Three to Make debut with MLW in Miami

MLW logo from Opera Cup

The injured list for Major League Wrestling (MLW)’s two huge cards in Miami December 13th and 14th is growing. It already included the “King of Sleaze” (Joey Ryan), “Mr. Fun Size” (Marko Stunt), and Rey Fenix, but now Middleweight kingpin MJF, and “Filthy” Tom Lawlor have been added to the walking wounded. It’s unfortunate for a promotion that’s made tremendous strides since their return, but the MLW boss said it may work out for some. “This is a tough sport. Some would say the toughest,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer on MLW.com. “Even the most durable get dinged up. We’ve been blitzed with injuries and while it will alter upcoming cards, this creates opportunities for others to step up and seize the moment. Who will do that? We shall see.”

Three wrestlers will try to be that guy as they make their debuts on South Beach. El Luchador Enmascarado (The Masked Wrestler) Dragon Lee arrives with much fanfare. Lee, who is from the Mexican state of Jalisco got his start in 2014. The second generation star made his debut with CMLL in 2014 while just a teenager. He has competed in multiple NJPW Best of the Super Juniors, and wrestled former MLW World Champion Shane “Swerve” Strickland for the PCW ULTRA Light Heavyweight crown, but came up short. However, championship gold has not eluded Lee as he is a two-time CMLL Lightweight Champion, and the 23 year old won the 2018 King of Indies picking up wins against Ryusuke Taguchi, Brody King, and Flip Gordon.

DJ Z arrives with equal fanfare. The 32 year old is a former IMPACT tag team champ (along with Andrew Everett), and two time X division titleholder. A West Virginia native, DJ Z debuted as Shiima Xion in Black Diamond Wrestling in Wheeling against Jason Gory in 2004. Something that may concern MLW with the talented star is his recent injury problems the last two plus years. They include a ruptured colon in Mexico City in 2017 that nearly ended his career. He also had a screw inserted after breaking his wrist in Chicago in 2016.

Speaking of IMPACT, Dezmond Xavier will also make his debut in Miami and has been added to an already stacked middleweight title ladder match, the MJF injury status notwithstanding. Xavier won the IMPCT Super X Cup in 2017, and has won multiple tag team titles with one of his Rascalz running mates Zachary Wentz across the indie scene. Of the three newcomers, Xavier may have the highest ceiling. The Dayton, Ohio product has already collected multiple championships in his short career and hopes to add the MLW middleweight strap to his trophy case.