What's up, Bleachers of Bleacher Report? My name is Eric Kanes and you may already know me from my weekly RAW and SmackDown reviews. This year WWE will be holding the 27th annual WrestleMania and in anticipation of the event, I will be hosting "The Greatest WrestleMania Match of All Time" tournament. This is a tournament where you, the Bleacher Report readers, will vote on and decide the greatest WrestleMania match in history.
Here is how this tournament will be run - there will be 4 #1 seeds, 4 #2 seeds, 4 #3 seeds, and so on until we reach eight for each bracket. The final brackets and posting schedule will be posted at the bottom of this page but first, let's go over some rules.
-The 32 matches in this tournament and their seeds were decided by me. I understand that we all have different opinions on what makes a great match which is fine. If you feel strongly about a match, feel free to use the comment section to convince people to vote for it.
-If you want to know why a certain match is not part of this tournament, the answer will always be, "I didn't think it was good enough." I didn't forget anything. I've seen every WrestleMania, seeing nine of them live and being in attendance for two of them. If it's not there, I felt that it's not good enough. Simple as that.
-The brackets are named after Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, and Mark Henry because three of those are my favorite wrestlers of all time and one is the f*cking Kool-Aid man. How can I not give him his own bracket?
-Rather than putting polls up, I will simply post each bracket and allow you guys to vote in the comment section. Feel free to justify why you voted for each match.
Here is the schedule in which the brackets will be posted. Each matchup will be open for 72 hours. After the 72 hours are up, no more votes will be accepted.
Sat 3/12 - Austin bracket (4 matches)
Sun 3/13 - Michaels bracket (4 matches)
Mon 3/14 - Rock bracket (4 matches)
Tue 3/15 - Henry bracket (4 matches)
Round 2 - Sweet Sixteen
Wed 3/16 - Austin bracket (2 matches)
Fri 3/18 - Michaels bracket (2 matches)
Sat 3/19 - Rock bracket (2 matches)
Sun 3/20 - Henry bracket (2 matches)
Round 3 - Elite Eight
Mon 3/21 - Austin bracket & Michaels bracket (1 match each)
Tue 3/22 - Rock bracket & Henry bracket (1 match each)
Round 4 - Final Four
Sat 3/26 - Austin/Michaels bracket winners, Rock/Henry bracket winners (1 match each)
Round 5 - The Finals
Wed 3/30 - Winners go head-to-head. The winning match will be announced the day before WrestleMania.
And without any further ado, here is what the final brackets look like:
1. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 25)
8. Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 24)
2. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WM 10)
7. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy (WM 25)
3. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (WM 20)
6. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 10)
4. John Cena vs. Batista (WM 26)
5. Batista vs. Undertaker (WM 23)
1. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho (WM 19)
8. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 17)
2. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 19)
7. The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan (WM 18)
3. Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 11)
6. Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (WM 8)
4. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (WM 13)
5. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (WM 3)
1. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 17)
8. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 26)
2. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (WM 17)
7. John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 23)
3. John Cena vs. Triple H (WM 22)
6. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (WM 19)
4. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane (WM 21)
5. Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz (WM 16)
1. Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WM 3)
8. Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle (WM 20)
2. Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WM 12)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21)
3. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WM 22)
6. Evolution vs. Rock and Sock (WM 20)
4. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho (WM 16)
5. Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior (WM 6)
What do you think about the tournament? What is your favorite match in WrestleMania history? Let me know in the comment section below.
The first brackets will be posted tomorrow afternoon and I will be right back here tomorrow night with the weekly edition of "Smack Talk", my review of SmackDown but until then, I am out.