FUSION RECAP: No Ropes Barbed Wire Battle Between Mance Warner & Jimmy Havoc

AJ Kirsch stands in the middle of a sold-out Nytex Centre in Dallas, TX to kick off this week’s Fusion, but is quickly interrupted by Josef Samael, Simon Gotch and MLW World Heavyweight Champion, Jacob Fatu.

“Dallas, Texas. Land of false idols,” says Josef Samael. He declares that CONTRA crumbles wrestling pillars such as The Hart Foundation and they plan to hammer such final nail in the coffin, but before he can finish, out comes the 2019 Opera Cup Champion Davey Boy Smith Jr. who Samael and Gotch just attacked earlier in the week. Davey enters the ring unafraid and in comes a “fan” for assistance who reveals to be Brian Pillman Jr! They clear house of the villainous cutthroats. Dallas is already poppin’!

Match 1
Injustice (Jordan Oliver & Kotto Brazil w/ Myron Reed) vs. Taurus & Low Rider vs. Puma King & Drago

This match all stemmed from a confrontation between Konnan and Injustice after they said “Nobody give a damn about AAA!” They’re curious who Konnan’s got lined up for them and Konnan tells The Middleweight Champ Myron Reed that he’s got Drago (that’s who!) Tonight he’s in tag action with Puma King and The Lone Star State gives this duo a hearty welcome.

It’s Puma, Oliver & Taurus starting the brawl off technically, but that all goes to the wayside when the bell rings. Low Rider begins to capitalize by feeding the feet to Puma before diving onto Injustice with a springboard plancha. His partner Taurus just demolishes Drago and Puma “single-horned”-edly and gets a near fall .

Injustice, however comes back into the fold with an assisted sit-out powerbomb for a two count on his partner, Low Rider. The youngsters of Oliver and Brazil do the veteran move and cuts off the ring, but that all changes when Puma and Drago utilize their quickness and cohesiveness.

In comes Taurus once more and he takes another run at the duo, but their speed gets the best of him as well. Drago goes to the ropes to get momentum for an attack but Myron Reed grabs hold of Drago’s leg. Despite that, they still get a close three count, but Oliver breaks it up. Kotto soon smacks a frog splash on Drago but Low Rider quickly plays interference and launches himself for a springboard codebreaker.

The power of Taurus and high-flying of Low Rider mesh together for a top-rope backbreaker that shook the entire ring.

King and Drago soon control the ring and Drago rolls Low Rider in a one-of-kind pinning attempt for the pinfall victory. AAA has laid those letters down fierce in MLW.

WINNERS: Puma King & Drago

We get some exclusive footage of Davey Boy Smith after right his Opera Cup win and he’s got some powerful words about his grandpop, Stu Hart and the world of MLW:

“I did it for him, I did it for Major League Wrestling. Mostly, I did for the fans and I did it for the love of professional wrestling,” said DB. “Mark my words, this is just the first of the accomplishments. One little stepping stone all the way to the top of Major League Wrestling and the top is that World Heavyweight Title.”

Josef Samael was very impressed with the Hart Foundation’s tenacity tonight, but he noticed something in Davey: fear. Therefore, he issues Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Simon Gotch: no Holds Barred. No rules, no ropes, winner declared by knockout or submission.

Match 2
Chandler Hopkins vs. Low Ki

The fresh prospect from Amarillo, TX looks game for his big moment in MLW, but that looks to be all distorted by “The Lone Wolf Of Brooklyn” Low Ki. He and Hopkins size one another up before the bell tolls and it’s Low Ki who attempts a leg takedown, but the ropes breaks it up. Kirsch notes that Hopkins looks “anything but intimidated” as it was Konnan who came away impressed with Hopkins’ work in AAA and “The Young Gun” shows that when he escapes an arm wrench by “The Professional.” Low Ki himself looks impressed as both reset and get to a vertical base. Tie up again and it leads to Low Ki twisting the arm over the rope in a full-body arm breaker before releasing at five.

Low Ki soon turns the tide with a corner mule kick and chops the tattoos off of Chandler. The crowd chants “one more time” and Low Ki grants the request, not once, but twice.

Ki feeds the knee to Chandler, but Hopkins continues to fight back and tries to go for a head scissors, but Low Ki launches him off.

Headbutts from Low Ki. The two are having quite the chess match as he does connect with a head scissors on his second try.

Chandler rolls out of the ring and uses the distance to catch Low Ki on point with a rolling flatliner that nearly keeps Ki down! Over the knee neckbreaker by Chandler before he ascends the top rope.

