Strong Hearts vs CONTRA Unit Announced for 2019 MLW Opera Cup

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MLW issued the following:

CIMA and Strong Hearts battle CONTRA Unit Dec. 5 in NYC at Opera Cup
Buy tickets at MLWtickets.com. Experience a live MLW Fusion TV taping!

CIMA along with El Lindaman and Shigehiro Irie will make their Major League Wrestling debut in New York City this December as they battle CONTRA Unit in a 3 vs 3 international extravaganza. (buy tickets)

MLW today announced CONTA Unit (Jacob Fatu, Ikuro Kwon & Simon Gotch) vs. #STRONGHEARTS(CIMA, El Lindaman and Shigehiro Irie) for the 2019 Opera Cup at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City on December 5. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Tickets start at $20 at: http://www.OperaCup.com. You can learn more about the Opera Cup’s history here.

With reports of an altercation overseas involving CONTRA UNIT, #STRONGHEARTS have requested a match with the global dealers in violence for December 5 in New York City… and CONTRA has accepted!

Thrilling fans from Japan to China and now in America, the #STRONGHEARTS movement has taken the world by storm.  CIMA’s extraordinary group of wrestlers are a brilliant collection of talented grapplers that know no boundaries, criss-crossing promotions all over the world.

Graduating from the first class of Ultimo Dragon’s Toryumon Dojo, CIMA has become one of the biggest stars in Japan. An elite grappler and trainer, CIMA is leading the charge for the Chinese based upstart promotion Oriental Wrestling Entertainment.

Known for his electric green spiked hair Shigehiro Irie is a popular wrestler and former mixed martial artist often referred to as the Japanese Beast… or the Wrestling Teddy Bear.  Employing moves such as the Beast Bomber, Irie has won titles in All Japan Pro Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling and DDT.

Rounding out this #STRONGHEARTS trio is the explosive 5’3″ El Lindaman. Selecting the name El Lindaman after the song “Linda, Linda” by the band The Blue Hearts, this bleached blonde wrestler is a spark plug with a dangerous arsenal of attacks. Known for his Locotion Tiger Suplex as well as using a version of the Kumagoroshi, El Lindaman is the wild card in the #STRONGHEARTS team.

Which trios team will prevail? Find out LIVE in New York City December 5 as MLW presents the 2019 Opera Cup. Purchase your tickets at MLWTickets.com and be a part of history!

Matches signed thus far:

CONTRA Unit (Jacob Fatu, Ikuro Kwon & Simon Gotch) vs. Strong Hearts (CIMA, El Lindaman & Shigehiro Irie)

OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Shinjiro Otani

OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP
MJF vs. Alex Hammerstone

OPENING ROUND OPERA CUP
TJP vs. Brian Pillman Jr.

Some of the athletes and talent signed to compete and appear include:

  • Salina de la Renta
  • World Tag Team Champions Ross & Marshall Von Erich
  • “Filthy” Tom Lawlor
  • Timothy Thatcher
  • World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed and Injustice (Kotto Brazil & Jordan Oliver)
  • Richard Holliday
  • Mance Warner
  • Low Ki
  • Jimmy Havoc
  • And many more!

Tickets start at just $20 at MLWTickets.com.  There are limited VIP tickets available which includes early entry (5:30 P.M.) featuring a Pre-Show Meet and Greet with select MLW fighting athletes.

Please note: General Admission SRO Tickets are: $20 for advance sales, $25 Day of Event at the door.

General Public Doors Open: 6 P.M.
Showtime: 7 P.M.

ABOUT THE OPERA CUP
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.

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. For years the cup has sat in the attic of the Hart Mansion in Calgary until the tragic passing of the last cup recipient, Stu Hart (1948 winner).

Davey Boy Smith Jr. inherited the Opera House Trophy Cup upon the passing of his grandfather. Inspired by the legends whose names are immortalized in plaques on the sides of the cup, Smith has donated the cup to Major League Wrestling to reignite the spirit of the greats who preceded today and tomorrow’s greats.

After a 71 year hiatus, the Opera Cup returns December 5th as MLW hosts the 2019 Opera Cup tournament at Melrose Ballroom in New York City.  The event will be a FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

The Professional Wrestling Opera Cup is dedicated to the great men who have fought valiantly before us to ensure our passion, professional wrestling be cemented and respected in the annals of time.

About Major League Wrestling
Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company with a focus on professional wrestling sporting events/programming, digital content and ancillary entertainment.

The fastest growing wrestling league today, MLW’s weekly TV series, Major League Wrestling: FUSION, airs Saturday nights 9pm ET / 6pm PT on beIN SPORTS in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Wrestling fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland can watch FUSION on FreeSports Tuesday nights at 10pm.  In Israel, FUSION airs at 6:10pm on Ego Total.

MLW Fusion streams for free every Saturday night at 10pm ET on YouTube.com/MajorLeagueWrestling.

MLW features a roster full of high profile fighters and on-air talent from around the world including: CONTRA Unit, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Ross and Marshall Von Erich, The Dynasty, Low Ki, LA Park, Salina de la Renta, Myron Reed and Injustice, Mance Warner, Austin Aries and many more.

MLW is the parent company of the MLW Radio Network, the leading provider of professional wrestling podcasts in the world with 5-6 podcasts in the top iTunes 100 in the sports category on the average day.

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