Admittedly, it took me a while to warm up to Major League Wrestling (MLW). I’m glad I gave it a chance. Their show, MLW Fusion, initially struck me as a cross between a style of wrestling I call “MMA cosplay” and ECW-wannabe hardcore. There was a lot of “real sports” seriousness coupled with what seemed to be a drive to make everything as grimly violent as possible. That’s not my to my personal tastes.
Over time, though, I got to see more variety. The name of the show, Fusion, is meant to reflect the notion that they showcase all manner of wrestling styles. Rather than doing a mixture in every show, it sort of comes in waves. As of this writing, for example, they’re doing a crossover series with AAA, so it’s heavy on luche libre.
This is because of how they film it. Apparently they’ll shoot a month or more worth of episodes over a weekend, all at one live event venue. They’ll handle all of those storylines, with the wrestlers that are there. Then the next wave will have new storylines, and some different wrestlers. It’s somehow got strong continuity and a disjointed feeling at the same time.
What I like are some of the great wrestlers. Mance Warner is a treasure and should be a household name. He’s funny, he’s smart, and most importantly, he can wrestle. When he’s on the card, I know I’m going to be entertained. MLW also has a lot of great “legacy” wrestlers, if you’re into wrestling history. The Von Erich brothers, Brian Pillman Jr., Davey Boy Smith Jr., and Jacob Fatu all uphold their family names.
How to Watch MLW Fusion
Every episode of MLW Fusion is available for free on their YouTube channel. The show is also free on FiteTV, but for some reason new episodes don’t appear until several days after they’re up on YT.
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