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THE TOURNAMENT TO END ALL TOURNAMENTS: A Recap Before We Go Forward (Rounds One, Two and Three)

Hello, and welcome back to the project that just wouldn't die!  It's The Tournament To End All Tournaments!

I haven't done much in the way of writing this massive 720 wrestler, forty-five brackets of sixteen mess since the end of 2013, owing to my various existential crises, having the busiest semester of my life and just generally falling out of love with professional wrestling (2014 was the second worst year ever; it's a miracle I can get it up at all for this shit anymore, but hey, here we are).  I've sporadically kept my hand in though, meaning to finish this thing off.

Well, ladies and gents, this is the time.  I've decided in the interest of evening things out to just announce the winners of the rest of round three here instead of writing entries for each match.  That way I can start this at the beginning of Round Four and get to some more interesting matchups.

A Recap of the First Round can be found here.


 SECOND ROUND

Bracket I

Bobo Brazil defeats Sweet Daddy Falcone
Luke Harper defeats Rob Conway
Jim Londos defeats Mason Ryan
Mark Henry defeats Marc Mero

Bracket II

Eddie Edwards defeats Chris Masters
The Iron Sheik defeats Savio Vega
Ronnie Garvin defeats Steve Simpson
Adam Pearce defeats Zeus

Bracket III

Wladek Zbyszko defeats Ernie Ladd
Lance Hoyt defeats Grandmaster Sexay
Ric Flair defeats Buff Bagwell
One Man Gang defeats Jay Lethal

Bracket IV

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

Bracket V

Jackie Fargo defeats Hardcore Holly
Triple H  defeats Terry Taylor
Monty Brown defeats Tommy Rich
Chris Benoit defeats Davey Boy Smith

Bracket VI

Alberto Del Rio defeats Mabel
Steve Austin defeats Johnny Valentine
Bad News Brown defeats Killer Kahn
Bobby Lashley defeats Erick Rowan

Bracket VII

Matt Hardy defeats Ax
Booker T defeats Elix Skipper
Masahiro Chono defeats Gorilla Monsoon
Davey Richards defeats Cousin Junior

Bracket VIII

Kane defeats Ludvig Borga
Bray Wyatt defeats Barry Windham
Cody Rhodes defeats Dutch Mantel
Marty Jannetty defeats Balls Mahoney

Bracket IX

Harley Race defeats Stevie Ray
Roadkill defeats Jack Evans
Billy Kidman defeats Masato Yoshino
Loch Ness defeats Smash

Bracket X

Daniel Bryan defeats Killer Kowalski
Eddie Guerrero defeats Samu
Dolph Ziggler defeats Zack Ryder
Antonio Inoki defeats Crash Holly

Bracket XI

Tenzan defeats The Miz
Dusty Rhodes defeats Terry Gordy
Tito Santana defeats Gory Guerrero
Luke Gallows defeats Titus O'Neil

Bracket XII

Ray Stevens defeats Jeff Jarrett
A.J. Styles defeats Road Dogg
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers defeats Bam Bam Bigelow
Seth Rollins defeats Test

Bracket XIII

Dick The Bruiser defeats Ryback
The Big Show defeats Primo Colon
Earthquake defeats Joey Mercury
"Macho Man" Randy Savage defeats DDP

Bracket XIV

"Superstar" Billy Graham defeats Ricky Morton
William Regal defeats Tyler Reks
Rhyno defeats Wade Barrett
King Kong Bundy defeats Sabu

Bracket XV

Mike Knox defeats Rip Morgan
Tully Blanchard defeats Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Paul London defeats CM Punk
Nigel McGuiness defeats Axl Rotten

Bracket XVI

Baron Von Raschke defeats Justin Credible
Brock Lesnar defeats Rob Van Dam
Nikolai Volkoff defeats Shannon Moore
Gunner defeats Jean Pierre LaFitte

Bracket XVII

Bobby Roode defeats Trytan
Mike Awesome defeats JYD
Rey Mysterio Jr. defeats The Goon
Rick Martel defeats Tatsumi Fujinami

Bracket XVIII

Batista defeats Rikishi
Dory Funk Jr. defeats Kerry Von Erich
Larry Zbyszko defeats Kofi Kingston
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeats Goldust

Bracket XIX

Edouard Carpentier defeats The Godfather
The Undertaker defeats Dakota Darsow
Raven defeats Rene Dupree
Kanyon defeats Spike Dudley

Bracket XX

Whipper Billy Watson defeats Brodus Clay
Nova defeats Simon Dean
Randy Orton defeats Abyss
Jeff Hardy defeats Vladimir Kozlov

Bracket XXI

Paul Orndorff defeats Daniel Puder
Hernandez defeats Bull Buchanan
Umaga defeats Jerry Lynn
Andre The Giant defeats Rick Steiner

Bracket XXII

Pat O'Connor defeats Chris Sabin
The Berzerker defeats Lash LeRoux
Gene Kiniski defeats Xavier Woods
Mr. Perfect defeats Rob Terry

