Hawk loses once in the arm wrestling tournament and over and over we hear it is double elimination. But Bull at the end has never lost, and once Hawk beats him... boom movie is over. I know the movie is terrible but did I miss something?
The double elimination did not apply to the final match.
The announcer states that through the semi-finals, it is double elimination:
We continue with our semifinaI series of matches. This is a doubIe eIimination tournament. Any competitor who loses twice out of the eight on these four tabIes...
So, throughout the competition, it was double elimination until they reached the final match. The final match is sudden death, which means that the winner wins the tournament automatically:
Ladies and gentIemen, the finaI match.The winner here tonight will walk out with the world cup, a $250,000 truck from the VoIvo White company, $100,000 in cash, and the title of arm wrestling worId champion.