Powell’s MLW Fusion TV Review: Teddy Hart vs. Rich Swann, Jimmy Yuta vs. El Hijo de LA Park, Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Vandal Ortagun

By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Major League Wrestling TV (Episode 26)
Taped in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the War Memorial Auditorium
Aired October 13, 2018 on beIN Sports

Fusion opened with a footage of Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix being arrested by customs official while Konnan protested. An unconvincing Tony Schiavone said, “Dammit, what’s happening in MLW?”.. MLW’s opening video aired… A livelier Schiavone recapped the situation said they would be following the story throughout the night, then Rich Bocchini checked in on color commentary…

A Hart Foundation aired. Teddy Hart said he was not buying that Rich Swann suffered a concussion the last time they wrestled. He said it was American media propaganda against his family and added that the Harts should have been on top for the last 15 years. He said they will have the tag titles soon and anyone who gets in their way will be run over. Bocchini was really worked up over the promo and said they are delusional or liars. Huh?…

1. Brian Pillman Jr. (w/Teddy Hart, Davey Boy Smith Jr.) vs. Vandal Ortagun. Schiavone said he really believes Ortagun has improved. Pillman ran under Ortagun as he was coming off the ropes. Pillman hit a chop to the back of Ortagun’s head and then performed a neckbreaker for the win. Afterward, Hart and Smith dumped Ortagun to the floor…

Brian Pillman Jr. beat Vandal Ortagun.

Powell’s POV: A basic match. Pillman is still early in his development so that’s perfectly understandable.

Schiavone hyped an update on Pentagon and Fenix for after the break… [C]

Konnan assumed Salina de la Renta was behind the situation with Pentagon and Fenix and said she would pay for it…

2. Jimmy Yuta vs. El Hijo de LA Park. Park wears gear similar to that of his father. Late in the match, Park performed a sit-out powerbomb for a two count and followed up by pulling Yuta from the ropes into a double knee driver. Yuta avoided a moonsault and followed up with a side slam for the win…

Jimmy Yuta beat El Hijo de LA Park.

Powell’s POV: I was surprised by that outcome. I figured they would put over Park in his debut. It was actually good to see Yuta go over. He’s a throwback babyface and the fans seem to like him.

Footage aired of Tom Lawlor venting once he found out that Shane Strickland wasn’t showing up for a radio interview they were both scheduled for…

Kaci Lennox interviewed Salina de la Renta and asked if she was involved in the situation with Pentagon and Fenix. She denied involvement and suggested they rejoin her…

Bocchini hyped an MLW Fusion “Fright Night” special for October 26. He announced PCO vs. LA Park, and Jimmy Havoc vs. Sami Calihan in the spin the wheel, make the deal match…

A Havoc promo aired and said Callihan ran away from him when they brawled. He said he didn’t care what match the wheel landed on, Callihan would be running away from him again…

Lenox interviewed Swann about facing Hart. Swann said Hart can’t keep him down. Swann introduced ACH and said he’d be by his side if Hart intended to play any games… [C]

Lennox interviewed Konnan about the situation with Pentagon and Fenix. Konnan said he’s plugged in and he got them out. He said they will be able to defend their tag titles and it will be another L for her…

Bocchini hosted the MLW Fightland control center segment…

3. Rich Swann (w/ACH) vs. Teddy Hart (w/Brian Pillman Jr., Davey Boy Smith Jr.). Hart rolled to the floor to take a powder early on. Swann performed a flip dive onto him. Hart came back with a suplex on the floor. Back on the apron, Swann performed a DDT on the apron. Smith checked on Hart as he sold. Schiavone said Hart had food poisoning and Swann was coming off a concussion. In the ring, Swann performed a 450 splash from the middle rope for a two count.

Swann went up top and got caught up in jawing with Hart’s crew. Hart cut off Swann, but Swann performed a huracanrana and then applied a Sharpshooter on Hart, who reached the ropes to break his uncle’s hold. Both men ended up on the ropes where Hart low-blowed Swann while the referee was caught up with Smith and Pillman, then performed a Canadian Destroyer. Hart followed up with a lung blower and got the pin…

Teddy Hart defeated Rich Swann.

Schiavone hyped Shane Strickland vs. Tom Lawlor for next week…

Powell’s POV: A good main event that was given time and held the live crowd’s interest. It was odd that it seemed implied that ACH would be with Swann only for him to not come out. Speaking of odd, the story of Pentagon and Fenix being hauled off by immigration officials didn’t really go anywhere. It was an interesting hook to open the show, but it led to a couple of brief promos and then the situation was resolved. I get that Salina is messing with her former wrestlers, but it felt like a letdown by the time it was all said and done. Next week’s main event looks good on paper as it’s billed as a match to determine the franchise player in the company.

Check below for the latest Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Chris Harrington.



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