13th May2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (May 11th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Major League Wrestling: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more from one of the most interesting leagues around today. Let’s not waste any time. Here comes The Monkees…oh…oh $#!@. I got the wrong one. You know what the thing is called. Hopefully, the matches are better than my introduction.

Match #1: Air Wolf defeated Rey Fenix

The following is courtesy of mlw.com:

Nineteen-year-old rookie sensation Air Wolf has become quite a fan favorite in his short time in MLW. He may have gained a new fan in one half of the Lucha Bros — Rey Fenix. Air Wolf and Fenix squared off and while Air Wolf took a beating from Fenix, he managed to avoid being pinned by the veteran luchadore. Air Wolf had his moments throughout the match, including a pair of German suplexes that were absolute beauties. But it was Fenix who did most of the damage. However, twice Fenix went for a muscle buster and twice Air Wolf countered. The second of those counters ended in a roll-up in the center of the ring and a three-count. Following the match, in a show of respect, Fenix shook the youngster’s hand and raised his arm in victory before departing the ring.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a success, due to the wrestling and the announcing merging together to create the right conditions for this match to mean something. The idea here was that Air Wolf got a career-changing win by beating Fenix fairly in a competitive match. The action was smart and creative, but never abused the time they were given. This is how you make the most of the time in the ring.

Match #2: Jacob Fatu defeated Barrington Hughes

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Barrington Hughes was MLW’s immovable object. The 469-pound Caramel Colossus was undefeated in MLW for more than a year. But that was before Hughes ran into CONTRA Unit’s Jacob Fatu. Hughes demanded a match with CONTRA after they brutalized fellow superheavyweight Ace Romero. He may be regretting that decision now. Fatu withstood an early onslaught from Hughes, then landed a kick to the head, staggering the big man. That gave Fatu time to utilize his quickness and agility to hit this maneuver and score the victory over the previously-undefeated Hughes.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – This was thirty seconds that wasted one to benefit the other.

Match #3: Ariel Dominguez defeated Bryan Idol

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The smallest wrestler on the MLW roster picked up a victory over the debuting Bryan Idol. Ariel Dominguez utilized his stellar amateur wrestling background and some real perseverance to score the victory. When Idol could use the size advantage, he was able to tally a number of near falls. But Dominguez showed a ton of heart, kicking out of many pinfall attempts before scoring the win with a satellite DDT/small package combo.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a quick match that made itself into a nice demo reel for Ariel.

Match #4: (Main Event) Alexander Hammerstone defeated Gringo Loco – National Openweight Championship Tournament Semifinal

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On a night when a 19-year-old rookie defeated one of the top wrestlers in the world, perhaps the bigger upset came at the beginning of our main event. Alexander Hammerstone actually sent his Dynasty buddies MJF and Richard Holliday back to the locker room before the match began. For the last few months, if a Dynasty member was in action, at least one or both of the others were at ringside, often interfering in the match. Gringo Loco was able to utilize his unorthodox style to confuse Hammerstone at times during the match. At one point, Loco took the larger man off his feet with kicks to the shins before landing a standing moonsault. But in the end, the power of Hammerstone was simply too much. Loco likes to fly and it may have cost him. Hammerstone caught him on the top turnbuckle before he could launch an attack. It ended in a Hammerstone superplex, which led to the Nightmare Pendulum. Hammerstone’s devastating finishing maneuver punched his ticket to the National Openweight Championship Final, in June, in Milwaukee at Fury Road.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was far too brief for a main event, but what we got was good. Loco is more interesting than Hammerstone, but I get why they picked Hammerstone to win. Overall, this was a nice way to give Hammerstone a solid decision and a chance to look a bit more legitimate for the tournament finals.

News Of The Night:

  1. Austin Aries has signed with MLW.
  2. Adam Brooks has signed with MLW.
  3. Ross & Marshall Von Erich have signed with MLW.
  4. Tom Lawlor cut a good promo to build toward the title fight with Avalanche.
  5. Teddy Hart cut a strong promo on Rich Swann, the Lucha Bros. and MJF that turned out really well.
  6. Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Rich Swann in a National Openweight Championship tournament semifinal match.
  7. Mance Warner & Sami Callihan vs. El Hijo de LA Park & Ricky Martinez.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good show that didn’t do any-thing wrong, but it probably needed to do a few more things right to really be a great show.


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