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MLW Fusion: Teddy Hart bested MJF, Mance Warner arrested

MLW Fusion returned from the Melrose Ballroom in New York City with a Middleweight Championship bout between Teddy Hart and MJF, Hijo de LA Park wrestled Zenshi, and Mance Warner was sent to the pokey for episode 72.

On to a recap and review of the show...

Mance Warner has been arrested

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The episode opened with a breaking news alert of Mance Warner being arrested by New York police. An update later in the show shed light on the reason. He was arrested due to last week’s chainsaw chasing of Salina de la Renta.

Hijo de LA Park vs Zenshi

One of the skeleton son’s bones must have been hard. Hijo de LA Park was swiveling his hips all night long. He went one-on-one with Zenshi in a rousing affair. Early highlights include a suicide dive by Park and Park catching a hurricanrana on the floor then swinging Zenshi into the guardrail and powerbombing him onto the apron.

Zenshi flashed his skills as well with a running shooting star press and a coast-to-coast missile dropkick diagonally across the ring. I looked up the math. Diagonally is the square root of two times longer than the normal corner to corner.

For the finishing sequence, Park powerbombed Zenshi. Park swiveled his hips, which allowed a moment for Zenshi to recover for a hurricanrana pin attempt. Park kicked out. Zenshi ducked a clothesline then won with a move that resembled a spinning bulldog.

After the match, Park whacked Zenshi with a chair then swiveled his hips some more.

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This week’s H2tv was clips of cats and chat about MJF giving wrestling advice to Brian Pillman Jr. I didn’t quite follow the conversation. Teddy Hart mocked MJF about his father paying Teddy money to not do any Canadian Destroyers. Pillman sarcastically made a comment about carrying MJF’s bags. Anyway, here’s one of Teddy’s cats.

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Low Ki interview

Low Ki was interviewed by Kaci Lennox about transitioning divisions from heavyweight to middleweight. The weight cut isn’t that bad, because middleweight is Low Ki’s natural size. He will have to deal with opponents’ speed and explosivity. I didn’t realize explosivity is a real word, but it is. Low Ki was talking about champ Teddy Hart when the Contra Unit logo flashed on screen. Contra made it personal by attacking Low Ki, so he will introduce them to his, “exceptional professional presence.”

Contra Unit promo

The Contra Unit addressed Tom Lawlor about his heavyweight tile shot against Jacob Fatu next week and also the Von Erich brothers about War Chamber.

Salina de la Renta called the cops on Ole Mancer

Salina de la Renta and Jimmy Havoc revealed that they were behind the police arresting Mance Warner for the chainsaw incident. Havoc didn’t feel bad, because Warner will probably enjoy prison. As soon as Mancer gets out, Havoc will be there to ruin his life. Salina was joyfully pleased with Havoc being helpful and getting the job done.

Tom Lawlor and Von Erich brothers promo

The Von Erichs talked about crushing Contra’s skulls, while Tom Lawlor had crazy eyes. Lawlor closed by saying, “This means war.”

A promo package played for Tom Lawlor’s title match next week. It was the same promo he did a few weeks ago behind a fence, except fight footage was edited in. The video was pretty cool and did an effective job of revving the hype engine.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Dynastic

Before heading to Japan to compete with NOAH, Alexander Hammerstone relaxed with his Dynasty bros. Richard Holliday made a pillow with the phrase, “Life is beauty full,” to celebrate all their championship gold. Holliday was the only one excited about the pillow. Holliday despises the scum of the earth, to which MJF listed off fat people, poor people, ugly people. Those three traits describe Brian Pillman Jr. Holliday will wipe the floor with Pillman’s mullet next week in a match. During all this chitter-chatter, Hammer was fixated on his gold Rolex. It is the first watch he’s ever owned. Hammerstone plans on bringing back some Japanese gold. 3, 2, 1... Dynasty, bro.

Middleweight Championship: Teddy Hart vs MJF

Teddy Hart came in as champ. MJF was the challenger. Here is the tale of the tape.

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Ring announcer Tim Barr once again set the mood right with his enthusiastic pronunciation of the word championship. I need to put that as a ringtone. Championship!

