What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes, and I welcome you to Round 4 of the Greatest WrestleMania Match of All Time Tournament.
The votes have been cast. The winner of each bracket has been decided, and now we are just two rounds away from deciding the greatest WrestleMania match in history.
Which matches were able to outlast every single match in their respective bracket and make it to the Final Four? Let's find out.
1. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 25) (69.2%)
3. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (WM 20) (30.8%)
The winner of the most-voted-for bracket is none other than Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 25, which does not come as much of a surprise.
This match decimated Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels in Round 1 and completely blew out Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart in Round 2.
This round was a little closer with some stiffer competition from what some would consider the greatest triple threat match of all time, but in the end, it was one of the most technically-sound WrestleMania matches that prevailed.
4. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (WM 13) (51.3%)
8. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 17) (48.7%)
Wow. In one of the closest matches so far, Austin/Hart just barely edged out the greatest TLC match of all time. Does this come as much of a surprise? Not to me.
Austin/Hart has got to be in my top three WrestleMania matches along with Taker/HBK (WM 26) and Rock/Austin (WM 17).
Still, this was a very hard-earned victory with Austin/Hart barely escaping with the victory for the second round in a row.
1. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 17) (86.2%)
5. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 16) (13.8%)
This has got to be the biggest blowout of Round 3, and that honestly does not come as much of a surprise.
Out of the three TLC/Triangle Ladder matches between Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz, this one would rank third.
It was given a bit too much time and thus had a much slower pace than the other two. Of course, that's not to say that it was a bad match. I still have it at ****.
However, this particular Rock/Austin match was the best one in their series with the company's two top stars clashing and an ending that took a lot of people by surprise.
3. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WM 22) (24.1%)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21) (75.9%)
This is yet another blowout in this round and yet another favorite match of mine that takes the victory.
If this tournament was to decide the best hardcore match in the history of WWE, Edge/Foley would be way up there. There's no doubt about that.
However, in terms of build-up and pure wrestling, Angle/Michaels wins by a long shot.
Anyway, that's Round 3. Let's move on to Round 4.
The 2009 Match of the Year saw the two longest-tenured performers in WWE face off at the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania.
The result was a show-stealing match thanks to some of the best nearfall sequences ever and that one awesome facial expression from the Undertaker where he was like, "What the hell?"
This was a classic in every sense of the word, and this turned out to be one of the greatest matches in wrestling history—not just WrestleMania history.
This match had everything that is good about the wrestling business: two great competitors, a tremendous storyline, an extremely high workrate, plenty of crowd heat, one of the greatest blade jobs ever and the greatest double-turn in the history of the business.
This is one of the greatest matches in wrestling history, if not the greatest match.
This was the main event for the WWF Title on what many feel is the best pay-per-view in WWF history.
The end result saw Austin capture the WWF Title after turning heel in a grueling, fast-paced match that was the culmination of the very successful Attitude era.
Out of all their WrestleMania matches, I'd say that this was the best one due to the perfect time length and the well-played heel turn.
This match featured the two best overall performers in the company at the time, wrestling their first singles match and boy, did they deliver!
The amount of counter holds, finishers kicked out of, pacing and length of match time were all just perfect.
I cannot find a single flaw with this match, and if you have not already, then I highly recommend watching this match in its entirety.
In case you missed it, here is the final Round 4 Bracket:
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 25)
Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (WM 13)
Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 17)
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21)
And that shall conclude the Final Four round of this tournament.
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I will be right back here with my review of SmackDown later tonight, but until then, I'm out!