History was made at Ballroom Brawl 2022, when MCW alumni Buddy Matthews shocked the world, entering the Ballroom Brawl match as entrant number 20.

But nobody was prepared for what would follow next as the former MCW World Heavyweight Champion eliminated Rocky Menero and won the over-the-top spectacle, becoming the #1 contender to the championship in the process.

When the dust settled, it was clear that Mitch Waterman had a target on his back with the reigning champion facing the prospect of defending his championship against Matthews.

Narrowing escaping with his championship after defeating Adam Brooks at New Horizons and determined to cement his legacy as a fighting champion, Mitch requested a match against Slex at MCW 12.

With a loss against Slex that had been haunting him his entire title reign, vindication came with a controversial victory after Buddy Matthews announced he would cash in his Ballroom Brawl victory to face the winner at the following show.

Now the champion heads to the biggest of his career, as Mitch Waterman will defend the MCW World Heavyweight Championship against Buddy Matthews on Saturday 11th February at “The House Always Wins”.

For Buddy, it is a full circle moment as he returns to the venue which helped launch his international career, in both WWE and now AEW.

It was Friday 16th November 2012 at Worlds Collide when Buddy Matthews last step foot into the Thornbury Theatre as he defended and subsequently lost the MCW World Heavyweight Championship to Mike Petersen.

And in his final MCW match before leaving for the USA, Buddy went on to face Adam Brooks in April 2013, in an historic match which Mitch Waterman witnessed as a fan in attendance that fateful night.
Now 10 years later, history will be made when we return for our first event of 2023.

The House Always Wins streams LIVE from the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 11th February from 7:30pm (AEDT) on FITE TV – ORDER NOW

This event is sold out.

Buddy Matthews made his shocking return to MCW at Ballroom Brawl 2022