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MLW Fusion Results (11/18): The Restart Is Finally Here! MLW World Title Match, CONTRA Unit Strikes Again, More

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The Restart is finally here! After an eight month hiatus, Major League Wrestling returns tonight with their first all new episode of MLW Fusion since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. HERE IS A LIST of all the different ways you can watch MLW each week. 

MLW Fusion Results
November 18, 2020


The cold open recapped the entire saga of CONTRA Unit from its inception to where we are today. Tonight all three singles titles are on the line, headlined by Jacob Fatu defending the MLW World Heavyweight Championship against Davey Boy Smith Jr.

National Openweight Title Match
Alexander Hammerstone (c) vs. Dugan

Dugan charges in and gets wasted with a shoulder tackle. Hammerstone hits the Nightmare Pendulum and scores the easiest win of his life in about 15 seconds. After the match, Hammerstone gets on the mic and calls out Jacob Fatu, asking how long the heavyweight champion is going to avoid him.

Winner & Still Champion: Alexander Hammerstone

Next up, Myron Reed defends the MLW World Middleweight Championship. Brian Pillman Jr.’s music hits, but nobody comes out. His music hits and again, no one comes out. The announcers tell us we’re going to take a short break as the challenger has refused to come out to the ring.

MLW World Middleweight Title Match
Myron Reed (c) vs. Brian Pillman Jr.

Back from break and Pillman has finally decided to grace us with his presence. He drops the champion with a quick shoulder tackle and throws wild rights and lefts as soon as the bell rings. Pillman throws a kick on the apron and the two brawl around ringside. Reed starts to fire back with kicks and uppercuts, heading back into the ring to deliver a beautiful suicide dive. He tries for a second one, but Pillman sees it coming and catches him with a knee on the apron.

Pillman slows things down for a beat in the ring, working holds and slapping on a body stretch. Reed catches him with a schoolboy pin for two, but the challenger reverses into a modified surfboard stretch, using Myron’s chest protector for a bit of extra leverage. The ref doesn’t like that and makes BP break the hold, which sort of begs the question why Myron is allowed to wear it in the first place.

Reed springboards in with a flying crossbody for two. Pillman fires back with hard knife-edge chops. He manages to rip the chest protector off his opponent and continues with chops, taking advantage. Both guys hit the ropes and collide in the center with crossbodies. Both men down.

Reed kips up and hits a big boot. Clothesline. Step-up enzuigiri. Knee lift. He heads to the apron and connects with a springboard legdrop for two. Pillman catches him with a backslide pin for a nearfall and sets in with a series of clotheslines. Big spinebuster for two. Pillman slowly climbs to the top rope and hits a diving crossbody, but it’s still not enough to get the job done.

Reed battles back and drops the challenger with a springboard cutter and a modified Sliced Bread for another nearfall. Pillman gives him a nasty knife-edge across the back of his neck and hits a Falcon Arrow for two. Reed gets his knees up to block a corner splash and hits Captain Crunch! 1-2-3.

Winner & Still Champion: Myron Reed

Myron reminds everyone to stop sleeping on the “Young GOAT” before calling out Lio Rush. He knows the former WWE star is here in MLW to wrestle and he’s ready to put the title on the line.

The brackets for the 2020 Opera Cup have been revealed! On the left side we have “Filthy” Tom Lawlor taking on New Japan’s Rocky Romero, and the high-flying AAA World Cruiserweight Champion Laredo Kid up against ACH! On the left side of the tournament it’s Low Ki vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. in what should be a deeply physical first round match, while Richard Holliday takes on TJP.

MLW World Heavyweight Title Match
Jacob Fatu (c) vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.

The two heavyweights lock up in the center of the ring, and Smith takes control with a headlock. Fatu sends him into the ropes and tries to take him down with one, two, three big shoulder tackles, but Smith barely budges. The champion almost looks impressed. He hits the ropes for number four, but Smith surprises him with a snap powerslam for an early two-count.

Fatu fires back with a headbutt, but Smith sends one right back. Smith refuses to go down and headbutts the champion like ten times in a row, and they both collapse. Both guys take a minute to recover and Fatu whips the challenger hard into the corner, flaring up a pre-existing back issue that may pose a problem for Smith here. Fatu immediately follows with a scoop slam.

Both guys went in hard, to the point where they’re both completely exhausted at the seven-minute mark. Fatu tries for a springboard moonsault but Smith gets the knees up and begins to rally with strong right hands and chops in the corner. Big Saito suplex for two. Smith hits the ropes but runs into a sidewalk slam from the champion.

Fatu heads to the second rope but the challenger cuts him off with an uppercut. Smith tries for a piledriver but his back gives out and Fatu is able to hit a Samoan Drop. He quickly climbs to the top rope, connects with a moonsault, and gets the win.

Winner & Still MLW World Heavyweight Champion: Jacob Fatu

Fatu asks MLW management if “that’s all you got” and drops a bunch of F-bombs they have to censor. He calls out Alexander Hammerstone and talks a ton of trash, claiming he’s not scared of the National Openweight Champion’s threats.

