What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and I present to you the long-awaited Round 2 of the Michaels Bracket.
Now, the reason that this Bracket is coming a day late is because a tie was encountered for one of the matches, so this bracket was a lot closer than the Austin Bracket.
For those wondering, yes the schedule has been changed and now all of the Brackets will end one day later than they were supposed to, so that leaves an extra 24 hours to vote for the Rock Bracket and 48 more hours to vote for the Henry Bracket.
And now, without any further ado, which matches from Round 1 made it to Round 2? Let's find out:
1. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho (WM 19) (28.2%)
8. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 17) (71.8%)
2. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 19) (46.2%)
7. The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan (WM 18) (53.8%)
3. Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 11) (51.3%)
6. Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (WM 8) (48.7%)
4. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (WM 13) (82.1%)
5. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (WM 3) (17.9%)
I'm a bit surprised that Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels didn't get more votes considering it was two of the best (and most beloved) wrestlers of all time in a straight up wrestling match.
However, I definitely understand why. The TLC match at WrestleMania 17 was definitely the greatest one in the series and it set the bar for all future TLC matches. I approve.
Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels barely defeated Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper by one vote and although I voted for Hart vs. Piper, I once again understand the reasoning behind this.
Hart/Piper was the better actual wrestling match in my opinion but Diesel/Michaels had much better build-up and some would say that it was the genesis of Michaels' major babyface run.
Hart/Austin blowing out Hogan/Andre does not surprise me at all. Although a lot of people love the Hogan/Andre match, I think a majority consensus would agree that Hart/Austin was better in just about every aspect.
With all due respect to both Hogan and Andre, putting on a match like the one that Hart and Austin did at WrestleMania 13 is extremely improbable. It's definitely one of my top three WrestleMania matches of all time.
Finally, there is one outcome that is very shocking to me and that is that Rock/Hogan managed to knock out Rock/Austin even if by only a couple votes. The only justification that I saw is that this was Hogan's last good match but keep in mind that this was Austin's last good match as well. Hell, it was Austin's last match in general.
Hogan and Rock's match was really only a classic due to the phenomenal crowd, so seeing this match defeat Rock vs. Austin is a bit of an upset to say the least.
Anyway, that's Round 1. On to Round 2.