Hopkins goes for a shooting star press but Low Ki reads it and locks in modified triangle. Chandler doesn’t tap, but passes out. Low Ki caught him and got the W.

WINNER: Low Ki

Post match, Low Ki goes to the side of his woozy opponent and offers him a handshake of respect for one hard fought match.

Davey Boy has a response for Samael’s challenge: He accepts. He’s ready to kick that self-proclaimed “King of Catch Wrestling” out of his court. Does Gotch really see fear in his eyes? Be ready.

Alicia Atout is joined by the newly “buckaroo” branded Tom Lawlor with “The Dynamic” Dominic Garrini. Lawlor reveals that he has joined Team Filthy Dojo and who is unparalleled on the mat at MLW. “Team Filthy Dojo is here to collect limbs and checks,” tells the Bone Collector. Lawlor has another announcement: Team Filthy has a sponsor…it’s Condom Depot.

It should be noted that Lawlor is under investigation by MLW officials after using nunchucks against The Von Erich brothers several weeks back, but that’s not going to stop wrestling’s hottest free agent, Killer Kross from wanting to grapple up with Lawlor come February 1 in Philadelphia at MLW Fightland.

Alicia Atout is standing by with MJF and loudly breathing Grogan behind him. Next week he’ll be taking on Marshall Von Erich who he considers “less than.” As for Warner, he’s sick and tired of his bullshit. He’s going to give him a lesson in how to be a real professional wrestler.

For the first time in MLW in 17 years, since Steve Corino took on the legendary Terry Funk, Mance Warner will be facing Jimmy Havoc in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Match.

Alicia Atout flat out asks Jimmy Havoc and Priscilla Kelly if either of them are scared. “I like the pain,” says Havoc, but there’s nothing he likes more than causing pain to someone else. They ain’t scared and Havoc will enjoy drinking Warner’s blood.

Atout is joined by The Von Erichs and Marshall is more than ready to crush the melon of MJF with a Von Erich Claw and uses produce as an example.

Main Event
No Ropes Barbed Wire Match
Jimmy Havoc (w/ Priscilla Kelly) vs. Mance Warner

The 14 Stone Havoc enters first and if you thought the ropes weren’t enough barbed wire, he brings in a bat wrapped in such too. The Light Beer Drinker from Bucksnort, TN comes on out and the tone in Dallas is tense as the Southern Psycho comes in only with a folding chair.

The two takes swings with their respective weapons and both miss their targets. Both men look to force one another in wire and both are able to thwart such efforts until Mancer sends Jimmy into elements two different times. Jimmy’s forehead gets forced into the wire and Havoc is sliced open as He delivers a chair shot to the back of Jimmy. Jimmy lives up to his promise of loving the pain when he suplexes Mance into the “ropes” himself.

Jimmy returns the the favor of the thorns to the forehead, before Priscilla Kelly introduces the staple gun into the equation. Mance gets his henley stapled to his back and then quickly gets ripped off like a cape unfit for a superhero.

The bloodlust is brewing through Jimmy now as he clips the wire free from the ring and wraps it around the forehead (and mouth!) of Mance. Blood is EVERYWHERE as Mance gets the bat to his back, then once to the forehead. A blackout stomp by Havoc and gets a near fall.

Mance struggles to fight back while Jimmy flips him the birds, but Warner flips the tables by taking Havoc’s barbed bat to his boys before giving him a ride around the ring. Havoc finds a window to staple gun Mance in his unmentionables and we are back to one unsightly stalemate.

Jimmy sets up two steel chairs on their sides and looks to Death Valley Driver Warner on top of them, but Mance wriggles free and Sambo Suplexes Jimmy flush on top instead!

In come the ring boards and the crimson covered Warner gets plowed into one of them by Havoc’s previously intended DVD. Suprisingly, just a two count! Priscilla Kelly is astounded, yet concerned.

Havoc takes the second board and bridges it between two chairs. Big mistake as Warner catches Havoc and chokeslams him through his created contraption! 1…2…kickout!

Mancer’s masochism is not done as he begins to wrap the barbed wire around his knuckles, but while this is raveling, Priscilla hands Havoc a white powder substance. Mulekick to Mancer’s cajones almost makes Jimmy succeed in his substance throw, but Warner pops the powder in Jimmy’s face instead before laying him out with that wire-wrapped lariat. Mance isn’t finished. He smacks Havoc with one of the chairs, tosses the other one down on the broken board and drops Jimmy down with a piledriver that would make Terry Funk smile. 1-2-3.

WINNER: Mance Warner

Break out them light beers because the bloody Brawler From Bucksnort is goin’ to that pay window, baby after one of the most hard-fought wins of his career!