Weight: 191 lbs.
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Signature Move: Swerve Stomp; JML Driver
A dynamic wrestler with uncanny footwork, high-level submission technique and an unrelenting aerial arsenal, Shane Strickland can shut down an opponent fast while thrilling crowds along the way.
His nickname “Swerve” stands for confidence – just don’t interpret that as meaning Shane “Swerve” Strickland is your cliché arrogant elite athlete. That assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. While scouts will tell you Strickland is in fact a top-level athlete, he is also one of the most humble yet hungry wrestlers in the sport today.
Growing up in a military family, Strickland spent his early years in Germany, the son of a military man.
Strickland himself would go on to serve in the military while sneaking in pro wrestling training during his downtime.
While in the military, Strickland learned “military combatives”, a combination of close quarters strikes, submissions and jiu jitsu. This training would come in handy as Strickland transitioned to pro wrestling where he employs rapid strikes and submissions to often secure victory.
A single father with huge aspirations to be the best of the best in MLW, Strickland’s daughters inspire him to keep working hard and climb the rankings so they can have a better life.