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Here is the card for tonight's show on beIN Sports:

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• MJF vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.

• Kotto Brazil vs. Richard Holliday

• Air Wolf vs. Ace Austin

 

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How is 2019 Harry Smith?

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He's better out of the WWE system than he ever was in it. Physically huge by indie standards as well. He's a solid worker but he doesn't do much spectacular. Having said that MJF might be an ideal opponent for him, because you've got one guy doing character and charisma while the other takes care of the actual wrestling aspect. So it should be good. If it's not an MLW three minute match like they have sometimes.

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I feel like Harry needs to grow a beard or something to differentiate himself from his dad and then up his intensity. He seems content to ride on being a second generation wrestler when he could be a lot more. Even Pillman Jr is doing more of his own thing and he's only been around for a fraction of the time.

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7 hours ago, Matt D said:

How is 2019 Harry Smith?

Harry Smith would have excelled in mid 90s AJPW as the resident gaijin tag team specialist with the occasional singles glory.

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5 minutes ago, Wyld Samurai said:

Harry Smith would have excelled in mid 90s AJPW as the resident gaijin tag team specialist with the occasional singles glory.

KES are criminally underutilized in New Japan.

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He's a meat and potatoes guy, ultimately. Kind of feels like he's reached the greatest hits tour part of his career already, having gone straight there from young up and comer. You'd think he'd have squeezed a couple of years of international superstar (or underground cult hero) in first, but he seems to have decided that fans want him to be his Dad the sequel.

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It's kind of a shame because I think he could pull off a psycho jock gimmick (like Killer Kross mixed with Mojo Rawley) pretty well, and stepping out of his dad's shadow is the most natural way to change things up there is.

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I mentioned it a while back, but they did bring up on MLW TV that Davey was winning a fan poll for the next guy in line to get a shot at the World Championship belt. I have this feeling given that Court loves the HF act, and the other members being busy in their own title hunts that they will put the belt on him. 

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Really good episode this week. I thought Kotto should have gotten a little more offense against Richard Holliday. 

I loved the promo from 'Ol Mancer and Sami. I noticed a little dig at AEW from Callihan with his line about only having one executive VP. I marked for Sami and Warner doing the Mega Powers handshake.

DBS, Jr. vs. MJF was a fine tv match. Nice to see Aria Blake back with MJF. She'd be a good addition to MJF's act once he goes to AEW full-time. I have a feeling we'll see Davey Boy, Jr. get a run with the heavyweight title. I want to eventually see DBS, Jr. vs. Jacob Fatu for the title and a full blown Hart Foundation/Contra Unit feud.

The end of the show was perfect. Contra Unit is the perfect heel faction.

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Fun interview at the start of the show by Hammerstone. This guy is so major TV ready that he puts guys in both NXT & WWE TV to shame with his natural charisma, and promo skills. When DBS Jr. wins the title,  Hammerstone will be the perfect opposite to him. 

MLW have quietly created stars off personalities without having to rely on 5 star matches, and not dragging them down with 50/50 booking. Only problem is AEW, and WWE are probably watching closely to see who they can pick. 

Edited by LoneWolf&Subs
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Considering Dean liked Eddie's post I'm glad that he's apparently watching.  This episode in particular brought the goods.  It has an old-school approach between Hammerstone's promo, the main event and Cornette on commentary for good measure.  Heck, even Contra Unit has an old-school vibe that's not seen much on major promotions.  But it has that modern feel to it as well to balance it out and makes stuff like Wolf/Ace stand out.  That right combination just feels so damn right to me.  Can't wait for Lawlor/Fatu and will be interested to see how Mance/Sami plays out next week.  Also great touch on the poor cameraman getting a fireball at the end with the signal cutting out.  Great, great stuff.

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Hammerstone cut a really good promo in the opener.  Seeds of dissent in The Dynasty now sown and the gimmick is in for how MJF may bounce to AEW if it comes to him working exclusively in one federation.

And hey!  Kotto Brazil's eye is finally 100%!  Only in pro wrestling would the doc clear a guy to participate in a match with an ocular injury on the mend.  Both Holiday and Kotto looked pretty good in that match.

I totally forgot that MJF used to work DDT and Maryland Championship Wrestling.

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Oh I love MLW.  It's like watching ECW in 1995 again.  But yeah I'm waiting for the big boys eat them up like they did ECW.

Is Ace Austin signed to MLW or Impact?  He looks like he has potential.

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Don't forget that this Saturday should be another Selina De La Renta Muy Especial edition of MLW.

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11 minutes ago, J.T. said:

Don't forget that this Saturday should be another Selina De La Renta Muy Especial edition of MLW.

Oh yeah.  My favorite thing about MLW is that have LA PARK as this mystical ass-beater who is UNLEASHED from time to time.  Wrestling doesn't do that anymore.

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Scott Stanford disserves some extra praise for his “nerdy” selling when lifting the dumbbell.

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2 hours ago, J.T. said:

Don't forget that this Saturday should be another Selina De La Renta Muy Especial edition of MLW.

More Selina is always a good thing.

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6 hours ago, LoneWolf&Subs said:

Scott Stanford disserves some extra praise for his “nerdy” selling when lifting the dumbbell.

Rich Bocchini. Unless that was sarcasm.. then I apologize. 

Speaking of, does Stanford still do WWE Network stuff?

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16 minutes ago, Peck said:

Rich Bocchini. Unless that was sarcasm.. then I apologize. 

Speaking of, does Stanford still do WWE Network stuff?

lol, that was legit I don’t remember which is which interchangeable non-Michael Cole announcers. Which is a shame because I remember liking Scott Stanford as a backstage interviewer. Him, and Renee were the only ones trying when everybody got roped into something they might have not wanted to do.

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2 hours ago, Peck said:

Rich Bocchini. Unless that was sarcasm.. then I apologize. 

Speaking of, does Stanford still do WWE Network stuff?

Standford does the sports coverage on WPIX in New York. They'll have wrestling related guests on when WWE has a big New York show coming up. I know they had Paul Heyman on one year before Summerslam at the Barclay's Center.

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22 hours ago, NikoBaltimore said:

Considering Dean liked Eddie's post I'm glad that he's apparently watching.  This episode in particular brought the goods.  It has an old-school approach between Hammerstone's promo, the main event and Cornette on commentary for good measure.  Heck, even Contra Unit has an old-school vibe that's not seen much on major promotions.  But it has that modern feel to it as well to balance it out and makes stuff like Wolf/Ace stand out.  That right combination just feels so damn right to me.  Can't wait for Lawlor/Fatu and will be interested to see how Mance/Sami plays out next week.  Also great touch on the poor cameraman getting a fireball at the end with the signal cutting out.  Great, great stuff.

 

I was really impressed with Ace Austin.  Airwolf- I keep unfairly comparing him the Waltman in his Lightning Kid days for some reason, even though they're not alike at all.

MLW is primed to get raided by the bigger fish in the food chain (ROH/AEW most likely), so they are going to have to succeed by building up new talent,or getting enough financial backing to get to ROH's level.

 

The MLW stuff (alongside Muta) is making me want to hit Wrestlecade this year again.

 

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Air Wolf continues to bump his way into my heart and his use of the old television theme for AIRWOLF as his entrance music only fuels the fire.

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Posted (edited)

Has Ace Austin always cos-played as Gambit, and has he incorporated an exploding playing card into his matches?

Edited by LoneWolf&Subs

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