21st Dec2020

‘Major League Wrestling: Fusion’ Review (Dec 17th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to MLW: Fusion’s weekly review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more from the Opera Cup as… Colack: The Shunting shall commence in two days’ time! Nathan: Yeah, I’m still here. I don’t know what a shunting is, b… Colack: The Shunting is when a group of people f—, eat and meld into the victim’s body until they are one with them! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Nathan: Oh, well in that case…AHH!!! Fusion starts…AHHHH!!!

MATCH 1: Bu Ku Dao (w/ TJP) def. LA Park Jr. (w/ LA Park & Hijo de LA Park)

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Dao is barely five foot tall as he stares down the largest of LA Park’s sons, but the bell rings and Park Jr. goes on the attack. Dao gets knocked on the outside and Los Parks gets some extra shots in. Back in ring, Dao and Park trade shots, but a mighty low kick knocks Dao even lower. The referee allows Dao a brief spell to recoup on the outside, but Park doesn’t relent and dives onto BKD. The Parks are certainly making the most of their ringside presense as well. Dao gets several kicks on the apron against Park and flourishes it all with a cross body for a two count. A big time enziguri by Park Jr. downs Bu Ku Dao, but the resilient youngster kicks out. Massive Alabama slam by Park gets another near fall. Park charges at BKD, but Dao uses the momentum to give a modified twirling flatliner. Two count. Dao stumbles to his feet, but gets a headbutt from Park Jr. LA locks him in a hammerlock DDT guillotine, but Dao rolls him up for the unexpected three count!

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5

MATCH 2: Mads Krugger def. Ben Heavy & Daniel Starling

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Together Starling and Heavy weigh in at an immense 492 lbs. All of that looks like fresh meat to Mads and Heavy gets the hand of The Black Hand. Krugger then literally uses Starling’s body to batter Heavy in the corner before he caps it off with a powerslam into his beaten partner. A full nelson slam to Starling on top of Heavy gets a “foot on top” three count.

My Opinion: 1.3 out of 5

MATCH 3: MAIN EVENT 2020 Opera Cup Semi-Finals “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (w/ Dominic Garrini) def. ACH

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Bell rings and Lawlor puts his dukes up. Front chancery starts it off and Lawlor swiftly aims for the ground game. ACH mat wrestles his way back to a vert position and Tom rolls him up for a brief pin attempt. Lawlor tells ACH he’s “this close.” Dragon screw by ACH but Lawlor leads it into an armbreaker attempt. Leverage is exchanged for pin attempts. Lawlor restarts by grabbing the ropes and the two are back on their feet. Side headlock by ACH gets rolled over by Tom for another pin attempt. The bout goes to the ropes and the official has to have the men separate. As the match continues on, we see brief footage of Hammerstone’s attack on Krugger backstage. Meanwhile, Lawlor has his legs wrapped around the neck of ACH. ACH breaks himself free and ACH leaps back into a front headlock. Lawlor attempts a hip toss, but it’s ACH who does it and gets a two count. Lawlor backs into the corner and it causes ACH to let his guard down to get a cheap shot. That builds up some more shots from the former MLW World Heavyweight Champ. A low clotheslines grounds ACH for a two count. Lawlor appears to be going for a rear naked choke and throws some elbows into the side of the face of ACH. Cover, two count. ACH cartwheels his way into a dropkick. Hard chops from the man from Austin before setting his sights on an abdominal stretch. ACH rolls Tom up for a two count. He turns his momentum into a flurry of kicks, punches and chops in the corner before he lays down a nasty backbreaker in the corner. ACH kicks away at Tom on the ground. Lawlor counters an ACH suplex to give one of his own before a pin attempt only good for two. Lawlor doesn’t hesitate and locks in an armbreaker, but ACH makes it to the ropes. The fight continues on the apron and the two hammmer away at one another. Front chancery by Lawlor is an attempt at leverage, but ACH roll over his foe for a sunset flip for a pin attempt. The awareness of Lawlor allows him to deliver a harsh back elbow. ACH still stands up and both go back and forth in the center of the ring. Lawlor catches the leg of ACH, ACH trips him up goes for a double stomp which he avoids and Lawlor locks in his rear naked choke hold. The endurance heavy ACH manages to get to his feet and gets a pin attempt out of it. ACH does the exact same two more times and although he doesn’t get any three’s he continues to kick Tom down enough to deliver a tiger driver bomb! 1-2-no! ACH stays on the task and ascends the top for a splash, but at the last minute, Lawlor gets his knees up and then rolls ACH for the W!

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.6/5

This whole show had a nice ring to it. The main event was an excellent bout that gave ACH and Lawlor a chance to have a more nuanced fight, as opposed to a stunt show that delivered big spots. ACH has been having a rough few years, so his return in MLW is not just for the sake of his career, if you grab my meaning. Colack: What? Nathan: ACH has possible mental health issues. Colack: Ah. The Shunting shall commence…soon! Nathan: Yeah. Great. Lawlor has become the less exciting yet more imposing version of Matt Riddle and that’s pretty cool. Colack: Riddle? Do you jest? Nathan: That’s the guy’s name. Colack: Gay. Nathan: Mads squashed two guys at the same time, which is what Tom Cruise does when he isn’t yelling at people to make himself look like he cares about people. Colack: Tom Cruise is gay? Nathan: Yes and an ass-hole at the same time. Colack: Huh. Nathan: Bu Ku Dao did well in the opener and that made for a decent opener that began what would be a good show. Colack: HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Now, prepare to die…in a few days! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Nathan: Okay. At least I’ll be able to get all my reviews through SmackDown done. I’d say the next review is NXT UK… Colack: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!


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