MLW is making major league moves by signing a new TV deal to air a second weekly show.
MLW announced an agreement with REELZ to broadcast MLW Underground Wrestling on Tuesday nights at 10 pm ET. Underground is the brand used by MLW’s original programming from 2003, and now the title will return as MLW’s flagship program. It will be a two-hour block of MLW material with the second hour showcasing classic fights.
The debut of MLW Underground Wrestling on REELZ kicks off February 7 with Last Man Standing between Alexander Hammerstone and EJ Nduka for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship.
#REELZ is now the home home of #MajorLeagueWrestling, the fastest growing league in the world of #ProfessionalWrestling! Tune in to #MLWUndergourd every Tuesday night at 10E|7P starting #Tuesday February 7! #MLW #ProWrestling pic.twitter.com/EBNP2wfZyO— REELZ (@ReelzChannel) January 20, 2023
MLW Underground Wrestling will be in addition to the weekly MLW Fusion series. Fusion streams Thursdays at 8 pm ET on Pro Wrestling TV and hits the cable waves Saturday nights at 8 pm ET on beIN SPORTS.
Congratulations to MLW on the new TV deal with REELZ, which has a reach of over 40 million homes. More wrestling on television benefits the industry as a whole with more places for wrestlers to work.
Will you be tuning in to MLW Underground Wrestling on REELZ?
Here is the full press release about the announcement.
New Weekly Primetime “MLW Underground Wrestling” Events Showcase Professional Wrestling for a New Generation
(Albuquerque, NM) Friday, January 20, 2023 — REELZ today announced the fastest growing wrestling league in the world Major League Wrestling (MLW) premieres on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT. The new weekly primetime series MLW Underground Wrestling is a new era of wrestling for a new generation of fans, featuring an electrifying mix of world class fighters including MLW World Champion Alex Hammerstone, “The Certified G” Real1, Women’s Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie, John Hennigan, Jacob Fatu, “The World’s Greatest Wonder” Microman and more.
Journey into the underground beginning Tuesday, February 7 at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT with the premiere of “Titan vs. Titan” featuring Hammerstone vs. ex-NFL player EJ Nduka in a Last Man Standing World Championship Match and also stars Real1, the Bomaye Fight Club and Mance Warner. Immediately following at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT it’s the REELZ premiere of the classic “MLW Battle RIOT IV.”
“Major League Wrestling is for a new generation of fans and we’re thrilled to bring our viewers a ringside view with exciting nights at the fights,” said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at REELZ. “With the strong response from our viewers to several REELZ originals celebrating the extraordinary lives and careers of professional wrestlers we’re stepping into the ring to bring them new Major League Wrestling events every week.”
“Wrestling has never been hotter and MLW Underground Wrestling will deliver a weekly adrenaline rush when we join the REELZ roster February 7,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer. “The extraordinary growth and success of REELZ with its line-up of must-see programming is a perfect fit for MLW.”
MLW wrestlers have distinct backgrounds with rich cultural connections making their journeys relatable and authentic to viewers. MLW also features some of next generation of some of the most iconic wrestling families in the sport including the Samoan Dynasty, the British Bulldogs and more. New episodes of MLW Underground Wrestling air Tuesdays at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT followed at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT with REELZ premieres of classic episodes of the most memorable and action packed matches in MLW history.
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Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company, offering television content, action figures, apparel, live events, and ancillary entertainment. MLW operates live events in major markets throughout the United States and Mexico, including New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Tijuana. One of the fastest growing wrestling leagues today, MLW programming is available in over 60 countries worldwide, including its new flagship series MLW Underground Wrestling on REELZ in the United States airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET / 7pm PT; and MLW Fusion on Pro Wrestling TV in the U.S. and Ayozat TV on SKY in the United Kingdom.
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