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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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Ring Warriors: Episode 3 Review

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As I prepared for a drive to Guthrie, Oklahoma for a show I sit down for a cup of coffee and new episode of Ring Warriors. We open the show with a promotion of the Grand Championship tournament and get promised two quarterfinal matches in this hour. Our commentary team includes Austin Aries again this week. Ken Resnik finally gets introduced before he speaks with Dante Brown and Michael Tarver. Michael Tarver is still jacked to the gills and he can cut a promo. A cheesy promo, but a promo. Same goes for Wes Brisco but he doesn’t sound quite as confident.

 

Quarter Final Match: Michael Tarver w/Dante Brown vs Wes Brisco

Wes Brisco comes out like a white-hot babyface. I really hate that Wes wears his tights over his boots. Tarver wearing MMA gloves doesn’t make sense at all. If you’re legitimately trying to hurt someone like the character you play, why would you wear gloves the insulate your punches and stop landing a knuckle on a cheekbone or chin? I’m not sure how stiff Tarver really is but his kicks look brutal. They’ve been going back and forth all match. I don’t remember Tarver being this decent of a worker. I popped for Aries’s line about rather having Bronco Lubich as the referee. We go to a nice cinematic shot of the announce team as Wes Brisco wins by an Indian Death Lock he calls the Brisco Lock.

Winner: Wes Brisco

 

The Hotshots (Cassidy Riley & Chase Stevens) vs The Demi-God of Death and Dark Child

I will say The Hotshots have the build I like to see in wrestling, they don’t look like bodybuilders but they look powerful. Reverend Joseph Nelson apparently a southern preacher gimmicked manager sends Funnybone known now as The Demi-God of Death and Dark Child fka as Chance Prophet. Not much has changed with Dark Child’s looks since my first review of Ring Warriors. This match is an all-out brawl. Cassidy Riley sets up for a tag team move and Chase Stevens has to wait for Dark Child to get in position to pick his ankle which looked kind of clunky. They set up the move after the disqualification by Dark Child pushing the referee. Then Stevens misses the neckbreaker when they finally get to hit the move.

Winners: The Hotshots

 

We now get a pre-tape on the Slambino family. They come to apparently extort Joe’s New York Pizza in Las Vegas. The owner seemingly convinces them to make a pizza instead of taking the money from the register. One of the Slambino’s presumably the boss puts cheese on the pizza before the sauce causing the whole family to go off on him. They all leave and he leaves taking the uncooked pizza with him saying “I’ll cook it at home!” This whole scene took any honest heel heat a mob family gimmick could get out from under them.

 

Quarter Finals Match: Jeff Cobb vs Luke Hawx

We start off with an interview with Jeff Cobb. I popped when Jeff said that Luke Hawk “Ain’t no altar boy.” then how convenient as the interviewer mentions Luke being a big dude here comes Luke towering over Jeff Cobb. Just like that, it’s time for the main event. Classic Jeff Cobb once we go through a series of tie-ups he lands a wrestling takedown as you’d expect from a 2004 Olympic Wrestler from Guam. Luke Hawx got major air on the dropkick. Most dropkicks land somewhere near the chest, Luke has his feet on either side of Cobb’s head. Both men threw many variations of the suplex. Jeff Cobb shows his athleticism with a standing moonsault. Luke Hawx stands on the outside of the second rope then moonsaults into the ring onto Cobb in a anything you can do I can do better moment. Luke Hawx shows his ring generalship by grabbing the rope instead of kicking out this late in the match. Cobb hits a standing dropkick which hits Hawx in the chest while he’s sitting on the top rope. Another pop when Aries mentions giving Luke Hawx “Option C” to allow him to win the title. While on the outside Austin Aries starts distracting Luke Hawx allowing Jeff Cobb to slide in before the count out. This was hands down my favorite match so far in both episodes I have seen.

Winner: Jeff Cobb

 

This felt very much like an old-school Southern wrestling show. Wes Brisco, The Hotshots, and Luke Hawx are definitely Southern style workers and the people they worked with worked with that very well. Again the cinematic views before and after each break, whether they were shot from drone or helicopter, are stunning. Ring Warriors is quickly becoming one of my favorite wrestling promotions on TV today.

 

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Sonoran Championship Wrestling BATTLE|LINES Results (9/21/18)

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SCW (Sonoran Championship Wrestling) returned to The World Famous Nile Theater on Friday night, September 21, for BATTLE|LINES! Tensions were high all night, and the rowdy crowd in attendance were treated so some amazing action.

