What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and I am here to present to you Round 2 of the Rock Bracket.
Out of all the brackets involved in this tournament, I'd say that this one has the most of my personal favorite matches and we had a couple of fairly close match-ups for a Round 1 bracket as well.
And without any further ado, which matches from Round 1 made it to Round 2? Let's find out:
1. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 17) (62.2%)
8. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 26) (37.8%)
2. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (WM 17) (75.7%)
7. John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 23) (24.3%)
3. John Cena vs. Triple H (WM 22) (13.5%)
6. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (WM 19) (86.5%)
4. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane (WM 21) (45.9%)
5. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 16) (54.1%)
Steve Austin vs. The Rock going up against Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels was definitely the toughest match-up to decide but in the end, I feel that the better match won. Steve Austin vs. The Rock at WM 17 is one of the greatest wrestling matches of all time on one of the greatest wrestling pay-per-views of all time while HBK vs. Taker II was really more of a psychological classic. With all of the high stakes, I get why people would go with HBK/Taker especially since I was there live in the hot crowd but Austin/Rock was definitely slightly better. These two are definitely in my top three favorite WrestleMania matches of all time along with Austin/Hart, though.
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena were pretty even as far as pure wrestling goes so it really could've gone either way.
Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle blowing out John Cena vs. Triple H is not a shocker at all. Angle vs. Lesnar was a lot more anticipated and the better overall match. Cena vs. Triple H would not be nearly as memorable if it wasn't for the hot crowd. Angle/Lesnar had to follow Rock/Austin but they still managed to keep the crowd on their feet.
Finally, the one outcome that I disagree with is the first TLC match defeating the first Money in the Bank match. While the TLC match was definitely fantastic considering it was the first time we ever saw something like this, if you re-watch both matches there should be no question that Money in the Bank was better. It was a lot faster-paced and had nonstop action while TLC had a lot of setting up spots due to the unreasonable length. The TLC match at WrestleMania 17, which was 8 minutes shorter, is a completely different story.
Anyway, that's Round 1. Let's move on to Round 2.