20th Apr2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (April 18th 2020)

by Nathan Favel


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Match #1: Averno defeated Douglas James

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Super Series night two kicks off as the two circle one another. They spend some time sizing one another up before Averno takes him down, but both quickly reset. Takedown by James before trying to lock in a rear-naked guillotine. Rope break. Douglas is quick to elude Averno’s advances and dropkicks him out of the ring. Averno soon turns the tables by sweeping the leg on the apron and tossing him into the barricade. Averno finds himself a half broken broken and flings James into it. Hammer blows to the back of James before tossing him back into the ring for one fierce corner turnbuckle powerbomb. Only a two count. The two trade chops and James hits several forearms that softens Averno up for a hurricanrana. Averno goes to the outside and James leaps out with a tope, but doesn’t get all of it as his leg catches the bottom rope. James remains unphased. He catches Averno with a superkick and smashes him down with a meteora. A very slow-paced pinfall allows Averno up before three. Averno catches the leg of James who gets hit with one scary forearm that sends James toppling down to the canvas. That was enough for the official to call the match.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Hey, now this was a good Focken match…whoops, wrong gag. Today’s indy cinema is boring the piss out of me. Like Vic Morrow just before John Landis chopped his head off with that helicopter, this went well, even if it was a bit chaotic. Imagine if Natalie Wood fought Robert Wagner in a “I caught you f—— a guy in the living room” match and…I forgot what I was saying. Averno was excellent here and why wouldn’t he be? The chaos was mostly Averno’s fault, but that’s lucha all the way and I still enjoyed myself. James is quite talented and I’m surprised he lost, but perhaps he was the lamb to be sacrificed at the altar of AAA (these shows are in Mexico). Hell, I don’t know. I liked this match though, like the weirdos that enjoy true crime shows (I can take one of those a year…if that). These two guys matched-up well and made the most of a limited amount of time together.

Match #2: (Main Event) Tom Lawlor & Dominic Garrini defeated Puma King & Xtreme Tiger

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Xtreme Tiger and Puma King both come out to major pops in TJ as the announcer makes the in-ring introductions. Tom Lawlor retrieves his mouth guard from his trunks as he and Tiger size one another up. Lawlor slugs away at Tiger, but the tables of attack quickly begin to turn and Tom takes a moment to beg him off. Tiger shows his athletics and both keep finding themselves in offensive stalemate until Tiger catches him with a crisp enziguri. Garrini gets tagged in, but so does Puma King and he gets a major reaction. Garrini holds court initially, but Puma King gives him a lesson in luchador. A blind tag by Lawlor gets made, but the ref denies its legality Lawlor gets in however and shows PK what it’s like to be filthy, flourishing with a double foot corner choke. PK gets the tag, but so does Lawlor. The fresh Xtreme Tiger gets the better of Lawlor who rolls to the outside. Garrini tries to suplex him from behind, but Tiger lads on his feet. Garrini hits a forearm, but Puma King makes a blind tag (which the ref allows!) to hit a codebreaker on Garrini. We then see everybody in stereo sink up with a group submission. Lawlor disposes of Tiger, but King soon grabs hold of Lawlor. Garrini gangs up on him and cinches in his signature rear-naked choke, Tiger breaks it up and Team Filthy beat him down. Tiger finds his rhythm and locks Lawlor in one unique submission. Lawlor later slugs Tiger and Garrini once more locks in a rear naked choke. Puma King makes the save and gives Garrini a helluva athletic showing that glazes the eyes of Garrini. He goes for the pin but Dom kicks out. Team Filthy forearm King in unison and Garrini delivers a knee to the noggin of King as Lawlor drops him down with a brainbuster. Tiger swiftly breaks up the pin attempt as he gets Garrini out of the equation. Lawlor soon finds a seam, and grabs hold of Tiger for the quick submission victory at the discretion of the official, tying the series at 2-2.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another fine match for this show. Tiger, who has no ties to the infamous guy from that Netflix show I don’t give a s— about, performed as well as usual, which is saying a lot of him. You get a brisk mixture of styles here, with lucha meeting MMA in a fight to the finish. As main events go, this was like wrapping a piece of fish in Danny Devito’s sex appeal and mailing it to the Library Of Congress with a pack of Wrigley’s Double-Mint Gum…very good.

News Of The Night:

  1. Mance Warner and Alexander Hammerstone are still feuding.
  2. Alicia Atout had her birthday on this show.
  3. King Mo taunted Low Ki.
  4. Injustice will fight for the Trios Tag Team Title against Jinetes Del Aire in a few weeks.
  5. The Hart Foundation will reunite for in-ring competition in Tijuana.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

Two good matches and lots of information about what happens in the coming weeks made this worth watching.


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