The last two nights were the second MCW Invitational Tournament, titled SEVEN given the age of MCW. Twelve man tournament plus assorted other matches around that.
The tournament had a late change after the UK’s Progress Wrestling champ, Travis Banks, pulled out, but hard to be disappointed as Trent SEVEN was a fantastic replacement.
The Friday suffered a bit from “we can’t make these matches too big because three of these buggers are going to be wrestling three times in 25 hours” syndrome.
Highlights of night 1 included:
- Krakerjak returning to singles competition in the tournament, and winning via staple gun to the groin.
- SEVEN progressing in a very fun match against Mr Juicy: seamlessly transitioning from “we’re so fat we can’t do a kip up” comedy to brutal strong style.
- Slex making an open challenge to NJPW, 24 hour deadline to respond. Challenge accepted.
- Main event was Brooksy defending the Intercommonwealth Title versus Caveman Ugg. Yes, Ugg is exactly how you might visualise him. He’s also an extremely good worker for someone with just over a year of intensive experience, and had the crowd Ugg-ing Tozawa style. Brooksy’s better, of course, and retained.
- Jonah Rock vs Matt “Son of Havoc” Cross for the MCW Heavyweight title. Like Ospreay previously, Cross won the main title from a Sydney company in advance… and then MCW gobbled it up. In fact, Jonah now has top belts from VIC, NSW, and SA. Cross ain’t tall but geez he’s built. Muscles on top of muscles on top of muscles. Missed the 450 and brain-bustered for the win.
- Preston and Payne finally got their blow-off match. Payne won, and looks to be Jonah’s next challenger. With a slightly sharper haircut, Payne looks like a scaled-up Enzo… except, as far as I know, he’s not hated by everyone. Crowd was hot for the pull-apart challenge from Payne.
- SEVEN, Robbie Eagles, and Champagne Pyro (sorry, Dowie James… your old name was wrestling comedy gold) were in the final. Delivered, as you’d expect from those three. Dowie submits SEVEN after SEVEN threw Robbie into next week on the floor.
Oh yeah, and Okada. Tickets not on sale on the site yet, but front few rows will be gone already as the queue at the end of the night was loooooong.