23rd Apr2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (April 20th 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 wrestling action from MLW, so let’s get right to it.

Match #1: Lucha Bros. defeated Air Wolf & Rey Horus

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Two of the brightest young stars in MLW went toe-to-toe with one of the best tag teams in the world as Air Wolf and Horus faced off with Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix. Horus and Air Wolf had their moments, but in the end, it was the experience, both overall and as a team, that led to victory for the Lucha Bros. Oh, and a double-stomp-aided Penta driver.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was filled with all sorts of reckless leaps from any and all directions. Imagine seeing a bunch of rockets explode during their launch. I didn’t have any-hing to go with the last sentence. Air Wolf…there, castle! There wasn’t a bad performance in this whole match. It’s nice to get a match that looked great from bell to bell, even though the length of the match didn’t do too many favors to make it better. I suppose the brevity brought urgency to the bout, but it would have been nice to see these guys get more time to let everything breathe. I’d like to see a whole series of these matches, if the four are willing to wrestle them. Overall, I enjoyed this for what it was and for what it almost became.

Match #2: Josef Samael defeated Ace Romero

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After bloodying Romero in Chicago with a spike, Josef Samael was matched up with Acey Baby again this week on FUSION. While Romero had an opportunity or two, the vicious and devious Samael was too much in the end. Romero had an opportunity for a maneuver off the top turnbuckle that could have ended the match … and Samael. But the CONTRA member was too quick and was able to slam Romero the mat, spelling the beginning of the end. After a DDT, Samael seemed to load his boot, before landing a kick square to the face of Romero that led to the pinfall.

My Opinion: 0.5 out of 5 – This was a just a kick to a man’s head and a three second dry hump.

Match #3: Gringo Loco defeated Puma King

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Two of the craziest cats in MLW locked up in an entertaining battle this week. One of their names, translated, is Crazy White Guy and the other dresses up like a feline. Plus, they both do some incredible things in the ring. We believe crazy cats is a perfect way to describe these two. Gringo Loco picked up what some may deem a slight upset with a combo of powerbombs. Puma King was looking for a top rope rana or head scissors. But Loco reversed it into a powerbomb. He then scooped Puma up into a double-underhook powerbomb that scored the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was an excellent little match that had everything it needed to be a complete bout, albeit one that ended far too quickly. Loco and King worked very well together. They never stuck with one kind of move for too long, which made it possible to actually make a mark on the crowd. This was good and it would have been great if given the chance to go a for a little while.

Match #4: (Main Event) Sami Callihan and Mance Warner – No Contest

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Callihan and Warner got mixed up a bit sideways during Battle Riot II and Callihan asked for a match against the Southern Psycho. But sometimes the enemy of one’s enemies become a friend. Callihand and Warner were doing what you’d expect. They were beating the hell out of one another with just about anything they could get their hands on. Warner took a piledriver through a chair. Callihan received numerous shots to the head with full beer cans. And that’s just a taste of what these two dished out to one another. But before the match could reach a conclusion, Promociones Dorado’s Hijo de LA Park and Ricky Martinez hit the ring and attacked both Callihan and Warner. The impresaria of Promociones Dorado Salina de la Renta has had issues with both Callihan and Warner as of late. While Promociones Dorado had the element of surprise, it was Callihan and Warner who stood tall at the end of the match and shook hands.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was good while it lasted, but I feel like the entrée of the wrestling card should be a bit more substantive than an appetizer. Why could they not shave a few minutes off of the promos so the main event could have the right amount of time to become a success? These guys have lots of chemistry together that is not always so easy to come by. I’d be a bit surprised if they don’t become a full-blown tag team at some point this year. Overall, this was mean, filthy, nasty fun the whole way through.

News Of The Night:

  1. CONTRA Unit attacked Ace Romero, again.
  2. Tom Lawlor wants to fight the entire CONTRA Unit faction.
  3. Sami Callihan and Mance Warner are now allied against Promociones Dorado.
  4. The Hart Foundation will fight The Dynasty in a 6-man Tables Match, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The wrestling went well with the non-wrestling $#!@ this week. MLW still feels like it’s stuck on being too set on the formula of yesteryear, rather than using that old formula to kae some-thing new.


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