Major League Wrestling kicks off the Opera Cup with eight men vying for a chance to win the illustrious trophy.
We opened with Injustice: Kotto Brazil, Jordan Oliver and MLW Middleweight champion Myron Reed holding the ring hostage and attempting to hijack the show as they complained that they were not in this year’s Opera Cup. King Mo interrupted them and made his way to ringside for his scheduled match. Injustice got in Mo’s face and it looked like it was going to break down into a 3-on-1 fight, but ACH then interrupted proceedings and made his return to MLW to side with King Mo.
King Mo and ACH defeated Jordan Oliver and Kotto Brazil (with Myron Reed) via pinfall
Dan Lambert, King Mo’s cornerman joined AJ Kirsch and Rich Bocchini on commentary as Oliver and Brazil jumped ACH and Mo before the bell. Injustice used the numbers advantage to distract the ref and get ACH outside and began beating him down. ACH fired up a few times with stiff chops and slaps to the face, but Brazil and Oliver kept the quick tags flowing and held control of ACH with a series of elbow drops and a sharpshooter. King Mo got the hot tag and ran wild on Brazil with a spine buster, atomic drop and a standing flapjack. Brazil reversed a gut-wrench powerbomb with a hurricanrana but Mo took both Brazil and Oliver out with a double spear moments later. Mo and Brazil then combined with a corner splash and kick to Brazil in the corner before Mo hit him with a gut-wrench powerbomb and locked in a kneebar to pick up the submission victory.
The MLW cameras caught Gino Medina talking with a producer backstage and we were told he had just met with Konnan, but both had refused an interview.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Dynastic was next. The Dynasty was in a bar, and MJF had his gift train for Hanukkah SLASH Christmas. He gave Holliday a pair of his beloved giant AirPods, Holliday got MJF a junior version of him called “Max Mini” but MJF was severely disappointed. Max Mini was kicked out and we quickly moved on.
Before the opening match in the tournament, we had a nice video package showing the history of the Opera Cup. This included the history of the cup being in the Hart family since the last winner, Stu, and Davey Boy Smith Jr. donating it to MLW to revive its legacy.
MLW Opera Cup First Round: Timothy Thatcher defeated Richard Holliday via submission
A “Thatchers gonna kill you” chant started as they circled each other before the bell. Holliday disrespected Thatcher almost immediately and ate a kick to the head and a suplex for his arrogance. These two went back and forth in a great contest untilHolliday started shouting that Thatcher was not that tough, but Thatcher snapped on a Fujiwara armbar and Holliday immediately tapped out.
MLW’s newest member of the broadcast team Alicia Atout was backstage with Salina de la Renta. Alicia explained that she tried to get this interview last week but was so happy to speak to her this week, but Salina snapped back saying she really didn’t want to talk to her last week, or this, so get on with the questions. But just as Alicia started to speak Gino Medina walked by and Salina dropped everything and walked off arm in arm to negotiate…
Mance Warner then had a recorded message for Jimmy Havoc ahead of their barbed wire match. He said the Taipei Deathmatch didn’t happen because Havoc was “a big old bitch”. He seemed to then challenge Havoc to a blindfold match, saying again that their feud is an eye again. This feud will continue until all gimmick matches have taken been ticked off the list.
We then caught up with Marshall, Ross and Kevin from the Von Erich family. They were talking about “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and Kevin said everything always boils down to money, and when they find him in the ring -the brothers should do what feels right.
CONTRA Unit then had a video message. They explained that they had dropped Ikuro Kwon in Japan on a very special mission. Samael said soldiers are coming from all corners of the world.
The StrongHearts from OWE: CIMA, El Lindaman and Shigehiro Irie then had a recorded message for CONTRA unit ahead of their six-man tag in the next few weeks. CIMA said they will destroy them in Japanese style, not hybrid style.
Opera Cup First Round: Brian Pillman defeated TJP via pinfall
This was another great contest in this tournament. Both men reversed and escaped each other’s finishers, with Pillman finishing the exchange with a knee to the head and then at the third time of asking Pillman Jr hit TJP with his spinning neck breaker finisher and picked up the victory.