tornado DDT for a two-count. B3CCA comes right back with a TKO for a two, but Itoh trips B3CCA up before putting on a Boston Crab. B3CCA grabs the bottom rope, but Itoh comes back with a draping DDT on the apron, for a two-count. Itoh misses a flying headbutt, as B3CCA follows with a running Death Valley Driver, followed by a 450 splash for the pin and the win, a future MLW Women’s World Featherweight Championship title shot against Delmi Exo.
Winner: B3CCA by pinfall at 7:42
Love, Doug comes out after to try and give B3CCA some chocolate, but she brushes him off and leaves.
Kiss My Foot Match: Matt Cardona (w/ Mister Saint Laurent) vs. Mance Warner
Matt Cardona is making his debut for MLW with this match. Cardona gets on the mic before the match and says Philadelphia sucks and asks for them to show him some respect. Cardona calls this Mance Warner’s biggest opportunity in his life but to him, it’s just another payday and the first of many thanks to MSL. Cardona says he’s here for the buzz, the money, and all the gold, and Warner will bow down to the Deathmatch King. Right away, Cardona pushes Warner off and goes outside to regroup with MSL. Eventually, they lock up, before Warner goes wild on Cardona with punches and kicks Cardona right back to the outside. Cardona starts to leave, but Warner brings him back, but not before hitting him with a back body drop on the ramp. MSL gets involved, but this distraction causes Cardona to take out Warner and hit a DDT on the floor. Warner is busted open now, as Cardona jumps on it with punches to the forehead before taking a chair from MSL that he uses to smack and choke Warner with, including hitting the Reboot for a two-count. MSL hands a wooden board to Cardona, who puts it against the corner. They tussle until Warner spears Cardona through the board for a two-count. Matt Striker says to give Warner the chance to carry the torch of Terry Funk here in MLW. Warner sets up four chairs in the middle of the ring and tries to hit a piledriver, but Cardona fights it off and puts Warner through them with a Death Valley Driver. Cardona misses a chair shot, as the chair bounces off the ropes and hits him. Warner follows with a running knee, but MSL puts Cardona’s foot on the ropes. The referee ejects MSL, as Cardona hits a low blow followed by the Radio Silence for the pin and the win.
Winner: Matt Cardona by pinfall at 8:57
MSL joins Cardona in the ring and tells the timekeeper to join them in the ring and bring chairs with her. MSL tells her to untie MSL’s shoe, as Cardona takes off his boot as well. They tell Warner to kiss MSL’s foot first, as Warner says he’s a man of his word. Instead, Warner bites MSL’s foot and takes out Cardona with a chair shot to the head, before going back to biting MSL’s foot.
Ichiban vs. Tracy Williams
Ichiban was revealed earlier in the day by Court Bauer to be MLW’s newest signing. Having become familiar with Ichiban’s work from House of Glory, I am glad he is getting this opportunity. They start the match by working on each other’s arms before Tracy Williams rolls up Ichiban for a two-count. The quick Ichiban goes after Williams, but he’s able to tie Ichiban down and twist his ankle. Ichiban keeps escaping out and hits a dropkick, sending Williams into the corner. Ichiban hits ten punches in the corner and knocks Williams to the outside. They fight on the apron until Williams catches Ichiban into a brainbuster for a two-count. Williams holds Ichiban down with a headlock before working on Ichiban’s left shoulder and hits a cradle suplex for a two-count. They fight on the top rope, and Williams catches Ichiban with a DDT, but Ichiban falls to the outside as the referee checks on him. Williams pushes the referee and keeps working on Ichiban, sending him into the barricade. Williams chops away at Ichiban in the ring, but he comes back with a back body drop and a stunner. Ichiban hits a missile dropkick, sends Williams to the outside, and hits a tope con giro. Ichiban follows with a top rope cross body for a two, but Williams catches Wiliams into a crossface, followed by a Death Valley Driver for a two-count. Ichiban escapes and follows with a jumping flatliner for the pin and the win.
