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Bobby Fish to face Lee Moriarty in first round of MLW Opera Cup


MLW has revealed a new first-round matchup for this year's Opera Cup tournament.

Bobby Fish will face Lee Moriarty in the opening round of the Opera Cup at MLW's Fightland tapings at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 2. The match will be Fish's MLW debut.

Fish was released by WWE during a round of NXT roster cuts this August.

Moriarty's MLW debut took place at July's Battle Riot tapings. Earlier this month, Moriarty accepted a contract offer from AEW during a taping for AEW Dark: Elevation.

The opening round and semifinals of the Opera Cup will be held at the Fightland tapings. The finals will take place at MLW's tapings at the 2300 Arena on Saturday, November 6.

Tom Lawlor vs. Davey Richards is also set for the first round of the Opera Cup. Alex Shelley, TJP, Calvin Tankman, and Matt Cross are the other wrestlers who will be taking part in the eight-man tournament.

Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lawlor were the winners of MLW's first two Opera Cup tournaments.

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

Fatu vs. Hammerstone and the four-way Middleweight title match will air on Vice TV as part of a one-hour Fightland special on Thursday, October 7.