WWE Bracketology Championship Round: Who Is the Greatest Wrestler of All Time?

Christopher Olmstead@@whooyouknowitSenior Analyst IIIMarch 11, 2013

WWE Bracketology Championship Round: Who Is the Greatest Wrestler of All Time?

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    This is final part of the WWE Bracketology series.

    You will find out who won the Final Four matchups and who is going head to head in the championship round.

    This final article will also recap all of the previous action in the series and highlight the next bracketology installment.

    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 unique accomplishments, great ring work, good characters, great mic skills and the overall package.

    This list has a little bit of everything in it.


    Voting

    I will allow 24-48 hours between each round of voting.

    In order to vote, you will need to comment on the article corresponding with your selections or tweet it to me.

Recap: All Regions Rounds 1-4

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    Play-in Round:

    • DDP defeated Great Khali
    • Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger
    • Daniel Bryan defeated Colt Cabana
    • Dean Malenko defeated Honky Tonk Man

     

    Hulkamania Region:

    Round 1:

    • 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%)

    Round 2:

    • No. 1 Hulk Hogan (76%) defeated No. 8 Mr. Perfect (24%)
    • No. 5 Chris Jericho (78%) defeated No. 4 Goldberg (22%)
    • No. 3 Triple H (89%) defeated No. 11 Christian (11%)
    • No. 2 Bret Hart (93%) defeated No. 10 British Bulldog (7%)

    Round 3:

    • No. 5 Chris Jericho (70%) defeated No. 1 Hulk Hogan (30%)
    • No. 2 Bret Hart (61%) defeated No. 3 Triple H (39%)

    Round 4:

    • No. 5 Chris Jericho (64%) defeated No. 2 Bret Hart (34%)

     

    SmackDown Hotel Region

    Round 1:

    • 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%)

    Round 2:

    • No. 1 Steve Austin (93%) defeated No. 8 Owen Hart (7%)
    • No. 4 Sting (58%) defeated No. 5 Chris Benoit (42%)
    • No. 3 Randy Savage defeated (86%) No. 11 JBL (14%)
    • No. 2 The Rock (65%) defeated No. 7 CM Punk (35%)

    Round 3:

    • No.1 Steve Austin (82%) defeated Sting (18%)
    • No. 2 The Rock (68%) defeated No. 3 Randy Savage (32%)

    Round 4:

    • No. 1 Steve Austin (55%) defeated No. 2 The Rock (45%)

     

    Flair Country Region

    Round 1:

    • 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%)

    Round 2:

    • No. 1 Ric Flair (91%) defeated No. 8 Big Show (9%)
    • No. 4 Kurt Angle (82%) defeated No. 5 Brock Lesnar (18%)
    • No. 3 Bruno Sammartino defeated (84%) No. 6 Batista (16%)
    • No. 2 Shawn Michaels (89%) defeated No. 10 Eddie Guerrero (11%)

    Round 3:

    • No. 1 Ric Flair (51%) defeated No. 4 Kurt Angle (49%)
    • No. 2 Shawn Michaels (89%) defeated No. 3 Bruno Sammartino (11%)

    Round 4:

    • No. 2 Shawn Michaels (67%) defeated No. 1 Ric Flair (33%)

     

    Rated R Region:

    Round 1:

    • No. 1 John Cena (68%) defeated No. 16 Dean Malenko (32%)
    • No. 2 Undertaker (98%) defeated No. 15 Scott Steiner (2%)
    • No. 3 Andre the Giant (63%) defeated No. 14 Jimmy Snuka (37%)
    • No. 4 Edge (96%) defeated No. 13 Jeff Jarrett (4%)
    • No. 5 Mick Foley (78%) defeated No. 12 Booker T. (22%)
    • No. 11 Dusty Rhodes (57%) defeated No. 6 Kevin Nash (43%)
    • No. 7 Randy Orton (65%) defeated No. 10 Jake Roberts (35%)
    • No. 9 Kane (73%) defeated No. 8 Roddy Piper (27%)

    Round 2:

    • No. 1 John Cena (58%) defeated No. 9 Kane (42%)
    • No. 4 Edge (66%) defeated No. 5 Mick Foley (34%)
    • No. 3 Andre the Giant defeated (71%) No. 11 Dusty Rhodes (29%)
    • No. 2 Undertaker (98%) defeated No. 7 Randy Orton (2%)

    Round 3:

    • No. 4 Edge (64%) defeated No. 1 John Cena (36%)
    • No. 2 Undertaker (99%) defeated No. 3 Andre the Giant (1%)

    Round 4:

    • No. 2 Undertaker (73%) defeated No. 4 Edge (27%)

Recap: Final Four Results

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    Final Four:

    • No. 5 Chris Jericho (52%) defeated No. 1 Steve Austin (48%)
    • No. 2 Undertaker (51%) defeated No. 2 Shawn Michaels (49%)

    Note: The actual voting result was Undertaker with 50.13 percent and Michaels with 49.86 percent.

    I added up their votes twice to make sure of the excruciating close results.

Championship Round (Voting Needed)

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    No. 2 Undertaker vs. No. 5 Chris Jericho

    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.

    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 Championship reigns with nine. Jericho was the first ever Undisputed Champion after the WWE acquisition of WCW.

    Jericho win the WWE Undisputed Championship by beating both The Rock and Steve Austin on the same night.

Bracketology Odds and Ends

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    Here are some odd and ends from the bracket:

    • Chris Jericho defeated Lex Luger, Goldberg, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin on his way to the finals.
    • Undertaker defeated Scott Steiner, Randy Orton, Andre the Giant and Edge on his way to the finals.
    • Jericho was the only entry to gain 100% of the vote in any round, he did so against Luger.
    • Three of the No. 11 seeds knocked out No. 6 seeds in the opening rounds.
    • John Cena's total vote percentage declined every round that he was in.
    • Of the 62 matchups, only six of them were decided by a 10% margin or less.
    • The other No. 5 seeds in the bracket were Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar and Mick Foley.
    • Austin was the only No. 1 seed to make it to the Final Four.
    • The four No.1 seeds fell to a No. 5, No. 4 and a pair of No. 2 seeds.
    • The two closest results were a pair of 51% to 49% results. Those matchups saw Kurt Angle defeat Ric Flair and Undertaker defeat HBK.
    • 3/4 of the Final Four are from the state of Texas.

Conclusion (Please Note)

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    I have received numerous requests to put together a second installment of the bracketology series.

    I have decided to give a nod to the National Invitation Tournament and put together a bracket consisting of tag teams.

    Since the NIT Tournament only consists of 32 teams, this tag team bracket will also consist of 32 teams.

    I would love all of my readers to have input on this bracket.

    Please comment or tweet any teams that you want to see in this bracket. If you care to be so bold to seed them, feel free. I will take all suggestions into consideration.

    The winner between Undertaker and Chris Jericho will be posted in the first article of the tag team series.

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

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