Thursday's MLW Fightland event, emanating from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia and airing live immediately following Dark Side of the Ring on Vice TV, will feature a slew of stellar matchups. Among them is Matt Cross vs. Calvin Tankman in the opening round of the Opera Cup.
Having competed on MLW's first few shows in 2003, Cross is returning as one of the newest additions to an already stacked roster. He brings with him a wealth of experience from the two-plus decades he's spent in the wrestling business in promotions such as Ring of Honor, the National Wrestling Alliance, and Lucha Underground.
Now in MLW, he's right at home alongside the likes of Alex Shelley, TJP, Bobby Fish and many more, all of whom will also be taking part in the 2021 Opera Cup. It's a who's who of talent, but before Cross can even think about advancing to the finals, he must first overcome the obstacle that is Calvin Tankman.
The excitement surrounding the pro wrestling scene at the moment isn't lost on the former Son of Havok. He sees this as his opportunity to remind the world what makes him so revered between the ropes and to generate even more buzz for MLW at a time when it's never been hotter.
Ahead of Fightland, the world-travelled competitor spoke with WhatCulture about his MLW return, how he's seen the wrestling landscape evolve over the course of his career, similarities between MLW and Lucha Underground, and more.