19th Nov2018

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Nov 16th 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 an injured Joey Ryan fighting to honor his bookings, so let’s see if he has a good night… and good luck. Edward R. Murrow, despite popular belief, was not actually black and white…he was only that way on TV.

Match #1: Ricky Martinez defeated Dr. Rex Bacchus

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Promociones Dorado’s Ricky Martinez started the show off with a rather easy victory over Dr. Rex Bacchus. Martinez finished Bacchus off with a nasty suplex that showed off his strength, followed by a modified piledriver, which also required a great deal of power. One has to believe Martinez could be a contender in the Middleweight division if he wanted to be. Right now, he seems to be more content to beat people up and serve as Salina’s Sicario.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a squash match and nothing more.

Match #2: Size Matters defeated Dirty Blondes

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Joey Ryan was working with one good arm and his Size Matters tag team partner Swoggle is one-fourth the size of the Dirty Blondes, but it didn’t matter. While the Dirty Blondes gained the early advantage, Swoggle did just enough damage to get Ryan into the match. Despite one arm in a sling, he was able to pull off Sweet Tooth Music before Swoggle hit a splash off the turnbuckle to secure the victory for the debuting tag team.

My Take: 0 out of 5 – Sadly, this match couldn’t avoid being one of the worst matches of the year. With Joey Ryan’s arm in a sling and Swoggle being one of the less flexible midget wrestlers, Size Matters could not make the match with The Dirty Blondes a success. I give credit to Ryan for working injured, but I wish that he could have been used in a better capacity, like being squashed quickly in a title match or some-thing like that. Over-all, you aren’t missing any-thing if you skip this match.

Match #3: (Main Event) “Filthy” Tom Lawlor defeated Sami Callihan – Chicago Street Fight Match

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

After a vicious attack by Callihan at a Chicago-area press event, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor immediately lobbied League officials for a match where he could get his hands on Callihan. He was granted that wish with a Chicago Street Fight this week. While Callihan was doing the dirty work of Promociones Dorado and Low Ki, Lawlor wanted retribution from the Death Machine before setting his sights on Low Ki later this winter. It was a vicious bout with numerous weapons utilized and many high-impact maneuvers delivered. Both men went through hell. In the end, it was Lawlor who slapped on a rear naked choke and added to it by jabbing the handle of Callihan’s baseball bat into Callihan’s face. That forced Callihan to tap out.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that had lots of good wrestling and plenty of brawling. The action was some-what standard for this kind of match, but it was brisk and enthralling, nonetheless. This was not the best main event from MLW this year, but it was the best match tonight, even though that’s not saying much. That being said, I still recommend this excellent fight to the finish.

News Of The Night:

  1. Konnan is coming out of retirement to fight Low Ki for the MLW World Title at MLW Zero Hour on Dec. 14 in Miami, which is Konnan’s home-town.
  2. Simon Gotch betrayed Tom Lawlor to Salina de la Renta and numerous wrestlers she hired to beat the hell out of him in a goofy, yet effective angle.

Final Verdict: 2/5

Apart from the main event, this was all stuff you could afford to miss. This felt like a bad impression of a bad episode of Monday Night Raw. I hope this was just a temporary failure and not the sign of terrible things to come.


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