MLW Fusion Review - November 10, 2022
MLW World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed def. La Estrella, Arez and Lince Dorado in a Four-Way Match
I just haven't been able to get into Reed in my first year as an MLW viewer. Maybe that will change in Year 2, and maybe joining the Bomaye Fight Club will help, but he currently bores me as a character. That said, there's no denying what he can do in the ring. This was a fun fun-way and a total spot-fest, but I enjoyed the action and everyone worked hard. They definitely made the most of the short window of time they were allotted.
KC Navarro def. Mini Abismo Negro
Navarro announced several months ago that he's officially a free agent, so it's interesting that he won here. Obviously, this was taped back in June, but it makes me wonder what MLW had him do prior to his contract expiring and not being renewed. This was a nice little match, but it didn't seem like there was much of a reason for fans to care, so I wasn't surprised they weren't into it.
Scarlett Bordeaux def. Clara Carreras
We haven't seen Scarlett work any matches in WWE (and she didn't do much in IMPACT, either), but I did see her have one match at an independent show I attended back in the spring and it was better than I expected. She's not the next Raw or SmackDown Women's Champion, but she's passable enough to where her matches aren't awful. Thus, this was fine for what it was. In a post-match promo, Taya Valkyrie teased the possibility of Scarlett challenging her for the MLW World Women's Featherweight Championship, only to be attacked by Brittany Blake. I don't know if they ended up doing Valkyrie vs. Scarlett because Scarlett returned to WWE with Karrion Kross soon after this was taped.
Jacob Fatu def. Real1 by Disqualification
Real1 was the last person Fatu eliminated from Battle Riot last week to win the whole thing. These two being polar opposites is what made the match intriguing and I liked the promos they cut coming into the main event. It ended up being more of an angle than a match with Real1 avoiding Fatu and getting himself disqualified, but at least this put more heat on Real1 so it will mean more when Fatu eventually destroys him (or so I hope).
Prior to last week, MLW hadn't aired any content since July, so understandably, it's going to take time for feuds and storylines to start up again. That means we'll be getting plenty of random matches for the time being and this episode was evident of that. It was weird that this season premiere of Fusion had four matches and none of them were given more than six or seven minutes, but at least they set stuff up for the coming weeks.
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