12th Feb2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Feb 8th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to the Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Edith Ann and that’s the truth. Also, Taraji P. Henson and Oscar The Grouch are here tonight on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. I can’t remember how many lates there were in the show’s title.

Match #1: DJZ defeated Myron Reed

The following is courtesy MLW.com:

The MLW Middleweight Division is on fire right now. And “Hot Fire” Myron Reed is looking to make a name for himself and possibly climb the ladder toward a shot at World Middleweight Champion Teddy Hart. DJZ had the early advantage on the outside of the ring. But Reed is quickly becoming a master of the cutter. He nailed two in succession on DJZ early in the match to get the momentum back. With both men knowing League officials are watching intently to see who rises in the ranking of the division, both weren’t above a little bending of the rules. DJZ used a handful of tights in a rollup attempt, but Reed was able to roll through. Reed’s own handful of tights proved to be the difference and he scored the pinfall to pick up a hard-fought victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun burst of action that made for a wild little match. Both of these guys remind me of the WCW Cruiserweight division, which is great, except that those guys often hurt themselves at the expense of getting over. I hope these guys don’t bump themselves to death.

Match #2: Gringo Loco defeated Puma King

The following is courtesy MLW.com:

In a lucha libre battle, Gringo Loco picked up a victory over Puma King with a massive Spanish Fly off the top rope. Gringo Loco has quickly become a fan favorite in MLW and he picked up an important victory as he continues to work to impress League officials.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was as fun as the first match on the card and it was a real thriller. I hope we get more of the luchadors here in the near future.

Match #3: (Main Event) Brian Pillman Jr. & Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Tommy Dreamer & Sandman – Mystery Tag Team Partner Match

The following is courtesy MLW.com:

For months now, Brian Pillman Jr. has been disrespecting veterans in professional wrestling. For months, Tommy Dreamer has been trying to teach the MLW Rookie of the Year some respect. On this week’s MLW FUSION, after numerous battles, it looks like the war has ended. And it looks like Pillman has won. In a match where each man’s tag team partner was not announced until right before the match, Pillman and Hart Foundation mate Davey Boy Smith overcame Dreamer and his mystery partner, Sandman. The legendary Sandman got plenty of shots in on Pillman. There was even a surprise appearance by The Blue Meanie, who had been hiding under the ring for who-knows-how-long. While the appearance of Sandman and the Meanie may have taken the Hart Foundation off their game early, the power of Smith and the ruthlessness of Pillman spelled the end for Dreamer. Pillman cracked Dreamer over the skull with a Singapore Cane, allowing Smith to powerbomb him through a pair of steel chairs to pick up the pinfall.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a brawl and when you consider some of the people involved in the match, could you really expect anything else? The Sandman is still an exciting character after all of these years and really feels like the natural spoiler to any wrestler in the world. Plus, The Blue Meanie showed up, which is not something you see every day. Overall, this match was all about the surprise fighters and the fun of it all.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Lucha Bros. are sticking around in Major League Wrestling.
  2. Major League Wrestling is moving to Saturdays at 9:00pm.
  3. Teddy Hart defends the Major League Wrestling Middle-Weight Title against MJF, next week.
  4. Jimmy Havoc will soon return.
  5. The Sandman and The Blue Meanie were on this show!

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The show was simple stuff, but the matches were fine. I wish the focus would be less on trying to make a more interesting version of the WWE and focus on the promise that MLW would look like a sports league.

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