25th Mar2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (March 23rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Dr. Twinkletoes and the Little Digit Brigade riding out through Dodge to save Mama Henry’s farm from cattle poachers. Also, there might be a match or two at some point.

Match #1: Gringo Loco defeated Myron Reed

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Myron Reed is all in on the #FreeSwann movement, supporting suspended MLW star Rich Swann. Reed and Swann seem to believe referees and League officials have it out for them and have expressed their opinion in numerous ways. Swann was suspended for striking an official and other MLW staffers, recently. In his matchup with Gringo Loco, Reed seemed to be distracted by his concerns with the officials, rather than focusing on a solid competitor in Gringo Loco. Eventually, Reed let that distraction get the better of him and Loco picked up the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun, due to the ease that these guys imbued…that sounds as arrogant as it was to write it. Reed was great here and Loco wasn’t very far behind. I liked the pace of this bout and the patience these guys had to make their match feel more like a true contest, rather than a demo reel gone wild.

Match #2: Alex Hammerstone defeated Brian Pillman Jr.

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As our show opened, Teddy Hart and Davey Boy Smith were dealing with an apparent setup by The Dynasty. Police dragged Hart off to jail after a report by Maxwell J. Friedman that Hart vandalized his vehicle. While Smith was downtown working on getting Hart out of jail, Pillman went to the ring to face off with The Dynasty’s powerhouse Alex Hammerstone. Pillman held his own and even had Hammerstone set up for the cross-arm neckbreaker he calls Dire Promise. Had he hit it, Pillman might have picked up the victory. But just as he was about to deliver the maneuver, MJF jumped up on the apron long enough to distract Pillman. Hammerstone was able to free himself and eventually score the pinfall with the Nightmare Pendulum.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid match that was a bit clunky, but had enough action to carry it to the finale.

Match #3: (Main Event) LA Park defeated Mance Waner – Death Match

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In our main event, Salina de la Renta, the impresaria of Promociones Dorado, led LA Park into a death match vs. Mance Warner. Both LA Park and de la Renta had issues with Warner from a recent backstage incident. On a recent episode of MLW FUSION, Warner was talking with a buddy backstage when he accidentally gestured with his beer and some of it spilled on de la Renta. When Hijo de LA Park confronted him, it ended up in a scuffle that saw the younger Park get the worst of it. With death match rules in play, anything was legal. The Southern Psycho and the Sinister Skeleton from Mexico went back and forth for nearly 20 minutes, beating the hell out of each other. Warner had the upper hand early with a couple variations of DDTs and using a kendo stick to hammer LA Park. But The Chairman ended up taking the victory. A huge senton onto a massive wooden board was followed shortly by a spear. Both men were exhausted, but LA Park was able to execute a cover and pick up the victory and a measure of retribution.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a brutal, suspenseful fight to the finish. Both of these guys went for the jugular every step of the way in a match designed to look like it was leading to a violent end. These guys took the old Extreme Championship Wrestling method of “kill first and wrestle later” about as far as you can go without killing each other. LA Park is still one of the best out there and this match will remind you of that. What else can be said about a match featuring two guys who looked like they tried to beat each other doing almost that?

News Of The Night:

  1. Teddy Hart defends the Major League Wrestling Middle-Weight Title.
  2. Ace Romero swore revenge against Contra Unit.
  3. Mance Warner, Daga, Air Wolf and Barrington Hughes will enter the Battle Riot match.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This turned out well, thanks to the excellent main event.


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