Before I introduce the next 8 contestants to the ring, here are the results from Round 1.1:
Paulina makes a good show, but loses 40-11 to Henry V. Much though it shames me to announce it, Queen Margaret, last year's champion, gets knocked out in the first round by The Bear. This match was about as close as they come -- 28-26 for the final score -- but the ursine competitor got the upper paw over the she-wolf of France. (Here in the office, Graphics Designer Lauren Rogers wants everyone to know that she's put her money on The Bear to take home the title). Iago pushes ahead over Tamora, 30-22; the Queen of the Goths' guile put up a good fight, but wasn't enough to overcome the wily machinations of her opponent. And finally, Richard III dominates over Cornwall in what was very nearly a shut-out, 43-3. Cornwall may be vicious, but Crookback Dick's resolve and intensity give him the edge.
And now, for Round 1.3, the next set of combatants are: Hotspur vs. Oberon, Macbeth vs. Sir Toby Belch, Katharina vs. Cassius, and Doll Tearsheet vs. Richard II.
Match 9: Hotspur vs. Oberon
Match 10: Macbeth vs. Sir Toby Belch
Match 11: Katharina vs. Cassius
Match 12: Doll Tearsheet vs. Richard II
This set will be open through the end of the week.
Don't forget to get your votes in for Round 1.2, which will close Thursday -- a few of those matches are running really tight. Make your opinion known and help your favorite to victory!