Also better than a Magikarp.
Also better than a Magikarp.

  • Zack Sabre Jr. def Tyson Dux
  • Drew Gulak def Harv Sihra
  • Tony Nese def Anthony Bennett
  • The Brian Kendrick def Raul Mendoza

I’ll admit it: Zack Sabre Jr. is slightly better than a Magikarp. I am excited to see him go up against Drew Gulak in round two, however!

Tony Nese and Anthony Bennett were quite ambitious in their match, and I think they delivered. Maybe to Bennett’s detriment, with the awkward injury finish. Happy to see more of Nese, regardless.

Raul Mendoza was impressive, but THE Brian Kendrick moves on to face Nese in round two. Should be a heck of a thing!

Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 30+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years.

Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us.

It's still real to me, dammit!