2007 Battle of Los Angeles Takes Place August 31, September 1 & 2
On August 31, September 1 & 2, 2007, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle of Los Angeles will take place for the third consecutive year, with a wider variety of competitors than ever before. Each year, PWG has raised the bar with the Battle of Los Angeles tournament, and this year will be no exception. Venue, ticket prices, and other information will be announced soon, but right here on the PWG Forum and the 2007 BOLA Mini-Site (http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com/BOLA2007/) we will be announcing a new entrant in the tournament every two to three days, with tournament matches being announced throughout the month of July.
Now, in no particular order, competitors 9-16 of 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.