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WWE Bracketology Part Five: Who Is the Greatest Wrestler of All Time?

Christopher OlmsteadSenior Analyst IIIMarch 3, 2013

WWE Bracketology Part Five: Who Is the Greatest Wrestler of All Time?

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    This is part five of the WWE Bracketology series.

    You will find out who won in the opening round of the Flair Country Region, and you will have the opportunity to vote on the opening round of the next region.

    Part five will also recap all of the previous action.

    The next region that there will be voting on is the Rated R Region. There is also going to be a sneak peek at some of the second-round matchups.

    So, let's get to the voting.

Criteria and Voting

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    Criteria

    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 the overall package.

    The list has a little bit of everything in it.


    Voting

    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.

Recap: Play-In Round Results

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    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.

Recap: Hulkamania Region Round 1 Results

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    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 his 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. 10 British Bulldog (75%) defeated No. 7 Ultimate Warrior (25%)
    • No. 8 Mr. Perfect (56%) defeated No. 9 Rey Mysterio (44%)

Recap: SmackDown Hotel Region Round 1 Results

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    Here are the results of the opening round of the SmackDown Hotel Region. The percent of the vote that each wrestler received is in parenthesis next to his name.

    • No. 1 Steve Austin (79%) defeated No. 16 Alberto Del Rio (21%)
    • No. 2 The Rock (93%) defeated No. 15 Dolph Ziggler (7%)
    • No. 3 Randy Savage (98%) defeated No. 14 Abyss (2%)
    • No. 4 Sting (86%) defeated No. 13 Mark Henry (14%)
    • No. 5 Chris Benoit (74%) defeated No. 12 RVD (26%)
    • No. 11 JBL (75%) defeated No. 6 Sgt. Slaughter (25%)
    • No. 7 CM Punk (91%) defeated No. 10 Samoa Joe (9%)
    • No. 8 Owen Hart (88%) defeated No. 9 Sid Vicious (12%)

    Feel free to share your thoughts on these results below.

Recap: Flair Country Region Round 1 Results

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    Here are the results of the opening round of the Flair Country Region. The percent of the vote that each wrestler received is in parenthesis next to his name.

    • No. 1 Ric Flair (53%) defeated No. 16 Daniel Bryan (47%)
    • No. 2 Shawn Michaels (99%) defeated No. 15 Chyna (1%)
    • No. 3 Bruno Sammartino (77%) defeated No. 14 Vince McMahon (23%)
    • No. 4 Kurt Angle (90%) defeated No. 13 Ted DiBiase (10%)
    • No. 5 Brock Lesnar (52%) defeated No. 12 Jeff Hardy (48%)
    • No. 6 Batista (82%) defeated No. 11 Sheamus (18%)
    • No. 10 Eddie Guerrero (90%) defeated No. 7 Scott Hall (10%)
    • No. 8 Big Show (84%) defeated No. 9 Yokozuna (16%)

    Feel free to share your thoughts on these results below.

Rated R Region: Round 1 (This Is the Current Round to Vote On)

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    No. 1 John Cena vs. No. 16 Dean Malenko

    Cena has held the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship a combined 12 times. He is also a former three-time United States Champion and four-time Tag Team Champion. He won the Royal Rumble in 2008 and 2013. Cena has also won the Money in the Bank.

    Malenko is regarded as one of the best technical wrestlers ever. He is a former WCW Tag Team, Cruiserweight and United States Champion. While in WWE, Malenko held the Light Heavyweight Championship.

     

    No. 2 Undertaker vs. No. 15 Scott Steiner

    Undertaker has held the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship a combined seven times. He is also a former Tag Team and Hardcore champion. In 2007 Undertaker won the Royal Rumble. In his career he is a perfect 20-0 at WrestleMania.

    Steiner has held tag team gold in WWE, TNA and WCW. While in WCW he held the WCW World Championship. Steiner has also held the Television and United States titles.

     

    No. 3 Andre the Giant vs. No. 14 Jimmy Snuka

    Andre is a former WWE Champion and WWE Tag Team Champion. At WrestleMania 2, he won the WrestleMania Battle Royal. In 1993 he was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame.

    Snuka has been World Champion for 12 different promotions in his career. However, he never was able to capture any gold while in WWE. Snuka was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.

     

    No. 4 Edge vs. No. 13 Jeff Jarrett

    Edge has held the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship a combined 11 times. Edge is also a 14-time WWE Tag Team Champion and has held the Hardcore, United States and Intercontinental titles. Edge has won King of the Ring, Money in the Bank (twice) and the Royal Rumble. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

    Jarrett has held the NWA World Championship and WCW World World Championship a combined 10 times. He is also a two-time King of the Mountain winner. Jarrett has also held the Tag Team, European, United States and Intercontinental titles.

     

    No. 5 Mick Foley vs. No. 12 Booker T.

    Foley is a former WWE Champion and TNA World Champion. While in TNA, he also held the TNA Legends Championship. In WWE, Foley is a former Hardcore Champion and an eight-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

    Booker is a five-time WCW Champion. He is also a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. In WCW, he held the Tag Team, Television and United States titles. While in WWE, Booker has held the Tag Team, Hardcore, United States and Intercontinental titles. Booker is also a former TNA Legends Champion. In 2006 he won the King of the Ring.

     

    No. 6 Kevin Nash vs. No. 11 Dusty Rhodes

    Nash is a former WCW and WWE Champion. Nash has held 12 Tag Team Championships between WWE, WCW and TNA. He has also held the TNA Legends Championship and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Nash was the third triple-crown winner in WWE.

    Rhodes is a former NWA World Champion. He has also held the Television and United States titles and is a member of the NWA, WCW and WWE Hall of Fame.

     

    No. 7 Randy Orton vs. No. 10 Jake Roberts

    Orton has held the WWE Championship and WWE World Heavyweight Championship a combined nine times. He is also a former WWE Tag Team and Intercontinental champion. In 2009, Orton won the Royal Rumble.

    Roberts might just be the best wrestler to have never won any major championships. Aside from his signature snake gimmick, Roberts is known for having played a crucial role in the creation of the Austin 3:16 phrase.

     

    No. 8 Roddy Piper vs. No. 9 Kane

    Piper is a former WWE Tag Team Champion and Intercontinental Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He is best known for his Piper's Pit talk show segments.

    Kane has held the WWE Championship, WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the ECW Championship. He is also a 12-time WWE Tag Team Champion. Kane has also held the Hardcore and Intercontinental titles. He was the third grand slam winner in WWE. In 2010, he won Money in the Bank.

A Look Ahead

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    The next round of voting will contain the second-round matchups from the Hulkamania Region and the SmackDown Hotel Region.

    Here is a sneak peek at those match-ups.

    Hulkamania Region

    • No. 1 Hulk Hogan vs. No. 8 Mr. Perfect
    • No. 4. Goldberg vs. No. 5 Chris Jericho
    • No. 3 Triple H vs. No. 11 Christian
    • No. 2 Bret Hart vs. No. 10 British Bulldog

    SmackDown Hotel Region

    • No. 1 Steve Austin vs. No. 8 Owen Hart
    • No. 4 Sting vs. No. 5 Chris Benoit
    • No. 3 Randy Savage vs. No. 11 JBL
    • No. 2 The Rock vs. No. 7 CM Punk

Conclusion

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    What do you think of the Rated R Region? What are your thoughts looking ahead to the second round of the bracket?

    Do you think any of the top four seeds will fall?

    Remember if you want to vote, comment on this article or tweet me.

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