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  • Writer's pictureCarlos Astorga

Matt Riddle vs Callihan No Ropes Death Match In St. Petersburg July 12 For MLW Blood & Thunder

Major League Wrestling (MLW) today announced a No Ropes Death Match! Matt Riddle vs. Sami Callihan at MLW Blood & Thunder’24, from the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL on Friday, July 12.

🎟 Grab tickets at and Eventbrite starting at $15.

MLW is proud to announce the highly anticipated main event for Blood & Thunder, live from the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL, on July 12. Fans worldwide can witness this match live and free on MLW’s YouTube Channel.

In the ultimate underground environment, Matt Riddle will face off against Sami Callihan in a No Ropes Death Match.

Before Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was recognized as an organized sport, it was known as No Holds Barred (NHB) fighting. NHB was a savage and violent form of combat with no ropes, no gloves, no rounds, and no rules. This death match will revive that primal intensity, pushing both competitors to their limits with high stakes: Riddle’s title shot will be on the line.

In this ultimate underground environment known as a No Ropes Death match, the ropes come down and there are no rules. Anything goes. In order to win, you must take your opponent to the end and beat him either by knockout, pin, tapout, or referee stoppage.

Sami Callihan, known as the "Callihan Death Machine," has a storied history of violence and success in death matches where chaos and pain reign supreme. His nickname was earned through years of unrelenting brutality and dominance in such matches. Callihan is on a mission to prove he is the undisputed king of this violent spectacle and finally secure his title shot.

Matt Riddle, on the other hand, is driven by a different goal. He has been on a quest to finish what he started six years ago in MLW: to become the MLW World Heavyweight Champion. Since his return to MLW last December, Riddle has been undefeated. His victory at Battle RIOT VI secured him a title shot he can cash in anytime, anywhere. However, this title shot will be on the line in his confrontation with Callihan.

The animosity between Riddle and Callihan has been simmering, reaching a boiling point during a brawl at MLW Anniversary'24 in Atlanta's Center Stage over the weekend. Callihan, feeling disrespected and overlooked by Riddle, challenged the “King of Bros” to a No Ropes Death Match for Blood & Thunder. Riddle, in a bold move, accepted the challenge, putting his title shot on the line.

This match raises a critical question: could Riddle have made a strategic blunder by accepting a match that heavily favors Callihan's brutal style? Has Callihan checkmated Riddle into an environment where the "Callihan Death Machine" thrives?

The outcome of this No Ropes Death Match could reshape MLW, as the league enjoys a new age. Will Riddle's quest for championship glory continue, or will Callihan's reign of terror prevail?

Get your tickets now at and see it go down Friday, July 12 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Blood & Thunder live on YouTube card (9pm ET start)

No Ropes Death Match

Matt Riddle vs. Sami Callihan

3 Stages of Destruction Match

Matt Justice (managed by Bill Alfonso) vs. Mads Krule Krugger

Minoru Suzuki vs. AKIRA

Opera Cup Round 1

KENTA vs. Bobby Fish

Opera Cup Round 1

“Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Jake Crist

Opera Cup Round 1

Atlantis Jr. vs. Okumura

beIN SPORTS card (7pm ET start)

Opera Cup Round 1

Mistico vs. Magnus

More Matches and fighters will be announced at

PLUS: Special Meet & Greets with

•Mistico (pre-order)

•Minoru Suzuki (pre-order)

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.

*** 7PM START TIME ***


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


The historic Coliseum was built in 1924, and purchased by the City of St. Petersburg in 1989. It has undergone extensive renovations, and the architecture and ambiance creates a flexible space to host a variety of events, making it one of the Tampa Bay area’s most unique multi-use facilities.

The Coliseum is located in the local historic district of downtown St. Pete, within walking distance of many downtown restaurants, shops & hotels. It offers over 800 parking spaces within walking distance.

The Coliseum is located at: 535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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, Atlanta, Chicago, and Tampa.

One of the fastest growing wrestling leagues today, MLW programming is available in over 60 countries worldwide, including MLW Fusion 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 TrillerTV+.

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