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    Re: GCB's WWF 2001/2002 | "Moving on from the Invasion"

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    Raw RAW 19.11.01


    MONDAY NIGHT RAW
    Monday November 19, 2001
    Charlotte, North Carolina

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    With the WCW/ECW invasion banished at last night’s Survivor Series PPV, the World Wrestling Federation returns to a semblance of normality here tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina. With many suggesting this could well be the start of a new era in the WWF, there are many questions that require answers moving forwards - the status of the remaining Alliance superstars, the WCW Championship as just two of them - and we expect answers from Vince McMahon here tonight. As the crowd go wild for the start of tonight’s RAW, the cameras pan around the arena before we hear Jim Ross excitedly introducing his broadcast colleague here tonight, the returning Jerry “The King” Lawler! As King runs down Paul Heyman and declares the best tag team in all of wrestling to be back together here on the announce desk, a hush falls in the arena and RAW is ready to begin ...

    ”NO CHANCE IN HELL” kicks off the show and the victorious WWF Chairman, Vince McMahon, makes his way out into the arena with a huge smile on his face. Heading out to a huge reaction, Vince seems to be revelling in the demise of his long-term rivals, ECW and WCW, as well as his children, Shane and Stephanie. Walking with a swagger, he steps up into the ring and summons for a microphone where he welcomes the good people of Charlotte to the only wrestling show in town, the World Wrestling Federation! ”Now, I know that all of you have a million questions you want answering here tonight,” declares Vince, ”But allow me to clear one thing up immediately. Many people have speculated that tonight I may look to publically humiliate my children, Shane and Stephanie, right here in this very ring. That will NOT be happening.” Vince declares that he has no intention of wasting any more time on his two ungrateful children and that, now ECW and WCW are dead, he is focused on the future. Referring back to last night’s main event, Vince says that he knew all along that the World Wrestling Federation would emerge victorious and that he hopes his children learned a valuable lesson - never trust anybody when it comes to business. He says that he would never have risked everything on a 5-on-5 match, that would have been foolish in the extreme and now his children - ”And that no-good, piece of crap, Paul Heyman” - are paying for their decision to do just that.

    Moving on, McMahon says that several members of the ECW/WCW Alliance are still here tonight on Monday Night RAW: he makes reference to the Dudley Boyz, Rob Van Dam and Christian and says that they are champions here in the WWF and are therefore still part of the show moving forwards. Following on from this, Vince also refers to Test - the man who won the Immunity Battle Royal last night - and says that he will be with the WWF for the next twelve months at least. ”Which brings me to some of the other Alliance wrestlers that were defeated last night,” McMahon continues, ”Over the coming days, in this very ring, ten Alliance wrestlers will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a spot in the World Wrestling Federation. A chance to prove themselves worthy of a contract with the world leader in Sports Entertainment. All these ten men have to do … is win a match.” Vince explains that each of the ten men will feature in one match with a chance to win and ensure that they stay in the WWF; lose and they are finished for good. McMahon then declares that these men need to impress him a lot more than the ECW/WCW Alliance ever did if they want a chance to compete here in the World Wrestling Federation.

    Moving on, McMahon recalls the main event last night and identifies that the WWF was victorious in an epic battle. ”As well as myself,” Vince begins, ”The WWF would not be here tonight where it not for the actions of one man in particular. One man who proved, without a shadow of a doubt, that he is committed to the WWF like no other. A man who proved that he is a hero to every single WWF fan all around the world. A man who faced up to the threat of the ECW/WCW Alliance over and over again and defeated them. A man who gave his blood, sweat and tears for the WWF, some may call him the ‘Saviour of the WWF. Ladies and Gentlemen, please may I introduce ...” A loud “Rocky!” chant echoes around the arena and McMahon pauses for drama before announcing the man himself … ”KURT ANGLE!”

    Huge jeers erupt around the arena as ”MEDAL” plays and brings out, goofy smile and all, Kurt Angle. Seemingly oblivious to the reception he is getting, Angle mock thanks the crowd as if they are showering him with gratitude; he truly believes that he is the ‘Saviour of the WWF’ as described by Vince McMahon. Stepping into the ring, Angle spins around, arms aloft, taking in the reception - but the fans seem angry that Angle is the one getting the plaudits at the expense of The Rock. When Angle’s music fades, he embraces Vince McMahon and it is clear that their master plan was pre-conceived last night; Angle’s defection to the Alliance was clearly all a ruse. Vince showers Angle with platitudes and describes him as not just an American Hero, not just an Olympic Hero but now a WWF Hero, a legend in this business: ”The man who killed ECW and WCW!” As the boos ring out, McMahon explains how he and Kurt came up with their plan weeks ago and the Alliance walked straight into the trap they had set. ”This man,” states Vince, ”Is the man I want to lead the World Wrestling Federation, the man that YOU need to lead the World Wrestling Federation.” More “Rocky!” chants echo out around the arena as the fans vent their frustration over the way McMahon is eulogising over Angle here; they do not share his opinion one little bit. Suggesting that all the WWF fans should aspire to be just like Angle, Vince says he will forever in his debt and he owes him big time for being the one to kill the Alliance for good.

    Taking over the microphone, Angle tells the crowd that there is no need for them to get down on their knees and thank him - he did what he did last night because it was what any right-minded person would have done. ”You see, when Mr. McMahon approached me about taking out the Alliance,” Angle explains, ”I knew what I needed to do. You don’t need to be freakin’ Albert Einstein to know that when Mr. McMahon asks you to do something, you do it. Now I know that Mr. McMahon will find a way to reward your Olympic Hero but the fact is that the Alliance is dead because I killed it. Oh, it’s true.” Beckoning to the back, Angle waves somebody out; a WWF backstage official comes running down the ramp carrying the WWF Championship and this sets up further jeers as many fans start to sense what may be about to happen. Taking the title belt from the official, Mr. McMahon holds it up and declares that this is the WWF Championship of Stone Cold Steve Austin that he was handed last night. ”You see, whilst it’s true that Stone Cold Steve Austin is still the WWF Champion,” McMahon adds, ”He left the arena last night WITHOUT this title and he has yet to appear here tonight.” McMahon suggests that he could simply strip Stone Cold Steve Austin of the WWF Championship right here, right now, but he wants to see Austin humiliated if possible. With a sinister grin on his face, McMahon says that tonight, Austin will defend the WWF Championship in a No Holds Barred match against … Kurt Angle! ”And if Austin does not show up here tonight and defend his title,” McMahon adds, ”Then you can consider him fired from the WWF and the title will be forfeited to Kurt Angle instead.” Jeers all around the arena; there is even an “Austin!” chant from some members of the crowd here in Charlotte. Looking delighted, Angle shakes hands with McMahon before looking at the glittering WWF Championship in the Chairman’s hands with a longing to hold the gold once again. However, as the two men look set to exit the ring …

    ”IF YA’ SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” blasts out and we see the WCW World Champion, The Rock, making his way out into the arena to a deafening reaction. Looking thoroughly pissed off over what he has heard from the Chairman and Angle so far tonight, Rocky steps into the ring and holds his title up high in the corner as the flashlights pop from all angles. Grabbing a microphone, The Rock fixes Angle and McMahon with a glare and a “Rocky!” chant builds in the arena - it is very clear who the crowd are grateful to for WWF’s defeat of the Alliance last night and it is not Kurt Angle! Launching into a rant about how he did not need any help from Kurt Angle last night and how he would have defeated Stone Cold and the Alliance regardless, The Rock tells Vince McMahon that he has been waiting for his chance to take revenge on Austin since WrestleMania - and Angle’s actions denied him that chance. ”Vince McMahon, if you think that handing the WWF Championship over to this jackass is the right thing to do,” Rock states, pointing towards an annoyed Angle, ”Then you’re even goofier than he is.” Rocky tells McMahon that there is one match that every single member of the WWF’s fanbase want to see - and that is the WCW World Champion, The Rock, going one-on-one with the WWF Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin to unify the two world titles. As the crowd pop for this announcement, The Rock adds that he wants to take revenge on Austin and he can think of no better way to do that than to whoop his candy ass all over Armageddon in three weeks’ time to become the Undisputed WWF and WCW Champion. ”Who the hell do you think you are?” interrupts McMahon, looking angered, ”Coming out here, demanding this and that? I’m Vince McMahon, damnit, I’m the Chairman of the WWF and I make the decisions around here. You wanna’ face Austin at Armageddon? It ain’t gonna’ happen ...”

    ”WRECK” interrupts and out walks the Commissioner of the WWF, Mick Foley - he looks annoyed with what he is hearing here tonight. Hobbling down the ramp and into the ring, Foley gets a great reception and he raises a hand to recognise this before grabbing a microphone to address Vince. Looking Vince in the eye, Foley tells the Chairman that right now, he is STILL the Commissioner of the WWF and he still has the power to make the matches that he sees fit. ”Therefore, Vince,” Foley informs him, ”I am out here to inform you that at Armageddon, we will unify the WWF Championship with the WCW World Championship and crown an Undisputed WWF World Champion for the first time ever!” As The Rock nods his head, McMahon looks irritated by Foley’s announcement but then smirks to himself. ”Foley, you’re right,” McMahon responds, ”You DO have the power - for now - to make matches here in the WWF. You seem to be under the impression though that I do not want to unify the WWF and WCW World Championships at Armageddon.” McMahon explains that he intended all along to crown an Undisputed Champion at Armageddon - but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock. Identifying that Austin is expected to defend his WWF Championship against Kurt Angle here tonight, Vince also declares that he has scheduled a WCW World Championship match for this Thursday night on SMACKDOWN for good measure. Excitement in the arena for the announcements - a WWF Championship match tonight, a WCW Championship match on SMACKDOWN and an Undisputed WWF World Champion to be crowned at Armageddon! Will Stone Cold Steve Austin appear tonight and defend his title against Kurt Angle? Can The Rock make it to Armageddon as the WCW World Champion? McMahon and Foley exit the ring having an intense discussion - Foley is clearly telling McMahon that he intends to stand up to him more over the coming weeks - whilst Angle and Rock remain in the ring. Suddenly, as the crowd chant “Rocky!” again, Angle opts to swing at The Rock and attempt to blindside him but the WCW Champion ducks … ROCK BOTTOM! THE ROCK DROPS KURT ANGLE WITH A ROCK BOTTOM! As the crowd go wild and salute the man they believe to be the real ‘Saviour of the WWF’ here tonight, JR and King hype up tonight’s WWF Championship match - will Austin show up and defend the title against Angle here tonight?


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    When RAW returns, we see Michael Cole backstage and he is stood near the entrance to the arena: he declares that he will be keeping his eyes open for the Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and will inform the fans as soon as the WWF Champion arrives - if, indeed, he does decide to show up. JR reminds us that it will be Stone Cold Steve Austin defending the WWF Championship against Kurt Angle, the so-called ‘Saviour of the WWF’, in tonight’s main event; however, if Austin does not show up, his title will be forfeited to Angle instead. Will the Rattlesnake swallow his pride and appear tonight on Monday Night RAW?

    ”WE’RE COMIN’ DOWN” plays following the screeching of fireworks in the arena and the WWF Undisputed Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz, make their way out into the arena to a mixed reception. As they march to the ring, JR says that whilst WWF fans may not like their actions in siding with the Alliance in the past few months, you cannot question their talents as a tag team and suggests that they are worthy of being named undisputed Tag Team Champions. Jerry Lawler suggests that if Jeff Hardy had not lost his mind last night, things may have been very, very different for Bubba Ray and D’Von who would have been fighting for their own survival tonight rather than being secure due to the titles. As they enter the ring, we see Lance Storm, Raven and Tommy Dreamer waiting and they are competing tonight to try and prove that they deserve to remain in the WWF. As the Dudleys look over at their opponents for this 6-man tag team match, ”ONE OF A KIND” begins and out heads Rob Van Dam, the WWF Hardcore Champion, to partner them. As the popular RVD - despite his Alliance connections - heads for the ring as cocksure of himself as ever, Lawler describes Storm, Raven and Dreamer’s chances of victory as slim and says they will need to be on top of their game here tonight. A mini-screen opens and we see the Dudleys and RVD stood backstage earlier with Vince McMahon who tells them he is keeping a close eye on them and that he expects them to take out the former Alliance trio here tonight. With RVD in the ring, the battle lines are drawn and the first match of the night can begin.

    6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
    DUDLEY BOYZ & ROB VAN DAM vs. LANCE STORM, RAVEN & TOMMY DREAMER

    Raven and RVD open up the proceedings when the bell rings and it is clear that Raven is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure his survival here tonight as he takes the fight to Van Dam. That is the same for Dreamer and Storm when they enter the match as well, the three of them working well as a team to control things and prevent RVD from making a tag to Bubba Ray or D’Von. However, whenever Van Dam looks for the tag, both Bubba and D’Von appear a little reluctant and content to allow RVD to suffer. To the delight of the crowd, the Hardcore Champion manages to counter against Storm when he looks for the Single Leg Boston Crab; instead, RVD manages to use his foot to send Storm crashing into the turnbuckle instead. Utilising his “educated feet” to good measure, RVD mounts a comeback and now does not seem to need assistance from his partners. He drop kicks Storm out of the ring before ducking an attack from Raven who got a blind tag. RVD hits Rolling Thunder on Raven who, seeking respite, tags out to Dreamer instead. It appears that Dreamer has slowed down his ECW rival but then Van Dam hits a Mule Kick before taking him down to the mat with his feet again. Sensing a chance, RVD scales the turnbuckles and points his thumbs to himself … 5-STAR FROG SPLASH! RVD FLIES HIGH BEFORE DROPPING DOWN ON DREAMER! Sensing that their partner is in danger, Storm and Raven look to make the save but the Dudleys, in their first actions of the night, hit the ring and prevent them. The referee makes the 3 count and RVD has taken Tommy Dreamer out and ended his - and Storm and Raven’s - WWF “career” here tonight!


