MLW Women's World Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie def. Brittany Blake
I believe this was Valkyrie's first defense of the title since winning it earlier this year. She's the perfect person to hold it, bring credibility to it from the get-go and have quality matches with the rest of the division. Granted, nothing about this stood out as special, but I thought they had a decent match in the time they were allotted and Blake had a solid showing. MLW really needs to strengthen their women's division.
MLW World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone def. Richard Holliday in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
Apparently this lasted a little over 20 minutes, even though it felt like 40. It's weird because they were shortchanged the first time they faced off back in July whereas I thought this was too long and dragged at times. I appreciated that they took full advantage of the stipulation, though. A lot of the brawling was boring, but it picked up a bit at the end. Plenty of time remained in the show and they filled it with EJ Nduka coming out to challenge Hammerstone before attacking him from behind. The turn came completely out of nowhere, and I'm curious what this means for Enduka's team with Calvin Tankman.
I don't know if it was necessary for this episode to be over an hour long, but I thought the video package hyping the main event and the profile piece for Nduka were both really well done. Then again, the Nduka piece was almost irrelevant by the end of the show once he turned heel, but I'm happy he appears to be on the verge of becoming a more featured player on the program. This was better than your typical throwaway holiday show, even if I expected more out of the main event.