31st Mar2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (March 28th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s MLW: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and those smelly, fat Hobbitses tries to takes away Gollum’s precious…it’s ours…OURS! GOLLUM! GOLLUM! GOLLUM! (TV off) Whoops! I need to remember to turn this TalkTech thing off. As you can tell, I was watching “Family Ties”. Hey, we’ve got a really strong match to cover and another that’s pretty damn good in its own right. Low Ki fights King Mo in our main event, so don’t touch that dial, do you understand?! Don’t make me…GOT IT?! You know what! GOLLUM! GOLLUM! GOLLUM! (TV off) Whoops! I forgot to turn off this porno.

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Match #1: Dominic Garrini def. Dr. Dax – $1,000 Open Prize Fight Challenge Match

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Who has a shot to survive Garrini’s Jiu-Jitsu expertise for five minutes? The monster in Dr. Dax answers that call. The two lock up and soon find themselves in the corner. Reset. Garrini goes for the leg, but the power hammer blows of Dax puts that to a quick stop. Garrini quickly catches a charging Dax with a STO takedown and locks in a modified head submission for the quick bell. Dax lasted just over a minute in Garrini’s challenge.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was like putting a Gracie in with a lobotomized elephant. The idea was to promote a match where you’d have an old-fashioned exhibition of Garrini’s skills at the expense of the opponent. Yeah, I’ve never written a sentence more in need of the phrase “Duh!”…if you don’t count all of the other sentences I’ve ever written. Garrini did a nice job of clobbering a doctor…which means that Garrini is trying to sabotage the COVID-19 research! SABOTAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!!  Oh, right…the match was a waste of time, but a decent one at that.

Match #2: Alexander Hammerstone def. T-Hawk – MLW National Openweight Championship Match

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Hammerstone enters by himself to face T-Hawk to defend hi title an unprecedented eighth time. Bell rings and the two take a moment to size one another up. “T-Hawk” chants break out in Philly who gets Hammer in the corner, causing a reset. Collar and elbow which leads to Hammer doing the same to Hawk. Hammer grins his way back to the center of the ring. Side headlock by Hammer before popping him down with a shoulder tackle. Thrusts in the corner as Hammer embraces the brotherly love boos. T-Hawk chops the chest of Hammer hard before going for a suplex. Hammer halts it but T-Hawk eventually gets him up. Hammer is hurt, but impressed. Side switch by Hammer, but Hawk shows his quickness with a sky high by T. Once more, Hammerstone is impressed. Despite that, he doesn’t let up on the offensive assault with vicious punches. On the outside, Hammer catches a sliding Hawk who is still in the ring, spins his legs around to have his head dangle over the apron before knocking T into next Saturday with a bicycle kick. Hammer soaks in the Philly reaction before tossing T into the barricade. Hammer gloats some more before getting T back onto the canvas. Goes for a pin, but only gets a two count. Hammer wrenches the neck of Hawk and catches him with an eventual back elbow to keep T grounded. Hammer isn’t hesitant with the trash talk and allows Hawk to chop him hard. This is when the pace picks up as it’s back and forth between the two stars. It looks to be capped off with one perfect dropkick by Hammer that had to make a late Hennig smile from above, but Hawk catches everyone off-guard with a harsh knee to the back of Hammer’s head. “MLW” chants fill the 2300 in Philly. Crowd is totally behind T as he lifts up the big man, but Hammer has him with a bicycle kick into German suplex combo before powerbombing him for a two and rolling him over for an extended Boston crab. T breaks up the hold and crowd is all behind the Strongheart. The ref used his discretion at Hammer not letting loose of the hold and it’s a good thing because both competitors had plenty left in the tank. Hawk shows his innovation with a modified inverted falcon arrow to get a very near fall. Hawk climbs the turnbuckle, but Hammer superplexes Hawk right off of it. Nightmare Pendulum and it’s all academic from there. Hammerstone retains.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – Whoo-boy! Now this was some top-notch wrestling. Every move was crisp and immediate, as was the match itself. This was what I call intense. In many ways, this was Hammerstone’s coming out party. Vince has must have a hard-on for this guy (Hammerstone), unless he hasn’t heard of him yet. T-Hawk was fantastic here as well, so don’t think that I’m trying to give the credit to one man. I bet you will love this sucker from beginning until end.

Match #3: (Main Event) King Mo (with Dan Lambert) def. Low Ki (with Ross Von Erich)

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Mo makes his way to the ring in hopes of getting those bragging rights of “Knockout King.” Low Ki has just the opposite in mind. Crowd is fully behind Ki. He shares fist bumps with fans. The official reminds the two of his pre-match iinstructions and demands the two heated rivals get back to their corners before starting the match. Bell rings and Low Ki goes for a leg takedown, but no dice. More sizing up from both competitors. In 2019, 50% of Low Ki’s opponents have been knocked out while King Mo in his MMA career have knocked out 62%. Mo lifts Ki up and dumps him hard onto the outside. Ross Von Erich checks on Ki and so does the official, but Ki insists he’s fine as he struggles to get back in the ring. King Mo is smiling and dumps Ki out once more. More gloating by Mo. Ki answers the call once more and Mo continues to maintain the attack. King Mo pretzels Low Ki up with an elevated STO stretch and continues to work the ground game after with a hammerlock. Ki forearms his way out of it, but Mo takes out the bandaged knee of Ki. One has to believe Mo made note of that. Ki is having severely hard time getting back into the ring, but does just that. Mo seems to sense blood in the water as he continues to dissect “The Professional.” Mo looks to be toying a bit with his hurt opponent, but a rolling knee by Ki puts it back in “The Lone Wolf’s” favor. Ki cinches in a standing scissor hold that grounds Mo, but the resilient MMA champ isn’t submitting nor is he passing out. As this is going down, out comes Garrini and Erick Stevens whic prompts Ross to confront them. Out comes Marshall for back-up as all the officials try to restore order. As all this is going on, in enters Tom Lawlor who hits Low Ki across the back with Mo’s umbrella. He then makes certain that the towel left behind by Ross is laying center of the ring. The referee sees Von Erichs’ towel and signals for the bell. A despicable win by “Team Filthy.”

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was pretty damn good for some-thing that had a few problems. Mo isn’t quite there yet as a wrestler, but he is well on his way to becoming a quality wrestler. Low Ki was perfect to carry him, as Ki is quite willing to lose and just as willing to put over someone else in any way that is asked of him. Come for Low Ki and stay for a good match that made for a fine ten minutes.

News Of The Night:

  1. Injustice broke a cinder-block beneath Brian Pillman Jr.’s head to sell the Middle-Weight Title feud between he and Myron Reed.
  2. An update on Killer Kross’s condition will be given on next week’s Fusion.
  3. MJF and Mance Warner fight in a Loser Leaves Town Match, next week.
  4. Team Filthy has brought in King Mo as a member.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a very enjoyable show. The middle match was fabulous and the main event was quite good, so that’s two-thirds of this broadcast that was worth the time right there.

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