09th Sep2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Sept 7th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of Major League Wrestling: Fusion, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is CNN. Howdy Doody was a rolling stone and it always rocked me gently, rocked me so. My name is Edith Ann and that’s the truth. LPPLLSXSLXPSLSPSLS! That’s the sound of a tongue being stuck out and making that spitting raspberry noise. Okay, we’ve got a special global version of Fusion to get to, so let’s jump right into a massive undertaking that concludes with a modern wrestling icon fighting Hammerstone in the biggest match of his career, so far.

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Match #1: Jordan Oliver defeated Gringo Loco

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Jordan Oliver has a score to settle with Gringo Loco as he seeks retribution for his Injustice buddy Myron Reed after Loco used some brass knucks on Myron’s midsection in their previous showdown a few weeks ago. However, those scales of justice balanced out as it was Injustice who introduced them into the match in the first place, but the young boys in orange choose to spin such headlines in their favor. Oliver states himself that he is “young, dumb and out for blood” against Chicago’s very own Loco. Oliver quickly starts off on the attack and Myron Reed takes advantage of the opportunity to get a couple licks in. Gringo finds his footing soon enough as he delivers a standing moonsault and hitting one beauty of a handspring back elbow. Oliver shows off his athleticism with a suicide dive and tries to slow the pace down with a chinlock. Gringo isn’t about slowing things down as he plants Oliver down with a powerbomb and hits a split-legged moonsault. Jordan Oliver feigns an injury in the corner and Myron takes advantage by using brass knuckles to the back leg of Loco before smacking him with a chair and giving Jordan the win.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fine way to start the show, with two talented athletes showing of their skills effortlessly. This match originally happened in Chicago, Illinois. Brexit is just British and Exit stuck together. That’s stupid. Gringo Loco wrestles like the kind of guy who calls the phone sex hot-line to get a pizza delivered. By the way, that’s a compliment. I loved the fluid transition from move to move that these guys employed to keep this thing going along like it deserved to. Boy, am I tired. I bet these guys got tired after wrestling this thrilling little match. I sound like a dork. Jabba The Hutt would kick ass on roller blades. Okay, this was good.

Match #2: Brian Pillman Jr. defeated Richard Holliday

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Richard Holliday comes out for his match against his rival Brian Pillman, but “Most Marketable” thinks there’s a lot of fallacies floating around. “I would say that the number one conspiracy is that the Hart Foundation are the guys that really run the show here in MLW.” Pillman starts off with slugging Richard, but Holliday shows off his blue-blooded toughness by giving it right back. Pillman appears to be in control for a time, but Holliday avoids a mule-kick on the outside to trip Brian up and change momentum. Holliday gets a little big for his britches as he goes for a lazy cover on Pillman, but that doesn’t mean he eased up on some predatory attacks. Holliday shows off some viciousness, with his offense, and that seems to light a fire under Flyn’ Jr. who shifts favor with one powerful powerslam. Holliday’s frustration gets the better of him as he goes onto the outside to grab a chair. Referee Doug Markham pulls the foreign object away and Pillman pulls a page from the late, great Eddie Guerrero in his next tactic. Pillman tosses Holliday his “2018 Rookie of The Year” trophy and hits the mat to make it seem that Richard rattled him with the golden beauty. As Markham tries to restore order, Pillman kicks a field goal between Holliday’s legs and hits him with a straight-jacket neckbreaker for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another strong match that had a lot going on in less than ten minutes. This match was from a New York taping, which means that Anthony LaPaglia is Australian, not Italian. I loved this like I love sausage gravy on my cheesecake milkshake. Hey, it tastes real good. Don’t piss me off. I’ll do it. I’ll…NXT! NXT! NXT! There. I’m sorry I had to do that, but you were making fun of the way I eat…I think. MJF and Pillman go together like…sausage gravy and cheesecake milkshakes. Hey! If you want a salad, then go eat a salad! I did like this match, though. I’m sorry for yelling. I apologize. Salads are cool too. Over-all, MJF and Brian Pillman Jr. had a fine match, especially for so short an amount of time.

Match #3: (Main Event) Alexander Hammerstone defeated Go Shiozaki

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Hammerstone has his hands full here in Japan as Shiozaki is a protege of the legendary Kenta Kobashi. Formal ring introductions are made, the bell rings and we are underway. We get quite the cultural contrast as Japanese wrestling fans are more subdued as we hear camera clicks and crowd clapping in yet another display as to why professional wrestling is such a fascinating sport to cover worldwide. Hammerstone challenges Shiozaki to knock him off his feet, but Hammerstone’s power is portrayed with one monster of a shoulder block. The leaner Shiozaki shows a bit of power himself as he lifts Hammerstone up for a vertical suplex. Hammerstone hammers Shiozaki with two German suplexes but still doesn’t get Shiozaki down for three. The two continue to trade licks and choice dialogue, but Hammerstone finds his window with a forearm and out of nowhere delivers a Nightmare Pendulum, but only for two, which may be a first for Alexander. Hammerstone calls for a burning hammer which was invented by Kenta Kobashi, but Shiozaki rails Alexander down with a rip-cord lariat. It’s only a two count. Shiozaki goes for another lariat, but Hammerstone fights him off as the two battle on. Hammerstone hits a high-knee before slamming Shiozaki down with one forceful powerbomb, but yet again sees a two count. The Openweight Champ decides to deliver one more Nightmare Pendulum to put Shiozaki down for the final three.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that saw Hammerstone fight Go Shiozaki in Japan for Pro Wrestling NOAH. I’m amazed that Hammerstone won a match against a big star of Go’s stature, but Hammerstone is talented enough to warrant that kind of booking. This was fast and furious action all the way, but never too quick for the important moves to fly under the radar. I really liked this whole thing.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tom Lawlor, Low Ki, The Von Erichs (Marshall Von Erich and Ross Von Erich) fight CONTRA Unit (Jacob Fatu, Josef Samael, Simon Gotch and Ikuro Kwan) in a War Chamber Match, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a good show that did well with some-thing that Ring Of Honor has failed with so far, which is a best of show that functions as a fresh card.

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