30th Jan2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Jan 25th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a violent main event to get to, so let’s get there before Christmas.

Match #1: Kotto Brazil defeated Vandal Ortagun

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A few weeks ago, Ricky Martinez attacked Kotto Brazil with a bottle at a Miami night club. Tonight, after weeks of recovery, Brazil was back in the ring. He drew the ever-tough Vandal Ortagun for his welcome back to MLW. Ortagun was game and took advantage of Brazil’s injury. But in the end, Brazil’s running sliced bread finishing maneuver spelled the end for Ortagun.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – There wasn’t much happening here, but Brazil looked just fine for a match made just for him.

Match #2: Barrington Hughes vs. Ace Romero

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There were reinforcements brought in for the MLW ring as nearly 900 pounds of super-heavyweight wrestler squared off. It was a stale-mate in the early minutes of the match, when all of a sudden Col. Parker appeared with a microphone in hand. As Parker berated both Hughes and Romero over their size, The Dirty Blondes hit the ring and proceeded to attack the super heavyweights. Soon enough, the referee and MLW officials made it a match.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was far too short for men too large to make some-thing out of nothing, as this was just an angle to set up the real match that the bookers were looking to make.

Match #3: Hughes & Romero defeated The Dirty Blondes – Tag Team Match

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If The Dirty Blondes were looking to regain some of their lost luster after a few losses in recent weeks, they picked the wrong duo to do it against. After withstanding the initial attack of the Stud Stable men, Hughes and Romero lifted both Leo Brien and Michael Patrick up, ran them into one another, slammed them to the mat and the official counted a double pin. Have we seen the forming of a new tag team in MLW?

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a slow match that felt more like a novelty, even though the point was to set up Hughes and Romero as a tag team. I’m surprised the floor didn’t shake as those two fat @&!$ stomped around the ring…which I mean as a compliment (I don’t want them to squish me).

Match #4: (Main Event) LA Park defeated Sami Callihan – Falls Count Anywhere Match

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This week’s show started with a video montage of all of Sami Callihan’s dastardly deeds while serving as a mercenary for Promociones Dorado. But that package ended with last week’s failure to take out Lawlor. As payback, de la Renta arranged for Callihan to face the sinister skeleton, the legendary LA Park. Callihan brought a trash can and other various weapons to the ring. While LA Park brought – what else? – a chair. Early on, it looked as though that trash can was a bad idea. As Callihan took a vicious shot with the lid of that metal trash can. But he quickly turned the tables, blasting LA Park with the rest of the metal trash can in mid-air, as the luchadore attempted a suicide dive. Eventually, the trash can came back into play. LA Park set up Callihan for a suplex onto a turned over guard rail and the trash can. That maneuver significantly weakened Callihan. When action returned to the ring, the Chairman eventually lived up to his name. After Callihan set up numerous chairs in an attempt to suplex LA Park onto them, Park turned the tables. He hit a spear on Callihan sending him into the mass of chairs to secure the victory and exact revenge for Callihan’s failure in taking out Lawlor.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a riot of action and mayhem. Callihan looked like he was having the time of his life working with LA Park and the sheer exuberance this match oozed was beyond anything I thought it would be. This match felt like a labor of love from both guys and it harkened back to those infamous brawls of late 90s WWF that people remember fondly. Hopefully, these two will get more matches together.

News Of The Night:

  1. Kotto Brazil will fight Ricky Martinez at MLW Super-Fight Feb. 2 in Philadelphia.
  2. Low Ki cut a strong promo on Tom Lawlor ahead of their big World Title match at Super-Fight.
  3. Tommy Dreamer will fight Brian Pillman Jr. in an Empty Arena match, next week.
  4. Tommy Dreamer and Brian Pillman Jr. fight each other in a Mystery Tag Team Partner match at MLW Super-Fight in Dreamer’s home-town 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Final Verdict: 3/5

The main event and Low Ki’s fabulous promo carried the card and made it a good show.


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