Third Match Made Official For MLW Blood & Thunder On July 12

MLW (Major League Wrestling) recently announced that “Filthy” Tom Lawlor will take on Jake Crist in round 1 of the Opera Cup tournament on Friday, July 12 at the Blood & Thunder event from the Coliseum in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida.

You can check out the full announcement below:

Tom Lawlor vs. Jake Crist at Blood & Thunder, July 12

Opera Cup Round 1 match set for MLW Blood & Thunder’24 live and FREE on July 12

MLW have announced “Filthy” Tom Lawlor Jr. vs. Jake Crist in round 1 of the Opera Cup at MLW Blood & Thunder ’24, from the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL on Friday, July 12.

This first-round clash promises to be a thrilling encounter as two contrasting yet equally dynamic styles collide in the ring. Lawlor, renowned for his submission and grappling expertise, seamlessly blends MMA techniques with strong style wrestling.

His opponent, Jake Crist, is known for his daredevil high-risk and high reward approach to matches, with brawling prowess and technical finesse sprinkled into his fighting style.

Lawlor, the 2020 Opera Cup winner, boasts an impressive MLW resume as a former MLW World Heavyweight Champion and ex-MLW World Tag Team Champion. A key factor in this round one match favoring Lawlor is that the Filthy One will have the unscrupulous Saint Laurent in his corner. Laurent’s presence and strategic mind could provide a significant advantage for Lawlor.

On the other side, Jake Crist is making his Opera Cup debut. Since joining MLW earlier this year, Crist has left matchmakers and fans alike. A strong showing in the Opera Cup could catapult Crist into the spotlight, positioning him as a contender for future title fights across multiple divisions.

Lawlor enters this bout with a chip on his shoulder, feeling disrespected by recent events involving Paul Walter Hauser at Battle RIOT VI. His determination to reclaim the Opera Cup is further fueled by Saint Laurent’s ambitions to put his small, sweaty hands on the prestigious antique Opera Cup trophy for the second consecutive year, following last year’s victory by the World Titan Federation’s Davey Boy Smith Jr.

The full brackets for the 2024 Opera Cup tournament will be revealed this Saturday during the MLW Anniversary special, airing at 10pm ET on MLW’s YouTube channel and on cable TV via beIN SPORTS.

Fans can expect an evening of high-octane action and unparalleled wrestling drama as MLW Blood & Thunder’24 sets the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable tournament.

Get your tickets now at and see it go down Friday, July 12 in St. Petersburg, FL.