04th May2021

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Apr 29th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s MLW: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and MLW debuted on VICE TV on Saturday. It showed a rerun of the episode where Davey Boy Smith Jr. clobbered ol Simon Gotch in that No Holds Barred Match. It’s nice see this league on a more known channel. I hope this additional TV home for MLW leads to a better level if production value to this already well-produced show. Can you… Giant Gary Coleman: Watchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?! Me: Oh my G… GCC: I’mma smash yo ass! Me: Oh no you won’t! Giant Emmanuel Lewis: Dynomite! GCC: That ain’t even yo catchphrase! Jimmy Walker: That’s mine! Dynomite! Daphne Zuniga: Get your black asses over here and f–k the Schwartz out of me! Me: Look at the size of those whammers! I gotta get out of here! MLW starts…dayum!

Match #1: Ross Von Erich def. Dominic Garrini

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

Bell sounds and Garrini quickly wants to take it to the ground. Ross ain’t biting and it causes Garrini to stand back up. They lock up again and Garrini tries to make the most of it, but Ross’ ring awareness is top shelf. Ross takes Garrini down, but Dom has hold of his head and Ross gets to the ropes. Reset button. Garrini tries to get Ross in a scissors hold, but Ross has the same idea and the two find themselves in a stalemate of the limbs. Both men free themselves and get back to their feet. The two competitors continue to trade leverage on the mat, but Ross finds himself in major trouble with a triangle hold. THe awareness of Ross allows him to roll on top of Dom for such a near fall. Shots are trade by the two men. Spinning back chop from Dom gets a reactionary spinning back kick from Ross. Another kick downs Garrini for a near fall. Garrini gets Ross in a guillotine choke and once more, Ross makes it to the ropes. Garrini is clearly frustrated. Garrini goes to finish him off with a brainbuster, but Ross hits a kneeling falcon arrow for the well-earned 1-2-3.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #2: Bu Ku Dao def. Hijo de LA Park

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

Hijo shows the size disparity between him and Bu Ku before mockingly raising the arm of Dao and then leveling him down with a lariat. He follows that up with a kick to the chin. Hijo takes off his belt and begins cracking the back of Dao. MSL and Ray Flores are a bit creeped out by the presence of a masked men looming around them as HDLA Park takes it to Dao on the entry way. A cocky pin mid-ring only gets him a one count. Hijo continues his offense but Dao chips away. He hits a bulldog and tope to take his taller opponent out. Dao gets him back in the ring and delivers a crucifix pin for a two count. Hijo chops him down and allows himself a bit of time to gyrate. He sets Dao up top to hit an enziguri and a lungblower for a near three count. Dao headscissors Hijo down and has him caught in a crossface. Park doesn’t tap and it pays off as he corners Dao for some devastating attacks. That only gets him “two” in the count department. Dao soon finds himself leaping off out of the corner and nailing his spinning flatliner for the victory!

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #3: (Main Event) Tom Lawlor def. Marshall Von Erich

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

Lawlor cockily comes out with a Von Erichs shirt as Flores makes note of his NJPW title win earlier this week. Marshall then makes his way to the ring and looks ever focused as he discusses gameplan with his brother. His knee is taped, but Marshall is ready to go. Tom makes the most of that target with a dropkick to the knee cap. He then drives Marshall’s knee into the canvas as Tom continues to fire away. Lawlor continues to overwhelm Marshall with strikes. He catches Marshall with a dropkick to said knee as Marshall is hung over the ropes. Not long after, Marshall goes for a German Suplex, but Lawlor spins behind to take him out with chopblock to the back of the knee. Tom maintains his sights on that Von Erich left knee, Marshall however remains resilient and unloads a flurry of strikes on Lawlor. This causes Violence Is Forever to hop on the apron. The official tries to talk both men down and it allows Marshall to get chop blocked once more with a wrench. Lawlor reigns heavy elbows on Marshall in the corner but it’s not long until Tom has him in several submissions to wear the left knee of his down. Marshall continues to fight with some slaps and strikes and that prompts Lawlor to nail a uranage slam. Both men are spent! Lawlor soon has Marshall in a guillotine choke, but MVE locks in The Claw and we have a duel submissions. Tom is fading, but Marshall makes him feel it by planting his skull into the ground. 1-2-no! MVE decides to keep the claw on, but Tom takes out Marshall’s bad knee once more and rolls it over into a single leg crowd. That turns into a modified ankle lock as Marshall passes out due to the pain.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

This was solid and sturdy and ohhhhhhh so purdy! Lemme tell ya sumptin pumpkin! If y’all ain’t rollin’ with this here stone rock while it’s rockin’ and rollin’ than what the hell are you doin’?! You get the Von Erichs…back from the dead! Donny Waweenie done damn got wore down by the Von Erich that ain’t got no Mr. Stumpy for a bumpy! Sugah! What about ol’ Stevie Lip? Don’t you sit theyah and tell yo buddy-pal-friend that you thought Bono Dow ain’t got it goin’ on? Lala McPark lost his ass to Bono Dow! Moooooooo!!!!!!! Me: Dusty Rhodes? Dusty Rhodes: Wham bam tootin’ dude! Hairy Von Erich done damn whoopified and stupified ol’ Stinky Feet, but he couldn’t defeat the feet! Each match had good and baaaaaaad, buh da main event shook the baby ’till he fart the magic bettah den all da rest! Me: So you thought the first two matches were of decent quality, but the main event was a level above and more believable because of Lawlor’s grappling and mixed martial Arts skills? DR: Is there a fuggen echo in here? Ah jus said dat rolley polley! Dis s–t was alright! Thanks to reeden! Git da fugg outta here! Me: Thank you for reading. I’ll see you next time. DR: There’s that damn echo again! Wut da fugg?

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