Well it’s Friday, so that means it’s MLW Fusion! Now yes, I know I haven’t exactly been the biggest cheerleader of the TV product last couple reviews…but they can’t all be classics. I’m pretty sure this is only the 12th episode of Fusion, and they’ve done a better job at making their storylines engaging than say, ROH.
So regardless of if I like an episode or not, I’m not gonna write off a brand because a couple shows were bad. It’s wrestling, sometimes stuff happens and when you only have an hour, some shows aren’t that great. It even happens to NXT people, come on.
With all that, let’s see how this one shapes up.
Open of the show recaps that Shane Strickland was attacked earlier in the day, and was rushed to a hospital.
Parrow & The Dirty Blondes vs Rhett Giddins & Team TBD
Jimmy Yuta starts off the match against one of the dirty blondes, and after getting a small advantage, Parrow gets tagged in and we see another level of dissension between Cade and Yuta. Yuta tags in Giddins, and we see the two bigger men trade strikes, but Parrow gets the better of the exchanges, and we see Yuta tag himself in and go running with a head of steam. Which, is ill advised as Parrow and The Dirty Blondes control Yuta in their corner for a long portion of this match. So much so, Cade gets frustrated, distracting the ref, causing the heels to get in some free offense.
Yuta finally mounts a small flurry of offense, takes out the Parrow and the other member of the Dirty Blondes, and finally tags in Jason Cade. After that, we see all 6 men in the ring, Cade tries to direct Yuta to go for some tandem moves, but the first attempt doesn’t go well and the second one gets broken up by Parrow. So miscommunication continues between Cade and Yuta.
Winner: Parrow & Dirty Blondes
Off of the commercial we get another promo for Battle Riot, declaring Sawyer Fulton, Fred Yehi and Homicide into the Battle Royale.
Barrington Hughes vs Jaye Skye
Barrington runs at Skye splashing him into the corner, and then a small delay on a back body drop, and the squash is over.
Winner: Hughes via Back Body Drop
Rating: N/A (Squash)
Joey Janela w/ Aria Blake vs MJF
MJF jumps on Janela immediately, but a Thesz Press turns things around quickly. Uppercuts and stomps in the corner have Janela with the advantage, MJF powders, but Janela hits him with a Suicide Dive. After a little time outside the ring, MJF ducks Janela back in, and Janela goes head first into the wall of the announcer’s set up. -commercial break-
Coming in off the break, Janela has the advantage again, MJF is on the outside, and Janela hits a Crossbody into the empty chairs in the audience. Then rolls MJF back in the ring, Swanton Bomb, for only 2. Janela goes back to the top rope, and MJF stumbles to his feet and crotches him. MJF then hits a Superplex for a near fall. Janela rolls to the apron, as they start exchanging strikes before MJF lands the South Hampton Plunge.
MJF uses a chair in Aria slid it in, after pointing out she did it, to distract the ref. But, it backfires on MJF after Janela hits a Superkick into the chair, into his face. Aria keeps looking back after the match implying that maybe she tried to help MJF. I guess the feud will continue.
Winner: Janela via Superkick
Rating: ** 1/2
Kaci Lennox interview MJF after the match, he cries about being cheated. Talks about Aria being with a Jersey dirtbag and needs a ‘real man’. Which prompts Janela to come back out and cause a pull apart.
Updates on Strickland, saying he’s fine and will still face Low Ki next week.
Jimmy Havoc promo about setting a place for Lawlor’s last supper, getting ready for their match next week.
‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor vs Jake Hager w/ Col. Parker
Hager pushes Lawlor into the corner and breaks clean, while both men continue to feel each other out. Hager’s power causes Lawlor to go to his corner for a second, as we then see Lawlor attempt a Flying Armbar, but Hager catches him. Rolls it into a Triangle Choke, but Hager powers out with a power bomb.
After a little bit of trading, Lawlor tries to rain fists down in the corner, but Hager grabs him and slams him down for a near fall. We see a lot of technical mat wrestling where both men go for submissions and counters. Lawlor gets the advantage there and comes out of the break with a Snapmare and sliding lariat for a near fall.
