29th Apr2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (April 27th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Stan’s got a got a monkey. Also, we might just have some interesting matches to talk about, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Jordan Oliver defeated Kotto Brazil

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Kotto Brazil faced off with Jordan Oliver, who was making his singles debut in Major League Wrestling. Brazil was still wearing an eye patch thanks to a brawl with Ricky Martinez of Promociones Dorado. Salina de la Renta and Martinez would figure in the match prominently. After a few minutes of competition between Oliver and Brazil, de la Renta and Martinez showed up at ringside and taunted Brazil. Finally, Martinez tried to interfere in the match and Brazil made him pay with a slingshot cross body block from the inside to the floor. But that distraction allowed Oliver to hit a cutter off the top rope to score the upset victory. Clearly, the rivalry between Brazil and Martinez is not over.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was as exciting a burst of action as anything from this league in recent history. Oliver is a bullet ricocheting from wall to wall, which isn’t a bad way to go if you’re a young wrestler in the 21st century. Kotto looked great and has as much potential as any-one else in the sport. This was good fun the whole way through, but it would have been nice if it had gone on longer than just a few minutes. It sure does seem like I have to say that about a lot of MLW matches, doesn’t it?

Match #2: Rey Horus defeated Ace Austin

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

In another highly competitive middleweight matchup, Ace Austin and Rey Horus were looking to impress. There was word during the match that the outcome could have implications regarding entry in the upcoming National Openweight Championship Tournament. Austin and Horus may have both wrestled one of their best matches in MLW and it was hotly-contested. But Horus picked up the victory with a rolling inverted hurricanrana off the top rope. Will this put Horus in contention for the National Openweight Championship? It can’t hurt his chances …

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was built around becoming a contender to the Open-Weight Title. The match was given a proper amount of time to make a good impression, with a focus on actual mat work for a good portion of it. I really liked everything they did here and I hope that this starts becoming a trend for MLW in the future.

Match #3: (Main Event) The Dynasty defeated the Hart Foundation

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As we opened the show, Dynasty members Alexander Hammerstone and Richard Holliday located Maxwell J. Friedman’s vehicle that had been borrowed by the Hart Foundation at the end of last week’s show. It was pretty clear Teddy Hart, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Brian Pillman Jr. had a heck of a joyride, incensing Hammerstone and causing Holliday to place a less-than-pleasant call to MJF. But MJF and Holliday responded when they found Pillman alone in the locker room warming up and severely injured his shoulder, leaving the Hart Foundation a man down at the beginning of the match. While Hart and Smith held their own for much of the matchup, the numbers finally proved to put The Dynasty in control. That was enough for Pillman to leave the training room and enter the match, despite a clearly injured shoulder. Pillman’s entry into the match seemed to turn the tide, as Hart hit a massive Doomsday Destroyer off the back of Hammerstone on MJF. But a double low blow on Hart and Smith by Holliday left Pillman alone in the ring. Hammerstone took advantage and finished the match by launching Pillman through a table in the corner with a running powerbomb.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a visceral brawl that was equal parts thrilling and exhilarating. I’m running out of adjectives. Doomsday Destroyers from a guy’s back and a power-bomb through a table and you have a real barn-burner that I wasn’t expecting. Overall, bing, bang, boom we got a wild one out of this and it was a good time for all…except for the people who got the $#!@ beat out of them.

News Of The Night:

  1. The National Open-Weight Title is gaining traction, thanks to the tournament that is on the way.
  2. wXw’s Avalance Robert Dreissker will get a title shot against World Heavyweight Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor.
  3. Kotto Brazil and Ricky Martinez are still feuding.
  4. Gringo Loco fights El Hijo de LA Park, next week.
  5. Daga will fight Low Ki, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This turned out very well and made for a brilliant preview of Salina de la Renta’s big card for next week.

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