Monday, June 4, 2018

On The Air: Major League Wrestling Fusion (2018)

Major League Wrestling arrived on the scene roughly before Ring of Honor and TNA (now Impact), then went dormant for a few years before returning last year. A few weeks back, MLW landed a television deal with Bein Sports (check your cable listings), resulting in the debut of MLW Fusion, episodes of which are available on YouTube through both Bein Sports & MLW's channels.

Veteran announcers Tony Schiavone, formerly with World Championship Wrestling and also currently calling minor league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles' AAA team in Norfolk, and Rich Bocchini (nee Brennan, formerly with WWE) are at the mics, and the roster includes some local talent in the form of Mike Parrow, who also wrestles for Evolve, and is from the hometown. That's the good news. The bad? Parrow, a heel, is managed by the ageless Col. Robert Parker (Robert Fuller, a long time fixture in Southern wrestling with stints in WCW as well as WWE (as Tennessee Lee) and elsewhere). I give them less than a year before Parrow tires of Parker and dumps him.

Yeah, Parker bored me back in the day. So what?

There are other familiar faces here. Penta OM, aka Pentagon, Jr./Pentagon Dark, has also been with Impact and Lucha Underground, as has his brother, Rey Fenix (known simply as Fenix in LU). Austin Aries is the current Impact World champ, and had a short stint with WWE last year. He's taken this freelance thing really serious, as he's also with ROH. ACH is a former ROH star, and currently is touring Japan. MVP had stints with WWE & TNA. Shane Strickland is known to LU fans as the masked Killshot. Sami Callihan also wrestles for Impact, and works for LU as Jeremiah Crane.

Here's the opener:

As with ROH, respect is the name of the game here. I can dig.

Rating: A.

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