Fans of independent wrestling promotion MLW (Major League Wrestling) will be happy to hear that they’ve announced a new streaming partnership. Founder Court Bauer spoke with Sports Illustrated to discuss their new deal with Pro Wrestling TV, which will begin Nov 3.
MLW began back in 2002 and ran until 2004 before shuttering its doors for a while. A revival for the promotion took place in 2017, and their weekly series Fusion can be viewed on MLW’s YouTube channel. Initially, the program began its run on FITE TV, with a Spanish-language broadcast available on beIN Sports.
“Pro Wrestling TV is our new home for streaming. It kicks off in November with Battle Riot IV. We’re bringing our weekly series, Fusion, and we have some big projects coming in 2023. It’s so important to be on a streaming service that is free for viewers. Now, on PWTV, people will be able to access our specials and our weekly show, and it’s all going to be free. We’ll still have a linear presence on cable, as well as our long-term partner with beIN Sports, which we’ll be sharing more about soon. Over time, our entire catalog will be available on PWTV. Since it dates back 20 years, we’ll be migrating it over in batches. You’ll be able to watch CM Punk from 2002, as well as Jacob Fatu and Microman from 2022.”
Pro Wrestling TV’s president Brandon Blackburn added, “The acquisition of MLW is our biggest to date. We both share the same passion of creating something of real value for the pro wrestling fan. More original content is going to arrive in 2023, so we’re looking to build with MLW and help bring them to new heights.”
Pro Wrestling TV (PWTV) launched earlier this year. Currently, the streaming service offers content from Lucha Libre AAA and Maria Kanellis’ Women’s Wrestling Army. MLW’s “Battle Riot” event from this past June will mark the promotion’s premiere on the platform, which featured current WWE performers Karrion Kross and Scarlett. Reportedly, PWTV will air exclusive content of the duo’s departure from MLW when the promotion debuts.
Bauer added, “We’re loading up our episodes and making sure we give the fans everything we have. There is a lot happening on this platform, and we’re excited to be part of it.”