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MLW Fusion Results (12/9): Opera Cup Semifinals Begin, Von Erichs Defend Tag Titles Against CONTRA Unit

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Welcome to this week’s coverage of MLW Fusion, courtesy of an early copy of the show sent to us by Major League Wrestling. You can watch the entire episode above. MLW Fusion airs every Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET on YouTube and fubu Sports Network, as well as Saturdays at 10:00 PM ET on beIN SPORTS. 

MLW Fusion Results
December 9, 2020


Zenshi vs. Calvin Tankman 

A clash opposites here between the high-flying cruiserweight from Chile and one of wrestling’s best emerging super heavyweights. Zenshi tries for a few dropkicks and some flashy offense out of the gate, but it doesn’t have much effect. He tries for a sunset flip, Tankman won’t go down, so he catches him with an enzuigiri instead. Zenshi hits the ropes looking to follow up, but runs right into a one-arm slam. Tankman hurls him across the ring with ease and starts talking trash, telling the “little guy” to get back up. Zenshi blocks a suplex with knee strikes, follows with a spin kick and a delayed handspring flash kick off the ropes. He climbs the ropes and looks to fly with a 450, but Tankman catches him with a spinning back fist. Tankman Driver connects. It’s over.

Winner: Calvin Tankman

After the match, Tankman tells us we just got a small taste of what “Heavyweight Hustle” looks like. He has come to MLW to take on the best in the world, put them down and make money to feed his babies at home. Good promo.

Selina de la Renta is overlooking some Aztec ruins and says that her journey for revenge has taken her to the darkest corners of Mexico. She is looking for a man who is said to have been reborn one thousand times, who lost his entire family in an earthquake when he was just a small boy. A man who came back to Earth to dominate and become a god, only to have his Temple taken away. Hold on, we’ve definitely heard this story before… Selina takes out a dagger, licks it, and summons someone called Pasquel Mendoza.

The announcers play up like they’re not sure what’s going on, but Lucha Underground buffs will know that Pasquel Mendoza was the name of the man behind the myth of Mil Muertes.

Violence Is Forever (Kevin Ku & Dominic Garrini) vs. Dugan & Martyr

Kevin Ku is announced as the latest member of Team Filthy, with Tom Lawlor scoring this team to ringside. Violence is Forever is great, and I’ve gotten to work on video content for them at Warrior Wrestling in Chicago. Good addition to the roster.

Garrini starts the match by quickly throwing Dugan across the ring with armdrags. He shoots in and slams Dugan down hard, raining down with big slaps across the face and elbow strikes. Tags made on both sides. Kevin Ku takes Martyr off his feet with hard knife-edge chops while maintaining wrist control, over and over. Garrini back in to hit a gutwrench suplex for two. Dugan tags himself back in but runs into a flurry of kicks from VIF. They hit a superkick variation of Chasing the Dragon to win.

Winners: Violence is Forever

Low Ki is interviewed. He says his strategy against Richard Holliday tonight is simple. He’s going to keep it clean and knock his head off his shoulders. There’s a lot of ways he can put the man down.

Lio Rush interviews himself in his $100,000 car. He’s on the way to the studio to record a new hit, but is taking some time to bless the MLW fans. Lio claims to be all for “Hot Fire” Myron Reed, the Young GOAT, but says Myron has forgotten a few things. Mainly that he doesn’t get to decide when and where he shows up. He turns down the challenge for a match on 12/23, but tells Court Bauer to set up a match for January 2021. “God dammit I’m coming to collect!”

Alicia Atout interviews MLW National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone. Hammerstone won’t deny that CONTRA’s new masked man is an absolute monster, and he won’t deny that he’s hurting right now, but none of that scares him. He announces that he’s been cleared to return to active competition, and demands to be put in the ring with Mads Kruger.

Opera Cup Semifinals
Richard Holliday vs. Low Ki

Holliday immediately rushes Low Ki and backs him into the corner, stomping him with boots repeatedly. Low Ki escapes but is quickly taken back into the corner, taking a half dozen elbow strikes to the jaw before the ref splits them up.

Low Ki fires back with loud knife-edge chops. He ducks a clothesline and keeps firing with strikes and chops, but Holliday catches him rushing in and drops his neck over the top rope. Holliday with a shoulder tackle for one. He starts driving his knee into his opponent’s back and stomping on the ankle, trying to find a weakness.

Low Ki finds a kick to the side of the head, giving himself a breather. Holliday connects with a big backbreaker, and is right back in control. He slaps on a side headlock, but Low Ki has it scouted and counters into a chokehold. Holliday gets in the ropes to break the hold, but Low Ki is right on top of him stomping a mudhole in the corner. He runs in but takes a stiff elbow to the jaw. Both men down.

Holliday is up first and sets up for a brainbuster, but Low Ki wriggles free and catches him with an enzuigiri, rocking the big man. Holliday staggers, but comes off the ropes with a huge clothesline that turns him inside out. Low Ki won’t stay down and keeps chipping away with stiff kicks. He comes off the ropes but gets scooped up for a HUGE powerbomb! 1… 2… NO!

