29th Jul2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (July 27th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and there’s a few big matches this week, so let’s make like Rachel Ray in a bar room brawl and get to the good stuff.

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Match #1: Bestia 666 defeated Mance Warner – Mexican Deathmatch

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Bestia emerges at Salina’s command for Mexican deathmatch destruction. Mance came out ready to answer the challenge, but not before taking a swig of that light beer. Bestia however, caught Mancer off-guard with a suicide dive and the two began brawling on the outside. Bestia then presented a kendo stick, which doesn’t take long to disintegrate under the violent use of both Mance and Bestia. Mance introduced multiple chairs and a board into the mix; soon to follow suit were a select few thumbtacks. Bestia reacquainted Mancer’s forehead quickly with said tacks and that put the brutality all in the demon’s court. Leave it to Ol’ Mancer to show his hardcore caginess as it wasn’t long before he speared Bestia through the board in the corner. “It’s not sport anymore” appropriately quipped Cornette as a bloody Mance kneed Bestia in the head for a very close two count. Salina eventually slithered into the equation as she slipped an unknown powdered substance to Bestia who threw it in the face of Warner. This gave the Tijuana Gremlin just enough opportunity to deliver a muscle buster onto two chairs for the unsavory 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This didn’t have much in psychology, but it made up for it in delivering “death”, so to speak. This was vile, violent brutality that really felt like a Wayne Newton concert. See? Wayne Newton is scary. I could go into the minutia of what happened in this match, but I just had lunch so… You won’t find anything like this on WWE television, which is both good and bad, but does make for MLW having something all to itself. If you like pinacoladas, or getting caught in the rain, then you might like this wild $#!@. Did I spell pinacoladas correctly?

Match #2: Low Ki defeated Ricky Martinez

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Konnan joined Cornette and Bocchini on commentary who had a savvy mindset when asked about Salina’s “dirt” on him: “If she wants to play mind games, she came to the right place,” said the wrestling legend. The Lone Wolf of Brooklyn shared a stare with Konnan as he made his way to the ring to face Martinez in a rematch. The Sicario soon took advantage as he slung his jacket in the face of Low Ki to start the match off. The action on the outside soon distracted Martinez. Salina shouted commands at him and the two exchanged words before the Impresia becomes preoccupied with her phone under Konnan’s possession. The veteran awareness of Low Ki kicked in as he locked in a dragon sleeper on Martinez. The submission lived up to its name and rocked Ricky to sleep for the KO finish. Salina showed her disgust by quickly dismissing her fallen sicario and appeared to proposition Low Ki for another business partnership. Low Ki pulled a fast one on Salina by acting interested, but then gave her one ice cold shoulder of disregard.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Two short to capitalize on how good these guys are, this match was a lot of fun for something that went less than five minutes.

Match #3: (Main Event) The Von Erichs defeat CONTRA Unit – Unsanctioned Bout

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The Von Erichs immediately jumped into the match by cinching in stereo Claws onto the foreheads of Josef Samael and Simon Gotch. CONTRA quickly managed to escape as the action took place both inside and outside of the ring. CONTRA eventually set their sights on Marshall, but Ross came in for the save. The Von Erich brothers echoed Cornette’s sentiments that they are “stiff as crowbars” as they began to lay into CONTRA with some crisp punches and elbows before finishing the flurry with a picture perfect drop kick (also in stereo). Soon after, Marshall climbed up top to deliver one beauty of a moonsault before Samael slid in to make the much-needed save. Gotch attempted to bring a chair into the unsanctioned equation and it led to quite literal backfire. Ross booted the chair into Gotch’s face and got in the ring to look out for his brother. It’s a good thing he did as Samael unleashed a fireball in Marshall’s direction, but Ross shielded his brother from being burned and used the cold hard steel to smack Samael down. Marshall made the cover and got the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This got along quite well for a match that went way less than ten minutes. This was a good of a brawl as any in recent memory, but not one of the best matches, so a lower score is apt. Hey, I used apt in a sentence. Now I’m a true blue jerk. Time was the only true enemy of this match (my “I’m a loser” radar is going off…on me). This did feel like an old school main event, which didn’t hurt my feelings, so that part of it worked out quite well. Overall, I think I got my ass kicked just from watching this and it wasn’t too bad all on its own.

News Of The Night:

  1. LA Park’s Battle Riot golden ticket is returned to him, thanks to Bestia 666 winning it back in the opener.
  2. Alexander Hammerstone and Georgia Smith are dating and it irks Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  3. Major League Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH have a working relationship.
  4. Konnan claims to have secrets on Salina de la Renta.
  5. Kotto Brazil, Myron Reed and Jordan Oliver appear to be forming a faction to get fair occiciating in MLW.
  6. Tom Lawlor wants a re-match against Jacob Fatu for the MLW World Title.
  7. Tom Lawlor wants to fight CONTRA Unit in a War Chamber Match.

Final Verdict: 3/5

The length of the matches is what kept this show’s rating from going up. This was a serious show that felt important, but the execution was leaving a bit to be desired.

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