Lumpia for all!
Lumpia for all!

Enough can’t be said for TJ Perkins’ big win in Orlando this week. Most of our first exposure to him was as Manik in TNA. After being impressed with his work under the mask, I saw him perform in Reseda, California as a part of PWG. I guess it was just a matter of time before he’d find his way to WWE. Now, he’ll be debuting on RAW this coming Monday as a champion. Crazy.

Major props as well to Gran Metalik for making a name for himself among WWE fans. Both of those guys stood strong and looked amazing as they went over tournament favorites Zack Sabre Jr and Kota Ibushi. So much talent in this thing, and particularly in the final four – I’m glad WWE did this thing the right way, and I’m looking forward to what’s next!

That all said… Who won our bracket challenge? Shout out to the man behind The Steel Cage logo, Danny of 6 for 6 Productions – the only one to pick TJP from the beginning! I’m happy to say I had him in my final four, but my brother went all in, and wisely so. Well done, sir.

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!