25th Feb2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (Feb 23rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more great action from one of the most promising leagues around, so let’s see if MLW has lived up to its potential.

Match #1: Rich Swann defeated Lance Anoa’i

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Swann, who was suspended and fined by MLW officials recently, was allowed to compete this week while his the appeal of his suspension was considered. Swann addressed the fans in a taped message moments before the match, thanking them. “I want to thank the MLW faithful for supporting me, for being by my side, for walking step by step with Rich Swann,” Swann said. “You see, everybody knows that when the electricity flows, Rich Swann keeps the party going all night long. But I can only keep it going with you. Thank you so very much.” It was a strange statement, as Swann has been booed by many MLW fans for his recent actions. In the ring, it seemed as though the suspension may have distracted Swann for much of the match. Anoa’i controlled most of the match, showing great power and agility. But when Lance went for a 450 splash, Swann scooted out of the way at the last second, then utilized the ring ropes for leverage to score the pinfall.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice little match that made Anoa’i look tough and Swann just as such. The idea here was that Swann was going back and forth with being a psychopath or a Catholic priest…I can’t tell the difference between one or the other most of the time. My apologies to anyone who is Catholic or likes their priests, but I had an uncle who was one of those pervert-rapist buddy-boys and with 2000 confirmed culprits just in America…good God. If Beale Street Could Talk…did not win Best Teeth at the Academy Awards. Swann is in an interesting position with this heel turn, as it is so jarring that it might put out any-one willing to give it a chance. Anoa’i worked hard here, but he needs a little some-thing to make his personality stick out a tad more. I used tad in a sentence. Screw it. Swann’s weird heel turn is turning this review into a wonky sort of potato chip, so I’ll just stop while I’m ahead. This was a good opener that didn’t kill anyone’s career, so I’d wager that means this this was good at worst and fun no matter how you look at it.

Match #2: Mance Warner defeated Jimmy Yuta

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The Southern Psycho Mance Warner made his MLW debut and picked up a victory over Jimmy Yuta. Earlier in the show, our own Kaci Lennox conducted an interview with Ol’ Mancer, who laid out his game plan for the match against Yuta: 1. Light beers; 2. Eye pokes; 3. Knee pad up, knee pad down; 4. Lariats. It’s unclear if Yuta saw the interview or simply couldn’t do anything about Warner’s strategy. But eventually, Yuta received a poke in the eye. Later, the knee pad went up, then down and the knee slammed into Yuta’s temple. Moments later, a Mancer lariat turned Jimmy inside out and Warner had his first MLW victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – I wouldn’t go looking for the best wrestling match of the week here, but it was a good debut for Mance. This really felt more like an AWA match, but in a good way (no homophobia here…not that there would be any reason to have that anyway). The action was a bit on the odd side, at least by today’s standards. Mance dips his hand into the old bag of tricks from the old era with just about every-thing that he does, dirty tricks and all. Mance will need to get a bit more intricate with his wrestling if he’ll want to reach the top of the mountain, but what he does will keep him feeling fresh…for now. Yuta did just fine and sold well for Mance, so at least Yuta can add this to his reputation of professionalism. Overall, this was a quick smack to the head that will have you seeing stars.

Match #3: (Main Event) Rey Horus defeated Aerostar

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In an absolutely thrilling lucha libre contest, Rey Horus picked up the victory over Aerostar in our main event. The Philadelphia crowd was chanting “Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!” just minutes into the matchup. The two went back-and-forth throughout the matchup. Aerostar scored with a backstabber off the ropes as Horus was on the turnbuckle. But Rey rebounded moments later with a huge suicide senton over the turnbuckle and the ringpost to the outside. Aerostar’s best chance at the victory came just minutes before Rey Horus actually picked up the victory. Aerostar nimbly scaled the ropes in the corner and launched himself backward with a trust fall dive that drove Rey Horus hard into the mat. But Horus was able to kick out at the last second before recovering enough to score the win.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a wild match that may have gone less than ten minutes, but it did make up for that by being stuffed with a great lucha libre match. Fenix and Horus were relentless in this bout and they made sure that every move looked like it could be the last. Imagine watching two butterflies get strapped to rockets and fired at each other and then they get caught in miniature roller-coasters that shoot them into floating atomic trampolines that…it’s $#@!&%? wild. I always worry when I see any match that has numerous aerial maneuvers, because even one could be death, if done wrong. Fenix and Horus are two of the best of the lucha libre style and to have them get a shot outside of Mexico to show what they can do together is a great treat for us and them. I feel like I’m writing a review for rock-climbing at an extreme sports magazine. Powerade! Feel the burn! Anyway, this was excellent stuff and if you ever wanted to prove to your friends that wrestling is cool, then this match ain’t a bad way to start.

News Of The Night:

  1. Filthy Tom Lawlor fights Low Ki in a Steel Cage Match for the MLW World Championship at MLW Intimidation Games in Chicago, next week.
  2. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr. & Fenix) will fight Taurus & Laredo Kid at MLW Intimidation Games in Chicago, next week.
  3. MJF and Teddy Hart are locked in an intense feud over who is the real Middle-Weight Champion.
  4. Teddy Hart cut a fine promo on he and Davey Boy Smith Jr. were among the best shooters in professional wrestling.
  5. Rich Swann is being booked as a demented face/heel combination, thanks to a delusional promo where he thanked the people for being with him, even though he keeps attacking people.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good show with a great main event, but I wish that this card could’ve been more than just a vibrant commercial for Intimidation Games.


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