#WrestleManiaWeek Preview – MLW: Battle Riot II (4/5/19)


Battle Riot II is Friday April 5th at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City. It’s the Final night of two star-studded Major League Wrestling (MLW) cards. The Battle Riot features the Top Stars on the roster seeking a shot at the Heavyweight Championship. The MLW Middleweight Title is also at stake as Teddy Hart continues his remarkable career against young Ace Austin. Who’s coming out on top and setting their sights on “Filthy” Tom Lawlor?

Low Ki vs Daga

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The last time we saw these two guys in the rang Low-Ki was cutting off pieces of Daga’s ear. Now the Mexican star has a chance at revenge without remorse against the former MLW Champion. Low-Ki has proven over his time with MLW he will stop at nothing to win and injure his opponents. More often he’s interested in the latter, but Daga has been around a long time, won’t be afraid of the brutal tactics and certainly has his own bag of tricks. Daga is a very dangerous individual and if Low-Ki slips at all there will be hell to pay.

Brian Pillman Jr. vs Rich Swann

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Rich Swann returns from his suspension and the MLW brass saw fit to book him with Brian Pillman Jr. who could use a win after a tough couple weeks. He lost to Hammerstone after getting planted by a Nightmare Pendulum after the distraction by the Dynasty. Pillman needs to be focused though because Swann returns ready to get back in the win column too. This version of Swann gets down to business and prior to the loss that led to his suspension was getting his hand raised more often. A win for the man from Baltimore puts him in line for a shot at the Middleweight Gold, but if Swann continues with his prior antics Pillman will steal his heart away.

LA Park w/ Salina de la Renta vs. Jimmy Havoc

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LA Park beat Mance Warner in a death match in Chicago and now faces “England’s Most Dangerous Man” Jimmy Havoc. This dream matchup replaces LA PARK’s original opponent, but one with just as much status. Considered by many to be the Greatest Death Match wrestler in history, but not because of crazy spots, but extraordinary storytelling. A master with the crowd Havoc quickly gains control of every part of the match. The last time Havoc was in MLW he beat Tom Lawlor, Shane Strickland and Joey Janela. LA PARK has been a major part of the MLW story since he arrived on the scene. His partnership with de La Renta has been fruitful and getting a win over another legend would continue that trend. LA PARK was a high-flying luchador and even though he can take flight he’s built more for the ground game, but at 53 the guy is a stud.

World Middleweight Title- Teddy Hart (c) vs. Ace Austin

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When Teddy Hart won the Middleweight Title as a surprise entrant for MJF‘s vacated MLW Title you knew he was going to keep the Title awhile. Hart moved right to the top of the heap in MLW from the moment he arrived and not because of his name. He beat MJF in the rematch and has wins over Pentagon Jr, MJF, and retained the Title against hot-headed Myron Reed at MLW Intimidation Games

Ace Austin earned a shot in the Battle Riot with his win over DJZ in the Windy City, and now he gets a chance at the Middleweight Gold. Austin mixes aerial skills in with parkour and magic getting wins over top Middleweight contenders Rich Swann and DJZ. The high flying won’t affect Hart, so Ace will want to use his quickness advantage to stay a step up and try to beat the Champion to the spot. Is the 21-year-old ready to be World Champion?

40-Man Battle Riot: LA Park vs. Teddy Hart vs. Ace Austin vs. Low Ki vs. Ken Kerbis vs. Gringo Loco vs. Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Fenix vs. Sami Callihan vs. Alex Hammerstone vs. El Hijo de LA Park vs. Ace Romero vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Pentagon Jr. vs. MJF vs. Minoru Tanaka vs. Avalanche vs. Jordan Oliver vs Dan “The Beast” Severn vs. Myron Reed vs. ???

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40 competitors vai for a shot at the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in the Battle Riot. Tom Lawlor won it last year, and this year’s winner could face him at the date of their choosing. In one-minute intervals, each person will enter the ring. You can be eliminated by pinfall, submission, or get thrown over the top rope. There are plenty of shenanigans a wrestler can get into with a match like this. Hide under the ring, outside interference, or anything else to steal a win. However, every top guy in the League is in this one, so the likely hood of fraud is questionable. You could make a case to win for many of these individuals, and whoever wins it holds in their hands the opportunity of a lifetime.

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