23rd Dec2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Dec 21st 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Gumby damn it! I smoke a cigar! I smoke a cigar! You can’t stop me from smoking the cigar, because I’m Gumby damn it…and secretly Dr. Manhattan in disguise. Low Ki is here to kick Davey Boy Smith Jr.’s ass, so don’t go any-where…and Merry Fuggin Christmas, because I’m Gumby damn it!

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Match #1: Jimmy Havoc def. Mance Warner – Prince of Darkness Match

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“The Man of 14 Stone” first steps into the ring for what is guaranteed to be a match of darkness as both men will be blindfolded, but The Southern Psycho comes out with the Queens crowd fully behind him. The two make certain to put the hoods on simultaneously as they literally feel the ring out. Mancer takes a wild swing and misses. Marco Polo is played in Mancer’s favor but Jimmy evades by duck walking away. Mancer is about to inadvertently attack the referee, but Jimmy slips a peek and begins attacking Warner. In a wild decision of high-risk, Jimmy drops a massive elbow on the MLW logo mid-canvas, clearly missing any semblance of a target and it allows Warner to deliver a blind Bionic Elbow that the late great Jim Barnett would’ve been proud of. Havoc gets frustrated and shoves the ref into the arms of Warner. As both Mance and the ref are gathering their bearings, Havoc rips the hood off to begin assaulting Warner once more. The ref admonishes Jimmy in the corner, but as this is going on, who slips in but Priscilla Kelly who punts Warner right between the legs. Jimmy throws his hood back up and grabs Warner in for the Acid Rainmaker for the win and the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 0.6 out of 5 – It was a Blindfold Match. Do you wanna watch a Blindfold Match, where these guys wore blindfolds and acted like they were getting dressed in the dark?

Match #2: Alexander Hammerstone def. MJF – Opera Cup Round 1

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They may both be of The Dynasty, but it’s evident both Hammer and MJF admire the beauty of The Opera Cup as they make their way to the ring. Holliday walks out with Max, but both MJF and Hammer embrace before the bell rings. The two both do a “doomful poke” at one another and that’s where the stalemate begins. MJF demonstrates what he’d like Hammer to do for him. MJF attempts the devastating maneuver once more, but Hammer returns with one of his own. This prompts Max to shove Hammer and exclaim that he’s the leader of The Dynasty, and Hammer dropkicks him out of the ring for his troubles. Hammer flips his way onto the outside and Queens looks to be in support of The Openweight Champion. Hammer states to Max that he’s the leader of The Dynasty before rolling him back into the ring and delivering a double dropkick that sends Max into the corner. Holliday looks to try to restore order and Max takes the moment to pull Hammer down, sending his head crashing into the middle turnbuckle. MJF scissor locks Hammer center of the ring, telling him that the crowd in Queens doesn’t care about him before he has to hit Hammer with a kitchen sink knee lift. MJF locks in an abdominal stretch and even goes as far to hold the ropes for leverage behind the ref’s back. As this is going on, we get an update regarding that Mance Warner is being attended to due to the injuries suffered by Jimmy Havoc (be sure to keep your eyes peeled on MLW.com for more updates). The ref finally catches MJF’s trangressions and kicks his arm off the ropes, prompting Hammer to hip toss Max back to playing defense. Hammer rolls through with his sheer brute power and catches MJF with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Hammer lifts Max up high for a double underhook slam. He goes for the cover, but only gets a two. The crowd chants for “one more time,” but Hammer is ready for a Nightmare Pendulum. In a shocking moment, MJF spits in the face of Hammer who then swings wildly at Max. Max ducks but gets his leg caught by Hammer who flips him over. Max lands on his feet to timely thumb Hammer in the eye. MJF charges at Hammer, but Alex catches him with not one but two bicycle kicks. MJF slugs Hammer hard, but that only got his buddy hot. Hammer grins and MJF kicks him in the knee before hitting him with a superkick. Hammer gets to his feet and decapitates MJF with one groundswell of a lariat. There’s also a groundswell in the crowd as to who is behind Hammerstone as he gets to his feet. Holliday gets on the apron to demand that the match ends and as the referee is trying to get Richard to cool his Air Pods, MJF low blows Hammer. He quickly rolls him up for a small package, but only gets two. Max is astounded. MJF aims to roll the dice, but Hammer catches him for a knee and hits him with a sit-out powerbomb for the big three-count victory.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a nice little bout that tried to do two things at the same time, like a hooker that does peoples’ taxes while at work. There was some nice back and forth here, but a lot of this was forced to be in first gear, due to the need to push the angle of dissention between these Dynasty members. C3PO is a sissy-boy and this was a little engine that could have been more exciting. Hey, I ain’t no damn writer-guy. Wait…

