Hammerstone Reclaims His Title

MLW Fusion Review—April 14th

This week on MLW Fusion, we finally get to see Alex Hammerstone confront the deadly Mil Muertes over his stolen National Openweight title. This promises to be a massive hoss fight and heated too. Will Salina de la Renta get what she wants and see Hammerstone meet his destruction?

Let’s head to ring and find out!

IWA Caribbean Champion Richard Holliday vs. Gino Medina

The two arch-rivals finally met after months of insults bask and forth between them. In fact, this match continued said tradition, as both men disputed whether Medina was fired or whether he quit The Dynasty. I don’t think they’ll ever reach a resolution on the matter.

Gino looked sharper than he has in recent week, with both men displaying more heat than they have in other grudge matches (I’m thinking Holliday’s strap match with Savio Vega in particular). The two went back and forth, spilling to the outside and fighting back into the ring. Medina tried to add insult to injury by using Holliday’s 2008 finisher for a near fall. In the end, Medina went head-first into one of the exposed turnbuckles, leaving him groggy enough for Holliday to hit his own 2008 for the win.

This was a fun opener that was short but to the point. It saw an improvement from both men compared to other recent performances, and the ending gives Medina an out in terms of being beat and allows for a rematch in the future should MLW continue with the feud, which I believe they will.

MLW Tag Team Champions Los Parks (w/Salina de la Renta) vs. The Dirty Blondes (w/Aria Blake)

This was just a good old fashioned slugfest, with The Dirty Blondes punching and stomping the hell out of Los Parks before an Irish whip of LA Park into Hijo was countered and saw the Dirty Blondes find nothing but canvas with their elbow drops. Aria pulled Hijo to the outside, where Leo Brien landed a couple of hard fists. A series of reversals saw Hijo being the only man standing in the ring. Patrick nailed Hijo with a low blow up top and followed it with a top rope splash for a pin attempt, only for LA Park to break up the attempt.

Meanwhile, LA Park Jr rolled out from under the ring and hit both Blondes, who were arguing with the ref, with a low blow before rolling out again, allowing Los Parks to use stereo rollups to retain the titles. Nothing fancy or special, but comforting in its old-school vibe and pretty fun. It was short and sweet and didn’t overstay it’s welcome.

Afterwards, Salina de la Renta attacked Aria Blake at ringside, just to prove there’s only one queen in MLW. Watch out Alicia, she’s not holding back…

Pulp Fusion

In a round-up of this week’s promos:

  • Salina de la Renta is asked about El Jefe’s plans as she arrives at the arena. Salina would rather talk about her plans for destroying Hammerstone tonight. The mystery man who watches over her asks angrily in Spanish if El Jefe has approved her plans. Sounds like trouble in Azteca paradise…
  • Marshall Von Erich injured his knee during the chain match with Violence is Forever previously. He wants to get back at Team Filthy asap (looks like that feud still isn’t over). Kevin Von Erich appears and says he’s been talking with NOAH champ, the legendary Keji Mutoh. He wanted Marshall and Ross to go to Japan to train but it looks like it will be just Ross going now. Is this a way to keep Ross busy while Marshal heals, or will we see some NOAH involvement in MLW storylines in the near future? Keep your eyes peeled.
  • Hammerstone is going to settle his feud with Mil Muertes once and for all and show everybody who the real National Openweight champion is. Boy, does he look ready!
  • Alicia Atout interviews TJP who is dismissive of the fine and suspension received and, upon hearing about the match set with Bu Ku Dao for next week, claims it’s like the Karate Kid III and that, as Bu Ku Dao isn’t a man, it won’t be much of a fight. He predicts that he will crush Dao to dust in the end.
  • Mads Krugger claims Hammerstone is afraid that the Black Hand of CONTRA is in the shadows, watching him. Krugger is enjoying the hunt. Man, how many stables does Hammerstone have after him? He only needs Team Filthy to hound him now to complete the hat trick!
  • Alicia Atout interviewed Lio Rush, who claimed he is known as Poseidon because he makes waves day in and day out and he’s always making history. Lio plugs his music before dismissing Myron Reed as a Soundcloud clown rapper. Lio plans to continue showing people why he’s the best in the world and doesn’t think it matters who he faces next because he’s the best. Meanwhile, his message to the fans is “keep putting money in my pockets!” That made me laugh, I must admit.
  • Myron Reed, meanwhile, does not like Lio Rush and does not believe the title belongs with him. Myron’s hungrier than ever and he wants Reed-Rush II.

MLW National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone vs. Mil Muertes (w/Salina de la Renta)

After weeks of Mil Muertes running around with Hammerstone’s belt, the two finally met to prove not only who the true owner of the belt would be but who the better man is. That proved to be Hammerstone of course, as it should be, but while the end result was never really in doubt, this was a nicely even encounter that saw both men get an opportunity to look good.

As you might expect from two slabs of beef this size, this was a complete hoss fight and all the better for it. Muertes showed extra aggression, choking Hammerstone with a leather belt and hammering the champ in the corner with a barrage of massive clotheslines. But it was Hammerstone who looked the best here, throwing Muertes around the ring with surprising ease, utilising big belly to belly, and German suplexes as well as a giant sit-down powerbomb to put his point across to the challenger that he was the real champion here.

Whatever Salina’s plan was, I don’t know. She didn’t really get involved in the match, which suggests to me that she was putting all her chips on Muertes being able to out-power Hammerstone. But as the champ lifted up the big man and dropped him with the Nightmare Pendulum in an incredible feat of strength, all of Salina’s hopes crumbled in front of her very eyes. 1-2-3, Hammerstone retains to end an enjoyable encounter.

Afterwards, Hammerstone says he will have a very “dynastic” announcement to make next week. Is Jacob Fatu about to be put on notice?

Final Thoughts

This was an enjoyable episode of MLW which continues the recent trend from just before Never Say Never that has seen MLW once again find their feet after a few months of seemingly ‘flat’ episodes. While they’re not quite where they were pre-pandemic, they’re making the right moves again and that can only reap the promotion rewards in the near future.

While the two earlier matches were not essential per see, they were at least entertaining, whilst the main event was very enjoyable and showcased Hammerstone very strongly. Feuds seem to be building and everything seems to be moving in the right direction.

It’s starting to get exciting being an MLW fan again.

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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