2007 Battle of Los Angeles Information (08/29 #2)

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2007 Battle of Los Angeles Information (08/29 #2)

Postby PWG_Silverback » Thu May 31, 2007 9:06 pm

August 29 Update 2 - Earlier today, we announced that Tony Kozina would be taking the place of PWG World Champion "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament. Danielson was injured this past weekend, and had eye surgery on Monday to repair a detached retina which will keep him out of action for 4 to 6 weeks. After news of Danielson's injury spread, we were contacted by an old friend of PWG who was interested in competing in the tournament. In fact, this individual stated "You can't have a tournament with the best in the world without me." While we were inclined to agree with the statement, some things were just not meant to be. That is, until earlier today. We're not sure how it happened, whether the stars aligned, the tides were just right, or he found out his Burning Man tickets were counterfeit, but for one weekend only, Alex Shelley will return to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.

With Tony Kozina taking the place of Bryan Danielson, that brought the tournament field back to 24 participants, so it would seem that Alex Shelley is without a place in the tournament. However, since PWG has been presented with this unique opportunity, after much internal discussion, we have decided to make the most of it. In his preparation for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, Super Dragon has decided that he is not 100% ready to return to the ring, and would therefore forfeit his place in the tournament. With Super Dragon stepping aside, that allows Alex Shelley a chance to compete in the tournament and prove that he truly is the best in the world. Taking Super Dragon's place in the C Block, and facing PWG World Tag Team Champion El Generico on Night 2 of the tournament will be Tony Kozina. Taking Kozina's place on Night 1 of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, Alex Shelley will now be taking on Tyler Black.

We hope you fans will agree that the addition of Alex Shelley, as well as the new tournament match ups only strengthen the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles as a whole, and will join us on all three nights this weekend. Remember, you have less than 24 hours left to pre-purchase your tickets and guarantee yourself a seat for what will undoubtedly be a tremendous weekend of professional wrestling.


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August 29 - If you ask Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson what the last thing he remembers from this past Saturday night is, he might tell you that before everything went black, he saw the biggest, angriest, shirtless young Japanese girl charging directly at him. And then there was nothing. And then there was something, but it was blurry; and unfortunately, therein lies the problem. In a match this past weekend with Japanese superstar Takeshi Morishima, Bryan Danielson suffered injuries, which include a small fracture of his orbital bone and a detached retina, that will prevent him from competing in PWG's 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, taking place August 31 - September 2, 2007. Bryan Danielson did receive treatment for his injuries, including outpatient surgery to repair his detached retina, but due to the severity of the injuries, he has been advised to take 4 to 6 weeks off to let his injuries heal properly. As much as we wish the PWG World Champion could participate in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, we understand that the health of our wrestlers is paramount, and we wish Bryan Danielson a full and speedy recovery. Though if he does feel like wrestling this weekend, I'm sure we can prepare a waiver or something.

With the PWG World Champion out of action, the question of who will take his place in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles has been generating quite a bit of discussion and speculation. That speculation can end right now, because taking the place of "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson will be fellow Pacific Northwest native Tony Kozina. Since making his return to PWG earlier this year, Kozina has impressed fans and PWG management alike with his "whatever it takes" attitude and drive to win, making him a perfect fit for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament. However, Tony Kozina will need more than sheer force of will to win the tournament, since he takes Bryan Danielson's place in the A Block. Moving to the A Block to face Kozina on Night 1 is young up and comer Tyler Black. Danielson's original opponent, "The Anarchist" Doug Williams, moves to the B Block, and now faces "The Most Money Making Man In Professional Wrestling" Claudio Castagnoli in the first round of the tournament. While Tony Kozina is a veteran of multiple tournaments, never before has he faced such a diverse field, and now he, along with 23 of the best professional wrestlers from around the world, will vie for the same prize, the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles trophy.

If you haven't pre-purchased tickets for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, now is your last chance! Online ticket sales will end Thursday, August 30 at 12:00PM, and after that, the only way to get tickets is at the door on the day of the shows. Front and Second Row tickets are sold out for all three nights, but a few great Third Row seats, as well as General Admission, are still available, and eligible for the Three Night Pass. Remember, if you pre-purchase your tickets online, you will be allowed in to the building prior to those fans buying their tickets on the day of the shows. Tickets are going quickly, so if you want to be as close to the action in the ring as possible, visit the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles mini-site to order your tickets now!

