2006 Battle of Los Angeles (Updated 8/16)

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2006 Battle of Los Angeles (Updated 8/16)

Postby PWG_Silverback » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:17 pm

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08/16 Update
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For those fans who have been waiting to purchase their 2006 Battle of Los Angeles tickets online, time is running out! In order to avoid any shipping issues, we will be cutting off online sales on Friday, August 25, 2006, one week before the start of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles. The remaining quantity of the tickets will be put on sale at the door on the day of the shows. After they sell out, that's it! Don't risk getting turned away, and buy your tickets now!

Fans who have ordered their tickets already should have started receiving theirs through the mail. However, due to concerns about prompt delivery, tickets will not be sent to addresses outside of the United States. If you live outside of the United States and have purchased tickets, please bring a copy of your receipt, or your PayPal order number along with a photo ID, and you will be given your tickets at the door. You still can queue on the Pre-Purchased Tickets line to receive first entry into the building. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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08/03 Update
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Fans have been speculating about the rules for the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, and more specifically, the format of the tournament finals. To put the issue to rest, we offer our latest tournament update:

In order to advance in the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, a competitor must win via Pinfall, Submission, Count Out, or Disqualification. Competitors will receive a 20 count outside of the ring, and standard disqualification rules apply (repeated warnings by the referee, use of foreign objects, etc.) If time expires without a winner, the match will be ruled a draw, and neither competitor will advance in the tournament.

All first round matches will have a 30 minute time limit.

All second round matches will have a 45 minute time limit.

All semifinal matches will have a 60 minute time limit.

The tournament final will have no time limit, and will be held under elimination rules. The winner of that match will be crowned 2006 Battle of Los Angeles champion.

With those rules in mind, PWG Commissioner Dino Winwood has some updates for a couple of the tournament matches. First, for the opening round match between Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky, all member of The Dynasty are banned from ringside. If any member of The Dynasty does interfere in the match, they will be stripped of their titles and suspended for 90 days. The second update is for the opening round match between Necro Butcher and Super Dragon. After speaking with both competitors, Commissioner Winwood has ruled that this match will be a No Count Out, No Disqualification match. While the tournament rules are intended to level the playing field for everyone involved, both Dragon and Necro have accepted the rules to this match.

Finally, a quick update for those fans who are still waiting to purchase their 2006 Battle of Los Angeles tickets. Fans who buy tickets in advance will be allowed into the building first, and will most likely choose the best seats. After they have entered, the remaining quantity of tickets (if any,) will go on sale, and fans who purchase those tickets will then be allowed to enter. So if you'd like to sit in the front row, but haven't bought your tickets yet, now is the time to act. Tickets are going quickly, so don't miss out on your chance to see the biggest PWG event ever!

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07/24 Update
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With Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's third anniversary behind us, our focus is now entirely on the upcoming 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, taking place September 1, 2, & 3 in Reseda, CA. Fans from Southern California and around the world have already purchased over half of the available tickets, so if you plan on attending, buy your tickets soon! We are not designating any quantity of seats for sale at the door, so if we sell out online, that's it. No more tickets will be made available. The only way to guarantee yourself a seat is to pre-purchase tickets now!

To buy your tickets online, visit the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles Tickets Page.

If you have already purchased your tickets for the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, they will be mailed shortly. We here at PWG appreciate the support of all of our fans, but we would like to extend a special thanks to those fans making a trip to the Los Angeles area especially for the tournament.

We would also like to announce the first non-tournament match of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles. On Night One of the tournament, The Dynasty (PWG World Champion Joey Ryan, PWG World Tag Team Champions Chris Bosh and Scott Lost) will join forces with a mystery partner to take on the team of B-Boy, Excalibur, Human Tornado, and a mystery partner hand picked by B-Boy himself! Joey Ryan had to resort to using an ether-soaked rag to defeat B-Boy in the steel cage match at "Threemendous," and rather than pressing criminal charges against the PWG champion, B-Boy decided he wanted revenge, or "a toof for a toof." Joey told PWG Commissioner Dino Winwood that he wouldn't put the title on the line against B-Boy again, and that in September, he may still be "injured" from the steel cage match, so he needs his fellow Dynasty members by his side! Dino's hands were tied, so he left it up to B-Boy, who said "if he's bringing his boys, I'll bring mine."

