MLW Announces World Title Matchup For Blood & Thunder Event

Major League Wrestling issued the following press release announcing that Alexander Hammerstone will defend the heavyweight title against DRAGONGATE star YAMATO at the January 7th Blood & Thunder event from the legendary 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Full details, including an updated look at the show card, can be found below.

Two organizations have brokered a blockbuster inter-promotional championship clash.

Major League Wrestling and DRAGONGATE are proud to announce YAMATO vs. Alex Hammerstone for the World Heavyweight Championship at at MLW Blood & Thunder on Saturday, January 7 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

🎟 Tickets start at $15 at and the 2300 Arena box office.

The card is a FUSION TV taping, airing on beIN SPORTS nationwide on cable and dish, streaming on Pro Wrestling TV, and in over 60 countries around the world.

YAMATO will be the first-ever DRAGONGATE wrestler to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship and would be the first Japanese wrestler to hold MLW’s top title since 2003, when Satoshi Kojima’s championship reign came to an end in MLW.

“The Almighty” YAMATO, a perennial DRAGONGATE main eventer, is an elite class of fighter. Decorated in gold, having won the Open The Dream Gate Championship, Open the Triangle Gate Championship, and Open the Twin Gate Championship, YAMATO’s all-around skills and experience make him the most dangerous challenger to Hammerstone’s year-plus reign as champion.

A former MMA fighter, competing in Pancrase, the 5th graduate of the Dragon Gate dojo is a ferocious competitor. Utilizing the Ragnarok (an inverted over-the-shoulder back-to-belly piledriver) to finish off competitors, YAMATO’s world class arsenal promises to impress fans and complicate Hammerstone’s power-driven offense.

With Shun Skywalker claiming MLW’s World Middleweight Championship earlier this year, YAMATO looks to raise the stakes and claim MLW’s top title for his home promotion of DRAGONGATE.

See history in the making as YAMATO challenges Hammerstone with the World Heavyweight Championship weighing in the balance on Saturday night, January 7th at MLW Blood & Thunder in Philadelphia!

Major League Wrestling returns to Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena on Saturday, January 7. Buy tickets at

World Heavyweight Championship
Alex Hammerstone vs. YAMATO

Some of the athletes and talent signed to compete and appear include:

Jacob Fatu
Alex Kane and the Bomaye Fight Club
Davey Boy Smith Jr. & The Billington Bulldogs
World Tag Team Champions Hustle & Power (EJ Nduka & Calvin Tankman)
Lince Dorado
Women’s World Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie
Davey Richards
Mance Warner
Sam Adonis
Billie Starkz
Cesar Duran
The Samoan SWAT Team
La Estrella
Plus MORE wrestlers will be announced soon at
Buy tickets at Tickets start at $15. Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

The schedule is as follows:

6:00 p.m.: Early entry for First Row Ticket Holders
6:30 p.m.: Doors open for general public (all ticket holders)
7:30 p.m.: Showtime

2300 Arena (previously named Viking Hall, ECW Arena, New Alhambra Arena, Asylum Arena and The Arena) is a multipurpose indoor arena used primarily for professional wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, and concert events.

About Major League Wrestling

Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company, offering television content, action figures, apparel, live events, and ancillary entertainment. MLW operates in major markets throughout the United States and Mexico, including New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Tijuana. One of the fastest growing wrestling leagues today, MLW programming is available worldwide on beIN Sports, Pro Wrestling TV, Ayozat TV on SKY in the United Kingdom and in over 60 countries and counting.

MLW events showcase diversity and the full spectrum of professional wrestling, with athletes representing countries around the world with fighting styles, including: technical, Japanese strong style, lucha libre, King’s Road brawling, MMA, catch wrestling, hybrid wrestling, submission grappling and other disciplines.

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