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's "2007 Battle of Los Angeles" takes place at the Burbank Armory on Friday, August 31, 2007, at 8:00 PM; Saturday, September 1, 2007, at 8:00 PM; and Sunday, September 2, 2007, at 8:00 PM. The Burbank Armory is located at 3800 W. Valhalla Dr., Burbank, CA, 91505. Tickets are available for purchase online at the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 2007 Battle of Los Angeles mini-site. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the Will Call window on the day of the show. Please make sure your billing information is up to date. Please note our ticketing agent, EventBrite, does assess a 2.5% service charge, with a $0.99 minimum, for each ticket purchased online. Card subject to change.

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August 18 Update - While the Battle of Los Angeles tournament focuses on singles matches, that does not mean we here at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla intend to neglect our tag team division during the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles weekend. In the first non-tournament match to be announced, on Night 1 of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, newly crowned PWG World Tag Team Champions El Generico & "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen will make their first title defense against Dragon Kid & Susumu Yokosuka! Long time rivals Kid and Yokosuka have recently formed an uneasy alliance in the Typhoon faction of Dragon Gate, and the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles will be the first opportunity for them to test their teamwork on American soil. And what bigger teamwork challenge is there than facing the PWG World Tag Team Champions?

On top of that, all four participants in this match are in the C Block of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, with Kid and Yokosuka facing each other in a first round match up! Will the lure of winning the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles sow seeds to discontent within in the Japanese team, or will they be able to concentrate on winning the PWG World Tag Team titles first, and the tournament second? And with El Generico and Kevin Steen's title reign also born out of an uneasy alliance, will they be able to successfully defend the titles, or will old habits get the better of the new partners?

Find out the answers to these questions, and more, get your tickets to the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles today! If you wait, you may miss your opportunity to get the best seats available! Visit the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles mini-site for more information.

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2007 Battle of Los Angeles Takes Place August 31, September 1 & 2
By Silverback, PWG Staff Writer

Stewartville, CA - For the last two years, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla has held the Battle of Los Angeles tournament, and for the last two years, each tournament has, due to injury, seen some changes to the lineup. This year will be no exception, as Austin Aries already defeated Rocky "Azucar" Romero, to win Romero's spot in the tournament. Now word has come that an injury to the winner of the 2005 Battle of Los Angeles winner, "Photogenic" Chris Bosh, has forced him out of the tournament. Not only that, but Bosh has decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from Professional Wrestling. In the wake of this news, PWG Commissioner of Professional Wrestling Dino Winwood has decided that the best possible solution is to offer fans a match they were recently deprived of as a first round match 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. Despite his luck at PWG fourth anniversary show, "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen will now face "Mr. Fighting" Necro Butcher in the C Block of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles.

Originally scheduled to take place at Giant-Size Annual #4, the match between Necro Butcher and Kevin Steen was a form of punishment for Kevin Steen's vocal opposition and continual defiance of PWG management. However due to some liquor induced transportation problems, the card for Giant-Size Annual #4 was changed, and Kevin Steen ended up with a shot at the PWG World Tag Team Titles, which he won with partner El Generico. This good fortune did not prevent Steen from running his mouth about Dino Winwood, and as a result, Kevin Steen is once again scheduled to face Necro Butcher, but this time the stakes have been raised exponentially.

Necro Butcher's mere presence greatly alters the tournament landscape, not only from a strategic standpoint for the other competitors, but also from a matchmaking standpoint. In order to give the fans the best tournament matches possible, Commissioner of Food & Beverage Excalibur and Commissioner of Wrestling Dino Winwood have altered two other tournament matches. First, on Night One of the tournament former PWG World Tag Team Champion Roderick Strong will now take on Austin Aries, who made his PWG return last month at Giant-Size Annual #4. On Night Two of the tournament, not only will Necro Butcher battle Kevin Steen, but 2006 Battle of Los Angeles winner Davey Richards will face the debuting Nigel McGuinness. We apologize for the changes to the card, and hope that the fans will nonetheless enjoy all three nights of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles.

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, it would behoove you to do it as soon as possible! A very small quantity of First Row 3 Night Passes are left, and once they're gone, that's it! Visit the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles mini-site to buy your tickets and guarantee yourself a chance to experience the action live on August 31, September 1 and 2, 2007! Front Row Tickets are $35 per night, 2nd & 3rd Row Tickets are $30 per night, and General Admission is $25 per night. Front Row 3-Night Passes are $90 each, 2nd & 3rd Row 3-Night Passes are $75 each, and General Admission 3-Night passes are $60 each. On top of guaranteeing yourself a seat for one of the premiere events in independent wrestling, fans who pre-order their seats will be admitted to the building first on the day of the show, giving them the first pick of event seating.