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2006 BOLA Line Up
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On a hot evening in early September of last year, a single man overcame great odds, advancing to the top of a field of sixteen to win Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Battle of Los Angeles tournament. This year, the story will be much the same, but the odds will be greater, and the field will be larger. Twenty-four men from Southern California and around the world will compete in the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, with the opening rounds taking place on Friday, September 1, 2006 and Saturday, September 2, 2006, and the final rounds taking place on Sunday, September 3, 2006. Three nights of professional wrestling that are already shaping up to be the biggest event in PWG history. On June 3 at "Fear of a Black Planet" Scorpio Sky announced that he would be the first entrant in the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, attempting to bring the focus of the tournament solely on himself. However, Scorpio Sky could not have anticipated the first match to be officially announced for the tournament, which will undoubtedly steal his spotlight. On Friday, September 1, 2006 in the first round of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, PWG veteran and Cleveland, OH native M-Dogg 20 will take on CIMA, the ace of the Dragon Gate promotion in Japan, making his Southern California debut!

06/24/06
On Saturday, September 2, 2006, the second night of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles will feature a first round match that has yet to occur anywhere in the world. The self professed "Savior of Wrestling," one half of the Kings of Wrestling tag team, Chris Hero will take on a man whose battles outside the ring with male pattern baldness are often as tough as his battles in the squared circle, from Dragon Gate, Genki Horiguchi. The 2006 Battle of Los Angeles marks Horiguchi's first appearance in Southern California, so please, do not call him "Hage."

06/29/06
Today's announcement marks the entry of high-flying Jack Evans into the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, the first man to be announced who also competed in last year's tournament. In 2005, Evans was eliminated in the opening round, something he surely does not wish to repeat this year. However, the Prince of Parkland will have his work cut out for him as he takes on the other half of the Kings of Wrestling, the Most Money Making Man in professional wrestling, Claudio Castagnoli! These two will face off on the second night of the tournament, Saturday, September 2, 2006.

06/30/06
Because he is unable to appear at PWG's 3 Year Anniversary Show, "Threemendous," on July 16, Commissioner Winwood has decided that Frankie Kazarian will be Scorpio Sky's opponent on night two of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles. Scorpio Sky attacked Frankie Kazarian at PWG's "(Please Don't Call It) The OC" in May, hitting him repeatedly with a steel chair, then cutting of Frankie's trademark ponytail. Kazarian has been looking for revenge ever since, and at the Battle of Los Angeles he will have his chance.

07/05/06
In order to keep the bracket even, we'll be announcing two first round matches tonight for the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles! The opening match of the tournament will pit two fan favorites against one another when Disco Machine takes on "Classic" Colt Cabana! In the final match of the first round, Chris Sabin will be facing "The Do'er of The Backbreaker" Roderick Strong! It will be the first Battle of Los Angeles tournament appearance for all four men (Chris Sabin was forced to pull out of the 2005 Battle of Los Angeles due to injury.)

07/06/06
Taking place on the first night of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles will be the first ever singles encounter between Matt Sydal and Mark Briscoe. Sydal, known for his high flying as well as his high impact moves, will have his hands full with Mark Briscoe, who along with his brother Jay, have turned many heads since their return to PWG earlier this year.

07/08/06
On September 2, the second night of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, fans will see a man known as the youngest old timer in the business, TJ Perkins, take on the second returning entrant from the 2005 Battle of Los Angeles, Davey Richards. In the year since the first tournament, Richards has seen his popularity skyrocket, but Perkins has seen many "next big thing" come and go. Also on the second night will be Jay Briscoe taking on Alex Koslov. Much like his brother Mark, Jay Briscoe has impressed many since returning to PWG, but will that be enough to defeat Koslov, who faces what could be the biggest opportunity of his career thus far?

