MLW Fusion Results – 5/4/18
Broadcast Team: Tony Schiavone & Rich Bocchini
Interviewer: Andrea Ocampo
Ring Announcer: Tim Barr
The show starts in the arena. Jimmy Havoc comes down to the ring. We see footage of a brawl between Havoc and Joey Janela from Walemania. Havoc gets on the mic and calls Janela out. Janela comes out. The two men brawl into the crowd and to the back of the arena. That’s the last we see of them.
Low Ki comes out next in an outfit that says “I may be a contract killer, but I like to look professional.” A video package shows a previous incident that he had backstage with MVP. During the melee, Low-Ki attacked an MLW matchmaker. Announcers Tony Schiavone and Rich Bocchini tell us Low-Ki was suspended by MLW for the attack on the official. Back in the ring, Low-Ki gets a mic and complains about the suspension. He says that his stable, Black Friday Management, always collects its debts and will collect its debt from MVP. MVP doesn’t like the sound of that and makes his way down to the ring, but his opponent for the night, Sami Callahan, comes from behind him. Oh God, he’s a got a bat! He’s choking out MVP with the bat. The chaos is broken up and we go to the opening video package.
Schiavone and Bocchini welcomes us and talk about the main event between MVP and Sami Callihan.
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor comes out with Team Filthy, which includes the former Vaudevillain, Simon Gotch, and a 3rd man who is not announced. Lawlor says that due to his injured left forearm, he cannot compete tonight against ACH, therefore Gotch will fight in his place.
Simon Gotch vs. ACH:
Gotch with a Juji-Gatame, but ACH gets his foot on the rope, Gotch with a Gutwrench Suplex for a 2 count, Lawlor chokes ACH being the ref’s back, Simon with another cover for a 2 count, Simon with CQC strikes for a 2 count, Shoot Kick for a 2 count, Gotch looks to be going for a Deadlift German Suplex, but ACH counters into a Victory Roll for the win
The rest of Team Filthy fly into the ring and beat up ACH. Lawlor uses his flip flops as weapons. Team Filthy make their way to the top of the aisle where they’re interviewed by Andrea Ocampo. Gotch says that ACH is going to the ICU and Lawlor says he’s five million times better than the man his team just left lying in the ring.
Schiavone runs down the MLW Top 10 rankings. The list includes:
10: ‘The Caramel Colossus’ Barrington Hughes
9: ‘Bad Boy’ Joey Janela
8: Jeff Cobb
7: Ray Fenix
6: Sami Callihan
5: ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor
2: Jimmy Havoc
1: Pentagon Jr
The champion that these 10 men are all after is, of course, Shane “Swerve” Strickland.
Speaking of Swerve, we get a video package in which the champ says he’s fighting for his kids. Hey, that’s what MVP said last week! They both can’t fight for their kids! One of them is going to have to be selfish and fight for themselves.
The show comes back with a promo package from Maxwell Jacob Friedman, who does the same 1% gimmick as EC3. In fact, he has a striking resemblance to Dixie’s nephew. MJF tells the home viewers that if the roles were reversed, they’d be like him, but unfortunately, they’re not. Schiavone calls him an “egotistical little jerk.”
Vandal Ortagun vs. Mike Parrow:
(Tony mentions that Col Parker has aggressively been trying to sign Parrow to The Stud Stable) Parrow with a Fallaway Slam into the turnbuckle for a 2 count, Standing Senton for a 2 count, Ortagun with a Chop-Block then a pair of Superkicks from the front & back, Col Parker comes out on the ramp to watch, Parrow catches Vandal with a One-Arm Chokeslam then finishes him off with a Sit-Out Powerbomb which he’s dubbed The Murder Bomb for the win
Winner: Mike Parrow
With the match over, Parrow meets the Colonel in the aisle and they shake hands. It looks like Parker has another big-time player in his Stud Stable.
Andrea Ocampo is in the back with Salina de la Renta. De la Renta is distracted by something off camera, which turns out to be Shane Strickland. She tells Strickland not to get too comfortable with the World Heavyweight Title around his waist and then flashes the “Cero Miedo” hand sign.
Next up is a promo from Havoc. He tells Janela that whenever they fight, they bring out the best and worse in each other and Havoc learns something new about himself every time. Havoc proclaims himself the King and says that Janela will experience havoc the next time they step into the ring together. He threatens that Janela will bleed, so he better “bring a towel” because he’s going to lick all of the blood off of him and enjoy it. He licks his lips.
Ocampo knocks on Team Filthy’s dressing room door and notifies Lawlor that MLW officials have proclaimed him healthy enough to compete next week against ACH. Lawlor gets indignant. Gotch tricks Ocampo into thinking he’ll talk to her outside but then slams the door on her.
We are shown a recap of Sami Callihan’s attack on MVP from the start of the show. Callihan cuts a promo in the back where he makes fun of MLW’s production. He says he gets off on pissing people off and running their day. He makes fun of MVP’s redemption story and tells MVP that he’ll have to tell his son that he got in the ring with The Callihan Death Machine and he was made the Callihan Death Machine’s little bitch. He doesn’t care anymore, he has become the most-hated man in wrestling and he’s come to MLW for one reason to become the MLW World Champion so people will have to listen. Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down.
Sami Callihan vs. MVP:
Sami gouges MVP’s eyes then rips at his nose and tears off the breathe right strip off his nose, Callihan was looking for a Cactus Elbow, but MVP catches him & plants him with a Sambo Suplex on the apron, both back in before the 20 count, MVP with The Player’s Boot followed by an Exploder Suplex, Facebreaker then The Ballin’ Elbow, Fisherman Suplex for a 2 count, MVP looks for a Suerplex, but Callihan bites him then slides through the legs, Cheeky Nandos Kick followed by a Death Valley Bomb for a near fall, Sami grabs the baseball bat, but MVP ducks then catches the second, but Sami is shoved off into the ref, MVP with The Drive-By followed by The Playmaker, when JT Davidson (another member of OI4K/oVe) runs out drops MVP with a Chokeslam, he puts Sami on top for a near fall, MVP with a TKO, Davidson up on the apron, MVP decks him, the ref is distracted with JT & Sami kicks MVP in the nuts then finishes him with The Cradle Killer for the win.
Winner: Sami Callihan
The announcers hype next week’s matches between Havoc and Janela, and Lawlor and ACH.
In the back, Ocampo interviews Shane Strickland, who says he feels confident. He steps into his dressing room but finds something that stops him in his tracks. The camera enters the room and we see a shrine on the wall containing candles, skulls, and pictures of Strickland. The image of a skull is on the mirror, and the last image we see is of Strickland looking into the mirror. From the angle of the shot, Strickland’s face lines right up with the skull, as if Pentagon is sending the message that Strickland’s fate will be sure death as the show ends.