16th Mar2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (March 14th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and processed sugar is the reason why you’re fat, not fat/calories/carbohydrates. If you’re not fat, then don’t get addicted to sugar. Also, moose piss tastes good…real good. Killer Kross is here to fight Tom Lawlor, because he’s staying in MLW, forever/no he’s not…going to WWE.

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Match #1: Myron Reed defeated Laredo Kid – MLW World Middleweight Championship

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Earlier today, Konnan was singing the praises of his latest prodigy Laredo Kid, but was interuppted by Injustice who k=contiues to toss shade at the legend. Konnan wasn’t having it, and challenged Myron to go defend his title with “Dumb & Dumber” in his corner. Myron decided not to take his advice and took Oliver and Brazil to the ring with him. That didn’t phase Laredeo. LK took it to Reed both on the inside and outside of the squared circle. That unjustifiable distraction did come into play as Kotto thinned the focus of the official to flatten LK with kick to the face. Reed continues his control with a springboard leg drop, but good only for two. He tries to get the fall again with a forearm, but no dice. LK finds his groove as he elbows Myron down, hits him with a Michinoku Driver before dolling out two top rope moonsaults. A tremendous sequence of offensive attacks. Myron fires back hot with his own sequence capped off with a modified ace crusher and tried to keep that momentum rolling, but LK caught him, sent him into the corner and then planted the champ hard with Super Dragonplex! Reed somehow mustered enough energy to kick out but what went down was an extremely close call! Laredo sizes up a woozy Reed and the two trade punches, but Kid eventually feeds the canvas to Reed. LK positions Reed up in an Indian Deathlock-like hold, but in comes Kotto to disrupt. Laredo launched Brazil out of the equation all while still maintaining the hold. Oliver tries to follow suit but LK catches him with a superkick sending him to the outside. He fully factors the two out of the equation with two tope suicidas! Even with such transgressions, this opens up Myron Reed to flex his championship talent. Hot Fire vaults himself out of the ring to connect LK with an ace crusher that defied several laws of physics. He then rolled Laredo back in the ring before keeping him down for three with his No Cap Splash finish.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was pretty fun, but the booking got in the way a bit, as Reed was forced to play a heel, rather than a champion. Yaphet Kotto was here…no he wasn’t. Do you like Yaphet Kotto? Say the Ts real hard and you’ll know the wonders of…YAPHET KOTTO! As such, if you squint your eyes as you watch this match, you’ll be able to see the greatness of Laredo Kid and Myron Reed amidst the booking snafus on display here…like a cookie…like a cookie…LIKE A COOKIE!

Match #2: Mance Warner defeated Gino Medina

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Gino begins attacking Mance, but Mance fires back with some knife edge chops. Hard kick to the head by Medina gets a two count and the competitors find themselves on the outside. Mancer takes the pain to Medina. Mance breaks the count but once the fight finds itself back on the canvas, Gino begins to take control. Mance finds his footing once more with a solid headbutt and an impaler DDT. Gino begins to show his speed and ring awareness by hitting Mance with a running knee, but he utilizes the headbutt once more to catch Gino as he came leaping off the top rope. Warner nails with a running knee, but Medina kicks out. Medina attempts to roll Mance up with a handful of tights, but Warner turns the tables and grabs the trunks of Medina for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a decent match that didn’t quite work, but it was fun any-way. Medina is not ready yet for the big times, but he has the potential and that much is certain. Mance wins the award for weirdest first name to draw money…okay, not draw, but he sure does have a lot of quarters for the Asteroid game. This was cohesive enough…cohesive? What is this, a review from a f—— glue factory? The match needed some more finesse, but at least the foundation was there and you’ll even get a few stunts that turned out well.

Match #3: (Main Event) Killer Kross defeated Tom Lawlor

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Lawlor comes out with his “Team Filthy” crew along with an obnoxious banner promoting himself, but the Philadelphia crowd goes absolutely wild for the debuting Killer Kross. Kross has indeed brought his hybrid style to Fusion and the 2300 Arena is ready to witness such. The bell ring and the two slowly circle one another before having a stare down. Tom shoves Kross who goes on the attack Lawlor avoids his initial efforts, but a kick takes Tom down as Kross feeds him knees in the corner. Kross tosses Tom out and wards off any advances by Team Filthy at ringside. Kross belly-to-back suplexes Lawlor on the apron and rolls Tom back in. Kross wrenches the arm, but Lawlor rakes the eyes of Kross. He gloats a bit before delivering some hard punches to his opponent. Kross tries to create some separation however Tom has found his window and begins working the arm of Killer. Kross almost breaks an arm wrench with a bodyslam, but Lawlor rolls through and maintains the hold. He does manage to lift Killer for a suplex and then locks in a guillotine choke for quite awhile. Killer is close to be considered KO’ed, but he finds that second wind to launch Lawlor with two suplexes in succession. Kross calls for Doomsday, but Lawlor barnacles himself onto Kross before hitting a flurry of strikes. Kross fires right back, but Lawlor lifts him over for a release suplex. Kross immediately gets back to his feet. A flying knee by Lawlor nearly gets the fall. He signifies for the end and continues a second flurry of punches and knees. Kross will not go down and keeps a grin on his face. Very hard strikes by the pit fighter and Lawlor results to a thumb to the eye. Kross locks in his straight jacket submission but Lawlor rolls both of them to the outside to break the hold. This opens up the chance for Team Filthy to go on the attack. The DQ is called and Kross gets the victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good main event that gave Kross the spotlight and he made the most of it in just around ten minutes. The finish pissed me off, but a lack of a definitive finish always pisses me off. There’s some spirited exchanges in here, like a hat being traded for a glove and those Lakers tickets for a grand piano…a b——- grand piano. It’s a shame Kross won’t be around much longer (WWE has already come a’callin’), but at least it got us this nice special attraction match for our main event.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

I wish the prize fight would have been better, but at least the fighters tried.

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