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MLW Fusion, anyone watching it?

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I decided to watch the last two weeks of MLW to check it out. I enjoyed the Lawlor/Von Erichs vs Contra brawl. Fatu is a good brawler and it's good to see the Von Erich brothers again. The question I have is is Tom Lawlor the top babyface in MLW? If so, why? He's not awful but I remember when I used to go to MLW shows he was a great heel.  They need another babyface. And Aries is not it. That match with Adam Brooks was bad. Aries looks like he's going through a midlife crisis. Lawlor/Josef was ok but not terribly exciting. MLW doesn't feel like a show that you have to watch every week so I'll pick and choose I guess. Especially when they bring in Wagner/Park and Savio. 

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Jacob Fatu vs Tom Lawlor was a completely "meh" match. Fatu looks great doing his signature spots, but really, as a match it was "ok", at best. MLW keeps on being the anti-epic. Highlight of the show was Konnan coming back to confront Salina in a segment that was called the Jim Cornette Experience in the most transparent plug-for-a-podcast ever.

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On 6/18/2019 at 1:54 PM, C.S. said:

"A fan on Twitter accused Bauer of 'ditching' Callihan to appease Jim Cornette, MLW’s outspoken commentator."  If there's any truth to that, bad move IMO. I'm not a Sami fan, but even I would take him over the embarrassing and irrelevant in 2019 Jim Cornette. At least Sami's recent buzz has been mostly positive, unlike Cornette's. Bauer denies that it has anything to do with Cornette though. Damaging a venue seems like a weird reason. Work?

 

On 6/18/2019 at 2:05 PM, NintendoLogic said:

Imagine how much of a fuckup you have to be to get bounced from a promotion where Low Ki, Jim Cornette, LA Park, and Teddy Hart all work with no issues. Good riddance to that goof.

 

On 6/18/2019 at 2:10 PM, SirEdger said:

It's hard to imagine that Sami Callihan actually screwed up BEFORE Teddy Hart did. And I know local promotions who refuse to book Teddy anymore because of his unprofessional attitude.

 

On 6/18/2019 at 6:07 PM, FMKK said:

If the guy shoot spat on Cornette during a match and he was upset about it, I don't really see how you can turn around and get rid of Jim based on that.

 

On 6/18/2019 at 6:28 PM, El-P said:

I have no idea where the "damages" came from, I gather it's not from the Mance match, because if it is, then it's really ridiculous. Nothing done in that match looked like it damaged anything in the bleachers. Plus, ol'Mancer was up there bumping on those bleachers too, so why isn't he responsible in some ways ? Third, the Corny stuff is odd. If I didn't know better, I'd call "work" on this one. But I guess I simply over-estimated Corny's brillance on the mic that time, as he was simply always legit shitting on Callihan, which in that case, I understand why Sami would be pissed.

I know this is a few weeks late, but on this week's episode of The Jim Cornette Experience, Cornette finally goes into specific behind the scenes detail about Sami Callihan getting fired from MLW after the "Loser Leaves Town" match.  If you listen to the show and don't want to hear all of the other stuff, you can always click here. Cornette starts talking about this issue at around 54:00 minutes into this week's episode.

Cornette confesses that he actually had met with Callihan after the incident with Eddie Edwards in Impact, and that they had agreed to perpetuate their Twitter rivalry as a "work."  Cornette claims he even gave Callihan his home phone number.  According to Cornette, the night of this Loser Leaves Town match in MLW, he actually thought the whole deal with Callihan spitting on him was part of the work.  He even went up to Callihan after the match and congratulated him. What he didn't know was that Callihan was about to get fired for going off script during his match with Warner.  Cornette claims the match was edited for TV, and we never got to see the damage Callihan did to the venue, which is what actually cost him his job. Also, Callihan himself was supposedly the agent for this match, but he never alerted the truck that he was planning on going into the bleachers, so the cameras couldn't film some of it, and security wasn't warned ahead of time to be there to protect the wrestlers from the fans, or vice versa.

Of course, there's always the possibility that Cornette is lying about his side of the story, but the whole thing is pretty hilarious either way.

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8 hours ago, The Thread Killer said:

Cornette confesses that he actually had met with Callihan after the incident with Eddie Edwards in Impact, and that they had agreed to perpetuate their Twitter rivalry as a "work."  Cornette claims he even gave Callihan his home phone number.  According to Cornette, the night of this Loser Leaves Town match in MLW, he actually thought the whole deal with Callihan spitting on him was part of the work.  He even went up to Callihan after the match and congratulated him.

Workers be workers.

Yeah. Hard to take him seriously now though whenever he'll find a next victim to vent about... Next thing you know, he'll end up in AEW and put the Bucks and Omega over...

Only in pro-wrestling.

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Cornette basically dropped the "I'm not working...or am I?" routine on Monday's Drive-Thru, making the point that he was about the last person in wrestling where you could actually question where the work ends and the shoot begins. So, yeah--workers be workers indeed.

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It's not cool when they insist they tell it like it is and say they have no reason to work us.

I mean I get it, they constantly are working to get themselves over,  but it insults my intelligence and is just plain deceitful when they say they are telling the truth.

I get that Corny was non-confrontational at first but just the concept of wanting to work an angle with Callihan and giving him his phone number is carny. It would be equivalent of shooting an angle with Joey Janela on TNT next year.

With Corny going to Impact after spending years bashing TNA and now working at MLW, Bruce going to back to WWE, JR going to AEW, and Eric being hired to for Smackdown, we could clearly see that podcasting is the new job application.

The only question is...WHERE WILL VINCE RUSSO END UP NEXT?

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Regarding MLW, I am glad I could watch for free. It is better than 2019 ROH. I think Impact is technically better. But there's just something about MLW that prevents me from watching it every week- I skip around. Could be the taping schedule where stars I want to see are not there or how guys come in and out, or how they have so-so local talent and small crowds.  Could be because Corny says AEW is an outlaw mudshow and MLW is great.

I like the concept and some of the workers- mostly the second generation ones, but there's just something off that prevents MLW from living up to its name, Major League Wrestling. It's probably the budget. But creatively, it's feels bare bones. Some cringe backstage skits. The undercard matches are mostly time fillers. The "fusion" label really means lucha and Tom Lawlor on the same card as standard indy workers. 

I sound more negative than I want to be. I guess I just have to be in the mood for MLW. It seems like everyone is trying hard. 

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Ultimately, MLW is the poster child for the way the new era kicked off by AEW has dried things up on the indies. Here's who MLW had in just September of last year that's been signed exclusively since then:

  • Brody King
  • PCO
  • Taya Valkyrie
  • Pentagon Jr.
  • ACH
  • Joey Janela
  • Rey Fenix
  • John Hennigan
  • Shane Strickland

That talent, per show taping, equals four singles matches on their own, or more than that if you think of them slotting into other spots on the card. But that's at least one match on each episode of TV that goes from "indy geek filler" to having top level talent. Props to them for riding this out and still being fun enough to check out and chat about here. 

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