What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and I am here to present to you Round 2 of the Henry Bracket.
In this bracket, we saw not only the closest matchup, but also the biggest blow-out, so there was definitely a wide spectrum of outcomes. Two of the outcomes might even be considered as upsets.
And without any further ado, which matches from Round 1 made it to Round 2? Let's find out:
1. Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WM 3) (72.2 percent)
8. Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle (WM 20) (27.8 percent)
2. Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WM 12) (48.6 percent)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21) (51.4 percent)
3. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WM 22) (94.3 percent)
6. Evolution vs. Rock and Sock (WM 20) (5.7 percent)
4. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho (WM 16) (58.3 percent)
5. Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior (WM 6) (41.7 percent)
All of these results look about right. While Michaels-Angle and Benoit-Angle-Jericho may not have had as much of an "impact on history" as Michaels-Hart and Hogan-Warrior, the better overall matches won. In terms of build-up, crowd reactions, and such? Sure, the other two could've won. However, the matches that won were much better worked and were true technical classics. Although, I was always impressed by Hogan's back raking. I was like, "Hey, my grandma can do that move!"
Edge vs. Mick Foley blowing out Evolution vs. Rock and Sock is not surprising considering that it was the much better match. Is it that Evolution vs. Rock and Sock was a bad match? Not at all. In fact I'd say that it was one of the best handicap matches of all time. However, Edge vs. Foley was simply better in every aspect.
The same thing applies to Steamboat vs. Savage defeating Angle vs. Guerrero. It's not that Angle vs. Guerrero was a bad match; Steamboat vs. Savage was just miles ahead.
Anyway, that's Round 1. Let's move on to Round 2 (and we're about to have one hell of a round).
This is one of the most technically sound matches in the history of WrestleMania and also the oldest match that made this tournament. It's a match that featured counter holds, plenty of drama, and an explosive finish. Taking place on the same night as the highly acclaimed Hogan-Andre match, this is the match that truly stole the show.
This 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.
This was a great match, with both men taking insane risks and doing unbelievable bumps. Lita did a pretty good job as a manager, taking the Mandible Claw and setting up the big finish. It may not sound like much, but I can't imagine someone like Maryse pulling it off perfectly.
There were so many huge spots that I can't go through them all, other than the memorable spear through the flaming table, of course, which was one of the greatest finishes in WrestleMania match history. Most of the big spots are in the highlights video that is in this slide.
Kurt Angle came into the match with two championships and left with none. The first fall was for the Intercontinental Championship, and Benoit won pinning Jericho while the second fall was for the European Championship and Jericho won pinning Benoit. There was some very good work here by all three guys.
Also, as far as I'm concerned, there was no complicated story behind this match. Nobody had to get fired or go into a vegetative state to set up a feud. This was simply a straight-up match between three of the best technical wrestlers ever and you know what? That's all it needed to be.
In case you missed it, here is the final Round 2 Henry Bracket:
1. Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WM 3)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21)
3. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WM 22)
4. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho (WM 16)
And that shall conclude the second round Henry Bracket.
The Round 2 Austin Bracket has 24 hours left, but the two matchups are currently shaping up to be blow-outs. Will these matches get the easy victory, or will the "underdog" matches be able to retaliate and pick up a huge upset? You can decide by voting right here.
There are also 24 hours left to vote for the Round 2 Michaels Bracket, which is a lot closer than the Austin Bracket. It is so close to the point where one vote can make a difference. You can be the one to decide the outcomes by voting right here.
Finally, there are 48 hours left to vote on the Round 2 Rock Bracket which, in my opinion, is the most star-studded bracket of all. You can vote on it right here.
In case you don't know yet, voting for this bracket will last only 48 hours rather than the usual 72 due to the fact that for Round 3, the Austin Bracket will be combined with the Michaels Bracket while the Rock Bracket will be combined with the Henry Bracket.
I will be right back here tomorrow with the Round 3 Austin and Michaels Brackets but until then, I'm out!