07th Apr2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (April 6th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the Battle Riot Match, so shut the @&?! up and enjoy, dumb-@$$.

Match #1: Teddy Hart defeated Ace Austin – Major League Wrestling World Middleweight Championship Match

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World Middleweight Champion Teddy Hart defended his title successfully vs. up-and-comer Ace Austin. In addition to a title defense, Hart earned a trip to the hospital. The Dynasty – MJF, Richard Holliday and Alex Hammerstone – were partying at ringside during Hart’s match. Following the contest, Hart got into a verbal altercation with the trio. But then it became something more than verbal as MJF hit Hart over the head with a champagne bottle.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that was like a burst of fire that…that…damn it. I liked it. There, does that work? I feel like Robin Roberts giving an interview to Jussie Smollet after everyone found out he lied about being attacked by racists. I don’t know why though. Everything that Teddy does feels like a kick to the nuts, but in a good wa…well, maybe not good, but exci…screw it. I liked this match. Can I be done know?

Match #2: Minoru Tanaka defeated Myron Reed

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In an important middleweight matchup, Japanese superstar Minoru Tanaka squared off with Myron Reed, who was looking to defeat the veteran in an attempt to move up the middleweight rankings. Reed and his buddy Rich Swann came to the ring with their signature tape over their mouths, still believing they’re being censored and treated unfairly by League officials. While Reed gave a strong accounting of himself in the ring, he couldn’t overcome the experience and skill of Tanaka.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fine little match that gave Reed a chance to fight a big star in Tanaka.

Match #3: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor defeated Jimmy Havoc – Major League Wrestling World Championship Match

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Havoc, the last man to defeat Lawlor, started out quickly in this New York City Streetfight. Havoc hit Lawlor with an Acid Rainmaker in the opening moments of the match. While he scored big with his signature move, Lawlor wasn’t sufficiently weakened and managed to kick out. From there, it was an absolute battle. Tables, chairs, staple guns and other various objects were all used throughout the match. Havoc put numerous staples in the head of Lawlor, bloodying the champ. Lawlor may have been bloodied, but he was unbowed. The champion had Havoc pinned a couple times, but the original official had been laid out by a Havoc Acid Rainmaker earlier in the match. When a new official finally entered the ring, Lawlor was firmly in control. He wedged a chair under Havoc’s jaw twice and twice delivered vicious knee strikes to the chair and Havoc’s face. The second was enough to score the victory.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This gets an extra .5, due to this feeling like a bar-room brawl by way of Tchaikovsky. The action was mean and nasty, like a badger at a Beyonce concert. Havoc is crazy and probably needs to take a long vacation after some of the punishment he takes in this match. Lawlor did great here and is as convincing as champion as any-one working today. Overall, this was a good title match that will make you cringe all the way to the thrilling end.

Match #4: (Main Event) Battle Riot Match – Winner: LA Park

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There were numerous incredible moments in the Battle Riot, including surprise appearances by The Blue Meanie and LAX, who were led to the ring by Konnan. Dan “The Beast” Severn also made an appearance. At one point, CONTRA Unit hit the ring and destroyed nearly everyone in the ring before attempting to set numerous men on fire. Thank goodness, MLW officials and security stopped that possible tragedy before it could happen. Maxwell J. Friedman ended up the beneficiary of CONTRA’s carnage, pinning three men consecutively. But MJF, who entered the match first, couldn’t go wire to wire.

In the end, it was LA Park remaining in the ring with Alex Hammerstone, Mance Warner and Sami Callihan. Hammerstone and Ol’ Mancer were battling on the ring apron. Not getting back inside the ropes ended up being their undoing, as both were eliminated, leaving Callihan and LA Park in the ring. At that point, LA Park went after Callihan and tossed him out of the ring. But the Worldwide Desperado wasn’t eliminated as he landed on the entrance ramp. However, LA Park quickly knocked him to the floor and earned a World Title shot anytime, anywhere as winner of Battle Riot II.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – The length gave this a bigger feel to it than it would have otherwise, but the action was good, solid stuff that had some nice sequences in it. Park winning felt like the right way to go, despite the fact that he is not the youngest wrestler in the match. The wrestling kept itself from getting too stale at any point and made this match a fun event all its own. Overall, this was a big match that delivered a spectacle of a certain kind.

News Of The Night:

  1. CONTRA Unit attacked Tom Lawlor again.
  2. MJF attacked Teddy Hart with a bottle.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a very fun event gave us some excellent matches that may not have been the best of the year, but they were a blast.


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