The Daily Wrestling News Update: MLW, AEW (15/01/2020)

MLW today announced “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Killer Kross for MLW: FIGHTLAND at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 1. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

After months of being a contractually caged man, the 6’4″ Killer Kross is now an unrestricted free agent and he’s looking for a fight. Upon hearing of Killer Kross’ arrival, the outspoken and loathed Lawlor stepped up asking for a fight with Kross. “Fightland wouldn’t be Fightland without a dream match like Lawlor-Kross,” said Court Bauer, MLW CEO. “The 2300 Arena has seen some scraps but given the rep of these two, this one is going to be on a different level.” With whispers of shadowy beginnings in the infamous Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City, Kross is a respected and feared fighter with a background in Vale Tudo Pankration. A hybrid wrestler who can switch from street fighting to martial arts to Lucha, Kross has dominated the competition in AAA Lucha Libre.

Meanwhile, Tom Lawlor has been on a warpath since the fall. Accumulating wins over the likes of Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Timothy Thatcher, Lawlor recently sent shockwaves throughout the sport for betraying Ross and Marshall Von Erich. Embracing a dirtier approach to his fights, Lawlor has become one of the most hated men in MLW. Complimenting Lawlor’s new mindset is the 2020 edition of Team Filthy. Already proving to be a formidable force, this ruthless rulebreaking collection of fighters are borderline hooligans. Now the stage is set. What happens when a dangerous underground combat fighter squares off with a top-ranked MMA fighter turned world champion wrestler?

Matches signed thus far for FIGHTLAND:

  • WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT: Jacob Fatu (c) vs. CIMA
  • “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Killer Kross
  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Erick Stevens
  • Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Jimmy Havoc (with Priscilla Kelly)

AEW released their top 5 rankings before Bash at The Beach. Records were reset with the new year.
Since last week, Sammy Guevara has replaced MJF as #5. Kris Statlander’s loss last week to Riho in a title bout has dropped her from #1 to #3. Hikaru Shida and Nyla Rose has moved up one spot accordingly. Awesome Kong and Britt Baker remain steady. Kenny Omega and Hangman Page have cracked the top 5 for the first time at #4. Lucha Bros has dropped from #3 to #5 with their loss to the Rhodes Bros on Dynamite. Best Friends has moved up one spot, and Dark Order got the boot from #5. 

All pics courtesy of AEW and MLW

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