27th Aug2018

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Aug 24th 2018)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a big tag team title main event to cover, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Fred Yehi/Simon Gotch (Team Filthy) defeated the Dirty Blondes (Stud Stable)

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

Team Filthy got a little bit of retribution on this week’s episode, defeating the Dirty Blondes. Yehi and Gotch had the upper hand early on, but the Dirty Blondes had a numbers advantage with Col. Parker and Parrow on the outside and eventually utilized solid tag team and double-team maneuvers to gain the advantage. But Lawlor, who seconded his team to the ring, turned the tables on the Stud Stable.

As Michael Patrick attempted to bounce off the ropes for momentum for an offensive maneuver on Gotch, Lawlor smacked him with a steel chair. Senior official Frank Gastineau clearly heard the chair hit Patrick, but Lawlor had already tossed it to Parrow. Seeing nothing unseemly on the outside, Gastineau turned around and counted the pinfall, as Gotch rolled up Patrick for the three-count. Meanwhile, it seems there may be some dissension in the ranks of the Stud Stable. Parrow was fed to Lawlor last week in the Dojo fight and then seemed to be blamed for this week’s loss to Team Filthy.

My Take: This was a nice little match that had a good pace and solid action.

Match #2: Ricky Martinez defeated Danny Santiago

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

Also on tonight’s show, Salina de la Renta led the newest protégé of Promociones Dorado – the Pit Bull Ricky Martinez – to the ring. Martinez destroyed Danny Santiago in a clear message to Konnan, the Lucha Bros. and anyone else who dares cross de la Renta and Promociones Dorado.

My Take: This was a quick squash that favored the winner, Ricky Martinez, who has a lot of ability and a lot of potential.

Match #3: Main Event – Lucha Bros. defeated ACH/Rich Swann – MLW World Tag Team Championship Match

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

In a highly-competitive and action-packed matchup, the World Tag Team Champions – Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. — were able to get the best of Rich Swann and ACH, before each member of the Lucha Bros. could turn their attention to huge singles matches at War Games. Swann and ACH tossed the Lucha Bros. out of the ring as the bell rang. But they didn’t enjoy an advantage for more than a few seconds. Fenix came back into the ring and hit a double cutter to start the incredible action in this matchup. Less than two minutes into the match, the MLW crowd was on fire, chanting “Holy S**t!” and “Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!”

The challengers had their fair share of opportunities. A bridging German suplex from ACH got a two-count on Fenix. Swann later hit a hurricanrana on Fenix, who crashed off the top rope onto Pentagon Jr. Swann covered Penta for another two-count. After nearly 15 grueling minutes, none of the four men in the ring had much left. In fact, all four just stood in the ring and chopped each other in a massive test of wills and courage. Finally, a massive Pentagon overhand chop took ACH off his feet. After nearly 20 minutes, the crowd was in full throat, screaming “This is awesome!”

My Take: This was a brutal main event. I sound like a surfer who got sea water in his throat. It’s brutal, dude! This match was as intense as you get. The Lucha Bros. are one of the best tag teams around and the fact that both members, Fenix and Pentagon, are massive singles stars is making the duo even more amazing. The way the Lucha Bros. wrestle has such immediacy to it that you feel like what-ever match they’re in is the most important on the card. ACH and Rich Swann are an incredible team in their own right and were perfect foils for the tag team champions here, if not any time. This match had the best length for a bout of note and really felt like a big deal.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tom Lawlor and Jake Hager fight next week, in the main event.
  2. Pentagon fights LA Park in a Mexican Death Match at MLW: War Games.
  3. Fenix will challenge Low Ki for the MLW World Heavyweight Title at MLW: War Games.
  4. Ricky Martinez now works for Salina De La Renta.

Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a good show turned great by a great main event. This episode of FUSION had lots of good vignettes to build towards War Games, including a great one with Tommy Dreamer that really sold this event as a big deal.

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