With the finals of the revived Opera Cup in MLW airing tonight, I was wondering if anyone had results of any of the previous Opera Cup tournaments. Supposedly this was a big deal from the ‘20s to ‘40s with the Cup last won by Stu Hart in 1948. What do you guys have?
I'm calling kayfave on the "Opera House Cup." I can find no record of any such tournaments. Supposedly this was given to winners of tournaments held over a number of days in different cities in North America. These European style tournaments were extremely rare in the US or Canada, and none that I know of were given any name similar to "Opera Cup." Also, wrestling was not in any way organized in the 1920s, even into territories, let alone a system to allow the same trophy to be awarded to winners of tournaments in different cities over a number of years. Also, for such a prestigious tournament, I know of no instances of a wrestler being billed as a champion or former champion of one of these tournaments. If this tournament existed, it's very unlikely that I would never have heard a mention of it. I've tried various searches in different newspaper archives and have come up with nothing.
I'd love to be proved wrong, but the historical record, and the story of the cup, provide zero evidence that this story is anything more than a fiction.
srossi wrote: Interesting. I had doubts about the tournament actually running 20 times or so, but it seems that Stu Hart at least did win it one time. If not, they did a hell of a job of kayfabing this.
I also found it suspicious that Teddy Hart left MLW and there was no issue with the cup staying with the promotion. I'm going to have another look to see if I can find anything to back up the Opera Cup story. 1948 was the first year that Stu Hart wrestled in Calgary, but I'm not sure how relevant that is. Have MLW said which city he won the cup in?