Microman, Octagon Jr. and Puma King def. Gino Medina, Mini Abismo Negro and Arez
We saw a similar lucha-style match not too long ago on Fusion, so regular viewers may recognize and members some of these faces from that. Micro Man received his own unique introduction because he was easily the most over of the six competitors. I'm fine with MLW using him as an attraction in tag team matches, as the crowd exploded when he won for his team here. This was a fun way to kick off the show even though it lasted a little longer than it probably should have.
Ikuro Kwon def. Ken Broadway
Kwon cost Jacob his most recent match against Mads Krugger and was also a part of Contra Unit (does that technically still exist?). He's obviously there to take a beating from Fatu, but they need to establish some credibility for the guy, so that's why he was showcased in a quick squash here. Broadway held his own, but it was a pretty basic bout. Fatu attacking him afterward furthered that feud.
EJ Nduka and Calvin Tankman def. 5150 (Danny Rivera and Slice Boogie) to Win the MLW World Tag Team Championship
Tankman was Nduka's mystery partner. Tankman has been busy feuding with Alex Kane over the MLW National Openweight Championship for months, so while him and Nduka entering the tag teams ranks together is a bit random, they work well as a team and have nice chemistry, so I can't complain. I feel like this match could have been more, but what we got was good. Both Nduka and Tankman are young prospects who will be bigger stars with more seasoning, so pairing them off for now isn't a bad idea. I thought The Von Erichs would be the ones to dethrone 5150 considering how long that's been in the works for, but apparently not.
My favorite part of the show was nothing that happened in the ring but rather the latest in-depth look at Alexander Hammerstone's background. Again, it would have been nice if we got these around the time he won the MLW World Heavyweight Championship six months ago, but better late than never. On the whole, this was a standard show with a newsworthy title change. None of the matches are worth going out of your way to watch, but it was a solid piece of business overall.