    WINNERS: DUDLEY BOYZ & ROB VAN DAM via pinfall [4:38]


    ”ONE OF A KIND” rings out again and the crowd celebrate RVD’s amazing efforts in that match to effectively defeat three former Alliance members and take them out. As an ‘extremely’ disappointed trio of Storm, Raven and Dreamer exit the ring, RVD celebrates on the turnbuckles with the crowd and holds his Hardcore Championship up high. What an amazing performance from RVD! However, there is a shock in store as RVD is suddenly attacked from behind … by the Dudley Boyz! BUBBA RAY & D’VON ARE ATTACKING THEIR PARTNER, ROB VAN DAM! WHAT THE HELL?! As the boos ring out, Bubba and D’Von continue their assault and Van Dam is dropped with a Bubba Bomb before the duo opt to bring a wooden table into the ring for good measure. As JR and King speculate on why the Dudleys are attacking RVD here tonight, the table is set up - and you know what happens next! 3-D THROUGH A TABLE! RVD IS CRASHED THROUGH THE TABLE BY THE DUDLEY BOYZ! The jeers are loud from the RAW crowd but Bubba and D’Von smirk - they are proud of their actions here tonight! As they look down on the wreckage before their eyes, they raise their WWF Tag Team Championships high as ”WE’RE COMIN’ DOWN” restarts as they exit the ring. Replays are shown before we see the dastardly pair laughing from the stage area as RVD struggles amongst the debris of the table.

    Before the break, we see Diamond Dallas Page backstage preparing for his match - who will DDP be facing here tonight in his bid for survival? And will he be successful and secure a contract in the World Wrestling Federation?


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    ”IT’S ME!” plays out and the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Diamond Dallas Page, heads out into the arena looking nervous at what he faces here tonight. With his future in the WWF, the only show in town as JR reminds us, in jeopardy in this match, DDP is understandably anxious and JR informs us that the former Alliance wrestlers competing here tonight have no idea who they are to face - Vince McMahon is apparently making those decisions without informing them. When DDP hits the ring, Vince appears on the titantron and smirks as he tells DDP he has been thinking long and hard about a suitable opponent for him to prove himself against here tonight. ”When you led the WCW invasion of the WWF,” Vince remarks, ”You challenged one man and demanded that he made you famous. How about we see whether you’re ‘famous’ enough to be a part of the World Wrestling Federation, huh?” ”ROLLIN’” blasts out and the crowd rise to their feet as The Undertaker, riding his Harley as usual, heads out onto the stage with a huge smile on his face at the prospect of one final opportunity to destroy DDP and end his time in the WWF. On the other hand, as he watches ‘Taker circling the ring, DDP looks like the proverbial rabbit caught in the headlights and there is no doubt that he is scared to death of facing Undertaker here tonight. Taking his time, Undertaker steps up into the ring and enjoys the anticipation whilst DDP, realising he has no choice but to fight, looks over at him fearfully.

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE vs. THE UNDERTAKER

    Attempting to catch the Deadman off guard, DDP rushes him as soon as the bell rings and succeeds in staggering him back initially. However, Page is no match for ‘Taker and the familiar pattern of the American Bad Ass methodically picking apart the former WCW Champion becomes clear once again. Amused by the fact that he has the upper hand over DDP, Undertaker begins to mock his opponent as he toys with him and his career here in the WWF. After going “old school” on DDP, ‘Taker then wraps his hand around his throat and lifts him high for a CHOKE SLAM! UNDERTAKER DROPS DDP WITH A VICIOUS CHOKE SLAM! Smirking as he looks at DDP’s fallen body, Undertaker opts to drag him up rather than pin him; he wants to add an exclamation mark here! LAST RIDE! DDP IS HIT WITH THE LAST RIDE! Placing his big right boot across the chest of Page, Undertaker points to the ‘Sara’ tattoo as the referee makes the 3 count – a clear message as to who this victory is for.


    WINNER: THE UNDERTAKER via pinfall [2:19]


    ”ROLLIN’” plays out as The Undertaker stands tall; Diamond Dallas Page’s hopes of being awarded a contract here in the World Wrestling Federation are over! Looking around the arena at the fans, Undertaker looks pleased with himself here tonight as he prevents the man who terrorised his wife from causing her any further issues here in the WWF. However, whilst the American Bad Ass has solved his DDP problem once and for all, another issue might be about to rear its ugly head! BAM! A STEEL CHAIR IS CRASHED OVER THE BACK OF THE UNDERTAKER … BY CHRIS JERICHO! Stunned, Undertaker turns around to see who has attacked him here tonight and is smashed in the skull once again with another steel chair by an irate Jericho! As the crowd’s anger intensifies towards Jericho, the former WCW Champion stands over ‘Taker and continues to beat him down with a steel chair. What the hell is this all about? As the steel is crashed over the American Bad Ass, Jericho can be heard shouting at Undertaker that he doesn’t have to explain himself to anybody! As officials head out to stop Jericho doing any further damage, Y2J grabs a microphone and addresses the crowd’s jeers: ”I do NOT explain my actions to ANYBODY!” Jericho states before throwing down the microphone at the body of Undertaker who is still down. With a look of contentment on his face, Jericho heads out of the ring and it appears that he has made his point here tonight. As he exits, Jerry Lawler suggests that Undertaker preventing Jericho attacking Rock a second time at last night’s Survivor Series could well be Jericho’s reasoning for tonight’s attack – Jim Ross says that Jericho is lucky Undertaker simply ordered him away last night!

    A graphic now displays on screen: after last night’s assault by Test on Scotty 2 Hotty – simply to steal his place in the Immunity Battle Royal – the big Canadian will face Scotty after the commercial break.


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    When RAW returns, we see William Regal, the former Commissioner of the Alliance until last night’s defeat, dressed to compete and looking around backstage for somebody. When he sees a door with a sign saying ‘VINCE McMAHON’ on it, Regal pauses before entering; Vince and his wife, Linda, are stood together in the office and look surprised to see Regal boldly walking in on them. ”Mr. McMahon, Mrs. McMahon,” Regal grovels, ”Excuse me for walking in on you but I wanted to apologise for my comments last night …” Looking angry, McMahon interrupts Regal and tells him to cut the crap. ”After what you said to my wife and me last night, Regal,” McMahon informs him, ”You’re damn lucky I’ve even let you in MY arena tonight.” Demanding to know what Regal wants, the English ‘gent’ asks Vince who he has selected to face him in his match to decide whether or not he has a future with the WWF moving forward. With a mocking laugh, Vince tells Regal that he has selected a very special match for him to prove whether or not he has any kind of future here in the World Wrestling Federation. ”It’s such a special match that I decided against putting it on RAW or SMACKDOWN, Mr. Regal – your match will take place at the Armageddon pay-per-view in three weeks’ time instead,” states McMahon. As Regal looks on confused, McMahon tells him to go get changed and start preparing for Armageddon: ”That’s where it will be William Regal, one-on-one, fighting for survival in the WWF in a Street Fight … against … ME, Vince McMahon!” As Regal looks shocked, McMahon laughs and pushes past the former Alliance Commissioner. Regal opens and closes his mouth like a goldfish – incapable of a response right now – before Linda McMahon wishes him luck for his Armageddon match. HUGE NEWS – AT ARMAGEDDON, IT WILL BE WILLIAM REGAL vs. VINCE McMAHON IN A STREET FIGHT AS REGAL LOOKS TO SECURE A JOB IN THE WWF!

    ”TURN IT UP” is playing as the cameras return to the ring: Scotty 2 Hotty, an angry look on his face, is heading into the ring looking for revenge here tonight. Replays from Survivor Series are shown and we see how Scotty was attacked last night by Test in order to steal his spot in the Immunity Battle Royal. ”THIS IS A TEST” signals the arrival of Test who comes out with a smirk and rubbing his hands; he is clearly pleased with the way that he secured his own future despite the Alliance being defeated last night. Unable to hold back though, Scotty slides out of the ring and meets Test in the aisle and unloads a barrage of punches as he looks for revenge off the bat. Despite the protestations of the referee, Scotty and Test trade punches until the bigger, stronger Test gains the upper hand and whips Scotty into the ring apron. As Scotty falls to his knees holding his lower back, Test laughs and steps up into the ring as the referee checks on Scotty’s condition: will the “Master of the Worm” be able to compete here tonight?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    SCOTTY 2 HOTTY vs. TEST

    To his credit, Scotty ignores the referee – who seems to be suggesting he could be injured – and gets into the ring to compete; the bell rings and Test goes after Scotty as he looks to exert his dominance. For the opening moments, Test controls the pace of the match and punishes Scotty methodically, looking amused that his smaller opponent even considered getting in the ring with him here tonight. Indeed, as JR informs us, Scotty demanded this match tonight after Test’s attack on him at Survivor Series. However, there is a turning point when Test looks to strike with the Big Boot and Scotty ducks under it; he comes off the ropes and connects with a running drop kick that staggers the big man backwards. Springboarding off the ropes, Scotty takes Test down with a crossbody and seems to be getting the upper hand as the crowd rally behind him – can he cause a big shock here tonight? As Test stumbles to his feet, Scotty uses a bulldog takedown to set Test up for further embarrassment! As Scotty stands over Test and looks maniacally at the crowd who get to their feet, Jerry Lawler is beside himself with excitement as he calls out “W! O! R! M!” … THE WORM! SCOTTY DELIVERS THE WORM TO TEST! It’s going to be an upset here tonight as Scotty hooks the leg … and Test grabs the bottom rope to save himself at the last moment! Disappointed, Scotty, who for a moment thinks he has won, consults with the referee about the lack of a 3 count and takes his eye off the former Intercontinental Champion for a second … BIG BOOT! TEST STRIKES WITH A BOOT TO THE SIDE OF SCOTTY’S HEAD! It’s all academic now and the 3 count is made – Test picks up a decisive win here on RAW!


    WINNER: TEST via pinfall [5:29]


    Disappointment for the crowd here in Charlotte as Test prevails over the popular Scotty 2 Hotty but the former Alliance member seems intent on causing further damage as he pulls his arm away from the referee and goes after Scotty once more. Pounding away across the back of Scotty, Test shoves away the official when he tries to stop him and continues. Positioning Scotty’s head between his knees, Test lifts him up in the air … PUMPHANDLE SLAM! TEST DROPS SCOTTY WITH THE PUMPHANDLE SLAM! Once again, the referee, and several other WWF officials now, get in the ring to protest at Test’s actions but he ignores them and continues to pummel Scotty. When one of the referees tries to drag Test away, the big man grabs him by the scruff of his neck and starts delivering right hands to him as well! WHAT THE HELL IS TEST PLAYING AT HERE?! Things become clear though as Test throws the poor defenceless official through the ropes and the rest of the referee team backs away – he has immunity and cannot be fired! ”YOU CAN’T TOUCH ME!” Test growls, ”I’m untouchable!” as the crowd jeer him; his immunity means he can do what he wants it seems. With the referees out of the ring now, Test drags Scotty off the mat again and seems set to deliver further damage when Albert comes flying out of the back and rushes to the aid of his partner. Spotting Albert coming, Test opts to back away instead and rolls out of the ring with a smirk; he has made his point tonight it seems. As Albert kneels beside Scotty and glares at his former partner, Test continues to insist that nobody can touch him as he exits.

    Before we go into another commercial break, JR has an announcement – the WWF Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line this Thursday night on SMACKDOWN as Tajiri defends the gold in a Triple Threat match! Interestingly, the match will feature the returning X-Pac as one of the challengers and the second challenger will be under intense pressure to win: former Alliance member, Billy Kidman, will have to win the Cruiserweight Championship if he wants to retain a position here in the WWF! TAJIRI vs. BILLY KIDMAN vs. X-PAC FOR THE WWF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP THIS THURSDAY NIGHT ON SMACKDOWN!


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    ”CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?” plays as RAW returns: it is the turn of the 5-time WCW Champion Booker T to try and earn himself a spot in the WWF now as he competes with one goal in his mind – a win. As Booker heads for the ring, JR describes him as a pillar of the WCW invasion of the WWF and says that nobody was more committed to helping the Alliance win the war than Booker T. Lawler says that, for that reason, he hopes Booker T is defeated here tonight and begins to speculate on which WWF superstar will be chosen to end his hopes. As Booker, looking anxious, prepares himself in the ring, Vince McMahon heads out onto the stage and addresses the question. ”You know something, Booker T, I kinda’ admired your loyalty to my son, Shane, and the Alliance. Even when Stone Cold Steve Austin,” – pause for a small cheer from the WWF fans here tonight - ”Even when Austin was berating you and taking the glory that was rightfully yours, you stayed loyal to the WCW and I commend you for that.” Booker looks quizzically at McMahon; surely this is going to be good news for him? ”But the fact remains Booker T, you were a huge part of the invading Alliance hoardes,” McMahon continues, ”Nobody was trying harder than YOU to put my company out of business and I cannot forgive that. For that reason, Booker, I have ordered a man who stayed true to the World Wrestling Federation throughout the invasion to face you tonight in your moment of destiny …” Vince McMahon turns and leaves Booker waiting … Who will he be facing here tonight?

    ”IF YA’ SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” plays and the crowd rise to their feet once more: Booker T must face The Rock in order to save his job! Despite his issues with McMahon earlier in the night, it is clear, as he strides towards the ring, that the WCW World Champion is intent on ending Booker T here tonight – these two men have a long history dating back to Summerslam and there is bad blood between them for sure! As Rock enters the ring and salutes the fans, there is panic in the eyes of Booker T and JR suggests that he has never gotten the upper hand over Rocky. How can he do it tonight under extreme pressure? Rock raises the WCW World Championship right in front of Booker T and he looks up at it, the title he held on five separate occasions, the title he lost to The Rock, desperate to find a way to win tonight and save himself. Can The Rock end Booker T’s hopes of a contract here in the WWF?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH (NON-TITLE)
    BOOKER T vs. THE ROCK

    In the opening exchanges, things are pretty even as Booker shows that he is capable of facing up to The Rock – the big problem, as always, is going to be finding a way to put him away and seal the victory. The action spills to the outside of the ring and Rock is thrown shoulder first into the ring steps which slows him down somewhat and allows Booker to take control of things. Using the outside of the ring to his advantage, Booker tries to wear down the WCW World Champion and slams him face first into the ring post before scoop slamming him on the announce table for good measure. As RAW heads into a commercial break, Booker has control of the match but can he put Rock’s shoulders down for the 3 count and secure his place in the World Wrestling Federation?