07/10/06
Tonight's announcement is a special one, as we will announce the final two matches for Friday, September 1, the first night of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles. The first match will be a battle between two Battle of Los Angeles veterans, when Quicksilver (eliminated in Round 3 last year) takes on "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen (eliminated in Round 2.) The final match for the first night of the tournament will be between another 2005 Battle of Los Angeles veteran, El Generico, and a man making his PWG, as well as tournament, debut; He is none other than the incomprehensible Delirious. With both the A and B blocks complete, only one more unknown tournament match remains, and it will be announced this Sunday, July 16 at PWG's three year anniversary celebration "Threemendous!"

07/12/06
The final match for the first round of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles has been called a "dream match" by fans around the world, but now that it is actually taking place, it may prove to be the first "nightmare match." It's called a Nightmare Match because the pandemonium these two men will cause and the sheer brutality of the match will undoubtedly give those who witness it nightmares for years to come. Break out the rubber sheets, because on September 2, 2006, on the second night of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles Super Dragon will return to the ring to take on Necro Butcher.

07/18/06
While fans had plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Commissioner Dino Winwood is about to give them a few more. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Commissioner Winwood has been forced to make a few changes to the tournament lineup: First, because of a six month learning excursion to Mexico, Alex Koslov will be unable to compete in the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles. Taking Alex's place in the tournament will be none other than Austin Aries. Aries made his return to PWG earlier this year with a pair of impressive showings against fellow tournament contenders Chris Sabin and Kevin Steen. The next two changes to the tournament both involve the Briscoe Brothers. Jay and Mark Briscoe were scheduled to participate in PWG's third anniversary show, "Threemendous," this past weekend, but were unable to appear. Because of their failures to honor their PWG commitments, Commissioner Winwood has removed them from the tournament, and added an emphatic "And stay out!" for good measure. Taking their place will be two individuals who share a namesake, but are both geographically and stylistically worlds apart. Taking Jay Briscoe's place in the tournament will be "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson, who will battle Austin Aries on September 2, 2006, the second night of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles tournament. Taking the place of Mark Briscoe, and making his Southern California debut will be Dragon Kid, from Japan's Dragon Gate promotion. Dragon Kid's debut will not be an easy one by any means, as he will face Quicksilver on September 1, 2006, the first night of the tournament. Because of this change, "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen will now face Matt Sydal in the opening round on September 1, 2006.

Commissioner Dino Winwood, and all the staff here at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla would like to apologize for these changes, and hope that you, the Guerrilla-going public will find them to be adequate.

The first two nights of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles will also feature: PWG World Champion Joey Ryan, PWG World Tag Team Champions Arrogance (Chris Bosh & Scott Lost,) B-Boy, Excalibur, and Human Tornado, PWG Commissioner Dino Winwood plus some very special guests!

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Ticket & Venue Information
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Now that the tournament lineups are set, that just leaves the details of the show itself. On July 16, 2006 PWG will celebrate our third anniversary with "Threemendous," which will be the last PWG event held at the Hollywood-Los Feliz JCC. "The Sweatbox," as its affectionately known, has been our home for the past two years, but unfortunately the JCC has signed an exclusive agreement with another client, forcing PWG to find a new home. That is why this announcement is being made beforehand rather at this weekend's event.

With that out of the way, we are proud to announce that all three nights of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles will be taking place at American Legion Post #308, located at 7338 Canby Ave., Reseda, CA 91335.

Before our fans take to the streets with pitchforks and torches, we would like to inform you, the riotous populous, of a few important facts: American Legion Post #308 is only 19 miles away from the Hollywood-Los Feliz JCC, it is easily accessible via public transportation, on site parking is abundant, there is an on site bar, and most importantly, it is air conditioned. If that information does not help you deal with the loss of the JCC, then I'm not sure what will.

American Legion Post #308 is somewhat smaller than the Hollywood-Los Feliz JCC, so that brings us to our next issue: tickets. Tickets for the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles will be $25, and will be limited to a quantity of 400 per night. Because of the high demand yet limited number of tickets, we will be putting a block of 300 tickets (per each night of the tournament) on sale this weekend at "Threemendous." You will receive your tickets for the event at the time of purchase, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. The remaining 100 tickets (per night) will be put on sale online for our fans who may not be able to attend "Threemendous." The tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 12:00PM Pacific Time.

