November 25, 2015
DJ Z defeated Tigre Uno and Manik in a triple threat match, then Tigre defeated Manik in a singles match. As a result, Tigre and DJ Z advance to the Round of 16. Good match to start the show. I wasn't sure about the format at first, but it actually worked in this case. The three-way was a fun spotfest before it transitioned to a competitive singles with the final group spot on the line.
Drew Galloway defeated Rockstar Spud to advance to the Round of 16. Awesome match with a simple story. Spud does a good job making you root for him to pull off the upset. Both guys hit some hard-hitting moves, and there were times when the outcome looked like it could've gone either way. Great stuff.
Bram defeated Grado to advance to the Round of 16. Ha ha, that was quick. Grado went through hell when he faced Galloway and Spud, but Bram just rolled him up in seconds to knock him out of the tournament. Thanks for playing. Bye-bye.
Jessie Godderz defeated Micah to advance to the Round of 16. Nice win for Jessie. He's really come a long way this year and I continue to be impressed with his progress as a singles competitor. Micah is not bad, although his offense leaves a lot to be desired.
Davey Richards defeated Robbie E to advance to the Round of 16. Wow, that was much better than I expected. Robbie brought his A-game and held his own against a brilliant technician like Davey. I'm just glad that one of the Wolves is advancing, Davey especially because of his intensity more than Eddie's.
Kenny King defeated Crazzy Steve to advance to the Round of 16. Solid match but mostly filler at this point. At least Crazzy Steve was wrestling more and not goofing around like he used to. Kenny matches well with anyone in the next round, so that's cool.
Lashley defeated Austin Aries to advance to the Round of 16. Great match. Both guys went back and forth and delivered a hell of a performance to conclude the group stage. Overall, this was a fun night of wrestling. Looking forward to some unique match-ups next week.
The brackets for the Round of 16 are:
EC3 vs. DJ Z
Bram vs. Davey Richards
Lashley vs. Drew Galloway
Mahabali Shera vs. Eli Drake
Gail Kim vs. Tigre Uno
Eric Young vs. Kenny King
Jessie Godderz vs. Awesome Kong
Bobby Roode vs. Matt Hardy