Major League Wrestling yesterday and today announced Calvin Tankman and Alex Kane as participants in the 40-wrestler Battle Riot as MLW returns to New York City’s Melrose Ballroom on June 23, featuring an MLW Fusion TV taping.

Tankman, one-half of the World Tag Team Championship duo of Hustle & Power, promises to rampage through the fourth Battle Riot and win it by any means. Blending speed, power and a low centre of gravity with uncanny endurance, Tankman will be a challenge for anyone to eliminate in the Battle Riot.

Determined to steamroll over the Bomaye Fight Club and anyone that stands in his way of pursuing becoming a double champion, Tankman is one to watch in this year’s Riot. But in order to do the unthinkable and be a double champ one day, the “Heavyweight Hustle” will need to outlast, outsmart and outfight 39 others and win the Battle Riot to secure a title shot anytime, anywhere against the World Heavyweight Champion.

Who is taking a first-class one-way trip to Suplex Island? If it’s up to Alex Kane, it will be all 39 participants in the Battle Riot on June 23 in New York City.

The National Openweight Champion and member of the Bomaye Fight Club has ploughed through all challengers to his championship since winning the belt last fall.

Now the “ultimate hybrid wrestler” looks to grab his golden ticket and get a crack at the World Heavyweight Champ. In order to do so, the Georgia grappler must outlast 39 other competitors!

Undefeated since entering MLW with the 2021 Open Draft, Alex Kane predicts the Riot will be just another accolade in his meteoric rise in Major League Wrestling.

Will Tankman be the last man standing as a heap of 39 other wrestlers stand on the outside looking in at Calvin Tankman victorious? Or will Alex Kane conquer the Battle Riot? Find out LIVE in New York City on June 23 at MLW Battle Riot IV.


A mash-up of a battle royal, royal rumble and Anything-Goes Street Fight, this super-sized main event will feature 40 wrestlers with new participants entering the ring every 60 seconds. There will be surprises! There will be legends! There will be WTF entries… and there will be no disqualifications. Elimination is by pinfall, submission, or throwing an individual over the top rope. Anything is possible in a Battle Riot.


The winner gets a World Heavyweight Title Shot anywhere, anytime. It could be that night; it could be in 6 months. The challenger has the key to unlock an instant title shot against whoever the champion is.

Battle Riot Participants:
Lince Dorado, Marshall Von Erich, Killer Kross, Calvin Tankman, Alex Kane, and more to be announced in the days ahead.

All pics courtesy of MLW

By Steph Franchomme

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