Bracket XXIII

M.I. Smooth defeats "Playboy" Buddy Rose
Charlie Haas defeats Kevin Von Erich
Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeats Luther Reigns
Verne Gagne defeats Chris Jericho

Bracket XXIV

Haku defeats Ray Steele
The Wall defeats Tomko
911 defeats I.R.S.
Giant Baba defeats Bastion Booger

Bracket XXV

Edge defeats Colt Cabana
George Hackenschmidt defeats Roderick Strong
Mideon defeats Squire David Taylor
Lawrence Taylor defeats The Great Khali

Bracket XXVI

"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiassi defeats Psychosis
Sting defeats Dean Ambrose
Alex Shelley defeats Hector Guerrero
Dean Malenko defeats Disco Inferno

Bracket XXVII

Kurt Angle defeats Yokozuna
Owen Hart defeats Frankie Kazarian
Stan "The Man" Staziak defeats Kenzo Suzuki
The Boogeyman defeats Sam Houston

Bracket XXVIII

"Cowboy" James Storm defeats The Big Bossman
Damien Sandow defeats Butch Reed
Goldberg defeats Floyd "Money" Mayweather
"The Belfast Bruiser" Fit Finlay defeats "The Polish Hammer" Ivan Putski

Bracket XXIX

Bret "The Hitman" Hart defeats Vader
Mustapha Saed defeats "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray
Nick Bockwinkel defeats John Morrison
Blackjack Lanza defeats John Kronos

Bracket XXX

The Ultimate Warrior defeats "The Vampire Princess" Jimmy Jacobs
Kamala, The Ugandan Giant defeats Tajiri
Lou Thez defeats Scott Hall
Sheamus defeats "Maniac" Mike Davis

Bracket XXXI

Bully Ray defeats "Gorgeous" George Wagner
Antonio Cesaro defeats Armando Alejandro Estrada
Typhoon defeats CW Anderson
Samoa Joe defeats Butcher Vachon

Bracket XXXII

Tazz defeats "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton
The Rock defeats Tommy Dreamer
Bruno Sammartino defeats Jay Briscoe
JBL defeats Dick Murdock

Bracket XXXIII

Austin Aries defeats Ezekiel Jackson
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeats Brian Lee
"Dangerous" Dan Spivey defeats The Barbarian
Roman Reigns defeats "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods

Bracket XXXIV

"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka "Soul Man" Rocky Johnston
Terry Funk defeats "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
"The Scissor King" Joe Stecher defeats Eric Young
Hector Garza defeats "Hollywood" John Tatum

Bracket XXXV

Afa defeats Robbie E
Jushin Thunder Liger defeats Necro Butcher
"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert defeats Jose Lothario
Stanislaus Zbyszko defeats Jaques Rougeau (aka The Mountie)

Bracket XXXVI

"Flyin'" Brian Pillman defeats Scott Putski
The Crusher defeats "Cowboy" Bob Orton
Michael "P.S." Hayes defeats "High Chief" Peter Maivia
Haystacks Calhoun defeats "Big Bad" Bobby Duncam

Bracket XXXVII

Homicide defeats Ken Patera
Ed "The Strangler" Lewis defeats Bruce Hart
Kevin Nash defeats Mr. T
"Big" John Studd defeats Doug Williams

Bracket XXXVIII

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner defeats Larry "The Ax" Hennig
"Mr." Ken Anderson defeats Pat Tanaka
Gary Wolfe (Pit Bull 1) defeats Kato (aka Paul Diamond)
Mark Briscoe defeats Brian Knobs

Bracket XXXIX

Magnum T.A. defeats Al Snow
Stu Hart defeats X-Pac
Val Venis defeats Anthony Durante (Pit Bull 2)
Fritz Von Erich defeats Sgt. Slaughter

Bracket XL

Bob Backlund defeats The Sheik (Ed Farhat)
Ultimo Dragon defeats Tyson Kidd
Crush (aka Brian Adams) defeats Corporal Kirchner
Bronko Nagurski defeats Chief Jay Strongbow

Bracket XLI

Mick Foley defeats Tatanka (Buffalo)
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeats The Sandman
Wilbur Snyder defeats Hakushi
Frank Gotch defeats The Great Muta

Bracket XLII

Hulk Hogan defeats Antonino Rocca
Sid Vicious defeats Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Ken Shamrock defeats Ahmed Johnson
John Cena defeats Pedro Morales

Bracket XLIII

Michael Elgin defeats Genki Horiguchi
Christian defeats Michael Bennett
Lex Luger defeats Greg Gagne
Giant Gonzales defeats Dino Bravo

Bracket XLIV

Shawn Michaels defeats Fandango
Curtis Axel defeats Yoshi Tatsu
Shelton Benjamin defeats Happy Humphrey (with a lil' help from his Mama)
D'Lo Brown defeats Les Thornton

Bracket XLV

"Ravishing" Rick Rude defeats Matt Morgan
Adam Cole defeats Jake Gymini
Magnus defeats Rhett Titus
Ole Anderson defeats The Brooklyn Brawler

