10th Jun2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (June 8th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got some Bubba Hotep magic comin’ your way. Suspicious minds…woo-wah-wah-woo! Sebastian Happ ain’t my name bayyyyyyy-bayyyyyyyyyaaaaaayyyyyy. Let’s find out what kind of picture we’ve got comin’ our groovy way tonight.

Match #1: Richard Holliday defeated Kotto Brazil

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

While the night didn’t end well for The Dynasty, Holliday got things started on this week’s show with a victory for his group. Holliday used a size and power advantage to defeat Kotto Brazil, who has apparently healed from his eye injuries. Brazil removed the eye patch that he’s been wearing for months on his way to the ring and competed without it. The extra eyesight didn’t necessarily help the Haitian Sensation, as Most Marketable scored the victory with a gut-wrench powerbomb.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This moved really well and had a very fluid way of happening, but it got lobbed off at the wrist, so to speak. It would have been nice to have these guys go 15 plus, but what we did get from these two is enough to entice you to return for more from this pairing. Anyway, this was fun for what it was and I can’t say that any-thing they did was bad, just that they should have been allowed to do more.

Match #2: Air Wolf defeated Ace Austin

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

The 19-year-old rookie sensation Air Wolf continued his hot streak against one of the other great young middleweights in Major League Wrestling. Air Wolf pulled off one of the most shocking upsets in MLW history recently, scoring a singles victory over Rey Fenix. He followed that up with a hard-fought win over Ace Austin on this week’s FUSION. The youngster most certainly increased his rank and value within the middleweight division with this important victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was some good stuff. The wrestling was that sort of lightning-fast melee that keeps you interested no matter how good the match is. Fortunately, this was a fine bout of a certain level of quality that works well as an under-card match, but not necessarily as a main event.

Match #3: (Main Event) Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated MJF

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Smith came to the ring with nobody at his side, while MJF had already made his way to the squared circle with both of his Dynasty partners, along with the returning Aria Blake. The numbers disparity would be a big key to much of this matchup. Time after time, MJF would distract the referee while Alex Hammerstone or Richard Holliday (or both) would attack Smith. Early in the match, these attacks focused on the right leg of the Hart Foundation powerhouse. Later in the match, the tactic changed to Holliday and Hammerstone serving as the distraction, allowing MJF to choke Smith. Finally, Brian Pillman Jr. and Teddy Hart had seen enough and came out to even the numbers. With the distractions and dirty tactics eliminated, Smith was able to score a running powerslam to pick up a pinfall victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was very close to getting a 3.5, but it just barely missed it in my eyes, for no other reason than that it just was missing some-thing. The action was the kind of heavy-hitting sprint to the finish that works well if there’s a bit of a grudge in place, which was certainly the case here. Smith has come a long way as a wrestler, while still not being the great personality, but being able to wrestle like a house of fire when it counts. MJF is the high-light reel of this match, giving us all something along the lines of a suicide note written in MS-DOS. That’s right! I can do stupid computer jokes too! What? I’m not allowed. Well, kiss my a… Anyway, this match had some life to it. Yeah, I running out of words. Match = good stuff.

News Of The Night:

  1. Flamita fights Rey Horus, next week.
  2. Low Ki fights Ricky Martinez, next week.
  3. Sami Callihan fights Mance Warner in a Falls Count Any-Where, Loser Leaves MLW match, next week.
  4. Salina de la Renta is in charge of Fusion, next week.
  5. Tom Lawlor and Jacob Fatu will have a World Title fight in the near future.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This show worked for me. As a whole, it was better than the sum of its parts and built toward a better card for next week. MLW may not be the very best, but it sure does try to be just that.

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