Fusion Recap – Jan. 18, 2019

It was an action-packed MLW FUSION, as we wind down the days toward MLW SuperFight Feb. 2 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. This week’s episode saw four different matches, many with implications for the huge show in Philly.

In tonight’s main event, the Hart Foundation looked to keep their momentum going strong, as they head toward SuperFight and our MLW FUSION LIVE special and a shot at the World Tag Team Championships, currently held by the Lucha Bros. — Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. And the Hart Foundation did just that, dispatching the Dirty Blondes.

In addition, Ace Romero continued his roll through the MLW roster. He cruised to victory over Ariel Dominguez in a tune-up for his rematch with Simon Gotch at MLW SuperFight. In addition, Rush defeated Shane Strickland and Ricky Martinez picked up a hard-fought victory over a very game Gringo Loco.

The Hart Foundation defeated the Dirty Blondes
Brian Pillman Jr. and Davey Boy Smtih Jr. represented the Hart Foundation in this one. A pre-match pep talk from Col. Parker seemed to get the Stud Stable boys going, as the Dirty Blondes had much of the momentum early. But they had no answer for the British powerhouse, Smith.

Leo Brien and Michael Patrick utilized some classic tag team wrestling and some questionable tactics to grab the early advantage against Pillman.

But once Smith entered the match, it was almost all Hart Foundation. Pillman nailed Brien with Air Pillman, taking him out of the match. Meanwhile, Smith muscled Patrick onto the top turnbuckle and showed off his incredible power, lifting Patrick off the turnbuckle and scoring a massive superplex for the victory.

The Hart Foundation has yet to announce which of the three members will actually face off with Pentagon Jr. and Fenix. If Teddy Hart is in the match, or if Pillman and Smith team up once again, it’s sure to be a great battle. See it in person, by clicking MLWGo.com for tickets. Or watch it live on beIN Sports Saturday, Feb. 2.

Ricky Martinez defeated Gringo Loco
Gringo Loco had an extremely entertaining match with LA Park recently on MLW FUSION. This week, another Promociones Dorado member was the opponent, as Salina de la Renta’s Sicario Ricky Martinez stepped in against Gringo.

Once again, Loco proved up to the challenge. But he couldn’t overcome the numbers advantage presented by de la Renta, as she inserted herself into the match and helped Martinez to victory.

While Martinez picked up a nice win on this week’s episode, he’ll be looking over his shoulder for a while. Kotto Brazil is looking for his shot at Martinez, after the Sicario tried to blind him in a bar fight a few weeks back.

Ace Romero defeated Ariel Dominguez
This one wasn’t really fair. Romero weighed in for the match at 400 pounds, just 260 more than the 140-pound Dominguez. While Ariel tried to use his quickness to his advantage, once Romero got his hands on him, it was all over.

Romero scored a huge elbow drop after a body slam to pick up the victory.

Romero will now look forward to MLW SuperFight, where he will face off with Simon Gotch in a rematch. Romero recently took $20,000 off Gotch after surprising him as an entry in the Simon Gotch Prize Fight Challenge. The devious Gotch will no doubt have something up his sleeve this time. See that match at MLW SuperFight Feb. 2 in Philadelphia at the legendary 2300 Arena.

Rush defeated Shane Strickland
The former golden boy of MLW opened the show in the ring with a microphone, berating the Miami crowd and running down the MLW locker room. Rush didn’t want to hear it, came to the ring, told Swerve off and we had our opening bout.

Strickland attacked at the bell and had the upper hand early on. But the tide turned when the action went to the outside, where Rush threw “Swerve” through a set of locked double doors and blasted him with a trash can. While Strickland attempted to make a couple comebacks, in the end it was a Rush Driver that spelled the end for “Swerve.”

Next Week
The aforementioned Brazil has gone to great lengths to get back in the ring. He has signed a medical waiver, releasing MLW of liability if he is injured while his eye recovers from the attack by Martinez. Brazil will see his first ring action since that attack next week.

Next week’s main event will surely be a hard-hitting affair you don’t want to miss. Sami Callihan has been on Promociones Dorado’s payroll for a while. But after failing to take out “Filthy” Tom Lawlor on last week’s show, Salina de la Renta wasted no time looking for retribution over Callihan’s perceived failure. Callihan will have to face de la Renta’s sinister skeleton, The Chairman LA Park. Don’t miss it!

 

Don’t Miss The Action!
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As part of beIN SPORTS #FridayNightFury lineup, MLW airs to a nationwide audience every Friday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Check out www.MLW.com/fusion for more information! beIN SPORTS has a full listing of dish / cable carriers offering beIN SPORTS here. MLW fans can also stream beIN SPORTS using the beIN Connect app for wireless devices.

Of course, if you miss the show on beIN SPORTS, every episode of MLW: FUSION is uploaded to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/majorleaguewrestling) at 6:05 p.m. ET every Saturday night. MLW FUSION is also available on Tuesdays via FITE TV.