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Travel Information
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American Legion Post #308
7338 Canby Avenue.
Reseda, CA 91335

Getting there by Car -

From the South (Los Angeles/Orange County/San Diego)
Take the 405 Northbound to the 101 Interchange, and continue on the 101 Northbound. Exit at Reseda Blvd and turn right to head north on Reseda Blvd. Turn right on Wyandotte St., and turn left on Canby Ave.

From the East (Ontario/Riverside/San Bernardino)
Take the 10 Westbound to the 57 Northbound, and continue on to the 210 Interchange. Take the 210 Westbound and merge onto the 134 Westbound, and then merge onto the 101 Northbound. Exit at Reseda Blvd and turn right to head north on Reseda Blvd. Turn right on Wyandotte St., and turn left on Canby Ave.

From the North West (Ventura County/Santa Barbara)
Take the 101 Southbound to the Reseda Blvd. exit. Turn left to head north on Reseda Blvd. Turn right on Wyandotte St., and turn left on Canby Ave.

From the North (Santa Clarita/Bakersfield/San Francisco)
Take the 5 Southbound to the 405 Interchange, and continue on the 405 Southbound. Take the Sherman Way/Reseda exit, and turn left to head south on Haskell Ave. Turn right on Sherman Way, and turn right on Canby Ave.

Getting There By Train -

Using your local train line (visit http://www.mta.net if you're not sure,) take the Metro Rail Red Line to Reseda Station then the 240 bus to the Sherman Way stop. Or if you're coming from the north or are just on the Ventura County line, take the Metrolink train to the Northridge Station, then take the Northridge Dash Bus to Sherman Way/Reseda Blvd. stop. The venue is in walking distance from the bus stop. Union Station and the 7th Street Metro Center are both on the Red Line, and are the central points for the Gold, Blue, and Green lines.

From Out of Town -

If you're flying into the Los Angeles area for the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, there are quite a few options for your lodging and local transportation. The easiest option would be to rent a car, which give you the flexibility of sight seeing on your schedule in the LA area. We understand that's not always an option, so here are a few alternatives:

If you'd like to stay in the San Fernando Valley in order to be near the venue, the two closest hotels are:

Howard Johnson Express Inn
7432 Reseda Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335

Best Western Canoga Park Inn
20122 Vanowen St
Canoga Park, CA 91306

From LAX Airport, you can take the Fly Away shuttle bus to Van Nuys Airport (for a small fee,) which is within roughly 2 miles of the venue and both hotels.

However, to maximize your stay in the Los Angeles area, we recommend staying in the Universal City area, which is named for its proximity to the Universal Studios Theme Park. There is also a Red Line train station on the Universal Studios property, so you can travel to Reseda for the 2006 BOLA at night, and visit Universal Studios, or travel by train to Hollywood or Downtown LA during the day. The Red Line runs through the Hollywood tourist district, so that area is also an option for hotels.

For more information about the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles, check out the 2006 BOLA Mini-Site for details!

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PWG August Event
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Though we had previously planned an event for August 5, 2006, we will be taking the month of August off in order to better prepare for the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Postby ToddMartin » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:30 pm

Awesome. CIMA in PWG is great news.
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Postby SoCalAndy » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:30 pm

CIMA and M-Dogg in PWG is already enough to have me excited for BOLA.
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Postby SoCalAndy » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:31 pm

SoCalAndy wrote:CIMA and M-Dogg in PWG is already enough to have me excited for BOLA.


I hit submit too early. Yeah, seeing them in BOLA is great. That match should be so much fun.
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Postby WannaB » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:56 pm

Holy shit-knuckles!

Good news...
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Postby Deviant » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:15 am

CIMA?! CIMA!!! Holy shit, I get to see CIMA! Man, I never expected to be able to watch CIMA in person. I also suspect that we might get a few more names announced at this weekend's show. I have a really good feeling about this one, I can just tell it's going to shape up into something awesome. I like the structure, too. Well, as long as the final is an elimination match, which I assume it will be.
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Postby Big Joe » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:39 am

A war is brewing between IWA & PWG with BOLA & TPI...TPI might have 2/3 of their guys announced, but no international stars...and no matches yet. YEAH! PWG PWG PWG
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Postby onlxn » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:03 am

CIMA?! They ain't fuckin' around with this one.

