• 03/13/2019 (1:10:54 pm)
  • Bob Mulrenin

NEW YORK –  The new GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion will make his New York City debut on Thursday night April 4 as Minoru Tanaka competes for the first-time in Major League Wrestling. 

MLW today announced Minoru Tanaka vs. Daga for MLW’s April 4th (Rise of the Renegades) event at the Melrose Ballroom. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

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

Minoru Tanaka (田中稔), the new GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, enters MLW with an impressive resume including claiming championships in NOAH, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Minoru Tanaka holds the distinction of being the only man to hold all five major junior heavyweight titles in Japan.

Tanaka will be challenged by the maestro of Mexican Strong Style, Daga. An accomplished grappler with extensive experience wrestling in Japan, Daga is an evolving hybrid wrestler with an exceptional background in lucha, MMA and strong style.

“Styles make fights,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer. “This match is going to be a hard hitting FIGHT. This is the ‘Big Apple Grapple’ of the weekend.”

Tanaka’s experience and versatility may give the shootboxer a unique dimension.  Known for his rapid-fire striking and flying-armbar submission, Tanaka can also fly high with his signature 450º fireball splash.

Daga looks to forever stain Tanaka’s MLW debut with a victory on April 4.  Can Minoru Tanaka overcome a world class grappler hungry to climb the rankings? Will Daga be able to stop the GHC Junior Heavyweight’s momentum? 

NEW YORK –  What happens when Ol Mancer collides with the mercenary known as Sami Callihan? New York City may never be the same. 

MLW today announced Sami Callihan vs. Mance Warner for MLW’s April 4th (Rise of the Renegades) event at the Melrose Ballroom. The event will be a MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Labeled “dangerous” by many, Sami Callihan embarked on a path of destruction in MLW for over a year until a bitter betrayal by Promociones Dorado led to a violent collision with the destroyer LA Park in Miami. Since the mayhem in Miami, Callihan has mysteriously vanished. While whispers of what happened were plentiful, Callihan’s future in MLW seemed cloudy at best… until now.

The mercenary known as Sami Callihan has been carefully watching the rise of MLW’s renegades – including one Mance Warner… and he’s intrigued.  So much so he wants to test himself against Ol Mancer one-on-one.  Callihan also claims to have an important message for someone in MLW.  Who? What is the message? We’ll find out as the Worldwide Desperado reemerges in MLW on April 4th.

But Ol Mancer isn’t sitting back waiting for Callihan. He’s putting in the work.  The “Southern Psycho” has recently found himself quarreling with Salina de la Renta and her charge following a backstage incident where he may have spilled some beer on the empresaria. Triggering a war of respect, Mance Warner has been raising hell with the likes of LA Park in MLW ever since.

Now, Ol Mancer must adapt to a new challenge as he looks to climb the ladder in Major League Wrestling as he takes on a man who has bludgeoned opponents with his bat to the point where one opponent nearly lost an eye and had crushed bones in his face. 

New York City and the world: be ready as chaos meets carnage when Mance Warner wrestles Sami Callihan in New York April 4 at the Melrose Ballroom as MLW presents a national TV taping for beIN SPORTS .

Find out in New York April 4 at the Melrose Ballroom a MLW presents a national TV taping 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:

NYC Street Fight for the World Championship: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Jimmy Havoc

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

MJF vs. Brian Pillman Jr.

Sami Callihan vs. Mance Warner

GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Minoru Tanaka vs. Daga

Plus: Jim Cornette • World Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation • Rey Feníx • Low Ki • Konnan • Salina de la Renta • Hijo de LA Park • Gringo Loco • Simon Gotch • Jacob Fatu • Josef Samael • Rey Horus • Ace Romero • Alex Hammerstone • Myron Reed • Ace Austin • Richard Holliday • Ariel Dominguez

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

Participants:  Low Ki • Pentagón Jr. • Minoru Tanaka • Teddy Hart • Davey Boy Smith Jr. • MJF • Ace Romero • Alex Hammerstone • Ace Austin • Ken Kerbis • Brian Pillman Jr.

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 to each event start at $20 at MLWTickets.com. There is also a $30 fan appreciation ticket that gives you access to both the April 4th and April 5th matches.

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.

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