Davey Richards vs. Johnny Fusion Added To MLW Blood & Thunder 2023

Major League Wrestling has announced its National Openweight Championship match for Blood & Thunder 2023.


It was previously announced that Johnny Fusion (John Morrison) would be returning to MLW at the 2300 arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Blood & Thunder.

Now, MLW has announced that Johnny will have the opportunity to join his wife, Taya Valkyrie, in the MLW champions circle when he challenges Davey Richards for the National Openweight Championship in January.

From MLW:

Davey Richards vs. Johnny Fusion (f/k/a John Morrison National Openweight Title Fight signed for Jan. 7 in Philly 

Get tickets at MLW2300.com

Major League Wrestling today announced a National Openweight Championship title fight: Davey Richards (champion) vs. Johnny Fusion (formally known as John Morrison) at MLW Blood & Thunder on Saturday, January 7 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Tickets start at $15 at MLW2300.com 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.

For the first time ever Davey Richards and Johnny Fusion will square off and it will go down with Richards’ National Openweight Championship on the line.

Richards, who defeated Alex Kane to win the title in New York City, has lowered the draw bridge and crossed over to other promotions defending the title in the NWA and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Now, Richards puts the National Openweight Title up for grabs when he defends against a man he’s never fought before in Johnny Fusion.

“The styles of each wrestler makes this title fight a fascinating match-up,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer. ” The technical excellence of Richards and the aerial blitz and showmanship of Johnny Fusion creates a match that guarantees to be a banger.”

John Hennigan — whose surnames also include Morrison, Mundo, and Impact, will bring both substance and style when he steps into the ring on January 7th, competing under the name “Johnny Fusion.”

Will Fusion cement his return to MLW in gold? Or will Richards stack another victory to his list of border-free title defenses?

Find out LIVE 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 http://MLW2300.com.


World Heavyweight Championship

Alex Hammerstone vs. YAMATO (DragonGate)

Jacob Fatu vs. Ben-K (DragonGate)

National Openweight Championship

Davey Richards (Champion) vs. Johnny Fusion 

World Tag Team Championship

Hustle & Power (EJ Nduka & Calvin Tankman) vs. Samoan SWAT Team

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

  • Alex Kane and the Bomaye Fight Club
  • Real1
  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. & The Billington Bulldogs
  • Lince Dorado
  • Women’s World Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie 
  • Microman
  • Mance Warner
  • Delirious 
  • Sam Adonis
  • Billie Starkz
  • Cesar Duran
  • The Samoan SWAT Team
  • The FBI
  • La Estrella
  • Plus MORE wrestlers will be announced soon at MLW.com.

Buy tickets at MLW2300.com. 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.

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