Hager goes shoulder first into the post, and sells it like he’s only got one good arm. Lawlor jumps on the opportunity as Hager tries to fight off. Lawlor goes for a high knee strike, but Hager moves out of the way and catches his foot into an Ankle Lock.
Lawlor sinks in a Rear Naked Choke shortly after the break, but then the rest of the Stud Stable come out and cause a DQ finish and big brawl between both stables.
Winner: Lawlor via DQ
Kaci Lennox catches up with Lawlor after the match. Lawlor makes the “put them out to stud” joke again and then says he’ll win Battle Riot if the executives won’t give him his title shot.
Funnily enough, this was probably the best episode of MLW in a few weeks, and I can’t find any fun gifs or stills from this episode. A lot of decent to good ring work, many storylines got advanced in the ring as well as a few wrinkles. When will Team TBD implode? Is Aria crushing on MJF? Who is better than Tom Lawlor right now? That last one’s rhetorical cause the answer is no one.
So ya, even if I may have seemed to be in a general malaise with the last few episodes, especially the awful Boiler Room Brawl, this was a nice set up episode. Looking forward to next week with Low Ki vs Shane Strickland.
Adam’s UWN PrimeTime LIVE Ep. 8 Review 11-3-20
Corona mixes up some of the UWN World Championship tournament matches! Fill ins, different match ups and helpers we haven’t seen on UWN so far. How’d it all play out?
UWN rolls on with their World Championship tournament in the first round with such names as Fred Rosser, Erick Redbeard, Mike Bennett and others being announced. Sadly, there needs to be replacements with the first rounds now with the pandemic still going on.
So let’s see who they have gotten to try to become the Inaugural UWN World Champion.
- Fidel Bravo vs Lio Rush: Lio Rush wins via Final Hour – **
- Fred Rosser vs Erick Redbeard: Rosser wins via DQ – ** ¾ – Rosser Advances
- Heather Monroe vs Miranda Alize: Monroe wins via Michinoku Driver- ** ½
- Rocky Romero vs Shawn Daivari: Daivari wins via Roll-Up – *** ½ – Daivari Advances
- Kevin Martenson vs Mike Bennett: Bennett wins via Hail Mary- *** – Bennett Advances
Fidel Bravo vs Lio Rush
Lio Rush comes out during the announcement of competitor changes for the UWN Tournament and puts whoever wins the championship on notice since he is not one of the competitors. The match starts after the proper intro and trying to get the match started off the bat, not losing control from the start. After slapping Bravo in the face, Lio’s hubris gets the best of him for a minute and momentum goes to Fidel Bravo, almost getting a pinfall but, Lio misdirects Fidel in the ropes and takes control again, getting cocky once again. Lio Rush gets a full head of steam, tornado Enziguri, quick rolls and flips and trying the Final Hour Frog Splash but misses. It doesn’t slow Rush down though with rapid kicks and knockouts to Fidel Bravo and looking at the clock, hitting the Final Hour.
They announce the changes to the UWN Tournament. Chris Dickinson still advances but Fred Rosser goes to the other side of the bracket to face Erick Redbeard instead of Watts. Kevin Martenson will replace Davey Boy Smith Jr and a brand new match up has to be announced for the fourth match. Shawn Daivari will face Rocky Romero in a first round match up.
Fred Rosser vs Erick Redbeard
So here on WWE Main Event, Erick Rowan will take on Darren Youn—oh… ahem. Let me correct myself. Erick causes Rosser to go and powder out to get a feel of how to take it to Redbeard. After putting a headlock on and failing some shoulder tackles against the big man, Erick takes over. Rosser gets a small advantage, taking it to the big man’s legs to get some offense in but it slowly fails as Erick takes over with his intimidating offense. After Redbeard gets some damaging offense, he does one mistake and misses in the corner, losing the momentum of the match as Rosser takes it to Erick as much as he can, getting the big man down for a moment. Erick gets more offense started, Side Effect and Spinning Leg Lariat with a near fall right after that heavy offense and yelling at the ref, shoving him. Since he shoved the referee, Redbeard gets disqualified and Fred Rosser advances.
Aftermath: Redbeard gets infuriated and dismantles Fred Rosser after the match for getting disqualified and attempts to shatter the arm of Rosser following the match.
