Taped at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our hosts are Joe Dombrowski and Rich Bocchini.
Show opens with Cesar Duran and a masked henchman in the ring. Duran is ready to give a briefcase full of American cash to a lucky individual.
Arez is now "several thousand dollars richer" and celebrates with his newfound wealth.
Alicia Atout interviews Willow Nightingale backstage. Willow is feeling sad because she wants to elevate the women’s division but Holidead won’t stop picking on her. Willow is ready for a fight and threatens to show Holidead her dark side.
Emilio Sparks ambushes Myron Reed for a pushy impromptu interview. Reed has suffered some setbacks but he isn’t going away. The lights go out and Duran’s lady friend appears from the shadows. She offers him some support and leaves him speechless.
Meanwhile, Alexander Hammerstone is brawling with one of Duran’s goons.
Video promo with 5150. Konnan is the calm before the storm, but Julius Smokes is the storm. Rivera and Slice Boogie are ready to die or become Tag Team Champions.
Alicia Atout presents a video package recapping the long history of CONTRA in MLW. The latest scoop is that Cesar Duran is behind the dissension in the group. Many of the key members have vanished.
Meanwhile, Hammerstone continues brawling with Duran’s guy. This is payback for Hammerstone refusing Duran’s gift.
They lock up for a shoving contest. NZO runs away from a clean break and dishes out a series of headlock takedowns. Cross needs a rope break to regroup. NZO hits a shoulder block, but Cross scores a well aimed dropkick. Back handspring elbow by Cross and then a springboard crossbody gets 2. NZO grabs Cross’ tights to thrust him into the buckles and retake control. Back from commercials, NZO is working a chinlock while the fans jeer. Cross escapes, but NZO trips him back-first onto the buckles. NZO is sucking wind as he hits a vertical suplex. Cross makes a comeback, hitting a flying double stomp to the spine for 2. Cross steps over NZO on his way up the ropes, but NZO sneaks up for a Razor’s Edge! NZO fumbles while setting up a Backstabber and gets a nearfall. NZO flies into Cross’ pump kick. Cross misses the SSP but recovers with a springboard cutter for only 2. NZO messes with the apron, the ref stops to fix it, giving NZO the opportunity for a low blow and hit Done-Zo for the win at 10:31. Fire that referee immediately. Dismal match, that dragged from start to finish. Cross is such a clearly superior athlete and polished performer that watching him sell for NZO felt ludicrous. If I were running MLW, I would not invite NZO back, DUD.
KC Navarro is about to join commentary, but NZO doesn’t like the way he looked at him and goes on the attack. NZO struggles but ultimately throws Navarro into the ring post with another Razor’s Edge. That was an ill-advised bump for Navarro, hope he’s okay.
Richard Holliday has a Christmas gift for Alicia Atout, even though he knows they don’t celebrate Christmas in Canada. Surprise, it’s a Dynasty coffee mug! They’re interrupted by Hammerstone’s brawl, and he smashes the mug over the masked goon’s head. Richard berates Hammerstone for ruining the holidays.
Emilio Sparks has some serious questions for Holidead, who has Dr. Dax on a leash. They’re interrupted by 5150, who admire Sparks’ sneakers. Rivera wants to take the sneakers by force, but Konnan reminds him they have gold to win first.
Meanwhile, National Champion Alex Kane arrives in his car, but gets chased away by Calvin Tankman.
Final Thoughts: MLW continues to provide highly entertaining and engaging TV shows. The NZO match really dragged this down in the middle, with a crappy match and scary, dangerous attack on KC Navarro. I really hope this is the last we see of NZO, despite them setting up the Navarro feud. Check out the first and last 20 minutes of this episode and you’ll be all set.
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