02nd Sep2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Aug 31st 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got a World Title match here, so don’t get you panties in a bunch, because MLW: Fusion starts, a couple of days ago.


Match #1: Jordan Oliver, Myron Reed & Kotto Brazil defeated Gringo Loco, Zenshi & Air Wolf –Trios Tag Team Match

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Gringo Loco and Jordan Oliver start things off as Loco uses his unorthodox athleticism before Air Wolf gets the tag, then Zenshi. The two masked men show their athleticism to ground the Injustice down. Loco joins in on the triple team assault before the Injustice clear the ring. Injustice try to take advantage but the sense of air-time went in the favor of Loco, Air Wolf and Zenshi as they took to the skies to take their foes down. The scales tip in favor of Injustice as they manage to isolate Air Wolf, but Air Wolf runs up the turnbuckle to take Jordan Oliver down. Zenshi gets tagged in and if you need any indication as to why he was a huge get for MLW, this was it. He goes on the aerial assault without the use of turnbuckles, but the use of ropes and his own momentum to trouble all three opponents. Referee Doug Markam gets knocked down by the wayward leg of Loco and Myron Reed tries to incorporate brass knuckles, but Loco makes sure that wasn’t a part of the equation. However, Injustice find the window of opportunity to take advantage and they do just that as Brazil & Oliver joins in on the joint pinfall.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was all about relentless stunts and what it takes to stick the landing on each and every one. Don’t go looking for a wrestling clinic here, but do enjoy watching a bunch of grown men dive on each other like it’s a pool party at San Quentin.

Match #2: (Main Event) Jacob Fatu defeated Tom Lawlor – Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship Match

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Tim Barr couldn’t even finish ring introductions before Tom Lawlor and Jacob went on to tear one another a part. Samael even got socked down for his efforts but Fatu caught Lawlor mid-air for a rib-shaking Samoan Drop. It only gets him a two count, but Fatu maintains his focus on the ribs. This doesn’t stop either as he elbows and headbutt’s Lawlor’s midsection. Lawlor feels the wrath of three headbutts in before getting launched into the turnbuckle. Filthy Tom tries to fire back with punches, but Fatu is just too powerful. He puts Lawlor down on the mat for a forceful moonsault. Lawlor finds himself trapped in the corner before rolling out of harm’s way to guillotine choke Fatu. Referee Frank Gastineau breaks it all up feeling that Lawlor was using the rope for leverage. Samael soon plays a good distraction so Fatu can dive onto Tom while he’s on the outside.

The adrenaline and rage kick in for Filthy Tom. Fatu manages to fight him off for a bit, but it doesn’t take long for Tom to lock in a rear naked choke. Fatu struggles quite a bit before sandwiches Tom into turnbuckles to release the maneuver. Tom, however, does the same against Fatu before he tries to pick the champ up on his shoulders. Fighting through the rough rib pain, Lawlor slams Fatu down for an airplane spin DVD, but Fatu kicks out after Lawlor takes a bit too long to cover. Lawlor uses his quick combat skills to chop Fatu down and hits a back clothesline on Fatu for a pin attempt. No dice, but Lawlor was not done. He launches Fatu with an impressive release German suplex and stays on the attack by delivering an equally fierce exploder suplex in the corner. Leave it to Samael to interfere by standing on the apron. Both Lawlor and official Gastineau make the move to remove, but Samael picks the right moment for Gastineau not to see and jabs the spike into Lawlor’s skull. It sends sends the challenger crashing down on the canvas. Fatu then quickly climbs the ropes to deliver his leaping moonsault on the prone ribs of Lawlor for the 1-2-3 retain.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – I liked this match. This was real physical and tough and mean and…it’s good. This felt like a fight and there’s no two ways about that. They both looked like they wanted to win and that’s the way it should be. Tom just keeps getting better and better, while Fatu could get away with smashing people for the rest of his career and make money, but he’s sticking it out to be a well-rounded wrestler. This was worth the time.

News Of The Night:

  1. Low Ki might be the fourth man on Tom Lawlor’s team in the War Chamber, which happens next week as a taping and will air on the September 14th edition of Fusion.
  2. Dominic Garrini debuts, come autumn.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was quite good for a two match show. The main event was the big thing here, but the opener didn’t send me running for the hills either.


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