Hogan, Cena, Flair and Michaels Advance in Wild Round Dominated by Recent Stars

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2013

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Hulk Hogan and the rest of the No. 1 seeds cruised through an opening round that drew over 12,000 votes—a 'Madness' first-round record.

No. 3 seed John Cena survived an early scare against Rey Mysterio and pulled away late with 75 percent of the vote.  

Round one featured a captivating (and coincidental) contest between Andre the Giant and The Big Show that was decided by less than 10 percent. But the story of the first round was the dominance of current and recent stars. 

Upsets included No. 12 seed Brock Lesnar over No. 5 seed Jack Brisco, No. 12 seed The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase over No. 5 seed Harley Race and No. 13 seed Arn Anderson over No. 4 seed Buddy Rodgers. 

The inaugural WWE Champion received just 32 percent of the vote. 

Vintage superstars still remaining include 2013 WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino and Lou Thesz. Thesz will have a match up against Dusty Rhodes who still makes occasional appearances on WWE TV. 

Three WrestleMania matches occur in the second round.

The Undertaker takes on Edge in a WrestleMania 24 reincarnation, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar face off as they did at WrestleMania XIX, and Shawn Michaels takes on Chris Benoit, who defeated HBK and Tripe H in a triple threat match at WrestleMania XX

The most anticipated show down will pit sixth-seeded CM Punk against third-seeded Bret Hart.  Hart may be in danger of an early exit due to the internet's love affair with CM Punk—2012's Mark Madness champion.

Just don't let word get back to Bret Hart if it does happen.  

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