Interesting that they're going to a TPI-style format. I think that's the perfect number of matches for a triple header. Three-way finals can be a little tricky, but I'm sure they'll come up with something...

CIMA. Damn.
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Postby Hulkushi » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:51 am

cima! awesome.

Now if we can get another of Blood Generation Yossino in there against Jack Evans...

and maybe if we could get some Luchadores like La PArka and Mistico :D
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Postby shyboy13 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:30 pm

CIMA!!!! I cant wait for BOLA 2006. I'm also excited to see M-Dogg 20/20.

Hulkushi wrote:...and maybe if we could get some Luchadores like La PArka and Mistico :D


I was actually contemplating posting something like that but decided not to because I was not in the mood for getting flamed. I would LOVE for PWG to bring in some Luchadores even if it was for another show. PWG is heavily Lucha influenced and I think bringing in one or two of these guys can really complement the PWG product. I'm not talking about the local Lucha guys either. I know they are expensive and it is easy for me to say "I want! I want! I want!!!!" but perhaps with the proper advertising the increase in ticket sales and subsequent increase in fanbase and DVD sales would make up for it.

It may never happen but I would love to see some top Lucha guys in PWG like the old AWS.
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Postby Rish To The Rosh » Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:42 pm

A problem you come accross when you book lots of big international talent such as lucha or puro wrestlers on the same show, is some of them will refuse to job to certain people if such and such is going over at this stage in the tournament.

CIMA is a great choice for the tournament, they're really gonna go all out and produce something massive that surpasses last years.
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Postby dxreydx » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:52 pm

yay!
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Postby El Asian » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:18 pm

wow, CIMA, this is already shaping up to surpass last year's BOLA, plus I like the format, 1st 2 nights are 1st round matches, sounds good
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Postby JustJay » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:21 pm

I love you PWG. Like, for totally.

Now if we could get Mike Quackenbush, Jimmy Rave and Milano Collection AT in this somehow, and it'd be my dream tourney.
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Postby 450 Splash » Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:17 am

SuplexMonthlyJay wrote:I love you PWG. Like, for totally.

Now if we could get Mike Quackenbush, Jimmy Rave and Milano Collection AT in this somehow, and it'd be my dream tourney.


Dont expect Milano he dosen't perform on the same shows as Dragon Gae guys/Just ask ROH.
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Postby Paul Burns » Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:12 pm

Argh, I can't wait to hear all the participants for the BOLA. I might just MIGHT have a chance of flying for this...its just transportation/accomodation/unfamiliar-with-the-area of LA that plays a part in my decision.
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Postby Pinky » Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:53 pm

I so cant wait for this BOLA!! It will be my first one and I am very excited!!

See ya'll crazy peeps this Saturday!!!


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Postby PsychoDriver » Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:32 pm

SuplexMonthlyJay wrote:I love you PWG. Like, for totally.

Now if we could get Mike Quackenbush, Jimmy Rave and Milano Collection AT in this somehow, and it'd be my dream tourney.


No thanks to all of those.

On topic, CIMA in PWG is awesome. That guy rules. M-Dogg coming back is also awesome.
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Postby JustJay » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:46 pm

450 Splash wrote:
SuplexMonthlyJay wrote:I love you PWG. Like, for totally.

Now if we could get Mike Quackenbush, Jimmy Rave and Milano Collection AT in this somehow, and it'd be my dream tourney.


Dont expect Milano he dosen't perform on the same shows as Dragon Gae guys/Just ask ROH.


Yeah I'm well aware of that, doesn't mean I can dream. Perhaps CIMA can call Milano for a nice dinner and dessert, put aside their differences based on the fact that PWG is super-awesome and put on the match that drew the largest Toryumon crowd ever (8,800) in the Sweatbox. I said I could dream dammit!!!
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Postby JayJay » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:44 pm

Let's add Josh Prohibition, Delirious, BJ Whitmer, and Beef Wellington to this party. Please? :)
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