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MLW “Intimidation Games” beIN Sports Special

MLW hosted their “Intimidation Games” one-hour special this past Friday on beIN SPORTS.

The event featured two matches, which are now available for stream on MLW’s Youtube channel.

Watch the event below –

MLW issued the following press release ahead of their Battle Riot event on April 5th in New York.

First three Battle Riot participants revealed for April 5th 40-wrestler event

NEW YORK – Friday night April 5th MLW will present literally the biggest match of the year as 40 wrestlers vie for a world title shot in the 2019 Battle Riot® live on beIN SPORTS at 8 p.m. ET.

MLW today announced Davey Boy Smith Jr., Pentagón Jr. and Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Minoru Tanaka will all compete in the 2019 Battle Riot® at MLW’s April 5th event at the Melrose Ballroom. Both the April 4th and April 5th events will be MLW FUSION TV tapings for beIN SPORTS.

Tickets start at $20 at http://www.MLWTickets.com.

The reigning World Tag Team Champion Davey Boy Smith Jr. has a physical advantage over most of the competitors standing 6’6″. This is Davey Boy Smith Jr.’s second Battle Riot. The enforcer of the Hart Foundation believes it is his destiny to be the World Heavyweight Champion. Winning the Battle Riot® puts him one step closer to fulfilling his quest.

Minoru Tanaka (田中稔), representing Pro Wrestling NOAH, Tanaka enters MLW with an impressive resume including claiming championships in NOAH, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling. Tanaka’s experience and versatility may give the shootboxer a unique advantage over 39 other participants.

Pentagón Jr. has been eager for a shot at the world championship. Will 1/2 of the Lucha Bros. secure an opportunity to for title bout? Find out April 5th!

What is the Battle Riot®?
A mash-up of a battle royal, royal rumble and anything goes street fight, this super-sized main event will feature 40 wrestlers with new participants entering the ring every 60 seconds.

There will be surprises!

There will be legends!

There will be WTF entries!

And there will be no disqualifications!

Elimination is by pinfall, submission or by throwing an individual over the top rope.

Anything is possible April 5th in a Battle Riot!

What does the winner get?
The winner gets a World Heavyweight Title Shot anywhere, anytime! It could be that night; it could be in 6 months. The challenger has the key to unlock an instant title shot against whoever the champion is!

Tickets start at $20 at MLWTickets.com!

See the 2019 Battle Riot® LIVE in New York April 5 at the Melrose Ballroom as MLW presents a live national network special for beIN SPORTS (buy tickets).

Tickets to witness the event live in New York start at $20 at MLWTickets.com. Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the events sells out in advance.

Buy tickets starting at $20 at MLWTickets.com.

Signed thus far for April 4th’s RISE OF THE RENEGADES:

Pentagón Jr. vs. LA Park (presented by Salina de la Renta)

Plus: World Heavyweight Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor • World Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Brian Pillman Jr.) • Jimmy Havoc • Rey Feníx • Low Ki • Daga • Konnan • Salina de la Renta • Hijo de LA Park • MJF • Gringo Loco • Simon Gotch • Jacob Fatu • Josef Salaem • Puma King • Ace Romero • Alex Hammerstone • Myron Reed • Mance Warner • Ace Austin • Richard Holliday • Ariel Dominguez

Signed thus far for April 5th’s BATTLE RIOT II:

THE BATTLE RIOT:
Participants: Davey Boy Smith Jr. • Pentagón Jr. • Minoru Tanaka

More matches and wrestlers will be announced at MLW.com.

There will be several meet and greet opportunities featuring Major League Wrestling wrestlers and personalities. Additionally, there are limited VIP tickets available which includes early entry (5:30 p.m.) featuring a special pre-show meet and greet with extended meet and greet privileges.

Tickets start at $20 at MLWTickets.com.

General Public Doors Open: 6 p.m. with a bell time of 7 p.m. League officials anticipate the card will end at approximately 10:45 p.m.

Please note: General Admission SRO Tickets are: $20 for advance sales, $25 Day of Event at the door.
MORE ABOUT THE VENUE:
Located in the heart of Long Island City just minutes away from Manhattan, the Melrose Ballroom is one of New York City’s premiere exclusive venues for live performance, music, and entertainment shows.

The venue is located at: 36-08 33rd Street Long Island City, NY 11106.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
Subway, bus and directions to the Melrose Ballroom can be found here: http://melroseballroomnyc.com/directions/

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Katsuyori Shibata Looking To Get Medically Cleared To Return To The Ring

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Katsuyori Shibata is looking to get cleared to step into a ring once again.

According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shibata is looking to get medically cleared following his recent appearance on the final night of the G1 Climax tournament.

“Katsuyori Shibata, he hasn’t been cleared, but he will be attempting to get cleared,” Meltzer stated. “He trains with his students, but the issue in question is whether it can ever be healthy for him to take head shots, and if he were to return as Katsuyori Shibata, can they work around that issue within the New Japan style.”

In 2017, Shibata collapsed backstage after a match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis. The injury was caused by Shibata’s use of a headbutt, which he had been doing regularly since the prior year. Following his collapse, he was rushed to hopsital, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, which required emergency surgery. This caused Shibata to experience paralysis on one half of his body, and many to believe he would never wrestle again.

Following his recovery, Shibata was appointed head coach of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s dojo in Los Angeles, CA.

Shibata made a surprise appearance at the finals of the G1 Climax tournament earlier this month. Although he was not medically cleared to compete, he was involved in an angle with The Bullet Club, where he was beatdown.

 

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Backstage News On When AEW Was Aware Of Jon Moxley’s MRSA Diagnosis

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Jon Moxley announced Friday that he would no longer be competing at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out event due to a MRSA diagnosis. All Elite Wrestling was quick to announce PAC as his replacement to face Kenny Omega at the pay-per-view on 8/31.

According to Fightful Select, specific people in the company were made aware of Moxley’s diagnosis this past Wednesday (8/21).

“AEW sent word on a need to know basis on Wednesday that Moxley would be out of All Out” – Fightful Select

Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that AEW already had plans for PAC to be at the event. The company was able to shift his surprise appearance into a wrestling role due to Moxley not being able to compete.

Jon Moxley is also out of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport event on 9/14. He is expected to be out of action for 4 weeks. The company is hopeful he will be cleared for the TNT debut on 10/2.

 

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