What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and March Madness, continues on Bleacher Report as I welcome you to Round 3 of both the Rock and Henry Brackets in the "Greatest WrestleMania Match of All Time" Tournament.
Which matches from Round 2 made it to the second half of the Elite Eight? Let's find out:
1. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 17) (77.3 percent)
6. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (WM 19) (22.7 percent)
2. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (WM 17) (47.7 percent)
5. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 2000) (52.3 percent)
1. Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WM 3) (42.9 percent)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21) (57.1 percent)
3. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WM 22) (71.4 percent)
4. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho (WM 16) (28.6 percent)
Just like the Michaels/Austin Bracket, the results seem just about accurate for Round 2. In these Brackets, there weren't any major blow-outs which is good to see and this round looks like it'll be even tighter.
The only outcome I'd disagree with is the TLC (or Triangle Ladder Match) at WrestleMania 2000 beating Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit at WrestleMania 17. I thought Angle vs. Benoit was a better overall technical match, while the TLC match was a little slow compared to the others in the series.
Anyway, that's Round 2. Moving on to Round 3.
This was the main event for the WWF Title on what many feel is the best PPV in WWF history.
The end result saw Austin capture the WWF Title after turning heel in a grueling, fast-paced match that was the culmination of the very successful Attitude era.
Out of all their WrestleMania matches, I'd say that this was the best one due to the perfect time length and the well-played heel turn.
At the time, this match was sick in all the good ways and it still is even now. I don’t care if there have been better ones (and there have); this one was the first triple threat team ladder match that featured some insane bumping.
The best thing about this was that there was never a point where one team really had the advantage except for that one time when it was the Dudleys.
It came across as an even match with each guy getting their own chance to take control and showcase their athleticism. The most memorable moment in the match was definitely Jeff’s Swanton through Bubba off the big ladder.
Looking back, the thing that hurt it the most was the fact that it went on for too long at 23 minutes and therefore had a lot of standing around and setting up. You can't expect guys to kill themselves for that long.
The match at WrestleMania 17 was shorter at 15 minutes and thus a much faster-paced and overall better match. However, this still remains a classic due to the fact that it was the first TLC (or TL) match.
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.
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.
In case you missed it, here is the final Round 3 Rock/Henry Bracket:
1. Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WM 17)
5. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (WM 16)
3. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WM 22)
7. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (WM 21)
And that shall conclude the Round 3 Rock/Henry Bracket.
There are 72 hours left to vote on the Round 3 Austin/Michaels Bracket. This has been the closest bracket so far. You can cast your votes right here.
As for this bracket, it will be open for 72 hours as well. The Final Four (winner of each bracket) will be posted this Saturday, March 26.
I will be right back here with my review of SmackDown entitled "Smack Talk" this Saturday, but until then, I'm out!