Saturday, September 26, 2020

MLW Fusion Results & 5 Takeaways (1/18/20)

MLW Fusion 1/18/20 was filmed inside New York's Melrose Ballroom.

Major League Wrestling presented the finals of the Opera Cup tournament on an episode of Fusion that aired this weekend on BeIN Sports and YouTube. The middleweight title was also on the line and Savio Vega and Gino Medina faced each other in a New York street fight.

Quick Results MLW Fusion 1/18/20:

  • Middleweight Championship: Myron Reed w/Injustice (c) defeated El Lindaman
  • New York Street Fight: Gino Medina defeated Savio Vega
  • Opera Cup Finals: Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Brian Pillman Jr.
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The full episode can be viewed in the player below:

Davey Boy Smith Jr. Wins The Opera Cup

The main event this week on Fusion was the finals in the Opera Cup tournament. It would be the first time in 70 years the trophy would be awarded to a wrestler for winning a single-elimination tournament, the last victory being Smith’s grandfather, Stu Hart.

Before the match, Smith cut a promo about how he was surprised but pleased that Pillman had made it to the finals. He said that Pillman works hard but in the ring that night, it would be strictly business. Pillman expressed similar sentiment in an interview with Alicia Atout earlier in the evening.

Pillman would give Smith everything he had but ultimately it was the more experienced veteran who would take the victory. Smith made Pillman tap out to the crossface for the win.

It was also announced during the broadcast that the Opera Cup will be an annual tournament in MLW.

Gino Medina Defeats Savio Vega

Last week, Gino Medina decided to reject offers from both Konnan and Selina de la Renta in favor of aligning with the Dynasty. After Medina attacked Konnan last week, Savio Vega challenged Medina to a New York street fight this week.

Vega seemed to have everything going for him near the end of the match. After a contest that involved multiple weapons being used, Vega hit a spinning leg lariat and looked to have the match won. That’s when the other members of the Dynasty appeared on the stage and provided a distraction. Medina then hit a low blow, followed by his finisher for the win.

Injustice Ejected After Myron Reed Victory

This week’s episode of Fusion kicked off with a middleweight title contest. Injustice’s Myron Reed would face OWE’s El Lindaman with the strap on the line. Lindaman came out strong but he also had to contend with the other members of Injustice, Kotto Brazil and Jordan Oliver, on the outside.

Before the match, Reed cut a promo about how he hears people are comparing him to Cassius Clay. Reed says he’s more like Muhammad Ali, however, because he breaks the mold. He’d pick up the win with a 450 splash and retain his title.

Injustice attacked Brian Pillman Jr. last week before his Opera Cup tournament match. This week, Pillman cut a promo on Injustice and MLW officials would ensure that all 3 members of the group were kicked out of the building before the finals of the tournament could begin.

Barbed Wire Match Next Week

The rivalry between Mance Warner and Jimmy Havoc gets taken to a whole new level next week. We’ve seen this rivalry continue for months in the most brutal and vicious style matches. Next week, however, the ring ropes will be replaced with barbed wire as the match between Warner and Havoc taped from Dallas on January 11th, 2020 will air.

Next week’s Fusion will be the first to air from the recent tapings in Texas.

Matches Announced For Fightland

With Zero Hour from Dallas in the books, MLW has now begun advertising the big matches for Fightland from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Here is what is confirmed for the event scheduled for February 1st, 2020 thus far:

  • World Heavyweight Championship: Jacob Fatu (c) vs CIMA
  • Killer Kross vs Tom Lawlor
  • National Openweight Title: Alex Hammerstone (c) vs T-Hawk
  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs Erick Stevens
  • Brian Pillman Jr. vs Jimmy Havoc w/Priscilla
  • LA Park returns
  • Konnan to appear

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