The Daily Wrestling News Update: AEW, MLW, ROH (06/01/2020)

AEW Dynamite will air from the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield near Denver, Colorado on March 4 and from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 11. Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday, January 10 at 5 PM GMT.

Major League Wrestling today announced Erick Stevens vs. Douglas James for MLW: Zero Hour at the NYTEX Sports Centre in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area this Saturday, January 11. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

For weeks league matchmakers have tried to secure an opponent for Erick Stevens’ debut with all passing on taking on the ferocious Floridian. Frustrated by an inability to find an opponent willing to step in the ring with Stevens, MLW CEO Court Bauer shared the story on Twitter over the weekend. Wasting no time, undefeated kickboxer/MMA fighter turned pro wrestler Douglas James stepped up asking for the match. League officials moved quickly to go to contract on the Zero Hour bout, which is now official.

“Iron Heart” Douglas James enters Saturday’s bout with impressive outings against the likes of National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone and Timothy Thatcher, the latter of which was so impressed by James, Thatcher invited him to train at his camp in California. James now enters the ring this Saturday in Dallas/Ft. Worth looking to make a statement against a determined force of destruction in Erick Stevens. An intimidating mix of brute force, power and focused aggression, Erick Stevens is one of the most destructive forces in the sport. Over the course of his career, Stevens has left a trail of wreckage. Stevens has also dominated in bodybuilding, powerlifting, and earned his Brazilian Jiujitsu blue belt.

Signed thus far for Zero Hour:

  • NO ROPES BARBED WIRE MATCH: Jimmy Havoc vs. Mance Warner
  • WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT: Jacob Fatu (c) vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
  • GRUDGE MATCH: Ross Von Erich vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor
  • NATIONAL OPENWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT: Alex Hammerstone (c) vs. Aerostar
  • NO HOLDS BARRED FIGHT: Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Simon Gotch
  • MJF vs. Marshall Von Erich
  • Savio Vega vs. Richard Holliday
  • TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM MATCH: Drago & Puma King vs. Injustice vs. Hijo de LA Park & Taurus (presented by Salina de la Renta)
  • Gino “El Intocable” Medina vs. Septimo Dragon (w/ Konnan)
  • Erick Stevens vs. Douglas James

On Sunday, February 9th, at Baltimore’s UMBC Event Center, Ring of Honor Wrestling presents Free Enterprise, a live event featuring the best professional wrestlers on the planet that is absolutely FREE to attend. Free Enterprise is an extension of the ongoing #ROHCares initiative in which ROH gives back to the community. This program has seen top stars regularly visit children’s hospitals and has provided veterans with free tickets to live events through a partnership with Vet Tix. Now ROH is giving all professional wrestling fans the ultimate opportunity to feel the ROH Experience in its hometown of Baltimore, MD, absolutely FREE.

Big matches have already been signed for this major event featuring the debut of top Australian star Slex versus Flip Gordon and The Briscoes versus Bandido and Flamita. Also, the dominant team of Dan Maff and Jeff Cobb will get their chance at ROH gold as they compete for the ROH World Tag Team Championship against champions Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham. Other stars signed to compete are ROH World Champion PCO, ROH World TV Champion Dragon Lee, “El Toro Blanco” RUSH, “The Villain” Marty Scurll, and the Women of Honor debut of Session Moth Martina. More great matches and the main event will be announced very soon.

Free Enterprise will have a special 3 PM ET bell time (8 PM GMT). Tickets will be made available first for HonorClub members at 10 AM ET (3 PM GMT) on Wednesday, January 15, and for the general public at 10 AM ET on Friday, January 17.

All pics courtesy of AEW, MLW and ROH

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