21st Jan2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Jan 18th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some good wrestling, so let’s get to it.

Match #1: Rush defeated Shane Strickland

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The former golden boy of MLW opened the show in the ring with a microphone, berating the Miami crowd and running down the MLW locker room. Rush didn’t want to hear it, came to the ring, told Swerve off and we had our opening bout. Strickland attacked at the bell and had the upper hand early on. But the tide turned when the action went to the outside, where Rush threw “Swerve” through a set of locked double doors and blasted him with a trash can. While Strickland attempted to make a couple comebacks, in the end it was a Rush Driver that spelled the end for “Swerve.”

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some great stuff, especially for an opener. I would have rather had this in the main event than what we do get, despite that match itself being good. This almost felt thrown on without a care in the world, which is a shame when you consider the pedigree of both fighters. The action was as wild as you could expect it to be. All in all, this was what it should have been and then some.

Match #2: Ace Romero defeated Ariel Dominguez

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This one wasn’t really fair. Romero weighed in for the match at 400 pounds, just 260 more than the 140-pound Dominguez. While Ariel tried to use his quickness to his advantage, once Romero got his hands on him, it was all over. Romero scored a huge elbow drop after a body slam to pick up the victory.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a decent squash match that made Ace look tough and Ariel look weak.

Match #3: Ricky Martinez defeated Gringo Loco

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Gringo Loco had an extremely entertaining match with LA Park recently on MLW FUSION. This week, another Promociones Dorado member was the opponent, as Salina de la Renta’s Sicario Ricky Martinez stepped in against Gringo. Once again, Loco proved up to the challenge. But he couldn’t overcome the numbers advantage presented by de la Renta, as she inserted herself into the match and helped Martinez to victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice little match that gave both fighters a chance to show what they can do, on their terms. It wasn’t long, but it did get the job done and with some style.

Match #4: (Main Event) The Hart Foundation defeated the Dirty Blondes

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Brian Pillman Jr. and Davey Boy Smtih Jr. represented the Hart Foundation in this one. A pre-match pep talk from Col. Parker seemed to get the Stud Stable boys going, as the Dirty Blondes had much of the momentum early. But they had no answer for the British powerhouse, Smith. Leo Brien and Michael Patrick utilized some classic tag team wrestling and some questionable tactics to grab the early advantage against Pillman. But once Smith entered the match, it was almost all Hart Foundation. Pillman nailed Brien with Air Pillman, taking him out of the match. Meanwhile, Smith muscled Patrick onto the top turnbuckle and showed off his incredible power, lifting Patrick off the turnbuckle and scoring a massive superplex for the victory.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a disappointing main event that was too short to matter, at least in the long run. The Harts looked excellent, but the Blondes were only half as good. I mean no ill-will to the Blondes, but they are like a duller version of Dusty Rhodes. I wish this match would have been a bit more to look at, but The Harts did well and looked good doing it.

News Of The Night:

  1. Salina De La Renta is trying to destroy Sami Callihan and booked a match between Sami and LA Park to do so.
  2. Kotto Brazil returns, next week.
  3. Brian Pillman Jr. wants to fight Tommy Dreamer in a Street Fight Match in New York.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The show peaked at the beginning and it hovered over the drain from there.


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