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THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Fourth Round, Brackets XLI-XLV

BRACKET XLI

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat VS Frank Gotch
Steamboat is amazeballs in his own right, but based on...shit, just what I could find of the guy, Frank Gotch was near unbeatable in his prime.


BRACKET XLII

Hulk Hogan VS John Cena
Why settle for the watered-down new millennium version, when you can go with the original, extra-strength, real-life super hero?  LOLHoganwinz.


BRACKET XLIII

Michael Elgin VS "The Total Package" Lex Luger
Michael Elgin is one of the best kept secrets of the wrestling industry right now; dude's hella good.  His match with Davey Richards at Showdown In The Sun 2012 made me a believer.  Lex was better than most gave him credit for, but still no match for "Unbreakable".


BRACKET XLIV

Shawn Michaels VS Shelton Benjamin
How 'bout I just link to this match between the two from 2005 and let you know who wins that way.  If you are a fan of wrestling at all, you've either seen this match or should drop what you're do…

THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Fourth Round, Brackets XXXVII-XL

Before we get started, I'd like to offer a ten bell salute to wrestling legend Verne Gagne, who passed away Monday evening at the age of 89.








As they say, the show must go on, and on it shall go.  We'll see Verne again in Round Five.
BRACKET XXXVII

Ed "The Strangler" Lewis VS Kevin Nash
Lewis makes Big Sexy tap quicker than he can tear his quad.  (Sorry.  Too easy.)


BRACKET XXXVIII

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner VS Mark Briscoe
A lot of people forget Scott Steiner was really good once upon a time.  Then he got WAY too gassed out, but even then he won a couple of world titles.  Mark Briscoe's good, but Scott Steiner in his prime would've been too much for even Red Neck Kung Fu to handle.


BRACKET XXXIX

Stu Hart VS Fritz Von Erich
Stu Hart wins on account of superior technical prowess.


BRACKET XL

Bob Backlund VS Bronko Nagurski
Bit of a tough one.  Both men were well respected world champions with impressive reigns to boot.  Backlund has the technical …

THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Fourth Round, Brackets XXXIII-XXXVI

BRACKET XXXIII

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper VS Roman Reigns
Controversial, yes, but Roman Reigns wins this confrontation.  Piper might be the greatest talker in the history of the business, he may be one of the biggest icons in wrestling history, but the number of shenanigans that would be necessary for Piper to go over Reigns is too much for this tournament to bear.


BRACKET XXXIV

Terry Funk VS "The Scissor King" Joe Stecher
This was a tough one.  Both men have been World Champion, albeit in very different eras.  At that, Terry Funk himself was World Champion in two different eras (once in the NWA in 1975, then 20 years later in ECW; actually, he held the title in the first ECW in 1992 before the E stood for Extreme).  Then again, Joe Stecher was the first ever wrestler to be a multiple time world champion.  EVER.  He won it the first time in 1915 back when the shit was still real.  He's also the first ever three time world champion, because...the guy was real good?  …

THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Fourth Round, Brackets XXIX-XXXII

BRACKET XXIX

Bret "The Hitman" Hart VS Nick Bockwinkel
Nick Bockwinkel was no slouch.  He dethroned Verne Gagne from his seven year AWA World Championship run and held onto it for five years himself.  (Can you imagine a decade-plus period where only one title change happened?  You have to go back to 1995 to find a solitary year where that's true in the WWF (ironically enough, the two champions were Bret Hart and Diesel).)  Bockwinkel was good at being a dastardly heel too.  Point is, the man's accolades are earned. 

Bret Hart, on the other hand, wrestled like his slogan of "The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be" was a total shoot, and he did his damndest every night to provide the proof.  There are very few workers out there for my money better than Bret Hart.  There's no shame for one Hall of Famer to lose to another unless you're jobbing to Koko B. Ware.  (Seriously, how is he in there?  Dafuq?)  Bret wins.


BRACKE…

THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Fourth Round, Brackets XXV-XXVIII

BRACKET XXV

George Hackenschmidt VS Lawrence Taylor
As a wrestling fan, you have to think about this matchup and laugh.  Yes, Lawrence Taylor main evented a Wrestlemania and won.  He is a legit athlete and an NFL Hall Of Famer.  George Hackenschmidt was the first recognized World Heavyweight Champion in wrestling history, and he did it back before the shit was fake.  Sorry LT, but your improbable run into the fourth round hits a titanium wall.


BRACKET XXVI

Sting VS Dean Malenko
Would have been a pretty darn good match, but there's no way Sting isn't going over here, right?  Malenko would be sure to put on quite a clinic in defeat though.  And that's how it goes, because I'm booking this and not WCW.


BRACKET XXVII

Kurt Angle VS Stan "The Man" Stasiak
Two former WWF Champions walk in, and only one can walk out.  That man is Kurt Angle, and Stasiak can't walk because of the Angle Lock.


BRACKET XXVIII

"Cowboy" James Storm VS Goldberg
Hey, I love th…

THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: Fourth Round, Brackets XXI-XXIV

BRACKET XXI

"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff VS Andre The Giant
Orndorff had legit strength, but nowhere near enough to withstand the onslaught of perhaps the largest athlete based on body index to ever walk the Earth.  Andre in six minutes.


BRACKET XXII

Pat O'Connor VS Gene Kiniski
I've seen Pat O'Connor wrestle Buddy Rogers before, and it was incredible.  Watching Gene Kiniski fight Lou Thez was kind of a let down.  Honestly, despite Kiniski beating Thez and Gagne in their prime and coming within an eyelash of making it all three with Sammartino, I gotta go with O'Connor.  Guy was a world champion in his own right, in fact the only man to hold the NWA and AWA World Championships simultaneously.  No shame in Kiniski's game, but for my money, O'Connor was better.


BRACKET XXIII

Charlie Haas VS Verne Gagne
A battle between two Mat-Wrestlin' Minnesotans.  Obviously Gagne gets the duke, but Charlie Haas would put in a good twelve minutes before retiring…