Welcome to MLW Hybrid Wrestling where fighting spirit is taken to the extreme. Below is a list of the rules and regulations that have been established. Further, MLW is proud to present a brief synopsis of some of the various styles that make Hybrid Wrestling the ultimate and most violent stage for competition.

Tag Team competition:

  • The Global Tag-Team Crown Championship shall be vacated December 31st of every year with a tournament to follow in the first month of the following year.
  • Tag team matches: A single pin fall or submission is required to win traditional tag team matches.
  • Six man tag team matches: MLW has adopted the Mexican lucha libre variation of the six man tag team approach. To be victorious, you must pin/tap/knockout two of the three members of one team or a team’s captain in order to gain one fall (always in a best of three fall series).

Weight classes:

  • Heavyweight: 220 pounds (101.25 kilograms) and up.
  • Junior Heavyweight:  Over 145 pounds (65.25 kilograms) to 219.9 pounds (98.955 kilograms).

Match time limits:
Match duration vary in length depending on the championship, contract, etc. Typical match time limits are:

  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • No time limit

Young Lions Challenge:
The Young Lions Challenge occurs when a young lion (a wrestler that has yet to achieve full status in MLW) challenges a MLW veteran. The young lion must successfully defeat the veteran in a best of three match series. If the young lion defeats the veteran, then he is elevated to full status within MLW. However, if the young lion fails to obtain said status, he is suspended from MLW for a 90 day period.

American Strong Style: A relaxed variation of the Japanese pro wrestling discipline that was originated in the New Japan Pro Wrestling company in the 1970s. Using a combination of stiff (hard hitting) and sharp moves and strikes, such as the lariat clothesline, the chest chop, and front kicks, American is far less strict in its discipline than its Japanese counterpart. American Strong Style was founded in the late 1990s.

American traditional pro wrestling: Over two hundred years ago, American Pro Wrestling was established with roots including a bout featuring President Abraham Lincoln in Illinois in the mid 1800s. It is standard for traditional pro wrestlers to grapple, suplex, throw or take down their opponent without striking blows. It is the pure basis of most other styles.

Hardcore Wrestling: An unorthodox and ultra violent form of pro wrestling. Disqualifications and count outs are ignored in favor of an extreme and often graphic approach. Typically, fighters will use weapons (i.e., chairs, tables, ladders, canes, barbed wire, etc.) and fight or partake in matches in unusual environments both in and outside of the ring. 

Hybrid Wrestling: The ultimate style that combines all pre-existing styles creating a state-of-the-art sophisticated discipline consisting of every form of combat that goes down in the ring. Hybrid Wrestling is an intense and evolving combat sport in which competitors wrestle and fight without any boundaries such as disqualification or count out stoppage. The theory, which was developed in January of 2000 by Court Bauer can be applied to any weight class.

Japanese Strong Style: A strict Japanese pro wrestling discipline that originated in the 1970s by Antonio Inoki. Using a combination of stiff (hard hitting) and sharp moves and strikes, such as the lariat clothesline, the chest chop, and front kicks, Japanese Strong Style is a theory that has influenced several other styles.

Lucha Libre: Translated as “free fighting” in Spanish, the near 100 year old lucha libre style combines a dynamic and acrobatic aerial style with that of sophisticated and at times multi-person submission maneuvers. It is common for Luchadores (disciples of this style) to wear masks and put them (or their hair) on the line in an ultimate challenge of honor or to seek out revenge. Lucha libre six man tag team rules differ from the traditional version as you must pin/tap out two of the three members of one team or a team’s captain in order to gain one fall (always in a best of three fall series).

Royal Road: Known also as King’s Road and translated as “oudou” in Japanese, this is Shohei “Giant” Baba’s theory about a pure athletic style of pro wrestling with an emphasis on world class competition. This style was formulated in the early 1970s.

Shoot Wrestling: A form of wrestling that combines wrestling, kick boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, and judo.

Per league rules, if a new champion is crowned, the new title holder will defend the belt against all of preexisting opponents on the new champion’s schedule.