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    When RAW resumes, Booker T is being warned by the referee to stop bending the rules or else he will be disqualified: replays show that Booker has continued to utilise the outside of the ring and just dropped Rock throat first over the barricades. Sensing that Rock could well be hurt, Booker retreats to the ring and the referee begins a count. Can The Rock make it back into the ring in time? Desperate for a countout victory, Booker looks on as The Rock struggles back towards the ring … 7 … 8 … Rock is clawing his way over the ring apron … 9 … he makes it back into the ring just in time. Angry, Booker stomps at the shoulders of Rocky and continues the assault as he looks to put him away. When Booker drops Rock with the Scissors Kick, things look bleak for Rock and there is a glimmer of confidence on Booker’s face as he launches into the Spinneroony. A loud “Rocky!” chant greets this but Booker sets himself and looks to hit the Book End; Rock fights out of it with elbows to the head and then slaps the taste out of Booker’s face! As Booker tumbles out of the ring, Rock looks to get some breath back before his opponent gets back into the ring. With the crowd roaring him on, Rock starts to stop Booker at every turn now and the momentum swings towards Rock who gains the upper hand now. However, when Rock looks for the Rock Bottom, a desperate Booker T hits a low blow – unseen by the official – and then sets up once more for the finish. BOOK END! BOOKER T DROPS ROCK WITH THE BOOK END! Puffing out his cheeks in relief, Booker hooks the leg and awaits the 3 … but it never comes and Rock stuns Booker by kicking out! Desperate for the win, Booker argues with the official as the crowd roar and when Booker goes back after Rock, he is dropped with a Spinebuster. SHARPSHOOTER! THE ROCK TIES UP BOOKER T IN A SHARPSHOOTER! Will Booker T tap out and give up his hopes of continuing his career here in the WWF? Just as it looks as if he might, Kurt Angle races out to the ring and leaps up onto the ring apron angry at being hit with the Rock Bottom earlier tonight. Breaking off the Sharpshooter, Rock goes after Angle and brings him over the top rope and into the ring before delivering several right hands to the Olympic gold medal winner. However, the distraction does the business: as Angle is knocked out of the ring, Booker sneaks up on Rock … BOOK END! BOOKER HITS THE BOOK END FOR THE SECOND TIME! This time, it proves decisive and the referee counts the 3 and Booker T has saved his job here in the WWF!


    WINNER: BOOKER T via pinfall [10:43]


    As the fans look on disgusted that Kurt Angle, earlier described by Vince McMahon as the ‘Saviour of the WWF’ of course, just saved an Alliance member’s job here in the WWF, The Rock cannot believe what just happened and he sits in the middle of the ring angrily spitting venom at Angle who heads back up the ramp looking pleased. Booker T, looking delighted, follows Angle and the two of them shake hands on the stage area – what the hell is this all about? Vince McMahon heads out onto the stage as well and pats Angle on the shoulder before looking at Booker – and shaking his hand as well. Boos erupt in the arena and it seems that Angle, Booker and McMahon were in cahoots here tonight on RAW. Lawler questions whether Vince McMahon should be working with somebody who tried to put him out of business but says that he has never made a bad business decision before - ”He must know what he is doing!” exclaims King.

    Backstage, we see Chavo Guerrero preparing himself for action as another former Alliance member has his job on the line. Raven, Lance Storm and Tommy Dreamer failed earlier in the night as well as Diamond Dallas Page but we have just seen Booker T survive his test. Will the Mexican Guerrero be able to secure his future in the WWF? We’ll find out after the break as he goes one-on-one with Tazz after the break!


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    ”LATINO WORLD ORDER” brings out Chavo Guerrero, another Alliance wrestler desperate to earn a contract here in the WWF tonight. Looking confident, Chavo heads for the ring with JR hyping the Guerrero family and their contribution to the wrestling business over the years – he names the WWF’s own Eddie Guerrero, Chavo’s uncle, and says he is recovering from an injury and is expected to return soon. The sound of a heartbeat and hospital beeps precedes the theme ”IF YOU DARE” which brings out Tazz – a former Alliance member himself – who switched back to the WWF after issues with Paul Heyman. The former ECW Champion heads for the ring and looks focused on taking down Chavo here tonight; an inset video plays an interview with Tazz where he says he intends to remove every last sign on the Alliance, particularly anything connected to Paul Heyman, from the WWF, starting tonight with Chavo Guerrero.

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    CHAVO GUERRERO vs. TAZZ

    For most of the match, that is exactly what it looks like will happen: Tazz dominates Chavo from the bell and is throwing him around with suplex after suplex and living up to his moniker of the “Human Suplex Machine” here on RAW. However, there is a problem for Tazz when Paul Heyman, the former ECW owner, makes his way out into the arena. As JR and Lawler question why he is even here in the building, Heyman just walks out and stands in the corner watching and causes Tazz to become irritated at his presence. Slowly, this allows Chavo to get back into the contest and he hits a number of suplexes of his own as he starts to control the match. However, Tazz kicks out every time Chavo looks for the pinfall that will save his job in the WWF and ignores Heyman as he seeks to end the match. TAZZMISSION! TAZZ LOCKS IN THE TAZZMISSION ON CHAVO! Taking the Mexican down to the mat, Tazz looks to have Chavo defeated and the tap out is imminent when Heyman leaps up on the apron. The referee takes issue with this and argues with Heyman as Chavo taps out. However, the submission is unseen by the referee and this angers Tazz when he realises why. Releasing Chavo, Tazz gets up to his feet and confronts Heyman who quickly leaps down from the apron and runs up the ramp. As Tazz stands at the ropes arguing with Heyman though, Chavo recovers and then looks for a surprise roll up … 1 … 2 … 3! Chavo Guerrero, scuttling out of the ring like a “scalded dog”, has picked up a win here tonight that secures him a spot in the WWF moving forwards!


    WINNER: CHAVO GUERRERO via pinfall [4:45]


    Tazz is irate and – whilst Chavo wisely gets out of sight as quick as he can – Heyman mocks Tazz from outside the ring. The bad blood between these two is clear and Tazz snaps at the laughter of Heyman and gives chase. As he turns to run, Heyman stumbles and this allows Tazz to grab him by his tie and he drags him back down the ramp to the delight of the fans. Throwing Heyman into the ring, Tazz rolls in and advances on the former ECW leader; this could get real ugly, real quick. As Heyman pleads for Tazz to show mercy, Tazz smiles at the thought of what he is going to do to him and clearly tells him that he is going to get choked out. As Tazz drags Heyman up though, there is a commotion in the crowd out of Tazz’s eye and there is suddenly a monster of a man in the ring behind him. ”Who the hell is that?” Lawler asks before JR gives the answer, ”Oh my God, King, that’s Brock Lesnar!” Unaware of the presence of Lesnar behind him, Tazz looks to lock on the Tazzmission to Heyman but that is the sign for Brock to strike. He pounds away at Tazz over and over and it becomes clear that he is working on Heyman’s orders – this is a set up! As Brock destroys Tazz, Heyman barks out at him and is revelling in the destruction of his former champion. The monstrous Lesnar lifts Tazz up into a Fireman’s Carry position … and then spins him off his shoulders and drops him down to the mat with a vicious Facebuster! As the boos ring out, Heyman raises Brock’s arm in the air and laughs at the sight of Tazz on the mat. What a huge statement from Paul Heyman and his monster here tonight!


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    Backstage, Kurt Angle is introduced by Michael Cole in the interview pit as RAW returns. Cole asks Angle why he got involved in the match between Booker T and The Rock previously and why he helped Booker T to secure a job here in the World Wrestling Federation. Denying that it was all a plan to get Booker T onside, Angle states that he was disrespected by The Rock earlier in the night and he was hit with a Rock Bottom when Rock should have actually been grovelling at his feet. Reiterating that he is the ‘Saviour of the WWF’, Angle claims that Rock needs to realise when to shut his mouth. ”He thinks he can say whatever he likes to whoever he likes,” explains Angle, ”Well, not on my watch. You see, Michael, I am the one who saved the WWF. I am the leader of the WWF now. Not Austin, not Rock. It’s time that The Rock respected what I sacrificed to save the WWF and that was just a reminder of that.” As Angle explains that later tonight he will become the new WWF Champion and then, at Armageddon, the new WWF Undisputed World Champion, he suggests that this will be the perfect start to a new era here in the World Wrestling Federation. At this point, Booker T shows up and thanks Angle for his support. ”Y’know what, Kurt?” Booker adds, “I agree with everything you just said, man. It’s time that somebody shut that sucka’s mouth once and for all.”

    The cameras return to the ring where ”WRECK” is playing and the Commissioner of the WWF, Mick Foley, is in the ring receiving support from the crowd. He announces that he is exercising his powers once again tonight and has made a decision about another member of the Alliance. Referencing that Chavo Guerrero and Booker T have already been successful in securing a place in the WWF and that Billy Kidman and William Regal have their opportunities down the line, he says that we have two more men looking to earn their spot in the WWF. ”One of those men will be The Hurricane,” Foley announces, ”He will be facing Jeff Hardy later tonight in a #1 contender match to determine who will next challenge Christian for the WWF European Championship. If Hurricane wins, he is the #1 contender for the title. If he loses, well, then it’s the end of the line for him here in the World Wrestling Federation.” Foley now speaks about the final one of the ten men that Vince McMahon selected to be here tonight to compete – Rhyno. ”Now, unfortunately, Rhyno is injured right now and will therefore be unable to compete in a match,” Foley tells the crowd, ”But I am using my power to retain his services here in the WWF. He’s a former ECW Champion, a dominant WWF Hardcore Champion and there is no way I am willing to let a guy like that walk out of the WWF.” A mixed reaction from the crowd: some are clearly in agreement with Foley but others are not pleased with the way Rhyno sided with Heyman and the Alliance. As Foley prepares to exit though, ”NO CHANCE IN HELL” brings out Vince McMahon, the Chairman of the WWF, who does not look pleased with Foley’s announcement. He heads for the ring and has a microphone which he uses to criticise Foley for sticking his nose in his business here tonight. ”I don’t know who the hell you think you are,” McMahon spits, ”But I am in charge around here, Foley, I make the decisions.” Shaking his head in disagreement, Foley reminds Vince that he is the WWF Commissioner and therefore is the one with the most power. ”I told you earlier, Vince,” says Foley, ”I’m sick of you thinking you can do what you like and ignoring your own company rules. I was appointed Commissioner by the WWF Board of Directors and I will be making the decisions around here from now on.” The crowd cheer this announcement and Foley wishes McMahon a nice day before exiting. The Chairman looks less than pleased by what he is hearing but you can see that his brain is working overtime on a plan to overthrow the Commissioner at the first opportunity.


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    ”LOADED” greets us as RAW returns, Jeff Hardy is making his way out into the arena to a great reception from the crowd. Accompanied by a worried looking Matt Hardy, Jeff makes his way towards the ring but his run looks slower and more awkward than it usually does – Jeff is clearly suffering a little after his Swanton Bomb off the top of the steel cage last night at Survivor Series. Still images of the moment Jeff, with the match and the Undisputed WWF Tag Team Championships seemingly won, stood on top of the cage are shown followed by his decision to deliver a Swanton Bomb to D’Von Dudley – which, of course, missed. Images of Jeff laid in amongst the debris of the wooden table are shown with the Dudleys in the background celebrating a win they barely deserved. As Jeff salutes the fans in the ring, Matt is talking to him and appears to be trying to tell Jeff to stay safe tonight and not risk anything. Whilst ”EYE OF THE HURRICANE” plays to bring out The Hurricane, Matt continues to speak to Jeff and it appears that there is a little tension between the Hardy brothers here tonight. Hurricane heads for the ring – accompanied by Mighty Molly as always – and JR reminds us that this is not just a big match with the #1 contender spot for the WWF European Championship up for grabs; Hurricane, should he lose, will be fired from the WWF! Can Hurricane find a way to survive and become the #1 contender? Or will Jeff Hardy atone for his mistakes last night and end Hurricane’s short spell in the WWF?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    Winner becomes #1 contender for WWF European Championship

    THE HURRICANE vs. JEFF HARDY

    Throughout the early stages, Hurricane and Jeff, two natives of North Carolina of course, trade control of the match and things are pretty even with both men intent on becoming the #1 contender for Christian’s WWF European Championship. Backstage cameras show that the European Champion is watching from the locker room but there are no early clues as to who will his challenger. However, as the match progresses, to Matt’s concern, there is definitely a situation developing with Jeff who is struggling with his back that he hurt last night. Sensing a weakness, Hurricane looks to take advantage and takes control as Jeff struggles more and more. With his future in the WWF on the line, there is no holding back from Hurricane who has to go on the attack and he targets Jeff’s back with increasing frequency. On the outside of the ring, Matt Hardy is urging Jeff to think carefully and not to take any risks but Jeff’s back is troubling him. With Jeff in deep trouble, Hurricane sets up for the Eye of the Hurricane elbow drop but Jeff, fighting with everything he has got, reverses and manages to counter with a drop kick. Looking to secure the #1 contendership, Jeff kicks the gut of Hurricane and sets up a chance to strike … TWIST OF FATE! JEFF HARDY DROPS HURRICANE WITH THE TWIST OF FATE! Is this the end of The Hurricane in the World Wrestling Federation? Matt Hardy thinks so and urges Jeff to make the cover but Jeff pauses and looks down at his brother with a look of annoyance. Shaking his head, he heads to the corner and climbs to the top rope as the crowd cheer him on. Matt waves his hands but Jeff ignores him and sets himself … Jeff flies through the air and looks for the Swanton Bomb but the pauses play a big part; Hurricane gets the knees up and Jeff’s injured back lands right on them! Writhing in pain on the mat as Matt looks on with concern, Jeff is clutching his lower back and looks to be in serious pain from that move. As he struggles up, Hurricane waits for his opportunity to strike … EYE OF THE HURRICANE! THE HURRICANE HITS HIS ELBOW DROP ON JEFF HARDY! Has Jeff Hardy blown his big chance? Hurricane hooks the leg and the referee makes the count … 1 … 2 … 3!


    WINNER: THE HURRICANE via pinfall [6:05]
    The Hurricane is the #1 contender for the WWF European Championship


    As Matt Hardy looks on in bewilderment at the way Jeff blew it tonight, The Hurricane exits the ring and is relieved to have survived here tonight: he now has a WWF contract as well as an opportunity to become the WWF European Champion down the line when he will challenge Christian. In the ring, Matt is checking on the condition of his brother but there is annoyance as well as concern in his eyes. Jeff is clutching his back and is really struggling as medics enter the ring to check him out as well. RAW heads into a break with Jeff being treated by the doctors.


