A solid crowd welcomed Major League Wrestling to the War Memorial Auditorium for War Games on Sept. 6 in Fort Lauderdale.
It marked the first time MLW visited Fort Lauderdale in 15 years, and that was also for War Games at the War Memorial Auditorium.
Florida was well represented on the show. Florida indie talent included Barrington Hughes, Kotto Brazil (Snoop Strikes), Death Machine Leon Scott, Salina de la Renta, Ricky Martinez (Maxx Stardom), Jason Cade, Rhett Giddins, Vandal Ortagun, Dirty Blondes (Michael Patrick and Leo Brien), Parrow (Mikey), Jake St. Patrick, Frankie Gastineau, Tony Stabile and Aria Blake.
WWE alum Gangrel, who runs Gangrel’s Wrestling Asylum in Dania Beach in South Florida, also wrestled., and Miami’s Konnan returned to South Florida.
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Working behind the scenes were Mister Saint Laurent and Florida Panthers attorney Robert Karpeles, graduates of Coral Springs Taravella High School. The rings were provided by Coastal Championship Wrestling/The Main Event Training Center and Ronin Pro Wrestling, both based in South Florida.
An older audience, the event elicited some fond memories for fans and wrestlers.
Below are some interviews with MLW talent, ranging from established stars to indie notables to up-n-comers.
The New Hart Foundation features Teddy Hart, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Brian Pillman Jr.
They wrestled The Stud Stable (Michael Patrick and Leo Brien of The Dirty Blondes and Parrow) with Colonel Robert Parker.
Hart with Pillman Jr. and Smith Jr. wrestled Rich Swann.
Smith Jr. with Hart and Pillman Jr. wrestled ACH.
Pillman Jr. with Hart and Smith Jr. wrestled Turkey’s No. 1 son Vandal Ortagun.
Pillman Jr. talks MLW, New Hart Foundation, his dad and more.
ECW original Tommy Dreamer, a WWE alum who currently works for Impact Wrestling, sported a cool Dusty Rhodes T-shirt.
Dreamer was part of the MLW War Games main event match. He teamed with John Morrison, Shane Strickland, Kotto Brazil and Big Barrington Hughes against Sami Callihan, Jimmy Havoc, The Death Machines (Leon Scott and Fulton) and The Monster Abyss.
During the pre-show meet and greet, Dreamer talks MLW, War Games, Dusty Rhodes, War Memorial Auditorium, and more.
The 469-pound Barrington Hughes teamed with Tommy Dreamer, John Morrison, Shane Strickland and Kotto Brazil against Sami Callihan, Jimmy Havoc, The Death Machines (Leon Scott and Fulton) and The Monster Abyss in that main event War Games match.
Hughes, who attended Hallandale High School, talks MLW, wrestling journey, growing up in South Florida, family, War Games, and more, before the MLW show.
WCW and WWE alum Tony Schiavone, who calls the action for MLW with Rich Brennan, talks MLW, broadcasting, baseball and more.
Joey Ryan teamed with Taya Valkyrie against Maxwell Jacob Freidman and Aria Blake.
Ryan talks MLW, lollipops, All In, intergender wrestling, his merchandise and more after the show.
As noted above, Aria Blake teamed with Maxwell Jacob Friedman against Taya Valkyrie and Joey Ryan.
Salina de la Renta participated in several segments with various talent, including Low Ki, Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Konnan, Ricky Martinez (Maxx Stardom), Jake St. Patrick, El Hijo de LA Park, and Jimmy Yuta.
Kotto Brazil (Snoop Strikes) was part of the MLW War Games main event match. He teamed with Tommy Dreamer, John Morrison, Shane Strickland and Big Barrington Hughes against Sami Callihan, Jimmy Havoc, The Death Machines (Leon Scott and Fulton) and The Monster Abyss.
Interview with Blake, de la Renta and Brazil after the MLW show.
Blake and de la Renta also talk chicken and pizza after the MLW show.
The MLW War Games show served as TV tapings for beIN Sports.
Under the direction of Court Bauer, MLW is 8 p.m. EST Fridays on beIN Sports.
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