MLW World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone def. Cesar Duran's Henchmen in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match (Non-Title)
I don't believe this was contested for the championship, but I could be wrong. It ended so quickly that it was hard to tell. This stemmed from a promo Duran was cutting in the promo, where he attempted to stack the odds against Hammerstone, who he has been at odds with for some time. Obviously, he was unsuccessful because Hammerstone destroyed the dudes immediately. He was then attacked by Richard Holliday, but I'm not really sure why that feud needs to continue. It seemed to end in decisive (and underwhelming) fashion back in May.
Jacob Fatu Won Battle Riot to Earn an MLW World Heavyweight Championship Opportunity
If you've never seen a Battle Riot match before, it's basically MLW's version of the Royal Rumble, except with 40 men and eliminations can also occur by pinfall and submission in addition to being thrown over the top rope. If you were wondering why Killer/Karrion Kross was one of the entrants despite being in WWE currently, that's because this was taped all the way back in late June. There were a handful of surprise entrants with MLW World Women's Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie, Parker Boudreaux and Sami Callihan being among them. Between the quick pace and some of the stories told, this was pretty fun on the whole. With the win, Fatu finally gets the one-on-one rematch for the MLW World title he didn't get after losing it last year.
This was essentially a precursor to next week's season premiere of Fusion. MLW has been on hiatus for almost four months, so I'm glad it's back and they're airing all the content they've filmed since then, starting with Battle Riot from June. The opening show stuff was quick and painless and I enjoyed Battle Riot itself. it had the right winner and sets up Fatu vs. Hammerstone II for down the road. As a one-match show, this earns an easy thumbs-up.
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