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The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Dave Meltzer Discuss The Legacy Of PWG’s BOLA Tournament

September 14, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Yahoo Sports, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Dave Meltzer all spoke about the legacy of Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s BOLA (Battle of Los Angeles) tournament. Here are highlights:

Matt Jackson on the popularity of BOLA: “When you survive day three, you feel like you’ve gone through a religious experience. You feel like you’ve gained knowledge and are a better person than you were before. It’s a true test of will for everyone involved, including the fans. It’s wrestling and sensory overload, and you feel burnt out in the best way possible at the end of it. BOLA is its own wrestling culture at this point, and creates tomorrows stars.”

Dave Meltzer on the tournament’s growth: “They didn’t set out to create this big important thing, but like anything else underground that gets popular, word of mouth spreads about the quality and next thing you know it’s the things everyone wants to see.”

Marty Scrull on PWG’s role in European exposure: “I think working for PWG helped me get signed to Ring of Honor, which for sure helped me get signed to NJPW. PWG opened the doors for all other American promoters to start booking Europeans, they saw these awesome guys working in PWG and wanted to bring them to their own promotion. PWG really started that trend. They’re trailblazers.”