So with the Final list of participants and weigh ins complete, I can't wait to watch this series! They've already taped some of the first round matches I believe, but I've stayed clear of spoilers.
Here are the first round matches:
Gran Metalik vs Alejandro Saez
Ho Ho Lun vs Ariya Daivari
Cedric Alexander vs Clement Petiot
THE Brian Kendrik vs Raul Mendoza
Tajiri vs Damien Slater
TJ Perkins vs Da Mack
Lince Dorado vs Mustafa Ali
Akira Tozawa vs Kenneth Johnson
Kota Ibushi vs Sean Maluta
Zack Sabre Jr vs Tyson Dux
Drew Gulack vs Harv Shira
Tony Nese vs Anthony Bennett
Rich Swan vs Jason Lee
Naom Dar vs Gurv Shira
Jack Gallagher vs Fabian Aichner
Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa
Very exciting matchups there with some exciting wrestlers on show, including many wrestler I've never heard of before, let alone seen in action, that I'm eager to check out.
It's very difficult to pick out a favorite at this point. Kota Ibushi seems to be the early favorite according to many, while I've seen a lot of people picking out Zack Sabe Jr too.
I'm disappointed that they've put Gargano and Ciampa against each other in the first round. Would have been better to split them up and save that match for a later round I think. However, WWE know that they both know each other very well and can put on an excellent match together. I could see Gargano going far into this tournament.
I don't see him winning it (though Daniel Bryan picked him out to win), but I'd LOVE to see THE Brian Kendrick go far. Love that guy! It'll be cool seeing Tajiri back in action in a WWE ring too.
Very exciting times ahead with this series, anyone have any thoughts on it? Anyone have any favorites to win? Anyone you're looking forward to see?