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MLW Fusion Ratings & Review: 4/27/18

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MLW Fusion Shane Strickland vs Jimmy Havoc

Greetings and Salutations. Episode 2 of Major League Wrestling is in the books! And While there is certainly room for improvement, the product has an unique look and feel to it, as well as access to some of the best wrestlers in the world not associated with the “E”.

Week 2 begins with video hyping tonight’s main event between current Heavyweight Champion Shane “Swerve” Strickland and Jimmy Havoc. Then, it’s cuts to Rich Bocchini and a rejuvenated sounding Tony Schiavone to prepare us for tonight’s action.

The Dirty Blondes(W/ Col Robert Parker) vs. Jimmy Yuta & Jason Cade

Pretty basic, old school tag match designed to establish the Blondes as a force to be reckoned with. Certainly, fellow WCW heads will feel a twinge of nostalgia seeing the good Colonial back on our airwaves. The Blondes have a possibility to be a player as MLW looks to establish their tag division. Meanwhile, Yuta and Cade could play the role sympathetic babyfaces(think Rock N Roll Express) well if given more time to display their offense. The finish comes with assistance from the Colonial to give The Dirty Blondes the win.

Winners: The Dirty Blondes

Garza Jr.(W/Salina de la Renta) vs. Ultimo Ninja

Easily the match of the night. Fast paced, lucha style action. Plenty of big moves that eventually won over a crowd that was somewhat lethargic when the competitors first came out. The announcers did a good job of putting over De la Renta, whose unmasking of Ninja led to Garza’s victory. It’s clear there are big plans for her stable, which includes Pentagon Jr. who will face champion Shane Strickland at the company’s Intimidation Games ppv on Thursday.

Winner: Garza Jr. (w/Salina de la Renta)

Vignettes air which featured Filthy Tom Lawlor, The Dirty Blondes, and MVP. These will be key as MLW looks to establish it’s characters and their motivations.

Shane “Swerve” Strickland vs. Jimmy Havoc

Havoc has an unique look and sells like a champ. Strickland is the current cornerstone of the MLW product. He oozes charisma and was over with the Orlando Crowd. Throughout the evening, vignettes aired hyping the tonight’s main event. The story being told was that Swerve had never defeated Havoc, and had to exercise that demon. The match itself was good, but not great. These two have had better matches and I feel the time restraints factored into what they could do. However, they did a good job of telling the story they were looking to tell. Strickland picked up the victory after a double foot stomp from the top rope.

Winner: Shane “Swerve” Strickland via pinfall with the double stomp

Overall, while not as good as the inaugural episode, it was an entertaining hour of wrestling. MLW is still in its honeymoon stage, trying to establish characters and their motivations. The presentation of the product is very sports like, which should appeal to the average fan. Production wise, they are light years ahead most of the other promotions(not named WWE) and present an easily digestible and entertaining hour of television. They have a nice mix of recognizable and new faces that both attract the casual viewer and keep them engaged. And of course, its pretty damn cool to have Tony Schiavone’s voice back on our television.

I’m out of time, but the tape machines are running!


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MLW Fusion Results & Review 5/18/2018

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MLW FUSION RESULTS/REVIEW
5/18/2018

This week’s MLW Fusion beings with a recap of Pentagon Jr’s attack on Shane Strickland in which he sprayed mist in Swerve’s eyes. As a result, Pentagon was forced to defend his #1 contender-ship in a match against his brother Rey Felix this week. Per usual, MLW does a really good job of hyping the main event for the evenings show. It gives the matches added significance and helps to give the audience a reason to stick around.

Next, we cut to Tony Schiavone and Rich Bocchini hyping the evenings festivities. I’m not sold on the announce team. Having Schiavone and Bocchini feels redundant as they both serve the exact same purpose. MLW is trying to present itself as a legitimate sport. In legitimate sports, you typically have a play by play announcer and a color commentator(someone who either played or coach in said sport). With MVP winding down his in ring career, I feel him and Tony would complement each other well, with Mr. Porter being able to provide the viewer with an insider’s prospective while the allowing the veteran Schiavone an opportunity to do what he does best. While there’s obviously still time for the duo to establish chemistry, I feel a traditional announce team would best serve the product.

Kotta Brazil Vs. Trae Miguel

The opening bout pits Kotta Brazil(who looks like a bootleg Rich Swann) verses Trae Miguel(a bootleg Ricochet). The two put on a highly athletic bout with action you would see on a typical episode of 205 Live. While Trae was more over with the crowd, Brazil delivered an excellent performance as well. In the end, Miguel escaped with the victory after a double knee maneuver from the top rope.

Winner: Trae Miguel

Up next we get a hype video for tonight’s main event followed by an interview with Salina de la Renta at her home. She establishes herself as the plug to MLW’s influx of Hispanic talent. The segment ends with her push Mr. Bochinni into her pool. MLW is clearly all in (pun intended) with the de la Renta character and it’s a smart choice. Regardless of genre, the hot, bitchy shot caller character has always played well on television. And while her promo work does leave much to be desired, she’s one of the few established characters in the MLW universe. The more comfortable she becomes in her role, the more MLW will improve as Ms. de la Renta is one of MLW’s tent-pole characters.

We then get a recap of last week’s match-up of Jimmy Havoc vs. Joey Janella, with the post match beat down of Havoc by Tom Lawlor and Simon Gotch. WWE fans will remember Gotch as one half of the Vaudvillians. Lawlor and Gotch cut a somewhat weird promo in a hotel pool.

The Dirty Blondes (W/Colonel Parker) Vs. Team TBD (Yuta and Cade) In An Elimination Match

We get a prematch tease of tension between Yuta and Cade. The match itself was nothing special. The Blondes are clearly the premier team in MLW. They’re an old school, throwback of a team who rely on a tried and true gimmick in the wrestling business. By far the weakest match of the night. In the end, the Blondes pick up the with a little help from the good Colonel.

Winners: The Dirty Blondes

After the match we get a glimpse of more tension between Yuta and Cade. We’re clearly heading towards a match between the two.

Right before the main event, we get a tale of the tape between the two combatants. Again, we’re going for a legitimate sport feel here, and this was a nice touch.

Main Event: Pentagon Jr. Vs. Rey Fenix

The crowd was hype for this one and they weren’t disappointed. I frankly don’t think it’s possible for these two to have a bad match with each other. If you’ve read the spoilers, you know how this one ended. However, it was solid back and forth Lucha action, with enough near falls to keep the crowd invested. In the end, Pentagon picks up the win with the Pentagon Driver to go on to meet Shane Strickland next week for the MLW Heavyweight Title.

Winner: Pentagon Jr

Overall, another solid effort out for the MLW banner. While the tag match left something to be desired, the opening bout and main event certainly delivered. The jury is still out on MLW. I like the diverse cast of characters which are representative of the changing demographics of our society. In the ring, the action is always solid at worst. However, they still seem to lack that one dynamic personality which will ingratiate the audience with the product. Overall, the it’s still a highly digestible hour of wrestling every week and I still look forward to see where they go from here.


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