Any remaining quantity of tickets will be made available for purchase at the door on the day of each show, but tickets for the first three rows are sure to sell out fast, so the best way to guarantee yourself a spot is to pre-order your tickets right now!

Night 1 of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles on August 31, 2007, will feature:

First Round Match - A Block
Chris Hero vs. Joey Ryan

First Round Match - A Block
Austin Aries vs. Roderick Strong

First Round Match - A Block
Jimmy Rave vs. Matt Sydal

First Round Match - A Block
PWG World Champion "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson vs. "The Anarchist" Doug Williams

First Round Match - B Block
Tyler Black vs. "Double C" Claudio Castagnoli

First Round Match - B Block
Jack Evans vs. "The Man That Gravity Forgot" PAC


Night 2 of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles on September 1, 2007, will feature:

First Round Match - B Block
CIMA vs. Human Tornado (with Candice LeRae)

First Round Match - B Block
"The Professional" Scott Lost vs. SHINGO

First Round Match - C Block
Nigel McGuinness vs. Davey Richards

First Round Match - C Block
Necro Butcher vs. PWG World Tag Team Champion "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen

First Round Match - C Block
Dragon Kid vs. Susumu Yokosuka

First Round Match - C Block
PWG World Tag Team Champion El Generico vs. Super Dragon


Night 3 of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles on September 2, 2007 will feature the Quarter-Final, Semi-Final, and Final Rounds of the tournament, plus exciting non-tournament bouts and more!

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's "2007 Battle of Los Angeles" takes place at the Burbank Armory on Friday, August 31, 2007 at 8:00PM, Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 8:00PM and Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 8:00PM. The Burbank Armory is located at 3800 W. Valhalla Dr., Burbank, CA, 91505. Tickets are available for purchase online at the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 2007 Battle of Los Angeles mini-site. Tickets purchased online will be be available for pickup at the Will Call window on the day of the show. Please make sure your billing information is up to date. Please note our ticketing agent, EventBrite, does assess a 2.5% service charge, with a $0.99 minimum, for each ticket purchased online. Card subject to change.

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In no particular order, the competitors of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles:

01 - Joey Ryan - The longest reigning PWG World Champion clinched his spot in the annual tournament by defeating Ronin at Night 1 of DDT4, automatically making Joey Ryan the first entrant in the tournament. Since losing the belt in early 2007, Joey has been looking for the path of least resistance back to the PWG World Championship. Unfortunately for him there's no easy way to the top, so he's setting his sights on the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. More specifically, his sights are set on the Wildcard match the tournament winner receives, which Joey Ryan has already stated will be a World Title Shot for the former champ.

02 - "The Anarchist" Doug Williams - The 2007 Battle of Los Angeles will mark the PWG debut of arguably the finest mat technician in the world, "The Anarchist" Doug Williams. A 14 year veteran of the sport of professional wrestling, Williams has recently been beating respect for the British style of Wrestling into the heads of wrestlers and fans alike in Pro Wrestling NOAH. But Williams decided that the Japanese have had enough for now, and will instead turn his amateur destructo-phrenology on the competitors of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament.

03 - Susumu Yokosuka - Another competitor who will be making his PWG debut at the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles is Dragon Gate star Susumu Yokosuka. Yokosuka has been with Dragon Gate since the company formed, and in that time has had many memorable battles with 2006 Battle of Los Angeles quarter-finalist Dragon Kid. Yokosuka's brings not only his speed and hard-hitting offense, but his desire to prove himself on the international stage to the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles.

04 - Dragon Kid - Making his return to PWG for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles will be Dragon Gate competitor Dragon Kid. In his last PWG appearance, Dragon Kid was eliminated from the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles by Roderick Strong in the quarter-final round. Since then, Dragon Kid has undergone some changes and taken on a much more aggressive attitude inside the ring. But will the new attitude be enough to carry Dragon Kid all the way through the 2007 tournament?

05 - "Photogenic" Chris Bosh - The winner of the inaugural Battle of Los Angeles tournament in 2005, Chris Bosh returns to the tournament in 2007 intent on winning it once again, cementing his "Mr. September" reputation. Bosh was one half of the PWG World Tag Team Champions during the tournament in 2006, and therefore did not compete. He has no such hindrance going in to this year's tournament, but how much will his loyalty to The Dynasty come in to play if he crosses paths with stablemate Joey Ryan in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles?