MJF entered first, with Aria Blake by his side. He kissed her butt as she held the ropes open for him. MJF grabbed the mic to rile up the fans. Those white trash nimrods are looking at the youngest and fastest rising star in the history of professional wrestling. MJF never lost the Middleweight Championship, so he’ll be getting back what is rightfully his when he beats Teddy Hart within an inch of his life. Teddy is a bum, just like Bret Hart. MJF is better than both Teddy and Bret, and they know it.

Mr. Velvet in the house!

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Teddy Hart brought his cat to the ring, while Tony Schiavone made a Grumpy Cat joke that fell flat. I’d like the MARS stats institute to calculate Hart’s win/loss record when escorted to the ring by Mr. Velvet.

Hart wore homemade pajamas, and MJF sported fluorescent lime trunks. In a display of sportsmanship, they shook hands and shared a hug. Hart patted MJF on the behind, which was not appreciated by MJF. MJF raised Hart’s hand, then he tried to sucker kick Hart. Hart was aware of the scheme and caught MJF’s foot before striking a blow himself.

Hart dominated early with a powerbomb lungblower and a hammerlock DDT. Blake hopped up on the apron as a distraction, so MJF could roll out of the ring to safety. Blake then got in the way to prevent a Hart moonsault. Hart lifted her up and placed her in a seat. MJF attacked with an overhead press dropping Hart so he hit his throat on the guardrail. MJF put the boots to Hart in the corner, but Hart had a sweet transition into a heel hook. MJF continued to attack the injured throat of Hart.

Highlights include a Regal-plex by MJF, a Code Red by Hart, a Canadian Destroyer by Hart, a springboard moonsault by Hart to the outside, a flying DDT by Hart, a shooting star elbow drop by Hart, MJF applying a Sharpshooter, and a heat seeking piledriver by MJF.

The finish began when Blake tossed her stiletto heel to MJF. The referee saw it and prevented the cheating, however, Blake swooped in from behind to low blow Hart. MJF covered, but Hart kicked out. A frustrated MJF and Blake berated the referee, so he threw Blake out. Lost in the commotion was Hart climbing the turnbuckles for a flying Canadian Destroyer to MJF. 1, 2, 3. Hart retained his middleweight title.


Episode 72 of MLW Fusion was solid. It felt a little weird getting only two matches instead of three, but at least those two bouts were entertaining and all the news filler was visually stimulating. I enjoyed Hijo de LA Park vs Zenshi more than the championship fight. Even though I liked Teddy Hart vs MJF, I never got into the flow. Maybe that’s on me, since I was groggy while watching.

What was up with all that hip shaking from Hijo de LA Park? He seemed more intent on theatrics than winning the match. I’ll always enjoy pelvic action to excite the sweathogs, but this kind of felt out of nowhere for Hijo. I don’t remember him doing it that often in the past. Maybe I’m wrong though. If this is the beginning of a story for Hijo, then count me in. Hijo de LA Park is one of my favorites on the MLW roster. I hope his swiveling seduction secures the services of a skeleton lady.

It is looking more and more like Low Ki will be the fourth member of Tom Lawlor and the Von Erichs team to fight Contra Unit in the War Chamber match. That’s no big surprise, but it was the first time Low Ki addressed their previous assault. If he is the choice, I like it. Low Ki brings a sense of danger that belongs in that type of caged setting. It was also interesting to discuss Low Ki focusing on Teddy Hart in the middleweight division. That would be an awesome match. Those two along with Austin Aries would produce intriguing feuds.

Poor Mance Warner, but Jimmy Havoc was right. Ole Mancer probably had a good time drinking pruno. A country boy getting put in big city jail likely produced some funny moments. I bet he made friends. Who knows, maybe Warner will have a new partner in crime in MLW.

Salina de la Renta has a hypnotizing charisma. When she’s smiling and happy, it makes me do the same. When she’s annoyed and angry, which is most of the time, I boo her as intended.

It looks like the rivalry between the Hart Foundation and the Dynasty is wrapping up. MJF failed in his effort to reclaim middleweight glory. Signs point to Teddy Hart and Davey Boy Smith Jr. regaining tag team gold at War Chamber. Both factions are kind of at a point where it is time to move on from one another, so I’ll soak it in while it is still here.

What was your favorite moment from episode 72 of MLW Fusion? Which match did you prefer? How long will Mance Warner be stuck in jail?

MLW Fusion airs on beIN SPORTS and PlayStation Vue 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, Israel, and Africa.

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