09th Mar2021

‘Major League Wrestling: Fusion’ Review (Mar 3rd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s MLW: Fusion review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’m back at the MLW reviews. While I was away, no one cared. Jay Leno’s chin brought me back, because that thing is huge. Deviled Eggs. We’ve got a World Title match to get to, so grab your Nicole Scherzinger…Schezneega…Schnoznakka…Schinzogga…whatever. I’m not a scientist damn it! It’s time for MLW!

Match #1: Los Parks def. CONTRA Unit – MLW World Tag Team Championships

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Daivari and Gotch are chomping at the bit to get at the champs as Los Parks are accompanied by Salina and the mysterious Azteca Underground suit that has been a presence. The official tries to control the chaotic energy as El Hijo hands him the belts. The titles are raised and the match is underway. Daivari locks up with El Hijo and knocks him down to wrench the arm. El Hijo counters and grapevines the leg for a unique counter. Gotch comes in and breaks it up. Daivari soon answers back with his own figure-four after attacking El Hijo’s knee, but the son breaks free and shakes it off. Deep arm drag to Daivari and El Hijo ties him up once more. Sure enough Simon comes in an breaks it up as LA Park chases him off. Daivari maintains the offense and ties the legs of El Hijo up. El Hijo frees himself with a headbutt and folds Daivari with a neck submission. Again, Gotch gets involved and the bout breaks down to the outside. El Hijo is left to recover as LA Park gets thrown back to the canvas. Park takes out both foes and sets them up for a double dropkick by El Hijo! That in turn has the father-son combo diving through to CONTRA on the outside! Daivari and Park trade shots on the floor as El Hijo and Gotch to the same on the canvas. A crisp kick by El Hijo sets Gotch for a diving crossbody and then a headscissors takedown. Gotch rolls onto the outside and this allows Park and Daivari to duke it out. The chairman plays a little mind game on Davairi before headbutting him and locking him in an abdominal stretch. CONTRA do cause Los Parks to crash into one another and then isolate the father in the corner. LA Park Jr. comes up underneath from the ring but the official catches him on the apron! CONTRA goes to put away El Hijo but justice is served up for Myron Reed and Jordan Oliver as the two come out to trip Daivari and Gotch up! This leaves Daivari prone to a rib-breaking spear from Park and that’s good enough for the victory!

The Score: 5 out of 10

The Good:

  • There was a lot of fast, frenetic action here from the Parks fellers. CONTRA was really solid here and it showed. From the transitions to holds, this was meat and potatoes with a dash of paprika.

The Bad:

  • As a match, this was a bit underwhelming, despite being fundamentally sound.

The Verdict:

  • As prize fights go, this was not one of the better ones, but it was also rather encouraging of what these two teams could do with little more time to hone their skills. Not a bad opener, all in all, but not a great one either.

Match #2: Parrow def. Dugan

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Parrow has returned to MLW for one reason: to be the greatest heavyweight of all time. “Parrow’s back and you should run.” Before the bell even rings, Dugan tries to go after Parrow, but he soon meets a Hansen-like lariat that the big man must’ve picked up from Japan! Dugan attempts a dive but catches Dugan and throws him in the corner with a fallaway slam. Dugan can barely get to his feet and it’s unfortunate that he did as he received a major chokeslam. Parrow isn’t finished until he hoists Dugan up for his Murder Bomb and he gets the W!

The Score: 2 out of 10

The Good:

  • Parrow likes the dick. It’s true…unless he lied! Parrow squashed Dugan like the Max he is.

The Bad:

  • It was a squash match.

The Verdict:

  • Parrow won a squash.

Match #3: Calvin Tankman def. Laredo Kid

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LK looks to rebound after suffering defeat to the hands of Lio Rush, but he’s going to have to “hustle” against Calvin Tankman. Lock up leads to a shove down from Calvin. Another lock up and another shove down. Tankman talks some smack as LK begins to kick the right leg of Tank. LK dives a lariat and hits a head scissors, but Tank turns him inside out with a Pounce! Tankman covers, but Laredo gets a leg on the ropes. Big hip toss by Tank and he covers Laredo for a one count. He bludgeons LK hard before covering for a two count and Kid has to roll out to recover and reassess. Tankman allows it to happen. LK comes back in with some shots, but it’s Tankman who drops him down hard with a strike. Kick out at two. Brainbuster by Tank gets another two who keeps his pace deliberate. He charges at LK in the corner by the luchador fends him off and hits him with a missile dropkick. This time Tank rolls out and LK catches him with a major league cross body! LK muscles Tank back in the ring for a cover, but it’s only good for two. Elbow drop by Kid. He climbs up top to deliver another elbow, but Calvin chucks him off at two. Tankman is feeling the effects, but a combo followed by a spinning bakcfist and a powerbomb just nearly gets the win, but somehow Laredo continues to fight. A flying forearm from the turnbuckle gets quite the near fall. He goes for another cover, but again, only two. Tankman grabs hold of LK and hits a spinebuster. A hard strike to the back of the head sets Laredo up for a Tankman Driver for the pinfall victory.

