MLW Fusion Report: Bunkhouse Brawl, Hustle & Power defend titles

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MLW Fusion #145

May 19th, 2022

Gilley’s in Dallas, TX

By: John Siino

Commentary: Rich Bocchini & Joe Dombrowski

nZo vs. ACH

Budd Heavy comes out first to be the initial opponent for nZo, but nZo dropkicks him as he’s trying to get in the ring before nZo tosses Heavy into the ring post. nZo asks for anybody else who wants a shot and to make it someone hard before ACH comes out to answer the challenge. They start the match with a lock-up before they take it to the mat with ACH in control. ACH comes back with a shoulder tackle and dropkick for a two count as they go to commercial.

When we come back, ACH takes nZo outside with a dropkick and hits him with a suicide dive followed by a slingshot crossbody. As ACH tries to dive again to nZo, he gets trapped within the ring skirt before they go to trade blows. nZo drops ACH onto the barricade before he hits him with a Razor’s Edge into the ring post. nZo meets ACH with stomps as he gets back in the ring, puts him on the top rope and hits him with a Lungblower for a two. nZo follows with a punt, and goes to the top rope but gets stopped by ACH who hits nZo with a gut wrench off the top rope. They go back to the top rope, but nZo knocks ACH off, just to leap off and get met with a dropkick by ACH, who gets a two count. ACH heads to the top rope, but nZo kicks the referee into the ropes, knocking ACH down in the process. nZo knocks ACH off the top rope with the DunZo for the pin and the win.

Winner: nZo by pinfall at 6:21

nZo gets on the mic after and calls himself the best of all time. KC Navarro tries to come out to confront him, but referees and officials hold him back and take him to the back.

We get a promo from 5150 who go over strategy for tonight’s Bunkhouse Brawl and talk about the Von Erichs not having a shot and they will beat their ass right here in Dallas.

MLW World Tag Team Championship: Hustle & Power (EJ Nduka & Calvin Tankman) (c) vs. The Bomaye Fight Club (Alex Kane & Mr. Thomas)

Alex Kane cuts a promo before the match and talks trash about the Dallas Cowboys and says that he is the truth. Hustle & Power come out and start brawling before the bell rings with the Bomaye Fight Club knocking them to the outside. EJ Nduka and Mr. Thomas end up being the first two official men and trade chops, punches and kicks before Nduka tries a powerslam on Thomas but gets stopped by Kane. Calvin Tankman comes in, but the referee holds him back as Thomas sprays Nduka in the face with something. Thomas continues to attack the eyes of Nduka before Kane comes in and kicks away at Nduka. Kane tries to suplex Nduka, but he fights off, blinded, and makes the tag to Tankman. Tankman takes Thomas off the apron and takes down Kane before Thomas runs back in and hits Tankman with a swinging uranage that Kane gets a two-count with. They trade some offense back and forth before Tankman chops Kane down. Thomas tags in and chops down Tankman before he comes back with chops of his own. Thomas knocks him down with a big boot and tags Kane back in. Kane stays in control before Tankman takes him down with a big clothesline and tags in Nduka. Nduka takes down Thomas with a couple of clotheslines before hitting The Verdict spinebuster, followed by powerslams into the corners and a third one in the middle of the ring as Tankman tags in and hits a standing splash for the pin on Thomas.

Winners: Hustle & Power (EJ Nduka & Calvin Tankman) by pinfall at 7:26, to retain

David Marquez is backstage with the Von Erichs who say the talk is over and this is for the Von Erich name. Marshall grabs a Bullrope and tells Texas to get ready.

Battle Riot IV Control Center

They go over the rules for the Battle Riot before announcing the first round of entrants.

·       Lince Dorado

·       Marshall Von Erich

·       Alex Kane

·       Calvin Tankman

·       Killer Kross

Battle Riot IV takes place on June 23rd from the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY

The Fate of Alex Hammerstone

We go to Cesar Duran in his office with an ice pack over his eye. Duran says Alex Hammerstone crossed the line, and he could fire him, but he won’t do it. When there is a problem, a real man has to take care of it himself so he’s going to challenge Hammerstone to a fight before we see a graphic for next week; Alex Hammerstone vs. Cesar Duran for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Bunkhouse Brawl: 5150 (Danny Rivera & Hernandez) (w/ Dr. Julius Smokes) vs. The Von Erichs (Marshall Von Erich & Ross Von Erich)

Danny Rivera gets on the mic before the Von Erichs come out and calls the crowd a bunch of bozos and calls a kid ‘ugly’ and says they smell like ‘Dallas ass’. Rivera continued to talk and said they thought he would be by himself before he called Konnan who gave him Hernandez’s number. Rivera tells a fan he will ‘smack him like Chris Rock’ and that the Von Erichs probably won’t even show up, and to my surprise, the Von Erichs make their way out. The Von Erichs and 5150 start brawling on the outside first, tossing Rivera into the ring. Rivera goes to the outside to try and regroup with Hernandez, before going back inside and hitting with a double dropkick. They continue to double team Rivera, with Marshall hitting a standing moonsault for a one count. Hernandez grabs Marshall and throws him into the barricade as Rivera and Ross continue inside. Julius Smokes starts choking Marshall out with a rope on the outside, as Hernandez joins Rivera on the inside and hits Ross with a powerbomb. Marshall and Rivera continue fighting on the outside, before Marshall goes and grabs a wooden board from under the ring. Marshall tries to smash into Rivera, but he moves, and Marshall goes crashing into the board. Hernandez starts attacking Ross with a rake, as 5150 double teams him. Hernandez slingshots Ross into a superkick by Rivera, who then hits him with a senton for a two count. Rivera tries to suplex Marshall on the outside onto a bale of hay, but it gets reversed and Rivera goes falling onto it. Hernandez chokes out Ross with the Bullrope inside the ring before putting him on his shoulders. As Rivera tries to jump off the top rope, he gets smacked with a wooden board by Marshall. Ross comes back with an Enziguri, as Marshall superplexes Rivera. The Von Erichs stay in control with Marshall hitting Rivera with a power slam as they go to commercial.

When we come back, Ross sets up a table in the corner, but Hernandez moves as Ross goes crashing into it. Rivera and Smokes look under the ring and grab a bunch of chairs. Hernandez takes all these weapons and starts piling them against a corner and spray paints 5150 on the wooden board. Marshall comes back inside and fights off Hernandez with a lariat before putting Rivera through the wooden board in the corner with a death valley driver. Hernandez tries to hit Marshall with the Border Toss, but Ross hits him in the back with a shovel breaking it. Marshall puts the Iron Claw on Hernandez before Ross comes from behind and they hit the Iron Eagle as Marshall gets the pin on Hernandez for the win.

Winners: The Von Erichs (Marshall Von Erich & Ross Von Erich) by pinfall at 9:42

Next Week

·       MLW World Heavyweight Championship: Alex Hammerstone (c) vs. Cesar Duran

About John Siino 202 Articles
New York native and reporter at POST Wrestling. He is also Associate Producer and Social Media Director at upNXT, and the host of the 'Shot in the Dark' podcast.