18th Feb2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Feb 16th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this review of Major League Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Teddy Hart as a good guy, so Hell must have frozen over some-time in the last week and I didn’t notice. Let’s rock.

Match #1: Ace Austin defeated Rich Swann

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

In an important Middleweight Division matchup, youngster Ace Austin squared off with Rich Swann. Both are looking to position themselves for a shot at Hart’s World Middleweight Championship. Austin pulled off what some may have considered an upset. After landing a knee strike, Austin climbed the ropes and hit a high-impact reverse splash. As the official made the count, he seemed to have a bit of a hitch as his arm came down between the second and third count. But he counted three nonetheless.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was fun to watch, but the match itself was too small to be more than just some fantastic moves and a lot of grunting. Swann was very aggressive here, which is part of the plan. Ace looked great and is very exciting to watch. I wish this had gone on for a lot longer than it did, but at least they both looked good all the way through.

Match #2: Alexander Hammerstone defeated Ariel Dominguez

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

In his MLW debut, Alexander Hammerstone was impressive. The 6-foot 3-inch, 251 pound Hammerstone is one the most physically impressive competitors in professional wrestling. He manhandled the smaller Ariel Dominguez for much of the match, showing his power on numerous occasions. Hammerstone gorilla pressed Dominguez like he was a child. He tossed him 10 feet across the ring with a release suplex. Finally, when he hit his vaunted Nightmare Pendulum, he walked out of the ring with his first MLW victory. There will surely be more tests in his future, but Hammerstone certainly looked the part in his first foray into an MLW ring.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a strong squash, if not much of a match. Hammerstone was as mean as they come (well, he looked that way) and practically ate Ariel a couple of times. This was like watching the elephant get scared of the mouse and then just deciding to eat it instead of panicking. I bet Vince McMahon would cream his corn if had the chance to sign this big pillar with legs to a contract. What else can be said other than Ariel got to fly round the ring like it was the county fair?

Match #3: (Main Event) Teddy Hart defeated MJF – Major League Wrestling World Middleweight Championship

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

Friedman has not been happy about League officials forcing him to relinquish the World Middleweight Championship after fracturing his elbow a few months ago. Since being cleared, he’s been demanding a title shot against new champion Teddy Hart. In Saturday night’s MLW FUSION Main Event, MJF was granted that title shot. While MJF more than held his own in the match, his own miscalculation may have cost him the match. The official was down after a collision with Friedman and MJF brought a steel chair into the ring. But the veteran Hart sniffed out the attack. Hart wrestled the chair from MJF, jammed it into his throat and took advantage. An electric chair lungblower followed by a corkscrew moonsault led to a pinfall victory as Hart retained the title.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good main event that didn’t become quite the wrestling master-piece that many would hope it to be, but the potential was still on display of how good a series between these guys can be. Hart was a bit friendlier than usual, which is notable if you’ve ever heard any stories about the guy. MJF looked excellent here and played the part of the villain well enough that you actually felt a bit bad for Hart (a lot of people never thought they’d read that in a review of one of Hart’s matches). This actually felt like a bit of a mess, but it was a good mess, nonetheless. By the way, if it seems like I dislike Teddy Hart, you’d be wrong, but his reputation does preceded him (he’s likely aware of that, though). Overall, this deserved to be more than just a jog down the trail, but at least it was a vigorous one.

News Of The Night:

  1. Low Ki will get his re-match against Tom Lawor for the MLW World Title.
  2. Richard Holliday attacked Teddy Hart as MJF busted his ribs with a chair to start a potential feud between Richard Holliday/MJF and the Hart Foundation.
  3. Rich Swann is likely a full heel now, thanks to attacking a portion of the staff after he lost his match against Ace Austin.
  4. Mance Warner fights Jimmy Yuta, next week.
  5. Aerostar fights Rey Horus, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

The matches got screwed out of the spotlight in favor of more angles and the like, despite each match being of good quality. It’s sad to see a league that has such promise feel like it doesn’t even know what it has to offer.


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