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MLW crowns 2020 Opera Cup winner


"Filthy" Tom Lawlor is the winner of the 2020 MLW Opera Cup.

In the main event of this week's MLW Fusion, Lawlor defeated Low Ki in the Opera Cup finals. The match was 24 minutes long and Lawlor attacked Low Ki's knee throughout. Low Ki hit a rolling kick to Lawlor in the corner at the finish, but Lawlor fell forward and pinned Low Ki to win the Opera Cup. Low Ki had hit a Ki Krusher prior to that, but they were too close to the ropes for Low Ki to get the pin.

To get to the finals, Lawlor defeated Rocky Romero in the first round of the Opera Cup tournament and ACH in the semifinals. Low Ki defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr. in the first round and Richard Holliday in the semifinals.

Davey Boy Smith Jr. was the winner of last year's Opera Cup tournament.

"Held annually for nearly 50 years at various turn-of-the-century opera house locations from New York City to Boston, the Professional Wrestling Opera House Cup was a grueling multi-day tournament," MLW wrote about the Opera Cup. "The best of the day competed in the tournament and would often be an entree to more success, including the World Heavyweight Championship of the day. After a 71 year hiatus, the Opera Cup returned in 2019. Soon thereafter, the league confirmed the 'classic' would be an annual tournament hosted exclusively by MLW."