Hammerstone’s music hits and he makes his way to the stage, but a big muscular man in a mask comes from behind and rocks him with a steel chair. Fatu and the masked man beat down Hammerstone and pose together to end the show. CONTRA strikes again.

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STF Underground Episode 90 – Is Tomasso Ciampa Royal Rumble Bound? Hard To Kill Recap, Where Does AEW Go After A Lackluster Dynamite?

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STF Underground

Welcome once again to another episode of STF Underground!

In this episode we talk about:


  • AEW Dynamite’s Lackluster Episode
  • Is Tomasso Ciampa Main Roster Bound?
  • Hard To Kill Recap
  • Can MSK Succeed In The WWE?
  • “Wrestling Apologists”
  • Dusty Cup Surprises
  • AND MUCH MORE!

 

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Limitless Wrestling 2020 Vacationland Cup Results: New World Champion Crowned In Must-See Tournament

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Limitless Wrestling crowned a new champion on Saturday night at the third annual Vacationland Cup in Yarmouth, Maine. While the promotion has continued to produce shorter weekly shows on IWTV during the pandemic, this marks their first full-length card since February 22.

Last week I had the opportunity to interview one of the competitors in the tournament, “Top Talent” Christian Casanova, whose attitude and obvious passion for the craft make it hard to ignore why he’s considered one of the best up-and-coming names in the Northeast.


Not only did Casanova wrestle one of the best singles matches of the night in the first round against CJ Cruz, but he went on to survive a main event four-way elimination match to win the 2020 Vacationland Cup AND the vacant Limitless Wrestling World Championship.

While I’ll have more thoughts on the show later this week, I highly recommend checking it out on IWTV. You can use the code “LIMITLESS” at checkout for a free five-day trial. Every match ranged from good to very good, with Daniel Garcia and Lee Moriarty stealing the show early in the night with a bout that every indie should be looking to book in 2021.

That’s not to say you can check out after the second match, as all three of the other first round matches delivered big time, creating an awesome main event, and a must-see tag team match between the Maine State Posse and Team Sea Stars. There’s really nothing bad here, and after the last few weeks of “mainstream” wrestling on TV, a show full of good/great matches with clean finishes and satisfying outcomes absolutely hits the spot.


Quick Results:

1. Davienne def. Becca

2. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: Daniel Garcia def. Lee Moriarty

3. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: Christian Casanova def. CJ Cruz

4. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: JD Drake def. Kevin Blackwood

5. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: Alec Price def. Ace Romero

6. The Beverage Barons def. The Prestige

7. Maine State Posse def. Team Sea Stars

8. Rip Byson def. Big Beef

9. Vacationland Cup Finals: Christian Casanova def. Daniel Garcia & Alec Price & JD Drake to win the vacant Limitless Wrestling World Championship

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Limitless Wrestling 2020 Vacationland Cup Airs Tonight On IWTV, Watch For Free

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Northeast independent promotion Limitless Wrestling will close out 2020 this evening with their third annual Vacationland Cup, a one-night tournament streaming exclusively on IWTV.

The stakes are higher than ever this year, after former Limitless Wrestling World Champion Anthony Greene left the title in abeyance when signing with WWE back in August. Only two men have ever held that title since its inception, Greene and Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and both have gone on to sign with major promotions. The winner of tonight’s Vacationland Cup will not only take home the coveted trophy, but the title as well.


Before we jump into what’s on the card, you can join us in watching the 2020 Vacationland Cup tonight at 7:00 PM ET streaming exclusively on IWTV. Use the code “LIMITLESS” for a five day free trial and watch the entire show for free. IWTV carries a large number of independent promotions across the United States and beyond, with a library of on-demand content from groups like AIW, Freelance Wrestling, GCW, Beyond Wrestling and more.

The actual tournament will feature eight competitors facing off in four first round singles matches. MLW World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed was originally scheduled for the show, but could not attend due to travel issues. A four-way match was held last weekend to determine his replacement, with CJ Cruz emerging victorious.

CJ Cruz will take on “Top Talent” Christian Casanova in the opening round. Check out our recent interview with Casanova, which also acts as a preview for this tournament. The other first round matches are Alec Price vs. IMPACT Wrestling’s Ace Romero, JD Drake vs. Kevin Blackwood, and Daniel Garcia vs. Lee Moriarty.

The winners of those four matches will advance to a Fatal 4-Way elimination match to determine the tournament winner as well as the new Limitless Wrestling World Champion.

Also announced for today’s card is the Maine State Posse, Aiden Aggro and Danger Kid, taking on the Sea Stars, Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo, hot off their recent appearance in the IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament.

Here’s the full lineup:

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
CJ Cruz vs. Christian Casanova

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
Alex Price vs. Ace Romero

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
JD Drake vs. Kevin Blackwood

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
Daniel Garcia vs. Lee Moriarty

Vacationland Cup Finals
TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD

Davienne vs. Becca

Rip Byson vs. Big Beef

Maine State Posse vs. Team Sea Stars

The Prestige vs. Beverage Barons

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