03rd Dec2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Nov 30th 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 special Thanksgiving edition of MLW: Fusion, which means that American’s have decided to phone it in, on account of a holiday we never figured out the meaning of…

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Match #1: Injustice defeated Gringo Loco & Zenshi – Survivor Rules Match

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The team of Jordan Oliver and Kotto Brazil are accompanied by newly christened MLW Middleweight Champion Myron Reed. All three take a moment to run down Thanksgiving and one of their opponents tonight, Gringo Loco. Out comes the aforementioned Loco with his partner for tonight, the ever-innovative Zenshi. The ref sees that the odds are stacked against the duo and with the way Injustice has been playing their hand each and every week, he kicks Reed out of arena! Zenshi and Loco make the most of the level playing field by setting their sights on Jordan Oliver after tossing Kotto out of the ring and the two deliver a double spinebuster, a wishbone double team and Loco caps it off with split legged moonsault for a two count. Zenshi’s wild style has Injustice at great unease as Loco sends himself over the top rope onto the two laden in orange. Injustice soon gets control with their own team chemistry as Kotto and Oliver work on the body of Loco, however that momentum changes right back when Zensihi hits a 450 clothesline on Kotto and a flipping reverse facebuster off the top rope on Oliver. Zenshi then plants the two with a standing shooting star press and Loco lands a swanton bomb for a two count. Zenshi then leaps 18 feet across the ring to send his boots into the face Kotto, but only gets a two count. The toughness of Kotto does come through as he nails Zenshi down with his “Any Means Necessary” finisher for the first elimination. ELIMINATED: Zenshi. Gringo quickly goes on the attack and luckily he does because he soon finds the window to plant Kotto with a tombstone piledriver for an elimination of his own! ELIMINATED: Kotto Brazil. Loco keeps the momentum rolling by laying Oliver out with a Michinoku Driver, but Oliver feigns a knee injury to distract the official and sure enough, Myron Reed comes back out to strike Loco, allowing Oliver to come off the turnbuckle with a cutter for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a good match that offered plenty of good moves, if only in the name of delivering fast, simple action. This was a good opener.

Match #2: King Mo defeated Ricky Martinez

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Ricky Martinez saunters out to face the aforementioned Mo who comes out a major reaction from the Orlando crowd. Ricky starts off strong by back elbow striking Mo and then hits a neckbreaker before climbing the top rope. Ricky leaps off the top but Mo catches him mid-air with a spear! He slams in down with a sit-out driver before locking in a heel-hook for a swift submission win. What a debut!

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Mo looked good here. Ricky looked good here. This could have gone longer, but as squashes go, this worked well enough.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jacob Fatu defeated Ross Von Erich – Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship Match

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The two feel one another out before a collar and elbow tie up. Fatu pushes him back in the corner and the two reset. They lock up once more and Fatu flings Ross away in one impressive feat of strength. Ross shows that hybrid style of attack and delivers one beauty of a dropkick but it doesn’t take long for the Samoan Werewolf to regain control. He goes for a rolling cannonball in the corner, but Russ does some rolling of his own (out of the line of fire) and quickly returns the favor to Fatu. Fatu sidekicks Ross while he’s on the apron and the World Champion once more finds his rhythm. Samael gets a strike in while the ref’s back is turned and later as Ross lays on the floor on the outside, Samael steps on the challenger’s neck. Fatu utilizes the nerve hold on multiple occasions to keep Ross grounded. Ross soon finds a window and goes for a crossbody but Fatu catches him and hits him for a sit-out gutwrench powerbomb. One more window opens up for Ross when both collide mid-air doing simultaneous crossbodies and Von Erich stays on the attack with dropkicks and two slingblades. He ascends the turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick from the top rope, putting Fatu down on the canvas. Fatu finds himself on the outside and Lawlor looms over him before Ross comes launching out with a tope. Ross gets him back in the ring and is ready for the Iron Claw. Fatu pops him up for a pop-up powerbomb but the wiley Ross locks in The Claw at just the perfect moment. Fatu frees himself by tumbling both he and Von Erich over the top rope. Fatu is the first to his feet and makes Ross pay for it as he beats Ross on top of the chairs of the Orlando fans. Ross gets a moment to recuperate when Fatu accidentally knife edge chops the ring post. Action gets back into the squared circle and eyebrows become raised when Fatu hip checks Ross into the referee. Fatu suplexes Ross in the corner and Ross’ knee may have buckled. Call it rage, call it tactic or call it both, Fatu begins attacking the downed official. Fatu even splashes the ref’s head in the corner as as Ross watches on. The official is out of commission. Fatu sends Ross to the ropes to hit his patented elevated Samoan Drop and does so. He centers Ross in the middle of the ring before hitting a running moonsault. He covers Ross, but stops when he still realizes the referee is down. Ross gets to his feet and finds himself in the corner as Fatu sizes him up. He charges at Ross, but Ross moves and Fatu smacks his head off the top of the ring post. Ross climbs that very same turnbuckle to deliver a flying cross body that downs the champ. Samael slides in with a chair and goes to hit Ross but Ross makes him pay with a dropkick crashing the cold hard steel into Josef’s mush. Tom Lawlor slides in to make sure the score is even and readies to lay Fatu out with a chair shot of his own, but in an extreme display of treachery suddenly turns and smacks Ross with the chair! Ross is laid out as Lawlor exits the ring, shouting “F*ck the Von Erichs” and Fatu hits his signature springboard top rope moonsault for the filthy victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was pretty good, with a fine period of time to work in. The ending worked quite well in establishing a big finale and, in this case, didn’t feel like too much. Fatu makes a good champion. I liked this.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tom Lawlor turned heel on The Von Erichs.
  2. Hammerstone brought in Grogan as the newest member of Dynasty.
  3. Salina de la Renta returns, next week.
  4. Mance Warner and Jimmy Havoc are still feuding.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was a decent show that was more about setting up the next year’s intrigue, but that doesn’t mean that this was a bad show either.

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