Tap To Submit
Next up was the highly anticipated debut of former top 10 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, Dominic Garrini.
Garrini was set to take on the young underdog Ariel Dominguez. This was, on paper, an interesting contest as Garrini was not the sole accomplished grappler in this match. Dominguez at one point was the No. 1 ranked amateur wrestler in the country so MLW definitely knew what they were doing putting him in the ring with another mat technician like Garrini.
Garrini came of the gate circling Dominguez as he tried to sniff out a weak point in the young man’s defense. Garrini and Dominguez chain wrestled and grappled for a minute until Garrini gained some momentum and started to throw his opponent around the ring. Dominguez fought back but to no avail as Garrini threw him up into the air and caught him in an armbar submission when he came back down. Dominguez had to tap immediately.
Garrini then got on the mic and called out other grapplers in MLW like “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and Timothy Thatcher.
A spectacular start to Garrini’s time in MLW. Garrini coming out in his Jiu Jitsu gi and showing absolutely no emotion made him look like a million bucks. Dominguez needs credit for how well he played his role in this contest as well. Hopefully fans get to see more of Dominguez in the future because he definitely has an intangible quality to him.
The only drawback to Garrini’s debut was him calling out two main eventers when he won’t likely be sniffing the main event scene for quite some time. Unless he challenges one of these men soon that challenge comes off as too lofty and disingenuous.