Major League Wrestling sent out the following:

KENTA vs. Bobby Fish set for St Petersburg, FL on July 12

High-Stakes Opera Cup clash at MLW Blood & Thunder live on YouTube

MLW have announced KENTA vs. Bobby Fish in round 1 of the Opera Cup at MLW Blood & Thunder ’24, from the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL on Friday, July 12.

Fans worldwide can tune in for free on MLW’s YouTube Channel to witness this historic bout live from St. Petersburg, FL.

KENTA will make his highly anticipated MLW debut against the formidable Bobby Fish at MLW Blood & Thunder on July 12. This match is not just any bout; it’s a Round 1 Opera Cup tournament match, adding an extra layer of intensity and stakes.

KENTA, representing New Japan Pro-Wrestling, is set to bring his renowned fighting prowess to MLW’s grand stage. Known as “Lil’K,” KENTA is a decorated fighter with an illustrious career.

His accolades include:

— One-time GHC Heavyweight Champion

— One-time IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion

— Two-time IWGP Tag Team Champion

— One-time NEVER Openweight Champion

— Two-time STRONG Openweight Champion

— Three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion

— Three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion

— One-time GHC Tag Team Champion

KENTA is the master and creator of the iconic Go To Sleep finishing move and a proud member of the notorious BULLET CLUB. His exceptional talent has earned him multiple accolades, including the Tokyo Sports Best Bout, Best Tag Team Award, and Outstanding Performance Award.

Standing in his way is Bobby Fish, a fighter who has been on a tear in MLW since his return earlier this year. Fish is a feared kickboxing specialist who has recently expanded his arsenal with several dangerous suplexes. With momentum on his side, Fish aims to go the distance in the Opera Cup, having previously competed in the 2021 tournament. This year, he’s determined to claim the prestigious antique Opera Cup trophy.

This is a showdown of two brilliant fighting styles, as both KENTA and Fish are known for their striking prowess. With so much on the line, this high-stakes Opera Cup match promises to be a must-see fight.

The winner of this bout will advance to face AKIRA, who secured his place in the next round at MLW Anniversary ’24.

Both KENTA and Fish have no time for punks in pro wrestling, and their shared kickboxing expertise ensures a hard-hitting, high-stakes battle.

Don’t miss this epic encounter at MLW Blood & Thunder, streaming live for free on MLW’s YouTube Channel on July 12. Be a part of history as KENTA makes his MLW debut and battles Bobby Fish in a match that will define their legacies.

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