MLW Fusion Results January 12, 2023
Kicking off this week’s Fusion with stood on the stage and said MLW came to him for help and they need him. Duran spoke about extreme power and concluded by saying just you wait before he dropped the microphone
Middleweight Title Match
Shun Skywalker (c) vs. Lince Dorado
Shun Skywalker teased a standing moonsault, but stopped when Lince Dorado put his knees up. Skywalker countered into another move and slammed Dorado the mat before covering him for a two count.
Skywalker applied a Gory Special. Dorado broke free and then went on the offensive with various strikes before Skywalker cut him off. Skywalker ended up slide kicking Skywalker to the floor. Dorado went up top and performed a crossbody block onto Skywalker on the floor heading into a commercial break.
After the break Dorado performed another top rope crossbody block for a near fall. Skywalker came back and looked like he was going for a suplex but instead slammed Dorado face first to the mat and covered him for a near fall.
Dorado came back and went for a 619 but Skywalker ducked it. Skywalker performed a double underhook slam for a convincing near fall. Skywalker went up top and was cut off by Dorado, who tied him up in the tree of woe before hitting him with a baseball slide kick.
Dorado applied a cross armbreaker. Skywalker got between Dorado’s legs and then powered him up and slammed him to the mat & both men stayed down for a bit. Both men got to their feet and traded strikes. They eventually ran the ropes and Skywalker put Dorado down with a kick. Skywalker followed up with a standing moonsault for a near fall.
Skywalker picked up Dorado for SSW but Dorado countered into a pin for a near fall. Dorado put Skywalker down with a DDT and then went up top and hits a shooting star press
Winner & New Middleweight Champion: Lince Dorado (NEW CHAMPION!!!!)
After the match Sam Laterna interviewed Lince Dorado on the stage. Dorado said everyone who means something was there. He said he nearly died in the ring in 2300 Arena back in 2017 and then played to the crowd. Cesar Duran walked out with champagne. Dorado took a drink. Duran told Dorado that they had a lot to talk about and then headed to the back with him
Bomaye Fight Club delivered a backstage promo. Alex Kane spoke about having possession of the Opera Cup, which Thomas was holding. Kane spoke about the various countries that expressed interest in hosting the Opera Cup tournament. Thomas suggested Canada. Kane asked who the hell has ever come out of Canada. Thomas mentioned England instead. Myron Reed said they don’t even have a queen anymore. Cesar Duran showed up and suggested Mexico. Kane said Mexico was missing one thing Bomaye. He got Duran to say it a few times and then they put a Bomaye Fight Club jacket on him.
Joe Dombrowski recapped Duran’s return and explained that he’s promoting his own lucha matches. Footage aired of Hugo Savinovich introducing Duran as the booker of the year and referring to him as his idol. Savinovich handed Duran a giant pencil as his award. Duran said he’s not the booker of the year, he’s the booker of the decade and booker of the century.
Duran said he’s done it all on his own and didn’t need a bunch of bots, a trust fund, a daddy to take care of his business, or for his daddy to die for him to become what he is. Duran tossed aside the giant pencil and said he’s not a booker, he’s a promoter. He spoke about champions and then introduced Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie, who said they’ve known each other for years. Duran looked into the camera and said the best is yet to come.
An Alexander Hammerstone video package aired. He said he thinks there are some dream matches to have in 2023. He said he lives for the big fights and wants to show the world that the company is a force to be reckoned with.
Backstage Davey Boy Smith Jr & The Billington Bulldogs were shown warming up.
Dombrowski announced that Cesar Duran would reveal a top Mexican headliner who will be unveiled next week. Plus, Fusion will also feature Jacob Fatu vs. Ben-K
6 Man Tag Team Match
New British Bulldogs vs. Bomaye Fight Club
Thomas Billington performed an early missile dropkick then Thomas Billington went up top for a move on Myron Reed but Mr. Thomas shoved him to the mat. Mr. Thomas tagged in and worked over Thomas Billington. Alex Kane checked in and was getting the better of Thomas Billington heading into the final break.
After the break Mark Billington eventually tagged in and performed a big dive onto Bomaye Fight Club and their entourage at ringside. In the ring The Billington Bulldogs handed Thomas to Smith, who was on the middle rope. Smith powerslams Thomas from the middle rope to get the win.
Winners: New British Bulldogs
A brief video hyped next week’s Jacob Fatu vs. Ben-K match.