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    When RAW returns, highlights of the previous match are shown and we see how Jeff, despite his brother’s advice that he play it safe, risked it all to try and put Hurricane away – and failed. Jeff is now sat up in the ring and his brother Matt has a microphone as he has something to get off his chest. ”Why did you do that, Jeff?” Matt asks, ”You had him beat and you risked it all for what? A couple of moments in the spotlight? You didn’t need to do that!” Jeff looks at his brother and argues back but we cannot hear what he is saying; there is clear tension between Matt and Jeff right now. ”It was the same last night, Jeff,” Matt continues despite the arguments from Jeff, ”All you had to do was climb out of the cage and we were the Undisputed Tag Team Champions – but you had to grab the spotlight again, risk it all for one rush of adrenaline.” As Jeff tries to get up and confront Matt over his words, the doctors hold him back and refuse to allow it; he is ushered towards the ropes. Exasperated, Matt drops the microphone and goes over to support them but he is clearly unhappy with Jeff right now.

    Backstage, we see Michael Cole once more and he introduces the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, an incredibly pissed off Rock! Cole asks Rock for his thoughts on Angle costing him his match with Booker T earlier tonight but Rocky cuts him off, tells him to know his role and shut his mouth because nobody gives a crap what he thinks. However, as Rock starts running Angle down for distracting him earlier, Vince McMahon appears and interrupts. ”Err, excuse me for just a second, Rock,” Vince says, feigning politeness, ”I just wanted to inform you that I realise that you have a few … ‘issues’ with Kurt Angle right now. However, there is no way that I am going to allow those issues to interfere in tonight’s main event.” Realising what is coming, Rock says that it doesn’t matter what Vince says, he is going to”Lay the smack down on Angle’s candy ass!” Shaking his head, Vince McMahon makes the announcement: Rock is banned from ringside during the WWF Championship match between Austin and Angle tonight and, should he ignore this announcement, he will be stripped of the WCW World Championship and will NOT compete at Armageddon for the WWF Undisputed World Championship. Vince suggests Rock heads home and then smirks as he walks away; a seething Rock stares after him as he leaves.

    ”MEDAL” plays and out comes the Olympic gold medal winner, the former WWF Champion and the so-called ‘Saviour of the WWF’ - Kurt Angle! Looking confident that he will be crowned the WWF Champion once again here tonight, Angle throws his hands in the air and red, white and blue pyro explodes all around him before he heads to the ring and looks for the adulation of the crowd. Despite his part in WWF’s victory last night, there is no positive reaction and the crowd jeer him – Angle looks perturbed by this and demands that they show him some respect. However, will we see Stone Cold Steve Austin here tonight? JR informs us that backstage officials have just revealed that there is still NO sign of the WWF Champion and King says that he must be embarrassed to show his face here tonight. ”NO CHANCE IN HELL” plays and out swaggers the Chairman of the WWF, Vince McMahon, with the WWF Championship belt hanging over his shoulder as he walks. In the ring, Angle is almost salivating as he itches to get his hands on the gold and, according to the backstage sources, it looks as if he is about to crowned the champion by Mr. McMahon right here on RAW. Once he is in the ring, Vince summons for a microphone and reminds the crowd that he ordered a No Holds Barred WWF Championship match here tonight and that if Austin does not show up, he will strip the Rattlesnake of the title instead. Boos all around the arena as McMahon mockingly introduces Austin for the match … but there is no sign of Austin here tonight. A long pause. McMahon once again introduces him and says that this is his final chance. No sign. ”Alright, Austin, you leave me with no choice,” says Vince, barely able to keep the smile off his face, ”As the Chairman of the WWF, I have no choice but to …”

    Spoiler:


    The glass shatters and then ”I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!” begins – the crowd erupt at the sound of it and, at the last possible second, the WWF Champion has returned to the World Wrestling Federation to defend his title. In the ring, Angle looks as if he has seen a ghost whilst Vince McMahon looks angered at the sight of his nemesis; Stone Cold Steve Austin stomps down the ramp with a look of intensity in his eyes ready to fight here tonight! As soon as he rolls into the ring, Angle and McMahon exit before McMahon, with the microphone in his hand once more, reminds everybody that this will be No Holds Barred – and Austin doesn’t have ANY friends after his recent actions as part of the Alliance. Austin stares a hole in McMahon as the crowd, seemingly happy to forgive Austin, chant his name. ”WRECK” plays once again and Mick Foley heads out for the third time this evening to stick his nose in affairs. He tells McMahon that his idea to bar Rock from ringside has his support and that this No Holds Barred match is a great idea. ”However, Vince, I’d like to add just one little amendment,” Foley explains, ”You see, the people of Charlotte want to see a clean fight for the WWF Championship and I don’t get the feeling that is gonna’ happen with you right there. Therefore, Vince, it is not only The Rock who is barred from ringside for this match. It’s you. It’s Booker T. In fact, I’m using MY power to bar every single WWF superstar from this ring tonight!” The fans cheer this announcement whilst Kurt Angle looks anguished; he will face Austin one-on-one, no holds barred, if he wants to become the WWF Champion! A smile creeps over the face of Austin who ushers Angle into the ring and the crowd go wild; can Angle prove that he deserves to be the WWF Champion here tonight?


    WWF CHAMPIONSHIP
    NO HOLDS BARRED MATCH
    STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN [c] vs. KURT ANGLE

    As McMahon is ushered away by Foley, who is grinning wildly, Austin watches him leave and looks pleased to see the back of him. However, Angle, sensing an opportunity to get the upper hand, attacks from behind and the bell rings to set this title match in motion here. In a frantic opening couple of minutes, both men look to strike with their finishing strikes but neither man is able to connect with them. When Austin counters the Angle Slam and comes off the ropes to hit a Lou Thesz press followed by fists of fury, Angle is forced onto the retreat looking frustrated at the way things are turning out here. However, when Austin tries to go after him, Angle uses his intelligence to sucker him – he rolls back under the ropes and strikes with a knee to the back of Austin’s neck. As we head into commercial, Angle takes control over the WWF Champion as he seeks to regain the gold as initially planned earlier in the evening.


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    When RAW resumes, Angle has retained control and is working the right leg of Austin as he looks, presumably, to set up for the Ankle Lock later in the match. Despite this, whenever Angle looks to lock it in, Austin squirms away and refuses to bow to Angle to the delight of the fans who are getting back behind him here tonight. As the frustration builds, Angle seems to remember that this is a No Holds Barred match and he opts to go extreme as he drags a steel chair from under the ring and smashes it over the weakened knee of the champion. A calculating look passes over the face of the former Olympic gold medal winner as he considers his next move: he wraps the steel chair around the right ankle and calf of the Rattlesnake and smirks as he contemplates splintering the ankle of his opponent. Slowly and surely, Angle climbs to the top turnbuckle and measures before leaping down towards the ankle of Austin … but he misses. Realising he is in danger, Austin moves his ankle away at the last second and rips the chair off his leg … and he smashes it over the skull of Angle instead! Buying himself some recovery time as a result, Austin rolls away and tries to work some feeling back into his leg as the crowd, surprisingly after his recent actions, chant “Austin!” over and over. Both men stagger back up and trade right hands; the crowd cheer Austin’s punches and jeer Angle’s until Austin ducks under one of Angle’s … Stunner? Austin kicks Angle in the gut but the Olympian escapes in the nick of time again. Rolling out of the ring, Angle is shaken once more but shows his intelligence once more when he crawls under the ring. As Austin grabs his leg and looks to drag him back out, the crowd cheer but then Angle slides out and smashes a hockey stick into the throat of the Rattlesnake. Boos all around but there is no disqualification and no rules; Angle can use whatever he wants to do whatever he wants in order to win the WWF Championship. Angle uses the outside of the ring to further damage Austin now as he rams him face first into the ring post before dropping him over the announce table. RAW heads into the final commercial of the night with Angle regaining control here and continuing to damage the Rattlesnake. Will he get the job done and become WWF Champion after the break?


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    Replays show that Austin mounted another comeback during the break but ended up being back body dropped over the top rope by Angle; the Rattlesnake is writhing on the floor as live action resumes. Angle now has a Kendo stick and he cracks it over the back and shoulders of Austin several times as more “Austin!” chants build in the arena – but they are not helping the situation as Angle looks to be strolling towards the WWF Championship now. Yet again, Angle rams Austin face first into the announce table before climbing up onto the table instead and dragging Austin up with him. Pulling down his strap as a signal of intent, Angle grabs the leg of Austin … ANKLE LOCK! ON THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! However, Angle has not got it locked in and Austin kicks his way out of it so that Kurt almost falls off the table. When he spins around after regaining his balance, Angle stares right into the eyes of Austin, throws a wild punch that misses and is then hip tossed onto the Spanish announce table … ANGLE CRASHES THROUGH THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE! AUSTIN HIP TOSSED ANGLE THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! The crowd roar their approval as Austin senses a chance to retain his title and he drops the point of his elbow into Angle’s chest as he comes off the announce desk. Dragging Angle up, Stone Cold rolls him back into the ring before grabbing the steel chair and following in. Standing over the hurt challenger, Austin has his old glint in his eye as he looks down on Angle who is pleading for mercy. Austin raises the chair and is about to smash Angle with it … LOW BLOW! DESPERATION MOVE FROM ANGLE! No disqualification, there is nothing wrong with Angle’s move here; he has turned the tide back once again with one swift boot to the groin of Austin. Angle begins demanding that Austin get up, he is sure he has this one won now and it looks as if the Rattlesnake will walk straight into his plan. However, when Angle looks for the Angle Slam, Austin spins away and looks for the Stunner instead ... STUNNER! AUSTIN HITS THE STONE COLD STUNNER! However, to the dismay of the crowd, Angle rolls out of the ring from the force of the Stunner and lands on the floor outside the ring. “This is not a Falls Count Anywhere match!” JR reminds us as a desperate Austin rolls out and drags Angle back up. Angle’s limp body is slowly rolled back into the ring and Austin follows, rolling him to the centre of the ring and making the cover … to get a 2 count! At the last millisecond, Angle kicks out and frustrates Austin! Yet again, the WWF fans chant “Austin!” as they attempt to rally behind him; Austin appears reinvigorated and he drags Angle up just as we hear music in the arena ...

    ”NO CHANCE IN HELL” plays and Austin turns to look up at the entrance for Vince McMahon! “Foley barred every single WWF employee and superstar from this match!” Jerry Lawler exclaims as Austin waits … and there is no sign of McMahon. What the hell is going on here? Suddenly, it becomes clear: the distraction has just delayed Austin who fails to see Angle has the steel chair once more. Angle jabs the steel chair into the knee of Austin who falls hurt once more. Without a second’s hesitation, Angle grabs Austin’s ankle and locks in the ANKLE LOCK! ANKLE LOCK IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING! Will Austin tap out and relinquish his WWF Championship here tonight? Desperately clawing on the mat trying to reach the ropes, Austin writhes in pain as Angle screams at him to give it up. Can Austin make it to the ropes? The Rattlesnake refuses to give in and the crowd are right in his corner once again as they urge him to make it to the rope. Angle looks incensed as he tries to pile on the pressure but Austin continues to stretch and claw his way closer and closer … AND HE MAKES THE ROPES! Angrily, Angle releases it and stomps the hell out of Austin’s ankle immediately; he is determined to force the Rattlesnake to tap out and he intends to ensure he has no choice the next time he locks in the Ankle Lock! Desperately trying to escape, Austin throws wild right hands and manages to catch Angle with some of them to stem the tide against him. Once more, Angle targets the ankle and knee of Austin but he cannot keep him down; Stone Cold is intent on retaining his title here tonight! Waving his hands in the air, Angle berates Austin and demands he “get the hell up” whilst he waits … he goes for the Angle Slam but Austin squirms clear and comes off the ropes … Lou Thesz press! Fists of Fury! In the corner, Angle has a mudhole stomped in him by Austin now before he walks it dry for good measure. Can Austin somehow win the match despite his hurt ankle? Firing up, Austin waits to strike again but Angle once more resorts to underhand tactics as he rakes the eyes of Stone Cold. Angle Slam? No, Austin wriggles clear … STUNNER! STONE COLD STUNNER TO ANGLE! This time, it is clean in the centre of the ring and Angle is going nowhere … 1 … 2 … 3! AUSTIN RETAINS THE WWF CHAMPIONSHIP!


    WINNER: STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN via pinfall [17:28]
    STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN RETAINS THE WWF CHAMPIONSHIP!


    As JR goes wild on the commentary desk for the successful title defence by Stone Cold, Angle looks distraught – he has gone from being a second away from being handed the WWF Championship to seeing it ripped away out of nowhere with a Stone Cold Stunner! Tired and hurt from the match, Austin falls against the turnbuckles as the referee hands him the title belt and raises his hand. What a tough S-O-B he has been tonight here on RAW! Kicking the ropes, it is clear that Angle is angry and he refuses to accept the decision as he launches a sudden attack on the WWF Champion as he tries to pull himself up on the ropes. As the boos ring out and Austin’s music ends abruptly, Angle delivers another series of boots to the injured ankle of the Rattlesnake before ripping the WWF Championship away from him and setting himself to strike. The referee, aghast at what he is witnessing, tries to stop Angle from smashing the title over Austin’s head but we suddenly see Booker T, the man who Angle “helped” earlier to retain his job, race to the ring and he continues the beating to Austin. SCISSORS KICK! BOOKER T TAKES AUSTIN DOWN WITH THE SCISSORS KICK! Further boos and jeers as Angle sets to hit the Angle Slam once again but the noise turns to cheers when ”IF YA’ SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” suddenly blasts out and the WCW Champion, The Rock, races down towards the ring as well. He fights off the combined attack of Angle and Booker T and sends the Olympian over the top rope with a series of right hands before waiting for Booker T to turn round … ROCK BOTTOM! THE ROCK DROPS BOOKER T WITH A ROCK BOTTOM! As Angle and Booker slink away and The Rock stares them down at the ropes, JR praises the actions of the WCW Champion and says he did the right thing here tonight: he proved he was a true champion ahead of the crowning of the WWF Undisputed World Champion at Armageddon. However, the action is not finished yet. As Austin struggles up once more and joins Rock at the ropes, the WCW Champion – refusing to forgive and forget past encounters – considers himself … and then strikes. ROCK BOTTOM! ROCK CRASHES AUSTIN WITH THE ROCK BOTTOM! “The Rock will never forget what Austin tried to do to him!” claims Jerry Lawler as The Rock, with a mixed reaction ringing in his ears, stands tall over his nemesis, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Will these two clash at Armageddon to crown the first WWF Undisputed World Champion?

