Before we begin, please be courteous enough to read our spamming rules here in the forum. This tournament is meant to be fun, and educational, but we ask that you adhere to our spamming rules. We want participation, but give us something to participate with. We have relaxes spam rules, but don't take advantage of those rules. Welcome to the annual Wrestlezone Tournament. Whether this is your first time following one of these, or you've been a part of them all, we hope you enjoy your stay. It's a long process, which will take several months to complete, but it's an enjoyable process as well. We dwindle this bad boy down until there is only one man left standing. So first and foremost, I would like to thank those that helped contribute with this years tournament field. Many request were sent out, and only a few answered the call. It started off with me simply asking people to rank for me their top 100 wrestlers, and I tallied the numbers based on that. The Mod Staff are given free passes to contribute a list if they so chose, but we also extended an invitation out to a dozen of our best wrestling posters to contribute as well. Diversification of list really opens this up, and pardoy plays a big part in it. If you are looking for those to thank, I will have a list up shortly of all of the names. The Basic rules of the tournament. The top 256 Wrestlers to receive votes are the wrestlers which made the tournament. The tournament is a single elimination tournament with 8 rounds. The Four Regions are as follows. The WWF Region, with an emphasis of basic WWE Rules. The WCW Region follows the same layout essentially of the WWF Region except for one, the ring entrance ramp is on the same level as the ring. The TNA Region has the familiar six sided ring, and the ECW Region is Extreme Rules all throughout, depending on rules of gimmick matches. The first three rounds of the tournament take place in separate locations, determined on the hometown of the highest seeded wrestler in a certain bracket. They are basic one on one matches, the rules depending on the Region in which the wrestler is competing in. For Example, Match A is taking place in the TNA Region, therefore the match will take place inside of a six sided TNA Ring. Rounds 4 and 5 are gimmick matches. This is the real meat grinder of the tournament as wrestlers that are sure favorites suddenly run into a gimmick match they may not excel at, thus blowing the field wide open. Round 4 is an old favorite, if you are familiar with WCW You Know it as Spin the Wheel Make the Deal, or for newer fans, Raw Roulette. Seeding and all of that is thrown out the window, the Wheel decides which gimmick match is used. And Round 5 features matches exclusive to each region. Round 5 features the semi finals of each region, the gimmick in those two matches is determined by coin flip. The WWF Region features Hell in the Cell and Tables, Ladders and Chairs. WCW Region features a 60 Minute Iron man Match, and the Triple Tiered Steel Cage. TNA's Region features an Ultimate X Match, and the Monster's Ball. Finally, ECW Features a Barbed wire match (although this may change) and Three Stages of hell, with the gimmick matches randomly chosen. Rounds 6-8 would take place in one night, King of the Ring Style. Stamina becomes the key friend in those final three rounds. That is the Basic Layout of the tournament. It's an 8 round event, with the first 3 rounds being basic one on one matches, the middle two rounds composed of gimmick matches, and the final three rounds a one night tournament to crown the winner. The Voting Process: This is the most subjective part of the entire tournament. How should I vote? Honestly, I'm not here to tell you how to vote. What determines a great wrestler to one person determines a boring wrestler for another. Whatever voting credentials you come up with will suffice. Keep in mind, Voting is public, and if you vote, and don't participate in debates, you maybe called out on it. Don't take it personally, instead go after the person that is calling you out. However, I would encourage to not vote because you hate a certain wrestler less then another wrestler. Also, I would encourage not voting if you don't know a wrestler in a specific match. These tournaments are designed to bring out names that most may never heard of, and shed light onto their history. If you see a name you aren't familiar with, perhaps do a little research and you may like what you find. Flaming: Debates and tournaments such as this have certainly caused tense situations in the past years. Throughout all the tournaments, tempers have flared, and justifiably so. People become passionate about certain wrestlers, especially those they grew up watching. While I don't encourage it, mild flaming is allowed, but remember, what is mild is subjective, and at a mods discretion. If a mod warns you for flaming, respect their decision. The Chris Benoit Rule: Yes, it's the ugly little thing that wrestling fans are on one side of the fence or the other, Chris Benoit. This tournament is about wrestling, and the person in questions professional life, not their private life. Bringing up the Benoit Murders, the Hogan Family Circus, Steve Austin beating his wife, or anything really not relating to wrestling will get you an infraction, and eventually a banning from participation in the tournament. Try to keep the real life affairs out. If you find you can't vote for someone based on their real life issues, simply don't vote and stay away from matches those people are involved in. Essentially that's the bulk of it. It's a lot to absorb and digest, but it's much easier then what it looks like. The most important thing is to have fun. It's as much about having fun as it is informative. Enjoy the tournament, and the field will be revealed in the coming days.