New Match Announced For MLW War Chamber


Major League Wrestling (MLW) has announced that Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Calvin Tankman in an Opera Cup match will take place at their War Chamber event.

You can check out the official announcement below:


Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Calvin Tankman now Opera Cup: Stage 1 bout

April 6 in NYC

MLW returns to NYC April 6 featuring WAR CHAMBER

Major League Wrestling today announced 2023 Opera Cup: Stage 1 match: Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Calvin Tankman at MLW War Chamber’23 Thursday, April 6 at New York City’s Melrose Ballroom.

🎟Buy tickets at and on Eventbrite.

The card is an MLW TV taping, airing nationwide in the US and in over 60 countries around the world.

MLW has converted the bout contract for the already announced Smith-Tankman bout into a Stage 1 Opera Cup tournament match.

“Once the Opera Cup was announced, DBS asked to considered for it and given he was the 2019 winner, converting this already big hoss fight into a stage 1 match was a no-brainer,” states MLW CEO Court Bauer.

DBS, a catch wrestler will square off with the heavy hands of Tankman, an MMA practitioner.

The first stage of the 2023 edition of the Opera Cup will also showcase the sweet science of grappling as two top level technicians make their MLW debut as Tony Deppen locks up with Brooklyn’s “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams.

Who will advance to stage 2 of the Opera Cup and fight for the coveted 108 year old trophy?

Find out Thursday, April 6th in NYC at MLW War Chamber’23.


National Openweight Championship

John Hennigan (champion) vs. Jacob Fatu

Women’s World Featherweight Championship
Taya Valkyrie (champion) vs. Delmi Exo

Willie Mack vs. Real1

World Middleweight Championship
Lince Dorado (champion) vs. Lio Rush

Alex Kane vs. Shigehiro Irie

2023 OPERA CUP: Stage 1:
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Calvin Tankman

2023 OPERA CUP: Stage 1:
“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams vs. Tony Deppen

Billie Starkz vs. B3CCA

Mandy León vs. Clara Carreras

Signed to appear:
World Heavyweight Champion Alex Hammerstone


World Tag Team Champions Samoan SWAT Team

Mr. Thomas

Mance Warner

Matthew Justice

1 Called Manders

Rickey Shane Page

Sam Adonis


Tickets start at $15 at and Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

Major League Wrestling shows are interactive. Fans get to not only experience major league action in the ring but have the opportunity to meet some of their favorites before bell time.

There will be several meet and greet opportunities featuring Major League Wrestling wrestlers and personalities.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

6:00 p.m.: Early entry for front row ticket holders
6:30 p.m.: Doors open for general public (all ticket holders)
7:30 p.m.: Showtime

Located in the heart of Long Island City just minutes away from Manhattan, Melrose Ballroom is one of New York City’s premiere exclusive venues for live performance, music, and entertainment shows.

Melrose Ballroom is located at: 36-08 33rd Street Long Island City, NY 11106.

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 live events 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 in over 60 countries worldwide, including its new flagship series MLW Underground Wrestling on REELZ in the United States airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET / 7pm PT; and MLW Fusion on Pro Wrestling TV in the U.S. and Ayozat TV on SKY in the United Kingdom.

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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