    Spoiler:

    QUICK RESULTS:
    Dudley Boyz & RVD def. Lance Storm, Raven & Tommy Dreamer
    The Undertaker def. Diamond Dallas Page
    Test def. Scotty 2 Hotty
    Booker T def. The Rock
    Chavo Guerrero def. Tazz
    The Hurricane def. Jeff Hardy to become the #1 contender for the WWF European Championship
    WWF CHAMPIONSHIP | NO HOLDS BARRED: Stone Cold Steve Austin [c] def. Kurt Angle

    OTHER NEWS:
    The Rock will defend the WCW World Championship on SMACKDOWN this Thursday
    The Hurricane is the new #1 contender for the WWF European Championship of Christian
    Brock Lesnar made his WWF debut following Tazz’s defeat to Chavo Guerrero
    Billy Kidman and X-Pac will challenge Tajiri for the WWF Cruiserweight Championship on SMACKDOWN this Thursday. If Kidman does not win, he will not be given a contract with the WWF.
    Diamond Dallas Page, Lance Storm, Raven and Tommy Dreamer all failed to earn WWF contracts
    Booker T, Chavo Guerrero and The Hurricane earned contracts with the WWF; Mick Foley announced that Rhyno would also be handed one.
    William Regal will face Vince McMahon in a Street Fight at Armageddon to try and earn his contract in the WWF.

    PREDICTION CONTEST:
    Declandimi101 [2]
    JayWhy75; roy mustang; Sykotic [4]
    DGenerationMC [5]
    HugLife; Joey Bananas; SP; TWG [6]
    Rasky [7]

    Stay tuned for the next part of the prediction contest!




    Sunday December 9, 2001
    CONFIRMED MATCHES



    WWF UNDISPUTED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    WWF CHAMPION vs. WCW CHAMPION
    currently Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock

    STREET FIGHT
    VINCE McMAHON vs. WILLIAM REGAL
    If William Regal wins, he gets a contract with the WWF
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    Absolutely brilliant work here tbh. I thought you captured the atmosphere of post-invasion quite well and nailed your formatting, the promos were easy to read and broken down quite well. I'm currently unsure about Lesnar arriving already but it's not too far off when he actually did l, it'll be interesting to see if you portray him in a similar way he was when he came in IRL.

    Glad you decided to keep Booker T, would've liked to have seen Raven & DDP continue with the WWF though. All in all, I enjoyed reading through this, you've done a good job for your first post-invasion Raw and I'm really looking forward to Smackdown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldwin View Post
    Absolutely brilliant work here tbh. I thought you captured the atmosphere of post-invasion quite well and nailed your formatting, the promos were easy to read and broken down quite well. I'm currently unsure about Lesnar arriving already but it's not too far off when he actually did l, it'll be interesting to see if you portray him in a similar way he was when he came in IRL.

    Glad you decided to keep Booker T, would've liked to have seen Raven & DDP continue with the WWF though. All in all, I enjoyed reading through this, you've done a good job for your first post-invasion Raw and I'm really looking forward to Smackdown.
    As far as who I kept from the ECW/WCW Alliance, it was always going to be guys I was familiar with. I know many people like Raven and DDP but, as a purely WWF viewer, I don't know their backgrounds and I never saw them at their best. Glad you enjoyed the show.

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    I echo too early for Lesnar. Heyman was planning to win Survivor Series so it seems a bit soon for Plan B(rock).

    Jericho/Taker seems interesting but I think Raven could have been a great addition to the roster if you backgrounded him around this time.

    No Flair is different but maybe you are holding your cards closer to your chest than the WWF DID.

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    Really missed your work, GCB. The first show lived up to the expectations set by your previous work to say the least. I can get on board with how you're having Alliance members earn their contracts besides Rhyno where it made sense.

    I'm okay with the debut of Brock Lesnar because of its timing compared to real life. He and Heyman are the appropriate pairing no matter the time, and the Lesnar/Tazz match will be an interesting to see if Tazz can make Lesnar tap out or pass out.

    The power struggle between Mick Foley and Vince McMahon didn't come off as too much that it was taking away from the show. All of their segments together added another layer to existing storylines. The only decision that caught me off guard was Vince McMahon pitting himself against William Regal, but I'm hoping it leads into a Regal push somewhere along the way.

    The first show was missing somethings in my opinion like Edge fresh off the Intercontinental Championship win and the women nowhere to be seen. I think it's done intentionally in the end to make Smackdown more of a must watch show to get the rest of the Survivor Series fallout.

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    Re: GCB's WWF 2001/2002 | "Moving on from the Invasion"

    Checked out your show dude and enjoyed it, well done.

    Really enjoyed the trip back down memory lane to this time frame in the WWE and I'm excited to see how it plays out under your guidance.

    Excited by some of the feuds already unfolding, Jericho/Taker is interesting and I assume we will get an explanation for the attack. Lesnar was a massive surprise and a match with Tazz would be pretty awesome. I think the too soon thing is true- but I'm cool with it man. Interested to see what you do with the Beast and Heyman at his side.

    No qualms with those that have been fired. I'd maybe liked to have seen a swerve or two, many seemed obvious and I'd like to have seen Raven remaining but oh well. Obviously glad Booker made the cut as expected and I think Chavo and Hurricane will play there parts- possibly in the cruiserweight division if it's sticking around long term.

    Hardy boyz split up tease is interesting! Can see it coming.

    Promo's were all good and the commentary segments fitted well and seemed spot on for good ole' Jr and the King.

    Good job man! I'll be reading on


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    I decided I would check this out since it's a timeframe I'm not as familiar with. I didn't start for a few years after this, and only know this from clips I would see on YouTube or Dailymotion growing up.


    Immediately, I think you have a fantastic style and formatting to your show. This is easy to read, and I really loved every part. I could hear the voices of each of the people in this promo, feel the crowd to it and it seemed very legitimate. I definitely find this Rock/Angle story interesting and it absolutely foreshadows some future problems well. I'm curious what McMahon will do to The Rock for attacking the WWF's glorious savior.


    Dudley Boyz and RVD is cool. I enjoy the idea of the six-man tag for their lives, though I feel like the Dudley Boyz weren't highlighted at all in your recap and left me confused as to anything they did other than keeping people out at the end. Your writing very much foreshadowed the attack on RVD, and I'm curious to see where this goes. Maybe RVD gets a partner to take on the Champions? Maybe they're just big, bad guys and complete badasses?


    I wish DDP got a bit more of a shake in his match, considering what a star he is. It's unfortunate how quick that went, but understandable and Undertaker is after all the American Bad Ass. The post-match assault by Jericho is pretty interesting, but really had me a bit off. Maybe it's me not knowing the time, my thoughts are that Jericho is prone to explaining everything and going off with great and witty speeches, and him just repeating that he won't explain anything is a bit odd. It has me curious, but just doesn't feel like the Jericho I've known.


    Regal and McMahon in a Street Fight at Armageddon? Hmm, interesting. Count me in.


    I appreciate that Scotty 2 Hotty looked great here, he's a fun one, but the right man won. Test has a lot of potential at this point from what I could gather, and his immunity for a year is a fantastic gimmick for this heel run. He's "untouchable" and it's going to really make him hated. I love it.


    Great match between Booker and Rock, and it really helps to drive home that something is going to happen between Angle and The Rock and I'm ecstatic about it. The only thing that kind of worried me is having Booker and McMahon seem to be in cahoots. It doesn't seem right to me just yet, but I'm going to delay any real reaction until I hear an explanation. It just didn't sit right for now.


    Tazz being after Paul Heyman is great, and a good way to let Chavo get a win and stick around. I like Chavo, feel he's a good cruiserweight addition, and so this is fantastic. Lesnar's debut is fine with me, sure it's early, but not too much and he's a freak of nature anyway. Count me in on this Lesnar/Tazz feud.


    Tension between Foley and McMahon? Perfect. This segment was written beautifully, really helps to cement this feeling between the two against one another.


    I adore The Hurricane. He was my first favorite wrestler. Lasted only for a little while, but he's fantastic. I'm absolutely thrilled that he was able to get the win here and is #1 contender for the European Championship. I have some high hopes for him honestly. The tensions between the Hardyz is cool, but I don't exactly care for it at the moment. I can understand it, and I think it's a good story for sure with a ton of potential in that conservative versus high flying style battle. I'm going to keep an eye on it, see how you do it to see about coming around to it.


    STONE COLD! STONE COLD!


    That's a big pop. Stone Cold was guaranteed to come out, and the main event was absolutely fantastic. It's a great way of setting the pace for this and giving something exciting and unpredictable to me at least. In terms of Rock and Booker coming out, the build you're giving to this grouping of four in the main event is fantastic thus far. Seeing Rock standing tall at the end has me curious what will happen on SmackDown for sure.


    I'll be checking out, this is fantastic formatting, great writing and a fun time. I'm curious enough about certain feuds and I'm sure you'll get me into the ones I'm not as fond of yet. Good luck with this, I'll be reading.

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    Was a big fan of your other project and am already enjoying this one, will post a full review for the next show but really enjoy your style of booking and format for shows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sykotic View Post
    I echo too early for Lesnar. Heyman was planning to win Survivor Series so it seems a bit soon for Plan B(rock).

    Jericho/Taker seems interesting but I think Raven could have been a great addition to the roster if you backgrounded him around this time.

    No Flair is different but maybe you are holding your cards closer to your chest than the WWF DID.
    Like I said, I wanted to use Lesnar so I've brought him in earlier than maybe he should have been. However, I think I've got some good plans so hopefully people can overlook that bit of unrealistic (ish) debuting. Also, I just don't know enough about Raven and I've not got time to do the background research needed to do a complex character like him justice. As for Flair, wait and see - he may turn up, he may not ... Thanks for reading, mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasky View Post
    Really missed your work, GCB. The first show lived up to the expectations set by your previous work to say the least. I can get on board with how you're having Alliance members earn their contracts besides Rhyno where it made sense.

    I'm okay with the debut of Brock Lesnar because of its timing compared to real life. He and Heyman are the appropriate pairing no matter the time, and the Lesnar/Tazz match will be an interesting to see if Tazz can make Lesnar tap out or pass out.

    The power struggle between Mick Foley and Vince McMahon didn't come off as too much that it was taking away from the show. All of their segments together added another layer to existing storylines. The only decision that caught me off guard was Vince McMahon pitting himself against William Regal, but I'm hoping it leads into a Regal push somewhere along the way.

    The first show was missing somethings in my opinion like Edge fresh off the Intercontinental Championship win and the women nowhere to be seen. I think it's done intentionally in the end to make Smackdown more of a must watch show to get the rest of the Survivor Series fallout.
    Kind words, Rasky. Really humbling how many people PM, rep or reply saying that they enjoy my writing. To me, it's just a creative outlet for me, something I enjoy doing but I'm glad people enjoy my ideas and writing. I feel I might have let you down with Lesnar destroying Tazz on SMACKDOWN (anti-climax for you, maybe?) but I have other plans for Lesnar with him avenging Heyman against his former ECW men. Glad the power struggle between Foley and Vince came over well, I wanted to do it subtly to set up the SMACKDOWN segment where Foley saved Austin. After the way Regal spoke to McMahon and Linda at Survivor Series, I felt there needed to be a follow up as Vince would hold that grudge. I had too many things to fit in RAW but Edge was back on SMACKDOWN and the women ... well, I am planning to use them more on HEAT. Women's wrestling in 2001/2002 wasn't great IMO! Thanks for reading, mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deco90 View Post
    Checked out your show dude and enjoyed it, well done.

    Really enjoyed the trip back down memory lane to this time frame in the WWE and I'm excited to see how it plays out under your guidance.

    Excited by some of the feuds already unfolding, Jericho/Taker is interesting and I assume we will get an explanation for the attack. Lesnar was a massive surprise and a match with Tazz would be pretty awesome. I think the too soon thing is true- but I'm cool with it man. Interested to see what you do with the Beast and Heyman at his side.

    No qualms with those that have been fired. I'd maybe liked to have seen a swerve or two, many seemed obvious and I'd like to have seen Raven remaining but oh well. Obviously glad Booker made the cut as expected and I think Chavo and Hurricane will play there parts- possibly in the cruiserweight division if it's sticking around long term.

    Hardy boyz split up tease is interesting! Can see it coming.

    Promo's were all good and the commentary segments fitted well and seemed spot on for good ole' Jr and the King.

    Good job man! I'll be reading on
    Glad you enjoyed the show, Deco. Hope you enjoy SMACKDOWN as well. I really enjoyed 2001 - in hindsight, the Invasion was wasted but I enjoyed WWF around that time - and I've always toyed with rewriting the Invasion or the immediate aftermath. I'll try to make it amazing. Hardest thing is switching back to the 2001/2002 mindset for RAW/SMACKDOWN - it was a lot crazier and not so PC obviously so I'm trying to think about how to make it more shocking, more edge of the seat crazy, more WTF! Heyman as Hardcore Champion - that's one of my first attempts!

    I hated heel Jericho in late 2001, early 2002 - no wonder people crapped all over HHH vs. Jericho at WMX8. Jericho desperately needed a clean win over a top star when he became the Undisputed Champion and he never got it: it made it so clear that HHH was going to take him out and the WM match ended up being more about HHH vs. Steph with Jericho as a sideshow. I want heel Jericho coming out of Survivor Series to be more than a chickenshit who needs his mates to save him. Going after Undertaker should be a good start!

    Interesting comment about the Alliance cuts being obvious - the prediction contest didn't show that! :D Booker was always staying around, Hurricane was quite popular so he was always staying too. I have a plan for Chavo too. The Hardys did split around this point and battled at the PPV following Survivor Series but the WWF didn't do as well with it as they could have done. Again, I might look to do a better job of that - you'll have to wait and see. Hope you continue enjoying the show, fella.

    Quote Originally Posted by JayWhy75 View Post
    I decided I would check this out since it's a timeframe I'm not as familiar with. I didn't start for a few years after this, and only know this from clips I would see on YouTube or Dailymotion growing up.

    Immediately, I think you have a fantastic style and formatting to your show. This is easy to read, and I really loved every part. I could hear the voices of each of the people in this promo, feel the crowd to it and it seemed very legitimate. I definitely find this Rock/Angle story interesting and it absolutely foreshadows some future problems well. I'm curious what McMahon will do to The Rock for attacking the WWF's glorious savior.

    Dudley Boyz and RVD is cool. I enjoy the idea of the six-man tag for their lives, though I feel like the Dudley Boyz weren't highlighted at all in your recap and left me confused as to anything they did other than keeping people out at the end. Your writing very much foreshadowed the attack on RVD, and I'm curious to see where this goes. Maybe RVD gets a partner to take on the Champions? Maybe they're just big, bad guys and complete badasses?

