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MLW Fusion Ratings & Review: 6/1/2018

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MLW Fridays have become something to look forward to. Especially seeing where they go after Pentagon’s failed attempt to win the title and I’m also curious who’s number 1 on the Top 10 now.

Just a bad couple weeks for Pentagon on TV. Losing his Impact World Title at Under Pressure and failing to beat Strickland. Don’t worry evil dragon man, it’ll get better.

Now on to the show.

Col. Robert Parker opens the show talking about his Stud Stable and how they’re gonna hospitalize Jeff Cobb.

Jeff Cobb vs Jake Hager w/ Robert Parker

The match that MLW hypes as the All American against the Olympian, doesn’t completely live up to the hype.

It starts off the same way most power matches do with a clinch and then someone hits knee strikes or a few short elbows and then they hit the ropes. Cobb hits a nice suplex, but Hager manages to stop a sunset flip and lays in some of his own offense.

We saw Cobb hit the Standing Moonsault, and attempts his Tour of the Islands finish. After countering Cobb’s finisher, Hager manages to get the advantage off of a missed Standing Shooting Star Press and gets the Ankle Lock in deep.

Winner: Hager via Ankle Lock

Rating: **

 

Cobb gets taken out by ambulance

Kaci Lennox finds Shane Strickland in the back after the video package recapping last week’s title match. Kaci wants Shane’s thoughts on the match, Strickland puts it over as difficult but as he goes out to his car, Salina de la Renta is waiting for him. He thinks they’re done, she thinks otherwise, so be it Pentagon or someone else from her stable, Salina still has unfinished business with Shane.

Sami Callihan promo consistent with him being dangerous and crazy. Also says “they” are taking over, but doesn’t go into detail about who his new associate is or what “they” is.

They reveal the new MLW Top 10 Rankings:

10. ACH
9. Jake Hager
8. Joey Janela
7. Barrington Hughes
6. Jimmy Havoc
5. MVP
4. Sami Callihan
3. Rey Fenix
2. Pentagon
1. Tom Lawlor

 

Kotto Brazil vs Rich Swann

Brazil has yet to be considered anything more than a jobber with a little more fight in him and this is Swann’s debut for MLW.

So this is a pretty solid and standard match. Kotto gets in a multitude of strikes, monkey flips, cutter, block buster and a Code Red might’ve been the biggest move he pulled off. Whereas Swann basically did his usual things from 205 Live, nice kicks, a few submission attempts and eventually hits a Phoenix Splash for the win.

Not sure if this was supposed to prove that even the lowest wrestler in MLW could still put up a decent fight against a big name, or if this was too competitive. Still a good match, just nothing overly special.

Winner: Swann via Phoenix Splash

Rating: ***

 

They cut back to MJF in the crowd with some gorgeous woman drinking champagne.

 

Sami Callihan vs Joey Janela w/ Aria Blake

Callihan comes out with two leather clad unknown big guys now, and Janela immediately brings the fight to them. A big cannonball into all three sets a tone that Janela doesn’t care about being out numbered.

It looked like Janela won the match after a Death Valley Driver, but Callihan barely got his foot on the ropes. Getting a little desperate after trading strikes and headbutts, Sami dumps him out to MJF. And in typical heel fashion MJF gets in a few licks, rams him into the post and rolls him back in, to a waiting Callihan. Callihan hits Cranial Contusion and picks up the pinfall.

MJF continues the beat down on Janela after the match.

Winner: Callihan via Cranial Contusion

Rating: ** 1/4

The stories are all resetting after the Championship match last week, and it really showed. None of the matches had a ton of build or even that much heat in general, so it made it hard to get really excited. Plus a crowd that wasn’t overly active obviously didn’t help how the product comes across either.

So I still haven’t seen an episode that matches the debut when it comes to match quality and overall crowd reaction, but nothing has been terrible. The show is fine, MLW is still building up and I’m not even mad right now.

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Chairshot Live Report: Blitzkrieg! Pro vs Limitless Wrestling

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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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