MLW Anthology series to premiere in May

The history of MLW will be spotlighted in an anthology series set to debut in May.

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It was announced today that MLW Anthology will premiere on beIN Sports in conjunction with MLW Fusion on Saturday, May 16. The series will “spotlight the biggest rivalries, iconic athletes and championship classics spanning the history of MLW dating back to 2002.”

“This is a project we had planned for further down the road but we wanted to surprise fans with some fun and joy during this challenging period,” MLW’s Court Bauer said in a press release.

MLW announced last week that they had started the process of digitizing their MLW Underground TV series from 2003-2004. After its initial run from 2002-2004, MLW was revived as a promotion in 2017.

MLW Fusion is currently airing episodes from the promotion’s Super Series with Lucha Libre AAA that was filmed in March.

At the beginning of this month, MLW provided an update on future events: “The league remains focused on a return after suspending promoting live events, however is proceeding with an abundance of caution. MLW has considered many scenarios but is not close to rolling out a plan given that the pandemic has yet to reach its apex in the United States. At the appropriate time, the league will communicate plans for promoting live events outside of the temporary hiatus and update the status of league events.”

The full press release for today’s MLW Anthology announcement is available below:

Major League Wrestling (“MLW”) today announced the MLW Anthology series is coming to beIN SPORTS this spring.

MLW Anthology will spotlight the biggest rivalries, iconic athletes and championship classics spanning the history of MLW dating back to 2002. 

With unprecedented access behind the wrestlers’ journeys and the league itself, the MLW Anthology series is must see TV this spring.

“This is a project we had planned for further down the road but we wanted to surprise fans with some fun and joy during this challenging period,” said MLW CEO and Creator Court Bauer.

The project, originally slated for 2021, will feature supplemental content and rare access behind the scenes with never before seen material thanks to recently discovered lost footage from 2002-04. 

The series will examine the stories and events from the league’s inception to present day.

MLW Anthology premieres Saturday night May 16 in conjunction with MLW Fusion. 

Over the years MLW has been the home of some of the most storied wrestling families, celebrated legends and destination for the next generation of grapplers, including: Satoshi Kojima, Terry Funk, CM Punk, LA Park, Dusty Rhodes, Steve Corino, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Matt Riddle, the Von Erichs, Alex Hammerstone, [Eki] “Umaga” Fatu, Tom Lawlor, Jacob Fatu, Ricochet, Low Ki, Gary Hart and countless others. Many will be featured in the MLW Anthology series in the coming weeks.

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