WWE Bracketology Part Two: Who Is the Greatest Wrestler of All Time?
This is part two of the WWE Bracketology series.
In part two you will find out who won the vote for the No. 16 seeds and you will have the opportunity to vote on the opening rounds of each region.
The first region that there will be voting on is the Hulkamania Region. There is also going to be a sneak peek at the next region.
So, let's get to the voting!
Criteria and Rules
The method to come up with these 68 names wasn't an exact science.
The first step was to look through all of the WWE, WCW and TNA World Champions. Once this was done, the majority of my list was complete.
To fill the final spots I looked at many lists citing the greatest wrestlers to never be world champion. This was not the end-all, though, because I also took into consideration upper mid-level talent that dominated middle divisions.
I was looking for wrestlers with great and unique accomplishments. I was also looking for great in-ring workers with good characters, great mic skills and those who possessed the overall package.
The list has a little bit of everything in it.
Voting will take place over the span of the next couple of weeks.
The play-in round will be voted on first, followed by the opening rounds in each region.
I will allow 24-48 hours between each round of voting.
If the article happens to be removed from the B/R page, I will have the link to the B/R article on my Twitter. (@whooyouknowit)
In order to vote, you will need to comment on the article with your selections for each posted round or tweet it to me.
Play-in Round Results
Here are the results from the Play-in Round:
- DDP defeated Great Khali
- Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger
- Daniel Bryan defeated Colt Cabana
- Dean Malenko defeated Honky Tonk Man
Those winners were all awarded No. 16 seeds and placed in a Region.
Hulkamania Region: Round One
No. 1 Hulk Hogan vs. No. 16 DDP
Hogan is a six-time WWE champion as well as a six-time WCW champion. He held the WWE Tag Team Championships with Edge as well. Hogan is a former two-time winner of the Royal Rumble and a current member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
DDP is a three-time WCW champion. He has also held the United States, Television and European championships in WWE and WCW. DDP is also a former three-time Tag Team Champion.
No. 2 Bret Hart vs. No. 15 William Regal
Hart is a two-time WCW champion and a five-time WWE champion. Hart was the second man in the WWE to win the triple-crown and the fifth to do it in WCW. He is also a former two-time King of the Ring winner, as well as a one-time Royal Rumble Winner. Hart has also held numerous tag team championships, the United States Championship and the Intercontinental Championship.
Regal won the 2008 King of the Ring. Regal is a four-time WCW Television Champion. He also has held the Hardcore, Tag Team, European and Intercontinental Championships.
No. 3 Triple H vs. No. 14 Bam Bam Bigelow
Triple H has held the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship a combined 13 times. He has also held the WWE Tag Team, Intercontinental and European championships, making him the second Grand Slam Champion. He has also won the King of the Ring and the Royal Rumble.
Bigelow is a former WCW Hardcore and Tag Team Champion. He also won a Slammy in the WWE for having the best headbutt. Although he has never won a major Championship in WWE or WCW, he is still a great wrestler.
No. 4 Goldberg vs. No. 13 Vader
Goldberg is a former WCW Champion and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He was the fifth triple-crown winner in WCW. Goldberg has also held the WCW Tag Team and United States championships. Although his title history is short, he was the face of WCW.
Vader is a three-time WCW Champion, but he never won the WWE Championship. In WWE he won a Slammy for his attack on Gorilla Monsoon. He is also a former United States Champion.
No. 5 Chris Jericho vs. No. 12 Lex Luger
Jericho is a former Cruiserweight and Television champion in WCW. In WWE Jericho has won the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship a combined five times. He also holds the record for most Intercontinental Championships reigns with nine. Jericho was the first ever Undisputed Champion. He is also the ninth triple-crown winner and the fourth Grand Slam Champion in WWE.
Luger had all of the tools to be the face of wither WWE or WCW, but it just never happened. Luger is a former winner of the Royal Rumble match. Aside from his Rumble win, Luger doesn't have any other noteworthy championships to speak of.
No. 6 AJ Styles vs. No. 11 Christian
Styles has been the face of TNA for a long time, and some credit him with it surviving early on. He has held the NWA World Championship and the TNA Championship a combined four times. Styles was the first ever TNA triple-crown and grand slam winner. During his time in TNA he has held the X-Division, Tag Team, Television and Legends championships, totaling 14 reigns.
Christian is one half of one of the greatest tag teams ever in Edge and Christian. He has held the tag team titles on nine different occasions. He is also a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion and two-time ECW Champion. Christian also held the TNA Championship on two occasions. He has also held the Light Heavyweight, Hardcore, European and Intercontinental Championships. Christian is the 11th WWE Grand Slam Champion.
No. 7 Ultimate Warrior vs. No. 10 British Bulldog
Warrior is a former WWE Champion and Intercontinental Champion. Some may know him best for some of his outside of the ring antics. However, I believe that he should be known best for his in-ring work and his feud with the immortal Hulk Hogan.
Bulldog was a member of the Hart Foundation. He is a former Hardcore, European, Tag Team and Intercontinental champion. He was never able to win the WWE Championship in his career.
No. 8 Mr. Perfect vs. No. 9 Rey Mysterio
Mr. Perfect may have played the part of perfect, but he was never world champion on WCW or WWE. He has held the WCW Tag Team and United States Championships, as well as the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Perfect is also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Mysterio has held the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship combined on three occasions. He revolutionized the WCW and WWE Cruiserweight divisions. In total he has held eight Cruiserweight Championships. Mysterio is also a former eight-time tag team champions between WCW and WWE. He has also won the Royal Rumble and held the Intercontinental Championship.
A Look Ahead
Our next vote will be on the opening round of the Smackdown Hotel Region.
Here is a look at this corner of the bracket:
No. 1 Steve Austin vs. No. 16 Alberto Del Rio
No. 2 The Rock vs. No. 15 Dolph Ziggler
No. 3 Randy Savage vs. No. 14 Abyss
No. 4 Sting vs. No. 13 Mark Henry
No. 5 Chris Benoit vs. No. 12 RVD
No. 6 Sgt. Slaughter vs. No. 11 JBL
No. 7 CM Punk vs. No. 10 Samoa Joe
No. 8 Owen Hart vs. No. 9 Sid Vicious
What do you think of the Hulkamania Region?
What are your thoughts looking ahead to the Smackdown Hotel Region?
Remember if you want to vote, you can do so by commenting on this article or tweeting me.