By the end of the night we had a new (but reluctant) tag team, fans begging for more EJ-Calder, one pissed off challenger, and the revelation of perhaps the strongest force ever to hit SCW…

Full results:

Navajo Warrior pinned Alex Salyers
Salyers reminded everyone of the reasons he asked for “the biggest, baddest, and most respected man in Arizona,” and then promptly punched him in the face. The legendary competitor proved too much in the end.

SBR & Cole Wright (with Travis Lee) beat Awesome Andy & Aguila
Two brand new teams in SCW brought the action early and never stopped, bringing the fans to their feet on multiple occasions. In the end, Travis sprayed Andy with Body Spray, leading his team to victory. After the match it was obvious that SBR & Cole had no clue what Travis was up to.

The Heat Seat with Pete The Heat and special guest Sergio Vega
Pete The Heat welcomed Sergio Vega, who explained that he was attacked at the border on his way to August’s Big Trouble In Little Mesa. He didn’t see the attacker, but did notice that Jay Garland was wearing a Sergio Vega shirt when he left the building with Thugnificent that night. The Hawaiian Lion entered the ring to remind Sergio to focus on their match later in the evening, and that the Arizona legend fully intended on ending the year-plus reign of the champion.

SOS (with June Jackson) pinned Morgan (with Adrenalyn) in a No Disqualification Match
June Jackson announced that she would not be participating in the match, but “supervising” as her best friend, SOS, battled Morgan instead. Morgan didn’t come alone, bringing back-up on the form of Adrenalyn! All four women battled throughout The Nile, but in the end a (legal) chairshot from SOS allowed her to score the pin after June blasted Adrenalyn with a tire iron.

EJ Sparks and Calder McColl battled to a time limit draw
In another first time ever encounter, EJ and Calder brought the fight in a big way, neither letting up for the duration of the match. Calder connected with an Air Raid Crash, but EJ kicked out of the pinfall attempt right before time expired. Calder was frustrated, but the two men embraced to end a match that fans are already asking to see again.

Toom E Guci addressed the crowd
SCW co-owner and general manager Toom E Guci announced that on October 19, we will celebrate two years of Sonoran Championship Wrestling  at Run The Gauntlet. Competitors will compete in the biggest Gauntlet ever, spanning the entire evening, and the winner will have the ability to make any match they choose. Toom revealed that the first match of Run The Gauntlet.

SCW Tag Team Champions Jay Garland & The MITH and Impulse Champion Thugnificent fought The Brothers Of Wrestling (Evan Daniels & R-Three) and LJ Ramos to a no-contest
Toom E Guci got the answers he was seeking when these six men jumped into action. LJ Ramos was (seemingly) injured during the match, and was rendered unable to continue and helped to the back. The 3-on-2 advantage proved to be too much for the BOW, and when all hope was lost LJ returned to the ring! Once LJ was tagged in, he stood face-to-face with The Man In The Hood, but turned around and attacked Evan Daniels! Garland, Thugnificent, MITH, and Ramos maintained a 4-on-2 advantage until EJ Sparks ran to confront the four men. Before EJ could do anything, June Jackson snuck in and hit EJ with a low blow, leading to a 5-on-1 attack on the fan favorite. Jay Garland took the mic and revealed that Genesys was reformed, much to the dismay of Toom E Guci.

SCW Heavyweight Champion Sergio Vega pinned The Hawaiian Lion to retain his championship
After defeating Ricky Mandel to earn this championship opportunity, The Hawaiian Lion took the fight to the champion, but there was no backing down for Sergio Vega. Lion connected with an Axe Bomber late in the match, but was slow to cover. Sergio kicked out, but Lion immediately latched onto a Coquina Clutch. Sergio got to the ropes multiple times, and referee Scott Johnson had to pull Lion off of Sergio. Lion protested, but that gave Sergio the opening he needed to score the victor. Lion snapped after the match, taking out his frustrations on the champion and refusing to release the Clutch. The Navajo Warrior hit the ring to finally break Lion from the hold, restraining him before he could do more damage to the champion, the official, and potentially his own career.

Sonoran Championship Wrestling returns to The Nile Theater on Friday, October 19, 2018 for Run The Gauntlet! Don’t miss this night of non-stop action as the SCW roster attempts to Run The Gauntlet from start to finish.

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