Let’s catch up on the week’s major news in MLW.
The most important information of the week, especially for beIN SPORTS viewers, is that MLW Fusion will change its Friday night time slot to Saturdays at 9:00 pm ET beginning tomorrow (Feb. 16). About the move, CEO Court Bauer said:
“With the majority of our cards on Saturday nights and beIN interested in doing more live broadcasts in 2019, it made sense to move the show to Saturdays. Saturday night wrestling has a history dating back decades. It’s an honor to bring that tradition back starting this Saturday night on beIN.”
That reason is pretty much what I suspected after the SuperFight live special was on a Saturday and MLW still had to fill their regular Friday spot as well. And who’s not excited for more live opportunities? MLW has already closed a deal for their first two hour live broadcast. No details yet, but I would assume it is for Battle Riot II in April. That Royal Rumble-esque match itself is longer than one hour.
For those that watch MLW Fusion on YouTube, details will be forthcoming about how the new time slot affects the upload schedule.
Intimidation Games main events
Intimidation Games will be MLW’s next event on March 2. Twenty-seven wrestlers have already been signed to appear. Now, we know a couple of the major matches.
Low Ki will get his heavyweight championship rematch against Tom Lawlor. In! A! Steel! Cage!
A statement in the press release caught my attention.
Can the steel cage keep out LA Park, Ricky Martinez, Hijo de LA Park or Salina de la Renta? League officials are designing a cage to ensure this in fact the case.
Does that mean MLW will debut a nifty new design for wrestling cages? It sounds like this bout will be a fight finished inside the cage and not to see who escapes first. If the cage works well, it will be interesting to see how long until another promotion ‘borrows’ their blueprint.
The next announcement is competitors for the return of the Lucha Bros.
Bam! Laredo Kid will be debuting with MLW. He is one of the top rising stars in the lucha libre world. Even better in my book, Taurus will tag along. I’m a big fan of Taurus. He is perhaps my favorite luchador in AAA. He is beefy but can move surprisingly for a big man. The dude even wrestles in a bull mask. Just look at him.
Taurus may look cheesy to some, but the whole package works well once you see him wrestle. I think he could become this era’s cult luchador like LA Park in WCW. I’m very interested to observe how the Chicago fans in attendance receive him. Chicago Bulls aficionados might have a soft spot for Taurus. Benny the Bull better watch out though. Much like big man heat, there might be bull heat as well.
To round out the match announcements, there will be a little something something called a death match.
That fight should be violent. I know LA Park can get down and dirty. Mance Warner is new to me, but he is known as the Southern Psycho, not to mention the king of big dog style.
Here’s Mancers intro info Southern Psycho” Mance Warner
King of big dog style
Eye poke god
Mouth of the Midsouth
Medium sized man beast
Lariats and light beers
Weight: 187 Lbs.
Hometown: Bucksnort, Tennessee
— Mance Warner (@ManceWarner) November 10, 2017
Apparently, this bout was put together after an ‘accident’ with light beer.
Salina de la Renta and Promociones Dorado were offended by Mance Warner as MLW talent prepared to speak before the media. Different stories claim different things including Warner accidentally spilling a light beer on Salina to Promociones Dorado “big leaguing” Ol Mancer in the green room.
I believe those three matches will all be part of a live special, but I’m not certain. The phrasing in the press releases refers to the event airing live, but the positioning of the statements imply those matches will be the ones featured.
Alert! One more bout hot off the presses.
Puma King vs Hijo de LA Park sounds good to me. Jam on it.
Teddy Hart vs MJF on Saturday night’s MLW Fusion
MJF has his sights on the cruiserweight championship that he never lost. MJF had to vacate due to injury. Teddy Hart stepped in to win the belt during a ladder match. After being torched verbally, MJF will have his opportunity for redemption. He may not be by himself.
I’m not familiar with Richard Holliday, but it is intriguing to see that MJF has a trick up his scarf. Could MJF reclaim gold then aim for the Hart Foundation’s tag titles as a way to shove it in Teddy Hart’s face?
Also scheduled is Jimmy Yuta vs Mance Warner. Light beer aside, I’m looking forward to seeing what Warner has to offer.
Who are you picking to win the cruiserweight title tilt? Which Intimidation Games match stands out most to you? Have you ever been in a death match caused over spilled beer?
*Note: I’m moving this weekend. Coverage of Fusion next week will be delayed and will resume once I get internet hooked up. Hey, Mr. Internet Man. You’ve got the hook up. Holler if you hear me.
MLW Fusion airs on beIN SPORTS Saturday nights at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT.