04th Feb2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Feb 1st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Amber Heard tricking the whole damn planet into thinking Johnny Depp abused her, when she’s actually just a lying psychopath. Good luck starring in Lifetime’s murder mystery of the week, darlin’. Okay, we’ve got some good wrestling to get to, so let’s rock.

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Match #1: Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Simon Gotch – No Holds Barred Match

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If there ever was a Bulldog’s determination to an individual, Davey certainly has it tonight as he squares off against the veteran CONTRA member. Davey is the initial aggressor as he downs Gotch to the canvas, but Simon forces him out of the ropeless ring. Davey leaps right back up and lock up again. The feeling out process continues until Davey rolls Gotch down. As expected, very aware of the ground game is DB. Two get to a vertical base and Davey wrenches the wrist. Simon soon wraps DB in a headscissors hold but Davey kips up to escape. Davey eventually grounds Gotch again and does a little targeted ground ‘n pound. This sparks both to do a little strong style to one another and Gotch begins using his legs to topple the big Bulldog down. Gotch tries to lock the ankle but DB reverses. Samael pulls the leg of Simon over the side to try and force hold break, but the ref doesn’t relent. Simon gets what looks to be a near submission on DB, with a leg lock, but he powers out and delivers four (count ’em four!) massive belly-to-back suplexes. The ref calls for the bell. It’s a knockout win for DB!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was shorter than it should have been, but it was a high-quality grappling clinic all the same. Smith and Gotch felt like a nostalgia trip that refused to remain in the past. We’re starting to see more technical wrestling in mainstream wrestling, which is great, but we’re not at the point where seeing a match like this is common yet. You can expect plenty of smart, crisp, detailed action that won’t take the cheap way out of anything. I wish wrestling would hurry-up and get back to this sort of fighting as the norm, but I can be patient if we’re gonna get matches like this one more often.

Match #2: Myron Reed defeated Drago – Major League Wrestling World Middleweight Championship Match

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Jordan Oliver “accidentally” calls Dallas “Houston,” but it really doesn’t matter. Actually, none of the cities of Texas and Oklahoma matter to them, what really matters is “Hot Fire” Myron Reed. Oliver tries to get chants going, but it’s to no avail and Drago’s entrance puts a stop to that. Myron intensely stares on as he looks across the ring from Drago. The bell rings and we’re underway. Crowd is fully behind Drago. Myron’s main focus soon turns to the crowd, Drago goes for the clothesline, but Myron ducks and kips up to celebrate his awareness. Drago finally gets the advantage and comes splashing off the second rope, but Reed’s chest protector saves him. Drago feels the brunt of it as Injustice members try to distract him. Reed shows his innovation with a springboard lung blower in the corner. Myron locks in the dragon sleeper on Drago, (“giving something him cute to think about” states AJ Kirsch on commentary). Reed’s cockiness gets the best of him as Drago throws him to the outside, Oliver and Brazil catch the champ for safety, but Drago makes all three pay with a swan dive over the top rope. Two powerbombs by Drago prompt Oliver and Kotto to get involved but he disposes of both him. No reason for a DQ as there wasn’t any offense done by either. That’s not for long though. Behind the ref’s back, Kotto hits a low blow on Drago in the corner, allowing Myron to hit his “No Cap Splash” for the pinfall, but before administered, the ref only counts two which certainly fires “Hot Fire” up after the final three. He shoves the ref and you better believe this isn’t something that Injustice is going to let stand.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This needed a lot more time. What kind of a prize fight doesn’t last longer than this? There were some booking mistakes with the referee, but the match worked well when it was just between the two fighters themselves.

Match #3: (Main Event) Marshall Von Erich defeated MJF

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MJF isn’t alone for his singles match against Marshall as he’s flanked by Hammerstone and Medina. MJF gets on the mic and doesn’t have positive things to say about Dallas or The Von Erichs. He’s got some cutting words about defeating Marshall but that tone mightily changes when Marshall walks out in lone wolf mode (his brother Ross is actually in Israel promoting MLW’s presence!). Tom Lawlor jumps onto commentary and Rich Bocchini reads him the riot act of treachery. The bell rings and the crowd is just going bonkers for the Von Erich boy. The two lock up and the two grapple one another to the ground and on the outside. Neither refuses to release and it even rolls back into the ring (still locked up!) The two finally break and MJF is frustrated. MJF goes for a hand shake as Marshall goes the good sport route, but MJF does a gut kick. Marshall truns the tables with several arm drags. MJF goes to the outside and MVE attempts a knife-edge chop. He hits the steel post and MJF makes the most of the matter by shoving Marshal’s fingers between the turnbuckle tie! He then stomps on the hyper-extended fingers . The sold out crowd is clearly concerned. All of MJF’s focus is dismantling the ability to deliver The Claw. He even drops a knee on top after grounding the youngest of the Von Erich brothers. MJF doesn’t lose focus of Marshall’s hands and the crowd chants fuels Von Erich to dig deep and belly to belly MJF, breaking the hold. He comes in with a series of clothelines before somersault splashing MJF in the corner. Right after, Marshall smacks Max down with an elevated powerslam. Despite the injured hand, Marshall still wants to go for The Claw, but MJF puts the official in his way. This allows Max to duck and MVE accidently hits the turnbuckle with his right hand. MJF locks in the fujiwa arm bar. The hold breaks and MJF flips off the crowd. Boot to MJF’s mush gives Marshall the chance to hit a picture perfect moonsault. Only a two count! This prompts Medina and Hammer to hop in on the action but Marshall keeps them at bay. MJF rolls up Marshall and looks to get a pinfall with his feet on the ropes, but the referee thankfully catches the transgression. MJF argues with the official and shoves him, and as this goes on, Marshall readies for The Claw. He locks it on and MJF soon taps and it’s all over and done for The Dynasty member! Tom Lawlor is irate!

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was all about MJF being evil and Marshall being good. That’s not a bad thing, but this match didn’t have the depth that I was hoping for. The wrestling was a lot of stop-and-start, but that’s due to Marshall not being at his peak yet. There’s nothing bad here, but this was hardly the main event it should have been.

Final Verdict: 2.6/5

The lack of promos was great, but the wrestling didn’t last all that long either, so this 2.6 is mostly there as an act of mercy for there not being so many promos this time.

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