Here you go, voting now begins on these eight first round matchups. Voting begins today, ends... let's say Thursday. Vote and give a good reason, pertaining to A1E work only.
The Allen Thomas Regional
Housefly (1) vs. The Tick (16)
Housefly perhaps is the most decorated A1E superstar of all-time. Three A1E World Championships, the Cyber Title, a Tag title reign, he won Pier Six. He was the face of the company during the early years, and perhaps still is the face of it now.
The Tick was a highly entertaining comedy character who didn't do much in the way of titles or angles. However, he had a very amusing run, and despite his lack of longevity, is one of the more memorable characters in A1E history.
Drifter (8) vs. Torgo (9)
Drifter is a multiple time Triple Star Champion, and a huge part of the Empire angle. Bryon (Nemesys') secondary character, he feuded with Nemesys and played an important part in several storylines.
Torgo, along with his tag partner Leatherface, were one of the most interesting tag teams in A1E, if not one of the best. He stuttered, talked to his "Master," and, oh yeah, won a few Tag Titles along the way.
Torment (4) vs. Pharaoh (13)
Torment has won nearly every title A1E has had to offer over the years, and has had some pretty epic reigns with some of those secondary titles. He boasts probably the most important Cyber Title reign ever, plus a hefty Triple Star and Tag Championship reign as well, along with being a key member of two important stables (SIN and Anarchy, Inc.)
Pharaoh's claim to fame in A1E was his stillborn feud with Beast. Aside from that, he won a few matches and briefly flirted with the World Title scene as he got into a match against Chip Friendly and Jericoholic Anonymous, the winner of which (JA) ended up getting a World Title program.
Slambo the Clown (5) vs. Metal (12)
Counting only the current incarnation of Slambo the Clown, you'd still have one hell of a resume. He held the Cyber, Tag and Survivor Titles and is an important member of the HSPC, perhaps A1E's best stable ever.
Metal was a key figure in early A1E. He didn't hold any titles, but he was a part of the Unholy Alliance with Hayt and Cannibal and of course, SIN. He was a conduit for many feuds and angles in early A1E, and clearly is one of its founding fathers.
Richard Farnswirth (2) vs. Lady Rebellion (15)
Farnswirth is the longest reigning Triple Star Champion ever, as well as a former World Champion and the figurehead of the HPSC, the best stable in A1E now and one of the two best of all-time.
Lady Rebellion was a founding member of that other stable, SIN, and she held the Tag Titles as well.
The Spoiler (7) vs. Freakfish (10)
In a discussion about MBE, this is a final matchup. But since this is A1E...
Spoiler is the current Cyber Champion and a former Tag Team Champion with Freakfish. He initially made an impact with an abortive feud against AJ Cirrus and Promo, but now is back with another very intriguing storyline against Fly and James Irish.
Freakfish won the Tag Championships and was a part of that abortive feud with Promo and AJ.
Senstational Steven Shane (3) vs. Chameleon (14)
Senstational Steven Shane was a member of one of the most dominant tag teams in A1E history (Sensationally Perfect), the longest reigning Cyber Champion of all time, and a perennial #1 contender for the World Championship.
Chameleon didn't win any titles, but was a key player in the Empire angle, and he came very close to winning the Cyber Title.
Dan Ryan (6) vs. AJ Cirrus (11)
Dan Ryan has not won any titles in A1E, but he's been a major player in several angles, most recently in Big Dog's fight against Anarchy, Inc. He's a major player for the Tag Titles right now with Dog, and he's acknowledged as one of the best characters in A1E right now.
AJ Cirrus is a former Cyber and Tag Team Champion, a founding father of the Canadian Revolution and has been involved in several hot feuds, most notably with Duchess.