19th Nov2019

‘MLW: Fusion’ Review (Nov 16th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Match #1: Marshall Von Erich defeated Ikuro Kwon (DQ)

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Marshall’s bare feet soon find their footing but Samael trips him up as he runs at the rope to stop his momentum. Samael shouts instructions for Kwon to go to the next level and it prompts the soldier to unleash a quick flurry of strikes before striking Von Erich down with a spinning roundhouse kick to the head. Marshall crumbles to the mat, but shows that “Fritz fortitude” with a kick out at two. Kwon soon charges at Marshall in the corner but Von Erich gets his foot up to impede progress. He leaps off the second rope to catch the leg of Kwon, but Kwon’s quickness allows him to shake free and still execute the kick to Marshall’s mush. It puts MVE down on one knee, but sends Ikuro down with a spinning forearm shiver. Strikes are in full force in this opening bout but Marshall really changes the tone with one massive elevated spinebuster. Marshall signals for “The Claw” which charges up chants from the Orlando crowd and locks it in on Kwon. Almost immediately, Samael slithers in for the attack and the bell rings in favor of Marshall.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was an interesting way to do this, I guess. Both guys have talent, but this might have not been the best showcase for them, since it was so short and had the lame finish.

Match #2: Dominic Garrini & Douglas James defeated The Dynasty

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Garrini & James are all business as they step onto the canvas of the MLW ring as Dominic begins the bout off against Holliday. Holliday pie-faces Garrini who goes to cinch in an arm-breaker. After losing an Air Pod, Holliday tags in Hammer who locks up Garrini in a test of strength. Hammer powers Garrini down but Dominic locks him in to an armbreaker as well. Hammer hoists Garrini up but Garrini’s grip guides Hammer into the corner so he can tag James in. James uses his legs to level out Hammer and goes to leap off the top with a cross body. Hammer catches him and drops his neck right off the top rope. In comes Holliday whose nails a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on James. Holliday tags in Hammer and goes for more powerhouse moves, but James quickness comes into play with a dropkick to the face. Both men tag in their partners and Garrini hits a series of strikes before flourishing with a German suplex and eventually hooking Holliday with another armbreaker. Hammer however, breaks that up. Garrini gets reversed with a 2008, but kicks out of Holliday’s signature. Hammer gets tagged in and goes for a Nightmare Pendulum on “The Bone Collector,” but Garrini tags in James and Douglas downs Hammer with a double knee off the top rope. Two count. Holliday grabs the hair of Douglas. James strikes Hammer down and the brawl goes to the outside for all combatants. James barely answers the bell at 18, but the same cannot be said for Hammer. He suffers the count-out loss on behalf of The Dynasty. Hammer is heated as both James and Garrini relish in the win.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 –  The match had some nice action here and there, but this was more of an exercise in posturing, kinda like my foot being up my ass while I sit on a concrete slab. Overall, this match was okay, but it could have been better/gone longer… You know the deal.

Match #3: (Main Event) Tom Lawlor defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr.

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Both well-rounded with mat-based wrestling, the two start off with a grappling stalemate and the two lock up. Lawlor goes for a drop-toe hold but DB rolls it into arm lock before going for a headlock. Davey Boy finds himself on the ground and goes for a rear naked choke, but Tom doesn’t allow him to lock it in. The exchanging of mat-based battle tactics continues. “UCF” chants break out as King Mo watches on. The multiple MMA champion is extremely focused in on the match-up. Davey Boy shows some explosive strength as he rolls on top of Tom, but the ref breaks it up. The two get into shoving match before, DB feins a strike before sweeping the leg of Lawlor. Lawlor, ever the escapist, gets Davey Boy down for an armbar. Davey takes to stomping Tom before the battle goes to the outside. Huge strikes exchanged. Lawlor hangs Davey’s right arm over the bottom apron and begins to focus on it as a potential weakness. Davey counters and soon goes for a rear naked choke once more. Lawlor makes it to the bottom rope. European uppercut by Davey that leaves Lawlor floored before rolling Lawlor through with “Three Amigos.” He floats over into a cover – two count. Lawlor lifts Davey Boy with a belly to back suplex. and almost gets a fall, but Davey kicks out despite clutching his head. Lawlor begins to lay some kicks in, but DB goes unaffected and hits a belly-to-back of his own. Davey goes to lift Lawlor up for a bomb, but Lawlor wraps him in a rear naked choke. Davey displays great resilency by shaking of Tom’s torrent of strikes. He lays Lawlor out and hits a leg drop for a two count. AJ Kirsch puts it perfectly saying Tom “looked like a puppet with its stings cut” after Davey crashed him down to the canvas with an open-palm strike. Lawlor feels the effects as his knee buckles when delivering a T-bone suplex on the much bulkier Bulldog. Russian leg sweep by Lawlor but Davey Boy rolls through to lock in a Sharpshooter. Lawlor bites his own hand to distract from the pain and Davey transitions into a crossface. The two have appeared to exhausted all avenues of execution as they stand off against one another. They exchange strikes and two just go at it. That’s back and forth before Lawlor appears to thumb the eye of Davey which cause the referee to intervene. Davey tries to go for a running powerslam, but Lawlor slides free and nails a reverse DDT backbreaker for the 1-2-3 win.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that was such a fantastic main event The mat work was as good as any in recent months, with Tom and Davey being perfectly matched in technique and intensity. This wass good, logical wrestling, with two tough guys grabbing each other in a tight grapple that squeezes like a vice grip. This was a fabulous bout with tremendous skill on display and equally engrossing action from bell to bell. Anyway, I bet you’ll like this match. I know I did.

News Of The Night:

  1. King Mo watched this show from the audience.
  2. Tom Lawlor might be leaving MLW soon.
  3. MJF is bringing a gift of some kind.
  4. Teddy Hart is out with a burned face.
  5. The Opera Cup returns to wrestling, very soon.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This turned out quite well, with a strong show that offered some interesting possibilities for a league that is getting more promising as time goes on.


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