06 - Davey Richards - The other Battle of Los Angeles winner, Davey Richards, is the sixth entry into 2007's tournament. After having great success as a tag team wrestler for the majority of 2006, Richards entered the tournament and won by defeating CIMA in the final round. After winning, he immediately decided to team with Super Dragon once again, and use his Wildcard match to go after the PWG World Tag Team titles, which ultimately did not happen. Since then, Richards only held the PWG World Tag Team titles for a brief 24 hour period, and has decided to refocus his PWG career on singles wrestling. However, unlike tag team wrestling, if Richards loses in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, he will have no one else to blame but himself.

07 - Jimmy Rave - The first North American competitor set to make their PWG debut in the tournament, Jimmy Rave is the seventh entry into the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. Rave, who first made his mark on the world of professional wrestling in his home state of Georgia, has gained a reputation as a world class competitor over the course of his career. From his epic battles with AJ Styles and "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson, to more recently when he has toured Japan with Dragon Gate, Jimmy Rave is a hot commodity in the world of professional wrestling. This makes him a perfect competitor for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles.

08 - Chris Hero - Making his second Battle of Los Angeles appearance, Chris Hero is the eighth entry into the 2007 tournament. A master of many style of professional wrestling, Hero's versatility did not help him last year as he was caught off guard by the quickness of Genki Horiguchi, and eliminated in the first round of the tournament. Since then, Chris Hero has toured with Pro Wrestling NOAH and continued to improve his already impressive skill set, but it remains to be seen if that will help him in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles.

09 - Human Tornado - He is a familiar face to fans of PWG, but this year will mark his first tournament appearance; Human Tornado is the ninth competitor in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. In his short career, Tornado has already reached the top of the mountain in PWG, holding both the World Championship and the World Tag Team Championship on separate occasions. However, his reigns were brief, but now a more experienced Human Tornado is ready prove he can climb back to the top of the mountain, and this time stay there.

10 - Jack Evans - The tenth entrant in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament is a veteran of both previous tournaments, but has never advanced past the semi-final round. In 2007, Jack Evans hopes to rectify that. After spending the majority of the last sixteen months wrestling and training with Dragon Gate in Japan, Evans feels he is at the highest level of his career so far. Combining his high flying offense with smart (but fancy) mat wrestling, Evans feels he is fully prepared to not only go past the semi-finals in 2007, but win the whole thing.

11 - Tyler Black - The eleventh competitor to be announced for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles has only made two appearances in PWG, but in those appearances, Tyler Black has impressed the fans and management immensely. Originally teaming with Jimmy Jacobs in PWG, an ACL injury to Jacobs prevented their team from competing in the DDT4 tournament. Now flying solo, Black's most recent appearance was hugely successful, defeating the longest reigning former PWG World Champion and the first entrant in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, Joey Ryan. This victory instantly earned Tyler Black a spot in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. Will his stock continue to rise, and a new legacy in PWG be born? Or will it all prove to be too much, too soon for young Tyler Black?

12 - "The Man That Gravity Forgot" PAC
13 - Roderick Strong
14 - El Generico - The next three entrants into the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament are already familiar with fans of PWG, and fans of professional wrestling around the world. Together, PAC, Roderick Strong, and El Generico make up the three current champions in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and for the first time ever, they will all be entered in the Battle of Los Angeles tournament. That is, if they are still champions after July 29 at PWG's Fourth Anniversary show. All three men were given the option of not competing, and defending their titles in non-tournament matches over the Battle of Los Angeles weekend, but all three competitors declined. When asked why, they each stated that even though holding their title in PWG is a huge honor, being able to win the Battle of Los Angeles is something else entirely. Because the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles is about winning the tournament and not capturing the titles (for that weekend, at least), it was determined that none of the belts would be on the line in tournament bouts. So with all three men sharing titles along with the same sentiments, the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth competitors in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles are PWG World Tag Team Champions PAC, Roderick Strong, and PWG World Champion El Generico.

15 - Matt Sydal - A veteran of last year's tournament, Matt Sydal is intent on having a better showing in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles than he did in 2006. Due to a hectic travel schedule, Sydal arrived in Los Angeles mere hours before the tournament began, and was caught off guard by the high level of competition he faced. These factors contributed to a first round loss for Sydal, something he does not wish to repeat again. This year, Sydal is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles a few days prior to the tournament, ensuring he is wrestling at peak physical and mental condition.

