Jersey Championship Wrestling will revive the J-Cup on Saturday, February 11 with a lineup that features top talents such as Alex Shelley, "Speedball" Mike Bailey, Jonathan Gresham, and more.
Shelley's first round opponent is Jordan Oliver, who has been a standout wrestler in GCW and has experience in MLW. Despite being just 23 years old, Oliver has nearly a decade of experience in the ring, taking on standouts such as Bailey, Gresham, Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis), Chris Bey and more.
Speaking to Fightful, Oliver previewed his first round match against Shelley.
"Over the past year; me, Alex Shelley, and Nick Wayne have formed a pretty good bond. I would say Alex Shelley has taken us under his wing. This is our first singles match since becoming pretty close. Last time was a triple threat with me, Nick Wayne, and Alex Shelley. I'm pretty sure I won that match [laughs]. I'm expecting a banger. I think we're probably going to have an insane first round match. It's always weird in tournaments when you have a crazy first round match because I'm going to have to look forward to two or three more matches past Alex Shelley. I want to have the best matches of the tournament, absolutely," he said.
When asked what advice Shelley has given him, Oliver replied, "The information that he gives us, it's a lot of like, 'look at wrestling and see it for what it is.' He's a realist about the way wrestling is. He's very like, 'you should go to college, you should get a backup plan.' His advice on how to be successful in real life with also being a wrestler. He's got a really good actual job on top of wrestling. He's one of the most influential wrestlers of all time. Every wrestler from 2011 to now, or maybe 2016, wanted to be Alex Shelley. Now everyone wants to be like Will Ospreay, but before Ospreay, it was Alex Shelley. Before Shelley, it was Shawn Michaels."
Oliver said later in the interview that he would love to team with Nick Wayne to take on the Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin).
JCW J-Cup streams live on February 11 on FITE TV. Fightful will have results from the show following the conclusion of the event.
The full interview with Jordan Oliver will premiere on Fightful Overbooked.