Originally published at MLW Never Say Never: Jacob Fatu retains, "The Gate is Unlocked"
MLW Never Say Never 2021
March 31st, 2021
GILT Nightclub – Orlando, FL
Commentary: Ray Flores & Jared Saint Laurent
Opening promo from Jacob Fatu where he says “Tankman, you thought you were just going to sign a deal and come into MLW and make a name for yourself? Hell Nah! That’s why CONTRA Unit put that shit to a stop! You are going to be just like the rest of them over here, just another body to add to the body count. Hail CONTRA!”. Calvin Tankman comes back with “Tonight’s the night that I’ve been waiting for since I signed my contract. Tonight, I get to go toe to toe with the World Heavyweight Champion, Jacob Fatu. And I know you’ve been running roughshod over the roster, but I’m different. You better not play with me, play games with the people you could play with because I’m dangerous. You play games with me, you’re going to be waking up off the mat with me with that World Heavyweight Title held high, by any means.”
Simon Gotch vs. Jordan Oliver
Ray Flores has replaced Rich Bocchini for play-by-play commentary for tonight, as he comes from over a decade of experience for boxing and mixed martial arts promotions. They show the history of this feud stemming back from last year when CONTRA Unit took out Kotto Brazil. Just as the bell rings, Oliver goes to try and take down Gotch, and on the mat, they trade back leg submissions until Gotch is able to put on a chinlock. Gotch is able to take Oliver down trying to trap all his limbs, but as Oliver gets out he is able to land a headbutt. Oliver is able to duck Gotch on the ropes and knock him to the outside but misses the dive. Back inside, Gotch catches a back elbow but lands a forearm on a springboarding Oliver who jumped from the second rope and gets a 1 count. Gotch takes Oliver’s bandana and wraps it around his right hand to start striking down on Oliver. The referee steps in as Gotch starts choking Oliver out with the bandana. Gotch hits a spinning back kick, and transitions right into an armbar while attempting pins until Oliver goes under the ropes. On the outside, they start trading strikes, but Gotch stops Oliver in his tracks with a suplex to the floor. Gotch throws Oliver in, but only gets a two as he starts landing knees to the back. Oliver is able to reverse a body slam into a DDT, as both men are laid out in the middle of the ring. As they get up, they start trading running forearms, Oliver attempts a springboard cutter that Gotch is able to catch, Oliver turns it into a pin, but Gotch kicks him off as Oliver springboards off the ropes once again this time hitting the cutter and getting the pin.
Winner: Jordan Oliver by pinfall at 9:14
This Is A War
We get a cut in video from Josef Samael, saying “Never Say Never, it’s an idyllic Western expression that’s full of hope for when you’re low on luck and just about out of time. You, INJUSTICE infidels, typical unapologetic arrogant Americans. Running your mouths on your thousand-dollar iPhones, trying to convince the problem but really trying to convince yourself that your revolution has a chance, but this isn’t a revolution, this is a war. A war that I’ve trained my warriors for, day in and day out right here in the killing fields of Cambodia. And while Calvin Tankman’s been taking photos with the children and the media has been celebrating his arrival. My World Champion, he’s been butchering 20 men a day in the most lethal hand-to-hand combat, being put to the test. While I’ve been charting your destruction. Tonight, the Black Flag of CONTRA will be draped over body bags as your revolution lays in ruins. Now that’s justice.”
The Gate Has Been Unlocked
We get a promo that says “For ages dragons have battled. Now they battle in a new kingdom. The Gate from Japan has been opened to the Americas.” As we see footage from Dragon Gate Japan Pro-Wrestling, with its logo and MLW’s, with the words ‘Coming Soon’ underneath. Ray Flores announces that the Gate has been unlocked, MLW and Dragon Gate of Japan have united in an alliance after the pandemic caused plans to be delayed. Both organizations are excited to reveal that the partnership is now on track with some big projects in the works. Stay tuned in the MLW programming in the weeks and months ahead for more on that.
Daivari vs. Myron Reed
They brawl right at the start of the bell, with Daivari throwing Reed against all the ropes until Reed stops him at the third attempt and ends up throwing Daivari to the outside and hits a suicide dive as he says “We are taking out CONTRA. Period.” Reed tells the cameraman to get out the way, but Daivari reverses the whip and throws Reed against the soundboard. Back inside, Daivari goes to work whipping Reed against the turnbuckles, but only gets a 2 count. Daivari ends up throwing Reed to the outside, before bringing him to the entrance steps. As Daivari tries to piledrive Reed, Reed reverses, hits a back body drop, and flies off the stage equipment with a crossbody. Back in the ring, Reed misses a cross body and Daivari capitalizes and goes after Reed’s left leg ending with a Figure Four, but Reed reaches and gets the bottom rope. Daivari tries a suplex, but Reed is able to reverse it into a stunner. Reed hits a guillotine leg drop, followed by a slingshot leg drop for a 2 count. Daivari takes off his shirt, takes off Reed’s chest protector, and puts it on himself as he goes to the top and misses a frog splash. Reed takes off the chest protector and hits a springboard cutter before putting his chest protector back on hitting the No Cap 450 Splash and getting the pin.
Winner: Myron Reed by pinfall at 8:05
5 Step Plan
We see a tweet from Azteca Underground with a picture of the MLW National Openweight Championship with the caption “This now resides in MY temple! Alexander Hammerstone, there is a new El Jefe in town!” We go to Hammerstone who says “There is excitement in the air because Mil Muertes vs. Hammerstone is finally happening and it’s right around the corner. And Mil, I’ve been trying to explain to you from the very beginning you planned this whole thing out very poorly because I’m pretty sure your 5 Step plan went something like; Step 1) Steal my championship Step 2) Post as many selfies with it as possible but it just so happens that Step 3, 4 and 5 are all me whipping your ass and you back into whatever grave you crawled out from. Salina, don’t bother waking him up this time.”
- 3/7 – MLW Underground
- 3/14 – MLW National Openweight Championship: Alexander Hammerstone (c) vs. Mil Muertes