16 - "The Professional" Scott Lost - The sixteenth entrant in the tournament is another man making his second Battle of Los Angeles appearance, and he is also another man committed to making it past the first round. Scott Lost is known primarily for his tag team wrestling in PWG, but he hopes that the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles will be his opportunity to repeat what his tag team partner Chris Bosh did in 2005. However, with an expanded field, all three PWG World Champions, and both previous Battle of Los Angeles winners in the tournament, Scott Lost may be in for the toughest weekend of his life if he expects to win this year's tournament.

17 - "Double C" Claudio Castagnoli - The other half of the tag team known as the "Kings of Wrestling," Claudio Castagnoli is the seventeenth entrant in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. After a first round loss in 2006's tournament, Claudio admitted he was unprepared for the quickness of Jack Evans last year. But there is a reason why he is the "Most Money Making Man In Professional Wrestling," and he has used the time since tournament to train extensively, in preparation for virtually any opponent. Will "Double C's" commitment to excellence be enough for him to bring the trophy home to Switzerland this September?

18 - SHINGO - After spending time in the United States on a learning excursion, SHINGO returned to Japan earlier this year and quickly took Dragon Gate by storm. Already bored with the level of competition in Japan, SHINGO is intent on returning to America to prove that he is no longer a student, but a master of professional wrestling. Though the reputation of an international top talent is tough to earn, as the eighteenth competitor in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, SHINGO definitely will have the opportunity.

19 - "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen - A veteran of both previous Battle of Los Angeles tournaments, former PWG World Champion "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen has been unable to advance past the second round on each occasion. But to hear him tell it, 2007 is Kevin Steen's year, and the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles is his for the taking. Though sheer force of will can only get you so far, "Mr. Wrestling" is hoping that combined with his three A's (Ability, Agility, and Awesomeness), force of will is going to be enough to propel him into the finals, and beyond.

20 - "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson - Making it to the semi-finals in 2005, "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson was sidelined by an injury which prevented him from competing in the Battle of Los Angeles tournament in 2006. However, the past matters little to Danielson, as he is more prepared than ever to prove he deserves the title of "World's Greatest" by winning the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles. Though there will be twenty-three others in the tournament, Danielson is nonplussed, seeing them as merely stepping stones on his path to glory. But what happens if he is matched up with someone like CIMA, who little over a month ago took Danielson to a thirty minute time limit draw? He may not care about the other wrestlers, but the clock may prove to be Bryan Danielson's worst enemy in the tournament.

21 - Super Dragon - Plagued by injuries for the last year, Super Dragon was to make his triumphant return to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla at DDT4, where along with Davey Richards, he expected to regain the PWG World Tag Team titles. However, only Super Dragon and his doctor knew the extent of his injuries, and at DDT4, Super Dragon not only was unable to reclaim the titles, but re-injured his ankle in the process. Now with months of recuperation ahead of him, Super Dragon has the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles to motivate him on his road to recovery. Motivation not just for the prestige of winning the annual tournament, but to also repair his damaged reputation as the most dominant force in PWG.

22 - Rocky "Azucar" Romero - One of the few men in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles to compete in both previous tournaments, Rocky Romero has used the past to shape his future as a professional wrestler. Already showing willingness to learn from his mistakes, Romero avenged his first round loss in 2006 by defeating Roderick Strong in singles competition earlier this year. Now heading into the 2007 tournament, Rocky Romero is more focused than ever on making up for past mistakes, and he is ready to make anyone he faces find out first hand.

23 - Nigel McGuinness - The twenty-third entrant in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles, and the final man making his PWG debut during the tournament, Nigel McGuinness seems to be tailor made for winning this tournament. McGuinness was crowned the King of Europe earlier this year, in a tournament where he beat out seven other 2007 Battle of Los Angeles competitors, including fellow Englishman Doug Williams in the final round. Combine that with his brutal encounters with Bryan Danielson, and experience wrestling at least one third of the other 2007 Battle of Los Angeles competitors, Nigel McGuinness seems like an early favorite without ever having set foot in a PWG ring. However, the twenty-three other competitors direct your attention to the words of Flava Flav, from a hit single by Public Enemy in 1988.

