29th Mar2021

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Mar 24th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s MLW: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel it’s time to dance in our under-pants while the bants cants the mants like a gants ain’t never bever than pever gever. Y’all ready to watch some muthafukken ‘rasslin’? Then stop reading this review and do. I mean, this is writing. You can’t see the wrestling here. I ain’t YouTube! I like you and s—t, but this ain’t HBO. Tony Curtis ain’t fighting a mini-dick demon Indian in a hospital now God damn it. We’ve got to talk wrestling here! Commence the discussion of professional wrestling!

Match #1: Gino Medina def. Zenshi

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Gino and Zenshi trade off their unique styles and as the unorthodox Zenshi goes to utilize the ropes, Gino bails out of the ring to reassess and deliver some mind games. Zenshi has that book read however as he sweeps the leg and hits a standing moonsault. 1-2-kickout by Gino. Zenshi hangs Gino out to dry on the apron. Zenshi leaps off the top but Medina catches Zenshi with his knees. Big knife edge chop gets a two count. Abdominal stretch from Gino. He snapmares Zenshi down for a chinlock. Anchor hold from Gino. Multiple cover attempts by Gino show his frustration and Medina kicks Zenshi in the skull. He doesn’t relent on deliberate strikes to the Chilean star. Zenshi fires back with some forearm smashes, but an elbow to the back of Zenshi’s head downs him. Zenshi gets set up top as Gino claws at his mask. Zenshi frees himself and hits a modified Spanish fly attempt for a near fall. Zenshi locks his mask back up. He avoids a 540 kick by Gino to hit a Pele kick. Roll up for two. Zenshi handspring attacks and then hits a springboard spinning senton for a close fall. Gino catches Zenshi in the corner and vaults him in the opposite corner for a snake eyes. After a pin attempt gets reversed by Zenshi, Gino catches him with the “Eat The Feet” kick to the back of the head and gets the 1-2-3 victory.

The Score: 4 out of 10

  • The Good: There’s enough zipping around here to keep you awake. Consider how Zenshi brings himself to attention before he goes in for a grapple. Zenshi always looks like he’s about to do something great. Zenshi always draws you in at the beginning. Gino always jumped right into whatever needed to happen for the match to work. Gino is always that way. This match was as consistent to how these people normally wrestle as it needed to be.
  • The Bad: This was not a spectacular match, nor was it thrilling. It happens sometimes, but this was a clunker and it was through no fault of any kind. Time was not on this bout’s side.
  • The Verdict: These two tried, but they were on a sharp decline thanks to how the show was formatted.

Match #2: Mil Muertes def. Gringo Loco

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The Azteca Underground associate accompanies Salina and Muertes to the ring. Muertes is also accompanied by Hammerstone’s Openweight Title around his waist. Muertes walks up to Loco before the bell rings and once it does, Loco does the same. He shoves Mil and slaps him twice, but nothing doing. Very hard shot by Muertes. Loco avoids Mil, but not for long as Muertes spears the Chicago out of him. He hammers away at Gringo before continuing the offense. Massive right hand knocks Loco’s headband off and then goes crashing to the outside. He slams Gringo into the ring post before thrusting him against the hard apron. Muertes breaks the count and then continues his dismantling. Gringo does dodge a big bullet as Muertes chops the post instead. That doesn’t last long however as Muertes has control back in the ring with a short arm clothesline. He chokes Loco up to the official’s four count before relenting. He drapes Loco over the rope and then distracts the ref. That allows Salina to tug on Gringo’s beard, therein choking him over the middle rope. Muertes catapults Gringo’s neck under the bottom rope. He then attacks Loco in the far corner and rattles him with a right hand. Gringo fights back and catches Mil Muertes with a rolling senton where his leg connects with Muertes. Loco barely can cover and only gets a one count. Big chokeslam by Loco, but somehow Gringo gets a shoulder up. Loco looks to dizzy Mil with a kick to the head, but that doesn’t phase Muertes. Instead, Mill catches him with a powerslam for two. Salina finds another window to choke Loco. The resilient Gringo continues to fight back, but the high flier soon leaps off to find himself going “Straight To Hell.” 1-2-3.

The Score: 4 out of 10

  • The Good: This was Mil’s show and Mil ran the show. Gringo looked like a deer in headlights working with ol Mil. There’s a lot of knocking around, courtesy of Mil mashing Gringo like.
  • The Bad: There wasn’t much here besides Mil beating the s—t out of Gringo like every Latino does when a gringo comes through Mexico and asks where the Taco Bell is.
  • The Verdict: If you like watching people play piñata on each other’s asses like the party got dull, then you’ll get a giggle out of this.

Match #3: Calvin Tankman def. Sentai Death Squad

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Tankman clearly doesn’t fear SENTAI Death Squad as he and Zad trade heavy shots. Repeated chops at the ropes sets Zad up for a major shoulder tackle. Big spinebuster from Tank who then follows that up with a big backfist to the skull of Zad for the win.

The Score: 2 out of 10

  • The Good: Tankman squashed Sentai.
  • The Bad: It was a squash.
  • The Verdict: Tankman squashed Sentai.

Match #4: (Main Event) The Von Erichs def. Kevin Ku and Dominic Garrini – Chain Rope Match

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Those chain ropes hang mighty heavy as the bell sounds and The Von Erichs don’t miss a beat on the offense as they strike VIF down. Both Ku and Garrini show their own strong fight backgrounds, but Marshall slams Ku down and Russ throws Garrini with a Northern Lights suplex. One count. Lawlor briefly meddles that saves Garrini from further attack by Ross. The Von Erichs show syncronicty as they throw VIF both into the chains. Lawlor distracts the brothers and it allows Team Filthy to get back in the fight with the chains. VIF isolate Ross as Lawlor chokes out Marshall with the lower chain on the outside. Ku has Ross in an Indian deathlock. He turns that into an STF and Garrini wears down MArshall across the canvas. Garrini and Ku are in full control. Once more, Lawlor interferes by peeling the tape off Marshall’s foot, but the younger Von Erich shows that fighting spirit learned in Japan! Marshall goes for a patented Von Erich dropkick, but Garrini scissors the legs and Ku catches Ross in a guillotine choke. Ross musters up enough strength and then suplexes Ku on top of Dom, therein freeing his brother. The four men trade massive shots as they all fight to their feet. Ku and Garrini both send the brother harshly into the chains. They plant Marshall over the ropes and it sends him to the outside. A severe GTS dragon suplex combo maneuver takes Ross out and they cover him for a very close fall! As a last ditch effort, Tom tosses in brass knuckles, but Marshall makes sure to secure the interception and takes out Ku! Marshall locks the Iron Claw in on Dom and the brothers slam him down hard for the 1-2-3!

The Score: 7 out of 10

  • The Good: I thought this was an excellent brawl with a lot of usage of the chain ropes. Somebody was always in danger of being chucked onto those stiff suckers. The match felt like a fight. There was always a strike being fired and a blow always landing. Danger was around every corner and that’s something that a match like this has to have. How could it not?
  • The Bad: Grappling was not involved with this too much. A match like this doesn’t always feel like it has its ducks in a row.
  • The Verdict: If you can stand a match where people get thrown into a chain until they look like bruised Jello, then you’ve got an assignment here dude.

Final Verdict: 6/10

This was a solid show with a wild main event that was a bit rough around the edges, but not without lots to look forward to. I love you. Give me your wallet. I’ll see you next time.


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