MLW National Openweight Champion Alex Kane def. ACH and Calvin Tankman in a Three-Way Match
ACH last appeared on Fusion a month ago in a loss to Davey Richards. Here's hoping he appears more regularly going forward and is inserted into a storyline because the guy is amazingly talented and works well with just about anyone. I wasn't overly impressed by last week's bout between Kane and Tankman, but this was a definite improvement and a very fun opener. Kane continues to roll as MLW National Openweight Champion.
nZo def. KC Navarro in a Grudge Match
This was billed as a "grudge" match because nZo attacked Navarro before their last scheduled match months ago. That happened here as well, so that gave nZo the early advantage and allowed him to win decisively in a matter of minutes. I thought Navarro battle back at some point, but apparently not. In fact, nZo's post-match promo was probably twice as long as the actual match. I'm no nZo fan, but the guy can still talk and he cut a compelling promo. I'm interested to see where it leads.
MLW World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone def. Davey Richards
This was the big title defense Hammerstone needed. He's been the MLW World Heavyweight Champion since October and hasn't had many high-profile title defenses on MLW TV, but this was hyped up really well and it ultimately delivered from an in-ring standpoint. Richards has been killing it since signing with MLW last year and this was another excellent performance from him. They told a solid story with Richards targeting Hammerstone's knee throughout only to fall short in the end. The brawl between Hammestone and Richard Holliday was brutal, bloody and effective in building toward their eventual championship clash nicely.
Even though it went over an hour, this was one of those less-is-more type of shows that I thoroughly enjoyed. All three matches mattered and had something to offer. The opener was entertaining and was more about the action than the other two, which had a bit more emphasis on storytelling. MLW doesn't do these special events often, but I wish they would because this a breeze. There was also plenty of progression in between the matches in vignette form, so this was a successful show all around.