The Daily SteelChair Shot: MLW, Impact Wrestling (21/11/2019)

The final match for MLW’s Opera Cup first bracket has been revealed. It will be a showdown between Timothy Thatcher and The Dynasty’s Richard Holliday.

Widely considered one of the best scientific pro wrestlers in the world, Timothy Thatcher is revered and feared for his rugged, technical style and its that combination that makes the ring general one of the favourites to go the distance on December 5 in the Opera Cup tournament. Rarely does Thatcher face a man that can match him in power and size like Richard Holliday can.

A dynamic athlete, Holliday is an emerging world-class calibre wrestler having won the World Tag Team Titles earlier this year. With self-proclaimed “dynastic qualities,” Holliday sees the Opera Cup as an opportunity to fast-track a singles career and make a statement by dominating.  But is the Westport, CT native ready for Thatcher? Known for shutting down adversaries on the mat and manipulating their joints with punishing submissions, the 6’3″ Thatcher is a no-nonsense fighter.

The other matches signed thus far for the 2019 Opera Cup are:

  • OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP: Timothy Thatcher vs Richard Holliday
  • CONTRA Unit (Jacob Fatu, Ikuro Kwon & Simon Gotch) vs. Strong Hearts (CIMA, El Lindaman & Shigehiro Irie)
  • OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP: Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Shinjiro Otani
  • OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP: MJF vs. Alex Hammerstone
  • OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP: TJP vs. Brian Pillman Jr.

IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and one of the world’s largest professional wrestling organizations, announced today a new multi-year television deal which will make e.tv the home of IMPACT Wrestling across more than 50 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The exclusive broadcast deal will showcase IMPACT Wrestling’s flagship weekly shows IMPACT! and Xplosion, plus four annual pay-per-view spectaculars, its new IMPACT Plus Presents monthly event series and library content. Beginning in January 2020, IMPACT! will air weekly on e.tv and rebroadcast specific program content on e.tv’s free-to-air satellite platform Openview.

“Africa has always been a strong market for IMPACT Wrestling, where our passionate fans continue to engage with our content on multiple platforms,” said Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and president of IMPACT Wrestling. “We are thrilled to bring professional wrestling back to e.tv, where the sport has a long history and track record of success.”

“e.tv is proud to be the home of Impact Wrestling across Sub-Saharan Africa. We received enormous traction from having aired wrestling on our channels a few years ago, and it is only befitting that we bring back content that highly resonates with our audience. We hope to build the IMPACT Wrestling brand on our multi-channel platforms for many years to come,” said Marlon Davids, MD, echannels.

IMPACT!, is broadcast globally, including AXS TV and Twitch in the United States, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony ESPN in India, 5STAR and Fight Network in the United Kingdom, SuperSport in Africa, and MVStv in Mexico.

All pics courtesy of MLW and Impact Wrestling

Comment