Friday, December 28, 2018

MLW's Baby Steps...

I have really enjoyed the Major League Wrestling product since its return last year. The matches are booked well, the talent is strong and improving, and they brought Tony Schiavone back which is just great. On July 7th, 1996 Tony gave us, "you can go to hell Hogan, straight to hell," the night Hulk turned heel and started the nWo (That's for you Travis). Court Bauer has not been afraid to sign and develop some of the top wrestlers in the game. 

"Filthy" Tom Lawlor is one of those guys. An MMA fighter, Lawlor is booked that way, and plays the part well. He should because it's exactly who he is. If Lawlor didn't get paid to fight he'd be doing it for free. The UFC veteran brings honesty and toughness to the ring every time out. I would like to see him wrestle matches that aren't always street fights of some kind. He is a very capable wrestler and showcasing those skills would go a long way to developing him.

Salina DeLaRenta is beautiful and easy to boo. She is easily the top female manager in the sport today. Her promos are strong, and she interferes just enough to get her guys over. Salina brings the threat constantly and she has an evil stare that makes your toes curl. Low-Ki has done yeoman's work as the champion and working with Selina in Promocionas Dorado has been equally strong. The veteran is the unquestioned leader in the ring, and has cemented his grip on the MLW World Championship. He defends the title against Tom Lawlor on February 2nd which is the culmination of a feud that has gone for more than seven months. It's sure to be a great match, and it has been built beautifully. One thing though, there is no need to say that Low-Ki is undefeated in MLW for fourteen years. When they discussed it on the broadcast it was uncomfortable. We know MLW was dormant for more than a decade, so please don't tell us that. Or, have Low-Ki say it, and have it thrown back in his face instead. Looks minor league.

Rush is awesome. This guy needs to be in front of more people. He is a supremely gifted wrestler, and brings personality, character, and charisma to the ring. El Toro Blanco is an immediate contender for the Championship, and it's already been announced that he'll face LA Park in New York City April 4th in the Main Event. It hasn't been announced yet, but I won't be surprised if this show is live. If that's the case I hope they're more prepared for it than they were in Miami. No pun, but it felt rushed to me. There was no need to do it, and the location's sound was poor at best. MLW has been maticulous about many things and the live broadcast has to be one of them...

Teddy Hart is great, and so is the Hart Foundation. Hart is a terrific athlete, and the new MLW Middleweight Champion. The middleweight division is deep with Kotto Brazil, Dezmond Xavier, Dragon Lee, MJF, DJZ, and the injured Marko Stunt give Hart plenty of contenders for the belt going into 2019.

MLW has had hiccups ,but they're not afraid to take risks, and shows a lot of creativity. They're going in the right direction, and more patience in 2019 would be beneficial for a company that did a lot of great things in 2018.

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