WWE's Foley Falls Short, Hogan Survives. Punk Beats Bret. Sweet 16 Set

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2013

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Foley Mania ran wild in the round of 32 as Mick Foley nearly pulled off the biggest upset in a tournament that has been filled with them. 

Foley and Hogan shared a 50-50 split for most of their intense tilt. Hogan pulled away by a mere 14 votes within the closing minutes. 

The former all-universe superstar now has the tall task of drawing Chris Jericho in the sweet 16. Jericho looks to be in prime position to end top-seeded Hogan's run prematurely because, well, it's the internet.

WWE legends and current stars continued to dominate the Mark Madness tournament. Multiple higher seeds fell in the second round.  In fact, 13 of the 48 match ups thus far have been won by lower-seeded wrestlers including Dusty Rhodes who unseated No. 2 seed Lou Thesz. 

Thesz is currently the highest seed eliminated. 

Among the handful of second-round shockers lay CM Punk's impressive 60-40 victory over Canadian hero Bret Hart. Punk still seems to have a strong presence on the internet where he will likely be the biggest threat to Ric Flair reaching the final four. That is, if he can get by Randy Savage.  

Coming off a convincing victory over Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair will take on Sting during the Sweet 16 in a vintage WCW meeting. 

Also intriguing is the battle of poster boys, where 2013 WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino will take on John Cena

As much success as current stars have had in this tournament, Cena will not exclusively benefit from these fortunes. 

There is still a strong internet presence that despises the 12-time world champion—evidenced by close calls in each of the opening two rounds—also Bruno Sammartino appears to be benefiting from a Hall of Fame bounce online.

Register and VOTE!  Sweet 16 voting is underway until March 20 at midnight ET, 9pm PT!