Friday, November 30, 2007

PWI Top 500 2007 Tournament round one: Round of upsets

Who woulda thought these guys would fall in the first round?

WELL, never say tournaments are predictable. There were some shocking results in round one, the biggest being the elimination of PWI's 2007 Wrestler Of The Year John Cena. Mr "Thug Life" got a taste of real thug life courtesy of Franky The Mobster who pounded on the injured ex-WWE champ until the ref called off the one-sided encounter. A fit Cena probably would've mopped the floor with Franky, but......well, them's the breaks in pro rasslin'.

HBK got his arse handed to him by a hard-hitting Akira Taue from Pro-Wrestling NOAH. Without the WWE hype machine to protect him, the "Showstopper" got stopped with an almighty boot to the fuckin' face. Say goodnight, Shawn.

More disappointing was the elimination of Samoa Joe who fell to Val Venis, of all people. A run-in by Kurt Angle helped distract Joe who fell victim to the Big Valbowski's money shot.

The other shock losers in round one included Rob Van Dam, Cibernetico, Naomichi Marufuji and AJ Styles.

This sets up an intriguing bunch of matches for the next round:
Franky The Mobster (397) vs Matt Sydal (128)
Edge (2) vs Rey Bucanero (127)
Mistico (3) vs Ron Killings (126)
Kurt Angle (4) vs Masato Yoshino (125)
The Undertaker (5) vs Super Crazy (124)
Akira Taue (251) vs Kenny Dykstra (123)
Christian Cage (7) vs Ares (122)
Perro Aguayo Jr (8) vs Toscano (121)
Bobby Lashley (9) vs Eric Young (120)
Takeshi Morishima (10) vs Keiji Muto (The Great Muta) (119)
Ultimo Guerrero (11) vs BJ Whitmer (118)
Val Venis (245) vs Marco Corleone (140)
Batista (13) vs Dick Togo (141)
Minoru Suzuki (14) vs Dos Caras Jr (115)
Randy Orton (15) vs The Boogeyman (114)
Mitsuharu Misawa (16) vs Kotaro Suzuki (113)
Bryan Danielson (17) vs Vampiro (112)
Booker T (18) vs Dragon Kid (111)
Sting (19) vs Jimmy Wang Yang (110)
Yuji Nagata (20) vs Mr. Aguila (109)
Ken Kennedy (21) vs Colt Cabana (108)
Umaga (22) vs Ricky Marvin (107)
Abyss (23) vs Hotstuff Hernandez (106)
El Sagrado (233) vs Giant Bernard (105)
Nigel McGuinness (25) vs Hector Garza (104)
Erick Stevens (231) vs Yoshinari Ogawa (103)
Takuma Sano (230) vs Austin Aries (102)
Chris Sabin (28) The Great Khali (101)
Jeff Hardy (29) vs Travis Tomko (100)
Christopher Daniels (30) vs Toshiaki Kawada (99)
El Hijo Del Santo (31) vs Brian Kendrick (98)
Shuji Kondo (225) vs Paul London (97)
Finlay (33) vs LA Mascara (161)
Jushin Liger (34) vs Jay “Black Machismo” Lethal (95)
Jake Gymini (222) vs Kevin Thorn (94)
Matt Hardy (36) vs Petey Williams (93)
Rocky Romero (37) vs Intocable (92)
Negro Casas (38) vs Shelton Benjamin (91)
Rhino (39) vs Mephisto (90)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (40) vs Chris Masters (89)
Carlito (41) vs Delirious (88)
CM Punk (42) vs Elijah Burke (87)
LA Parka (43) vs Minoru (86)
Gregory Helms (44) vs Zorro (85)
Kenta (45) vs Doug Williams (84)
Chavo Guerrero Jr (46) vs Mark Briscoe (83)
MVP (47) vs James Storm (82)
Dr Wagner Jr (48) vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan (81)
Chris Hero (49) vs Brother Devon (80)
Deuce (207) vs Atlantis (79)
Triple H (51) vs Jay Briscoe (78)
Danny Doring (205) vs William Regal (77)
Averno (53) vs Davey Richards (76)
Homicide (54) vs Alex Shelley (75)
Roderick Strong (55) vs Brother Ray (74)
John Morrison (56) vs Mark Henry (184)
Kensuke Sasaki (57) vs Jun Akiyama (72)
Sabu (58) vs Bobby Roode (71)
Scott Steiner (59) vs Ric Flair (70)
Mohammed Yone (197) vs Tiger Mask IV (69)
Milano Collection AT (61) vs LA Park (the original) (68)
Tank Toland (195) vs Claudio Castagnoli (67)
Brent Albright (63) vs Chris Harris (66)
Satoshi Kojima (64) vs Kane (65)

NEXT TIME: Round two results

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