Over the past few weeks, Major League Wrestling (MLW) has been on a short hiatus in-between seasons, but that doesn’t mean the company is slowing down momentum. With the last season ending with former Lucha Underground leader Dario Cueto emerging in MLW as the mysterious Cesar Duran, the owner of Azteca Underground and the man trying to topple MLW. With MLW on a break until it returns to broadcast, the roster is being drafted weekly into factions of an impending war, with teams from MLW, Azteca Underground, American Top Team, and others are now recruiting “free agents”, both previously part of MLW or new additions. The first pick saw MLW add former ROH World Champion Davey Richards to their first set of names, Gino Medina and The Von Erichs (Azteca Underground announced Mil Muertes). In Round 2, “Filthy” Tom Lawler, King Mo, and Gringo Loco returned to MLW, while American Top Team announced indie star Alex Kane. The third round came on Thursday, which saw Savio Vega and Zenshi return to MLW, as well as two rising stars out of the past year, in US indie sensation Lee Moriarty and Mexican standout Aramis.
😱ARAMIS has signed to MLW!😱
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— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) June 3, 2021
While he’s competed on several AAA Lucha Libre cards, Aramis’ main promotion is International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG), where he’s a former IWRG Rey del Aire Champion and IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Champion. Aramis made his U.S. debut in 2019 as an entrant in that year’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) Battle of Los Angeles tournament and has since appeared for the likes of AAW Pro, GALLI Lucha, and Warrior Wrestling. Earlier this year he made his debut with Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), and now the 22-year Mexican sensation has signed a multi-year deal with MLW.
Arguably no other US indie wrestler made the most out of the pandemic year of 2020 than Pittsburgh’s Lee Moriarty. A standout in the Pennsylvania indies since his debut in 2015, by the end of 2019, his momentum was starting to gain national traction. In 2020, Moriarty exploded on the national stage, with huge matches against Alex Shelley, Nolan Edward, MV Young, and others. In June, at GCW The Wrld on GCW 2, he made his GCW debut against Tre Lamar, instantly becoming one of GCW’s new favorite stars. He would also break out into Black Label Pro, Beyond Wrestling, and others, collecting more Match of the Year candidates with the likes of Daniel Makabe, ACH, Alex Zayne, Chris Dickinson, and Blake Christian. This past October, he made his IMPACT Wrestling debut on IMPACT Xplosion, where he faced Suicide. Lee Moriarty is coming off a huge tournament victory at Enjoy Wrestling‘s Enjoy Cup, and in early March, ended WARHORSE‘s record-breaking 532-day reign as IWTV Independent Wrestling Champion.
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