🚨 @MegaTJP returns to MLW for #OperaCup; fights @FlyinBrianJr in opening round on December 5.
Witness the first Opera Cup in 7 decades! 🎟https://t.co/hY3fcHMFjy https://t.co/Ys76iLiAOU pic.twitter.com/D8RNVAQawK
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) November 13, 2019
As announced a few weeks ago, Davey Boy Smith Jr. inherited the Opera House Trophy Cup upon the passing of his grandfather Stu Hart. Inspired by the legends whose names are immortalized in plaques on the sides of the cup, Hart has donated the cup to Major League Wrestling to reignite the spirit of the greats who preceded today and tomorrow’s greats.
MLW today announced TJP vs. Brian Pillman Jr. in an opening-round match for the 2019 Opera Cup tournament at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City on December 5. The event will be an MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.
The December 5th event will feature the return of the Opera Cup tournament after a 71-year hiatus. Featuring 4 opening round bouts, the league has invited some of the best wrestlers from around the world to compete in this one-night single-elimination tournament.
Brian Pillman Jr. enters the Opera Cup coming off of SuperFight clash against Low Ki. With many sensing Pillman’s ascension in the league imminent, the Rogue Rookie’s participation in the Opera Cup will be a critical stage in his progress. This also marks TJP’s return to MLW, where he last competed in 2004. Since that time, TJP has competed around the world and has established himself a world-class athlete. The flashy TJP backs up his swagger in the squared circle using a hybrid wrestling style relying on Lucha, strong style and technical wrestling to overwhelm adversaries.
Recently competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the mega-talented TJP now sets his sights on making history by entering the first Opera Cup in 71 years. With hopes of winning the recently restored antique Opera Cup trophy, TJP is focussed on Pillman and the road ahead in this one-night tournament. TJP brings a variety of challenges to Pillman but the “Cincinnati Kid” is a total wild card, making this bout a hard one to predict. Will Pillman’s tenacious albeit unorthodox approach prevail? Will the versatile veteran TJP advance in the single night tournament en route to winning the Opera Cup?
I want to thank @FilthyTomLawlor for his two years with @MLW. Tom was a day zero guy that helped relaunch the league in October 2017. I wish him continued success with the next chapter of his career. First class dude who despite being filthy is somehow all class at the same time.
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) November 14, 2019
Court Bauer, MLW’s CEO, just confirmed “Filthy” Tom Lawlor was leaving MLW to write a new chapter of his career.
Appropriately nicknamed, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor was one of the dirtiest players in both MLW and UFC. A prolific finisher, Lawlor stepped away from UFC with a record of 10-6 (1 NC), racking up eight stoppages in 10 wins, four of them by way of submission.
Not surprisingly, those skills had come in handy in Major League Wrestling, where he has already found great success. The more success he experiences, the more Lawlor ran his mouth about other top-ranked wrestlers. However, unlike other big mouths, Lawlor backed up his talk with heavy hands and explosive suplexes.
Despite WWE did not confirm his departure, WWE NXT Superstar Jordan Myles (the former ACH) took to Twitter today to announce that he is quitting WWE in a pretty non-PG video. Myles, who was booked to win the first-ever NXT Breakout Tournament earlier this year, has changed his Twitter name back to Super ACH and has removed all WWE references.
This video came after Myles previously called out the company for what he claimed was a racist t-shirt design. He would go on to state that WWE does not care about black people. Myles made a tweet on November 3 that said he will make sure his “voice and movement” will be heard if he didn’t hear from WWE by the next day, which would have been November 4.
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