The Daily SteelChair Shot: MLW, Impact Wrestling, AEW, NWA (03/12/2019)

In Demand, the leading transactional video-on-demand and pay-per-view (PPV) programming distributor, owned by Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, and Cox Communications, announced that it has finalized a deal with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for a programming output deal that guarantees In Demand a minimum of one PPV event per quarter through June 2021.

“We’re huge fans of AEW’s exciting wrestling talent and events, and are pleased to partner with
them as they continue to build their audience, marketing and distribution,” said Mark Boccardi, In
Demand’s SVP, Programming & Marketing. “This commitment from AEW demonstrates that our
programming partners see the value in a long-term relationship with In Demand, and with the pay-per-view platform itself. We’re able to offer our content partners the largest distribution reach in
the PPV business, as well as customized marketing and promotional support.”

In Demand delivers great content to more than 60 million cable homes and has distribution deals with more than 200 companies. “AEW pay-per-view events are the best shows in wrestling, and In Demand is a perfect PPV partner for us as well as our fans,” said AEW President and CEO Tony Khan. “With In Demand’s vast reach and connectivity, we’ll be able to bring all of our AEW pay-per-view shows into the homes of wrestling fans throughout North America.”

In Europe and every other country, AEW PPVs are available on Fite TV.

Over the weekend “Filthy” Tom Lawlor requested a strange exhibition match that he insists he’s set in stone: Lawlor versus a member of the Von Erichs. MLW  announced “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. a member of the Von Erichs at the Opera Cup at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City next Thursday, December 5. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Labelled “Traitor Tom” for betraying the Von Erichs on Fusion on Thanksgiving and denying the Von Erich family championship gold, the Von Erichs are eager to get their ex-friend in the ring. The twist? Both Ross and Marshall are baffled by the announcement claiming they haven’t been approached about such a bout. If true, who is the mysterious member of the Von Erichs Lawlor plans to fight in an exhibition match?

The Pride of Puerto Rico will return to his home away from home in New York City this Thursday night as the Caribbean legend fights the self-proclaimed future in Gino “El Intocable” Medina for the Opera Cup.

Unapologetically arrogant Gino Medina claims he is on a different level than anyone in the sport. The problem is, Medina has a reputation for backing it up. A self-proclaimed once in a generation megastar in the making, Medina plans on showing he is a franchise player when he makes his NYC debut this Thursday.

Standing in his way is the brawling Boricua Savio Vega. Vega, who splits his time between Puerto Rico and the South Bronx, is known for his rough, physical style which will be a challenge for the finesse oriented Medina who relies on speed and a technical form of Lucha. Believing the world is his, Gino has an insatiable appetite for greatness and vows he will not be denied… or will it when he rumbles with Savio Vega?

Matches signed thus far for Opera Cup:

  • 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: Timothy Thatcher vs. Richard Holliday
  • OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP: TJP vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
  • PRINCE OF DARKNESS MATCH: Jimmy Havoc vs. Mance Warner
  • EXHIBITION MATCH: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. A Von Erich
  • Savio Vega vs Gino “El Intocable” Medina
  • Konnan will be in the house

The 2019 IMPACT! Year-End Awards, IMPACT Wrestling’s annual fan-voted awards show honouring the best athletes and moments of the year, returns for its second consecutive year as the organization today announced this year’s nominees. Hosted by lead commentator Josh Mathews and Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore, the awards will be handed out on 2 special episodes of IMPACT! on AXS TV, airing Saturday, December 28 and Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 8 PM ET/PT.

The 2019 IMPACT! Year-End Awards will honour wrestlers in the following categories: Wrestler of the Year, Moment of the Year, Knockout of the Year, X-Division Star of the Year, Tag Team of the Year, Finishing Move of the Year, Match of the Year and One to Watch in 2020. Fans can vote on the Match of the Year here and the rest of the nominees here. Voting ends Sunday, December 8.

Leading the pack, 2018 Knockout of the Year Tessa Blanchard enters the competition as the first-ever female nominee for IMPACT Wrestler of the Year. Blanchard is up against 2018 Wrestler of the Year and current IMPACT World Champion Sami Callihan, in a digital preview of their ground-breaking main-event match at IMPACT: Hard To Kill on January 12 at 8 PM EST (1 AM GMT), streaming live on Fite TV.

The end-of-year IMPACT! episodes will also look back at this past year in IMPACT Wrestling with special clips, interviews and match highlights from 2019. IMPACT! will return to its regular Tuesday primetime schedule on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, ahead of Hard To Kill on Sunday, January 12, 2020, live from the Bomb Factory in Dallas.

IMPACT Wrestling is available to view in the UK from 2 AM on Wednesdays on the IMPACT Plus app and airs at 9 pm on Wednesdays on Fight Network UK (Sky 192/Freesat 161), (circa) 11 pm on Fridays on 5Star and repeated on Fight Network UK at 9 pm on Sundays (End-of-year episodes airing dates and hours have yet to be announced). 

As seen at the end of this week’s Season Finale of Powerrr, NWA Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis revealed that Bennett will be joining the NWA commentary team at Into The Fire pay-per-view on Saturday, December 14. Bennett will be calling the weekly NWA action with Joe Galli, replacing Jim Cornette. Cornette recently parted ways with NWA after he was accused of making a racist comment.

This week’s Powerrr episode was the final episode with Cornette. NWA noted the following on his departure: “Lastly, it’s the final episode of the NWA Powerrr called by analyst and pro wrestling legend Jim Cornette. We thank Jim for his support of the National Wrestling Alliance in Season 1, and his over thirty plus years with the organization. His call of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express match is an exemplary display of his many talents, and we wish Jim nothing but the best moving forward.”

Here is the card of Into The Fire PPV, as revealed after tonight’s Season Finale:

  • 2-OUT-OF-3 FALLS MATCH FOR THE NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Nick Aldis (c) vs. James Storm
  • NWA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Colt Cabana (c) vs. Aron Stevens vs. Ricky Starks
  • NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Rock ‘N Roll Express (Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton) (c) vs. The Wildcards (Thomas Latimer and Royce Issacs)
  • Question Mark vs. Trevor Murdoch
  • NWA Women’s World Champion Allysin Kay & Ashley Vox vs. Melina & Thunder Rosa or Marti Belle (Only 2 of 3 in the match)
  • Eli Drake vs. Ken Anderson

NWA’s Into The Fire is airing live from Atlanta on Saturday, December 14, at 6.05 PM EST (11.05 PM GMT). It will stream live and worldwide on Fite TV.

 

All pics and videos courtesy of NWA, MLW, AEW, and Impact Wrestling

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