October 14th, 2023
By: John Siino
2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA
Commentary: Joe Dombrowski & Matt Striker
Chamber of Horrors Match: The Calling (Cannonball & Talon) vs. The Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner & Matthew Justice)
Halloween-themed presentation here, with Joe Dombrowski dressed like a prisoner with an orange jumpsuit as Matt Striker was Super Mario. Dombrowski told us this was the first Chamber of Horrors Match in 32 years, with the last (and only one) being held back at WCW Halloween Havoc 1991. They all start brawling on the outside before the match starts as the Second Gear Crew double choke slams Talon on top of a gurney and attacks him with a chair before sending him inside to officially start the match. The SGC starts attacking Cannonball with multiple chair shots and whips Talon into a wooden board in the corner. Cannonball fights them both off as Talon is able to join in the chaos. There are pumpkins, more wooden boards, and chairs all over the steel cage including the electric wooden chair. They start stapling both Matthew Justice & Mance Warner all over their bodies and send Warner into another wooden board. Justice starts fighting off The Calling with a steel chair before Warner piledrives Talon on top of a pumpkin. They put another pumpkin on top of Cannonball before Justice lands off the top rope with a steel chair. Justice hits a Swanton off the steel cage onto Cannonball in the other corner with the wooden board in between them as all four men are laid out for a while. They put Talon onto the ‘chair of torture’, pull the lever and electrify him as the match officially comes to an end as a result. As they leave they hold up a tombstone that says ‘Here lies Sean Ross Sap. He wrote thy recap’.
Winners: The Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner & Matthew Justice) at 8:46
Miyu Yamashita is Coming Soon
We got a video for Miyu Yamashita of Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling coming soon to MLW.
Sam Leterna is with Rocky Romero and Salina de la Renta match and asks Romero how he is feeling. Salina says this isn’t about feelings, it’s about history and business and tonight they are showing why Promociones Dorado runs Major League Wrestling.
Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal
Leterna then heads to the stage and brings out 1 Called Manders and says he won the coin toss to spin the wheel and make the deal for his match tonight against Rickey Shane Page. The wheel lands in a Falls Count Anywhere stipulation. Manders says his boys whipped ass tonight and so will him, to give Second Gear Crew a 2-0 record.
- Fightland (Saturday – November 18th)
- Fusion on Thanksgiving (Thursday – November 23rd)
- One-Shot (Thursday – December 7th)
MLW World Middleweight Championship / CMLL World Historic Welterweight Championship: AKIRA (c) vs. Rocky Romero (c) (w/ Salina de la Renta)
Jesus Rodriguez comes out to do the introduction for Rocky Romero who is representing CMLL in this title vs. title match. AKIRA puts his hand out to start the match but Romero spits at it as they take it to the mat with multiple suplex attempts until AKIRA dragon screws Romero a couple of times. AKIRA stays on the attack hitting a dropkick in the corner for a two-count. They start chopping each other on the apron before Romero suplexes AKIRA right off. Romero follows with a double stomp before they head back to the inside where Romero keeps AKIRA in the corner with chops. Romero tries the Forever Clotheslines, but AKIRA is able to catch Romero in an arm bar, Romero escapes out and puts one on himself. They start trading forearms until AKIRA hits a Saito Suplex and a running knee. After hitting a German Suplex, AKIRA puts on the STF, but Romero is able to grab the bottom rope. Salina gets on the apron, but members of The Calling try to interfere just for Salina to take them out with a kendo stick. Romero hits AKIRA with a suicide dive during this confusion, sends him inside, and hits two back-to-back Sliced Rocky, getting a two-count. AKIRA tries the Death Penalty from the top rope, but Romero counters it with another Sliced Rocky for a two. They start trading kicks before AKIRA hits a double stomp for two. Romero escapes the Death Penalty and sends AKIRA into the referee in the corner, hitting a low blow during the distraction followed by the Sunset Driver to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Rocky Romero by pinfall at 16:14, to retain the CMLL World Historic Welterweight Champion and become the NEW MLW World Middleweight Champion.
MLW National Openweight Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Rickey Shane Page (c) vs. 1 Called Manders
Rickey Shane Page attacks 1 Called Manders during his entrance, as the bell rings to start the match on the outside in this Falls Count Anywhere, going for the pin already. RSP starts whipping his jacket on Manders and choking him out with it before grabbing a steel chain. Manders attacks RSP in the corner and takes him out with a flying shoulder tackle, grabbing the steel chain and jacket to use right back on RSP. They take it to the outside as Manders sends a chair into RSP, getting a two. Manders props a chair into the corner, but RSP sends Manders into it instead. RSP sets chairs up on the outside, but Manders fights him off and sends RSP through them with a spinebuster. The Calling’s goons start attacking Manders, but Manders takes them all out with weapons and a piledriver. Manders uses a cowbell on RSP before they take it to the back but the cameras don’t stay with them as the commentary says they will update us on them but the show must continue on for now.
MLW Women’s World Featherweight Championship: Delmi Exo (c) vs. Janai Kai (w/ Salina de la Renta)
Delmi Exo’s original opponent was B3CCA but she couldn’t appear due to her contract with her record company, so tonight Exo would have to defend her title against a ‘phantom challenger’ who was revealed to be Janai Kai. We cut to RSP and Manders fighting in the back for a quick moment before the bell rings for this match. They start by trading attempts at taking each other down, before rolling on the mat with submission and pin attempts. They run the ropes a bit before Kai puts on the Dragon Sleeper, but Exo fights out and hits a Russian Leg Sweep. Exo heads to the top rope, but Salina distracts her as Kai takes out Exo on the apron. Kai starts kicking away at Exo in the corner, continuing on the ropes to get a two. Kai keeps kicking away until Exo stops her with a trap suplex. Exo starts attacking Kai in the corner, but Kai escapes to the outside getting met with a dropkick off the apron by Exo. Inside, Exo catches Kai off the ropes with a spine buster for two and attempts the Delmi Driver, just for Kai to counter with a throw and continue with the rapid kicks. Kai fights her way out of another Delmi Driver attempt, lands more kicks, and puts Exo into the Dragon Sleeper as she taps out giving Kai the victory.