Holliday gets in the ref’s face. He tries for a double underhook, but is driven back into the ropes. Low Ki starts with mounted elbows in the corner, but is driven backwards into a spinebuster for another close call.  Holliday tries for a brainbuster again but the knee gives out. Ki catches him with a shotgun dropkick into the turnbuckles, climbs the ropes – and connects with Warrior’s Wrath! 1… 2… 3.

Winner: Low Ki

It is officially announced that Myron Reed vs. Lio Rush for the MLW World Middleweight Championship will take place at MLW Kings Of Colosseum on January 6, 2021.

MLW World Tag Team Title Match
The Von Erichs (c) vs. CONTRA Unit (Jacob Fatu & Simon Gotch)

Things break down into a wild brawl before the ring announcer is even able to finish his job, spilling all around ringside. Gotch hits Ross with a suplex on the floor, while Fatu is sent back through the curtain like a lawn dart.

Back in the ring the bell finally rings as Gotch and Ross roll back inside and continue fighting. Fatu returns and tags in, dropping knees on Ross’ back and working him over in the challenger’s corner. He pretends to give the man a bit of space, but then drops him with a superkick instead. In comes Gotch, who locks on an armbar and wrenches it in awkward directions.

The mugging continues. At one point Fatu is caught by the ref just biting down on Ross’ hand, before Gotch kicks him in the throat. Nasty. Ross finally shows signs of life and fires off with big elbow strikes and an enzuigiri, but he’s cut off from making the tag. Brainbuster from Gotch. Senton from Fatu.

After a few more minutes of totally one-sided offense from CONTRA, Ross finally low bridges Fatu over the ropes and makes the hot tag. Marshal lights up Gotch with forearm strikes and a big dropkick. Running clothesline in the corner. Big lariat connects. Spinebuster, jacknife cover, but Fatu breaks it up with a running senton

All four men brawl around the ring again. Ross sends Fatu flying outside with a hurricanrana. Marshall puts the Claw on him and chokeslams the world champion through a table! The ref calls for the bell.

Decision: No Contest

Violence is Forever rushes down to ringside and attacks the Von Erichs and CONTRA. The rest of Team Filthy joins them. Jordan Oliver joins in the fight and it turns into a wild brawl between a dozen people as the show goes off the air.

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MLW FUSION Results (2/3): Baklei Brawl, Jordan Oliver Battles Sentai Death Squad, Tag Titles On The Line!

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MLW FUSION #120 Results
February 3, 2021

— A recap is shown of Injustice posing as members of the Sentai Death Squad last week to gain a measure of revenge against CONTRA Unit.


— Myron Reed cuts a promo asking if the world forgot that they spent the fall of 2020 getting rid of the CONTRA problem and taking their masks. “Do we have your attention now?”

Jordan Oliver vs. Sentai Death Squad Member

Oliver comes out of the gate with a running dropkick shooting the unknown masked mercenary into the corner. A hesitation dropkick follows for two. He quickly jumps to the second rope and finds a springboard cutter for the quick victory. It looks like Oliver tweaked his ankle or knee at some point as he was limping after the match.

Winner: Jordan Oliver

— After the match a fired up Oliver sends a message to CONTRA. He says he’s not the same kid he was last year, and is now a solid 220 pounds. He tells Jacob Fatu to go back and watch what he just did in the ring, because he’s coming for that strap!

— Salina de la Renta sent in a message saying Savio Vega must feel like a failure after failing to bring back the Caribbean title to Puerto Rico. She knows times are tough and IWA must be lacking money during this pandemic. Salina claims that the new owner and operator of Promociones Dorado is a man of “deep pockets”, and they’ve made him an offer…

— Footage is shown of last week’s Caribbean Strap Match where Savio Vega was inches away from victory before the referee got in his way and basically gave Richard Holliday the win. The ref is none other than disgraced NBA official Tim Donaghy, who legitimately fixed games during his tenure and spent more than a year in federal prison.

MLW World Tag Team Title Match
Buku Dao & TJP vs. Los Parks (c)

L.A. Park and El Hijo del L.A. Park make their way out led by Salina de la Renta and a man who we are told is an associate of “El Jefe” who is protecting his investments. We still don’t know who the mysterious new owner of Promociones Dorado is.

The champions attack TJP before the bell rings and leave the newcomer alone in the ring. Dao locks up with El Hijo and tries to get some momentum going, but as soon as he gets in a few shots L.A. Park takes a cheap shot from the outside and double-teams the kid.

TJP rushes in and goes right after L.A. Park, brawling with him to the outside. The ref gets control of the match and sends all four guys back to their respective corners. El Hijo drops Dao with a short-arm lariat and they once again double-team him as the referee’s tunnel vision is fixed on not letting a rabid TJP get in the ring.

TJP eventually runs in, shoves his partner aside and lays in right hands to El Hijo. Things quickly turn into another wild brawl as we go to the floor. Los Parks drop Dao with a pair of big boots and whip him head-first into TJP.

