This week on MLW Fusion, Marshall Von Erich finally gets his hands on nemesis Tom Lawlor as the two meet in the main event. Plus, Ross Von Erich is also in action as he takes on Lawlor’s stablemate, Dominic Garrini, and what will Lio Rush have to say in his press conference with Myron Reed for their rematch next week?
It’s all going on, so let’s head to the ring and get straight into the action!
Dominic Garrini (w/Kevin Ku) vs. Ross Von Erich (w/Marshall Von Erich)
Garrini took it to the mat to start, Ross proving himself to be capable on the ground in response. The two men grappled for the advantage, rolling into the ropes as neither man could quite claim the lead. Garrini went for a heel hook but Ross fought it off, kicking Garrini in the abdomen to break the hold.
Some hard palm strikes from Von Erich looked impressive but Garrini grabbed an arm and switched up into a triangle. The two men exchanged some stiff shots, unloading with chops and forearms before a spinning back kick and punt to the face got Ross a two count.
A guillotine choke saw Von Erich break the hold by rolling to the ropes. Garrini looked to be losing his temper, and it was perhaps this that left him open to the modified Falcon Arrow that Ross used to get the 1-2-3 out of nowhere. Afterwards, the Von Erichs and Violence is Forever brawled as the ref tried to separate them.
This was a solid little opener that very much played to the MMA vibe they laid down from the start. It felt very much like a fight and that served to work in the matches’ favour.
Bu Ku Dao vs. Hijo de LA Park (w/Salina de la Renta)
With all the pressure on Salina de la Renta after going rogue on El Jefe, it was perhaps a given that Salina desperately needed Hijo to get the win.
Luckily for Salina, Hijo was confident, getting on his knees to mock Dao’s size before battering him with a sneak attack and hard blows and even shots from his weightlifter’s belt. A big bodyslam left Dao writhing in agony on the floor. Back in the ring, Dao rallied with a flying shoulder block, flying kick and bulldog. A suicide dive left both men down outside the ring before Dao got a near fall with a crucifix pin back in the ring.
A series of jumping kicks and a lung blower earned a Hijo a near-fall of his own. A head scissors and cross face gave Dao some respite but a double knees in the corner kept Hijo in control. Hijo put Dao on the top turnbuckle and made a charge but Dao evaded obliteration by nailing him with a (kind of sloppy) flatliner for the pinfall victory. A good match that worked to Dao’s strengths; being a sympathetic character when taking a pounding.
Meanwhile, Salina stormed off without waiting for Hijo. That’s not going to go down well.
In a round-up of this week’s promos and segments:
- Tom Lawlor employed disgraced referee Tim Donaghy to take a drug test from Marshall Von Erich, as Lawlor didn’t believe Marshall’s physique was due to “genetics”. As not one of us doubted, Marshall’s test came back clear.
- Lio Rush failed to turn up for his press conference with Myron Reed for their match next week. Myron Reed cut a furious promo where he stressed that he had sacrificed time with his family, children and loved ones to train for this match and that Lio Rush did not care about the title. MLW then confirmed that Rush would be fined for his no-show.
- Salina de la Renta was forced out of the building with a bag over her head by a massive man with a luchador mask on and put in the back of a car. El Jefe must not be pleased…
- Alexander Hammerstone spoke to Alicia Atout about how he’s going to give the fans what they want, a match between him and Jacob Fatu. The only problem is, Hammerstone thinks Fatu is scared, which is why the match hasn’t happened yet.
- Josef Samuel revealed that he has a gatekeeper clause in Fatu’s contract, meaning he can veto any contenders that MLW tries to push on Fatu. Samuel rejected Hammerstone’s challenge but said he would remember Hammerstone if he ever needed an idiot to do his plumbing! Do radical freedom fighters need plumbers? Answers on a postcard, please…
- Alicia Atout revealed that MLW is putting together a championship committee to ensure big title fights occur that both fans and promoters want to see. Two of the three promoters on the committee come from Japan’s Dragon gate and, most curiously, Britan’s RevPro. The third promotion will be named in time but with RevPro being involved, could we see an exchange of talent once travel restrictions ease up? As a Manchester native, could Hammerstone wrestle on UK soil? I live in hope!
Filthy Tom Lawlor (w/Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku) vs. Marshall Von Erich (w/Ross Von Erich)
After over a year of feuding, Marshall Von Erich and Tom Lawlor finally faced each other one-on-one in singles competition. But this would be anything but a friendly exhibition.
Much like the opening encounter between Ross and Garrini, this was also an MMA-infused match but unlike that opener, this was a seriously heated affair as both men went at each other with a fury. But as might be expected, that injured knee of Marshall Von Erich became a weakness for Lawlor to exploit.
Sometimes the work on the knee was within the rules (an impressive variety of wrestling and MMA leg locks) and sometimes not (Lawlor smashed Marshall in the knee with a metal wrench as Violence is Forever distracted the ref). It was that wrench smash that did make me wonder why Ross was out there. I mean, Garrini and Ku were out there distracting the ref and Ross wasn’t even going after them. Why would he just let them get away with that? Very strange.
Marshall managed to get a desperation claw on Lawlor, smacking him with big rights with the other hand at the same time, but Lawlor hit a stiff kick to the knee before a massive uranagi slam drove Marshall into the mat. A guillotine choke was countered with another claw, Lawlor throwing kicks and hard shots the ribs to try and get Marshall to drop that grip. Eventually, a blow to the knee dropped Marshall and a half-crab finally saw Marshall pass out from the pain for the ref to call the match and give the victory to Tom Lawlor.
This was a great main event with a big fight feel. I don’t get why Ross Von Erich didn’t want to fight Violence is Forever off but that’s a minor quibble overall. This had a definite big fight feel, heat and it delivered. So that’s the feud done…right? Well…possibly not. Team Filthy attacked the Von Erichs afterwards, with ACH coming out to make the save. If Team Filthy is going to move on to ACH, then fair enough. But let Team Filthy and the Von Erichs match up with somebody new. It’s time now. Let me know in the comments if you disagree.
This was a solid edition of MLW Fusion that featured two big fights between Team Filthy and the Von Erichs whilst also keeping a focus on Bu Ku Dao after his big feel-good moment last week. The Azteca Underground story took a further twist as Salina was seemingly kidnapped. Plus, Hammerstone doubled down on his challenge to Jacob Fatu, Myron Reed got slighted by Lio Rush ahead of their big rematch next week and there was the intriguing announcement of the Championship Committee involving members of Dragongate and Rev Pro.
The only downside is, if they continue the Team Filthy/Von Erichs feud without drawing the line under it here, where else can they take it? There was a solid end to the feud here. Let’s not bleed it dry.
I’ll see you next week for more exciting hybrid action from MLW!