Winner: Janai Kai by submission at 8:52, to become NEW MLW Women’s World Featherweight Champion.
We go to RSP and Manders continues to fight in the back as they head into the boiler room, as commentary mentions how the match is officially still going on.
Minoru Suzuki vs. Jacob Fatu
Minoru Suzuki making his MLW debut here, is fresh off his victory against Charles Mason from the previous night at House of Glory’s Friday the 13th event in Queens, New York. We get ‘Holy shit’ and ‘This is awesome’ chants before they even lock up. They eventually do, as Jacob Fatu starts the chop battle and Suzuki laughs them off. Fatu body slams Suzuki and starts striking Suzuki on the apron, but Suzuki traps on the scissors and snaps Fatu’s finger back as they take it to the outside. They start brawling against the apron and barricade as Suzuki knocks Fatu and heads back inside. Suzuki puts on a heel hook, but Fatu is able to roll over and grab the bottom rope. They run the ropes until Fatu catches Suzuki for a Samoan Drop and hits a springboard moonsault for two. Fatu stays in control, smashing Suzuki in the corner for another two but Suzuki comes back with a PK. They go into the chop-and-strike exchange, but Fatu finishes the sequence with a Falcon Arrow for two. Suzuki escapes out of a spinning Uranage and puts on the sleeper hold, followed by the Gotch Style Piledriver to get the pin. Suzuki & Fatu show each other respect after the match.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki by pinfall at 11:01.
We go back to RSP and Manders fighting inside of the ring truck, as RSP hits a rolling elbow for a two-count.
CMLL At Fightland
We get a promo for their next event, MLW Fightland on November 18th as Joe Dombrowski says Salin de la Renta has brokered a deal to see CMLL luchadores making their debut at that event.
MLW National Openweight Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Rickey Shane Page (c) vs. 1 Called Manders
Rickey Shane Page and 1 Called Manders have found their way back ringside as Manders uses one of the set tombstones on RSP as they are back in the ring now. RSP takes Manders down with a cross body and hits a top rope splash to get a two-count. RSP goes to find something under the ring, but Manders takes him out with a heat-seeking missile and hits a suplex on the outside for a two. Manders finds half of a pumpkin from the opening match, puts it on RSP, and hits a Dusty Rhodes elbow. They start fighting up the ramp as all the set tombstones are used on each other. Manders picks up RSP and sends him through the wooden board against the apron to get a two-count. AKIRA makes his way down to the ring, but RSP pushes AKIRA into Manders, distracting him as RSP follows with the Raven Effect on the cement to get the pin and end this show-long match.
Winner: Rickey Shane Page by pinfall at 46:37, to retain
AKIRA gets in RSP’s face for what he did, but RSP shoves down his MLW World Tag Team Champion partner and walks to the back.
MLW World Heavyweight Championship: Alex Kane (w/ Mr. Thomas) (c) vs. Tom Lawlor
Tom Lawlor is making his return to MLW in this match, after having his last match a little over 2 years ago in October 2021 and taking the place of the original opponent for Alex Kane, in Davey Boy Smith Jr. who had to undergo emergency surgery for diverticulitis. Commentary brings up the checklist that Kane made after winning this title with one goal being ‘tapping out a UFC hoe’, and wondering if Lawlor would qualify. They start the match trying to take each other down, with Kane having the upper hand. Lawlor starts kicking away at Kane, but Kane takes him down. They keep going back and forth with takedown attempts and submission attempts before trading forearms. Kane throws Lawlor, sending him to the apron where he knocks him down and hits Lawlor with a splash on the apron. Lawlor takes off his shorts (revealing trunks underneath) and starts choking out Kane with them, before running a lap around the ring to take out Kane with a kick. Lawlor stays in the control inside, chopping Kane in all the corners. Kane is able to escape and send Lawlor into the corner with an Exploder Suplex. Lawlor drives Kane shoulder-first into the ring post as they head up to the top rope where Kane suplexes Lawlor down with an overhead T-bone suplex. Kane continues with suplexes, but Lawlor stops him with kicks and knees, getting a two-count. Kane stops a running kick attempt from Lawlor and puts on a single-leg crab, that Lawlor turns into a Triangle choke. Kane powers out and powerbomb his way out for a two-count. They trade hard and fast strikes with Kane knocking Lawlor down with a hard clothesline for two. Lawlor hits the Nasty Knee for a two before calling for a sleeper hold, Kane reverses and puts one of his own, before Lawlor reverses it again. Kane steps off the corner and lands on Lawlor for the pin to get the win.
Winner: Alex Kane by pinfall at 17:28, to retain
ECW Original Matt Cardona
Alex Kane gets on the mic and says this is his house, but Matt Cardona comes out with Mister Saint Laurent to interrupt him. Cardona says he just flew from Australia to be here and says he should be MLW World Heavyweight Champion, especially in this building in Philadelphia, since he’s an ECW original. They start arguing about how many Twitter followers they have, as Tom Lawlor attacks Mr. Thoams from behind with a chair and Kane & Cardona start fighting on the outside to end the show.