Major League Wrestling today announced a no ropes, no holds barred fight as Davey Boy Smith Jr. battles CONTRA Unit’s Simon Gotch at MLW: Zero Hour at the NYTEX Sports Centre in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area on Saturday, January 11. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Before it was an organized sport, Mixed Martial Arts was known as No Holds Barred (NHB) fighting.  Battling in underground environments with no ropes, no gloves, no rounds and with no rules, NHB was a savage and violent form of combat sports. CONTRA Unit’s violent attack on Davey Boy Smith’s cousin now calls for its return.

Davey Boy Smith Jr. doesn’t forgive or forget the brutal attack on Teddy Hart in early November by CONTRA Unit.  He also doesn’t appreciate Simon Gotch running his mouth about the satisfaction in seeing the Hart Foundation “crumble.” Smith does his talking in the ring, which is why he has challenged Simon Gotch to a no ropes, no holds barred fight…  and Gotch, a top-level submission artist and grappler, has gleefully accepted. Similar to the original NHB fights, the only way to win this NHB bout is by KO or submission. There are no gloves, no rounds, no ropes and no rules. What happens when the king of catch wrestling clashes with CONTRA Unit’s ace grappler?

Here are the matches signed thus far for Zero Hour:

  • NO ROPES BARBED WIRE MATCH: Jimmy Havoc vs. Mance Warner
  • GRUDGE MATCH: Ross Von Erich vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor
  • NATIONAL OPENWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT: Alex Hammerstone (c) vs. Aerostar
  • NO HOLDS BARRED FIGHT: Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Simon Gotch
  • If MJF wins, he gets a World Tag Team Title shot. If he loses, he can never challenge the Von Erichs again to a title fight: MJF vs. Marshall Von Erich
  • THE DEBUT OF… Erick Stevens

Major League Wrestling also announced they have come to terms with Alicia Atout on a multi-year agreement. Atout serves as a correspondent for MLW’s weekly series FUSION as well as additional assignments including hosting programming for MLW’s emerging catalogue of content.

“I am beyond excited to be the newest member of the MLW family,” said Alicia Atout. “This is one of the most thrilling announcements I’ve shared with all my loved ones, friends, and fans. It feels surreal; I’ve worked really hard to get to this point and moments like this truly make it all worth it. It feels incredible to finally have a place to call home in wrestling and I can’t wait to create some magic with MLW.”

Atout joined MLW earlier this month as a correspondent in the field bringing her knowledge, experience and analysis across all MLW platforms. “Alicia brings a passion and quality to MLW broadcasts and coverage unmatched in the sport,” said MLW CEO and founder Court Bauer. “We are very pleased to formalize Alicia’s future with MLW.”

Atout will continue with her hit YouTube series, AMBY, in addition to her role at MLW. AMBY is an award-winning interview vlog with music and wrestling videos aplenty, hosted by the talented Atout, that has become a portfolio of content over the past few years.


Co-written with John Dinsdale – All pics and videos courtesy of MLW and AMBY/Alicia Atout

By Steph Franchomme

News, Reviews, Social Media Editor, Impact Wrestling Reviewer, Interviewer Well, call me The Boss... And French...

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