As they prepare for their MLW Azteca mini-season to begin in early-January, MLW has continued to firm up their main roster for 2022 in addition to announcing a new Middleweight title contender to champion Tajiri.
The promotion said Thursday that UK star Jody Fleisch will challenge Tajiri for the title on a February 19th World Pro Wrestling event in England. The well-traveled Fleisch has been a pro since the late-1990s and has worked stateside for Ring of Honor, PWG, GCW and Impact Wrestling in a career that has seen him take on some of the best talent in the world.
This will be the second defense of the title for Tajiri and the second outside the U.S. as he recently defeated Atsuki Aoyagi at an All-Japan Pro Wrestling show. This will be the first time he has wrestled Fleisch.
PWInsider reported Thursday that Mads Krugger has signed a new long-term, multi-year deal with MLW. They added Krugger (aka Logan Creed) "will be getting a massive push as a heel monster in 2022" with a plan of eventually pitting him against former CONTRA teammate Jacob Fatu.
The news comes a day after Davey Richards signed a multi-year contract extension with MLW. He will face ACH at January's Blood & Thunder event in Dallas, Texas.
MLW will introduce minis to their roster in 2022, starting in Dallas next month. They announced Mini Abismo Negro as the first of those minis that will compete at Blood & Thunder.