Heather Monroe vs Miranda Alize
The match begins with Alize messing with Monroe’s hair and taking it to her technically. Both women getting lucha offense against each other with springboard arm drags, quick pins and Alize even doing a Tijeras into a La Magistral just to no avail as they get back to even ground. Heather gets some offense started but her cockiness getting the better of her and losing the momentum and taking it to Heather Monroe with mind games and physical beat down. After more and more back and forth, Heather gets a slight advantage and catches Alize in a Michinoku Driver after Alize is sent to the ropes.
Rocky Romero vs Shawn Daivari
I… would lie if I said this didn’t excite me to see as a REPLACEMENT of all things but, Daivari will face Romero and I am so happy about this. Daivari showing he still has it in the early goings with his power but Rocky picks up the pace and takes over with the speed and wit. Both men doing a lot of back and forths, Daivari hitting hard and going for the back of Rocky but, Rocky taking it to Shawn’s shoulder. Rocky putting Daivari to the corner for some Lariats that look like they will go on Forever but Daivari moves out of the way after the second and does a lariat of his own to make them both go down and go to the ramp. Daivari goes to do more back damage to Romero but gets counter into a Sliced Rocky to the outside ramp but still kicks out once they both get back in the ring. Rocky goes for another Sliced Rocky but, going to the well too many times and gets caught, hitting the post and gets rolled up. Former X Division Champion defeats the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
Kevin Martenson vs Mike Bennett
There is no give between both of these men, nobody getting an early advantage going from the ring, to the ramp and back in, nobody getting an advantage until Bennett gets some steam going. After taking Martenson to the outside of the ropes and taking Bennett’s legs out from under him and more back and forth outside of the ring between the two. Bennet gets the advantage again with a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron and Spear, setting up the Hail Mary Piledriver but gets his legs taken out and gets two Stomps, one Mushroom Style and the other across Bennett’s neck. Instead of going for a pin, Martenson goes for possibly a third stomp from the top but tricks Bennett to put his legs up, putting him in a Sharpshooter on the way down. Martenson has to let go because of his back but still fighting, getting more near falls against Bennett with a massive brainbuster and hitting a suicide dive and trading punches with Bennett after the fact, looking for an Avalanche Brainbuster to the ramp but pushed off the ropes. Bennett capitalizes on the opportunity with another Spear and finally getting that Hail Mary to advance to the next round.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
Well, COVID strikes again with replacements in the tournament. As much as I wanted to see Davey Boy going wild against Mike Bennett, the Romero and Daivari matchup was a great surprise and a great match up. Next week, those semifinal matches will happen along with the NWA Tag Team Championships being defended with The Question Mark and Aron Stevens getting their match against Eli Drake and James Storm. Will we see new Tag Champions within the National Wrestling Alliance or will the two Dummies be Sorry ‘Bout Their Damn Luck?
We’ll see next week on UWN PrimeTime LIVE!
Adam’s UWN PrimeTime LIVE Ep. 7 Review 10-27-20
UWN brings us two title matches, one being an AEW rematch & a first round match for their UWN Championship tournament! Let’s see what happened!
It must be AEW’s lucky night with Avalon and Deeb showing up in very high stakes matches, Avalon to try to become the UWN World Champion by progressing past the first round of the tournament and Serena getting a rematch for the NWA Women’s Championship from Dynamite weeks ago.
Another day and another good amount of matches on the card so who will we see this week on PrimeTime LIVE?
- Kevin Martenson vs Ray Rosas(c) for the CWFH Heritage Championship: Ray Rosas wins via Bed of Rosas- *1/2 – TITLE DEFENSE!!
- The Bodega vs Real Money Brother$: The Bodega wins via Bodega Bomb- **
- Serena Deeb vs Thunder Rosa(c) for the NWA Women’s Championship: Serena Deeb wins via Roll Up –*** 1/2 –
- Peter Avalon vs Chris Dickinson: Chris Dickinson wins via Burning Lariat- ** 1/2
Kevin Martenson vs Ray Rosas
The match starts very back and forth, Rosas doing more heel tactics by going into the ropes to separate himself from Martenson. Martenson goes to target the neck and back of Rosas and tries to take to the skies along with a flurry of German Suplexes but, that was the beginning of the end. Rosas sweeps Martenson’s legs from under him on the top rope and breaks down his back so he can’t do his offense of suplexes and finishes the match up with the Bed of Rosas backbreaker.