24 - CIMA - The final competitor to be announced for the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles shocked fans and wrestlers alike when in his PWG debut he made it all the way to the final round of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles before being defeated by Davey Richards. Looking to repeat his success this year, CIMA has preparing by bringing some fellow 2007 Battle of Los Angeles competitors to Japan in order to scout them and have first hand experience wrestling them prior to this year's tournament. However, the move may backfire on the ace of Dragon Gate, because for as good as CIMA's research may be, El Generico, PAC, Jack Evans, or Matt Sydal's may be better.
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Postby SoCalAndy » Thu May 31, 2007 9:10 pm

Doug Williams is fucking awesome! Great announcement.
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Postby Deviant » Thu May 31, 2007 9:17 pm

Doug Williams! Very nice.

Just looking at the fantasy lists of 24 in the other thread, it just goes to show how little PWG needs TNA talent. The inclusion of Doug Williams only illustrates that further. I can't wait to see where else the cash that would have been going to TNA now goes.

I really can't wait to see how BOLA comes together.
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Postby bford24 » Thu May 31, 2007 9:28 pm

Now that is quite an announcement. Great job PWG, this is going to be the best BOLA yet!!!
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Postby bford24 » Thu May 31, 2007 9:54 pm

I know its early but I hope this event is in Burbank, so I can come to all 3 nights. If not I am so there for Night 2 and 3.
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Postby Danzig22 » Thu May 31, 2007 10:02 pm

If hes in it, B-Boy is my pick to win
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Postby onlxn » Thu May 31, 2007 10:30 pm

For the second straight year, PWG busts out a true surprise as one of the first entrants into the tourney. Great call here, and it'll be a blast to see Doug Williams live.

Not gonna copy over my fantasy bracket, as it's already inaccurate, but I'm expecting good showings for Super Dragon, Tornado and Pac (if they include the tag champs).
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Postby Deviant » Thu May 31, 2007 11:24 pm

I hope Bryan Danielson can make it this year. Bryan is annoyingly in my city tomorrow, and it doesn't look like I'll be meeting him. I missed out on meeting him at BOLA last year due to his shoulder injury, and I'm missing out on meeting him this weekend because of my own laziness and lack of interest in the show he's on.

I just might blow thousands of dollars to come to BOLA again if Danielson's in it.
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Postby musdy » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:30 am

I haven't seen too much of Doug Williams so this is something to look forward to.
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Postby CheMateo » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:25 am

Cool this is going to be a fun lead up to the anniversary show. Plus it'll give us things to talk about in the long gap between shows.
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Postby Peace » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:02 am

Talk about fucking random.

I like it though. Hopefully we get alot more surprises like this in the upcoming weeks.
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Postby Peace » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:03 am

P.S. Bring KENTA plz. Thxz
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Postby chompbaby » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:00 pm

OH FUCK YES.

Doug Williams was completely unexpected!
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Postby BMH55 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:17 pm

Doug Williams is great, thank you PWG for getting him for BOLA. I am already hyped for this.
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Postby Killride » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:06 am

Oh HELL YES. Doug F'N Williams!? Are you kidding me?! Man, I cannot WAIT for BOLA this year. Two names and I'm already getting giddy. When they said more international influence I just thought more Dragon Gate guys. This is quite a pleasant surprise!
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Postby The Six » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:02 am

Never heard of this Doug Williams...but at least Ronin's not in it.
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Postby TIOjon » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:39 pm

cant wait :)
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Postby CheMateo » Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:44 pm

The Six wrote:Never heard of this Doug Williams...but at least Ronin's not in it.
I'm happy about the choice of Doug Williams as it is a nice bit of variety in the part of international presence. He has a nice submission style. I like one of his finishers the Chaos Theory. He pushes his opponent against the turnbuckle chest first, rolls back with them and then follows it up with a german suplex. Not too fancy and I've heard some people say negative things about it but I think it's decent.

I was actually cheering for Ronin hoping he would make it. I think it's too bad. I'd prefer the other streak to continue, that of TJ Perkins staying out of BOLA.
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Postby onlxn » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:18 pm

I think being excluded from BOLA might be the best thing for Ronin. I mean, after all the buildup over the last several months, you can't have the dude lose in the first round, and the momentum isn't there to justify him going far or really even beating anybody. They're sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place... Joey denying him the shot altogether is as good a way as any to handle it, as it allows Ronin to seek revenge without detracting from the tourney.
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Postby CheMateo » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:38 pm

Yeah I know what you're saying and I wasn't expecting him to take the whole thing maybe just go past the 1st round. It was just nice to see him having some direction and purpose instead of being in a random match. He finally had positive support and no stupid chants directed at him. I was just caught up in it all and naturally was a bit disappointed that he did not make it. But it's okay as he lost due to underhanded tactics and like you mentioned he has something else on his plate now.
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