We're onto the regional semifinals, but before we get to those matchups, how about a recap of the Suleimon and Moron Bros. brackets, shall we?
Big Dog over IrishRed
Cross over Lindsay Troy
Prisoner 187 over Mr. Hyde
Mr. Hyde over Eight
Beast over Hida Yakamo
Andy Gilkison over Nemesys
Jericoholic Anonymous over Duchess
Chip Friendly over Necromancer
And now... the Sweet Sixteen~!
Allen Thomas Regional
Housefly (1) vs. Slambo the Clown (5)
Housefly's Real Life Counterpart: Chris Benoit - They're both smallish, great technical wrestlers. As faces, they make great underdogs, and no matter what affiliation, they're credible Champions.
Slambo's Real Life Counterpart: Eugene - They're both mentally deficient in some ways, and they both long to have friends. Thusly, they're both prone to be taken advantage of. Of course, Slambo's got much more of a meanstreak, and he's shown signs of lucidity, but I couldn't think of anyone better... and no, he's not Doink, not even evil Doink.
Richard Farnswirth (2) vs. Steven Shane (3)
Farnswirth's Real Life Counterpart: Ted DiBiase - Duh.
Shane's Real Life Counterpart: "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles - Young, cocky and chock full of talent. That would sum up why Phenomenal AJ is Sensational Shane's counterpart.
Professor Bobo Regional
Euclid (1) vs. James Irish (4)
Euclid's Real Life Counterpart: Bret Hart - They're both intense technicians who spent good parts of their careers wrestling with shadows. Both were proud Champions who may have been a bit underrated.
James Irish's Real Life Counterpart: Mick Foley, mostly in his Mankind or Foley Commissioner phase - The clown prince of A1E is very reminiscent of Mick Foley and his Corporate Mankind hijinx. Foley's first World Title win was long overdue, and so's James'.
Ken Cloverleaf (2) vs. Gladiator (3)
Ken Cloverleaf's Real Life Counterpart: Chris Jericho - Both are cocky as hell and both are supremely talented. They both bring the massive egos with comical undertones to the table, and both were unlikely yet very deserving Champions.
Gladiator's Real Life Counterpart: Bob Backlund - Both are very old-school characters. In face mode, they both embody ideals of honor and hard work. They diverge on their heel paths, seeing as Gladdy was never quite insane, but I think the face comparison works. BTW, this was the HARDEST FUCKING ONE TO DO!
Captain Suleimon Regional
Big Dog (1) vs. Cross (5)
Big Dog's Real Life Counterpart: American Badass Undertaker - Other than Taker stealing Dog's "Biggest dog in the yard" catchphrase :p. Both guys have the same blue-collar, kick ass and take names attitude.
Cross' Real Life Counterpart: Crow-era Sting - Both characters are mysterious, misunderstood, although Sting doesn't have the obvious religious overtones and Cross doesn't repell from the ceiling.
Prisoner 187 (2) vs. Mr. Hyde (3)
Prisoner's Real Life Counterpart: Raven - Like Raven in ECW, Prisoner 187 was a manipulative, cerebral, sacriligious, deadly preditorial Champion who commanded great respect from everyone in the fed. Like Raven later on in his career, 187 later on in his career has become watered down.
Hyde's Real Life Counterpart: Kevin Sullivan - Hyde is probably a much stronger character in this respect, but there's no denying that Kevin Sullivan's cerebral evil genius is reflected in Hyde's work.
Moron Bros. Bracket
Beast (1) vs. Andrew Gilkison (4)
Beast's Real Life Counterpart: Triple H - And no, not in the way you think I mean it :p. Although Triple H has won tons more World Championships, both have great similarities in character. Trips and Beast don't need to have the World Championship or be in the World Championship chase to habitate a main event feud with great attention. Both are big man workers who are proficient technically. And both are suspected of using steroids ;)
Andy Gilkison's Real Life Counterpart: Lance Storm - To invert Andy's A1 sig a bit... Not a great gimmick, but one hell of a worker.
Jericoholic Anonymous (2) vs. Chip Friendly (3)
JA's Real Life Coutnerpart: Christian - Goofy, undersized, not taken seriously by anyone but the most hardcore fans, but finally have gotten their due. That could describe either Christian or JA.
Chip Friendly's Real Life Counterpart: Kurt Angle - Chip's silver tongue is very reminiscent of Kurt Angle's, and their penchant for being weasily and trumping up accomplishments makes them compatible. Plus the ring style is similar.