13th Aug2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Aug 10th 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 Savio Vega arriving to kick Alexander Hammerstone’s ass for the MLW National Open-Weight Title. Ain’t it nice to have violence you can sink your teeth into? Okay, get your whoopin’ pants on, because we’ve got some MLW to watch.


Match #1: Bestia 666 defeated Rey Horus

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“The Bruja” of MLW, Salina de la Renta accompanied her newly acquired devil in Bestia 666 and you better believe the Tijuana Gremlin was ready to conjure up some pain against Rey Horus. The two started off with a chess match of luchadorism that Rey Horus ended up taking the direction of the rook to land straight on Bestia with a suicide dive. Schiavone gave a good factoid that Horus has won his matches 90% of the time with aerial attack moves so he started off on the right note. The action gets slowed down until Horus goes once more over the top with a flying senton. Horus got the crowd behind him as the action carried back into the ring, and Horus landed an unexpected Spanish Fly for a near fall. Horus continued to be impressive even reversing a reversal to toss Bestia off the top rope with a modified arm drag. Bestia however eventually used the corner to his advantage and crotched Horus on the turnbuckle to deliver his patented muscle buster for the opportunistic 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a slow yet fierce match that favored big hits to fast action. Bestia came across as more of a brute than I thought he would, which made for a very nice effect in a lucha match. Rey used The Force to repel Kylo Ren and gain Luke’s lightsaber…whoops…wrong Rey. Rey was fantastic here, giving the kind of performance that stays with you long after it’s over. This felt like a match that could have benefitted from having another ten minutes, but the ten or so we got was enough for these guys to make a mark that will stay for a while. With an opener that started the show off properly, how can you go wrong? Well, I did make a “Force Awakens” reference, so that’s one way to screw it up. At least I didn’t reference any of the confusing scenes from “The Last Jedi”. That movie made no sense at all.

Match #2: CONTRA Unit (Josef Samael & Simon Gotch) defeated Ariel Dominguez & Jay Sky

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It was swift business for CONTRA as Josef Samael locked in a quick camel clutch to get the submission victory, but leave it to these unruly rebels to take it a step further. The despicable Samael diabolically pulled out his railroad spike to wrench in the mouth of a fallen Dominguez. It was nauseating to witness and it’s unsettling to think what CONTRA has planned for Lawlor, Ross Von Erich and whoever may join them during War Chamber in Dallas.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a squash, so there’s nothing to say here, other than that it all came together. Yeah, that’s a squash for you. Did you know Bozo The Clown was an asshole? There’s footage of him yelling at the kids. What? It’s a squash! What else is there to say?

Match #3: (Main Event) Alex Hammerstone defeated Savio Vega – Major League Wrestling National Open-Weight Championship Match

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Of course, Hammerstone swaggered out with MJF and Holliday in tow for the big bout against the Caribbean Heavyweight Champion, Savio Vega. Nobody, not even fear, was by Vega’s side as he stared down the Openweight Champ and his cronies. Hammerstone first displayed his power by tossing Vega off two consecutive times, but Vega outwitted the champ and turned it into some very strong strikes. Hammerstone finally got an opportunity to recuperate after eluding Vega in the corner. He begqn using his foot in the corner to choke Savio which caused referee Doug Markham to admonish the Champ, but while doing that he missed Holliday strangling Savio off the bottom rope. Hammerstone fed into that turning of the tides with one harsh powerslam on Savio. It’s all Alexander after this as the match continues, but all it took was a simple side step from Vega for his opponent to miss a missile dropkick. Like clockwork, The Dynasty used their strengths in numbers to thwart a fair fight as when Savio gained control, Holliday hopped on the apron to distract Markham and MJF took the padding off the top turnbucke of the very corner Hammerstone just choked Savio in. Hammer crashed Vega into the corner and hit his Nightmare Pendulum so fierce that it buckled Vega’s legs for the underhanded win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Vega was very PCO-like in this match, which is good. By the way, the MLW site is calling Hammerstone “Alex”, so he’s gone full nickname now. Soon, he’ll write in chicken scratch all over his assignments and draw middle-fingers on his scantron answer sheets. It’s school jokes! School is cool! Oh, what-ever. I liked this match. I thought they worked well together and made for a physical sort of pairing. Yeah, I still don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. I sound like I’m describing a violent sock-hop. Vega looks pretty good considering he ain’t a spring chicken no more. I know I should have said “any” instead of “no”. I’m trying to look cool. Is it working? Any-way, this was a fine little main event that made smart decisions and left both guys looking better than when they came in.

News Of The Night:

  1. Brian Pillman Jr. stole Alex Hammerstone’s jacket.
  2. Mance Warner used a chainsaw to remind us he’s still feuding with Promociones Dorado.
  3. Major League Wrestling and The Crash Lucha Libre are working together with a talent trade.
  4. Ross Von Erich and Tom Lawlor are gunning for CONTRA Unit.
  5. Ikuro Kwon was the mystery man won assaulted Marshall Von Erich.
  6. The Dynasty and The Hart Foundation are still feuding.
  7. Savio Vega chose not to sign with Salina de la Renta when he learned she was keeping his signing bonus from him.
  8. The Opera Cup, last won by Stu Hart in 1948, will return in December and be contested in Major Leauge Wrestling.
  9. Ikuro Kwon joined CONTRA Unit.
  10. Mance Warner fights Ricky Martinez, next week.
  11. LA Park fights Jimmy Havoc in a New York City Street Fight, next week.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a simple show that didn’t have as much wrestling as it should, but it was all quality when it did have it.


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