Los Parks (LA Park and LA Park Jr.) def. Gangrel and Pagano in a Mexican Death Match
I feel like we get way too many matches like this in MLW where there are no rules and it just ends up being a mess. I suppose it benefits Los Parks and the crowds are into them, but the action is over the place and it's not my cup of tea, personally. I also don't understand putting Gangrel in lengthy matches at this stage of his career. This was a bit random, and considering Los Parks have since been fired from MLW, it was a waste of time as well.
KC Navarro def. nZo in a Grudge Match
The bad blood between these two goes back many months to when nZo debuted and beat down Navarro. Navarro has been owed a victory over nZo since then and I'm glad he finally got it here. What's weird is that this was far from the "grudge" match that this was billed as. I mean, it lasted less than two minutes. It was played up as a fluke win for Navarro, so I'm sure we haven't seen the last of these two against each other. This was underwhelming as a match, but it's not like I need to see nZo in 15-minute matches.
Bandido def. Flamita
Anyone who watched these two in Ring of Honor is well aware of their history. They were ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions for a good stretch of time together , and once Flamita turned heel, I believe they had at least one match over the ROH World Championship. The bottom line is that they have excellent chemistry, so unsurprisingly, this was a kickass main event. It was perfectly paced, the action was entertaining and the crowd was into it. Hopefully we'll see more of Bandido and Flamita in MLW going forward.
As much as I enjoyed Bandido vs. Flamita in the main event and found it to be a treat, the rest of the show was subpar in my opinion. The opening Mexican Death match wasn't for me and the match in the middle was way too short to be anything special, though I was a fan of the outcome. Next week's Rise of the Renegades special will feature a Mexican Strap match between Aramis and Gino Medina as well as Octagon Jr. defending his IWA Caribbean Heavyweight Championship against Matt Cross.