We are down to the Final Four of the Sup Invitational Tournament of Champions. The remaining bracket is below but we have Mitch Eslick vs. Jill Adams on one side and Cory Thilges vs. Kyle Rehnstrom on the other side. Couple good matchups here and four people who have been pretty quick to Sup consistently throughout the tournament.
Mitch Eslick - Tough day for the Miller family yesterday as they went 1-3 in the Quarters. Mitch was the only one to pick up the win and having to earn his way into the Semis. Him and Jacob Berte both Supped within the first minute and we had to Legler Law the matchup just to be sure. Could have went either way but Mitch squeaked by. This could be the year Eslick finally reaches his Sup potential after years of disappointing Sup exits in the tournament. He's basically the Cubs of Sup.
Jill Adams - The last rookie still standing in the tournament. She even asked me after her first match in pool play "Why am I even in this thing?". But she has more than proven her worth in this this Tournament of Champions. The wife of 2015 Sup Tournament Champion Ty Adams, you can just tell that supping runs in the family. If she wins this thing and the Adams family is currently holding 2 Sup titles at the same time, you gotta think they supplant the Winkels as the "First Family of Sup".
Cory Thilges - "If you come at the King, you better not miss". Cory is showing his Sup dominance once again this year. After winning the inaugural 2012 Tournament, Cory retired from Sup and has not played since. With this being the Tournament of Champions, I brought him back in without even asking him and he has responded beautifully. He went 4-0 in Pool Play, 2-0 so far in the tournament, and all of his Sups have been within 30 seconds of posting. That brings his lifetime Sup record to an astounding 12-0.
Kyle Rehnstrom - Chad Helle stated the truth last night... Rehny is hot. 4-0 in Pool Play and waltzing into the Semifinals with a couple big wins. The all-day Supping rule of this tournament has really helped him find his rhythm and he is peaking at the right time He had to take down some Sup veterans and power-players on his way here in Kellie Jacobson and Kennedy Bollmeyer. And if his selfie on Twitter last night is any indication, it looks like he even got the win last night while pulling mommy duties on top of it.
I had to miss the WWE Draft last night and wasn’t able to watch it live. Since it was one of the biggest wrestling shows of the past decade I had to make sure it wasn’t spoiled for me before I could watch it on the DVR. So, I had to disconnect my phone for 4-5 hours and go off the grid until I could watch it.
That’s tough. I rarely do that. Maybe once a year I’ll go without my phone for some reason and it’s a lot harder than it should be. I tried going into Airplane Mode first but then I realized no one could call or text me if I did that. So I switched to just turn off my data so I couldn’t check Facebook or Twitter. But then I still get the notifications when I get a message or tweet. So I know I have something but can’t see what it is. Talk about temptation.
So I did survive it and got to see everything but I felt so disconnected from the outside world without my phone. Always felt like I was missing out on something. I think it’s probably good for me every once and a while but I don’t plan on doing any time again soon. Good test for me though as I probably am too dependent on my phone and on it too much.
Like I said above, I had to miss the WWE Draft as it aired live last night but I did get to watch it on DVR late last night once we got home. I hope to do more of an in-depth look on this event later in the week but for now, here were my big five takeaways or overview of the event.
- That was really fun. There were things I really liked and things I would have done a little differently or wished they showed more of but it was different than all the other drafts we've seen and felt like a big deal. I liked that they did rapid-fire picks and didn't try to spread it out all night, but I also wish they would have made it feel like a draft a little more. Breaking down picks or even just showing the guys in the locker room would have added a different element to it. But that's just some personal preference on my part, as the whole event was great. I loved it.
- The things I was asking for above (breaking down picks, interviewing draft picks, showing the roster as they were selected, etc.) looked like it was happening on the RAW 2nd Screen App though, which probably added to the experience live. I would have found it hard to watch both things at the same time but at least the WWE was trying to add that into their programming. I still think there is a lot of potential with those sort of 2nd screen experiences or additional programming for the WWE Network that the WWE hasn't quite figured out yet, but they are getting there. This was a great step towards that.
- Every draft has their guy that falls during the draft and gets picked much later than you'd imagine. Going into the draft I wouldn't have guessed that guy would be Kevin Owens. And then after that it was be Cesaro. I thought Cesaro may fall a bit, you can tell the WWE just isn't sure yet what to make of him. But never did I think he'd go all the way down at #28. He almost didn't make the televised portion of the draft! And for Kevin Owens to fall all the way to #18 was ridiculous. He's a guy I thought brand would build around and they treated him like a guy to help fill out a roster. Should make for some good promos and motivation for Owens on TV though.
- Best Pick of the Night: RAW taking The New Day at #10. I had them at #2 on my Big Board. Really thought RAW got a great steal there. This was the type of pick I thought SmackDown needed to make. When they were only picking 2 guys to every 3 RAW guys, and always picking second, a pick like The New Day where you get 3 guys instead of just 1 would have been huge for them. Instead, RAW got the best act going in the WWE today at the #10 pick.
- Worst Pick of the Night: SmackDown takes Baron Corbin at #19. This isn't an indictment on Corbin. I think he could be a great player for the next 5 years and I get trying to build new talent and get young guys on your roster. He even went at 19 and I had him at 20 on my Big Board, so right around where I thought he'd go. Just thought it was a risky pick for SmackDown, and with the 3-to-2 pick format of the draft you have to make sure you hit on all your picks. So it's a big risk taking Corbin here. Especially when the next three picks were Enzo and Cass, The Club (when you already have AJ Styles), and American Alpha. This could come back to haunt them. This round (4th) was where I thought RAW won the draft and SmackDown lost it. I thought for the most part, SmackDown was holding its own through the first 3 rounds despite the draft rules stacked against them. But then in the 4th round, RAW ended up with Rusev, Kevin Owens, and Enzo/Cass. SmackDown ends up with The Miz and Baron Corbin. That's a huge swing. I like what SmackDown did in the 5th round to bounce back with American Alpha and Dolph Ziggler, but that 4th round is going to come back and haunt them when we take a look at this draft.