Atlantis Jr. To Face Okumura In Opera Cup First Round Matchup At MLW Blood & Thunder

A new match has been added to MLW Blood & Thunder.

On June 19, the company announced that Atlantis Jr. will take on Okumura in singles action at Blood & Thunder on Friday, July 12. This match will be first round matchup in the 2024 Opera Cup.

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From MLW:

Major League Wrestling (MLW) today announced Atlantis Jr. vs. Okumura in round 1 of the Opera Cup at MLW Blood & Thunder’24, from the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL on Friday, July 12.

Grab tickets at http://www.MLWTampa.com and Eventbrite starting at $15.

CMLL is sending two of its premier luchadores to compete in the prestigious Opera Cup tournament.

Atlantis Jr., who made a sensational MLW debut last month with a commanding victory over Ultimo Guerrero, is poised to solidify his burgeoning reputation. Riding a wave of momentum, Atlantis Jr. aims to use the Opera Cup as a platform to cement his status as an emerging force in the wrestling world.

On the other side of the ring stands Okumura, whose extraordinary 2024 includes a triumphant reign as one-half of the MLW World Tag Team Champions alongside Satoshi Kojima. Celebrating his 30th year in professional wrestling, defeating Atlantis Jr. and advancing in the Opera Cup would further cement his legacy. In order to do so, Okumura will have to complicate Atlantis Jr.'s fight plan, with Okumura relying on his blend of lucha and strong style. This unique fighting system could be a dangerous challenge for Atlantis. Jr.

The Opera Cup is the oldest tournament in professional wrestling, with roots tracing back to the late 1800s. Held in opera houses across the nation, past winners include legends like George Hackenschmidt, William Muldoon, and Stu Hart. Revived by MLW in 2019 after a 70-year hiatus, the tournament has once again become a showcase for wrestling's finest.

This year's expanded 16-fighter tournament will also feature participants from New Japan Pro Wrestling and CMLL, adding another layer of excitement and international flair. The complete brackets will be revealed soon, promising fans an unforgettable series of matches as today’s top grapplers vie for the historic antique trophy.

Get your tickets now at http://www.MLWTampa.com and see it go down Friday, July 12 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Blood & Thunder live on YouTube card (9pm ET start)

3 Stages of Destruction Match

Matt Justice (managed by Bill Alfonso) vs. Mads Krule Krugger

Minoru Suzuki vs. AKIRA

Opera Cup Round 1

Atlantis Jr. vs. Okumura

beIN SPORTS card (7pm ET start)

Opera Cup Round 1

Mistico vs. Magnus

More Matches and fighters will be announced at MLW.com.

PLUS: Special Meet & Greets with

•Mistico (pre-order)

Tickets start at $15 at MLWTampa.com and Eventbrite.

Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

*** 7PM START TIME ***

DAY OF EVENT INFO

The schedule for the event is as follows:

5:30 p.m.: Early entry for front row ticket holders

6:00 p.m.: Doors open for general public (all ticket holders)

7:00 p.m.: Showtime

MORE ABOUT THE COLISEUM

The historic Coliseum was built in 1924, and purchased by the City of St. Petersburg in 1989. It has undergone extensive renovations, and the architecture and ambiance creates a flexible space to host a variety of events, making it one of the Tampa Bay area’s most unique multi-use facilities.

The Coliseum is located in the local historic district of downtown St. Pete, within walking distance of many downtown restaurants, shops & hotels. It offers over 800 parking spaces within walking distance.

The Coliseum is located at: 535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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