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MLW to crown a World Middleweight Champion on July 19 in NYC (Joey Ryan vs. MJF)

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NEW YORK – History will be made on July 19th in New York City as the first-ever World Middleweight Champion is crowned.  On July 19th in New York City Maxwell J. Friedman vs. Joey Ryan has been signed to determine the first Middleweight Champion.  Additionally, both men will participate in the first-ever Battle Riot at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY.

Tickets are available now at:

The new middleweight division in MLW is contested up to 205 pounds.

Friedman also known as MJF, which is monogramed on virtually all of his Vineyard Vines shirts, cars and Louis Vuitton luggage, has enjoyed a strong 2018 in MLW.  With wins over the likes of MVP, matchmakers determined he was the #1 ranked middleweight within MLW.

Returning to MLW, Joey Ryan has agreed to fight at 205, 5 pounds less than his usual wrestling weight, as he competes for his first World Championship in MLW.  An icon of sleaze, the globetrotting Ryan has had a stellar year on multiple wrestling circuits on multiple continents.

Will MJF’s youth and tenacity lead to victory and gold? Or will Joey Ryan’s 2018 reach an explosive climax with a title win in New York City? Find out live on July 19th! Get your tickets today 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, ACH, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Teddy Hart, Rich Swann, Pentagon Jr., Jimmy Yuta, Jake Hager, Swoggle, Lance Anoa’i, “PCO” Pierre Carl Ouellet, Konnan, Joey Ryan, Sami Callihan, Jason Cade, MJF, Rey Fenix, Kotto Brazil and more to be announced soon!

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

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.

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