Back in the ring TJP comes off the top rope with flying headscissors on L.A. Park. The champions bail outside but are met with a suicide dive and a tope con hilo from the challengers. Dao locks in a crossface on El Hijo while TJP puts papa in an octopus stretch, but L.A. Park falls into the others to break both holds.

L.A. rolls outside and TJP does a springboard dropkick to take him out. Back in the ring Dao connects with a tilt-a-whirl DDT for two-and-a-half. El Hijo comes back with a pair of dropkicks as a worried Salina directs traffic.

The referee goes to deal with a brawling TJP and L.A. Park on the outside. A third unidentified Park comes from under the ring and replaces El Hijo. Dao doesn’t realize and goes for the pin, only to get caught by a fresh competitor for the three-count.

Winners & Still Champions: Los Parks

— After the match a frustrated TJP shoves his protege over and walks out on him.

— Laredo Kid sends in a video calling out Lio Rush.

— Rush also sends in a video claiming he doesn’t know who Laredo is but he knows he has some gold, and Lio loves him some gold. He accepts the challenge on one condition: next week it’ll be an Interpromotional Title Fight, MLW Middleweight Champion vs AAA Cruiserweight Champion in the main event!

— Alex Hammerstone has arrived at an undisclosed location, apparently one of CONTRA Unit’s secret strongholds, for tonight’s main event.

Gino Medina vs. Gringo Loco

We start with a series of nice armdrags from both guys into a bit of chain grappling. They break even and Medina starts trash talking him in Spanish, kicking away a handshake attempt. He gets cocky and claims he can take Gringo down with one hand. He then manages to send Gringo flying doing exactly that.

Medina sends Gringo into the edge of the ring and rolls him back inside, laying in kicks all over the body. Gringo eventually trips him up and connects with a superkick. He follows with a corkscrew moonsault from the top rope, just grazing his opponent for two. They both connect with enzuigiris and collapse.

Gringo once again goes to the top. He tries for another moonsault but Medina gets his boots up to block it. Snake Eyes into the corner. Gringo surprises him with a pinning combination, but Medina reverses it for the three-count.

Winner: Gino Medina

— The fighting between Gino and Gringo continues in the back after the match.

Baklei Brawl
Alex Hammerstone vs. Mads Kruger

Hammerstone is walking through the dark at some kind of industrial facility with a referee and the camera crew. Mads emerges from the shadows and the two immediately start swinging, bouncing each other off cement blocks, metal gates and various objects.

Kruger bites his opponent’s head and swings a gate into his face. Hammerstone fires back with some nasty forearms, and narrowly avoids a wooden pallet being thrown at him. More brawling.

Hammerstone whips him into a big recycling dumpster, then picks him up and does it again. He goes for the pin but… somehow in the darkness Kruger has been replaced with a smaller Kruger. The guy behind the camera keeps saying “we gotta get the f*** out of here!” The real Kruger comes out of nowhere and drops Hammerstone with a right hook.

And…. I guess that’s how our show is ending this week!

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MLW News: Second TV Series Reportedly In The Works, Mil Muertes Debuting

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New MLW show?

PWInsider reports that Major League Wrestling is working on a new, second television series.

ICM Partners, who represents MLW, is said to be in talks with networks for developing the program in English and Spanish languages. MLW’s primary show, Fusion, currently airs every Wednesday on YouTube, BeIN Sport, FuboTV, and the Roku Channel.


Mil Muertes debuts

MLW has confirmed that former Lucha Underground star Mil Muertes will debut on Fusion this Wednesday. His arrival was originally teased last month.

This week’s show will also feature The Von Erichs vs. Los Parks in a tornado match for the World Tag Team Championship with Tom Lawlor as the referee.

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Court Bauer Discusses Cody Hall’s Short Stint With MLW

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Fans may recall Cody Hall recently signing with MLW, but his time with the company was very short, and Court Bauer has explained why.

Just as quickly as Hall was announced as signing with MLW, he was confirmed as departing from the company. The son of Scott Hall had an incredibly brief time as a member of the roster, and MLW founder Court Bauer has revealed that it was down to some stuff going on in Hall’s life.


“He did sign,” Bauer said. “He was briefly with us. He had some stuff going on that he didn’t feel he could participate and so we said, ‘We understand,’ and we moved on and we wish him the best. Cody’s a guy that we kinda looked at, probably, dating as far back as 2018 / 2019 when I started to create what the Dynasty would ultimately be. At one point he was a member of it in my mind before those deals, on and off, through a two year courtship, almost. At the end, I don’t think it was a right fit for either party. There’s no animosity on our end and we wish him the best with whatever is next in his life, in or outside of wrestling.”

During his interview with Fightful.com, Bauer admitted that there is still a possibility that Hall will work with MLW down the line as he is a believer in second chances.

“There’s always a possibility. Like we were talking about at the top of the conversation, there’s guys that would maybe workout better here than elsewhere and there’s guys that workout elsewhere than here. But, I’m always a big believer in second chances. In my career, if I hadn’t had a second, third, fourth chance I wouldn’t be doing MLW now. So, I’m grateful for those that gave me a second chance, and a third chance. So, I guess never say never,” Bauer stated.

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