Fightful Select has shared some backstage news and notes from MLW that you can check out below:
The MLW Fightland match between Alex Kane and Jacob Fatu was received with wide approval. Kane sustained an injury during the bout but didn’t require any stitches.
Last week, MLW began selling t-shirts featuring the World Titan Federation which have risen toward the top of their sales charts.
Máscara Dorada is expected to be a mainstay in MLW, based on his positive reception and the company’s goal to sign new faces for the roster.
NJPW and CMLL have announced the lineup for Fantasticamania 2024, which you can check out below:
“This February a two week festival of a tour will see the best of CMLL in Japan for Fantasticamania. This year’s lineup of lucha libre estrellas has been revealed and is as follows!
And making their Japanese debuts:
Get ready for Fantasticamania across Japan and on NJPW World this February!”
On a recent edition of the “MuscleManMalcolm” podcast, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion EC3 discussed how the National Wrestling Alliance can grow as a promotion by reaching out to a broader fanbase over a niche one.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On how he thinks NWA can grow: “Numbers grow by again utilizing a foundational base, developing new, proper talents, not entitle indie wrestlers. By bringing in people that can grow, that have long-term vision, that are self-sacrificial to a brand, knowing that if a brand succeeds, they too will succeed. As far as numbers, YouTube, I’m not that good at the algorithms. But it just seems wrestling is oversaturated on YouTube, and is kind of punished on YouTube, that maybe it is acquiring what’s next as the avenue to find. You think about TV too. A couple weeks ago, we had a big all-out Tuesday night brawl for rating supremacy that totaled 1.3 million. Not a lot. So what are we fighting over? What are we boasting over? What are we really fighting for?” EC3 said.
On NWA needing to reach out for a broader audience: “What we should be, all companies included, fighting for is continued growth, starting with a fanbase that we don’t cater to. A niche fanbase is going to be there, thank you. They’ll be there. You need to reach out, branch out. Professional wrestling is entertainment, sport, art. It’s one of the best forums in the world when it’s done right. But we still cater to one small kind of niche that we’re losing the broad picture. I think that’s where NWA should go. I think we should drive for that. I would us being a Saturday morning kind of feature, with pay-per-views kind of pushing the limits a little bit, little more excessive. But building the youth…what I enjoy [about] going to shows and performing, fighting, is when I see families, when I see a son and his dad cheering or booing, when I know they’re cultivating memories that they will have forever. The same memories I have with my old man, whether it’s baseball or whether it’s wrestling. It’s not just about the 35-year-old triple X Gildan-wearing sweaty-palmed, bearded guy. But we really need a vast audience that deserves to see wrestling in its pure form.”
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MLW Backstage News and Notes: Injury Update, T-Shirt Sales, and Fantasticamania Lineup
Fightful Select has recently shared some backstage news and notes from Major League Wrestling (MLW) that wrestling fans would find interesting. Here are the highlights:
1. Alex Kane vs. Jacob Fatu Match Receives Positive Feedback:
The Fightland match between Alex Kane and Jacob Fatu was well-received by fans and critics alike. Although Kane sustained an injury during the bout, it was reported that he did not require any stitches. This match showcased the talent and athleticism of both wrestlers, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.
2. World Titan Federation T-Shirts Gain Popularity:
MLW started selling t-shirts featuring the World Titan Federation, and these shirts have quickly risen to the top of their sales charts. This indicates that fans are showing great interest in supporting this particular faction within MLW.
3. Máscara Dorada Expected to Be a Mainstay in MLW:
Based on his positive reception and the company’s goal to sign new faces for the roster, Máscara Dorada is expected to become a mainstay in MLW. His presence will bring a fresh dynamic to the promotion and attract more fans who appreciate his unique style and abilities.
4. NJPW and CMLL Announce Fantasticamania 2024 Lineup:
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) have announced the lineup for Fantasticamania 2024. This two-week festival of lucha libre will feature top stars from CMLL in Japan. The lineup includes renowned wrestlers such as Mistico, Volador Jr., Titan, Atlantis Jr., Soberano Jr., Dark Panther, Stigma, Ultimo Guerrero, Hechicero, Rocky Romero, Templario, Stuka Jr., OKUMURA, and several others. Additionally, wrestlers making their Japanese debuts include Máscara Dorada, Pegasso, Brilliante Jr., Magnus, and Difunto. This event promises to be an exciting showcase of talent from both promotions.
5. EC3 Discusses NWA’s Growth Potential:
During a recent podcast interview, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion EC3 shared his thoughts on how the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) can grow as a promotion. He emphasized the importance of reaching out to a broader fanbase rather than solely catering to a niche audience. EC3 suggested that NWA should focus on building a diverse audience that includes families and younger viewers. He also mentioned the potential of utilizing platforms like YouTube and exploring new avenues for growth.
In conclusion, these backstage news and notes from MLW provide insights into the current happenings in the wrestling industry. From injury updates to merchandise sales and upcoming events, there is much to look forward to for wrestling fans. Additionally, EC3’s perspective on NWA’s growth highlights the importance of expanding the fanbase and creating memorable experiences for viewers of all ages. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting developments in the world of professional wrestling.