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MLW Roundup: Salina de la Renta back as executive producer, Callihan vs Warner loser leaves tonight

Let’s catch up on this week’s news in MLW and preview Saturday night’s episode of Fusion.

Mance Warner vs Sami Callihan loser leaves MLW

Due to popular demand, Salina de la Renta is returning as executive producer of MLW Fusion to bring a stacked show Saturday night.

The main event is a falls count anywhere, loser leaves MLW contest with Sami Callihan against Mance Warner.

The Midwest Mega Powers have been bugs in the craw of Promociones Dorado. For Callihan, he has a monetary dispute with Salina de la Renta in regard to trying (and failing) to destroy Tom Lawlor. For Warner, it started by accidentally spilling beer on de la Renta and continued with a death match against LA Park. A common enemy has created a friendship between Callihan and Warner.

Last time de la Renta produced Fusion, the program closed with Warner jumping out of a giant box to crash her show. However the match tonight ends, it will no doubt top that. I’ll let Mance Warner sell you on it.

A grudge match of sorts is scheduled for Low Ki versus Ricky Martinez. Low Ki was having issues with de la Renta about his expiring contract. Their relationship boiled over when Promociones Dorado associate Martinez bailed on Low Ki as the Contra Unit came to attack. I say grudge match of sorts, because Martinez views it as business. However, I believe Low Ki will be coming to inflict major pain.

Also on the show will be Rey Horus (aka El Dragon Azteca Jr.) vs Flamita. It could tear the house down and has potential to be a match of the year contender for MLW.

To get in the mood for tonight, check out the preview written by the office of Salina de la Renta. It has several humorous jabs that are good for a chuckle.

MLW Fusion airs on beIN SPORTS Saturday nights at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. New episodes are posted on YouTube Mondays at 7 pm ET. Fusion is also broadcast in the UK, Ireland, and Israel.


Fusion fallout

Episode 61 of MLW Fusion last week had some funny moments, one of which may turn litigious. Rich Bocchini has filed a grievance after being squatted by Alexander Hammerstone. Hammer doesn’t seem worried about it.

If this strategy by Bocchini backfires, then he better not look to Salina de la Renta for a job.

MLW producer Alex Greenfield shared some behind the scenes info that Hammerstone did 150 squat reps with Bocchini on his back. That must have been hilarious to watch.

To counter the Contra Unit, their dastardly attack backstage will result in MLW hiring more security, “to ensure the safety of the staff and athletes.” Well, that should give Contra a never-ending supply of bodies to beat up.

MLW CEO Court Bauer is also upset about how Contra has been interrupting broadcasts with their logo flashing on screen. “One theory is that the satellite feed is being hacked. However, is something more nefarious at play? Has CONTRA infiltrated MLW’s operations?” Dun, dun, dun.


Quick hits

Let’s rip through quick hits of news, some of which comes from the MLW newsletter.

Tom Lawlor vs Jacob Fatu for the heavyweight championship has been booked for Kings of Colosseum on July 6 from Chicago. It sounds like that bout might be part of the live special on beIN SPORTS. I sure hope so, because Lawlor vs Fatu is a match that I want to see as soon as possible.

Konnan has been cleared to return after being shanked in the kidney by Promociones Dorado. He will appear at Kings of Colosseum.

Austin Aries and the Von Erich brothers have been signed to wrestle at Never Say Never on July 25 in New York. That is two separate things and not that all three will be in the ring together. One line that stuck out to me was hearsay that, “Aries’ return is very personal with a possible vendetta in play.” I have no idea who that could possibly refer to as Aries’ nemesis.

The most awesome news of the week was revealed by MLW CEO Court Bauer

I’ve never used a beer koozie, but one from Ole Mancer would be cool enough for me to try. Mance Warner also has a great toy idea.

Ole Mancer is a merchandising madman. The picture is for a shirt, but I could imagine that jack-in-the-box toy creating the next generation of Southern Psychopaths.

MLW is offering a pride t-shirt with proceeds going to the Trevor Project.

Speaking of merchandise, check out this awesome t-shirt for Teddy Hart.

The Inside Major League Wrestling podcast, hosted by Jonathan and Kristina Snowden, is back with episode two. Guests are MJF, Richard Holliday, and Aria Blake. I haven’t had a chance to listen yet. The first episode featuring interviews with Court Bauer and Alexander Hammerstone was really good.

It looks like Daga may be done with MLW. Check out the Rumor Roundup for the reason why. If true, that is a bummer, but it’s good that he wasn’t in the midst of any storylines. He’ll be going out on some high-profile defeats.

In the ‘what could have been’ file, LA Park said MLW was setting up a mask vs hair bout against Rush before Rush decided to leave for ROH. Hijo de LA Park added that a mask vs mask match was on the table for himself and Dragon Lee in MLW. That info came from a promo Park was cutting on Rush for the promotion Kaoz.

MLW producer Alex Greenfield mentioned that the TV Tropes website has a page for MLW. I’m not really hip to what that stuff means, but I’m sure some of you will find it to be an interesting read.


Who are you picking to win the loser leaves main event on MLW Fusion? Since it is falls count anywhere, where do you think the fall will take place? Would you hire Rich Bocchini? How many squats does it take for Alexander Hammerstone to get the center of a Tootsie Pop?

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