15th Apr2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (April 13th 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 Mod Squad kickin’ groovy ass all night long.

Match #1: Brian Pillman Jr. defeated MJF

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

The odds were not in Brian Pillman Jr.’s favor at the outset. Maxwell J. Friedman was accompanied to the ring by his Dynasty mates Richard Holliday and Alexander Hammerstone. And early on, the Dynasty duo on the outside had an impact, interfering at every opportunity. Eventually, the official caught them in the act and sent them to the back, evening the odds. But MJF put the odds in his favor once again, working over Pillman’s previously-injured shoulder. Perhaps MJF got a little cocky after being in charge for much of the match. Or maybe he simply made a mistake. But Pillman surprised Friedman with small package to pick up the victory and score one for the Hart Foundation in the ever-escalating feud between them and The Dynasty.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun. The moves went over well and the chemistry was so good it was practically casual. That sounded stupid, but it made sense to me. Overall, this was some fine stuff.

Match #2: Myron Reed & Rich Swann defeated Jimmy Yuta & Lance Anoa’i

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While they continue their crusade for “justice” against the perceived bias of MLW officials and referees, Myron Reed and Rich Swann got together as a tag team for the first time. Jimmy Yuta and Lance Anoai provided a stiff test for the new team’s first foray. At one point, it looked as though Anoai had the match won. He hit a Samoan drop/dropkick combo that took both Swann and Reed out. But it wasn’t quite enough. Eventually, Reed regained momentum and Swann were able to put them away with a duo of 450 maneuvers off the turnbuckle, picking up an important tag team victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was good, fast fun. The match had a lot of swift, crisp action sequences that did the trick. What more can you ask for?

Match #3: (Main Event) LA Park (presented by Salina de la Renta) defeated Sami Callihan

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Salina offered an open challenge to the locker room to face LA Park, winner of last week’s Battle Riot II. When the challenger finally emerged, it was none other than Sami Callihan, who was the last man standing in the ring with Park at Battle Riot II. As one would expect in a match between The Chairman and the Death Machine, it was a brutal affair. Anything that wasn’t nailed down was used as a weapon. The two battled in and out of the ring, with LA Park getting the upper hand through much of the early going. Back in the ring, Park had Callihan in a near fall situation. When Callihan kicked out, Park landed on senior referee Frank Gastineau’s head. As Park maneuvered a stunned Gastineau out of the way, Callihan attacked. But LA park saw him coming, ducked out of the way and Callihan’s big boot dropped Gastineau like a sack of potatoes. Callihan then picked up his ever-present baseball bat and clocked LA Park with it. Callihan covered Park for more than a three-count, but Gastineau was still out of it. At that point, Ricky Martinez and Hijo de LA Park hit the ring and started beating down Callihan. Soon after, Mance Warner entered the fray. Then came Low Ki for Promociones Dorado and finally Daga hit the ring and it was a full-on melee. When the ring cleared, LA Park hit a massive spear on Callihan. Gastineau had regained just enough of his wits to count the pinfall for LA Park.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that actually got good with some interference spots near the end. Yeah, talk about a surprise. This was like watching a pig screw around in a refrigerator…mainly with the whipped cream. This was mean and nasty, but without going too far away from being a good match. Over-all, this was a riot of fun.

News Of The Night:

  1. Sami Callihan will fight Mance Warner, next week.
  2. Ace Romero will fight Josef Samael, next week.
  3. Tom Lawlor is still involved in the feud with Contra Unit.
  4. Salina de la Renta will be the first female Executive Producer in wrestling history (maybe) on May 4th for Major League Wrestling.
  5. The Hart Foundation and The Dyanasty are still feuding.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good show that wasn’t ambitious enough to stand out.


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