Powell’s MLW Fusion TV Review: PCO vs. LA Park, Jimmy Havoc vs. Sami Callihan in a Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal match, Joey Ryan vs. Richard Holliday

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

Major League Wrestling TV (Episode 28)
Taped in October 4 in New York, New York at Melrose Ballroom
Aired October 27, 2018 on beIN Sports

The show opened with a preview of a video that was said to be from an MLW press conference in Chicago. Low Ki and Tom Lawlor ended up in the same hallway. Sami Callihan approached Lawlor from behind and choked him with a baseball bat while Low Ki held up the MLW Championship and taunted him…

A Halloween themed edition of the MLW opening aired… The broadcast team of Tony Schiavone and Matt Striker checked in and were dressed in costumes for the “Fright Night” edition…

1. Joey Ryan vs. Richard Holliday. The broadcast team explained that Holliday is a Wall Street guy from Connecticut and noted that he played offensive line in college football. Late in the match, Ryan avoided Holliday’s Market Crash. Ryan pulled a lollipop out of his trunks. Striker questioned if there was a hair on it. Ugh. Holliday caught Ryan in a backslide, but Ryan shoved the lollipop in his mouth before superkicking and pinning him. After the match, Ryan went to ringside and put the lollipop in the mouth of a willing, younger female fan.

Joey Ryan defeated Richard Holliday.

Powell’s POV: I like the way the broadcast team explained Holliday’s character during his entrance. I hope we hear from him to see how he plays the part. The match was a solid television opener and included the usual Ryan penis gags.

Backstage, Konnan gave Sammy Guevara a pep talk. Once Guevara left, Salina de la Renta, Low Ki, and Ricky Martinez approached Konnan, who said he had Daga lined up for Low Ki, who said it doesn’t matter who Konnan brings in because that person will fail. Low Ki said he will punish anyone Konnan brings in…

Backstage, Kaci Lennox said Jimmy Havoc won the coin toss to spin the wheel, which landed on spinner’s choice. Jimmy said he could pick from any match on the list. Havoc said he wanted everything on the wheel. Havoc was shown throwing his hat down…

2. PCO vs. LA Park (w/Salina de la Renta) in a No DQ match. PCO performed an early moonsault for a two count. Park went to ringside only to be hit by a suicide dive from PCO. Park sold a knee injury. PCO chopped him several times and slammed his head into the barricade and ring post. Park came back with a clothesline in the ring and got a two count. Park also performed a suicide dive. Park worked over PCO with a chair.

At ringside, Park whipped PCO with a camera cable. Back inside the ring, Park slammed the belt from his gear onto PCO a couple times. PCO avoided a running dropkick in the corner and then performed a powerbomb. PCO caught Park with a running knee to the head for a two count. PCO went for a moonsault onto the apron where Park was lying, but Park rolled out of the way. Park went up top and performed a cross body block onto PCO on the floor. Back inside the ring, Park speared PCO and pinned him…

LA Park defeated PCO.

After the match, Salina entered the ring and Park spoke in Spanish before giving her the mic. Salina translated and said Park thanked the fans, hopes his work is up to their liking, and God bless professional wrestling. Park took the mic back and spoke in Spanish about Konnan. Salina translated again. Park demanded a tag title shot against Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix. Some fans threw money into the ring. Park picked up a dollar bill and spoke in Spanish again. She said he thanked the fans for their disgusting money and he will gladly take it. She said Park said they will take the MLW and MLW Tag Titles, and he will finish what Konnan’s men started…

Powell’s POV: This was an MLW senior’s division match even if unofficially, as the combined age of the wrestlers is 102. Oh well, they were both over with the crowd and this was fine for what it was. I was surprised to see Park go over if only because winning, or at least not being pinned, seems fairly important for his monster gimmick.

Lennox tried to interview Callihan, who told her to “get” and she obliged. Callihan called BS on Havoc spinning the wheel when he wasn’t even present. Callihan said he will bring everything to the match and then he said “die, Jimmy, die” several times before closing with the thumbs up, thumbs down line…

Rich Bocchini hosted the MLW Fightland control center segment and announced Lawlor vs. Callihan for the November 8 event. Lucha Bros vs. Los Parks for the MLW Tag Titles, Low Ki vs. Shane Strickland for the MLW Championship, Rush vs. Sammy Guevera, PCO vs. Shane Strickland in a No DQ match, and Ace Romero vs. Marko Stunt, Joey Ryan and Swoggle vs. Dirty Blondes, Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Tommy Dreamer, Kotto Brazil vs. Trey Miguel, and the return of Stokely Hathaway…

A Stokely Hathaway video aired from TMZ Sports. A cameraman noted that Hathaway was kidnapped previously, He said he escaped. He said the king will be back in Chicago… Havoc spinning the wheel was replayed…

3. Sami Callihan vs. Jimmy Havoc in a Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal spinner’s choice match. Callihan brought his bat to the ring and put it in his corner. Striker said that whatever Havoc wants, he will get in this match because of it being spinner’s choice. Havoc went to the floor and pulled out a dog collar, stapler, and other weapons from underneath the ring. Callihan attacked Havoc, who ducked a chop, causing Callihan to hit the post. Callihan tried to duck a Havoc chop, but he hit him on the back instead and poked his eyes. Fans chanted “you sick f—” at Havoc.

Havoc teased a dive onto Callihan, who ducked. When Callihan stood up, Havoc stapled his chest. Callihan returned the favor with a staple to Havoc’s head and another to his armpit a short time later. Havoc followed with another staple to the groin. Callihan placed the dog collar chain in the middle of the ring. Fans chanted “buy new boots” at Callihan. so he took one off that was mostly unlaced and threw it up the ramp. Callihan took the other boot and his socks off a short time later.

Havoc gave Callihan paper cuts between his fingers and toes, and then gave him one on his lips. Havoc pulled out a lemon and squeezed it over Callihan’s face. Havoc did the stapler to Callihan’s groin and then clotheslined him and covered him for two. Havoc went to ringside and took salt from a fan. He returned to the ring and stapled Callihan’s foot and then poured the salt onto it. “Who comes to an MLW show with a shaker of salt?” Striker asked.

Havoc brought an urn to the ring, drawing a Paul Bearer impersonation from Striker. Calilhan kicked the urn and ashes into the face of Havoc before piledriving him for a two count. Schiavone said a simple piledriver could have ended it despite everything else they’d done to one another. A short time later, Callihan pulled out a bodybag and put Havoc inside. Havoc sat up Undertaker style. Callihan kicked his face and gave him a piledriver and scored the pin…

Sami Callihan pinned Jimmy Havoc.

Schiavone and Striker announced Tommy Dreamer vs. Brody King, and The Hart Foundation vs. Rich Swann, ACH, and Marko Stunt. Havoc was shown getting back to his feet while Schiavone closed out the show by wishing viewers a happy Halloween…

Powell’s POV: Piledrivers should never been dubbed as simple moves by broadcast teams, let alone when a piledriver is actually going to end the match. Now that I have that out of my system, it was an entertaining and actually safe hardcore style match. MLW played up the Halloween theme so the back to back hardcore style matches made sense. A solid show if you enjoy hardcore.

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