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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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Aro Lucha Nashville, Tennessee Results (6/17/18)

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Aro Lucha Nashville – June 17th, 2018

  • Triple Threat: Trey Miguel defeated Nate Wings & Myron Reed
  • Austin Theory defeated Septimo Dragon
  • Triple Threat: Arez defeated Gringo Loco & Low Rider
  • Thunder Rosa & Mascarita Dorada defeated Kylie Rae & Demus
  • Fatal 4-Way: Jack Edwards (AKA Jack Evans) defeated ACH, Darby Allin & Puma King
  • Rey Mysterio, Fenix & Sammy Guevara defeated Team Swerve (Shane Strickland, Willie Mack & Black Taurus)

Results c/o PWInsider


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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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MLW TV Taping Results *SPOILERS*

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MLW returned to action at the Gilt Night Club on Thursday night with a full television taping, featuring the returns of Low Ki and Teddy Hart, the crowning of new tag team champions, and Shane Strickland defending the MLW Championship. Results come courtesy of @MrJacobCohen on the Twitter.

  • Koto Brazil defeated Vandal Ortagun
  • ACH defeated Rich Swann
  • Trey Miguel vs. Danny Santiago does not happen when Teddy Hart interferes, the match is changed to Teddy Hart vs. Trey Miguel, which Hart wins with an Avalanche Canadian Destroyer (see tweet below)
  • Low Ki defeated Ricky Martinez (Maxx Stardom)
  • Parrow answered Simon Gotch’s $250 Challenge, but loses after Tom Lawlor attacks him with a weapon; the Dirty Blondes then chase off Team Filthy after the match
  • Barrington Hughes beats an enhancement talent in a squash match
  • Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) fights Tom Lawlor to a no-contest when Team Filthy and The Stud Stable get involved
  • Joey Janela beat MJF
  • Fred Yehi defeated Sammy Guevara
  • Jay Sky vs Ariel Rodriguez doesn’t happen when Su Yung and former NXT star Zeda attack both men
  • ACH & Rich Swann beat Simon Gotch & Tom Lawlor
  • Sami Callihan defeated MVP in a Boiler Room Brawl
  • The Lucha Bros (Fenix & Pentagon Jr) beat The Dirty Blondes and Team TBD (Jason Cade & Yuta) to win the first MLW Tag Team Championships
  • Shane Strickland defeats Brody King to retain the MLW Championship; Low Ki attacks Strickland after the match


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