01st Oct2018

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Sept 28th 2018)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big title match to get to, so screw the other match. Also, Avengers 3 is better than Avengers 1 or 2, because 3 wasn’t made by Joss Whedon.

Match #1: Jason Cade defeated Myron Reed

The following is courtesy of MLW:

From before this match became official, Jason Cade and his newfound bad attitude were on display in this middleweight bout. As was his newfound best friend, Rhett Giddins. Cade attacked Myron Reed before the bell and Giddins (all 6-4, 290 pounds of him) routinely ran interference for Cade. When Giddins wasn’t interjecting himself into the match, Reed had control. His springboard seated senton accounted for a near fall on Cade. He flew from one ring to the next (this match was taped at War Games) over two sets of ropes and nailed a cutter on Cade for a near fall. Reed later landed a cutter over the top rope on to the floor on both Cade and Giddins outside the ring. But moments later, the numbers advantage paid dividends for Cade. As Reed scaled the top rope looking to put Cade away, Giddins took his legs out from under him, crotching him on the steel turnbuckle bolts. Cade saw the opportunity and slammed the back of Reed’s head and neck into the mat with a devastating Black Magic to take the pinfall.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fine match that was fluid and swift. This match moved fast enough to avoid wearing out its welcome, but not going by too quickly to not make a mark. Did that last sentence make any sense? Chris Matthews has a big freakin’ forehead… and so does Kurtwood Smith. We made Kool-Aid! Any-way, this was a good match and this show has been brought to you by Jengy’s Gooey Juice! Jengy’s… just get on your knees, close your eyes and don’t focus on what it tastes like.

Match #2: Main Event – Low Ki (with Salina de la Renta) defeated Rey Fenix (with Konnan) – Major League Wrestling World Title Match

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If it wasn’t already personal enough between Salina de la Renta, Konnan and the Lucha Bros., the animosity just went up another notch. The World Championship was on the line as Low Ki faced off with Rey Fenix, one half of the World Tag Team Champion Lucha Bros. The split of Fenix and his brother Pentagon Jr. from de la Renta’s Promociones Dorado is well-documented. Now, one week after de la Renta was turned down when she tried to broker a deal to send Penta and Fenix to “Hunter,” de la Renta and Low Ki completely disrespected one of the most popular luchadores in the world. In a hotly-contested match, one which saw great action in and out of the ring, it was Salina de la Renta and the absolutely disrespectful act of tearing off a luchadore’s mask that made the difference. Early in the match, Low Ki went after Fenix’s mask, even damaging it in an attempt to rip it off Fenix. The World Champ went back to the mask of Fenix after bouncing his head off the ring post and bloodying the challenger and damaged it even more. All that ripping and tearing at the mask, while it didn’t come off, seemed to loosen it.

For minutes after being bounced off the ring post, Fenix was simply trying to survive the strikes and arsenal of Low Ki. However, a hurricanrana off the top changed the momentum in the match. Fenix was even able to counter the switchblade kick that lifted Low Ki to the World Title. Fenix nailed a massive Spanish Fly and a devastating reverse rana. As Low Ki tried to hold him off by pushing him into the ropes, de la Renta went too far when she ripped the mask off of Fenix. The luchadore instantly covered his face, which opened him up to Low Ki’s attack. A huge double stomp to the back off the top rope on a luchadore who could not defend himself while also defending his identity led to a successful, if not controversial, World Title defense for Low Ki.

My Take: 4 out of 5 – This was a strong match that was built around the champion trying to rip the mask off of the challenger, which worked because Fenix, the challenger, is a luchador. These two athletes worked great with each other, as their every move complimented one another as if watching the reflections of a flame in a mirror. I sound so full of $#!% in that last sentence. Technically, I’m allowed to do some cursing, but I don’t want to do it too much, so as to avoid giving Nerdly the impression that I’m going nuts. Low Ki has had a great resurgence in his career since he came to MLW and he has really proven that he is one of the best performers of his generation with his work in this league. Fenix is like the second coming of Rey Mysterio… along with about a thousand other wrestlers… but he works incredibly hard and has made the kind of impact (there’s a pun…maybe) that Mysterio has in many other wrestling leagues. I don’t think I really have to sell any-body on how good this match is, so I’ll just let you go to MLW’s YouTube channel or MLW’s web-site and see it for yourself.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jimmy Havoc and Sami Callihan will fight at Fury Road with a Roulette Wheel (think Raw Roulette) deciding the stipulation.
  2. Sami Callihan and Jimmy Havoc brawled all over the place, all night.
  3. Maxwell J. Friedman will defend the MLW World Middleweight Title against Jason Cade and Jimmy Yuta in a Triple Threat Elimination Match at Fury Road.
  4. Tommy Dreamer will fight Brody King at Fury Road.

Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent card that had a great match in the main event. Fury Road looks to be great and will be available for free, right on MLW: Fusion.

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