19th Aug2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Aug 17th 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 a few matches in here, like cookies in cereal box. It’s a cute joke. Okay, let’s dive right into this episode of MLW: Fusion.


Match #1: Mance Warner defeated Ricky Martinez

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Salina started off this bout off by announcing her Sicario for his match-up against Mance. Martinez has had a lot to prove to Salina since he’s been in hot water after suffering some losses so he was sure to take advantage when the Bruiser from Bucksnort entered the ring. Martinez seized the opportunity to crotch Warner on the middle rope. Martinez continued his assault, but Mance showed his gusto by wanting more from his opponent. Martinez attempted to deliver on such, but all that was put to a stop when Ricky got planted with a headbutt coming off the top rope. After that, it was as simple as sipping some light beers for Warner as he gave Ricky high knee and big lariat for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a very short match that didn’t do very much to be memorable, but it got them both on TV.

Match #2: Austin Aries defeated Ace Austin

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Aries and Ace started this Middleweight match feeling one another out before Austin initiated the first lock-up. “The Ace From Atlantic City” used a forearm to free himself and the two hit the reset button. It continued to be a war of wherewithal until the seasoned Aries caught Ace by ringing his bell. Ace managed to re-calibrate and hit Aries with a flipping neckbreaker to send Aries to the outside. Things began to get a bit more grittier between the two as Ace stomped away on Aries and really emphasized that point with one solid forearm shiver before hitting a leg drop. This was only good enough for two. Ace continued his attack by trapping Aries in a tree of woe and pulled back on the chin of Aries, but Austin kicked himself free and nailed Ace with one finely timed discus forearm. A neckbreaker off the rope sent Ace ringside which allowed Aries to slingshot himself onto his foe with a suicide dive. Ace soon began to see the deck stacked in Aries favor and tried some slight of hand. Ace’s retractable bow staff caught referee Doug Markham’s attention and allowed him to cheap shot Aries for a roll-up, but that was still only good enough for the two count. Ace’s aggression ended up getting the better of him when he charged full force at Aries who quickly picked him up for the brainbuster and the decisive middleweight win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice little match that was fast and fluid, like my gender during college. It wasn’t as tightly wrestled as I was hoping for, but these guys are so talented that they could coast the whole way through. This was quality wrestling with a dip in its potential, partially due to time, but just as such because of the focus on taking the match all over the place, rather than the middle of the mat, where it belonged. All in all, I liked this match, but it needed more technical wrestling.

Match #3: (Main Event) LA Park defeated Jimmy Havoc – New York City Street Fight Match

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An unsettled Salina sat in observation as she watched her two stars square off against one another. Park started off with a hat tip to his “Chairman” roots by hitting Havoc across the back with some cold hard steel. Park took another swing, but Havoc was quick to counter with a couple arm drags. Havoc literally struck back with a few chairshots of his own before bringing out his own weaponry, including his signature staple gun. The chairshots continued on LA Park. Havoc attempted to get creative with a board on the outside but that was stopped with an airborne trash can. The two began trading blows as the action got back inside the squared circle. Havoc bulldogged “The Destroyer” on top of the board but it was only good for two. Park used his brute power to his advantage and booted Havoc down on the ground. He really put the boots to Havoc further when he launched himself into the board which splintered on Jimmy’s face in the corner.

LA Park went really high risk when he placed Jimmy on another board on the outside. Park went to foot stomp Havoc off the top rope through the board, but Jimmy rolled out of harm’s way that sent Park through the board instead. This tilted the match back in Havoc’s favor as he quickly went to his staple gun to pierce the mask and lower midsection of the 2019 Battle Riot winner. Park however turned the chairs on Havoc by powerslamming him through three that Jimmy had set up earlier. This allowed Park to hit Havoc with a corkscrew moonsault and sent Jimmy’s head bouncing off the previously broken board. Park stayed with the momentum and seized the opportunity to spear his Promociones pal through the chairs and ending the chaos for the pinfall win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – I’ll go along with this being a fine brawl that took some chances and made them count in a shorter amount of time than it should have had. I don’t know what the @&%? “go along with” has to do with any-thing, but it makes me sound important, so I’m going to leave it, like an elephant in a room. That’s my saying! Get your own! This had that Combat Zone Wrestling tinge to it, but with a bit of Walt Disney mixed in just to give it a little kick. Let your conscience be your guide…to get the !?&$ out of the way of these two psychopaths while they rip each other to pieces. This was like one of those episodes of Last Week With John Oliver where the budget kicks in and he buys Russell Crowe’s underwear from one of his movies where he hits people. LA, not the city, was just as exciting as usual, with Havoc making sweating into a profession once again. That “sweating” comment is a compliment, by the way. I liked this, but I wished it could have gone a bit longer. I say the same bull-$#!@ every time, but they keep doing the same bull-$#!@ every time, so there you go.

News Of The Night:

  1. Savio Vega was injured in his match with Hammerstone and Nightmare Pendulum move that injured Vega may be banned by MLW.
  2. Marshall Von Erich will be at War Chamber.
  3. Konnan still has Salina de la Renta’s phone and wants his two favors.
  4. The Hart Foundation pissed on Hammerstone’s jacket.
  5. Austin Aries continued his challenge to Teddy Hart for the MLW Middle-Weight Title.
  6. Mance Warner is still feuding with Promociones Dorado.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good show that needed to give more time to the actual matches, but what time that was given was used well by the wrestlers, with some small exceptions.


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