This has been one of my most anticipated comebacks in professional wrestling. I have been faithfully watching MLW Fusion on YouTube for some time now because of wrestlers like Brian Pillman Jr., Tom Lawlor and Mance Warner being involved. It is also a show which you can watch on YouTube for free so that helps. This episode opened with a video detailing the history of MLW which seemed not only beneficial to those who might be watching MLW for the first time but it was just a friendly reminder of what some of us may have already seen and it isn't bad to see it all again.
The first match on the show was a squash match by Alex Hammerstone, who is really just one of the top wrestlers in all of professional wrestling right now. The guy is built like a brickhouse but he can move like he's smaller. When you have that agility and power, you're going to become dangerous. After the match, Hammerstone says what we're all thinking: he's been dominating MLW so when is his title shot against Jacob Fatu? For my money, if you're going to book a promotion around someone, Hammerstone has to be one of your top choices.
I see a lot of names in wrestling get thrown around a lot. I'm not going to name them, but just go on Twitter or find a place where you can post and talk about wrestling and you'll see a lot of the same names as big names now and ones to watch. I truly believe that Myron Reed doesn't get the credit he deserves though- he's easily one of the top wrestlers in the world right now but for whatever reason his name just doesn't appear as much as I think it should. He defends his World Middleweight Championship in the second match against Brian Pillman Jr.
Myron Reed and Brian Pillman Jr have history and a video package shows this. Myron Reed says that he is looking to the future while Brian Pillman Jr is focused on the past. This was a good basis for this feud, really, and I enjoyed this match as well. Brian Pillman Jr held his own but at the end of the day, Myron Reed won with the Cap'n Crunch. Who doesn't love a finisher named after cereal? You and the Cap'n make it happen. Post match Myron Reed calls out Lio Rush and that would be such a huge match you have no idea.
We get a promo about the main event and then a promo for the Opera Cup, which has some really interesting names in it such as TJP (isn't he in Impact?) and the alternates. The main event is for the title and it has a big fight feel to it. How do you describe Jacob Fatu to someone who has never seen him before? The guy is big but just flows so smoothly in the ring he makes it all seem so effortless. I said Hammerstone is someone to build a promotion around but Jacob Fatu has been running this promotion for long enough that if you're going to take his spot, you better be worthy. Many promotions out there have champions representing them that I wouldn't put at the top but that's just me.
Speaking of wrestlers to build a company around, Calvin Tankman arrives next week. Richard Holliday is cutting a promo about being Carlito and how he's going to return eventually and spit apples at people. I don't know. Maybe not. I kind of tuned him out. The Von Erichs are also part of MLW and if you're looking to have a solid tag team division, this is a team to have as part of it. MLW shows us the former World Heavyweight Champions and that really makes you feel like the title could change hands here.