Various: Alicia Atout Departs from MLW, Dustin Rhodes Planning to Launch New Indie Promotion, Indies

Alicia Atout Announces Departure from MLW

Major League Wrestling talent Alicia Atout announced on Facebook that she recently requested and was granted her release from the company and is currently a free agent.

I’m officially a free agent!

I’ve been granted my release from MLW. My time there allowed me to grow, be creative, and create some lifelong memories and friendships. I appreciate the opportunity and have so much love for that dope locker room.

Life’s constantly changing, and I’m psyched for future adventures. Looking forward to my next chapter in wrestling.

Dustin Rhodes Planning to Launch New Indie Promotion This Summer

A recent episode of the Sports Guys Talking Wrestling podcast featured Dustin Rhodes as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Rhodes revealing that he is currently working on plans to launch a new indie promotion this summer and for it to be based in Austin, Texas.

“That is correct (I’m looking to launch an independent promotion & book shows) and it’s probably gonna happen sometime late summer, I think, and that’ll be local here (in Austin, Texas) so I know that we’ve had someone like Inspire (A.D.) come in town and we had WrestleCircus a ways back and it was a couple more but, I think we can really take over this market in Austin and do something big with it and that’s all I’m hoping for is that these kids have somewhere to go in front of kids, in front of people to feel their energy, you know? Because this is only so much. When you have 300 people, it gives you a lot more energy when they’re there and they’re in the moment and they love their pro wrestling and Austin’s a great pro wrestling city. They love their wrestling here.”

Rhodes also gave his thoughts about his brother Cody’s upcoming Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match at WWE’s WrestleMania 39 event and also revealed he will be in Los Angeles during the weekend of WWE’s event.

“I’m super proud of him (Cody Rhodes), I’m so proud of the man he’s become. He’s become very wise for his age and just since AEW and since he’s went out on his own, making a name for himself, he’s flourished and he’s done a damn good job at it. He’s taking care of his body, he looks great, he walks the walk and he talks the talk and he backs it up and he just looks like a billion dollars and I think that’s the important thing about it. You wanna be world champion, you wanna be a mega star, the company is on your back, then you gotta look that part and I think he does that — I’m not a suit guy, he is. I just wear t-shirts and jeans. That’s a lot of pressure. It’s a lot of pressure to have the weight of the WWE universe on your shoulders but he will become, hopefully, if he wins this match, he will become the first Rhodes to win this, you know, the big one in WWE and that’s impressive and I’m super proud and I’m here for it. I can’t wait to watch.”

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Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Game Changer Wrestling recently announced that Mike Modest is the next official inductee for this year’s Indie Hall of Fame class. It was not revealed who will be inducting Modest at their Indie Hall of Fame ceremony on April 2nd in Los Angeles.

Joey Janela recently announced that Maki Death Kill (Maki Itoh & Nick Gage) will be making an appearance at GCW’s Joey Janela’s Spring Break 7 event on March 31st in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday’s event for All Japan Pro Wrestling in Tokyo, Japan featured Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Kenoh and Manabu Soya defeating Naoya Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi to be crowned the new AJPW World Tag Team Champions

Tuesday’s MLW Underground show featured Major League Wrestling announcing that the April 25th episode of MLW Underground on REELZ will be a Battle Riot V themed special featuring the replay airing of their Battle Riot match from their upcoming Battle Riot V event on April 8th.

MLW also recently announced that Jacob Fatu is the next official competitor for the Battle Riot match at their Battle Riot V event on April 8th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Revolution Pro Wrestling recently announced that they have pulled Will Ospreay from the card of their Revolution Rumble event on March 26th in London, England due to him recently suffering a shoulder injury. It was also announced that Francesco Akira will be replacing Ospreay for his scheduled match against Dan Mooney at the event.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that due to Will Ospreay’s current shoulder injury, they have pulled him off the card of their co-promoted Impact x NJPW Multiverse United event on March 30th in Los Angeles, California. It was also announced that Hiroshi Tanahashi will be replacing Opsreay for his scheduled match against “Speedball” Mike Bailey at the event.

Impact Wrestling recently announced that tickets sales for their upcoming Sacrifice 2023 event on March 24th in Windsor, Canada recently reached sold out status.

Impact also recently announced a new match for the card of their March 25th Sacrifice 2023 Fallout themed Impact! tapings in Windsor:

  • Miyu Yamashita vs. Killer Kelly

Impact also recently announced two new matches for the card of their co-promoted Impact x NJPW Multiverse United event on March 30th in Los Angeles:

  • NJPW Strong Openweight Championship – Minoru Suzuki vs. KENTA (c)
  • Pre-show: Yuya Uemura vs. Gabriel Kidd