Match #3: (Main Event) Davey Boy Smith, Jr. def. Low Ki – Opera Cup Round 1

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Low Ki as always, is all business, but so is Davey Boy as both competitors make their way down to the center of the Melrose Ballroom. The two exchange a handshake to start off the contest and on another feel each other out with their respective weapon of choice, Low Ki his legs and Davey with his grappling ability. Davey wrings the arm of Low Ki, but Brooklyn’s finest kick free as the crowd continues to get behind the two stars. Headlock takedown by Davey and he keeps Low Ki grounded down. Davey attempts to press the shoulders down for pin attempts but Low Ki refuses to relent. Low Ki gets dragged to the corner but carpe diems Davey’s decision by locking the arm over the rope before breaking at five. Davey Boy shows strength and eventually lifts Low Ki back on the apron before crumbling the Lone Wolf down to the outside with a forceful punch. The action continues and Davey begins to feel the fire as he slams Low Ki down hard center of the ring and wears him down with a side bear hug. Low Ki throws an elbow and starts to kick Davey in the ribs, but Davey catches him and continues the brawling attack. Low Ki gets back on the attack with a knee to the mid-section. He climbs the tope rope and leaps off to double foot stomp right on the back of DB as he’s buckled over! Low Ki rolls to and attempts to slam Davey, but he’s too heavy. Both trade elbows and Low Ki gets the advantage by side-kicking him, getting jelly-legged. The action spills to the outside as Low Ki delivers chops. Davey slams Low Ki in the barricade before breaking the 20-count, but gorilla presses Low Ki back into the ring. Low Ki uses the momentum to roll through and kicks Davey while on the apron. Low Ki gets Davey grounded in the ring and then leaps off the top to double foot stomp the young Bulldog, but Davey rolls out of the way and catches him with a powerslam for a near fall. Powerbomb. Two count. Davey struggles to get an advantage and out of sheer strength and adrenaline, Low Ki bodyslams Davey down! “The Lone Wolf Of Brooklyn” climbs the top turnbuckle for another Exclamation Point, but Davey headbutts him twice in the midsection. He hoists Low Ki up for a running powerslam, but Low Ki slides his body behind Davey just enough to lock him in a modified rear naked choke, the same one that put Brian Pillman down in their match at SuperFight! Davey is slowly fading and gets down on one knee. Davey takes one last risk and rolls his head and back on top of Low Ki to get the pinfall victory! What a tremendous win! Low Ki is frustrated, but both he and Davey know the battle of body and spirit that they both just went through and “The Professional” is quick to go in for the hand shake and arm raise.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was right up my alley. The fight was wrestled like a sports contest, with rules being adhered to, but not because either man is a stiff-upper-lip. This was, without question, a wrestling match, through and through. It was nice to have a focus on mat work above all else. This is yet another match that stands out in an era of flips and dives (that I like) and that is some-thing to celebrate. Professional wrestling needs more matches like this one, because these are the fights that the people can believe in the most, as well as these matches being the safest on the body to boot. Low Ki and DBS Jr. had a natural chemistry here that should be relied upon for future cards, because it had the goods in all the right ways. Over-all, this was an excellent match that was good enough to avoid having another one of my bad jokes. Wait…oh no you don’t! What did five fingers say to the face? Smack! I’m Rick James b—-!

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This show was formatted quite well and had a fine main event that was the best of what MLW can do.

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