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Hustle Madness 2012 - Best Talkers Of The Last 30 Years - Final Four
Apr 8, 2012 - 7:43:44 AM
Also, prepare yourselves for yet another round of Hustle Madness. Coming into this, there were only eight competitors left in the tournament, but by the time I get to the end of this write up, we will be down to the Final Four. Things are really being shaken up now, and I've seen some very interesting results and patterns from the matchups in this round. Enough talking, though. This is the third column I will have posted in less than 24 hours (don't ever doubt my grind), so I want to get this out of the way as soon as possible. Let's take a look at the results from this past round..
#1 Mick Foley defeats #3 Chris Jericho, 133-124
I figured this one would be close, but I'll admit, this ended up being a lot closer than I expected. This was such a back-and-forth battle that there was a a stretch of 68 consecutive votes that went Foley, Jericho, Foley, Jericho, Foley, Jericho, and so on. Yes, I actually kept track of the votes to that extent. I had to. It's fun to see how these things unfold. When all was said and done, though, Foley came out victiorious. Both men have legendary promos and mic work, but Foley seemed to get the nod for promos that stand the test of time and remain classic, even 15-20 years later. Foley wins the Red Bracket and will move on to the Final Four as a very strong competitor.
#3 Bobby "The Brain" Heenan defeats #4 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, 149-108
Fresh off of his upset of top-seeded Vince McMahon, Randy Savage had to be looked at as the ever-so-slight favorite here, seed numbers be damned. This matchup was pretty close all week, and ended up being another one where a late flurry of votes for the winner makes the final margin look wider than it was all week long. Savage actually had the lead for a large chunk at the beginning of the week, although his lead never got to be more than three votes. It was just close for a while, but the second half of the week saw more votes come in for Heenan, and that's when he began to put things away. Heenan wins the Blue Bracket, and although he isn't a top-seed (not even a second-seed), he has a lot of momentum built up for the Final Four.
#2 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper defeats #1 The Rock, 134-123
Down goes another top seed in Hustle Madness, meaning that Mick Foley will be the only top seed in the Final Four, which is pretty surprising to me. I have a question for a lot of you that took time out to hit me up with feedback for your votes, however. I saw a whole bunch of comments along the lines of "I've been watching wrestling for 20/30/40 years", and so on and so forth, and you praised Piper's work. I have no problem with that, of course, but where were all of my "old school" wrestling fans in previous rounds? Don't get me wrong.. I'm glad that you showed up at all, but it just makes me wonder if various matchups would have went down with different winners had you folks showed up before. As it is, this was another ridiculously close matchup, with both men trading the lead on numerous occasions. In the end, though, it looks like my older readers were enough to help Piper win the Yellow Bracket, moving him on to the Final Four.
#2 "Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeats #4 Paul Heyman, 160-97
The biggest blowout of the round, and technically, it wasn't even that big of a blowout. Yet another round with Paul Heyman receiving a surprising number of votes, and although he was eliminated, I now realize that Heyman has a lot more fan support than I thought. He had an incredible run in Hustle Madness this year, but he finally met his match in one of the greatest all-around performers to ever step foot in a wrestling ring. With Flair picking up the biggest margin of victory in this round, you have to think that he has a whole lot of momentum coming after winning the Orange Bracket and moving forward, but I've learned better than to assume anything at this point.
There aren't many rounds left, so you can all pretty much figure out what comes next, but just in case, here are the matchups for the Final Four..
Red #1 Mick Foley VS Blue #3 Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
There is a whole lot of humor in this matchup. Foley is one of the better comedic thinkers in wrestling history, always quick with the one-liners and ad-libs. Heenan is, without a doubt, the funniest man to ever do wrestling commentary, with professional-level timing, no matter what was going on. Will the only top seed remaining in the tournament make it to the finals, or will "The Brain" pull off the upset? Your votes are more important than ever folks. Make them count.
Yellow #2 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper VS Orange #2 "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
To say that these two men have an interesting history would be quite the understatement. You could probably listen to them tell stories of their partying days for hours on end, and you wouldn't even make a dent in hearing everything. This isn't about who can party the most, though. You have two of the most wild, unpredictable, intense mic men of all-time here, and although Flair cut his promos on bigger, and more, stages, Piper is certainly no slouch and always had the ability to talk fans into the building, no matter who he was feuding with. Who will win here to advance to the finals? Get those votes in and have your voice heard, ladies and gentlemen.
Once again, here you go..
Red #1 Mick Foley VS Blue #3 Bobby "The Brain Heenan"
Yellow #2 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper VS Orange #2 "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
As always, you have a week to get your votes in, so knock yourselves out. Let's see who makes it to the finals here.
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