1st Round Upsets #40 Konnan over #25 Umaga #34 Bob Orton over #31 Yuji Nagata #35 Brian Kendrick over #30 Evan Bourne #43 Shane McMahon over #22 Nick Bockwinkle WWE Bracket Winner: #1 Bret “The Hitman” Hart – If he can get past Owen, I see no reason for him to not win. Best Cinderella possibility (#20 seed or lower) - #26 Samoa Joe - Very friendly sub-regional, if he gets past Dusty Rhodes, look out. First Top Ten seed to be out - #7 Dusty Rhodes to #26 Samoa Joe – I think New School will overtake Old School. 1st Round Match to Watch: #30 Evan Bourne vs. #35 Brian Kendrick - Keep your eyes on Evan Bourne vs. Brian Kendrick as it should be a very fast paced match, with both men having something to prove. 1st Round Match to avoid: #19 Ron Simmons vs. # 46 Bad News Brown – If they can get a passable match off, it will be a minor miracle. The Breakdown: In all honesty, this is Bret Hart’s bracket to lose. The sub-regional is in his backyard, his stiffest competition in sub-regional will be his vastly overrated brother, and he is the IWC Golden Boy. Watch out for Samoa Joe making noise in this tournament, as there are many people who believe that Joe is currently God’s gift to wrestling. If both Hart and Angle don’t make it to the Final Four of the region, I’ll be very surprised. There’s quite a bit of international flavor in this region, it’s just unfortunate that very few of them will make it out of the first round.