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  • Writer's pictureCarlos Astorga

Kojima vs. Suzuki For World Title In NYC Feb. 29 At MLW Intimidation Games

MLW today announced MLW World Heavyweight Title Fight: Satoshi Kojima (champion) vs. Minoru Suzuki at MLW Intimidation Games’24 live and exclusively on Triller TV+ Thursday, February 29 at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City.

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The spotlight of the night will be on the MLW World Heavyweight Title fight, featuring Kojima's first title defense against the feared and respected Minoru Suzuki.

Fresh off his triumphant victory over Alex Kane this past Saturday in Philadelphia, Kojima made history by becoming the first-ever two-time MLW World Heavyweight Champion. The victory marks Kojima's return to the pinnacle of MLW, solidifying his status as one of the promotion's most popular and iconic fighters.

Kojima's journey to this title defense has been nothing short of spectacular. Fans around the world witnessed the impromptu "Bread Club Party" in December, where a capacity crowd tossed bread into the ring to celebrate Kojima's triumphant return to MLW. This charismatic fighter, crowned as the first-ever MLW World Heavyweight Champion in September 2002, has captured the hearts of fans with his unique style and undeniable fighting spirit.

In a move to honor the city that launched "Kojimania" in 2002, Kojima expressed his desire to give New York City the privilege of hosting his first title defense. This event promises to be a historic night, honoring Kojima and MLW’s roots that forever cemented MLW as a world-class organization.

However, Kojima's first title defense is no walk in the park. Standing in his way is the formidable Minoru Suzuki, a crippler known for his feared and respected prowess in the ring. The clash between Kojima and Suzuki is expected to be a hard-hitting strong style showdown, showcasing the skills of two of Japan's most celebrated fighters.

This match is not just a spectacle for the New York City audience; it's a global affair that has captured the attention of fans from Japan to America and all points in-between. The question on everyone's mind is whether Kojima's fighting spirit will prevail, or will Suzuki's renowned toughness prove insurmountable?

The “King of Pro-Wrestling”, Minoru Suzuki is a name that strikes respect and fear deep in the heart of competitors and fans alike.

After initially training in the NJPW Dojo, Suzuki joined the UWF group in 1989, before becoming one of the founding fathers of Japanese MMA. Returning to pro-wrestling in 2003, Suzuki picked up gold wherever he went, including IWGP Tag Team, NEVER Openweight, and IWGP Intercontinental gold in NJPW.

With over 30 years of career expereince, Suzuki shows no signs of slowing down, and seems to only get more terrifying with every year that goes by.

MLW can confirm a LIMITED meet & greet will also take place prior to the start of the show featuring Minoru Suzuki. You can pre-order at

Lock in your tickets now at and see it go down Thursday, February 29 in New York City.

Matches and fighters will be announced at

Intimidation Games TrillerTV+ card

MLW World Heavyweight Title Fight

Satoshi Kojima (champion) vs. Minoru Suzuki



PLUS: A Special Meet & Greet with Minoru Suzuki!

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


The schedule for the event is as follows:

5:30 p.m.: Early entry for front row ticket holders

6:00 p.m.: Doors open for general public (all ticket holders)

7:00 p.m : Showtime


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


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.


There is a parking garage 2 minutes away. Street parking available on a limited basis.

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, including New York, Chicago, and Tampa.

One of the fastest growing wrestling leagues today, MLW programming is available in over 60 countries worldwide, including on beIN Sports in the U.S. and Ayozat TV on SKY in the United Kingdom.

MLW premium live events stream monthly live and exclusively on Triller TV+.

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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