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Tom Lawlor vs. Davey Richards set for MLW Opera Cup tournament

MLW has revealed the first opening round matchup in this year's Opera Cup tournament.

Tom Lawlor and Davey Richards will face off in the first round of the Opera Cup at MLW's Fightland tapings at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 2. The Opera Cup first round and semifinal matches are taking placeĀ at Fightland. The finals will then be held when MLW returns to the 2300 Arena on Saturday, November 6.

Alex Shelley, Bobby Fish, Lee Moriarty, TJP, Calvin Tankman, and Matt Cross are the other participants for this year's Opera Cup.

Lawlor was the winner of the 2020 Opera Cup. Davey Boy Smith Jr. won MLW's inaugural edition of the tournament in 2019.

Richards made his MLW debut at July's Battle Riot tapings.

A one-hour special from the Fightland tapings will air on Vice TV at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, October 7. MLW World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu vs. National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone in a title vs. title match will headline the special. A four-way match with Myron Reed defending his MLW Middleweight title against Tajiri, Aramis, and Arez will also air on the special.

Here's the updated lineup for the Fightland tapings:

  • Title vs. title match: MLW World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu vs. National Openweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone
  • MLW Middleweight Champion Myron Reed defends against Tajiri, Aramis, and Arez in a four-way match
  • Nicole Savoy vs. Holidead
  • 2021 Opera Cup tournament first round and semifinals