Sylvester Terkay VS "The IT Factor" Bobby Roode
When your entire list of career accomplishments were: "Wrestled for ECW (2006); Managed by Elijah Burke; Failed miserably to do a spinning back fist (which was your finisher)", you don't stand much chance against the man who is the longest reigning TNA (non-NWA years) World Champion in history. Bobby Roode taps this fucker out in five.
Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker VS Trytan
Sure, Trytan was billed as a monster but wound up only being in TNA for a cup of coffee, but Buddy Lee Parker was one of the quintessential jobbers of all time, so Trytan actually has to go over here. Crazy.
Junkyard Dog VS Blackjack Mulligan
Two legends dukin' it out. Both guys were around the three bill mark and though Blackjack stood 6'8", JYD made up for it in ground game and toughness. This one is really really tough to call, but I'm gonna hafta go with Junkyard. The tie-breaker is simply that he's in the Hall Of Fame as a singles wrestler, and The Blackjacks were inducted as a tag team. But really, this could have gone either way.
Animal VS Mike Awesome
One half of the Legion Of Doom (and make no mistake, the larger half) against a man the size of Brock Lesnar with a mullet and a penchant for power bombing people through tables on the ground while standing in the ring. Say what you want about the awesome pedigree of Joe Laurinaitis (also a cool dude in person), but Mike Awesome seemed unstoppable in his short time as ECW Champion. The only reason he dropped the belt is because he jumped ship for more money (a move he'd come to regret as "That 70's Guy" Mike Awesome in the dying days of WCW). If this guy had gotten more of a chance to shine, he'd have won two or three more world titles in his lifetime. Awesome in one hell of a slobberknocker.
Tom Prichard VS "Wild" Bill Irwin
Both men have more impressive resumes than you might think. "Wild" Bill was a 4-time WCCW TV Champ, as well as one of Skandor Akbar's masked Super Destroyers back in the late 70's. Unfortunately, his most famous appearance was during Wrestlemania X-Seven's Gimmick Battle Royal, reprising his 1996 gimmick of "The Goon". Tom Prichard held numerous tag team titles with several respected partners like "Sweet" Stan Lane, "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray and Chris Candido. In fact, his two runs in the WWF were with Del Ray and Candido, though the second he had to get a crew cut and dye his hair to look like Skip and become Zip of the Bodydonnas. I have to give the edge to Irwin here due to his intangible toughness, however. And he carried a bullwhip. Can't fuck with that.
Rey Mysterio Jr. VS Nikita Koloff
I left the Jr. in his name because there is a Rey Misterio Sr., and it's his uncle, but he's not in the tournament because I frankly don't know enough about foreign wrestling to properly judge the competitors. So how can I properly judge a contest between a Mexican and a Soviet? Because they're both American. Rey Rey's lived in San Diego for almost 20 years and Nikita Koloff's real name is Nelson Simpson, born and raised in Minnesota. Nikita was somewhat impressive in his WCW run, but Rey Mysterio Jr. is a three time World Champion, a record eight time Cruiserweight Champ, a Royal Rumble winner and a WWE Triple Crown Champion. No way dude's going down to Ivan Koloff's make-believe nephew.
The Renegade VS Tatsumi Fujinami
The Renegade is one of the reasons people think The Ultimate Warrior death rumors are true. Yes, Rick Wilson took his own life in 1999, and even I, smark of smarks thought Warrior was The Renegade at one point in 1995, then was replace by an impostor, but as it turns out it was Wilson all along, playing WCW's rip-off equivalent. Dude even won the TV title before I figured out it was a different dude. Jim Hellwig never played The Renegade, and he is the once and for always Ultimate Warrior, and to my knowledge has never died nor been resurrected.
Tatsumi Fujinami became the first man to hold the IWGP and NWA titles simultaneously (and due to the era, this made him WCW Champion as well, since they were still part of the NWA). He won the belt from Ric Flair and even fought him at the main event of the first SuperBrawl (right here in Milwaukee, no less). I watched that match, and even though it's the only time I've ever seen him wrestle, it was enough to know this mofo is for real. He and Flair tore the Mecca down on that card. So I don't think he'd have much trouble with a wanna-be Ultimate Warrior.
Rick Martel VS George Wells
Rick Martel is mostly known for his work as "The Model" and maybe his days teaming with Tito Santana in Strike Force, and George Wells is remembered as the guy who looked like he was drooling semen from his mouth as Jake's snake strangled him at Wrestlemania 2. But both men have much higher accolades buried deep in their past. For instance, did you know Rick Martel was AWA World Champion for two years (when it kinda still mattered)? Or that George Wells was U.S. Champ in the San Francisco territory? Yeah, one of those sounds a lot more impressive than the other. Martel for the win.
Bobby Roode defeats Sylvester Terkay
Trytan defeats Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
Junkyard Dog defeats Blackjack Mulligan
Mike Awesome defeats Animal
"Wild" Bill Irwin defeats Tom Prichard
Rey Mysterio defeats Nikita Koloff
Tatsumi Fujinami defeats The Renegade
Rick Martel defeats George Wells
Come on back for bracket X-8! (Or, XVIII, even!)