Skip to main content

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 in such a clinic.  (Read: Haas was underrated.)


BRACKET XXIV


Meng VS Giant Baba

Perhaps the hoss fight to end all hoss fights.  Meng has been dubbed by the boys in the back as one of the legitimately toughest human beings to lace a pair of boots, and Giant Baba was a seven foot tall beast who held the NWA Championship on three occasions.  Thing is though, despite watching Baba get a fall on Bruno Sammartino in a 2-out-of-3 falls match, I'm actually going to with Meng.  When Meng was King Tonga in 1986, I saw him wrestle a style more like Ricky Steamboat than a Face Of Fear.  He has a deceptively deep move set beneath the hard core (meaning impenetrably solid, not just, y'know, "hard core").


Recap:

Andre The Giant defeats Paul Orndorff
Pat O'Connor defeats Gene Kiniski
Verne Gagne defeats Charlie Haas
Meng defeats Giant Baba

Come on back for Brackets XXV-XXVIII!


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 NEXT FOUR SONG CHALLENGE SERIES - Matchup 001

Since dusting off The Big Four Song Challenge Series I got to thinking.  What about the other thrash metal giants out there?  There's always been a debate as to who the next four bands would be on the list.  The two constants are always Testament and Exodus, but nobody can agree who's 5 and who's 6.  Then nobody can agree on who the next two bands would be.  Overkill gets thrown around a lot, but they're not really as big as the two bands I've chosen to fill those slots.

Oh yeah.  Probably should have mentioned.  Though you've probably guessed by the blog post title, I am doing a completely new series of blogs called "The Next Four Song Challenge Series".  Same rules, same set up as before and same INSANE amount of blog posts.  The four bands we're going to be covering are as follows:

Exodus
Testament
Sepultura
Suicidal Tendencies

Why not Overkill?  For one, I could never stand the guy's voice, but all told, Sepultura and Suicidal are bigger h…