Round Five of the MLW 2021 Open Draft featured returning stars and the first match for MLW Battle Riot III revealed exclusively by Alicia Atout. First, TJP and Violence Is Forever will be back on July 10. Also, Richard Holliday will face off Mil Muertes for the Caribbean Championship at Battle Riot III.
Earlier today, Major League Wrestling today announced 4 additional participants who will compete in the Battle Riot Saturday, July 10 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, King Muertes, Caribbean Champion Richard Holliday, Zenshi, and newcomer Lee Moriarty. They join Alex Hammerstone in the match.
Growing up in a Filipino household, TJP aspired to be a pro wrestler. As a teenager, TJP would embark on a career in the squared circle which would take him all over the California and Mexican circuits. In 2004 at the age of 20, TJP – then known as TJ Perkins – would make his debut in Major League Wrestling. It was during this period that TJP would also journey to the New Japan Pro-Wrestling dojo in Los Angeles where he trained under the tutelage of Antonio Inoki alongside Rocky Romero and others.
The flashy TJP would soon thereafter emerge on the international stage where he’d become a top-flight grappler winning championships and accolades in numerous organizations. A world-class athlete, TJP backs up his swagger in the squared circle using a hybrid wrestling style relying on Lucha, strong style and technical wrestling to overwhelm adversaries. When not grappling, TJP can be found playing games or collecting the latest coveted sneakers on the collectible scene.
Collectively known as Violence is Forever, Kevin Ku joined Team Filthy over the summer after Dominic Garrini allegedly witnessed Ku’s “extraordinary performance” at an Inoki Jungle Fight tournament on the Amazon River. Garrini knew instantly Ku would be a great addition to Tom Lawlor’s fight camp. Both Ku and Garrini have been Lawlor’s training partners in Las Vegas as he readies for the semi-finals of the 2020 Opera Cup.
Ice cold, calculated and quick to submit adversaries, “The Crippler of Canton, Ohio” is a feared and respected grappler. Fighting out of Canton, Ohio Dominic Garrini is one of the most accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the sport. Reaching the rarified air of being one of the top 10 ranked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world, Garrini is a top-level athlete. Representing Team East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Garrini often wears a Gi to the ring and at times even fights in one… with some theorizing giving him the unfair advantage in bouts.
Garrini is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chad Kuhn and James Clingerman. A veteran of over 200 Competitive Jiu-Jitsu matches and holding countless gold medals from the IBJJF, ADCC, AGC, NAGA, Grapplers Quest and other organizations, Garrini is as real as it gets. Blending other disciplines, Garrini can transition from smothering you on the mat to scrapping in hard-hitting brawls. With unparalleled submission skills, Garrini has been acknowledged by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s No Gi Rankings as a top-ranked BJJ competitor. With a background in BJJ, judo and MMA, the “Bone Collector” now makes MLW his hunting grounds reminding victims, “tap to submit, fight to survive”.
Employing rapid-fire striking and an unrelenting offensive assault, Kevin Ku is a ferocious fighter. Ku joined Team Filthy after Dominic Garrini witnessed Ku’s extraordinary performance in an Inoki Jungle Fight tournament. Garrini knew instantly Ku would be a great addition to Tom Lawlor’s fight camp. Employing rapid-fire striking and an unrelenting offensive assault, Kevin Ku is a ferocious fighter. A versatile athlete with a background in karate and Olympic weightlifting, Ku is an experienced singles and tag team competitor who can quickly shift from a technical fight game to scrapping in brawls in a flash. Ku adds a new dimension to Team Filthy, giving Lawlor’s team strength in numbers and danger in the form of Ku’s vicious work in the squared circle.
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