FUSION RECAP: Filthy Tom Gets His Heavyweight Title Rematch


MLW Fusion is headlined this week by the anticipated title rematch between the now challenger Tom Lawlor and the recent rogue Heavyweight Champion, CONTRA’s Jacob Fatu.

Jordan Oliver, Myron Reed & Kotto Brazil defeated Gringo Loco, Zenshi & Air Wolf

Gringo Loco and Jordan Oliver start things off as Loco uses his unorthodox athleticism before Air Wolf gets the tag, then Zenshi. The two masked men show their athleticism to ground the Injustice down. Loco joins in on the triple team assault before the Injustice clear the ring. Injustice try to take advantage but the sense of air-time went in the favor of Loco, Air Wolf and Zenshi as they took to the skies to take their foes down.

The scales tip in favor of Injustice as they manage to isolate Air Wolf, but Air Wolf runs up the turnbuckle to take Jordan Oliver down. Zenshi gets tagged in and if you need any indication as to why he was a huge get for MLW, this was it. He goes on the aerial assault without the use of turnbuckles, but the use of ropes and his own momentum to trouble all three opponents.

Refereee Doug Markam gets knocked down by the wayward leg of Loco and Myron Reed tries to incorporate brass knuckles, but Loco makes sure that wasn’t a part of the equation. However, Injustice find the window of opportunity to take advantage and they do just that as Brazil & Oliver joins in on the joint pinfall.

Despite the victory, post-match Reed acts like it was the other team that brought in the brass knucks and use it as a reason to attack Official Markham.

Ross & Marshall Von Erich are joined by their famous father Kevin down in Hawaii as the family aim to “dethrone” CONTRA Unit at War Chamber in Dallas, which, yes, happens to be “Von Erich Country.”

MLW has a huge reveal and it’s that The Canton Grappler himself Dominic Garrini is coming to MLW this Fall!

Lifestyles Of The Rich & Dynastic features Alex Hammerstone. He’s questioning whether or not he should give Davey Boy Smith a rematch for his Openweight Title at Chicago’s Superfight, but Hammerstone claims that Davey Boy should get his butt back in the gym before he even attempts to smell gold. It’s until only when we see Davey Boy’s sister, Georgia embarrass Hammerstone, claiming that Harry and her lifted as much weight as her boyfriend was when they were little. Hammer seems just a bit miffed.

Jacob Fatu defeated Tom Lawlor to retain the MLW World Heavyweight Championship

Tim Barr couldn’t even finish ring introductions before Tom Lawlor and Jacob went on to tear one another a part. Samael even got socked down for his efforts but Fatu caught Lawlor mid-air for a rib-shaking Samoan Drop.

It only gets him a two count, but Fatu maintains his focus on the ribs. This doesn’t stop either as he elbows and headbutt’s Lawlor’s midsection. Lawlor feels the wrath of three headbutts in before getting launched into the turnbuckle. Filthy Tom tries to fire back with punches, but Fatu is just too powerful. He puts Lawlor down on the mat for a forceful moonsault.

Lawlor finds himself trapped in the corner before rolling out of harm’s way to guillotine choke Fatu. Referee Frank Gastineau breaks it all up feeling that Lawlor was using the rope for leverage. Samael soon plays a good distraction so Fatu can dive onto Tom while he’s on the outside.

The adrenaline and rage kick in for Filthy Tom. Fatu manages to fight him off for a bit, but it doesn’t take long for Tom to lock in a rear naked choke. Fatu struggles quite a bit before sandwiches Tom into turnbuckles to release the maneuver. Tom, however, does the same against Fatu before he tries to pick the champ up on his shoulders. Fighting through the rough rib pain, Lawlor slams Fatu down for an airplane spin DVD, but Fatu kicks out after Lawlor takes a bit to long to cover.

Lawlor uses his quick combat skills to chop Fatu down and hits a back clothesline on Fatu for a pin attempt. No dice, but Lawlor was not done.

He launches Fatu with an impressive release German suplex and stays on the attack by delivering an equally fierce exploder suplex in the corner.

Leave it to Samael to interfere by standing on the apron. Both Lawlor and official Gastineau make the move to remove, but Samael picks the right moment for Gastineau not to see and jabs the spike into Lawlor’s skull. It sends sends the challenger crashing down on the canvas. Fatu then quickly climbs the ropes to deliver his leaping moonsault on the prone ribs of Lawlor for the 1-2-3 retain.

Post-match, CONTRA continues on the attack as Simon Gotch joins the fray to pick the bones of Lawlor. Fatu smashes down Gastineau as the assault doesn’t appear to end. Gotch applies the armbreaker onto Filthy Tom until the Von Erichs answer the call to help their fallen friend. The scales of justice seemed to finally be balancing out before new CONTRA combatant Ikuro Kwon shows up and the numbers game plays a factor once more. All seems lost for the fighting trio, but we soon hear helicopter’s whirl and out comes Low Ki to even the chaos. Rich Bocchini put it best by saying “it’s an old-fashioined Donnybrook” as the eight men brawl it out to close out the show!

Low Ki has sure had his history with CONTRA, does him running out for the save indicate that “The Professional” could be the fourth man? We’ll find out come next week’s War Chamber in Dallas!

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