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MLW notes: Otani in Opera Cup, Alicia Atout joins broadcast team


- Shinjiro Otani is coming to MLW for next month's Opera Cup tournament.

MLW announced today that "Pro Wrestling ZERO 1 has entered the legendary Shinjiro Otani into the 2019 Opera Cup," with him set to face Davey Boy Smith Jr. in the first round. The one-night single-elimination tournament is taking place at MLW's television tapings at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, New York on Thursday, December 5.

This is the third opening round match announced for the Opera Cup. TJP vs. Brian Pillman Jr. and MJF vs. Alexander Hammerstone are also set. There's one first-round match that is still left to be announced.

- MLW has also announced that Alicia Atout has joined their broadcast team as a correspondent and host. Atout was formerly an interviewer for Impact Wrestling and, though she wasn't signed to the promotion, did some work for AEW.

“Alicia is both incredibly talented and hardworking, and has been a standout with her Vlog series AMBY,” MLW's Court Bauer said. “We couldn’t be more pleased that she’ll be joining MLW starting this December on MLW FUSION.”

"AHH BIG NEWS! I'm soooo proud and excited to announce that I'm the newest member of the @MLW family," Atout tweeted. "Truly can't wait to start this new journey and be back on your TV screens. Absolutely crazy."