MLW Opera Cup 2021 To Take Place In Philadelphia On October 2 And November 6

The historic wrestling tournament will return to a historic wrestling city.

After announcing that many top cities in the country were vying to play host to this year's Opera Cup Tournament, Major League Wrestling has announced that the 2300 Arena, formerly the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will host this year's tournament which will take place on October 2 and November 6.

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From MLW:

Philadelphia to host Opera Cup

The historic tournament returns October 2

The grandest tournament for over a century will make its way to Philadelphia on Saturday, October 2 at the 2300 Arena as Major League Wrestling presents the opening and semi-final rounds of the 2021 Opera Cup.

Tickets are available at:

Philadelphia will also host the Opera Cup finals on November 6th.

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.

After a 71-year hiatus, the Opera Cup returned in 2019. Soon thereafter, the league confirmed the “classic” would be an annual tournament hosted exclusively by MLW.

Inspired by the legends whose names are immortalized in plaques on the sides of the cup, including George Hackenschmidt, Stu Hart, Leo Pardello, William Muldoon and Waldek Zbyszko, “the classic” has returned to reignite the spirit of the greats who preceded today and tomorrow’s greats.

Over the summer of 2019, Major League Wrestling entrusted the same craftsmen who have worked with the NHL on maintaining the Stanley Cup to complete the restoration process of the original cup in time for the return of the tournament.

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.

Who will enter the Opera Cup this year? Find out in the days ahead!


Opera Cup opening and semi-final rounds

Athletes and talent scheduled to appear:

World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu

National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone

King Muertes

Cesar Duran


Davey Richards

Calvin Tankman



"Filthy" Tom Lawlor

Richard Holliday

Alicia Atout

5150's Slice Boogie, Danny Rivera & Dr. Julius Smokes

Kevin Ku

Lee Moriarty

Plus more to be announced in the days ahead!

Buy tickets at

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

National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone • CONTRA Unit • Caribbean Champion Richard Holliday • Davey Richards • World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed • King Muertes • Cesar Duran • Alicia Atout • EJ Nduka • TJP • "Filthy" Tom Lawlor and more!

More athletes and matches will be announced at

Tickets start at $15 at Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

General Public Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. with a bell time of: 6:45 p.m.


The schedule for October 2 is as follows:

5:30 p.m.: Early entry for First Row Ticket Holders

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

7:00 p.m.: Showtime


2300 Arena (previously named Viking Hall, ECW Arena, New Alhambra Arena, Asylum Arena and The Arena) is a multipurpose indoor arena used primarily for professional wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, and concert events.

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