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Openweight title match to headline next week's MLW Fusion: Alpha

A National Openweight Championship match will headline the second week of MLW Fusion: Alpha.

MLW announced that National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone will defend his title against Tom Lawlor on next Wednesday's show. The series debuted with its first episode premiering on YouTube last night.

There was a segment on the Fusion: Alpha premiere where Lawlor complained to authority figure Cesar Duran (formerly known as Lucha Underground's Dario Cueto) that he didn't get a title shot for winning last year's Opera Cup. Lawlor pointed out that Hammerstone is getting a World title shot for winning July's Battle Riot III match.

Duran decided to make a National Openweight Championship match between Hammerstone and Lawlor for next week, but that didn't appear to be the match that Lawlor was looking for.

Hammerstone has held the National Openweight Championship since the title was introduced in 2019. He's set to face MLW World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu in a title vs. title match at Fightland next month.

After winning last year's tournament, Lawlor will again be taking part in the Opera Cup this year and will face Davey Richards in the first round at Fightland.

Here's the full list of what's been announced for next week's show:

  • National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone vs. Tom Lawlor title match
  • Arez vs. Aramis
  • Alex Kane in action