29th Oct2018

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Oct 26th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have MLW Fright Night to cover, as well as its gruesome main event. Let’s get to it… the movie “Brawl in Cell Block 99” was boring and cheesy.

Match #1: Joey Ryan defeated Richard Holliday

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“Most Marketable” Richard Holliday stepped in with the King of Sleaze Joey Ryan and the youngster held the early advantage, even going for his own version of the Garvin Stomp. Holliday later picked up a pair of near falls with a roll through and a neckbreaker. Holliday tried to put Ryan away with the Market Crash, but was thwarted. Ryan ended up scoring with a pump handle suplex that seemed to turn the tide. Ryan then went into his trunks for his trademark lollipop to set up Sweet Tooth Music. Holliday had it well-scouted, ducked the lollipop and reversed into a backslide. When Ryan kicked out of the backslide, he still had the lollipop in his hand. With Holliday momentarily distracted, Ryan slipped it into the mouth of Holliday. That allowed Ryan to tune up for the Sweet Tooth Music superkick to pick up the victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun match that didn’t quite get to where I thought it would go, but did manage to get the job done, anyway. Ryan’s sleazy antics still work fine in an old-school fashion, but in the era of intense technical skill and insane aerial assault from so many wrestlers, the poke in the yet, while legitimately dangerous, just doesn’t resonate the way a Sharp-Shooter does. It’s a dumb argument to make, because you need a bit of levity in wrestling every so often, but apart from Ryan’s Penis Flip, there really aren’t any silly spots in wrestling that draw, so why waste time on what so many wrestling fans would like to see disappear? Focus on using more transitional moves to get you to the finish… I think smart-asses like me call it “psychology”, so we can sound important.

Match #2: LA Park defeated PCO

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Seconds into the match, LA Park was screaming and talking trash in Spanish, while PCO was giving it right back in French. Despite any potential language barriers, the messages must have gotten through, because this one became very physical, very quickly. PCO had the early advantage and scored big with a chokeslam and a moonsault. The near fall that followed incensed PCO, who hit LA Park with a dive through the ropes to the outside. PCO continued the assault, banging Park’s head into the guardrail. But LA Park showed his legendary resiliency. The Chairman nailed PCO with a nasty headbutt, hammered him with a dropkick to the side of the head and then followed with a dive to the outside of his own, driving PCO into the guard rail. LA Park then showed exactly why he’s called the Chairman, delivering a blow to PCO’s back with a chair from ringside. He followed that up by whipping PCO with a television camera cable, as well as his own belt. When PCO finally regained some semblance of control, he went for a swanton bomb off the top to the outside. But LA Park moved and PCO slammed into the ring apron on his back. LA Park followed up with a flying cross body block off the top turnbuckle to the floor. The massive impact of that move finally gave LA Park the opening he needed. Back in the ring, PCO was the recipient of a violent spear, leading to a pinfall victory for LA Park.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was good shit. They beat the hell out of each other and made everything look twice as painful as it would normally be. PCO’s resurgence has got to be the best story in wrestling this year, besides Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson’s return to the sport earlier this year. If you would have told me that PCO would have gotten popular enough to be in marquee matches against some of the best in active competition, I might not have believed you, but in wrestling it’s “never say never” for a reason. LA Park/ La Parka is still one of the best and should always stand as a reminder that if it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it. I wouldn’t mind seeing these two old codgers get back in the ring for a few more of these in the near future.

Match #3: (Main Event) – Sami Callihan defeated Jimmy Havoc – Spin The Wheel, Make the Deal

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Earlier in the evening – prior to the main event – Jimmy Havoc won the coin toss to determine who would spin the wheel and make the deal. Havoc and our own Kaci Lennox were outside the Melrose Ballroom in New York City to make it official. The wheel included match stipulations such as First Blood, Prince of Darkness, Coal Miner’s Glove, Barbed Wire, Body Bag Match, etc. Havoc’s spin, however, stopped on Spinner’s Choice. Havoc called an audible and said he wanted ALL the stipulations in play. League officials accepted his decision. But the coin toss and seemingly the spin of the wheel were among the last things to go right for Havoc.

Havoc got a few shots in early in the contest, including a inserting a number of staples into the skin of Callihan, as well as a couple pokes in the eye. But Callihan even turned the tables and utilized the staple gun on Havoc – including one staple to Havoc’s nether regions. But when things got really physical, it was Callihan who did most of the damage. Havoc was able to hit the Acid Rainmaker, but didn’t get all of it and Callihan kicked out at two. From there, it was all Sami. Havoc brought out a bodybag and an urn. But the urn backfired. Callihan knocked the contents of the urn into Havoc’s face, kicked his blinded opponent in the crotch and nailed a piledriver for a near fall. Then, the bodybag came into play, spelling the end for Havoc. Callihan beat Havoc with a boot, leaving Callihan with enough space to put Havoc in the body bag and zip it up. But Havoc sat up (still in the bodybag). He managed to get his head out of the bag and avoid potential suffocation issues, but took a kick to the face for his trouble. With Havoc defenseless, Callihan delivered a second piledriver (bodybag and all) to pick up the victory.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – More CZW than ECW, this was pure hardcore garbage wrestling, but with some style. Sami has turned into a real psycho in the ring and Havoc was close to matching Sami in the crazy department with his performance in this match. Sami was booked to dominate which played to Havoc’s strength as a sadomasochistic freak, since he just sold for Sami the whole time like he was the gimp from “Pulp Fiction”. Hell, there was a spot in the match where Sami stapled Havoc’s crotch. If you can’t get a good idea of what this match is after hearing that some guy got his balls speared by a staple gun, then maybe you outta go watch Kurt Russell in “Escape From Sesame Street”. I had to kill Elmo… he tried to tickle my good eye out… manamana… doodoodoodoodoo. As a spectacle, this was pretty creative and you can’t get bored with this, but you can be upset by how far this veers from a sound contest. That being said, it seems most matches only get half as close as they should to feeling like a competitive sporting event, so why should this match be any different? Watch this one after a bad day at work and you’ll be able to get out all of your frustrations and hostilities… or you could just paint along with Bob Ross on your local PBS station.

News Of The Night:

  1. Low Ki will defend his MLW World Title against Daga in the near future.
  2. Tom Lawlor will fight Sami Callihan in a Chicago Street Fight at MLW: Fightland after the latter attacked the former, earlier this week.
  3. Tommy Dreamer fights Brody King, next week.
  4. The Hart Foundation will fight ACH, Rich Swann and Marko Stunt in a Six-Man Tag Match, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an excellent card and an excellent show that delivered with its big main event, as well as its second act clash of the titans contested between PCO and LA Park. If I was tuning into MLW for the first time, I’d come back the next week to see another, so I’d call this episode a success.


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