15th Jul2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Wrestling Review (July 13th 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 a big Ladder Match for the main event for the Tag Team Titles. Let’s get right to it.

Match #1: Ace Austin defeated Air Wolf

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Atlantic City’s Ace demanded this rematch and wanted to exact some revenge on Air Wolf after suffering a loss at the hands of the 19-year-old luchador. The two get down and low on the mat trying to outwit one another with several holds that led to Austin having to reevaluate strategy. A frustrated Austin gripped the mask of Air Wolf and aggressively sent the youngster to the outside. Ace took the moment to literally relax in ring as Air Wolf answered the ten-count at five, but Austin immediately dropkicked Air Wolf crisp in the dome. The two battled for suplex supremacy and Air Wolf won it with sudden strength to stun Austin and gain advantage. However, Austin certainly had his ace up his sleeve and tossed a playing card at the referee. Austin utilized the distraction to release his retractable cane into a leaping Air Wolf’s sternum and hit The Fold for the tainted victory to tie their series up.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was an exciting little match that got the engine revved up enough to make the whole car ready to go all the way to the finish line. Did that racing metaphor work? Yeah, they never do from me. Ace and Air (the weirdest beginning to a sentence this week) were able to go back and forth like rubber band lightning (don’t even think about it) to make a match that is ridiculously energetic. I feel like I’m describing the Energizer bunny. The moves were both fluid and crisp, while never over-staying their welcome either. All in all, this was a blast that gave Ace a fine victory to help build his momentum, while giving Air more of a chance to impress everybody.

Match #2: Low Ki defeated Ariel Dominguez

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The crowd in Chicago is all for Low Ki as he’s been on quite the healthy streak by knocking out his last three opponents. The next target on The Professional’s radar was Ariel Dominguez and Low Ki sure hit a bullseye. A quick, well-placed knee ended any hopes for Dominguez in what had to be record timing for MLW competition. The KO count is up to four for Low Ki and at this juncture, the savvy ring vet could very well be unstoppable.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was just a squash, but Low Ki looked great in it, so there’s that.

Match #3: (Main Event) The Dynasty defeated The Hart Foundation – Ladder Match For The Major League Wrestling World Tag Team Championship

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“The Freebird Rules” were in full-effect as Pillman & Hart took it to The Dynasty right off the bat. Hart suplexed Holliday onto a prone steel chair as Pillman went after MJF. With a few exceptions, The Foundation had control of good deal the chaos and Teddy Hart put the exclamation point on that idea with a perfectly placed Asai moonsault onto the two rich boys. MJF’s fear of heights became ever-present as he could barely make it to the second run without the Burberry bleeding off his scarf, and sent a high-heeled Aria Blake to do the legwork. MJF called an audible, wanting Blake to leap off the ladder onto Pillman, but Pillman pulled free and Blake brought down her boyfriend. MJF continued to be in peril before Holliday came in to make the major save and having the momentum swing back in Dynasty’s favor. MJF literally slaps Mr. Marketable into scaling the ladder, but Hart lays a burning hammer onto Holliday. MJF has no choice but to climb on his own but Pillman gave him a Death Valley Driver.

Teddy Hart continued to show off his artistic innovation with one stellar head-scissor turned-to Canadian Destroyer and then later crashed MJF through a big wooden board that was brought into play. Alex Hammerstone saw the dire straits ahead and the National Openweight Champ decided to insert himself into the action, which in turn led to Davey Boy making his way to powerslam Hammer through a table on the outside. The Dynasty had a fourth factor play a crucial role. As Holliday and Pillman duked it out at the top of the ladder, Aria Blake climbed on the back of Pillman in hopes to pull him away from attaining the gold. Pillman unfortunately was not aware that it was Blake on his back and elbowed her off. This allowed Holliday to grab a chair and belt Brian on the head and down to the canvas, allowing him enough time to pull down the World Tag Team Championships! Carnage lay all around both backstage and in-the-ring but the key factor coming out of this episode of Fusion is that all three members of The Dynasty now have championship gold around their waist.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a brutal, violent match that was as thrilling as it was horrifying. This was wrestled in the same vain as the Tables, Ladders And Chairs Matches of the World Wrestling Federation in 2000/2001/2002, in that it was all about building towards using the spots to inflict damage on each other, rather than just the mayhem happening at the last second. This was wild like a hurricane the whole way through and left the ring looking like a hurricane had actually come through. The story of the match was that The Dynasty was having some trouble trusting each other, but it all proved to be a false alarm angle, since they won the titles. The Harts looked great here and felt like a strong team after they lost, so I’d say they are good to go now as an act in MLW. The way this was wrestled, I’d say having their re-match be a Ladder Match might be a bigger success than this main event was. So, if you want a chaotic melee that packs so much action in it that it might as well be a cannon loaded to open fire, than this match might just be what you’re looking for.

News Of The Night:

  1. Mance Warner spent the whole show destroying Promociones Dorado members.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

There wasn’t any bad wrestling and the main event was amazing, so that sounds like a good night to me.


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