Not long ago, we did a poll here on CagesideSeats.com in the hopes of answering the question of who is the most popular pro wrestler of all time. The criteria wasn't exactly clear cut but a clear winner was established in Hulk Hogan. [Poll results here.]
More fascinating than the actual poll, though, were the conversations that ensued. The debates in the comments section and beyond were lively and fun. There were also calls for the poll to become a weekly feature in which we would debate various topics.
I loved the idea. It's something we'll likely implement soon. But the premise behind the first poll gave me an idea. I took it to my partner in crime, Sergio Hernandez, and he liked it so I went about putting it together.
The idea is simple (and we're not even going to pretend we're the first to think of it). It's a 64-man pro wrestling tournament in the same vein as the annual NCAA March Madness tournament used to crown a national champion in college basketball each year. We came up with 64 of the biggest names in the business spanning a number of decades, ranked them in sections of four, and matched them up in a bracket for a tournament we'll call, quite simply, the Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament.
No doubt, the names included will be debated here, and that's fine. Please, feel free to let us have it if we left off one of your favorites. As for the rankings, part of the fun each year during March Madness is picking apart which team is slotted where. You'll get to do the same thing here.
Now, onto the object of the tournament.
Instead of asking who the most popular pro wrestler of all time is, we thought we would create a tournament with match-ups for you Cagesiders to vote on to determine just who is the greatest pro wrestler of all time. Whoever gets the most votes for each match-up advances to the next round and so on and so forth until we crown a winner.
Simple enough, right?
The obvious question here is -- what criteria should you consider when making your selections? To that I answer -- everything. Take absolutely everything into account: who was the better wrestler, who cut better promos, who was a better heel, who was a better babyface, who had the best entrance theme, who was more popular, all of that. Any possible metric you can find, use it. Take the entire package and determine who you think should advance.
Then place your vote. It's that simple.
We're going to play this tournament out over the next two months. Each day, we'll post a new match-up and you Cagesiders will vote on it. By midnight, the poll will close and a winner will be determined. The next day, we'll post the next match-up, along with the winner of the previous day's match, and continue doing so until we have a winner.
I can't wait to see how this thing plays out, folks.
Without further ado, check out the complete bracket after the jump. The first match will go down tomorrow. Can't wait.
If you want to fill out your own complete bracket to predict how this thing will play out click here or use the bracket after the jump. Also, please feel free to share your completed bracket predictions as images in the comments section below.