Skip to main content

THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Bracket IV, Second Round (Matches 373-376)



 BJ Whitmer VS Sonjay Dutt

Sonjay would put up a valiant fight, but Whitmer is still wrestling after having his neck broken from a piledriver on the ring apron.  To come back after that shows incredible fortitude and incredible stupidity.  Meaning he's not going to let anything stand in his way.  Whitmer picks up the victory.




D-Von Dudley VS Paul Bunyan

As tall and insurmountable as Paul Bunyan may seem, the Tallest Canadian Ever (which I've since found out is bullshit; have a look at Mr. Edouard Beaupre. Until this moment, I had no idea he existed, but I'm not sure I would've put him in the tournament if I had; there's no real record of his wrestling experience, other than beating people as a side show man, and more importantly, his whole life (and indeed, the 86 years after his death) were all exploitation because he died while working for the circus. And now, let's continue that sentence I was in the middle of:) would fall like a Redwood, because D-Von is swole, son.  And he has experience breaking tables.  What's a tree (or a giant lumberjack) to that?  (Also, I want to take a second to say Rest In Peace to Paul Bunyan, aka Garry Robbins, who passed away on December 11.)




Antonino Rocca VS Waldo Von Erich

A clash between two old-schoolers; who wins?  Antonino.  He was one of the first high-flyers in the game, held regional versions of the AWA World Title and Waldo made his bones more as a tag-team guy.  Gotta go with the ex-Brazilian soccer dude.


 

Shad Gaspard VS Big Rocco (aka Big Tilly)

Big Rocco fittin' 2 git Timbaland'd out.  Shad FTW.


RECAP:

BJ Whitmer defeats Sonjay Dutt
D-Von Dudley defeats Paul Bunyan
Antonino Rocca defeats Waldo Von Erich
Shad Gaspard defeats Big Rocco / Tilly

Come on back for Bracket V!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

THE GRUNGE MATCH - Conclusion

This has certainly been a heck of a thing.

Writing this started out as a labor of love to a subgenre of rock and roll that came along at the perfect time for me (both when I was entering middle school in the bottom 5 of the popularity pecking order and when I started buying albums at the impressionable age of 11).  It obviously took a long time to put together: August 29th, 2016 is when I began planning, May 24th is when I wrote the last entry, the wee hours of August 1st, 2017 is when I finished proofreading and uploading the entries to the blog with video links, and here I am typing these words on August 15th.

The elephant in the room is this genre seems to be built on death.  Three of the four frontmen of these bands are dead, one of which occurred during the run of this series.  (Shouts to Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr as well.  R.I.P.)  On top of that, Pearl Jam only exists because the lead singer of Mother Love Bone died, causing that band to break up.  If you go down the nex…

R.I.P. Chris Cornell

The Grunge Match is suspended indefinitely.

I don't know when it will resume.  This hits way too close to home for way too many reasons.

As far as writing goes, I just did Match 112 Tuesday night.  I have no interest in going back through and making this a love letter to the departed, nor bashing him for tearing our hearts out.  I have no idea when I'll be able to even listen to Soundgarden again, and when I do, it won't be the fucking same so there's no way I can give any kind of objective rating.  Chris Cornell was the soul of that band, the thing that took sludge with a few acrobatic musical flourishes and made it into the hellfire slinging, metal rending monster that it needed to be.

So yeah.  This one hurts.  The man is dead.  The music remains, but is changed forever.  His friends, family and fans are suffering incalculable grief.  There's not much more to say, so silence seems like the best option.

THE TOP 20 SONGS OF 2017 (Updated)

Here it is: My favorite songs of 2017.  This podcast won't be up forever so listen while you can before I end up putting something else up on Soundcloud (with its 3 hour limit ass).  [BLOGGER'S NOTE: The Top Albums podcast was longer than I anticipated, so it's already down.  Sorry.  Instead, I've linked to the songs below.]  I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor.  This year has been better than quite a few in recent memory, which took me by surprise.  Music is pretty sweet if you know where to look.

20. "Gucci" Qveen Herby
19. "Learn To Let Go" Kesha
18. "New York" St. Vincent
17. "Praying" Kesha
16. "Avalanche Alley" The New Pornographers
15. "Automaton" Robotaki
14. "Dreams" Beck
13. "Them Changes" Thundercat
12. "Woman" Kesha
11. "Rainbow" Kesha
10. "Automaton" Jamiroquai
9. "Constellations" Grant & Jessi Mason
8. "Wow Wow" Neil Cicierega
7. &qu…