It was a tough field this year, featuring another amazing ensemble of international and domestic wrestlers, but in the end, it was Mexico’s Bandido – who has been starring in Ring of Honor the past year – who held aloft the trophy as the 2019 winner of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla‘s Battle of Los Angeles.
Bandido Wins 2019 PWG BOLA
— Prince of the Kingdom (@nicholasczyzyb) September 23, 2019
Bandido’s quest began when he defeated fellow luchador Puma King in the opening round (and in doing so, won Puma King’s DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight championship, only to lose it back to Puma a few seconds later) and then defeating fellow ROH star Brody King in the Quarter Finals. He bested CMLL and NJPW star Dragon Lee in the Semi-Final, heading to the Final triple threat against Jonathan Gresham and David Starr. In the end, it was Bandido who scored the pin and the win, becoming the first Mexican to win BOLA in its 14-year history (apart from El Generico of course).
— Piero (@THAT_G0MEZ) September 23, 2019
It’s been a whirlwind past two years for the 24-year old Mexican star, who only really broke into the US and international indie scene last year, when he joined his Dragon Gate tag team partner Flamita. But while MexaBlood proved to be one of 2018’s most exciting tag teams, Bandido grew exponentially as a singles competitor, appearing in the 2018 PWG Battle of Los Angeles and RevPro’s 2018 British J Cup. He signed with Ring of Honor at the end of 2018 and appeared in his first NJPW Best of the Super Juniors this past spring.
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