    I wish DDP got a bit more of a shake in his match, considering what a star he is. It's unfortunate how quick that went, but understandable and Undertaker is after all the American Bad Ass. The post-match assault by Jericho is pretty interesting, but really had me a bit off. Maybe it's me not knowing the time, my thoughts are that Jericho is prone to explaining everything and going off with great and witty speeches, and him just repeating that he won't explain anything is a bit odd. It has me curious, but just doesn't feel like the Jericho I've known.

    Regal and McMahon in a Street Fight at Armageddon? Hmm, interesting. Count me in.

    I appreciate that Scotty 2 Hotty looked great here, he's a fun one, but the right man won. Test has a lot of potential at this point from what I could gather, and his immunity for a year is a fantastic gimmick for this heel run. He's "untouchable" and it's going to really make him hated. I love it.

    Great match between Booker and Rock, and it really helps to drive home that something is going to happen between Angle and The Rock and I'm ecstatic about it. The only thing that kind of worried me is having Booker and McMahon seem to be in cahoots. It doesn't seem right to me just yet, but I'm going to delay any real reaction until I hear an explanation. It just didn't sit right for now.

    Tazz being after Paul Heyman is great, and a good way to let Chavo get a win and stick around. I like Chavo, feel he's a good cruiserweight addition, and so this is fantastic. Lesnar's debut is fine with me, sure it's early, but not too much and he's a freak of nature anyway. Count me in on this Lesnar/Tazz feud.

    Tension between Foley and McMahon? Perfect. This segment was written beautifully, really helps to cement this feeling between the two against one another.

    I adore The Hurricane. He was my first favorite wrestler. Lasted only for a little while, but he's fantastic. I'm absolutely thrilled that he was able to get the win here and is #1 contender for the European Championship. I have some high hopes for him honestly. The tensions between the Hardyz is cool, but I don't exactly care for it at the moment. I can understand it, and I think it's a good story for sure with a ton of potential in that conservative versus high flying style battle. I'm going to keep an eye on it, see how you do it to see about coming around to it.

    STONE COLD! STONE COLD!

    That's a big pop. Stone Cold was guaranteed to come out, and the main event was absolutely fantastic. It's a great way of setting the pace for this and giving something exciting and unpredictable to me at least. In terms of Rock and Booker coming out, the build you're giving to this grouping of four in the main event is fantastic thus far. Seeing Rock standing tall at the end has me curious what will happen on SmackDown for sure.

    I'll be checking out, this is fantastic formatting, great writing and a fun time. I'm curious enough about certain feuds and I'm sure you'll get me into the ones I'm not as fond of yet. Good luck with this, I'll be reading.
    Thanks for reading, hope I can educate you about 01/02. I'm enjoying watching the Attitude era once more on the Network and I'd suggest to anybody unfamiliar with this time period who wants to enjoy my BTB to give Survivor Series 2001 a watch before reading on.

    As with Raven, I had a feeling people might disagree with me cutting DDP but I just don't know much of him. I thought it was a very Vince McMahon type of thing to do - have Undertaker destroy him and send him on his way! Realism rocks! When Jericho refused to explain, he meant that he didn't need to explain or answer himself to anybody referring to Taker stopping his attack on Rock the night before. You're right that Jericho tends to explain himself - but he wasn't refusing to in the way you thought. Another thing the WWF wasted was Test's "untouchable" gimmick - I've got big plans for that!

    As for McMahon/Booker not sitting well - I'm switching McMahon back from being a relative face as the Chairman of WWF fighting off the Alliance hoards to a heel so I think bringing Booker into his team sits well with him going against the wishes of the fans. I thought it made sense and Booker, when he returned a few week on in real life, sided with McMahon's side. Again, I feel I'm letting you down with the Tazz/Lesnar thing - I've only used it as a setup to get across how Lesnar is avenging for Heyman. It's more about setting Lesnar vs. RVD up as a feud. Sorry about that!

    The Hardy Boyz were as popular as anything in the WWF at this stage with the exception of Austin/Rock so splitting them - for the first time - here was quite a big deal. Whether I go through with it is a question I'll answer later but the WWF sowed the seeds at Survivor Series so I have to use these for now. Their "feud" was forgettable and they got wrote off TV by Undertaker a few week later so they could come back as a team at the Rumble.

    As with the others who took time to read, thanks for the comments, mate. Hope you keep enjoying it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestEarth View Post
    Was a big fan of your other project and am already enjoying this one, will post a full review for the next show but really enjoy your style of booking and format for shows
    Good to hear mate, thanks. Hope you continue enjoying it - starting with SMACKDOWN!


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    After the intensity and excitement of the Survivor Series PPV and the beginning of a new era in the WWF on RAW, SMACKDOWN is not the night when everything calms down once again – tonight sees another Alliance member battling to earn a contract in the WWF, further fallout from the RAW main event and the WCW World Championship will be on the line. With Armageddon’s main event set to crown an Undisputed Champion, will The Rock be able to successfully retain the gold and ensure that he will be in contention to be the first ever Undisputed Champion? And who will he be defending the title against? As the blue pyro ends, the crowd go wild here in Fayetteville as Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler introduce tonight’s action, starting with an appearance from the WWF Champion …

    “I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME” follows the shattering of the glass and the crowd stay on their feet to greet the WWF Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin, as he stomps his way down the ramp. The reaction to Austin is a positive one – his actions on RAW appear to have put him back in favour with the WWF’s fans – but he looks pissed off as he enters the ring and stands on the turnbuckles to salute the fans. Beckoning for a microphone, Austin clearly has something he wants to get off his chest and he barks for his music to be cut. Reiterating that he doesn’t really “give a rat’s ass” who likes him and who doesn’t, Stone Cold says he is here for one reason and one reason only: “To be the World Wrestling Federation Champion,” he growls whilst holding up the title belt. He identifies that he intends to walk into Armageddon as the WWF Champion, whip somebody’s ass and walk back out as the damn Undisputed Champion, “And there ain’t nobody here in the WWF that can stop me.” At this comment, there is a small “Rocky!” chant from those in the arena that want to see The Rock, the man who saved the WWF at Survivor Series, as the first ever WWF Undisputed World Champion. Austin cocks an ear and listens to the growing chant whilst also listening to a duelling “Austin!” chant that grows as well. “You see, that’s the reason I’m out here right now. It seems to me that The Rock has a damn problem with ol’ Stone Cold, he comes in the ring on Monday Night RAW and drops me with a Rock Bottom and I don’t like it one little bit,” Austin angrily tells the fans, “So I’m calling that jackass out right now. If you gotta’ problem wi’ me, son, why don’t you bring your ass out here and we can settle this right now?” Big pop in the arena for this, the crowd are desperate to see Austin and The Rock get it on here tonight here in Fayetteville. But will The Rock head out to confront Austin here tonight?

    Of course he will: within seconds, “IF YA’ SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” blasts out through the arena and the WCW World Champion, The Rock, strides out looking intense. In the ring, Austin removes his hat and throws it down with the WWF Championship whilst The Rock locks eyes with the Rattlesnake as he approaches the ring. There is not an ounce of fear in either man’s eyes here; both are ready to fight it out right here, right now. The crowd are deafening as Rocky climbs through the ropes and the two champions go eyeball to eyeball, talking trash to one another, the tension building to snapping point. However, as Rock throws down his WCW World Championship and it looks as if they are going to get it on, “WRECK” plays and signals the arrival of the WWF’s Commissioner, Mick Foley. Both Austin and Rock break apart a little and turn their attentions towards the stage where Foley is standing with a microphone saluting the crowd. He welcomes the fans to SMACKDOWN and then addresses the situation in front of him. He says that he is as big a fan as any of the people here in Fayetteville here tonight and he wants to see these two men fight it out – but he also has to see the bigger picture. “Gentlemen, I wanna’ see you two beat the hell outta’ each other with everything on the line,” Foley suggests, “And, difficult as it may be to wait that long, a WWF Undisputed Championship match at Armageddon is the right time and the right place.” Foley continues and says that if the two of them get in a fight right now, that will make it more likely that The Rock will lose his WCW World Championship match later tonight and the dream match every single WWF fan wants to see will be lost. “Rock, I know you want revenge on Stone Cold for WrestleMania,” Foley informs the Great One, “But if you fight it out now, you may not make it to Armageddon. Won’t the revenge taste a little sweeter if you defeat Austin in the biggest title match of all time?” As Rock contemplates this, Foley turns his attention to Austin as he steps into the ring himself. “Stone Cold, you’ve already explained why you’re back here in the WWF,” says Foley, “You wanna’ prove that you’re the best in the business, the top dog. Wouldn’t defeating The Rock for the UNDISPUTED Championship prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt?” Foley suggests that the two of them do the right thing and postpone their fight, save it for Armageddon and then have the war that everybody in the WWF wants to see. “You see, I have the power here in the WWF, I can make whatever match I see fit,” continues Foley, “And whilst Vince McMahon may have made the match for Armageddon for the Undisputed Championship, I reserve the right to make changes as I see fit. So here’s what I’m wanting to see: the WWF Champion, the Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin …” - Foley pauses for a pop from the crowd - “Against the WCW World Champion, the Great One, The Rock …” – another pause for a pop from the crowd - “In a 3 Stages of Hell match!” A huge pop for this announcement: 3 Stages of Hell to determine the WWF’s first ever Undisputed World Champion! It seems that Austin and The Rock are convinced as they both nod their heads but before anybody can say another word …

    “NO CHANCE IN HELL” plays and out comes the Chairman of the WWF, Vince McMahon, with Booker T and the ‘Saviour of the WWF’ Kurt Angle alongside him. Sensibly, considering their actions on Monday, all three men remain on the staging area but they all look on in some kind of amusement: they know something that Foley, Rock and Austin do not. “Gentlemen, Mick is right,” McMahon smirks, “Why fight now when you can fight at Armageddon for the richest prize in this industry? THE first EVER WWF Undisputed World Championship. Think of the honour. Think of the prestige.” McMahon, Angle and Booker all nod their heads in agreement. “It’s just a shame that the two of you will NOT fight in that main event,” McMahon announces. Highlighting that he informed Rock on Monday night that he would have to earn the right to be involved in that main event, Vince reminds the world that tonight, here on SMACKDOWN, Rock will be defending the WCW World Championship as well as his spot in the Armageddon main event. “And I wouldn’t get used to the idea of being an Undisputed Champion, Rock …” McMahon adds, “You see, tonight, in that very ring, you will be defending the WCW World Championship … in a Triple Threat match … against Kurt Angle …” – boos and jeers from the WWF fans who realise that we’re about to see a screwover - “… AND Booker T!” The Rock vs. Booker T vs. Kurt Angle tonight for the WCW World Championship in a Triple Threat match! Jerry Lawler immediately lauds the wisdom of Mr. McMahon but JR suggests it is nothing but a glorified Handicap Match! “As for your participation in the Armageddon main event, Austin,” McMahon laughs, “I wouldn’t be so sure about that either. After the way you stabbed the entire World Wrestling Federation in the back during the Invasion, give me one good reason why I shouldn’t fire your ass right now!” Boos all around the arena: they want to see Stone Cold vs. The Rock at Armageddon but it looks as if McMahon is planning to do everything he possibly can to prevent this. “But, you see, Austin, I’m a fair man,” McMahon adds, “And I’m willing to forgive and forget. All you’ve gotta’ do … is apologise to Vince McMahon …” – boos all around, there is no way that’s going to happen - “… and … grovel at my … no, no, KISS my … ASS!” What the hell?! Vince McMahon is demanding that Stone Cold Steve Austin apologise and kiss his ass? “You’ve got until the end of the night, Austin!” McMahon smirks, “Or else … YOU’RRRRRRRE … FIRRRRRREEED!” As Austin and The Rock look on incredulous from the ring, Foley shaking his head beside them, McMahon, Angle and Booker T turn and exit looking pretty pleased with their plan for tonight. How the hell can The Rock survive both Kurt Angle and Booker T to defend his WCW World Championship? And what the hell makes Vince McMahon think that he will get an apology from Stone Cold Steve Austin and that he will kiss his ass?


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    When SMACKDOWN returns, replays of McMahon’s announcements are made: Austin has until the end of the night to apologise to Vince McMahon AND kiss his ass or else he will be fired; and The Rock will defend his WCW World Championship in a Triple Threat – or a 2 on 1 Handicap match according to JR – against Booker T and Kurt Angle. “IF YOU DARE” plays as we head to the ring for the first action of the night, Tazz is making his way to the ring through the orange smoke and does not look pleased after what went down on Monday Night RAW earlier this week. As replays show how Brock Lesnar, seemingly on the orders of Paul Heyman, attacked Tazz following his defeat against Chavo Guerrero, JR provides some background information on Lesnar and informs us he is a celebrated amateur wrestler who has been cherry picked from the WWF’s development show, FCW, by Heyman. An unfamiliar theme, “NEXT BIG THING”, plays and the monstrous Brock Lesnar heads out into the arena with a grinning Heyman by his side. As they approach the ring, Heyman holds his hand up to cut the music and looks up at Tazz whilst holding a microphone. “You know something, Tazz,” Heyman informs his former ECW Champion, “You’d think that after losing my announce table job on Sunday when the Alliance imploded, I’d be feeling a little bit down about things, wouldn’t you? However, allow me to advise you otherwise. You see, Sunday night’s result – however Vince McMahon obtained it – just brought forward a plan that I’d been considering for a long time.” Heyman highlights that too many ECW ‘superstars’ walked out for the bright lights of the WWF, turned their backs on him; he wants to see them pay. “And that is why I went out and found myself a beast. A maniacal, destructive beast. This man right here is BRRRROCK LESNARRRR and he is here to avenge me against the likes of you!” says Heyman. Stating that he did not appreciate being disrespected by Tazz the way he was, Heyman tells him that it is time for him to pay as he unleashes his beast here tonight on SMACKDOWN. Lesnar, followed by Heyman, slides under the rope and into the ring where Tazz looks a little wary as he surveys the monster standing in front of him with a look of intensity in his eyes. Can Tazz teach this youngster a lesson here on his WWF debut? Or will Lesnar do Heyman’s bidding and destroy Tazz here tonight?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    BROCK LESNAR vs. TAZZ

    The experience of Tazz means he is able to hang in there with Heyman’s beast in the early stages but quickly the power of Lesnar means that he gains control of the contest. Although Tazz threatens to counter on several occasions, Lesnar methodically picks Tazz apart and uses a number of suplexes to take the former ECW Champion down over and over. However, he seems reluctant to make a pinfall attempt as Heyman barks orders at Lesnar to inflict further punishment on Tazz; he is clearly enjoying seeing him overpowered by Brock. When Lesnar lifts Tazz onto his shoulders looking to hit a big move, Tazz manages to fight clear and – out of nowhere – locks in the TAZZMISSION! TAZZ LOCKS BROCK LESNAR IN THE TAZZMISSION! As Heyman looks on worried, Lesnar fades a little and there is a little hope for Tazz and his fans here. Despite the hold though, Lesnar refuses to drop to the mat and reaches round to grab Tazz – whilst he is holding on to the Tazzmission – and awkwardly run him into the turnbuckles to cause the break. Brute strength for Lesnar saves him here. Tazz looks to go on the offensive with Lesnar a little dazed but his punches do not seem to be having much impact and Lesnar suddenly explodes into a clothesline to turn the tide back his way. He lifts Tazz onto his shoulders into a Fireman Carry position and Heyman screams at JR and King that it is time for the F5! BROCK LESNAR HITS A FIREMAN CARRY FACEBUSTER – AN F5! For the first time in the match, Lesnar covers … and the referee counts the 3 for an impressive first victory for Heyman’s beast.


