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MLW returns to New York City for the first time in 16 years – complete details on tomorrow’s TV taping

MLW issued the following press release today:

Jake Hager (managed by Colonel Parker) vs. Team Filthy’s Simon Gotch signed for this Thursday’s MLW’s Battle Riot card in New York City; Colonel Parker meet and greet added

NEW YORK – Bellator fighter and All American Jake Hager (managed by Colonel Parker) is in for a big apple grapple this Thursday when MLW returns to New York City for the first time in 16 years.  Major League Wrestling today announced catch wrestler Simon Gotch vs. Jake Hager for this Thursday’s July 19th MLW Battle Riot® at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY.

With bad blood boiling between Team Filthy and Colonel Parker’s Stud Stable, the 6’7” Jake Hager looks to continue dominating the competition when he takes on Team Filthy’s Gotch.

Hager enters the match having put Jeff Cobb in the hospital.  Will the Great Gotch’s scientific catch wrestling style derail Hager’s march up the top 10?  Or will another grappler be sent to the hospital? Find out live this Thursday in NYC. (buy tickets)

But that’s not all! Colonel Robert Parker will be available for a meet and greet for ALL ticket holders prior to bell time.  Autograph/photo pricing for the Colonel will be announced soon.

Tickets are available now at:

The winner of the 40-man Battle Riot will receive a World Title shot anytime, anywhere. Elimination is by pinfall, submission or by throwing an individual over the top rope in this no DQ mega match. [Buy tickets]

More will be announced on Friday night’s nationally televised MLW series, MLW: FUSION on beIN Sports at 8pm ET.

Signed thus far for MLW’s July 19th card include:

40-Man Battle Riot
Participants announced thus far include: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, John Hennigan, “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, Jimmy Havoc, ACH, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Teddy Hart, Rich Swann, Pentagon Jr., Jimmy Yuta, Low Ki, Brody King, Jake Hager, Swoggle, Lance Anoa’i, “PCO” Pierre Carl Ouellet, Konnan, Joey Ryan, Sami Callihan, Jason Cade, MJF, Rey Fenix, Head Shrinker: Samu, Kotto Brazil, Aerostar, Drago, Simon Gotch, Homicide, Vandal Ortagun, Dirty Blondes and more to be announced soon!

World Heavyweight Title Fight:
Shane “Swerve” Strickland (c) vs. Sami Callihan

World Tag Team Title Fight:
Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix (c) vs. AAA’s Drago & Aerostar

Title Fight to determined the first World Middleweight Championship
Joey Ryan vs. MJF

John Hennigan vs. Low Ki

Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart and Davey Boy Smith Jr. with Brian Pillman II) vs. Rich Swann & ACH

Jimmy Havoc vs. Brody King

PCO vs. Homicide

Jake Hager vs. Simon Gotch

Kotto Brazil vs. Myron Reed

More matches and Battle Riot participants will be announced in the coming weeks on MLW: FUSION and

Plus, it’s a TV taping for MLW FUSION on beIN Sports!

Tickets start at $20 at!

Be there for the first national televised pro-wrestling live event emanating from Queens, NYC in almost 18 years!

The event will be a Major League Wrestling: FUSION television taping for beIN SPORTS.

Tickets start at just $20.  There are limited VIP tickets available which includes early entry (5:30pm Eastern) featuring a Pre-Show Meet and Greet with select MLW Talent plus complimentary poster.

Please note: General Admission SRO Tickets are: $20 for advance sales, $25 Day of Event at the door.

General Public Doors Open: 6pm Eastern

Showtime: 7pm Eastern.

You can purchase tickets today at

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.

Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company with a focus on professional wrestling sporting events/programming, digital content and ancillary entertainment.

MLW’s weekly TV series, Major League Wrestling: FUSION, airs Friday nights 8pm ET / 5pm PT on beIN SPORTS (with replays at 11pm ET) in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

MLW Radio Network is the leading provider of professional wrestling podcasts in the world with 5-6 podcasts in the top iTunes 100 in the sports category on the average day.

MLW content has been distributed commercially in in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, India, Denmark and Bangladesh among other territories.

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