Major League Wrestling issued a press release yesterday stating that MLW’s return to competition, dubbed #TheRestart, will see the return of the prestigious, multi-day tournament.
The Professional Wrestling Opera House Cup was held annually for nearly 50 years at various turn-of-the-century opera house locations from New York City to Boston, and MLW states how it served as 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.”
The press release goes on to state that, over the summer of 2019, MLW entrusted the same craftsmen who have worked with the NHL on maintaining the Stanley Cup in order to restore the original cup in time for the return of the tournament.
The statement concludes that there are still some issues to resolve ahead of the tournament taking place, stating – “In order for the Opera Cup to take place, CONTRA Unit’s tight grip on key aspects of MLW’s operations would have to be addressed. A situation MLW is well aware of and remains optimistic it will resolve.”