Major League Wrestling today announced Shane “Swerve” Strickland has signed to contract to defend to defend the World Heavyweight Championship at the first-ever Battle Riot® event on July 19th in New York City.

Shane Strickland vs. “Worldwide Desperado” Sami Callihan for the World Heavyweight Championship is confirmed to take place at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY. 

Challenger Sami Callihan has climbed the rankings with key wins this year over the likes of MVP and “Bad Boy” Joey Janela.  This marks Callihan’s first title shot in Major League Wrestling.  Recently Callihan has added an arsenal of followers known as the Death Machines consisting of Fulton and Leon Scott.  How will they impact this title fight?

However, first the reigning World Heavyweight Champion Shane “Swerve” Strickland must successfully defend his championship next Thursday in Orlando where he will be challenged by Low Ki in a $60,000 bounty match with the championship on the line.  

Can Strickland endure the pressure and demands as World Heavyweight Champion? Will the Worldwide Desperado make history with a title win in New York City?  Find out LIVE July 19th!  [Buy tickets]

League officials have confirmed that if the reigning champion loses to Low Ki next week at MLW’s Orlando July 12th event, Low Ki will defend against John Hennigan on July 19th.

Tickets are available now at: https://mlwnyc.eventbrite.com.