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Jacob Fatu defends Heavyweight Championship tonight vs. Calvin Tankman at MLW Never Say Never

Tonight is the night for a title fight of epic proportions. Get hyped for a hoss fight supreme!

Jacob Fatu will be defending the MLW World Heavyweight Championship against rising challenger Calvin Tankman as the main event on MLW’s special Never Say Never episode of Fusion. 655 pounds of beef will collide, and it is going to be awesome.

The build has been more of a prize fight feel with some professional wrestling hijinks included. Fatu is part of an international cabal aimed at taking over the world. He’s done his role well by feasting on souls from MLW’s roster. The Samoan Werewolf has been champ for 634 days and counting. Some of that time is padded by pandemic inactivity, but I honestly don’t think he would have lost anyway had there been more title defenses. Fatu is arguably the baddest man in professional wrestler.

Tankman’s story is the simple one of climbing the ladder to provide for his family. Being champ brings big bucks. Tankman has steamrolled the competition, however, he has yet to face someone on the level of Fatu. Tankman’s toughest test was Laredo Kid, a 5’7” 180-pound luchador. Laredo has a unique blend of skill, but Fatu is a completely different challenge. The two behemoths did have one mini showdown that resulted in Tankman pouncing Fatu from the ring.

That act of defiance, as well as mingling in the Contra Unit’s business with Injustice, put Tankman on the radar as Fatu’s next execution.

Contra looks to settle all pending business tonight. The undercard features their rivalry with Injustice. Daivari wrestles Myron Reed, and Simon Gotch wrestlers Jordan Oliver. Injustice has been seeking payback after a Contra attack ended the career of Kotto Brazil. Reed and Oliver played a pivotal role in taking back MLW headquarters from Contra control. Physical violence and trifling interference has been exchanged leading to this pair of singles showdowns.

MLW is bringing out the pomp and circumstance for tonight’s affairs. Combat sports commentator Ray Flores will join the booth. The MLW World Heavyweight Championship earned a boost in prestige by being officially recognized by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Monteasy produced an official theme song, “Ride on Our Enemies,” for Never Say Never.

Also advertised for the broadcast are Alexander Hammerstone addressing the actions of Mil Muertes prior to the MLW National Openweight Championship match on April 14 and a head-to-head interview with Richard Holliday and Gino Medina.

If this promo from Josef Samael doesn’t get you pumped for tonight’s show, then I don’t know what will. For context, Samael is the mouthpiece of the Contra Unit. This was from last week, so his reference of tonight was Tankman versus a Sentai Death Squad member. Tankman survived unscathed.

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

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