    WINNER: BROCK LESNAR via pinfall [4:08]


    As Brock Lesnar exits with a grinning Heyman by his side, Jerry Lawler praises the rookie’s destructive debut here and suggests that defeating Tazz, a former ECW Champion and a former multiple time WWF Hardcore Champion, in the manner he did tonight is seriously impressive. Michael Cole speculates over just which other WWF superstars Heyman might look to Lesnar to take revenge against for him before announcing that this Sunday, on Sunday Night HEAT, we will see a WWF European Championship match when Christian defends the gold against the #1 contender, the man who defeated Jeff Hardy on RAW, The Hurricane. Christian vs. The Hurricane for the WWF European Championship this Sunday on HEAT!

    The camera switch backstage where WWF Intercontinental Champion, Edge, is waiting with Lilian Garcia in the interview pit. When asked about unifying the Intercontinental and United States Championships this past Sunday at Survivor Series, Edge identifies that it is just another highlight in what has been an amazing year for him. “I kicked that useless Christian to the kerb,” Edge laughs, “I won the 2001 King of the Ring, my first singles titles and now I am the undisputed WWF Intercontinental Champion as well.” As the crowd cheer Edge’s accomplishments, he contemplates the new year ahead and says that he is looking forward to even bigger and better things. “You see, Lilian, when 2002 rolls around, we head for the Royal Rumble, the Road to WrestleMania and, for one lucky superstar, the WWF Championship,” Edge points out, “And why shouldn’t that be me?” As Edge lets his next career target settle, his attention turns towards somebody else walking into shot: the 7 foot, 500 pound Big Show. Smirking, Big Show interrupts Edge and tells him that every single WWF superstar is dreaming of the opportunity to win the Rumble and head to WrestleMania. “And, Edge, you’re right. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be you …” Big Show explains before pointing out one reason: “Except for me.” Big Show emphasises that his size and power, his strength and his sheer dominance, means that nobody will deny him victory in the Rumble; he vows that he is the one who will be heading to WrestleMania to become the WWF Champion, not Edge. With a patronising pat on the shoulder of the Intercontinental Champion, Big Show exits as SMACKDOWN heads into a break.


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    SMACKDOWN returns with a match graphic: following their confrontation before the break, Big Show will face Edge later tonight. However, up next here in Fayetteville, the WWF Cruiserweight Championship is going to be on the line: first out is the first of the two challengers, X-Pac as “X-FACTOR” plays in the arena. Michael Cole announces that X-Pac, a former multiple champion here in the WWF, is making his in-ring return here tonight after an injury lay off that took him out of the title picture during the Autumn. Mocking the fans as he makes his way to the ring, X-Pac is praised by Jerry Lawler as being one of the best cruiserweights of all time in the WWF. “YOU CAN RUN” plays and signals the arrival of the second challenger, the man who must win if he is to earn a contract in the World Wrestling Federation, in Billy Kidman. Despite his previous allegiances to the ECW/WCW Alliance, Kidman is given a good reception by the fans and Cole suggests his popularity is down to his high-flying style. As Kidman gets in the ring, X-Pac tries to talk some trash and mocks him with a wave: he intends to ensure Kidman’s run in the WWF is a short one. “IMPERIAL CITY” brings out the WWF Cruiserweight Champion, Tajiri, who is accompanied out to the ring by his girlfriend, Torrie Wilson. As the crowd cheer the pair, Tajiri shows concern for his girlfriend who is holding her back: replays from Survivor Series of William Regal powerbombing Torrie are shown to explain her injuries. Once in the ring, Tajiri continues to look concerned as he directs Torrie to a safe spot to watch from near the ring post. The referee rings the bell and the title is up for grabs …


    WWF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
    [ If Billy Kidman wins the WWF Cruiserweight Championship, he gets a contract with the WWF ]
    TAJIRI [c]vs. BILLY KIDMAN vs. X-PAC

    As you would expect from these three superstars, we get off to a frenetic, fast-paced start and all three look to score a quick win to take the title. Nobody is able to get control until X-Pac, using his “educated feet” to devastating effect, takes down both the champion, Tajiri, and Kidman to turn the momentum his way. However, despite getting the upper hand, X-Pac is unable to end things and the action eventually spills to the outside when X-Pac is dropkicked through the ropes by Kidman. Looking to counter Kidman’s offence on the outside, X-Pac tries to whip his opponent into the ring post exactly where Torrie Wilson is standing; luckily, Kidman puts on the brakes before he can crash into the blonde beauty. Advising Torrie to head towards safer ground, Tajiri seems to be a little annoyed at this and takes issue with Kidman as Torrie tries to calm things down. The Japanese Buzzsaw opts to throw some fists at Kidman and rolls him back into the ring where he directs several well placed kicks to his challenger as he kneels on the mat. However, when Tajiri looks to come off the ropes to dropkick Kidman in the back of the head, X-Pac grabs his feet and drags him back out of the ring. As Kidman remains in the ring recovering, X-Pac and Tajiri do battle outside the ring and we get another attempted Irish Whip from X-Pac. Tajiri reverses but then X-Pac counter reverses and, in the confusion, Torrie ends up right in the way of an onrushing Japanese Buzzsaw who crashes into her at the side of the ring post. As Torrie crumples and Tajiri falls with her, X-Pac laughs to himself before re-entering the ring looking to finish Kidman off. He looks to set up for the X-Factor but Kidman counters with a springboard bulldog that leaves X-Pac laid out on the mat. Sensing his chance, Kidman quickly heads for the top rope … SHOOTING STAR PRESS! KIDMAN PERFECTLY EXECUTES THE SHOOTING STAR PRESS ON X-PAC! Hooking the leg of X-Pac, Kidman looks to secure the pinfall for the WWF Cruiserweight Championship AND a contract with the WWF … but Tajiri is trying to make the save … 1 … 2 … Can Tajiri make it? … NO! 3! New Cruiserweight Champion!


    WINNER: BILLY KIDMAN via pinfall [3:47]
    … AND THE NEW WWF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION!


    As “YOU CAN RUN” plays, the referee raises Kidman’s hand and the WWF Cruiserweight Championship is handed over to him: he is the new champion and has secured a contract with the World Wrestling Federation! Backing off up the ramp, Kidman looks delighted but Tajiri looks strangely angered by the situation. With Torrie struggling on the outside and being checked by medics, Tajiri glares up the ramp at Kidman instead of checking on his girlfriend – losing the title has hit the Japanese Buzzsaw hard here tonight and he holds his head in his hands in despair.

    Backstage, in their “office”, Faarooq and Bradshaw , The A.P.A. as they are better known, are playing cards, smoking cigars and drinking beer. There is a knock on their door and the WWF Chairman, Vince McMahon, surprisingly walks up to their table. Things become clear though as McMahon explains that he is here to speak to them about their 2-on-1 Handicap match later tonight – against William Regal, the man who McMahon faces at Armageddon. McMahon tells the A.P.A. that their efforts to repel the ECW/WCW Alliance did not go unnoticed and that he is proud of the way they led the WWF locker room. To reward them, he informs them that, if they beat Regal tonight, he will name them as the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championships. Understandably, the A.P.A. are delighted with this news and thank McMahon who exits the shot leaving Faarooq and Bradshaw to puff happily on their cigars.

    Elsewhere backstage, we see Rob Van Dam, who is still carrying his bag as if he has just arrived, looking none too pleased as he seeks somebody out. Noticing the door of the WWF Commissioner, RVD heads through it and is met by Mick Foley who is looking stressed. Foley complains that McMahon has no right to go over his head but RVD cuts him off and says he is not here to listen to that: “Man, I want one of them Dudleys in the ring tonight!” RVD demands, “I don’t give a damn which one, just give me one of them tonight.” Foley, showing concern for one of his WWF superstars, asks RVD how he is feeling after being attacked by the Dudleys and hit with a 3D through the table on RAW. Insisting he is fit to go here tonight, RVD offers to put the WWF Hardcore Championship on the line tonight as long as he gets Bubba Ray or D’Von in the ring. Foley relents and says that RVD has got his wish: one of Bubba Ray and D’Von will challenge for the WWF Hardcore Championship here tonight. Nodding his head in thanks, RVD heads away from Foley content as SMACKDOWN heads into a break. RVD vs. Bubba Ray OR D’Von Dudley for the WWF Hardcore Championship later tonight!


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    “TURN IT UP” plays as SMACKDOWN resumes and out dances Scotty 2 Hotty with his partner, Albert. For the past couple of weeks, these two superstars have formed an unlikely alliance and, as they head for the ring, Michael Cole suggests that their success as a team could mean that the WWF Tag Team Championships are in their sights. Once in the ring, attention turns back towards the titantron as gold pyro rains down … here comes the WWF European Champion, Christian. With a title defence coming this Sunday on HEAT against The Hurricane, “AT LAST!” brings out Christian who stands on the stage taking in the ‘adulation’ from the fans before waiting for the arrival of his partner. “THIS IS A TEST” interrupts and out heads Test to join him here on SMACKDOWN. As they head for the ring, replays of Test’s vicious actions on RAW are shown where, following a win over Scotty 2 Hotty, he not only attacked the Master of the Worm but also a WWF official as well for good measure. “You gotta’ realise, Michael” Jerry Lawler explains, “No other WWF superstar in history has ever experienced what Test is feeling right now. He is immune from being fired. He can do WHATEVER he likes and there isn’t a thing anybody can do about it!” Cole reminds us how Albert came to the rescue of Scotty on RAW and that Test and Albert did team together once upon a time: they were a very successful tag team of course. Can Scotty and Albert continue their momentum here tonight?

    TAG TEAM MATCH
    ALBERT & SCOTTY 2 HOTTY vs. CHRISTIAN & TEST

    When the bell rings, an irate Scotty looks to attack Test but is forced instead to face Christian in the opening exchanges as Test taunts him from the outside. It is this obsession with getting his hands on Test that causes issues for Scotty as he is distracted; Christian takes advantage and crashes Scotty chest first into the turnbuckles and takes control. As you would expect, Christian and Test have no intention of allowing Albert into the contest and use their individual tag team experiences to make an effective team here tonight. Frequent tags mean that Scotty is kept well away from Albert who grows increasingly frustrated. As the crowd rally behind the underdog in Scotty as he looks for a tag, the hot tag is built up until Scotty finally manages to counter an attempted Pumphandle Slam from Test; he hits a superkick to the jaw of the big man that knocks him down to his knees. As Test tags in Christian, Scotty stretches and looks for the tag … and makes it! However, Christian distracts the referee in the nick of time and the referee misses the tag, he orders Albert to exit the ring to the annoyance of the crowd. However, Christian’s arrogance begins to show through now and he mocks the crowd as he looks to set Scotty up for a DDT. Reversing out of it, Scotty hits the ropes and stuns Christian with a running bulldog to set up … W! O! R! M! SCOTTY HITS THE WORM ON CHRISTIAN! In the nick of time, Test breaks the count and saves Christian but Albert is incensed and comes into the ring once more. Clotheslining Test over the top rope, Albert takes out his frustrations, despite the referee’s annoyance, on the European Champion and pounds away at him until … BAM! TEST SMASHES ALBERT IN THE CRANIUM WITH A STEEL CHAIR! Immediately, the referee signals for the bell and disqualifies Test for an illegal move …


    WINNERS: ALBERT & SCOTTY 2 HOTTY via DQ [6:23]


    Trying to come to the aid of his partner, Scotty 2 Hotty is also wiped out with a steel chair shot to the face as Test goes wild once again. When the referee attempts to protest, Test threatens him and – knowing what Test did on RAW – the official exits the ring pretty quickly. As Christian watches on, Test drives the steel chair into the knee of Albert several times and the anguish on his face is clear: Test is causing severe pain to the Hip Hop Hippo here tonight. Yelling that nobody can stop him once again, Test wraps the chair around Albert’s knee and climbs to the top rope with evil intentions in mind. Scotty tries to get up but Christian finally hit the DDT to stop him and Test smirks as he surveys his former partner … and then delivers a vicious elbow drop to the steel chair and knee of Albert. Screaming in pain, Albert clutches his knee and there is immediate concern for him as medics and officials stream towards the ring. Even Christian, who helped Test there, looks a little perturbed by how far Test has gone here tonight and he steps through the ropes and away. Wrenching the steel chair from Albert’s injured, possibly broken, leg, Test threatens any official who tries to get into the ring to aid Albert. Boos ring out around the arena until Test finally steps over the top rope and leaves with his former partner severely hurt in the ring. “Nobody can stop me!” Test growls as he backs off up the ramp before laughing at the sight of Albert being checked out by doctors.

    Backstage, we see Lita looking worried – she is looking at the parking lot and down the corridors backstage trying to find somebody. Out of the locker room steps Jeff Hardy and he immediately heads to Lita to ask her if she has seen Matt. Lita informs Jeff that she has not seen him since RAW and she is really worried about why he is refusing to speak to her – it’s not like him at all. With a thoughtful look, Jeff tells her not to worry: he will show up when he’s calmed down a little bit. However, Lita does not look convinced at all.


