Let’s catch up on the week’s news in MLW and preview the latest episode of MLW Underground. Low Ki’s medical suspension for “brain damage” has been overturned, MLW signed two talents aboard for The Restart, and Gino Medina is out of the Dynasty.
MLW storylines are advancing in the latest episode of Pulp Fusion. Richard Holliday’s face was revealed, Alexander Hammerstone is forming a crew to take down Contra, and Myron Reed has a new nickname for Brian Pillman Jr.
Before we get to the video, there is one story to address for context. It was announced earlier in the week that Low Ki’s medical suspension was overturned by state athletic commissions. The whole ordeal was put into motion by King Mo’s coach, Dan Lambert, with claims of brain damage affecting Low Ki’s behavior. Low Ki is back in the saddle training at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
The format of Pulp Fusion is a quick cut montage of promos intermixed with each other. Let’s break it down.
- Richard Holliday opened with a State of the Union about his mangled face. He had one Band-Aid covering a wound, and the rest of his face was fine after suffering horrific tan burns. Holliday claimed that his face/skin has been severely damaged. He shared a tale of looking like a freak at the coffee shop when a little kid was startled by his appearance. Holliday wanted to shove the kid into a trashcan, but that would damage his brand. Holliday made a list of demands for The Restart, but he didn’t share those ideas in this episode.
- Alexander Hammerstone was on the phone rallying the troops to take down the Contra Unit. He has been staying in shape with his special Mexican muscle candy coffee blend.
- Myron Reed has sent in the title contract to face Brian “Bitch” Pillman Jr. Reed will prove to everyone that he is the greatest world middleweight champ of all-time.
- Low Ki addressed King Mo having help from Team Filthy and an umbrella to put him down last time they fought. He questioned why Dan Lambert worked to revoke his ability to compete from state athletic commissions. Low Ki is the last stand between pro fighting and pro wrestling. He comes from a generation that takes care of problems themselves, even if that means showing up at your front door.
- ATT coach Dan Lambert shared his feelings about athletic commissions overturning Low Ki’s suspension and allowing him to compete again. Don’t confuse kindness for weakness. The suspension was for Low Ki’s own good. Lambert is not afraid of Low Ki. He is afraid of what King Mo will do to Low Ki.
- Brian Pillman Jr. finished running 20 miles on the treadmill to lose weight for the 205-pound limit to fight Myron Reed.
- The Von Erichs got off the phone with Hammer. They have a common enemy in Contra. Contra is trying to stop The Restart. That would take food off the Von Erich table. Ross and Marshall are ready to take Contra out.
- Tom Lawlor browsed MLW.com. The announcement for the Opera Cup’s return caught his eye.
Leave it to the Dynasty to bring the chuckles. Holliday’s horrific face/skin turned out to be a minor scratch. I do feel a little bad for the guy, since the name on his Starbucks coffee cup is probably Scarface. With Hammerstone, his own special blend of coffee has made his arms so large that he had to tear off the sleeves of his lumberjack shirt. Seriously though, I love the idea of recruiting others to assist in fighting Contra to make The Restart happen. I could watch a Pulp Fusion spin-off based on that idea alone.
Reed is great at making me believe his promos. I’m mixed on who to root for when Reed wrestles Pillman. On one hand, I’d like to see Reed win clean and truly become great in MLW. On the other hand, Pillman deserves revenge after all those shady attacks from Injustice.
Before the coronavirus pandemic scrambled plans, one fight I wasn’t all that interested in seeing was the rematch between King Mo and Low Ki. After the past few weeks of promos, they sold me. I eagerly await to watch those two tear each other apart.
Hot off the clash between CM Punk and Raven, MLW Underground will see Raven’s new pal in action. Norman Smiley will wrestle Kenzo Suzuki in the latest episode. Also advertised is Samoan Island Tribe versus Los Maximos and promos from Punk, Steve Corino, James Mitchell, and Mikey Whipwreck.
MLW’s weekly program (Fusion, Anthology, and Underground) streams on fubo Sports Network Wednesday nights at 7 pm ET and 10 pm ET, airs on beIN SPORTS Saturday nights at 10 pm ET, and is posted on YouTube Saturdays at 6:05 pm ET. You can also check out MLW streaming on DAZN. In addition, MLW is broadcast in over 20 countries.
MLW revealed two new signings for The Restart. The first is a heavyweight hoss addition.
Parrow measures in at 6’4” and 300 pounds. With a nickname like, “One Man Demolition Machine,” he seems the kind of man needed by Alexander Hammerstone’s side to confront Contra. Parrow previously competed with MLW as part of Colonel Parker’s Stud Stable, so this will be his return to the promotion.
The second man on board is Bu Ku Dao. On the complete opposite spectrum of Parrow, Dao measures in at 5’ and 152 pounds. If Hammerstone’s plans require someone crawling through air vents, then it seems like Dao is the man to call. Dao has a background in Sanshou fighter and kickboxing. His style utilizes aerial blitzes and speedy striking combos. Check out the interview with DAZN about how his parents disapprove of his profession, being attracted to the art form of professional wrestling, having his NXT contract rescinded, and his excitement to join MLW.
In other roster news, Gino Medina has officially parted ways with the Dynasty. Medina says he left on his own accord, while the Dynasty claims they sent him packing.
Hammerstone played it as losing dead weight off his coattails, but then he went and got himself an emo haircut. Could the two events be connected? It does like look Hammer was shedding tears before this photo.
Despite the Dynasty drama, Richard Holliday found time to enjoy himself walking the streets of Brooklyn. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alicia Atout photobombed that Dumbo sign in reference to Holliday.
We’ll close with new merch in anticipation of the fight between Myron Reed and Brian Pillman Jr. Reed has a Hot Fiyah shirt, while Pillman has a mask with his specialized logo.
How do you rate MLW’s two new signings? What do you think is the ceiling for Gino Medina in MLW? Are you excited for Low Ki versus King Mo?