CONTRA Unit vs. Strong Hearts Added To MLW Opera Cup

New match added to MLW Opera Cup.

Major League Wrestling announced CONTRA Unit (Jacob Fatu, Ikuro Kwon & Simon Gotch) will take on Strong Hearts (CIMA, El Lindaman and Shigehiro Irie) at MLW Opera Cup on Dec. 5. 

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From MLW:

CIMA and Strong Hearts battle CONTRA Unit Dec. 5 in NYC at Opera Cup

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: 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 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)

Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Shinjiro Otani

MJF vs. Alex Hammerstone

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!

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