The Score: 3 out of 10

The Good:

  • Tankman could be a super-hero for the Maerican military. Y’all never heard of the Maerican army? They taught Tankman everything they knew and then some. Tankman took down his enemy, the kid from Laredo, Texas, but whoopifying his ass one stiff shot at a time.

The Bad:

  • This was not much of a match, but the Maerican militia would be proud of how Tankman battled his way to victory nonetheless.

The Verdict:

  • There’s no such thing as the Maerican armada. This match was okay.

Match #4: (Main Event) Jacob Fatu (with Daivari) def. Jordan Oliver (with Myron Reed) – MLW World Heavyweight Championship

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Myron Reed enters with his Injustice brother as he gives him some words of encouragement. CONTRA’s music hits and out comes the champion. Oliver doesn’t even wait for the bell and dives right onto Fatu. Fatu aggressively runs right into the ring post before getting in the ring. The bell rings and Jordan fires away, but Fatu aims for a gutwrench. Oliver frees himself and knees Fatu in the back. That sends Jacob tumbling. Oliver goes for another dive to the outside, but the champ scouts it and catches him perfectly with a Samoan drop to the floor. He soon sends Jordan back in the ring. Big strike lays Oliver down. Another strike. Jordan feeds him forearms, but a back elbow from Jacob plants the challenger to the canvas. Fatu attacks him on the ground only to headbutt him down. Oliver finds some brief refuge with a chopblock, but Fatu is relentless and throws him right over the top. Reed coaches Jordan some more, but there’s no coaching when it comes to Fatu biting Jordan’s fingers! Jordan thrashes to hit feet in the corner, but a few strikes make the path clear for the champ. He gets him center ring and Oliver tries to us his athleticism and as he tries to leap over Jacob in the corner, Fatu hits a power kick to the nose of Oliver. Fatu is scouting it all. Oliver does happen to catch Fatu in the corner with some kicks, but Fatu drops him down and tries to drop himself on Jordan. Thankfully, he moves. Daivari looks to meddle on the apron, but the ref catches him. As this is going on, Myron grabs the leg of Fatu which allows Jordan an opportunity. Reed runs over and superkicks Daivari. A sliding kick sends Fatu to the outside. Oliver slingshots himself on top of Jacob, but again gets caught and then gets slammed on the apron. Fatu rolls in as Oliver is dazed. Fatu drags him in the center of the ring. He goes for his moonsault, but that chop block from earlier comes into play and trips Fatu up. The champ carefully ascends, but Oliver leaps up and German suplexes Fatu off the top! He then sends him into the opposite corner and hits hits a stunner before leaping off with a cutter! Some kicks to the side of the head further dizzies Fatu but it’s not enough to keep the monster down. He catches Oliver who goes for a second cutter with a powerbomb into a pop-up Samoan Drop . Fatu hits a modified version of his signature moonsault by incorporating a headbutt and it’s 1-2-3.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • This wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, but still a quality bout regardless. Oliver sold well for the dominant Fatu, who took the challenger from pillar to post. The action here was surprisingly reserved for a bout that was still hard-hitting.

The Bad:

  • This never felt quite as competitive as it should have. Oliver winning never felt possible and Fatu losing was never an option.

The Verdict:

  • While not a remarkable fight, this was a decent contest that gave Fatu another victim to crush under his feet.

Final Verdict: 5/10

There were a bunch of matches here, but they rarely had enough time to do what they were capable of. There was the usual glut of vignettes and promos to get in the way of the matches. The fact that the main event just felt like it popped-up at random instead of coming to a boil and exploding out of the pot just makes good folk wonder what’s the point of having a main event to begin with? The main event should be teased throughout the whole show and after every match. The sights and sounds of seeing the champion and challenger getting ready for the bout in small spurts throughout the evening is what builds that anticipation for even the most mundane prize fight, let alone the main event bout of the card. MLW, even when it books the right matches, tends to miss that all-important aspect of promotion. If this main event, as average as it was, had been promoted throughout the whole card as being important, it would have felt important regardless of the contest’s content. Well, it was good to get back to MLW. I’ll see you next time.

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