Winner: Ichiban by pinfall at 9:51
Tony Deppen vs. KUSHIDA
KUSHIDA (also making his MLW debut) is the first representation for New Japan Pro Wrestling as they start their partnership with MLW. They start the match by running the ropes as KUSHIDA sends Tony Deppen to the outside with a dropkick on the apron. Deppen takes his time getting back into the ring, as when he does, they both work to take each other down on the mat. Deppen starts dancing on top of KUSHIDA, but he comes right back to take down Deppen on the mat and tries to put on the Hoverboard Lock, but Deppen fights his way out. Deppen gets frustrated and goes outside and starts messing with the fans by knocking a hat off of one. Back inside, they continue to work on taking the other down on the mat before Deppen hits a poke in the eye, followed by kicks to KUSHIDA in the corner. Deppen goes after KUSHIDA’s back and kicks him to keep him down, followed by a suplex for a two-count. They go back and forth with a suplex attempt, but KUSHIDA puts Deppen on the top rope. Deppen kicks his way off and hits a double stomp off the top rope for a two. More fighting off the ropes and pin attempts, before KUSHIDA hits a wheelbarrow kick sending Deppen to the outside. Deppen fights off KUSHIDA’s Hoverboard Lock attempt on the outside by driving him onto the apron. Deppen puts KUSHIDA on a chair, but KUSHIDA stops Deppen and knocks him onto the chair, seats him, before somersaulting over another chair hitting a senton to the seated Deppen. KUSHIDA hits a palm strike to Deppen in the corner and puts Deppen on the top rope, but he’s able to reverse out. They go back and forth a bit until KUSHIDA hits a dropkick and tries to put the Hoverboard Lock on. Deppen escapes out, as they knock each other down and out. KUSHIDA follows this with Back to the Future for the pin and the win.
Winner: KUSHIDA by pinfall at 12:18
Deppen goes to shake KUSHIDA’s hand but quickly turns it into a middle finger before leaving a stunned KUSHIDA.
Minoru Suzuki Is Coming To MLW
We saw a video for Minoru Suzuki showing he is the next representative from NJPW coming to MLW, and he will debut at Slaughterhouse on October 14th.
MLW World Heavyweight Championship: Alex Kane (c) (w/ Mr. Thomas) vs. Willie Mack
Alex Kane with a big Bomaye Fight Club entrance that includes newest member J Boujii, as well as Faye Jackson and J-Heru. Kane starts the match by pie-facing Willie Mack, who comes right back with a right hook, knocking down Kane. Mack goes for multiple pin attempts, but Kane keeps kicking out at two. Mack continues to work on Kane in the corner with punches and stomps before hitting a cannonball in the corner. Kane starts to fight back, but Mack comes back with a headlock takeover and a jumping Enziguri knocking Kane to the outside. Kane tries to regroup, but Mack dives onto him as Matt Striker complains that Mack is too busy posing in front of the Fury Road sign, instead of going after Kane. They start taking turns tossing each other into the barricades until Mack puts Kane on a chair and hits him with a jumping kick. They continue going around the ring tossing each other into the corner before Kane hits a German suplex to Mack on the outside and tosses him back inside where Kane hits a splash on the apron to Mack. Kane hits one more splash on the other side of the apron and gets a two-count. They dodge each other in the corner with splash attempts before Kane hooks on for an exploder suplex for another two. Kane starts wearing Mack down with a headlock, but Mack comes back with a couple of suplexes of his own. Kane comes back with a Saito Suplex for two and whips Mack into the corner, but he bounces back with a clothesline. The crowd gets behind Mack, as he slams Kane down, and hits a jumping knee and a standing moonsault for a two-count. Mack hits a stunner, but Kane topples to the outside where Mack dives onto him with a pescado. On the way back inside, Kane kicks the rope up under Mack and follows with a gut wrench side suplex and a spear for a two-count. Mack catches Kane off the ropes with a sit-out powerbomb for a two, as Striker questions the referee for taking too much time to go for the count. They go back and forth until Kane hits a pair of suplexes for a two-count. They tussle back and forth until Kane puts on a flatliner right into a rear naked choke hold. Mack tries to fight it off until the referee raises and drops Mack’s arm three times before calling the match off.
Winner: Alex Kane by referee stoppage at 17:56, to retain
Kane gets on the mic after and says this entire time he said Mack didn’t deserve it, but tonight Mack showed him that he had that Bomaye drive. Kane says Mack earned his respect as he offers a hand that Mack shakes back. Kane says before Mack goes, he needs a ‘Bomaye’ from him. Mack says he will do it but for one time only, before screaming Bomaye into the mic as Kane celebrates on the way out with the rest of the Bomaye Fight Club.