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Alex Shelley becomes final entrant in MLW Opera Cup tournament

MLW announced Wednesday that Alex Shelley is the eighth and final entrant in this year's Opera Cup tournament.

The 19-year veteran Shelley will be making his promotional debut as the tournament kicks off on October 2nd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 38-year-old recently made his return to pro wrestling at September 3rd's GCW/Black Label Pro 3 Cups Stuffed show. In January, he was scheduled to participate in Impact's Hard To Kill main event six-man tag, but had to pull out and temporarily step away from wrestling due to COVID-19 protocols with his full-time career.

Shelley joins seven other participants in this year's tournament that includes TJP, Calvin Tankman, Matt Cross, Bobby Fish, Lee Moriarty, Davey Richards and last year's winner and former MLW Champion Tom Lawlor. 

According to MLW's website, brackets and first round matchups for the tournament will be announced in the coming days. While the opening round and semifinals will take place on October 2nd, the finals will happen the following month in their November return to Philadelphia for Intimidation Games.