Daniel Garcia defeated Bandido in the main event of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Delivering The Goods event on Sunday night to win the PWG World Championship. The win by Garcia ends Bandido’s 864-day reign as champion, the longest in the title’s history.
Garcia earned the opportunity when he won the PWG Battle of Los Angeles tournament in January. In the first BOLA since 2019, the Jericho Appreciation Society member defeated Kevin Blackwood, Alex Shelley, and Black Taurus to earn himself a spot in the finals against “Speedball” Mike Bailey. It was then that Garcia won the tournament, joining the likes of Bandido, Adam Cole, Ricochet, and Kenny Omega as BOLA winners.
After the victory, Garcia wasted no time in naming his next challenger. He’d lay down the challenge to DDT Pro ace Konosuke Takeshita afterward, making the match for the next PWG event. Takeshita would accept the challenge and made it clear he would be the next champion.
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Garcia, 23, watched himself become one of the most popular independent wrestlers in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. It ultimately earned him a spot on the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) roster, signing on Oct. 19, 2021. The PWG World Championship has been held by the best of the best for years now as many have gone on to become world champions in other promotions. With the guidance of Chris Jericho and his continued success on the independent scene, Garcia seems to be on the same path to greatness.
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