12th Mar2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (March 9th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more great action from one of the most popular independent leagues in the world today. Let’s see how everything turns out for MLW.

Match #1: Ace Austin defeated DJZ – Battle Riot II Qualifying Match

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

With entry to Battle Riot II on the line, Ace Austin picked up a victory over DJZ to punch his ticket to NYC on April 5. The two middleweights showed off plenty of athletic maneuvers and some hard-hitting action outside the ring. DJZ looked like he had the momentum in his favor. But Austin hit one of his favorite maneuvers – The Fold – virtually out of nowhere to secure the victory and the Battle Riot II entry.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a very fun match that served as a great demonstration of what these guys can do and why they are so good at it. The technique on display here was of the highest quality and it just goes to show that when you give wrestlers a chance, they will find a way to succeed.

Match #2: Alexander Hammerstone defeated Isaiah Velasquez

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Alex Hammerstone continued to show off impressive power and ability since he joined the ranks of MLW. This time, Hammerstone was matched up with Isaiah Velasquez. While Velasquez may have had a bit of a quickness advantage, he couldn’t handle the sheer strength of Hammerstone. Hammerstone nailed a massive powerbomb on the ring apron, before drawing gasps from the crowd with a suplex off the middle turnbuckle. If that wasn’t enough, Hammerstone followed that high-impact maneuver with the Nightmare Pendulum to pick up the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was an excellent, especially for a three minute match. As good as Hammerstone looked, it was Isaiah who caught my attention. I’ve seen him before and it’s good to see him get a shot at a bigger stage. This was like David and Goliath, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I wish this could have gone way longer, but it worked for what little time it got.

Match #3: Ace Romero defeated Simon Gotch by DQ

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Ace Romero took $20,000 off Simon Gotch recently in a Simon Gotch Prize Fight Challenge. Gotch asked for a rematch and as soon as things didn’t seem to be going his way, his new friends got involved in the match. While Gotch had his moments in the early going, the much larger Romero was using his size to his advantage. As Romero picked Gotch up in a fireman’s carry, looking for a possible Samoan Drop, Josef Samael and Jacob Fatu hit the ring and attacked Romero. Contra Unit’s interference in the match caused Gotch to be disqualified, giving Romero the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was good and I wish it could have gone longer. Romero is quite the sight, due to his size and talent. Gotch did well with the massive Romero and you can expect a perfectly fine little match when you go to watch it.

News Of The Night:

  1. Mance Warner and Salina de la Renta are in a feud, thanks to him spilling his drink on her (by accident) and beating up Hijo de LA Park.
  2. Alexander Hammerstone teased joining Dynasty.
  3. The Hart Foundation will defend the MLW Tag Team Titles against Dynasty (MJF & Richard Holliday), next week.
  4. Contra Unit beat the hell out of Ace Romero to close the show.
  5. The Battle Riot Match has the following as participants:
    Teddy Hart, MJF, Richard Holliday, Ace Austin, Low Ki, Pentagon Jr., Davey Boy Smith Jr., Minoru Tanaka, Alexander Hammerstone and Ace Romero.

Final Verdict: 3/5

The action was good, but it was too brief. This show spent more time on promos then it did on wrestling. I thought this was supposed to be the league that embraced the sport of wrestling, not the talk show of sports entertainment?


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