2 - is there a present and easy way to import the data into matlab
3 - can I somehow get the EXACT same data and structure I was getting with getEvents
The Python and MATLAB data file tools in MWorks 0.9 can read both MWK and MWK2 files. The interfaces (e.g. the inputs and outputs of getEvents) have not changed. The only difference is that events extracted from MWK2 files are ordered by event code then time, whereas events from MWK files are in the order they were written to the file (meaning they are generally, but not strictly, ordered by time).
Older versions of MWorks can't read MWK2 files, because the format didn't exist when they were released.