In late September Major League Wrestling presented its first ever 40 man Battle Riot from the Melrose Ballroom in New York City with the winner getting a shot at the MLW World Heavyweight Championship. It is presently available on the MLW YouTube page. FanBolt sent their resident wrestling corespondent Brendan Sokler to cover this insane event.
Now you may be asking yourself what is Major League Wrestling? It is a promotion that had a run in the early 2000’s in Florida and had a TV deal, it is a series of podcasts with the best minds and biggest names in the business, it is blood, sweat, and tears of former WWE writer Court Bauer, it is the phoenix of pro wrestling that has risen from the ashes as a brand spanking new promotion on beINSPORTS network, and most importantly it IS MAJOR LEAGUE. The lights, the cameras, the names, the production, I cannot stress enough this television taping was unlike any wrestling show I had ever been to and it was AWESOME.
What is a Battle Riot? It is a 40 man Battle Royale where eliminations come via Pinfall, Submission, and Over The Top Rope Elimination. Competitors enter the ring at one minute intervals. Now you may be asking yourself “Why on earth would any individual put themselves in line for such madness?” Quite simple: A shot at the The Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship.
I personally would not enter this match…I am not a wrestler…and to face MLW’s champion might be certain death…for Low Ki is the possessor of this great title. But someone brave enough is the four foot some odd inches of defiance known as Swoggle! World traveller, killer limbo player, former cruiserweight champion, former general manager of a certain Monday night program, and with more magical powers than you can shake a shillelagh at.
We caught up with Swoggle at Battle Riot in an interview that was as smooth as either of our faces...we have beards...it was rough.