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PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2016 tournament field set

PWG announced the final four entrants of its annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament last night, bringing the complete tournament field to the following twenty four men, presented in order of announcement:

  • Cody Rhodes: The freshly released WWE Superstar makes his first BOLA appearance and checks off another item on his list.
  • Kamaitachi: A young New Japan standout fresh off making his name in a series of excellent matches against Dragon Lee, he also makes his first BOLA appearance.
  • Jeff Cobb: Some say this west coast suplex machine is a real monster, but regardless, he's another first-timer at BOLA.
  • Mark Haskins: Fresh off winning the Smash Championship from Johnny Gargano, Haskins brings a unique submission style with him for his first BOLA.
  • Dalton Castle: The Party Peacock comes from Ring of Honor to BOLA for the first time. Fan up!
  • Pete Dunne: Another first timer, the Bruiserweight is less established than some of the other newbies and has a corresponding chance to make a big impact.
  • Sami Callihan: This will be Callihan's second BOLA, having made it to the semi-finals back in 2012 before losing to Adam Cole.
  • Tommy End: Tommy End repeats this year, having made it to the quarter-finals last year before falling to "Speedball" Mike Bailey.
  • Trevor Lee: Trevor Lee makes his third BOLA in a row, making it to the semi-finals in 2014 (losing to Johnny Gargano) and the quarter-finals in 2015 (losing to Marty Scurll).
  • Adam Cole: Cole is the first BOLA winner to appear on the list, having taken the crown back in 2012. In 2014, his only other appearance to date, however, Zack Sabre, Jr. eliminated him in the first round.
  • John Hennigan: The former John Morrison and occasionally current Johnny Mundo makes his first appearance at BOLA this year.
  • Jack Gallagher: One of two Cruiserweight Classics participants also appearing at BOLA, the catch-as-catch-can grappler is entering the tournament for the first time.
  • Chris Hero: The self-proclaimed Greatest of All Time (and who that has seen his tour de force 2016 is gonna argue with him?) makes his astounding eighth BOLA appearance this year. While he's never won the tournament, he has made the finals three times, losing to Low-Ki in 2008, Joey Ryan in 2010, and Zack Sabre, Jr. in 2015.
  • Mark Andrews: Mandrews repeats this year, having been eliminated in the first round last year by fellow countryman Will Ospreay.
  • Ricochet: The Future of Flight is our second BOLA winner in the lineup, having won in 2014. Ricochet also ran deep in 2012, losing in the semis to Michael Elgin, but his other two appearances (2010 and 2015) saw him eliminated in the first round.
  • Matt Riddle: The former UFC fighter and current Evolve standout only has 18 months in the business but he's already gotta be a favorite to go deep in his first BOLA.
  • Marty Scurll: This is Scurll's second BOLA following his debut last year where he lost in the semi-finals to long-time friend, tag partner, and rival Zack Sabre, Jr.
  • Matt Sydal: The former Evan Bourne comes to BOLA for the fifth time, his previous appearances neatly bookending his WWE career two on each side. Sydal's never made it deeper than the quarter finals, but perhaps this is his year.
  • Kyle O'Reilly: Our third BOLA winner of the field, Kyle won the 2013 BOLA, his second appearance after being eliminated in the first round the year before, and made a run to the semi-finals in his other appearance the year after, falling to Roderick Strong.
  • Fénix: The firebird themed luchador makes his second appearance after being eliminated in the first round by Matt Sydal last year.
  • Zack Sabre, Jr.: Last year's winner (indeed the last previous winner in the field), the current PWG World Champion and the other Cruiserweight Classic participant in the field, this marks the technical wizard's third BOLA appearance. No man has ever won BOLA twice, but he's sure going to try.
  • Will Ospreay: Finding time in his busy schedule to take a break from revolutionizing wrestling and taunting old men, Chaos representive Will Ospreay makes his second BOLA appearance.
  • Pentagón, Jr.: Eliminated in the quarter-finals by Zack Sabre, Jr. last year, Pentagón surely shows no fear as he returns for his second BOLA.
  • Jushin "Thunder" Liger: At 51 years old, Jushin Liger may well be the oldest first-time BOLA participant in history, but you can never count the man who invented the Shooting Star Press out.

There you have it, a tournament field packed full of surprises and intrigue. Where else are you gonna see AAA and New Japan guys on the same card, ever? And perhaps more importantly, Cagesiders, who do you think is gonna win the thing?

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