As of June 4, 2021, MLW World Heavyweight Champion, Jacob Fatu, has reached his 700th day with the title. It is an incredible accomplishment that not many wrestlers can lay claim to.
A talented member of the famed Anoa’i Family, Fatu could have easily coasted into WWE as an addition to The Bloodline. However, Fatu felt that his career would fare better with a different trajectory. The younger cousin of Jimmy and Jey Uso, Fatu spent his early career wrestling for different California independent promotions from 2012-2015. After that, he made his way outside of the state – eventually signing with MLW in 2019.
Jacob Fatu made his MLW wrestling debut on March 2, 2019, where he and Josef Samael introduced the promotion to their worst nightmare. In their first match, the pair got disqualified due to Fatu’s aggressive ways. But this was only the beginning of Contra Unit’s destruction which continues to this day.
Fatu first won the MLW World Heavyweight Championship on July 6, 2019, at MLW Kings of Colosseum; in this match, Fatu defeated Tom Lawlor. Later that month, Lawlor contested for the title he lost on MLW Fusion #73, however, he failed to reclaim the belt. This feud put Jacob Fatu on the map in the promotion.
As champion, Fatu has valiantly led Contra Unit, a stable also consisting of Simon Gotch, Josef Samael, Mads Krugger, and Daivari. Fatu is currently one-half of the reigning and defending APW Tag Team Champions, and one-half of the PCW Ultra Tag Team Champions (alongside Josef Samael). Needless to say, Contra Unit has been a dominating force across the independent wrestling scene.
Fatu has feuded with and defended his title against Tom Lawlor, Ross Von Erich, Brian Pillman Jr., LA Park, CIMA, Davey Boy Smith Jr., ACH, and Jordan Oliver. Most recently, Fatu defended the MLW World Heavyweight Championship against Calvin Tankman. However, his biggest challenge was yet to come.
The Future of the MLW World Heavyweight Championship Scene
Back in April, MLW National Openweight Champion, Alex Hammerstone, called out the MLW World Heavyweight Champion in a press conference. Hammerstone claimed that he was tired of hearing people ask “Who is the better champion?” The Pheonix Powerhouse has held his belt for over 700 days as well and has been on quite the winning streak. The question now is – is Jacob Fatu ready for Alex Hammerstone? Who knows?!
We’ll be seeing Jacob Fatu put his championship on the line against Hammerstone on MLW television soon enough. Will Contra Unit continue its supreme dominance? Or will Hammerstone fulfill his own dynastic promise? Stay tuned to LWOPW for more information on this match, and others like it!
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