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MLW Fusion recap & reactions: Myron Reed and Lio Rush compete in excellent title match

MLW Fusion came hard with their season finale in episode 131. Lio Rush put the MLW World Middleweight Championship on the line against Myron Reed in a crackerjack of a contest, and El Jefe of Azteca Underground was revealed in a splendid surprise.

Let’s break down the show.

Combat sports announcer Ray Flores called the action alongside St. Laurent.

Gringo Loco vs. Laredo Kid

Laredo Kid entered with the AAA Cruiserweight Championship that he officially lost to Lio Rush. Laredo refused to acknowledge the result, because he believes Rush tapped out. Footage showed Rush in a leg lock flailing his arms against the mat, however, it was clearly not a tap.

Laredo scored the first big move with a slingshot hurricanrana down to the floor. Back in the ring, Gringo Loco picked up steam by catching a flying Laredo to transition from a fireman’s carry to an inverted DDT. Later, Gringo caught Laredo again. This time it was a counter for a crucifix bomb. In the end, Laredo won the battle with turnbuckle fighting to land a Spanish Fly variation for victory at 9:19.

Alexander Hammerstone was angry that Josef Samael denied his challenge to Jacob Fatu. Hammer began questioning Samael’s motives. Fatu is not scared of anyone and truly believes he is unbeatable, but perhaps Samael doesn’t share the same opinion. Hammerstone queried that Samael worries about Fatu’s reign of terror coming to an end against Muscle Mountain.

Alicia Atout confirmed that Samael has contract rights to turn down challengers for Fatu. The only caveat is winning the Battle Riot (which is like the Royal Rumble). MLW is also in expansion mode with their Vice TV deal. They will use an open draft to increase their roster. Free agents, top international wrestlers, and phenomenal prospects are being targeted. The draft begins next week.

Marshall Von Erich was disappointed about losing to Tom Lawlor. He promised the fans that a reckoning is coming to Philadelphia on July 10. The last dance with Lawlor will end with an Iron Claw.

Richard Holliday vs. Ariel Dominguez

The Caribbean Championship was not on the line. Holliday made quick work of his opponent. The 2008 twisting suplex was the winning maneuver at 1:36.

Atout interviewed the winner. Gino Medina interrupted Holliday. Medina exited then returned for a blindside ambush. Medina planted Holliday on stage with a DDT. An update mentioned that Holliday was brought to the hospital with a possible skull fracture.

PWI rankings: 10. Rocky Romero, 9. Ross Von Erich, 8. Calvin Tankman, 7. Myron Reed, 6. Mil Muertes, 5. Richard Holliday, 4. Mads Krugger, 3. Lio Rush, 2. Tom Lawlor, 1. Alexander Hammerstone, Champ: Jacob Fatu.

MLW World Middleweight Championship: Lio Rush vs. Myron Reed

This rematch was five months in the making. Lio Rush won the title off Myron Reed back at Kings of Colosseum in January.

Cat and mouse game to begin with Reed being one step ahead by countering Rush’s tendencies. Rush regrouped to switch tactics for a suplex and standing frog splash to the lower back. Rush picked Reed apart by working the legs and arm. Reed flashed a jawbreaker then leaped over the ropes for a plancha. Back in the ring, Reed connected on an outside-in jawbreaker for a two count.

Rush regained momentum with a reverse rana and a standing Spanish Fly. Rush continued with a suicide dive and corkscrew flying attack down to the floor. Reed countered a low springboard cutter into an inverted suplex. A springboard cutter and an Air Raid Crash by Reed led to a two count.

Rush connected on a roundhouse kick. He climbed the turnbuckles, but Reed rolled under the ropes to stifle Rush’s plan. On the apron, Reed ducked a clothesline then hit an enzuigiri. Reed launched for his super cutter over the ropes, however, Rush blocked the maneuver and shoved Reed into the ring post. Rush followed with a reverse rana on the floor. Rush rolled Reed into the ring for a frog splash. 1, 2, Reed kicked out.

Rush wasted time with indecision plotting his next attack. He tried to finish Reed with the Air Raid Crash, but Reed escaped and hit one of his own. An urgent Reed went to the ropes to land a 450 springboard splash. 1, 2, 3. Reed wins!

Reed was victorious at 15:56. Jordan Oliver and Calvin Tankman came to the ring to celebrate with the new champ.

El Jefe revealed

In Boyle Heights, the kidnapped Salina de la Renta was brought into an office to reveal Dario Cueto as El Jefe of Azteca Underground. He gave her access to the best luchadores, and all he wanted was gold and violence. She failed him, so she would be sacrificed at the his new Temple. Cueto confirmed that he will attend MLW’s return on July 10.

Obviously, the biggest news from episode 131 of MLW Fusion was the reveal of Dario Cueto. It was a spectacular surprise. I appreciate the attention to detail in decorating Cueto’s office. That shows MLW plans to keep the character true to form as portrayed in Lucha Underground. I eagerly await to see how Cueto makes moves in MLW. The possibilities are exhilarating.

That was a great main event between Myron Reed and Lio Rush. It is one I definitely recommend watching. The back and forth of familiarity was a nice touch, especially given the story and magnitude of the match. They were given plenty of time to operate and put on a banger. Through it all, the sense of unpredictability was maintained. I didn’t know who was going to win until the end.

Personally, I think there should be some controversy about the finish and Reed’s chest protector. I’m no scholar in the physics of motion, but it seems like Reed was protected from full force on Rush’s frog splash then received the benefit of extra impact on his 450 splash. The Man of the Hour deserves a fair rematch.

Share you thoughts on MLW Fusion. Which match or moment stole the show?

MLW Fusion posts on YouTube Wednesday nights at 7 pm ET, streams on Fubo Sports Network Friday nights at 7 pm ET and 10 pm ET, and airs on beIN SPORTS Saturday nights at 10 pm ET. You can check out MLW on DAZN, Roku, and Pluto as well. In addition, MLW is broadcast in over 20 countries. MLW also has a new TV deal with Vice.

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