09th Mar2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (March 7th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s MLW: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the Jagged Edge Killer…it’s Slade! I hate that f—— blonde haired goon and don’t tell me it was Jack Forrester either…doesn’t even own a typewriter. Okay, let’s get right to the action on the 100th episode of the show, with CIMA getting a crack at the World Championship.


Match #1: Davey Boy Smith defeated Erick Stevens

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Tom Lawlor is on commentary as the two lock up. Big “Let’s Go Davey” chants echo throughout the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Shoulder tackle downs Stevens as the sold out crowd continues behind DB. Several snapmares by Davey who soons piefaces Stevens down. Some very hard shots traded between the two. Two bodyslams and a leg drop leads to DB hoisting Erick up for a 30-second long vertical suplex! Stevens goes on the outside and lures DB in on the tough attack. He looks to snap suplex DB on the outside, but Smith turns the tide with one of his own. He gives a wink to the camera, fist bumps a fan and takes the action back inside. Stevens does try to turn momentum with a flying shoulder tackle and gets a two count. Ericks sets his sights on the left leg and wrenches back with an elevated single leg crab. DB struggles to get to the ropes, but does it. Erick chops away at DB, but Smith fires back hard. Erick catches DB with a dragon screw and continues to focus on that left leg, but hard hits gets Stevens off. DB enziguris Stevens down. Soon he gives Erick ten hard punches in the corner, gives Stevens a back body which leads to Erick trying to beg him off. Instead he gets a kick and the two trade several pin attempts. One crisp powerslam by DB. DB catches him up top to deliver a Calgary Stampedecx before hitting a diving headbutt for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fine match that gave Smith another strong win on his road to becoming the World Champion. With plenty of stiff, heavy shots fired from bell to bell, I’ve gotta hand it to these guys for not getting lazy when it would have been easy to do so. If you’re looking for a taste of what makes MLW stand out, then give this sucker a chance.

Match #2: Brian Pillman Jr. defeated Jimmy Havoc

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Streamers are thrown in for Brian before the bell rings and when it does, Jimmy flips off the crowd who is in favor of The Rogue Prince. Pillman initially goes for a takedown but Jimmy avoids. The two begin some ground game on one another. Jimmy starts with the upperhand but the two soon continue to go back and forth before Havoc finds haven in the corner. Havoc gets Brian all wrenched up, but the unorthodox ROY gives Jimmy a jolt right to the nose. The two shake hands, but Jimmy jars Brian hard with a right hand. Two snapmares and dropkick akin to his poppa puts Pillman back in control. A two count and as Pillman soon looks for a knife edge chop, Havoc bites Brian’s hand! Havoc soon hurls Brian to the outside. We soon see Injustice continuing to argue with Atlas security as Havoc gets the advantage on Brian at ringside. A senton gets Havoc a two count before he locks in a cross arm hold on Pillman which causes a concern for Brian’s discolated shoulder. The two get to a vertical base and Havoc looks for his Acid Rainmaker, but they continue to slug it out. Powerslam by Brian gets a two count. Repeated clotheslines in the corner by Brian who makes the most of it by hitting a beauty of a cross body on Jimmy. Havoc bites the leg of Brian, but Brian shows resiliency delivering a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before knocking Jimmy with a straight jacket lung-blower. That looks to be it, but Priscilla Kelly puts Jimmy’s leg on the ropes! Priscilla gets on the apron as we see she handed Jimmy a trucker’s chain. Instead of hitting Brian with it, he tosses it in Brian’s hand and tries to get the DQ win, but the official isn’t having it. Pillman rolls him up for a two count. A hard shot from Jimmy, before he hits an Acid Rainmaker, but Brian stays on his feet. He goes for a second one, but Brian dodges. Priscilla climbs up top and dives off but accidentally hits Havoc with a crossbody. Pillman rolls the dice and covers Havoc which prompts Priscilla to break it up, but she splashes on top of Jimmy in the process! Air Pillman by Brian and he gets the pinfall win!

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This turned out pretty well and gave Havoc another chance to actually wrestle, instead of his CZW impression. There’s a lot of good character stuff in here, so don’t worry about this just being move after move or anything like that. Overall, if you’re looking for good wrestling with a touch of chaos, then you can give this a shot.

Match #3: (Main Event) Jacob Fatu defeated CIMA – MLW World Heavyweight Championship

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CIMA looks ready for the fight of his life as a steely eyed Samoan stares across the ring from him. Introductions are made, the title is raised and the bell rings. Big fight feel in Philly. CIMA makes note of Samael at ringside. The two lock up before it gets broken in the corner. CIMA’s quickness gets Fatu with a few forceful kicks and he goes for a shoulder tackle, but it won’t down the champ. That happens a second time and Fatu goes for a Samoan Drop but the cagey CIMA escapes to play a bit of mind games with his opponent. He catches Jacob with a well-placed dropkick as Fatu gets back in the ring. Snapmare before hitting double knees and a senton for a two count. CIMA keeps the champ grounded with a seated abdominal stretch. The bruteness of Fatu shows its face as he delivers a sidekick before smashing CIMA in the corner. Fatu bites CIMA and then chokes him on the second rope. CIMA is grounded, but still shows that fighting spirit. Hard shoulder thrusts in the corner by Fatu. CIMA goes for a sunset flip but Jacob knife chops him on the mat before putting him in a tree of woe. He headbutts CIMA hard and Philadelphia boos the Samoan Werewolf. CIMA takes some shots at Jacob’s midsection but one hard hammer puts the Strongheart back on the mat. Samael seizes an opportunity to get a shot in at CIMA before Fatu rolls him back into the ring. Fatu locks in a nerve hold in the center of the squared circle. CIMA breaks the hold but Jacobs jars his opponent right in the jaw with an elbow. So quick by the champion. CIMA looks to be in a bad spot as Jacob climbs the turnbuckle looking for a Vader bomb, but misses. CIMA quickly climbs and delivers a pair of knees to the back of Fatu. He delivers a crushing guillotine DDT to the champ before he locks Fatu up in a triangle hold center ring! Fatu finds himself in great pain, but manages to get a foot on the ropes. CIMA tries to keep Jacob down and a roundhouse to the back of the head does so. CIMA comes off the top rope, but misses and Fatu catches him with a pop-up Samoan Drop. Fatu scales the ring and delivers a picture perfect moonsault onto CIMA. He hits a second one onto the challenger for good measure and that’s good enough for the title retain.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun. Yeah, this was fun. CIMA was a great opponent for Fatu, who needs matches like this to cut his teeth on. There’s nothing wrong with a flashier wrestler working with Fatu, but for him to really get his point across, Fatu needs to fight the intense guys so he can look tough. You can expect to see a whole lotta bruisin’ goin’ on here, because this was a hard-hitting prize fight that was a bit too short, but never short changed the crowd on the good stuff.

News Of The Night:

  1. LA Park is a free agent.
  2. Low Ki will have a match with King Mo.
  3. Brian Pillman Jr. wants to challenge Myron Reed for the MLW World Middle-Weight Title.
  4. Myron Reed defends the MLW Middle-Weight Title against Laredo Kid, next week.
  5. Gina Medina fights Mance Warner, next week.
  6. Tom Lawlor fights Killer Kross, next week.
  7. CONTRA Unit claims they have more members, in secret, and will debut them soon enough.
  8. CONTRA Unit carried away CIMA’s body after he lost.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a pretty good show that needed a bit more wrestling, but what was here was good.


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