MLW has been making moves to widen their reach. One of those moves was a TV deal with Vice. MLW has yet to premiere on the network, however, a debut date is finally lined up and will feature the biggest match in MLW history.
MLW officially announced a one-hour special on Vice TV for Thursday, October 7 at 10 pm ET. The epic title versus title fight between Jacob Fatu and Alexander Hammerstone is the headliner. Both the MLW World Heavyweight Championship and the MLW National Openweight Championship will be on the line.
Hammerstone has been training harder than ever for the chance to become MLW kingpin.
The Fightland special will benefit from the lead-in audience tuning in to Dark Side of the Ring. Those episodes are generally Vice TV’s highest-rated programs, so MLW has a good chance to build a larger audience for themselves. MLW CEO Court Bauer made it sound like they might be altering their routine format to provide more of a documentary feel fitting of Dark Side of the Ring. Bauer stated:
MLW Fightland on Vice TV blows up the tired, old wrestling format. Everyone has played it safe in presenting wrestling the same way for 25 years. MLW Fightland offers viewers a transparent, unfiltered all access look into the smoke-filled arenas of wrestling. We will present big fights and big stories with investigative reports giving viewers a raw, inside look at the very real world of wrestling.
That’s a lot of big words with wide leeway. MLW sort of already offers that with backstage interviews and Alicia Atout breaking news as reporter, but phrases like ‘played it safe’ and ‘real world of wrestling’ make me wonder if they have plans for a new storytelling style. I think it would be cool to see Fatu versus Hammerstone presented as a big fight boxing broadcast. That couldn’t be done every week, however, a special presentation for a special fight would be appropriate. Time will tell how MLW makes it unique.
The Fightland live event is scheduled for October 2 in Philadelphia, so you won’t have to wait too long for Fatu versus Hammerstone on Vice TV. What doesn’t air on the debut Vice special will be formulated into future episodes of Fusion. The announced lineup for the event so far includes:
- Title vs. Title: Jacob Fatu vs. Alexander Hammerstone
- MLW World Middleweight Championship: Myron Reed (c) vs. Tajiri vs. Aramis vs. Arez
- Nicole Savoy vs. Holidead
You can thank Cesar Duran (alias Dario Cueto) for Myron Reed’s middleweight title match. As MLW matchmaker, Duran produced a firecracker of a fight with the debuting Tajiri and two electric luchadores in Aramis and Arez.
This 'Young GOAT' @TheBadReed says he is the greatest, so let's find out, shall we? If he can conquer @AramisLuchador @ArezStrange and survive a Japanese Buzzsaw, then maybe Myron is the greatest of all time. But that is a big if, amigos. Let's find out... at #FIGHTLAND!!!!— Cesar Duran (@RealCesarDuran) September 16, 2021
MLW is bringing the women’s division back, and it has a banger for Fightland. Nicole Savoy will be squaring off against Holidead. That will be a hard-hitting affair, and one that Duran should keep an eye on. I’m sure he could make use of Savoy for thrilling matches, however, Holidead seems right up his alley of ghouls and monsters.
In addition to those announced matchups, the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Opera Cup tournament will take place at Fightland. No pairings have been revealed yet, but the list of participants is strong. Tom Lawlor will look to repeat as Opera Cup winner with Davey Richards, TJP, Calvin Tankman, Matt Cross, Bobby Fish, Lee Moriarty, and Alex Shelley in the field.
More Fightland matches are no doubt expected. Tickets are still available (here) to watch Fightland in person. A benefit of live attendance is picking up sweet merch. MLW is on the ball with a Tajiri t-shirt.
Buy MLW merchandise, pick up in arena https://t.co/CQ4ZKc9vd0— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) September 16, 2021
The Vice TV debut is a bit away, but don’t fret. MLW is providing hot and fresh action in their Fusion Alpha series debuting Wednesday, September 22 at 7 pm ET on YouTube and later in the week on beIN SPORTS.
Premiering this Wednesday pic.twitter.com/S6lgGIp64I— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) September 17, 2021
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