05th May2020

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (May 2nd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s MLW: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Linda Lovelace, who had a rough life. Always respect the people who have sex on camera, unless they’re evil mother-f——. We’ve got a whole buncha lucha to get to, so…I was supposed to do a joke on here about…something dumb. I forgot what it was, so to Hell with it. Jesse’s dead (Star Wars: Clone Wars reference).

Match #1: Poder De Norte (Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana & Carta Brava Jr.) def. Black Destiny, Rayo Starr & Fantastick

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Poder de Norte feel the offense of their opponents as they get tossed to the outside and then get stereo dives onto the outside. Rayo Starr takes a moment to showcase his skills and does a fake dive but he gets dropkicked into the back. Poder de Norte isolate Starr and catapult him right into a steel chair before literally dumping him onto a sea of chairs in the crowd! Double dropkicks keep Black Destiny down. Back from break, we see Carta Brava double stomp Fantastick down and almost gets the pin, but Rayo Starr makes the save. A gorgeous Spanish Fly to Carta almost gets a fall by Rayo but he recieves a running crucifix powebomb. Black Destiny hits an ace crusher for another near fall, but soon gets thwarted. Poder de Norte execute simultaneous offensive attacks, and the ref needs a third arm to administer the pinfall, but thankfully, Destiny, Fantastick and Starr all kick out. Later on, Destiny shows his aerial skills once more by tope suicide diving onto Carta who is hanging off the barricade! The remainder of Norte however give their remaining adversaries a receipt! Several dropkicks to the mush of Black Destiny before a frogsplash keeps him down for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a fun bit of everything that looked like it hurt like Hell, but perhaps wasn’t the most disciplined bout. Yeah, I’m not full of myself. The action was at a good pace and didn’t have too many lulls, but it also wasn’t the best lucha I’ve ever seen. All in all, this was a fun demo reel for what these wrestlers can offer, but as a match, it was a bit shallow in the depth department.

Match #2: (Main Event) Jinetes del Aire (Myzteziz, Octagon Jr. & Vikingo) def. Injustice – AAA Trios Tag Team Championship Match

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Everybody trades shots until it’s Vikingo and Reed facing off and the two feel one another out with absolute athleticism. Reed tries to monkey flip hurricanrana Vikingo but the luchador lands on his feet and then it’s Oliver going against Myzteziz Jr. The two meet each other in several stalemates until Myz hits a corkscrew cross body. Oliver finds himself on the outside and it’s Kotto against Octagon Jr. Several hurricanranas are executed, but Octagon hits hard with a forearm. A kick to the nose stuns Kotto and Octagon turns it into a top rope arm drag before delivering a headscissors. Kotto is caught in the corner as his three foes deliver chops to the oldest member of Injustice. Just an amazing triple team as they pop up Kotto for a top rope dropkick from the opposite corner. Vikingo hits a shooting star press and gets a near fall on Reed, but Oliver breaks it up. More chops to Oliver as the champs take turn vaulting themselves into Jordan while he’s stuck in the corner. Kotto and Reed manage to focus on Myzteziz as the three deliver a triple team suplex onto him in an impressive display of chemistry. They then triple team Vikingo and a slow count by the referee allows Octagon to stomp his partner free. Injustice soon take a moment to gloat on the apron and it turns to complete chaos on the outside (all of which happens to be in Jinetes del Aire’s favor. Kotto almost gets a fall on Vikingo after he gets his knees up but the hearty champion kicks out. Kotto soon gets vaulted by Oliver on top of Vikingo onto the outside and Oliver joins him directly across the squared circle with a tope to Myz. Vikingo feels the wrath of Oliver and Kotto and Myron highlights it with a cutter to Octagon onto the outside. Just wild stuff! Injustice is in control as the lock Myz in a three men submission. Out comes Pillman and he spits beer in the face of Kotto. He grabs a chair to take out his opponents but Brian grabs it and Jinetes knocks him down. Kotto soon finds himself woozy in the corner as Myz and Octagon take out Jordan and Myron on the outside. Vikingo feeds the knees to Kotto and then hits a 630 senton for the 1-2-3 and the title retain!

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – The spots were great, but the match was just that, spots. Vikingo was the star here and is ready for regular prize fights in any league in the world. What Vikingo does is just too damn good to not reward immediately. Every wrestler here tried and succeeded to some degree, but this will be remembered as one of Vikingo’s many impressive displays in his American matches. There’s some good tag work here, but it’s all about Vikingo here. Sorry for the bias, but Vikingo is the reason to see this match. Okay, I’m outta gas.

News Of The Night:

  1. LA Park did a cooking vignette to lambast his enemies.
  2. Dan Lambert is suing Low Ki for ruining his press conference.
  3. Brian Pillman Jr. attacked Injustice to screw them out of the AAA Trios Titles.
  4. Brian Pillman Jr. challenged Jordan Oliver to a Hair vs. Hair match.
  5. Davey Boy Smith Jr wants Jacob Fatu’s MLW World Title.
  6. Richard Holliday bought Savio Vega’s mom’s house so he can screw with Vega.
  7. Mance Warner wants Alexander Hammerstone’s Open-Weight Title.
  8. Los Parks fight Psycho Clown, Psicosis and Nino Hamburguesa, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This accomplished a bunch with angles and storylines, but the action was, while exciting, secondary to the whole show itself, which I never like.

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