11th Feb2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Feb 8th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Regina King has won the Soul Train award 15 times. Now that the whole MLW roster has left the league for the animal shelter, so we’re gonna watch a bunch of rhinos from the zoo, (or space lizards, as Beanie Feldstein puts it) ram each other from an hour.

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Match #1: Dominic Garrini def. Zenshi

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Zenshi shows his quickness against Dom, but once the two lock-up it’s a quick takedown by Garrini. Zenshi however, uses the ropes to flip free, but Dom maintains a grip on the ankle. Zenshi turns it into a pin combo for two. The Chilean star gets another pin attempt, and Garrini prompts him to come at him. Zenshi gets on the mat accepting his challenge, and Zenshi takes him to the mat with a headscissor takedown. Dom quickly locks in an armbreaker and Zenshi gets to the ropes. Zenshi catches Dom off guard several times with his flying as his moves are so methodically placed that Garrini can’t get a gauge for Zenshi’s movements. Zenshi goes for a standing shooting star press, but Dom locks him in a triangle hold. Zenshi escapes by turning it into another pin attempt. Soon, Dominic begins to hone in on the right arm of Zenshi. Dom shoves him into the corner, but Zenshi escapes with headbutts. Garrini goes for a rear naked choke, but Zenshi once more gets free. Somersault dropkick right to the mush of Dom. Zenshi ascends the turnbuckle, and Garrini goes to thwart his progress, but Zenshi tumbles him over the top rope. Zenshi himself flips onto Garrini and the action soon gets back to the canvas. Zenshi does a 450 off the tope rope, but Dom catches him with a Judo flip and a medic comes in the ring to check on Zenshi. Garrini shoves the medic aside, gives Zenshi another Judo toss and Dominic delivers a German suplex into an armbreaker (he calls it the Mighty Mouse) and even before Zenshi taps, the official calls for the bell and the ringside medic goes to check on Zenshi.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was an odd match that made Frozen 2 look like a solid-gold condom by comparison. Hey, my mush-mouth-mind works like this all the time. Respect the stupid! Zenshi wasn’t as good as usual, but neither am I, so what am I getting all excited about? Garrini tried to pick things up on his end, but he didn’t have much luck either, so Tom Hanks put on a sweater-jacket and did a bad Mr. Roger’s impression that got an Oscar nomination…f—. Okay, that’s enough of this s—.

Match #2: Richard Holliday def. Savio Vega

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

MJF is ringside for commentary and good luck hugs Holliday before the bell rings. Holliday mocks Savio’s Puerto Rican vest before the two lock up. We get an update stating that the locker room is on lockdown after the Sentai Death Squad invaded the back. Holliday stomps away at Savio, but that fires the legend up and he clothesline Holliday over the top rope. The two brawl on the outside. Another update: despite the attack Brian Pillman Jr is a go for tonight’s MLW World Title bout against Jacob Fatu! Action goes back into the ring before Savio delivers a standing hook kick. He then sends Richard to the ropes and goes for a signature standing wheel kick but Holliday avoids it. He nails Savio with the 2008 for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Holliday won, so that keeps the show alive. Vega has seen better days, but at least he is willing to lose to the younger guys. I would rather see another young guy up there with Holliday, but there are worse old men to yank out of the retirement home for TV.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jacob Fatu def. Brian Pillman Jr. – Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Pillman looks extremely focused as he stares down a CONTRA flag draped Fatu. Formal introductions are made and we are underway as we have a big fight feel going on in Dallas, but before the bell even rings, Fatu goes on the attack. Definitely an unfair start by the CONTRA monster and he tosses Pillman across the ring. Pillman goes for a sunset flip, avoids a punch by Fatu before rolling out of the way of a sit down splash. Fatu slugs away at Brian as he tries to recover but Fatu launches him once more across the ring after a throat jab. Fatu goes to splash Brian, but Pillman sends him a back elbow. Brian resorts to flyin’ with a top rope cross body, but Fatu catches him with a spinning sambo side slam! Jacob jams his thumb into Brian’s trap muscle, but a jawbreaker jars him free. As Pilman builds momentum, we see Davey Boy and The Von Erichs duking it out with the Sentai Death Squad backstage! Meanwhile, Pillman hits an “Air Pillman” on the champ! He climbs the top turnbuckle to put the finishing touches on Fatu, leave it to Injustice to come down to ringside! Pillman calls an audible and dives onto Oliver and and Kotto Brazil. Out comes Middleweight Champion Myron Reed out of nowhere to smash Pillman with his chest protector! He rolls Brian back into the ring and Fatu squashes him with his springboard standing moonsault splash. 1, 2, no! Pillman kicks out. This prompts Fatu to ascend the top rope and hit a moonsault. Samael says that isn’t enough and encourages the champ to deliver a second one. Fatu abides and he gets the three count.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was way too short for a World Title Match. What kind of a league has a five minute World Title Match? Is this a WWE shindig? I could piss longer than this went for. Fatu is cool and Pillman does pretty well for a guy without a gun to shake at anyone that tries to fight fair. Boy, for a match that actually had some fine wrestling in it, this was still disappointing.

News Of The Night:

  1. Injustice screwed Brian Pillman Jr. out of the MLW World Title.
  2. The Dragon Gate partnership is made official on this show.

Final Verdict: 2.6/5

There wasn’t much for wrestling here. Funny, since this is a wrestling show, you’d think that would be a good idea to have more wrestling.

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