Tuesday, August 11, 2020

7 Takeaways From MLW Fusion 12/7

MLW Fusion 12/7 featured the main event of the Hart Foundation going up against the Contra Unit.

This weekend, Major League Wrestling presented its final episode of Fusion from the recent Orlando tapings. The main event this week featured the Hart Foundation going up against Contra Unit in tag team action. Tom Lawlor would also explain why he turned on the Von Erichs.

The episode can be viewed in the player below:

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Here are 7 takeaways from MLW Fusion 12/7:

Hart Foundation Pick Up Measure Of Revenge On Contra Unit

  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Brian Pillman Jr. (Hart Foundation) defeated Ikuro Kwon & Simon Gotch (Contra Unit)

Teddy Hart was released from MLW’s roster recently but in storyline, he was taken out by Contra Unit’s Josef Samael with a fireball. Samael hit Hart with the fireball during a middleweight championship match he would lose to Injustice’s Myron Reed.

The remaining members of the Hart Foundation, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Brian Pillman Jr., picked up a measure of revenge this week when they defeated Ikuro Kwon and Simon Gotch from Contra Unit. The finish of the match saw Pillman and Davey Boy deliver a modified Hart Attack on Gotch for the win.

Tom Lawlor Explains Turning On Von Erichs

On the Thanksgiving day special of MLW Fusion, Tom Lawlor turned his back on the Von Erichs. During the world title match between Jacob Fatu and Ross Von Erich, Lawlor hit Ross with a chair, allowing the champion to retain his title.

In a backstage segment this week, Lawlor explained he is not loyal to Contra Unit and did what he did because he was sick of the Von Erichs making it all about them. Lawlor said he’s not loyal to Contra or the Von Erichs, he’s only loyal to himself.

Grogan Wins Battle Royal

  • Grogan wins Invitational Battle Royal

The giant Grogan was introduced in a backstage segment featuring the Dynasty recently. The 6ft 8 300lbs newcomer to MLW has wrestled under the name Logan Creed as well. National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone was on commentary during this match and bragged about bringing in the big man.

Grogan was well-featured in this battle royal and would eventually toss out Timothy Thatcher to secure the victory. Big things could be in store for the Dynasty with Hammerstone’s “Big Gift” now in the faction.

Savio Vega Beats Leo Brien In A Swamp Match

  • Swamp Match
    Savio Vega defeated Leo Brien

As this week’s MLW Fusion was taped in Orlando’s Gilt Nightclub, the nearby Florida swamps provided the venue for this match between Leo Brien and Savio Vega. Each wrestler used whatever weapons were at his disposal in this one, with Brien’s bull rope coming into play often.

The finish came when Brien missed hitting his opponent with the cowbell and Savio countered with a spinning back heel kick for the win.

After the match was over, however, Savio didn’t show any mercy to his opponent and continued the assault.

Von Erichs Thought Of Lawlor As A Brother

The Von Erich family is used to betrayals. Whether it is Michael Hayes hitting Kerry Von Erich with a steel cage door or Tom Lawlor hitting Ross Von Erich with a steel chair, those betrayals often occur during world title matches, or so it seems.

A backstage interview with Ross and Marshall Von Erich aired this week and featured an upset Ross saying he thought of Lawlor like a brother. Marshall Von Erich warned Tom that he was going to see him soon and Lawlor better hope he doesn’t seem him in the ring.

Taipei Deathmatch Cancelled

A Tapai Death Match between Mance Warner and Jimmy Havoc had been scheduled and advertised for this week but did not air. A news bulletin scrolled across the bottom of the screen during the episode that the match had been canceled due to a backstage attack.

When MLW heads to Dallas in the new year, however, Warner and Havoc are scheduled to face each other in a barbed wire match.

Opera Cup Begins Next Week

On next week’s episode of Fusion, MLW will air two of the opening round matches from the Opera Cup. The promotion taped the tournament on December 5th, 2019 inside New York’s Melrose Ballroom.

It will be an inter-Dynasty match-up as Richard Holiday’s lawyer/father was not able to prevent the match between Hammerstone and MJF next week. Davey Boy Smith Jr. will also look to start his journey to capturing the Cup last won by his grandfather when he takes on former MLW World Champion Low-Ki.

Airing next week:

  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs Low-Ki
  • Alex Hammerstone vs Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Other opening-round matches:

  • Brian Pillman Jr. vs TJP
  • Richard Holiday vs Timothy Thatcher

Quick Results MLW Fusion 12/7:

  1. Grogan wins Invitational Battle Royal
  2. Savio Vega defeated Leo Brien in a Swamp Match
  3. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Brian Pillman Jr. (Hart Foundation) defeated Ikuro Kwon & Simon Gotch (Contra Unit)

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