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MLW Fusion Ratings & Results: 6/8/2018

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Another episode of MLW, and with how everything ended last week, we should get some interesting movement.

Salina de la Renta told Shane Strickland it wasn’t over, Callihan’s group seems to have it out for MVP and MJF hates Joey Janela. So let’s see where this all leads to.

 

Tom Lawlor vs Fred Yehi

MMA Al Bundy vs Blanka, this should actually be a fun match, depending on how much Team Filthy interfere.

Start off with a lot of mat wrestling for position, switches and flot overs. Yehi shoots the leg but Lawlor counters easily. This counter westling goes on for a while until Yehi manages to shove Lawlor in the corner and put together a few suplexes.

Small strike exchange before Lawlor takes Yehi to the ground and gets in an armbar attempt, some ground and pound and then a seated abdominal stretch. Lawlor hits a nice vertical suplex, as he floats over into a front necklock, as they go to the first commercial break.

After the break, Lawlor hits a big Russian Leg Sweep and tries to lock in a knee bar, but Yehi fights to the ropes. Yehi shows some life with a strike exchange, but Lawlor hits an Exploder Suplex to keep the momentum for him. Tony Schiavone calls Yehi “The Yet-eh”, it’s amusing.

After a couple minutes with Lawlor grinding out submission attempts, Yehi finally gets some space, but Lawlor stays on him. Standing switch and Yehi gets a German Suplex and Dragon Suplex for a near fall. Multiple knee strikes and a huge Power Bomb from Yehi for 2.

Right as it seems like Yehi was gonna lead to a finish, a diving forearm strike with the exposed steel plated forearm, knock Yehi loopy and the Rear Naked Choke wins Lawlor the match.

Winner: Lawlor via Rear Naked Choke

Rating: *** 1/4

 

MJF interview, where he does another poorly acted smug heelish douchebag thing. Aria Blake…seemingly drunk, approaches him and the interview falls apart.

Salina de la Renta promo, to extrapolate on her threat from last week. 20,000 dollar bounty put on Shane Strickland’s head. A little freaky camera work, possibly someone appears behind Salina. Who will be the first to try and take out Strickland?

Next we see a photo shoot with Jimmy Yuta and Jason Cade, which shows more dissension between the members.

Leon Scott w/Sami Callihan vs MVP

MVP must not like his entrance music, cause this is the second television match where he runs in and starts going after the opponent.

Should tackles, exploder suplex, but then Sami Callihan and the third member of Callihan’s group (Possibly Sawyer Fulton) enter and the match is immediately thrown out. Kotto Brazil tries to come in to help MVP, but he’s dispatched and the beat down continues.

Winner: MVP by DQ

Rating: N/A

Kaci Lennox catches up with Strickland for a response to Salina’s challenge. Swerve says he’s confident and turning it down sets a bad example. Low Ki then approaches him with a deal. Offers the services of Black Friday to help Shane, but Strickland refuses.

ACH vs Rey Fenix w/ Salina de la Renta

Both play to the crowd for a while, then finally a test of strength into and Arm Ringer from ACH, Arm Drag from Fenix, a little oneupsmenship, followed up by ACH hitting a sweep, double foot stomp, shotgun drop kick. ACH hits a big plancha after Fenix powders out, and then as they come back in, Fenix returns the favor by hitting a big dive, leaving both men prone for the commerical break.

Following the break a big to turnbuckle springboard senton for a nearfall. Big kicks from both as Fenix hits a rewind Spin Kick for another 2 count. Fenix attempts a Rolling DDT, but gets caught into a backbreaker and German Suplex Hold, for 2.

The match finally slows down a little as they both counter Brainbusters, Fenix gets caught mid move, but manages to keep the momentum. Hits a splash, as he goes for a middle rope moonsault, ACH seems to move, but Fenix keeps rolling and catches ACH with a Cutter for the near fall again.

Fenix keeps his position and starts chopping ACH very deliberately and plays to the crowd to get “Uno Mas” chants. Fenix goes for a corner springboard, ACH stops it, Fenix bounces up again, ACH counters again and Fenix pulls himself out of a Tree of Woe, while both men fight for position. Fenix gets a small advantage, goes for a Crossbody, but ACH catches him into a Death Valley Driver, for yet another 2 count.

