20th May2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (May 18th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more exciting matches this week, like Bret Hart versus Shawn Michaels and Lou Thesz versus Buddy Rogers an…those don’t seem right. Anyway, this will be a good show/Game Of Thrones pissed everybody off.

Match #1: Mance Warner & Sami Callihan defeated Hijo de LA Park & Ricky Martinez

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

The war between Salina de la Renta & Promociones Dorado and Mance Warner & Sami Callihan is not over. Callihan and Warner won a battle in the ring on FUSION, then lost a battle backstage. Callihan was able to secure the pinfall in a hard-hitting, brutal matchup, when he nailed Martinez with a piledriver. But the four men battled into the backstage area. That’s where Salina and LA Park were waiting. LA Park joined the brawl in the hall backstage and turned the tables in Promociones Dorado’s favor. Callihan and Warner were left laying with de la Renta standing over top of them. This situation is clearly not over …

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun match that was more like an obligation that happened to be a fun time. They all worked well together, but they weren’t able to make the match into more than a WWE/ Teddy Long special…playa. I miss Teddy…playa. This might be the moron in me, but I kinda wanted to see Gary Busey in a bacon bikini after this match was over. It’s so good that you can eat while you swim. Yeah, now you know how stupid I really am/you already did. The action was excellent stuff, like a marshmallow dipped in cement. There was plenty of brawling, so if you like brawling then this will work for you. Overall, I probably ruined this match for you with my lousy review.

Match #2: Minoru Tanaka defeated Daga

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

In an international dream match, Japanese superstar Minoru Tanaka faced off with Mexican superstar Daga. The highly-technical matchup ended when Daga missed when attempting to strike Tanaka was his left hand. Tanaka was able to secure the arm, roll him into a cross arm breaker. Tanaka secured the legs of Daga and was able to score the pinfall.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – These guys are gonna need a block of ice to fix all of the bruises they…I forgot where I was going with this joke. They beat the $#!@ out of each other. Got it? This was mean, nasty stuff all the way through, just like it should’ve been. I could go on and on, but this was fantastic. That should be enough. Wait, it’s not? Okay, let’s see… I loved this match. I loved this match. I loved-a, loved-a, loved this match. From Timbukone to Timbuktwo, I loved this match and so will you. Like Reese Witherspoon’s fantastic @$$, I loved this match and that is that. Also, I apologize for mentioning Reese Witherspoon’s @$$ as if she was a piece of meat, but I meant it as a compliment, which is so neat. Overall, this match was great and if I had Reese Witherspoon’s @$$, that’d make my day.

Match #3: (Main Event) Brian Pillman defeated Rich Swann – National Openweight Championship Semifinal

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Rich Swann came to the ring with his ever-present compadre Myron Reed. Both were still protesting their perceived mistreatment by MLW officials, in particular Doug Markham, who was assigned this bout. Reed interfered in the match numerous times, but an attempt to interfere helped lead to Swann’s downfall. Swann believed he had Pillman pinned, but Markham counted a near fall and a kickout at 2. Swann put his hands on Markham, who had none of it and shoved him into the corner. Moments later, Pillman ran Swann into Reed, who was on the ring apron. Pillman then rolled Swann up and was able to score the three-count. Pillman will now face Alexander Hammerstone June 1 in Milwaukee at Fury Road for the National Openweight Championship.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice little burst of action that had a beginning, a middle and an end. Yeah, I’m really shooting for the stars on this one. Swann and Pillman made for a spirited pairing that were both very versatile. I know, it’s like I don’t even know what I’m talking about. The wrestling was pretty balanced for one that was short, like Peter Dinklage at a strip club. Credit Karma. Oh, we’re doing product placement now/no we’re not. This match followed the standard tropes of a modern match, with a hold or two morphing into a move or two and so on and so forth. Man, I’m really not giving this thing much to work with. Hey, this match is good, but not as good as the last one. Okay? Am I getting pissy for no reason? I…yeah. Overall, this was a fun match that deserved to go a bit longer, since it is the main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. Brian Pillman Jr. will fight Alexander Hammerstone at Fury Road for the National Openweight Championship.
  2. Austin Aries is returning to MLW, very soon.
  3. A Dynasty/Von Erich Brothers feud is on the way.
  4. Ace Romero and Barrington Hughes fight Contra Unit (Jacob Fatu and Josef Samael), next week.
  5. Davey Boy Smith Jr. is being teased as a title contender to Tom Lawlor.
  6. Tom Lawlor fights “Avalanche” Robert Dreissker for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a one match show that went off without a hitch.


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