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THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Brackets XVII-XX, Third Round (Matches 573-580)

It's been awhile, and I'm afraid it will be an undetermined amount of "longer" still before the next batch, because I HATE writing these things now, but I was bored, I haven't posted a blog in a week or two...let's see if anybody notices if I don't mention this on Facebook and just post these eight brackets up right 'chere:


BRACKET XVII, Third Round (Matches 573 & 574):


"The IT Factor" Bobby Roode VS Mike Awesome

This would have been one for the ages, folks.  Both men quick for their size, and Mike Awesome's power matched by Bobby Roode's technical ability.  Both men former world champions.  In the end it comes down to experience.  Bobby Roode wrestled far longer than Mike Awesome chose to.  The IT Factor takes IT to the bank.

Rey Mysterio VS Rick Martel

Holy greased lightning, Batman!  The amount of agility in a ring with these two between the ropes would set the world on fire!  (Good God, King!)  I've gotta give the edge to Rey Mysterio here, though, because in spite of Martel's epic reign as AWA Champion, Rey Rey has won more high profile matches.  When it comes down to nut-cuttin' time, Mysterio comes through in the clutch.


BRACKET XVIII, Third Round (Matches 575 & 576):


Batista VS Dory Funk Jr.

Purists will hate me for it, but Batista would smash Funk Jr. in a work.  (Though a shoot would be another story...)

Larry Zbyszko VS "Dr. Death" Steve Williams

Gotta go with Dr. Death.  Zbyszko's mat prowess would not be enough to overcome the brutality of this Oklahoman freight train.


BRACKET XIX, Third Round (Matches 577 & 578):


Edouard Carpentier VS The Undertaker

For real?  Taker.

Raven VS Kanyon

Who betta than Kanyon?  RAVEN.  (Ca-KAW!)

BRACKET XX, Third Round (Matches 579 & 580):


Whipper Billy Watson VS Nova (aka Simon Dean)

Whipper Billy Watson is from so far back, he doesn't have quotations around his name.  People just call him Whipper.  Given that he was World Champion back then too, he's more than enough to chew up Simon Dean and spit him out (though would you want to?).

Randy Orton VS Jeff Hardy

Quite the intriguing matchup.  Unfortunately for Jeff (and for the readers and writers of this tournament) Ol' Sleeves up there advances.  He's just too much more of a star.


RECAP:

Bobby Roode defeats Mike Awesome
Rey Mysterio defeats Rick Martel
Batista defeats Dory Funk Jr.
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeats Larry Zbyszko
The Undertaker defeats Edouard Carpentier
Raven defeats Kanyon
Whipper Billy Watson defeats Nova
Randy Orton defeats Jeff Hardy



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