24th Feb2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Feb 22nd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Carrie Fisher doing some blow in an air-port bath-room. Also, we’ve got wrestling. Do you like wrestling? Well then, sit back and enjoy this review about…wrestling…Major League Wrestling.

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Match #1: Logan Creed defeated Moonshine Mantell

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There’s quite the mass of humanity in the ring as Mantell and Creed trade blows but a shoulder tackle sends Moonshine to the mat. Moonshine refuses to relent but the power of Creed is too damn much. Moonshine turns the tide a bit with some corner shoulder thrusts but Creed cracks Mantell with a chokeslam backbreaker. He boots Mantell out of the ring and then does a top rope suicide dive onto Moonshine. Creed tosses Moonshine back into the ring and snaps him down with one powerful powerbomb. It’s over and The Dynasty better be concerned.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – As squashes go, this was pretty good. Both guys looked good and…yeah, this was pretty damn good for a squash.

Match #2: Erick Stevens defeated Douglas James

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Collar elbow starts the bout off, but Stevens immediately grinds his forearm to the face of James. Matters gets immediately heated and James shows his grappler technique with a quick takedown before paint brushing Stevens as a receipt for the previous insult. James continues with the quickness and sheer athleticism, causing Stevens to reassess his situation. Real hard chop by James. James tries catching Stevens with a tope dive but Stevens catches him instead to slam him down on the apron. Momentum has shifted. Stiff elbow to the jaw of James that gets a near fall. Stevens slaps Douglas James hard twice so James returns the favor. This fires James up and he feeds a bevy of kicks to Erick. Bad times for James as Stevens shows his technique with a surfboard stretch. We go to break and when we return, James snaps Stevens with a meteora! Very near fall. More kicks by James and Stevens asks him for more. Frustration kicks in for Douglas James and he flattens Stevens with a forearm. Another near fall. Erick, however shifts the battle back in his favor. Stevens gets on a rampage that culminates with his patented Sarasota Screwdriver (a Northern Lights Bomb) for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was pretty intense for a random mid-card match. That being said, Erick was debuting here, I bet he wanted to make a great impression. I’d wager that both guys looked fantastic here. Two bottle caps and a rubber ducky…that’s all I can afford to bet. Any-way, there’s a lot of hard-hitting action here to give you a black eye, so get your ice-pack ready, because it’s gonna smart.

Match #3: King Mo defeated Dr. Dax

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Dr. Dax comes in hard against King Mo, using his power and strength to catch the new MLW member off-guard, but Mo’s MMA background comes in handy as he catches Dax in a rear naked choke for the submission. Dr. Dax certainly wanted to live to fight another day. Could the same outcome happen to the other Knockout King in Low Ki? Fans of MLW certainly hope to see that fight come to fruition.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – This wasn’t much, even for a squash, but Mo won and should have, so there’s that.

Match #4: (Main Event) Ross Von Erich defeated Tom Lawlor (Disqualification)

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Ross doesn’t waste any time as he comes firing off on Filthy and it isn’t long before the beatdown goes to the outside. It’s capped off with a belly-to-back suplex on the apron. Tom, however sees the window as Ross rolls into the ring, but the cockiness of Lawlor gets the best of him and Ross rolls away from an elbow to deliver a beauty of a springboard senton. Matters get too much for Tom as it appears Lawlor feigns that Ross thumbed him in the eye. This allows Lawlor’s corner man (complete with stuffed hobby horse) to trip Ross up. Tom makes the most of it and plants RVE down with a suplex before hitting him with some hard punches. Lawlor uses the corner to choke the life out of Ross as the official tries to restore order. The Dallas crowd really lets Lawlor have it. Lawlor’s attack doesn’t stop as he relentlessly kicks a Ross, but a Pele kick gets the adrenaline pumping for the oldest Von Erich Brother. He really takes it to Tom as he hits a modified impaler DDY for a close fall. Ross has Tom all sized up for a Von Erich Claw, but inference from Garrini causes the ref to call for the bell.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Ross looked really damn good here. I’d wager that this may be his coming-out party. Tom helped matters by playing the d—-head of the year here for Ross’s natural baby-face. The wrestling was a nice mixture of ground-n’-pound and American, which made for a bout of variety. There’s nothing bad in here, but I wish that it had gone on for a few more minutes, at least. The DQ pissed me off, but it did lead to a big closing segment, so it served a purpose, at least.

News Of The Night:

  1. Killer Kross is coming.
  2. Jimmy Havoc is now feuding with…a mystery person.
  3. CONTRA Unit is waging war on Mance Warner.
  4. Erick Stevens joins Team Filthy and helps Tom Lawlor nearly cause a riot.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This was a decent show with flashes of brilliance that were good enough to get the rating up a few notches.

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