The commentary team announces the first rounds of the World Championship Tournament and the tag team action later on until Aron Stevens awkwardly comes out for commentary and keeps repeating that he was robbed from his NWA National Championship and challenges Eli Drake and James Storm for the NWA Tag Team Championships when he can get the Question Mark.
The Bodega vs Real Money Brother$
Since the beginning of the bell, The Bodega takes it to the Real Money Brother$, well… mainly Suge with frequent tags between Limelight and Papo Esco, cutting the ring ring between Suge and Clutch. Finally after taking too much time, RMB gets enough time for the momentum to change with Danny Limelight getting the two on one this time around. After getting the King Fat Boi in the ring with a tag, Real Money Brother$ lose the head of steam they had and The Bodega hit a very… awkward looking Bodega Bomb to score the victory. (And when I say awkward, I mean Limelight hit a short springboard splash and landed on Suge’s knees awkward)
Serena Deeb vs Thunder Rosa
Serena takes it early to Rosa at first but Rosa goes to counter and the two begin to take it to the ground and exchange holds, nobody getting the early advantage for a while until the champion gets a little bit of steam. Deeb goes to the corner, takes one body splash in the corner before moving out of the way, dealing a neckbreaker to Rosa in the ropes and getting the momentum shift. Serena keeps this momentum too, making sure Rosa’s neck is compromised with a straight jacket hold and more neckbreakers. Rosa gets a little bit of separation after breaking Deeb’s Serenity Lock (Neck Crank) and gets the ball—er… Thunder rolling I suppose. Northern Lights Driver but taking too much time after Serena kicks out, doing more neck damage to Rosa with a rapid Swinging Neckbreaker and keeping hold for a traditional swinging neckbreker. Serena getting full advantage against with a unique pinning hold to pin Rosa and going to the Figure Four (because y’know… NWA) and after the pressure goes down, Deeb hits her Hammerlock Clash and only gets a two since Rosa’s leg gets on the ropes. Rosa gets pissed and takes it to Deeb on the outside but after a while, Rosa’s knee gives out right before she uses the Thunder Driver and Serena played Possum to get the pinfall and we have a new Women’s Champion for the National Wrestling Alliance.
Peter Avalon vs Chris Dickinson
They are making this go on for a while? Oh wait… Avalon tried to tell the Dirty Daddy to shush. You don’t do that because he doesn’t care. Dickinson hits a kick to Avalon’s back and after a quick pin attempt, countering a corner move and Avalon hits a leg lariat and takes Dickinson down. We all know that it won’t work for long, Dickinson takes full advantage again and overpowering Avalon until the ref gets hit from the Death Valley Driver attempt. Avalon escapes Dickinson and traps Dickinson’s leg, swinging a chair while the referee is down, getting an equalizer. Avalon now having the advantage with knee bars, twisting the leg and when there is a rope break, Avalon chop blocks Dickinson to take him back down and puts on a Half Crab to take more damage to the leg. Avalon goes to the top for a moonsault but, his hubris go the better of him and Dickinson moves out of the way so they are equal again. Dickinson get pissed off and even with his leg damaged, he still puts away Peter Avalon with a Burning Lariat, advancing in the tournament.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
Well I wasn’t too thrilled with the first two matches in all honesty; the Heritage Championship match felt like it went on too long and the tag match was… okay. I’ve seen Limelight before and he often gets a little too much with the flight like he did today by overshooting the finish of the match and instead of a short splash on the chest or stomach, he landed on knees and legs instead. At least the last two were good matches, I mean we know Thunder can put on a match and Serena isn’t bad at all, after all, as JR said on Dynamite the first time they fought, “That was the best Women’s Match on AEW.”
I’m more surprised however that the Women’s Championship wasn’t the main event because speaking of AEW, nobody really cares about The Librarian. They made him look good by taking it to Dickinson’s legs, making Avalon a somewhat cunning heel and not the 0-28-2 jobber on Dark. Good on them.
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