WWE Bracketology Part Three: Who Is the Greatest Wrestler of All Time?
This is part three of the WWE Bracketology series.
In part three you will find out who won in the opening round of the Hulkamania Region and you will have the opportunity to vote on the opening round of the next region.
The next region that there will be voting on is the Smackdown Hotel Region. There is also going to be a sneak peek at the Flair Country Region.
So, let's get to the voting!
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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, taking into consideration upper mid-level talent that dominated middle divisions.
I was looking for wrestlers with great and unique accomplishments, as well as 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.
In order to vote, you will need to comment on the article with your selections for each posted round or tweet it to me.
Hulkamania Region Results
Here are the results of the opening round of the Hulkamania Region. The percent of the vote that each wrestler received is in parenthesis next to their name.
No. 1 Hulk Hogan (81%) defeated No. 16 DDP (19%)
No. 2 Bret Hart (93%) defeated No. 15 William Regal (7%)
No. 3 Triple H (93%) defeated No. 14 Bam Bam Bigelow (7%)
No. 4 Goldberg (56%) defeated No. 13 Vader (44%)
No. 5 Chris Jericho (100%) defeated No. 12 Lex Luger (0%)
No. 11 Christian (58%) defeated No. 6 AJ Styles (42%)
No. 12 British Bulldog (75%) defeated No. 7 Ultimate Warrior (25%)
No. 8 Mr. Perfect (56%) defeated No. 9 Rey Mysterio (44%)
Feel free to share your thoughts on these results below.
SmackDown Hotel Region: Round One
No. 1 Steve Austin vs. No. 16 Alberto Del Rio
Austin is a six-time WWE Champion. He has also won a record three Royal Rumbles as well as a King of the Ring.
He's a former four-time Tag Team champion and a two-time Intercontinental champion. In WCW, he held Tag Team, Television and United States titles. Austin was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
Del Rio is a two-time WWE Champion and the current World Heavyweight Champion. He is also a Money in the Bank and Royal Rumble winner.
No. 2 The Rock vs. No. 15 Dolph Ziggler
The Rock is an eight-time and current WWE Champion. He is also a two-time WCW Champion. Rock has held the WWE Tag Team and Intercontinental titles. He was the winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble.
Ziggler is the 22nd man to win the Triple Crown. He is a former World, Tag Team, United States and Intercontinental champion. He also won Money in the Bank in 2012.
No. 3 Randy Savage vs. No. 14 Abyss
Savage is a four-time WCW Champion and a two-time WWE Champion. He also held the Intercontinental Championship while in WWE. In 1987, Savage won the King of the Ring.
Abyss is a former NWA World Champion. He was the second triple-crown winner in TNA and their fourth grand slam winner. He has also held the Tag Team, Television and X-Division titles.
No. 4 Sting vs. No. 13 Mark Henry
Sting might be the biggest name in wrestling to have never stepped foot in WWE.
He is a six-time WCW Champion and a five-time TNA World Champion. He has held tag team gold in WCW and TNA a combined four times. Sting has also held the Television and United States titles. in 2012, he was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.
Henry is a former ECW and WWE World Heabyweight Champion. He has also held the European Championship.
No. 5 Chris Benoit vs. No. 12 RVD
Benoit is a former WCW Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Champion. While in WCW, he held the Tag Team, Television and United States titles. In WWE, Benoit held the Tag Team, United States and Intercontinental titles. His five U.S. title reigns are tied for a record. In 2004, he won the Royal Rumble.
RVD has held the World Championship in ECW, WWE and TNA. He is also a former Tag, Television, X-Division, Hardcore, European and Intercontinental champion. In 2006, RVD won Money in the Bank.
No. 6 Sgt. Slaughter vs. No. 11 JBL
Slaughter is a former WWE Champion. He has also held six World Championships in other federations. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
JBL is a former WWE Champion. He is also a 17-time WWE Hardcore Champion. JBL has also held the WWE Tag, European, Intercontinental and United States titles. He was one half of the APA tag team with Farooq.
No. 7 CM Punk vs. No. 10 Samoa Joe
Punk is a former ECW, WWE and World Heavyweight champion. Punk's most recent WWE title reign was the longest of the modern era. Punk is also a two-time winner of Money in the Bank.
Joe is a former TNA World Champion. He is the third TNA Triple Crown winner and the third grand slam winner. Joe has also held the Tag Team, Television and X-Division titles. In 2008, he won King of the Mountain.
No. 8 Owen Hart vs. No. 9 Sid Vicious
Hart is a former WWE Tag, European and Intercontinental champion. In 1994, he won the King of the Ring. Hart was also a member of the famed Hart Foundation.
Vicious is a two-time WWE and two-time WCW World Champion. While in WCW, he also held the United States Championship.
A Look Ahead
The next round of voting will be in the Flair Country Region.
Here is a sneak peek at that corner of the bracket:
No. 1 Ric Flair vs. No. 16 Daniel Bryan
No. 2 Shawn Michaels vs. No. 15 Chyna
No. 3 Bruno Sammartino vs. No. 14 Vince McMahon
No. 4 Kurt Angle vs. No. 13 Ted DiBiase
No. 5 Brock Lesnar vs. No. 12 Jeff Hardy
No. 6 Batista vs. No. 11 Sheamus
No. 7 Scott Hall vs. No. 10 Eddie Guerrero
No. 8 Big Show vs. No. 9 Yokozuna
What do you think of the SmackDown Hotel Region? What are your thoughts looking ahead to the Flair Country Region?
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