07th Oct2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Oct 5th 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 lots of wrestling to get to, so get your copy of “The Last Waltz” ready, because it’s time to dance, mama.

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Match #1: LA Park & El Hijo de LA Park defeated Septimo Dragon & Magnus

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Salina de la Renta shows her serpent-like game plan as the Parks play pals with Septimo & Magnus before going on the attack. El Hijo and his father use “extra curricular means” to maintain control and begin splashing both in the corner. They then begin to take a chunk out of Magnus’ chest with some slaps against the ropes, but Magnus turns the tide with a corkscrew plancha before Septimo follows suit with a Tornillo. Magnus and Septimo get the action back in the ring and go for a double cover after a Spanish fly and senton sequence, but it’s only good for two. The duo soon lose control as the veteran wiliness of Park takes both men down. He places Septimo on top for El Hijo to smack down a top rope Spanish fly. Park plows through Magnus with a spear and the match seems all but over, but the MLW upstart Septimo kicks out. Action goes back to the outside in a big way as Park channels his classic high flying style as he and his boy leap off the top rope in stereo cross bodies!

MLW chants are appropriately made inside the arena as the chaos gets corralled back between the ropes. Park reverts to his “beat-up, brawler” style to send Magnus down with a close encounter lariat and DDT on the top of his skull. It would have been good for the fall if Septimo didn’t come double stomping off the top for the save. This really fires El Hijo up and he challenges Septimo to a straight-out slug fest center of the ring. “The Seventh Dragon” accepts and both Park and Magnus let the two have the floor. Elbows are traded before the two begin coming off the ropes. El Hijo ends up winning the chess match with a superkick that turns Septimo inside out. El Hijo puts Septimo in the corner and kicks him silly before executing one hard double knee face-breaker. A lackadaisical cover allows Septimo to kick out. El Hijo misses a top rope stomp that gives Septimo a successful shot at a GTS who soon turns HIjo’s face into a pigskin by kicking it through the uprights. Hijo kicks out and somehow manages to plant a lightning quick Canadian Destroyer, but it was only good enough for two.

“The Destroyer” Park comes out like a beast unleashed to deliver another close lariat and after that doesn’t get the job done, he bull charges at Magnus in the corner, but hits nothing but steel post. Magnus is about to get the three count, but Salina pulls referee Frank Gastineau out of the ring to stop the count. A suicide dive takes Hijo onto the outside on top of Septimo and as a fired-up Magnus pummels away at LA Park likely for Salina’s actions. Gastineau attempts to pull Magnus off several times, but accidentally pulls too much and it sends Magnus crashing down on him. Park leaps off the top with a splash. Magnus has the bearings to move, but Gastineau isn’t as lucky and feels the wrath of Park’s power. Magnus is concerned for Gastineau’s well being as Salina slithers in kick him in the lower extremities. Park rolls him up in a school boy and Gastineau comes to just enough to deliver the pinfall.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was lucha-licious. Does that sound cool? No? I’m a bad writer. What did you expect? This was just all kinds of amazing. Just…go watch. That’s what I want to say.

Match #2: Dominic Garrini defeated Ariel Dominguez

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

The small in stature, but big in presence Ariel Dominguez enters the ring first before we see the MLW debut of Brazilian Jiu-Jistu purple belt, “The Canton Crippler” Dominic Garrini. Garrini enters in full Gi and circles around the ring sizing up Ariel before he seeks to put pressure on Dominguez’s shoulder with a key lock. Dominguez quickly goes for the ropes and the two reset. Dominic hits a Judo hip toss and then dead lifts Dominguez to launch him across ring with a modified gut wrench. “The Bone Collector” smells blood in the water hits Dominguez with a takedown half-nelson slam before locking in a cross armbreaker for the submission win.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This has a great atmosphere for a squash, thanks to the winner, Garrini. All mat work and dramatic poses from our victor. Martha Stewart is not Cookie Monster. Don’t be fooled!

Match #3: (Main Event) Austin Aries defeated Brian Pillman Jr.

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Tony Schiavone put it best by saying Austin Aries “is his own man” as he makes his way to the ring for the main event. We see Brian Pillman Jr. come out, but unlike mentioned earlier there is no Teddy Hart. Word is that officials are holding Teddy back from accompanying Pillman. The MLW die-hards in Dallas are going nuts for Pillman as the bell rings. Aries isn’t a fan of the adulation and slaps Pillman across the mouth. Pillman, showing shades of his Flyin’ father, challenges Aries for another one. Aries is about to oblige with a spit-filled hand but Pillman blocks and sticks A Double’s hand in A Double’s face. Brian chops away at Aries’ chest. Martial Arts Advance Research Systems says that Pillman wins 83% of his matches when he uses aerial strikes (12 or more). Aries is on the run, but Pillman still goes on the attack of Aries’ chest. Austin does his best to ward off Brian, but Pillman refuses to relent.

Aries is really struggling against Pillman, but seizes the opportunity to strike Brian as he goes for a springboard back into the ring. Austin delivers a top rope drop kick and begins to to control the pace. He returns to those chest slap favors before dragging Brian over onto the apron. Aries wants to familiarize Pillman with the pain Teddy suffered with yet another scary brainbuster, but Pillman shifts his weight back into the ring. Aries still seizes the moment to snap Brian’s neck off the middle rope. Aries locks in on the chin, but Brian charges up enough to hit a series of European uppercuts that sends Austin stumbling. Quick powerslam by Pillman for a near three count, but Austin boxes Brian’s ears for the escape. Pillman powers up and readies himself to finish Austin off, but Aries’ is swift in suplexing Pillman over into a Northern Lights pin before locking in the Last Chancery. Pillman saves himself with the ropes.

Austin once more brings Brian back on the apron for another brainbuster, but Pillman again shifts his weight back inside the canvas and superkicks Aries to the outside Pillman looks to dive onto Aries but Austin butts heads with Brian and slides in the ring to slam him down with the brainbuster and the secure win.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was easy viewing. A mullet and a mustache walked into a bar. That’s a joke I can’t finish. Too sick. What I can finish is my opinion on this being a great main event. They both worked hard and made the whole thing really exciting for the time they got. I’d wager that a re-match would be a smart idea. Eating a microwave is a dumb idea. Over-all, this was a fine ending to the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jacob Fatu told LA Park he’ll beat him on November 2nd.
  2. The Von Erich brothers challenged Dynasty to a match next week in Mexico, but Dynasty said their contracts wouldn’t allow them to compete in Mexico.
  3. Tom Lawlor fights Timothy Thatcher at MLW Saturday Night Superfight PPV on November 2nd.
  4. Alexander Hammerstone defends his National Openweight Title against Davey Boy Smith Jr. at the MLW Saturday Night Superfight PPV on November 2nd.
  5. Dominic Garrini challenged Tom Lawlor and Timothy Thatcher.
  6. Jimmy Havoc is executive producing the October 19 episode of Fusion called “Slaughterhouse”.
  7. MLW legend Samu Anoa’i recently underwent 13.5 hour surgery for a liver transplant and has a GoFundMe to help aid him in his recovery, which is available at HelpSamu.com.
  8. “The Untouchable” Gino Medina is coming to Major League Wrestling.
  9. Injustice is being punished for their actions from last week.
  10. Austin Aries versus Teddy hart was teased for November 2nd.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

A lot happened here, but the wrestling kicked ass, so that’s what gets the good review.

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