Alex Kane Won Battle Riot to Earn an MLW World Heavyweight Championship Opportunity
MLW tends to do a good job with these Battle Riot matches and this was another entertaining installment on the whole. The surprise entrants (Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, Snitsky and the former Ricardo Rodriguez) were especially fun. There weren't many stories told at all, but it did pick up down the stretch when the bigger stars were left. Kane and Davey Boy Smith Jr. have been feuding for a while now, so Kane tapping him out to win was a fitting finish. The crowd were happy with the outcome, so we'll see if Kane sticks as a babyface. I didn't think of him as a potential challenger for Alexander Hammerstone, but it makes sense as he's been built up nicely and they should have a great match. My only nitpick of Battle Riot this year was the heavy emphasis on The Calling. They're just not that interesting so far.
We just had War Chamber last week, and then Battle Riot IV this week. I would have spaced them out a bit better, but per reports, next week's edition of MLW Underground Wrestling will be the last on Reelz for the time being, so it looks like they're trying to air as much of the content they taped as possible. As for this episode, it was obviously a one-match show, but it's enjoyable enough that it's worth checking out. Personally, I liked Battle Riot much more than I did War Chamber.