MLW (Major League Wrestling) CEO Court Bauer recently did an exclusive interview with MLW.com.
We have some highlights below and you can check out the full interview at MLW.com.
Court Bauer on how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted MLW-
Beyond the disruption to live events, we had a few athletes slated to compete in Japan, Europe and Mexico, which is now delayed. Some of that complicates programming strategies, but it’s more of a postponement than anything. For some in our locker room, it was their first tour and that is heartbreaking, but I expect everything will continue as planned upon a return to normalcy.
Operationally having to hit pause on temporarily promoting live events was inevitable. The question was just when with that question shifting to: for how long? Promoting events takes up operational bandwidth which we now have redirected towards other priorities and opportunities.
On expanding MLW programming in America-
I have been told by our agency I can’t comment specifically on anything pertaining to the rumors out there. Let’s just say things are happening; it’s very encouraging. The ebb and flow of deals and discussions isn’t what it typically is because of the pandemic but things are progressing.
We have calls set for this week, in fact. We have the good fortune of one of entertainment’s best agencies representing us and they’ve been very active.
On an “ambitious” project he’s working on-
I introduced an idea to some of my friends and frankly some competitors where we would unite for what some may consider the spiritual successor to the 1995 World Wrestling Peace Festival. The wrestling world coming together to celebrate the return of the sport and help those in need is a powerful and exciting notion. Unity in general is something the world needs now more than ever.
It is very early and a very ambitious project. I could see it going down in America or Mexico…. Or perhaps Europe or even Japan. That said, it is unknown what suggested group gathering guidelines will be initially… so, we’ll see but there’s great enthusiasm among my colleagues.
Right now, I think we all crave and cling to hope. That’s the essence of this project.