Various: MLW Opera Cup 2020, Friday’s NJPW Strong Card, Impact had Interest in The Acclaimed

MLW Announces Participants & Bracket for Opera Cup 2020 Tournament

Major League Wrestling recently announced the full field of competitors and bracket for this year’s Opera Cup tournament, which will officially start on the November 25th episode of MLW Fusion.

Full list of competitors for MLW Opera Cup 2020:

  • Tom Lawlor
  • Rocky Romero
  • Laredo Kid
  • ACH
  • Low Ki
  • Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Richard Holliday
  • TJP

MLW also announced that Gino Medina, Jordan Oliver, Hijo de LA Park, King Mo, Dominic Garrini, and Daga are the official alternates should any serious situation occur during the tournament.

Full Card for Friday’s Episode of NJPW Strong

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the full card for tonight’s Night Two of New Japan Showdown themed episode of NJPW Strong, which airs on New Japan World starting at 10PM EST.

  • The DKC & Clark Connors vs. Logan & Sterling Riegel
  • Rocky Romero vs. Rust Taylor
  • Jeff Cobb vs. JR Kratos
  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Right to Challenge Contract match – David Finlay vs. KENTA (rights holder)

Tommy Dreamer Comments on Impact Wrestling’s Interest in The Acclaimed Prior to AEW Deal

A recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast had The Acclaime ‘s Anthony Bowens and Max Caster as the guest. One of the topics discussed included co-host Tommy Dreamer revealing that Impact Wrestling had been interested in the idea of signing the tag team prior to their signings with AEW.

“You know, I’ll tell you this, I’ll let you in on a little inside. We were losing The Rascalz and wrestling, we know when contracts are coming up [in] IMPACT Wrestling and Brian Myers pitched both you guys to come to IMPACT and we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ll probably look at them for the upcoming year.’ So, it’s cool to go from having nothing and I’ll tell you this because not only did you have AEW interested, you had IMPACT interested in you. That [didn’t] happen and everything happens for a reason but just the fact that you go so long in wrestling and then all of a sudden, the doors open up for you and to tell you a quick story, Scotty 2 Hotty was the next Shawn Michaels. He looked just like Shawn Michaels, and he was plugging away for the business for a long, long time and in the same week, he had job offers from ECW, WCW and the WWF, and from doing it for like six-to-eight years and then for the same week to have all these people clamor for him, it’s pretty, pretty cool so you guys, I know at least had options where I didn’t even know if you guys knew that other people were plugging for you and it was based upon your talent.”

During the interview, Bowens stated that he was originally planned to work in AEW earlier this year but those plans were dropped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Right after we spoke [Busted Open Radio in January], from what I understand, I was supposed to doing something at the Blood & Guts show or at least be there so I was like, ‘This is my moment, this is my time’ and then 30 minutes later, ‘All shows cancelled’ and I was like, ‘No! No, not again’ and then something similar happened in June then finally I was able to get down here and then a couple weeks later the good news came.”

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