Champion of Champions, Round 1, Pt. 2

Wrestling, Pro Rasslin

The next eight competitors in our Champion of Champions Tournament

Last week, we opened the voting in the first round of our Champion of Champions Tournament, designed to determine your favorite champion of the past decade.  So far, The Rock, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, and Edge have advanced into the second round.  This weekend, four additional former champions will join them.  Every day this week, we previewed the four first round matches that you can vote on today: John Cena vs Shawn Michaels, JBL vs Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar vs Chris Jericho, and Triple H vs The Undertaker.  Voting for these four matches will be open all weekend; the results will be posted Monday.  The tournament will continue for the next several weeks and culminate over WrestleMania weekend when the victor will be crowned.  You know the combatants.  You’ve seen the tale of the tape.  Now it’s time that you vote for you favorite champions to advance into the next round.

The Champion of Champions

These are the two most widely recognized wrestling titles in the entire world.  The World Heavyweight Title and the WWE Championship.  Throughout the ages, the best wrestlers on the planet have worn these belts around their waists.  For the past ten years, both titles have found their home in World Wrestling Entertainment.  Today, we are going to take the first step in the arduous task of determining who the greatest champion has been during that time frame.

For the next six weeks, we’ll present you with a series of polls, asking you who you feel the best champions have been.  These polls will be posted every Friday and remain open for the duration of the weekend.  During the week, we’ll preview the upcoming matchups. This tournament will culminate WrestleMania weekend, when the two leading vote-getters will go head to head and a Champion of Champions will be crowned.

The qualifications used for inclusion in the tournament were rather simple.  There have been eleven wrestlers to reign as champion for 200 or more combined days over the past decade, all of whom automatically qualified.  They are John Cena, Batista, Edge, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, JBL, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Chris Jericho.  Also qualifying is the current WWE Champion, The Miz.  With 12 spots occupied, 4 remain to be determined in our sweet sixteen tournament.

Below are four polls, each with four former Champions.  We ask that you submit a vote for whoever you feel the best Champion was out of each group.  All votes are appreciated, and we hope you’ll participate in all four polls.  The winners of these four matches will join the 12 champions listed above who have already qualified.  On Monday, when the votes are tallied, we will announce the brackets for the tournament, and our quest to determine the greatest champion of the decade will be underway.

Poll Results: 2.21.11

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who voted in the 2.21.11 poll this weekend.  Make no mistake, your participation is appreciated.  As for the results…we have a tie.  Despite the newest vignette making Undertaker look like a lock, there are just as many readers still holding out hope for the Stinger as there are those who believe the promos are signaling the return of the Deadman.  Beyond the two lead horses, Skip Sheffield and Triple H each logged a pair of votes, while poor Tyler Black received no support whatsoever.  A couple of opinions suggested a sixth unnamed wrestler is the mysterious figure.  We’ll find out one week from tonight who the debuting or returning star actually is, but in the meantime, we can all enjoy this fan made WrestleMania 27 poster imagining the best of all possible worlds.

A beautiful image indeed.

POLL: 2.21.11

Who will be revealed on 2.21.11?

Every day this week, we took a gander at a wrestler who could possibly be the figure featured in the 2.21.11 promos currently airing on WWE programming.  If you need to catch yourself up, all of our speculation can be found through the following links: Undertaker, Tyler Black, Sting, Triple H, and Skip Sheffield.  At the start of the week, I was of the belief that Sting would be the most popular opinion.  However, when the newest vignette was aired, featuring Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave,” I assume that a lot of viewers were swayed to believing that the videos are signaling the Undertaker’s return.  Hey, maybe it’s a double swerve – we don’t know.  So today, I’m asking you, the readers of … who’s arrival do you think these mysterious promos are building towards?  Expound upon your prediction in the comments should you feel the need!