Both move over to the apron and begin chopping one another. ACH gets the best of the chops, but Fenix escapes, slips momentarily but still hits an Enzuigiri. Following up the Enzuigiri by sliding out, jumping up to the apron and hitting a nice Spinning Back Kick right in ACH’s face.

Fenix tries a big top tope move, but ACH catches him with Flash Kick (Guile from Street Fighter). Pace slows down again, and we get a strong style chop battle. Fenix sells his arm, hits a big combination, but ACH manages to catch him with a few kicks of his own, Vertical Suplex float over, into a near fall.

Big Frog Splash from ACH missed, springboard Spin Kick from Fenix in the corner leads to the Fenix Driver, and the pinfall.

Winner: Fenix via Fenix Driver

Rating: ****

 

Thoughts:  Well from a wrestling perspective, the matches were more solid than we’ve seen in a few weeks. They still have a tendency to string too many interview/promo/backstage segments together in a manner that looks like a highlight reel.

However, the fact that all of the stories they established felt like they moved forward, is kind of a special thing. Not a lot of wasted movement in this show, on top of Schiavone and Bocchini being more on point than usual with move calls and general flow.

It feels like the show is starting to come together. Damn entertaining show.

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Chairshot Live Report: Blitzkrieg! Pro vs Limitless Wrestling

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Blitzkrieg Pro Massage Force

Patrick O’Dowd gives you his live report of Blitzkrieg Pro vs Limitless Wrestling on December 1, 2018 from Enfield, CT! How did the show go?




“The Wrestling Realist” Patrick O’Dowd, star of The Chairshot’s Greg DeMarco Show, was recently invited to attend Blitzkrieg! Pro vs Limitless Wrestling on December 1 in Enfield, CT. Here is his report!

The show opens with the announcement that the night’s show is a friendly competition between Blitzkrieg and Limitless.  Each of the first seven matches will have representatives from each company competing against one another.  The winners of those matches will move on to represent their company in an elimination tag match in the main event.

Anthony Greene defeated DJZ – Anthony Greene advances to the main event representing Limitless

The Maine State Posse (Alexander Lee, Aiden Aggro, & DangerKid) defeated Massage Force (VSK & Dorian Graves) – The Maine State Posse advances to the main event Representing Limitless.

The Batiri defeated Harlow O’Hara & Kevin Blackwood – The Batiri advance to the main event representing Blitzkrieg Pro

Scotty Wild defeated John Silver – Scotty Wild advances to the main event representing Blitzkrieg Pro.  Post-match, Silver attacked wild, hitting him with a brainbuster.  Wild would be helped to the back.

Sass & Fury (Jeremy Leary & Skylar) defeated DoomFly (Eli Everfly & Delilah Doom) – Sass & Fury advance to the main event representing Blitzkrieg Pro.

Mark Sterling w/ Sidney Bakabella defeated Kris Statlander by disqualification – Statlander had initially gotten the pin, but Bakabella planted brass knuckles on Statlander and then convinced the official that She had used brass knuckles on Sterling to get the win.  Mark Sterling advances to the main event to represent Blitzkrieg Pro.




Scramble Match for the final spot in the main event elimination tag match

Ashley Vox defeated Hermit Crab, Herbie Rockerman, Nick Curry, Daniel Garcia, Francis Stevens, Santa Puf and Matt Striker in a scramble match to become the final competitor in the main event.  Post-Match Striker took the mic and put over Vox.  Ashley Vox advances to the main event representing Limitless.

Ace Romero defeated Jeff Cannonball in an anything goes match.  Romero replaced PCO who withdrew from the show due to his recent signing with Ring of Honor

Bobby Orlando & Brett Domino w/ Ms. Susannah defeated by disqualification Full Blooded Intoxication (Nunzio & Troy Nelson) when Domino ordered Ms. Susannah to enter the ring and slap Bobby Orlando.

Team Blitzkrieg defeated Team Limitless when Kodama of the Batiri pinned Anthony Greene to become the sole survivor of the match for Team Blitzkrieg.




O’Dowd’s Take

Overall the show was a great deal of fun with both companies having an opportunity to showcase their talents.  The home promotion fans go home happy with Blitzkrieg getting the win.

My personal match of the night was Mark Sterling vs. Kris Statlander.  The two worked incredibly well together and Stalander was over huge with the crowd by showcasing her strength.  When the decision was overturned, the crowd went livid.

It was announced that Blitzkrieg would return to action on March 30th 2019 at The Old Country Banquet Hall in Enfield, CT.

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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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