THIRD ROUND

Bracket I

Bobo Brazil defeats Luke Harper
Jim Londos defeats Mark Henry

Bracket II

The Iron Sheik defeats Eddie Edwards
Ronnie Garvin defeats Adam Pearce

Bracket III

Wladek Zbyszko defeats Lance Hoyt
Ric Flair defeats One Man Gang

Bracket IV

D-Von defeats BJ Whitmer
Alexander Rusev defeats Shad Gaspard

Bracket V

Triple H defeats Jackie Fargo
Chris Benoit defeats Monty Brown

Bracket VI

Steve Austin defeats Alberto Del Rio
Bobby Lashley defeats Bad News Brown

Bracket VII

Booker T defeats Matt Hardy
Davey Richards defeats Masahiro Chono

Bracket VIII

Kane defeats Bray Wyatt
Cody Rhodes defeats Marty Jannetty

Bracket IX

Harley Race defeats Roadkill
Loch Ness defeats Billy Kidman

Bracket X

Daniel Bryan defeats Eddie Guerrero
Antonio Inoki defeats Dolph Ziggler

Bracket XI

Dusty Rhodes defeats Tenzan
Tito Santana defeats Luke Gallows

Bracket XII

A.J. Styles defeats Ray "The Crippler" Stevens
Buddy Rogers defeats Seth Rollins

Bracket XIII

The Big Show defeats Dick The Bruiser
Randy Savage defeats Earthquake

Bracket XIV

Billy Graham defeats William Regal
King Kong Bundy defeats Rhyno

Bracket XV

Tully Blanchard defeats Mike Knox
Nigel McGuiness defeats Paul London

Bracket XVI

Brock Lesnar defeats Baron Von Raschke
Gunner defeats Nikolai Volkoff

Bracket XVII

Bobby Roode defeats Mike Awesome
Rey Mysterio defeats Rick Martel

Bracket XVIII

Batista defeats Dory Funk Jr.
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeats Larry Zbyszko

Bracket XIX

The Undertaker defeats Edouard Carpentier
Raven defeats Kanyon

Bracket XX

Whipper Billy Watson defeats Nova
Randy Orton defeats Jeff Hardy

Bracket XXI

Paul Orndorff defeats Hernandez
Andre The Giant defeats Umaga

Bracket XXII

Pat O'Connor defeats The Berzerker
Gene Kiniski defeats Curt Hennig

Bracket XXIII

Charlie Haas defeats Ice Train
Verne Gagne defeats Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Bracket XXIV

Haku defeats The Wall
Giant Baba defeats 911

Bracket XXV

George Hackenschmidt defeats Edge
Lawrence Taylor defeats Mideon

Bracket XXVI

Sting defeats Ted DiBiassi
Dean Malenko defeats Alex Shelley

Bracket XXVII

Kurt Angle defeats Owen Hart
Stan Stasiak defeats The Boogeyman

Bracket XXVIII

"Cowboy" James Storm defeats Damien Sandow
Goldberg defeats Finlay

Bracket XXIX

Bret Hart defeats Mustafa
Nick Bockwinkel defeats Blackjack Lanza

Bracket XXX

The Warrior defeats Kamala
Lou Thez defeats Sheamus

Bracket XXXI

Bully Ray defeats Antonio Cesaro
Samoa Joe defeats Typhoon

Bracket XXXII

The Rock defeats Tazz
Bruno Sammartino defeats JBL

Bracket XXXIII

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeats Austin Aries
Roman Reigns defeats "Dangerous" Dan Spivey

Bracket XXXIV

Terry Funk defeats "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka
"The Scissor King" Joe Stecher defeats Hector Garza

Bracket XXXV

Jushin Thunder Liger defeats Afa
Stanislaus Zbyszko defeats "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert

Bracket XXXVI

The Crusher defeats "Flyin'" Brian Pillman
Haystacks Calhoun defeats Michael "P.S." Hayes

Bracket XXXVII

Ed "The Strangler" Lewis defeats Homicide
Kevin Nash defeats "Big" John Studd

Bracket XXXVIII

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner defeats "Mr." Ken Anderson
Mark Briscoe defeats Gary Wolfe (Pit Bull 1)

Bracket XXXIX

Stu Hart defeats Magnum T.A.
Fritz Von Erich defeats Val Venis

Bracket XL

Bob Backlund defeats Ultimo Dragon
Bronko Nagurski defeats Brian Adams (aka Crush)

Bracket XLI

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeats Mick Foley
Frank Gotch defeats Wilbur Snyder

Bracket XLII

Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Vicious
John Cena defeats Ken Shamrock

Bracket XLIII

Michael Elgin defeats Christian
Lex Luger defeats Giant Gonzales

Bracket XLIV

Shawn Michaels defeats Curtis Axel
Shelton Benjamin defeats D'Lo Brown

Bracket XLV

"Ravishing" Rick Rude defeats Adam Cole
Magnus defeats Ole Anderson


Okay, now that we have that little piece of business out of the way, LET THE TOURNAMENT RESUME!

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