MLW Fusion ALPHA Report: Jacob Fatu vs. Matt Cross

John Siino reviews MLW Fusion: Alpha featuring MLW World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu taking on Matt Cross in the main event.

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MLW Fusion ALPHA #3

October 6th, 2021

2300 Arena – Philadelphia, PA

By: John Siino

Commentary: Rich Bocchini & Saint Laurent

Earlier Today

We go to footage from earlier today of Alex Hammerstone trying to get into the 2300 Arena but getting stopped by Atlas Security (including my long-time high school friend Markell!)

5150 (Rivera & Slice Boogie) (w/ Konnan & Julius Smokes) vs. Injustice (Myron Reed & Jordan Oliver)

5150’s graphics all say LAX/Latin American Xchange and were announced as so when I attended the event live, so it looks like they have been officially rebranded as 5150 now. All four men start brawling right away with Injustice clotheslining Boogie to the outside double-teaming Rivera (the former Danny Limelight) knocking him to the outside as well. 5150 take advantage on the outside, brawling amongst the apron and barricade before Boogie and Oliver end up as the legal men inside. They start exchanging chops, until Smokes trips up Oliver on the ropes and helps Boogie, distracting the referee, and allowing Rivera to get a kick on Oliver and Boogie hitting a uranage for a one count. Rivera knocks Reed off the apron as 5150 double team on Oliver with Smokes hitting some cheap shots. Rivera gets on the back of Oliver and tries to wear him down, but Oliver leaps to try and take Reed, but Smokes knocks Reed off the apron before the tag is made. Reed finally gets the tag and delivers kicks to 5150 and an assisted sit out powerbomb for a two count that Boogie breaks up. Boogie spears Reed off the apron, while Rivera pushes Oliver into the ropes where he gets hit with a slapjack by Smokes as Rivera gets the pin on Oliver.

Winners: 5150 (Rivera & Slice Boogie) by pinfall at 6:59

Myron Reed steps back into the ring but gets jumped by 5150 as Konnan barks orders. Oliver is able to pull Reed out as they escape. Rivera knocks down a referee, as they take his shirt off and spray paint a L on him before 5150 attacks more security.

The Featherweight Division

Alicia Atout is backstage with Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo of the Sea Stars, who are introduced as the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions. Vox says her and Delmi have been tag-teaming since Delmi came out of the womb and they are tag team wrestling. Delmi asked if anybody wants to prove them wrong, please do. Willow Nightingale joins in and gives the Sea Stars a hug and says their TikToks are very good. Willow also wants to crush it in MLW and dominate in that ring, but Brittany Blake interrupts and says their fun won last long.

We go to a CONTRA Unit video with Shawn Daivari who is yelling in his native language before being attacked by Alex Hammerstone. Mads Krugger then comes in and starts attacking Hammerstone.

We get a quick Bobby Fish coming soon to MLW video.

Ashley Vox (w/ Delmi Exo) vs. Willow Nightingale

Willow starts the match out powering Vox pushing her against the corner and knocking her down with a shoulder tackle. Vox exits out of a Fireman’s carry and dodges a kick before getting hit with a slam and a senton from Willow for a two count. Willow hits the Three Amigos with the last one being a Fisherman’s Suplex for two. Willow transitions into submissions, but Vox comes back with a head scissors knocking Willow to the outside where she hits Willow with a suicide dive. They trade off strikes until Vox gets caught and slides out to hit an uppercut, but Willow comes back with a cartwheel into a superkick. Willow comes back with a spinebuster for a two count. Willow hits a cannonball in the corner but misses a moonsault off the top rope. Vox hits a clothesline for a two count, gets on Willow’s back, but Willow crashes backward into two corners, hits a spinning kick and the Willow Bomb for the pin.

Winner: Willow Nightingale by pinfall at 7:16

We head to the back where Hammerstone and Krugger are still battling in the back.

Just Getting Started

Alicia Atout is backstage with Davey Richards and congratulates him on his victory two weeks ago against TJP. Richards feels like he and TJP are just getting started in MLW, which prompts TJP to interrupt and says 20 years later they are still getting started before Richards tells Atout to leave as she wouldn’t want to be here for this which gives TJP the chance to hit a cheap right hook on Richards before referees come in to interrupt.

We get another Tajiri vignette as he debuts tomorrow night on MLW Fightland.

Hammerstone and Krugger are still brawling in the back.

MLW Fightland Control Center

·       MLW World Heavyweight Championship/MLW National Openweight Championship – No Disqualification Match: Jacob Fatu (c) vs. Alex Hammerstone (c)

·       MLW World Middleweight Championship – 4-Way Match: Myron Reed (c) vs. Aramis vs. Arez vs. Tajiri

·       MLW Embedded w/ Alicia Atout, Dave Meltzer, Raj Giri & Andreas Hale

5150 Sense

We go to the back where we see Rivera, Slice Boogie & Julius Smokes of 5150. Smokes says Konnan has prescribed him with something as he pulls out a rock from the slapjack he used earlier. Boogie downplays what Injustice did to them as Rivera tells them to stay out of their way and their ring and 5150 told them to get everything. Boogie asks the cameraman what sneaker size he is as the camera turns off.

Who’s Outsmarting Who

We cut to a CONTRA Unit video with Josef Samael who says the time has finally come with the most anticipated fight in the history of MLW. He questions Hammerstone outsmarting him or if it was really him outsmarting Hammerstone and says going to war with Jacob Fatu is a suicide mission and calls Hammerstone their best and only option and what will happen when Hammerstone fails at Fightland. Samael promises a massacre at Fightland and after Fatu rips him apart, he will burn the evidence.

Hammerstone and Krugger are continuing to brawl as referees run in and finally split them up as they cut to a video package for Fatu vs. Hammerstone.

MLW World Heavyweight Championship: Jacob Fatu (c) (w/ Josef Samael) vs. Matt Cross

The crowd gives Fatu a big reaction to start the match and Cross ducks and uses his speed to knock Fatu to the outside where he hits a suicide dive. Fatu fights back as they start brawling around the ring. Cross escapes and pushes Fatu into the post and hits a flagpole press on the outside before they head back in where Fatu drops Cross with a dropkick. Fatu starts choking Cross in the corner and hits a Falcon Arrow and a couple of headbutts for a 2 count. Cross fights back with chops but Fatu catches him and hits a swinging uranage. Fatu keeps Cross in the corner and drops punches on him as Cross tries to fight back. Fatu comes back with a Samoan Drop and whips Cross into the corner. Samael distracts Cross, but Cross comes back with boots and a springboard forearm. Cross’ suspenders get loose, and Samael tries to pull on them but Cross ignores it and hits a standing moonsault for a two. Fatu comes back with a superkick and a springboard handstand moonsault for a two. Cross hits a double stomp to the back of Fatu and takes out Samael with a suicide dive on the outside. Fatu follows it with a dive himself onto Cross on the outside. Back inside, Cross hits a springboard cutter for a two-count. Cross goes to the top rope but misses a 450 Splash and runs right into a clothesline by Fatu who follows with a moonsault off the top rope for the pin.

Winner: Jacob Fatu by pinfall at 11:17, to retain

After the match, Samael calls for the Sentai Death Squad who come out and put Cross in a body bag and carry him out on a stretcher. We head to the parking lot where Samael is there trying to get Cross put into the back of a car but Hammerstone is right behind him and starts attacking Samael and the Sentai Death Squad.

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New York native and reporter at POST Wrestling. He is also Associate Producer at POISONRANA, co-host of 'Collision Course' and the host of the 'Shot in the Dark' podcast.