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Platt’s MLW Fusion Review (6/15/18)

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Greetings & Salutations! After some technical difficulties (gotta love technology) your MVP is here is recap the latest episode of MLW Fusion. While MLW is still trying to find its footing, it’s consistently one of the most entertaininng hours of wrestling you’ll find each week And as we learn more about these characters and their motivations, the sky is the limit.

The show opens with Colonial Rob Parker, The Dirty Blondes, and friend of the website Mike Parrow discussing strategy for the evenings festivities. Tonight’s main event is The Blondes, Yuta & Cade, and Pentagon Jr & Fenix completing in a triple threat elimination match for the MLW Tag Team Titles.   Next, we see footage of World Champion Shane “Swerve’ Strickland being jumped from behind by Brody King. Brody’s ambitions are to cash in on the $20,000 bounty placed on the champs head by Salina De La Renta.  Up next, it’s time for some action

MVP vs. Maxwell J Friedman

Both men cut promos before the action begins. I’m quite the fan of MJF. He’s your prototypical spoiled rich heel, with an undeniable smugness that makes you want to punch him in the face. Good wrestling early on, as MVP gained the upper hand before being distracted by Sami Callahan and henchmen. As Mr. Porter turned his attention to the outside interference, MJF took advantage. Seizing the opportunity, he hit a low blow, and a cradle with his feet on the ropes to pick up the win. While this was a solid win for Friedman, the match served as a a continuation of the budding feud between MVP and Callahan. It was fun while it lasted, but the competitors weren’t given enough time to really show their stuff.

Winner: Maxwell J. Friedman

Next we see hype for the upcoming 40 man Battle Riot. It’s basically the Royal Rumble meets Money in the Bank, as the winner receives a world title opportunity at anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Jake Hager(Jack Swagger), Barrington Hughes, Jimmy Yuta, and Pentagon Jr. were announced as the first participants. This is followed by an interview with Hughes, as he gives his thoughts about his friend Shane Strickland being attacked. The big has charisma and is obviously a physical specimen. His continued development is something to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, we get a brief interview with Yuta & Cade discussing the main event. The only thing of note here is the continued dissension between the two.

Simon Gotch vs Mike Parrow w/Col. Parker

You all will remember Gotch as one half of The Vaudevillians in WWE. Here, he has aligned himself with Team Filthy and conducts the Gotch Prize Fight Challenge. Its an open challenge for anyone in the back. If they can last 5 minutes in the ring with Mr. Gotch, they will receive $250 cash money. To everyone’s surprise, Parrow and the good Colonial answer the challenge. Nothing of a match here. Tom Lawlor hits Parrow in the head with an unidentifiable object and Gotch chokes him out in about a minute and a half. This appears to set up a program between Team Filthy and Colonial Parker’s Stud Stable(Dirty Blondes & Parrow). Stay tuned.

Winner: Simon Gotch

Fresh off his sneak attack beat down, Brody King challenges Swerve to a match next week. I feel you Brody; 20 grand is 20 grand. MLW CEO Court Bauer calls in on location at the home of the champ. Despite Bauer’s better judgement, Strickland has decided to except King challenge and it’s on for next week.

The Dirty Blondes w/Col Parker vs. Yuta & Cade vs. Pentagon Jr & Fenix w/Salina De La Renta For The MLW Tag Titles

Let me just say, I am here for Salina De La Renta. The idea of a powerful woman with her own stable is intriguing. Plus it doesn’t hurt that she’s easy on the eyes. I dig the issue between her and Swerve. Think 80’s WWF with Hogan taking on various members of the Heenan Family. The match itself was fantastic and they let the competitors plenty of time to tell a good story.  The Blondes were the first to be eliminated. This left the other 4 competitors free to give us a fast paced, back and forth tag match. Within the match, we were again teased with tension between Yuta & Cade. Ultimately, the lucha brothers pick up win, giving Ms. De La Renta her first taste of MLW gold. As good as the match was, the best part was the post match celebration, as the Patron flowed. Even some of the audience members were able to get in on the action.

Winners: Pentagon Jr & Fenix

Overall, another solid outing for MLW. Initially, I was disappointed by the lack of time given to the undercard matches. Both match ups could be intriguing if given enough time. However, I understand wanting to give the main event as much time as possible. And boy did it deliver! Go out of your way to check it out. The tag titles are a good landing spot for Pentagon/Fenix. They can put on great matches, and it gives De La Renta’s stable credibility. I look forward to next week to see if Brody King can secure the bag.

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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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