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THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Brackets XXI-XXIV, Third Round (Matches 581-588)

BRACKET XXI, Third Round (Matches 581 & 582):


"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff VS Hernandez

Wow.  Tough month for Hernandez.  Loses his gig with TNA, now he loses in the Third Round of this tournament.  At least he's going out to a guy who main evented Wrestlemania.

Umaga VS Andre The Giant

This might've been fun.  Andre still gets the win, though.  Bulldozin' a bulldozer.


BRACKET XXII, Third Round (Matches 583 & 584):


Pat O'Connor VS The Berzerker

In a completely surreal turn of events, Pat O'Connor throws The Berzerker out of the ring to get counted out!  (Which is what The Berzerker did to his opponents.  Dude, it's not as cool when you have to explain it.)

Gene Kiniski VS "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig

Whoever loses, a legend will fall.  And this time, it's Mr. Perfect.  Kiniski was one of the greatest heel champions of all time; even Mr. Perfect wouldn't be able to stand up to the man who came within an eyelash of winning all three major world titles in the 1960's (against the men who had a stranglehold on them, no less).


BRACKET XXIII, Third Round (Matches 585 & 586):


Ice Train / M.I. Smooth VS Charlie Haas

Ice Train need to prepare for a Haas-tyle takeover, son.  Ain't no Steven Segal to save your bitch ass this time.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts VS Verne Gagne

This.  Is.  A tough one.  Two of the most legendary wrestlers of all time going head to head.  This hurts me all the way down to my very childhood, but Verne Gagne's got to fucking win this match.  He WAS the AWA, and the AWA was a leg in the wrestling tripod for thirty years.  But Jake would give ol' Verne a run for his money.  Have no doubt.  He would get within an inch of beating the legend, but one last uncanny burst of mat skills gets Roberts pinned in a roll-up.  A sweat-drenched, knock-down, drag out in 33:35.


BRACKET XXIV, Third Round (Matches 587 & 588):


Meng / Haku VS The Wall

Knowing Haku, does it SURPRISE you he cannot be stopped by a wall?

911 VS Giant Baba

Two giants, one winner.  Giant Baba goes over 911 based on experience edge and Championship pedigree.


RECAP:

Paul Orndorff defeats Hernandez
Andre The Giant defeats Umaga
Pat O'Connor defeats The Berzerker
Gene Kiniski defeats Curt Hennig
Charlie Haas defeats Ice Train
Verne Gagne defeats Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Haku defeats The Wall
Giant Baba defeats 911


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