In a release from Major League Wrestling (MLW), the company announced today they were digitizing the original footage of MLW’s original show, MLW Underground, that ran from 2003 to 2004 during the companies original run during the beginning of the indie revolution in the US.
From the release:
The Underground is coming.
MLW’s production studio is working on transferring the MLW Underground TV series from tape to digital. The process, which started on Monday, will see the entire 2003-04 library digitized with possible restoration of the footage.
“Since Major League Wrestling relaunched in 2017 fans have been asking for MLW Underground and we’re now working on making that a reality,” said MLW CEO and founder Court Bauer.
Premiering in April 2003, MLW Underground featured host Joey Styles and athletes such as: Steve Corino and the Extreme Horsemen, Terry Funk, CM Punk, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Sonjay Dutt, Chris Hero, Sabu, LA Park, Vampiro, Umaga and countless others.
MLW Underground aired in various markets throughout America, including on the Sunshine Network, FoxSports Atlantic/Pacific and on broadcast stations in Philadelphia, Dallas, Ohio, Las Vegas, New England among other markets abroad such as Japan, the United Kingdom, India and South America.
More details on the project and future use of MLW Underground remain under wraps.
MLW originally started in 2002 with June’s MLW Genesis, producing live events that ran until January of 2004. The content was filmed from these events to produce the show MLW Underground, which began in 2003 and ran until the company ended in 2004. MLW went on to revolutionize the wrestling podcast industry, until returning as a promotion in October 2017 with MLW One Shot. MLW returned to TV on BeIN Sports on April 20, 2018 with MLW Fusion, which continues to air on BeIN Sports as well as other international TV outlets.
We just discovered 2003 @MLW footage. Hard cam accidentally was left on for over an hour after a show and filmed some random/cool stuff. Including…@AnoaiSamu gets barbed wire off Terry Funk while I check on the Funker following his match with @StevenCorino at Hybrid Hell. pic.twitter.com/GVKJXfeBL6
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) April 21, 2020
During MLW’s first run, it saw Shane Douglas, Satoshi Kojima, Mike Awesome, and Steve Corino as MLW World Heavyweight Champions, and also featured CM Punk, Christopher Daniels, Terry Funk, Daniel Bryan, The Sandman, Chris Candido, Vampiro, Chris Hero, Jerry Lynn, Raven, Homicide, Sabu, LA Park, and many more.
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