Arez def. Aramis
This was a rematch from one of the first few episodes of ALPHA and was contested for Cesar Duran's briefcase full of cash. I was really impressed with what I saw from these two men the first time around and this was equally entertaining. Not all of it was super smooth, but it was a great choice for the opener. I hope Duran continues to offer "opportunities" like this for the MLW roster as he did in Lucha Underground.
nZo def. Matt Cross
I've actually seen a few independent matches of nZo's in recent years and he isn't completely awful. He's far from a master technician in the ring, of course, but he can hold his own now more than he could during his WWE days in my opinion. I was surprised this lasted as long as it did, but if anyone could get a competent match out of nZo, it's someone like Cross. This was decent stuff that saw nZo cheat to pick up the victory. nZo also attacked KC Navarro while he was making his way to the ring for a match he was scheduled to have, so I guess we know who nZo's next opponent will be.
5150 (Slice Boogie and Rivera) def. Los Parks (LA Park Jr. and Hijo de LA Park) in a Philly Street Fight to Win the MLW World Tag Team Championship
I knew this would be a wild brawl going into it and it didn't disappoint. The crowd ate all of it up and thus the electric atmosphere added to my enjoyment of this. It won't be for everyone, but given who was involved, I expected brutality and they brought it. I feel like we haven't seen a lot of Los Parks since ALPHA started up, so I'm in full favor of the title change and hope we can get more focus on the tag team division going forward. The next taping will emanate from Texas and I assume The Von Erichs will re-enter the title chase there.
This was a fairly newsworthy shows by normal ALPHA standards as all three matches were significant. The opener was contested for a briefcase of Duran's money (for whatever that's worth), nZo debuted and it didn't completely underwhelm, and the main event was a war and saw the tag titles change hands. It was a quality show on the whole. I believe next week's edition of ALPHA will be the last for a while before MLW debuts a similar series in January.