What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes, and do you Bleachers know what today is?
Today is Austin 3/16 Day, which means that to celebrate you need to find someone, flash your middle fingers, hit a Stunner, spill beer on them (or root beer if you're under 21), and if you're not in prison by that time, you should come back here and vote for Round 2 of the Austin Bracket.
Seriously though, wouldn't that make for one hell of a national holiday?
Which matches from Round 1 made it to Round 2? Let's find out:
1. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 25) (95.2 percent)
8. Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 24) (4.8 percent)
2. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WM 10) (76.7 percent)
7. Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy (WM 25) (23.3 percent)
3. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit (WM 20) (62.8 percent)
6. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 10) (37.2 percent)
4. John Cena vs. Batista (WM 26) (19 percent)
5. Batista vs. Undertaker (WM 23) (81 percent)
Since this is the first round, none of these outcomes come as a surprise. Triple H/Michaels/Benoit and Razor/HBK was the closest match and that was expected, although Razor/HBK was dominating in the first 24 hours.
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels blowing out Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels was expected considering Undertaker's streak was legitimately on the line while the retirement stipulation was turned into a joke when Flair started accepted indy bookings within a week.
That is not to mention that Taker/Michaels was the much better match any way you look at it.
Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy being blown out by Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart was expected as well considering that the Owen/Bret feud had much better build-up and the match was a lot more technically sound while Hardy/Hardy was more of a spot-fest.
However, (at least in my eyes) the one thing I was not expecting was for Batista vs. Undertaker against John Cena vs. Batista to be the second biggest blow-out.
In my opinion, John Cena vs. Batista had much better build-up and the matches were almost at the same level. I thought it'd come close to 50/50 but I guess the IWC Cena hate came into play here.
Anyway, that's Round 1 of the Austin Bracket. On to Round 2.