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Davey Boy Smith Jr. aims to break Jacob Fatu in title fight for MLW’s return to TV tonight

MLW returns tonight!

You read that right. MLW’s 7-month hiatus is over. MLW Fusion has fresh episodes starting tonight (Nov. 18) on Fubo Sports at 7 pm ET & 10 pm ET, on MLW’s YouTube channel at 7 pm ET, and a variety of other platforms throughout the week. Let’s preview the festivities with two title fights.

MLW is bringing their heavy-hitters for The Restart. Fusion will feature three champions in action:

  • MLW World Heavyweight Championship: Jacob Fatu (c) vs Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • MLW World Middleweight Championship: Myron Reed (c) vs Brian Pillman Jr.
  • Alexander Hammerstone kicking ass

Last we saw Davey Boy Smith Jr., he was left a bloody mess in a Tijuana stairwell when the Contra Unit attacked to take over MLW. Smith has since recovered from a broken back and is ready for revenge. Jacob Fatu has been an unstoppable wrecking ball of destruction during his reign as MLW kingpin.

For story and non-story reasons, I struggle to predict that Smith will claim gold, but I’m riding with him anyway. He has me sold when I look into his wild eyes.


Smith has the conviction and belief that he will win gold. True self-confidence is a heck of a performance enhancer.

Fellow Hart Foundation member, Brian Pillman Jr., will also get a chance at revenge and glory when he squares off against Myron Reed. Prior to the pandemic shutdown, Pillman had been the recipient of several ambush attacks from Injustice. Tonight is his night to make it all right. Winning the Middleweight title would be Pillman’s first singles belt in MLW. On the flip side, Reed is looking to stomp his mulleted nemesis and move on to greater challenges in establishing his legacy as the young GOAT.

There is also the lurking presence of Injustice mate Jordan Oliver. No doubt he’ll have an impact one way or another. This is another tough match to call. I want to root for Pillman, but I am also interested in seeing Reed’s quest for greatness. Hmm, I really can’t decide on a prediction. My rapid instinct is picking Pillman.

Hammerstone is the current MLW National Openweight Champion, but it is unclear at this moment if his title will be defended. Potential opponents could be Contra members. Hammerman led the charge to take back MLW headquarters and has his eyes set on competing for the Heavyweight strap against Fatu, assuming Fatu triumphs over Smith. Simon Gotch would put on a solid match with Hammer tonight. Or perhaps Hammerstone squashes multiple random jabrones under generic Contra masks.

I’m looking forward to all three bouts, but the real question I want answered is the battle of the tans. Who will be the bronzest between Alexander Hammerstone and Richard Holliday?

Granted, Holliday burned his face in a wager to top Hammerstone, but that doesn’t mean he won’t try again out of pride.

In commentary news, MLW is bringing Mister Saint Laurent to the booth alongside Rich Bocchini.

The official Fusion preview also teases promos from the Von Erich family and the Opera Cup tournament bracket.

MLW was kind enough to release a treat guaranteed to get the blood flowing in anticipation for tonight. Enjoy the cold open for Fusion.

We’ll close with a note from MLW CEO Court Bauer.

Good morning!

After nearly 8 months today is the day. Welcome to #TheRestart of Major League Wrestling!

This year has been unlike any other in the history of our league and we thank you for being with us every step of the way.

Tonight at 7pm ET, we embark on a new era for MLW featuring a new breed of fighting athletes as we bring you into smoke filled arenas each and every week.

We’ve reloaded the roster, nearly doubling the number of wrestlers and we will be giving you stacked cards each and every week for free.

You’ll also notice new strategic alliances pop up on FUSION along with some other surprises.

I promise the intense competition will remind you of what we all love about MLW. My hope is that you will enjoy the extraordinary competition of the Opera Cup, championship bouts and some big marquee matches.

A key goal for #TheRestart was to give fans more ways to watch us than ever before. In addition to watching us nationwide on cable and satellite on beIN SPORTS, you can now stream us on not just on YouTube but on Fubo Sports Network, DAZN and Pluto TV plus we’re in 20+ countries and counting! Learn more about where to watch.

Thank you again for your incredible support throughout the year.

Now, get ready for a big night of fights!

•Jacob Fatu vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.: World Heavyweight Title Fight

•Myron Reed vs. Brian Pillman Jr.: World Middleweight Title Fight

•Alex Hammerstone in action + more!


Court Bauer CEO/Founder of Major League Wrestling

What are your predictions for tonight’s episode of Fusion?

MLW Fusion streams on Fubo Sports Network Wednesday nights at 7 pm ET and 10 pm ET, posts on YouTube Wednesdays at 7 pm ET, and airs on beIN SPORTS Saturday nights at 10 pm ET. You can also check out MLW streaming on demand with DAZN. In addition, MLW is broadcast in over 20 countries.

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