A Brief History of: MLW Fusion

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Major League Wrestling (MLW) started as a promotion in 2002 and initially ran for two years. The wrestling promotion fell dormant in 2004. Court Bauer then moved onto the podcast game in 2011, launching MLW Radio. Following steady growth and explosion with popular podcasts such as Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard and many others. The wrestling promotion was revived in 2017, and MLW signed with beIN Sports for a television series.

The series entitled MLW Fusion in April of 2018. It airs weekly on Friday nights at 8:00 PM Eastern. It is also uploaded on their YouTube channel on the following Saturday. Their commentary team is Rich Bocchini and Tony Schiavone. They started it off hot, with the first episode being main evented by Pentagon Jr., presented by Salina de la Renta, and Rey Fenix. Many other names would debut on the show such as Shane Strickland, Jimmy Havoc, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Simon Gotch, MJF, Sami Callihan, and Joey Janela. This is not all of them, of course, but a few of the bigger names.

A pay-per-view event was held called The World Championship Final. At this event, Shane Strickland was crowned champion, to Salina de la Renta’s chagrin. She put out a 20,000-dollar bounty on Strickland’s head.

 

Brody King would debut to attempt to collect on this bounty. Strickland and King clashed on the June 7th taping for MLW Fusion, which later aired on the 22nd of June. Strickland thwarted the Straight Edge King’s efforts by defeating him. Low Ki would eventually be the one to unseat Strickland as the MLW World Champion. Low Ki is also presented by Salina de la Renta. The crafty Salina boasts a stable now including Low Ki, LA Park, and Hijo de LA Park.  She had presented Pentagon, Jr., Rey Fenix, and Sammy Guevara, but kicked them to the curb. Salina’s crew now feuds with a rival faction presented by Konnan. Konnan’s charges are the Lucha Bros (Pentagon, Jr. and Rey Fenix).

There are several other factions or “fight teams” as they’re called in MLW besides Salina and Konnan’s crews. There are Team Filthy, Black Friday Management, Col. Parker’s Stud Stable and the Hart Foundation. Probably the two most noteworthy are Team Filthy and the Hart Foundation. Team Filthy is comprised of “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Simon Gotch and Seth Petruzelli. The Hart Foundation is a new reincarnation of the group, with Teddy Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jr., and Brian Pillman, Jr. Your current champions of MLW are Low-Ki, The Lucha Bros and Maxwell J. Friedman (MJF). Low-Ki is the World Champ, Lucha Bros are tag team champions and MJF is the World Middleweight Champion.

MLW’s next event and television taping will be taking place on November 8th in Chicago, IL. They have lots of major action lined up, including a street fight between Tom Lawlor and Sami Callihan, a flag match between Puma King and MJF, and Simon Gotch’s Prize Fight Challenge. Also, on the card is a No Disqualification match between the inhuman PCO and Brody King. There are many other great matches signed and there are more not announced. When these matches will show up on MLW Fusion? You’ll have to tune in to find out!