23rd Dec2018

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Dec 21st 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have… trees! Also, we have a little bit of wrestling. Like Miss Swann/Swan/Swahooon/screw it always says, “Heeeeeeeee…look-a like a man!”

Match #1: The Hart Foundation (Pillman & Smith) defeated Hughes, Dreamer

The following is courtesy of MLW.com:

In impromptu tag team match served as our opening bout on this week’s show. Brian Pillman Jr. and Davey Boy Smith Jr. were in the ring making fun of Barrington Hughes. Tommy Dreamer, who has had enough of Pillman and the Hart Foundation’s disrespectful attitude, immediately came to the ring and offered to team up with Hughes against the two second-generation stars. The match was quickly made by League officials. Hughes had the upper hand in the early going as both Smith and Pillman had no answers for the Caramel Colossus. Pillman attempted to use his ever-present cane on Hughes, but the big man caught it with his left arm and his side and clocked Pillman to boot. But the cane stayed in the ring and came into play a few moments later. With Dreamer tagged in, the Innovator of Violence attempted to piledrive Pillman on his own cane. But Pillman slipped away, grabbed the cane and crotched Dreamer with it. A quick rollup and a three-count lifted the Hart Foundation duo over Dreamer and Hughes.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – There was some nice back and forth here that kept this thing’s head above water, but this was by no means one of the best MLW matches this year. Dreamer can only put so much into a match these days, but he tries and that does go a long way in keeping the momentum going for everybody. The Harts are truly a great team and are slowly, but surely, getting towards the quality of the original WWF team from the 1980s. I’m not really a fan of the impromptu match angle, but this worked out fine, so that’s all I really have to say about this match.

Match #2: Hijo de LA Park defeated DJZ

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In an important middleweight matchup for two relative newcomers to MLW, Hijo de LA Park and DJZ were looking to put themselves in line for a shot at Teddy Hart’s newly-won World Middleweight Championship. While middleweights can often be seen as high-flying technical wrestlers, this one devolved outside the ring early, thanks to Hijo. The son of LA Park used virtually everything he could find outside the ring to hit DJZ with crotch shot after crotch shot, slowing his opponent greatly. DJZ finally turned the tables with an incredible springboard hurricanrana from the corner. But the impresaria of Promociones Dorado interjected herself into the match. She distracted DJZ just long enough for Hijo de LA Park to recover. When DJZ turned his attention back to Hijo, he got caught and the young sinister skeleton delivered a vicious piledriver to pick up the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun and it flew right by. I enjoyed the brisk pace and it’s nice to see DJZ get to wrestle again. The moves were done well and I can’t really say any-thing bad, but I will say that it would have been great for the match to have gone longer.

Match #3: Dezmond Xavier defeated Andrew Everett

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In yet another important matchup between two relative newcomers to the middleweight division, Dezmond Xavier and Andrew Everett absolutely let it all hang out in an incredibly athletic, entertaining and back-and-forth affair. Everett completed an incredible combo with a two-footed Pele kick, followed by a spike-rana that almost assuredly would have led to a pinfall. But Xavier was just a bit too close to the ropes and got his foot on the bottom rope at the last second. Xavier then found a second wind. He eventually ascended to the top turnubuckle and landed a massive corkscrew senton to the midsection of Everett. While Everett gasped for oxygen, Xavier made the cover and scored the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This match was worth the viewing, due to the excellent performances of both athletes. As a concise match, there wasn’t much to see, but as a demo reel for these guys, it worked in spades. I’d attribute the lack of depth in this match to time, considering that the modern style lends itself to length, rather than density. That sounds stupid, but it makes sense in a “I’m full of $#!@” sorta way. Overall, this was a fun one for it being so much shorter than it should have been.

Match #4: (Main Event) “Filthy” Tom Lawlor defeated Simon Gotch – No Ropes, No Holds Barred Match

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With no ropes and no holds barred, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor finally got his revenge against former friend and teammate Simon Gotch. The only way to win this battle was by knockout or submission. With no ropes on the ring, this matchup was going to be a straight-up fight, as the World Heavyweight Champion Low Ki joined our own Tony Schiavone and Rich Bocchini on color commentary. Gotch got plenty of offense in during this one, landing a number of thunderous kicks and strikes. But Lawlor continued to fight back, showing the heart, determination and resilience that has made him the No. 1-ranked wrestler in Major League Wrestling for nearly six months. It just took one opening for Lawlor to grab the victory. As the two grappled on the mat, Gotch lost track of Lawlor’s ring location. The MMA fighter was positioned perfectly for a rear naked choke and slapped it on. Gotch had no chance to break the hold. Lawlor put his former friend to sleep and picked up the victory.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This worked really well for the lack of ropes. This was supposed to be a brawl and it was one, with some fine wrestling when needed and great ground work to fill in the blanks. Lawlor looked like a big star when he won and Gotch looked like a tough son of a $#@!& after he lost, so I’d say it worked out well for both of them. Over-all, this was an excellent main event.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The wrestling was the big attraction this week, which is just fine by me. With shows like this, it gets very easy to recommend MLW to people, even when MLW makes its mistakes.


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