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    When SMACKDOWN returns, William Regal is in the ring with his music, “REGALITY”, playing in the background. With a match with Vince McMahon, a Street Fight no less, to come at Armageddon to save his job, it looks as if Regal is to be put through it a little in the build-up as he faces a Handicap Match here tonight against … THE A.P.A. The WWF’s locker room leaders head out into the arena to “PROTECTION” with Vince McMahon’s words ringing in their ears: if they defeat Regal here tonight, they will be named the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championships. When they hit the ring, they salute the fans who give them a big pop before turning, with a laugh on their faces, to face the Englishman across the ring …

    2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH
    THE A.P.A. vs. WILLIAM REGAL

    As you would expect, the A.P.A. makes short work of Regal here and methodically pick him apart. Enjoying themselves as they beat the hell out of the former WCW Commissioner who made their lives hell during the Invasion, Faarooq and Bradshaw certainly avenge themselves here tonight on SMACKDOWN. Bradshaw hits the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL but opts not to make the cover as he pulls Regal’s shoulders up at the last moment. Instead, he beats the hell out of him and little more before tagging Faarooq back in for a little more fun. Although he doesn’t need to, Faarooq hits the DOMINATOR for good measure before putting Regal away and securing a WWF Tag Team Championship shot down the line for the A.P.A.


    WINNERS: THE A.P.A. via pinfall [3:01]


    Backstage, we see a content Vince McMahon as he sees the A.P.A. getting their hands raised in victory; he wants to see Regal hurt bad before finally putting him out of his misery at Armageddon when he ends his WWF career. As the new #1 contenders for the Tag titles exit, we see Regal struggling up and he looks thoroughly annoyed over the way he is being treated here right now. He gets little sympathy from the fans and slowly exits the ring looking a little forlorn … Next up, Michael Cole announces, we are finally going to hear from Chris Jericho on his recent actions at Survivor Series and on Monday Night RAW.


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    5! 4! 3! 2! 1! … “BREAK THE WALLS DOWN” plays and pyro explodes to signal the arrival of Y2J into the arena, Chris Jericho is coming out to explain his recent actions. As Jericho makes his way down to the ring, he has a condescending look on his face as he surveys the fans lining the rampway; his new attitude is not winning him any admirers but he does not seem to give a damn at all. Sauntering towards the ring, replays of Jericho hitting the Breakdown on The Rock – almost costing WWF the Survivor Series main event – are shown followed by The Undertaker restraining Jericho in the aftermath. We also see Jericho’s attack on Undertaker this past Monday on RAW and Michael Cole suggests there is a link between these two events as we see Jericho yelling, “I do NOT explain my actions to ANYBODY!” at ‘Taker after the vicious chair shots on the replay. Once in the ring, the camera returns to Jericho who is standing with a microphone ready to speak out. He tells the world that he is sick of people here in the WWF looking down on him and thinking that he can be pushed around and taunted; he says The Rock never took him seriously and then, at Survivor Series, The Undertaker too. “But, after Monday Night RAW, I guess The Undertaker is taking Chris Jericho seriously now,” smirks Y2J, “The so-called ‘American Bad Ass’ will never EVER be the same again.” As the crowd boo Jericho’s words, he laughs out at them: it looks as if Jericho expected this and was prepared. “You see, at Survivor Series, I held the entire future of the World Wrestling Federation in the palm of my hands,” Jericho informs the crowd here in Fayetteville, “And I didn’t give a damn about whether the WWF survived or whether the WCW survived.” Jericho adds that he fought against the Alliance to gain some respect yet what happened? Jericho claims that The Rock wanted to be the hero and do everything his own way and that was the reason that he was eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin; Michael Cole points out that Rock had no part of Jericho being eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin to show that Jericho’s words are hollow. He then adds that, after he kicked The Rock’s “candy ass”, it was then the turn of The Undertaker to disrespect him for good measure. “Who the hell does the Undertaker think he is?” Jericho snarls, “How dare he question my actions like that?” Reiterating that he has no intention of answering to anybody here in the WWF, Jericho says that it’s about time that somebody taught ‘Taker a lesson - “And I’m just the guy to do it.” As the crowd chant for Undertaker, Jericho looks angry and accuses the WWF fans of disrespecting him as well. “I am not afraid of you, American Bad Ass,” Jericho continues, “And, at Armageddon, I wanna’ prove that. At Armageddon, I want you in the ring, Undertaker, one on one, so that I can teach you a lesson in respect.”

    As the crowd buzz with excitement at the idea of Chris Jericho vs. Undertaker at Armageddon, they come to their feet when “ROLLIN’” plays to signal the arrival of The Undertaker here on SMACKDOWN. Straddling his Harley Davison motorbike on the stage, Undertaker looks amused before speeding down the ramp and circling the ring with Jericho, despite his brave words, looking a little concerned at the arrival of the American Bad Ass. ‘Taker parks his bike near the announce tables and signals for a microphone so that he can address Jericho; he tells Y2J that he has no problem accepting his challenge for Armageddon and praises Jericho for having the balls to call him out that way. “There’s not many men who have challenged The Undertaker that way,” says ‘Taker with a stare at Jericho, “And even fewer that have survived to tell the tale, boy.” The use of the word ‘boy’ seems to infuriate Jericho and he kicks at the ropes where Undertaker is standing and yells at him that he will respect him or else he will regret it. Undertaker raises his eyebrows and steps off his bike, fixing his gloves, and then steps up onto the ring apron. “But Jericho, I ain’t waiting for Armageddon,” states Undertaker, “You attacked me from behind on RAW and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna’ let you get away with that!” Stepping through the ropes, it initially looks as if The Undertaker has a fight on but then Jericho opts to flee out of the ring instead. As the crowd boo, Jericho backs off up the ramp tapping his head as if to claim that he is making a wise decision but Undertaker smirks and follows him out of the ring. As Jericho glares down at ‘Taker from the stage smiling though, he gets confused when the American Bad Ass returns the smile: he does not realise, despite the cheers of the fans, that Kane is standing behind him blocking his escape. Slowly realising that something is amiss, Jericho turns around … and Kane crashes a right hand into the throat of Y2J! Staggering him back, Kane advances on Jericho once more who is panicking big time. He tries to rush past Kane but the Big Red Machine grabs him by the throat and simply shoves him back once more into the path of his big brother! Raising his right boot, Undertaker almost decapitates Jericho as the crowd go wild with delight here. When Jericho staggers up, ‘Taker grabs him by the throat and delivers a huge choke slam on the steel ramp that leaves Y2J writhing in pain. As the fans chant “Un-der-ta-ker!” over and over, the Brothers of Destruction look down on Jericho with a pitiful look in their eyes before starting to leave. However, it seems that ‘Taker has second thoughts and he turns back around and grabs Jericho by the neck. He drags him up to the stage and smashes him face first into the stage walls before scooping him up … OH MY GOD! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! JERICHO IS HIT WITH THE TOMBSTONE ON THE STEEL STAGE! Motionless, Jericho is out cold and the fans absolutely love it – has Y2J made the biggest mistake of his career by picking a fight with the Undertaker? Smirking at Jericho’s prone body, Undertaker exits, patting his brother on the shoulder in thanks, and WWE officials flood out to check on the condition of Jericho …


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    Replays of The Undertaker hitting the Tombstone on Jericho are shown before we see medics loading Jericho – wearing a neck brace – into an ambulance backstage. There seems to be a lot of concern but Cole reminds us that, as things stand right now, Chris Jericho will face The Undertaker at Armageddon! Will that change as a result of Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver here tonight on SMACKDOWN? Time will tell but it looks as if Jericho has suffered serious injuries here tonight.

    “BIG” plays and the 500-pound, 7-foot Big Show heads out into the arena to a mixed reaction; the fans were pleased with Show representing Team WWF at Survivor Series on Sunday but less so with the words he delivered to Edge earlier this evening that has resulted in tonight’s match. Stepping easily over the top rope, Big Show roars out and Jerry Lawler says that this is going to be a huge test of whether the WWF Intercontinental Champion does have what it takes to reach the top here in the WWF and win the Royal Rumble. As Edge makes his way through the smoke and “NEVER GONNA’ STOP ME” blasts out, Michael Cole reminds us that the 2001 King of the Ring has targeted headlining next year’s WrestleMania and intends to win the Rumble next month in Atlanta to secure his place in that main event. Sliding into the ring, Edge gets a great reaction from the fans but can he upset the Big Show here tonight?

    SINGLE FALL NON-TITLE MATCH
    BIG SHOW vs. EDGE

    In a highly competitive match, Edge proves that he does have the guts and determination to hang in the ring with guys the size of the Big Show but, as you would expect, the power and brute force of the World’s Largest Athlete causes him massive problems. Whenever the pace drops, Big Show methodically uses his power to ground Edge and slow him down and it becomes a real struggle for Edge as every comeback attempt is cut short. To his credit, the Big Show plays things perfectly and gives Edge no room to speed up the match to a pace that suits his style. However, the issues start for Show when he deviates from his strategy and opts for a move that is not suited to his style. With Edge down on the mat after a 2 count, Show climbs to the top rope and the crowd buzz with anticipation. As Big Show looks for a heavy elbow drop, Edge rolls away at the last second and then, given a couple of seconds to recover, strikes with a well-hit Spear to take down the giant. However, this only gets Edge 2 and he looks for the Edge-o-cution DDT instead but pulls his back out as he tries to hit it; Big Show clotheslines him down and it looks as if Edge’s chance has gone. The power of Big Show takes over once more and he begins to set up for the Choke Slam to finish off the Intercontinental Champion. When he lifts Edge high into the air though, Big Show is confused by Edge twisting out of his grip; Edge comes off the ropes and hits a drop kick to Big Show who drops to a knee in surprise. Quick as a flash, Edge grabs Show … and drops him with a DDT that shakes the ring! He has well and truly caught Big Show by surprise and the DDT does the trick and puts Show down for the 3 count!


    WINNER: EDGE via pinfall [5:53]


    What a great victory for the WWF Intercontinental Champion as he defeats a former WWF Champion here tonight on SMACKDOWN and truly proves that he could have a real chance in the Royal Rumble next month! As Edge celebrates on the ramp and has his hand raised, Big Show, shaking his head after the DDT, looks a little frustrated and seems to be blaming himself for the defeat. However, as Jerry Lawler points out, take nothing away from Edge’s achievement here tonight and it looks as if he is ready to further his career over the coming weeks and months.

    Backstage, we see Bubba Ray and D’Von Dudley walking, the Tag Team Championships in their possession, backstage with Stacy Keibler. Which one of these two men will face RVD next on SMACKDOWN? We then see Vince McMahon backstage and he is looking happy as he contemplates whether or not Stone Cold Steve Austin will apologise and kiss his ass here tonight? If he doesn’t, Vince McMahon is planning to fire the Rattlesnake and strip him of the WWF Championship … We also see The Rock warming up and Michael Cole reminds us that tonight’s main event will see Rocky defending his WCW World Championship against Booker T AND Kurt Angle. With the Armageddon 3 Stages of Hell match set to feature Austin and The Rock for the WWF Undisputed World Championship, how much will that change over the next half an hour here on SMACKDOWN?


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    “WE’RE COMIN’ DOWN” plays as SMACKDOWN returns: the WWF Undisputed Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz are making their way out here tonight with Stacy Keibler with one of them set to face RVD. As the pyro explodes around them, Bubba Ray Dudley appears to be the one walking out in front and it seems as if he is the man who is going to face Van Dam. Indeed, once they are in the ring, Bubba passes his title belt to Stacy for safe-keeping and this confirms it. “ONE OF A KIND” plays next and the WWF Hardcore Champion comes out onto the stage looking mightily pissed off with the way he was attacked by Bubba Ray and D’Von on RAW last Monday. He throws down the Hardcore Championship and his t-shirt ready to race to the ring and fight when, all of a sudden, a shadow appears behind him and barges into him from behind. IT’S BROCK LESNAR! With Heyman lurking nearby, Brock manhandles RVD and throws him off the stage to the concrete floor before throwing him around like a rag doll. Caught off guard, RVD cannot defend himself and Lesnar rams him shoulder first into the steel fencing close to the fans who are shocked by this attack. With Heyman barking out orders, it seems that this was premeditated and Lesnar lifts RVD up onto his shoulders … F5! F5 ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR! A referee is close and seems to be preparing himself to count the 3 and crown Brock the new WWF Hardcore Champion but it looks as if Lesnar has other plans. Grabbing the Hardcore Championship, he points to Heyman and then to RVD … No, no way! Heyman drops down and hooks RVD’s leg … 1 … 2 … 3!


    WINNER: PAUL HEYMAN via pinfall
    … AND THE NEW WWF HARDCORE CHAMPION!


    Paul Heyman? Paul Heyman is the NEW Hardcore Champion? After years of promoting ECW and the hardcore wrestling style, there may not be another man on earth who knows more about hardcore wrestling but Paul Heyman the WWF Hardcore Champion? As Lesnar watches on and laughs, Heyman grabs the title and holds it high in the air – he is delighted that he is the NEW Hardcore Champion and it looks as if he has embarrassed RVD – and indeed, every single person who ever held the Hardcore Championship – here tonight. As they exit the staging area, Heyman looks pleased with his night’s work and his new monster continues to wreak havoc here in the WWF.


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    Backstage, we see the new WWF Hardcore Champion, Paul Heyman, walking towards the parking lot with his beast, Brock Lesnar, by his side. Whooping for joy almost, Heyman is holding the title in the air as he walks towards a limo and Lesnar is smirking at the sight of his advocate’s reaction to his “win” over RVD. As the pair get into the limo, there is a commotion as Van Dam appears and – though he is wobbling slightly still – looks intent on catching up to Heyman and Lesnar. However, the limo exits before RVD can get to them and the last we see of Heyman tonight is his arm out of the window, Hardcore Championship high in the cold, December night sky …

    “NO CHANCE IN HELL” plays and out walks Vince McMahon with a smirk on his face as he looks to get an apology – and more – from his WWF Champion here tonight. As he approaches the ring, we see four security personnel in the ring ready to protect McMahon and he steps through the ropes ready for what could be one of the greatest moments of his life. Stating that his rivalry with Austin goes back a long, long time, McMahon suggests it’s time for it all to come to an end here tonight as the WWF enters a new era. Questioning whether or not Austin has the sense to realise that crossing the boss is no longer an option, McMahon reminds us of the choices for the Rattlesnake here tonight: “Austin will either apologise and kiss my ass … or I will strip him of the WWF Championship and fire his ass right here tonight!” McMahon proudly informs the SMACKDOWN crowd. Before McMahon can go on any more, the glass shatters and “I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME” – an apt song title maybe – plays to bring out the WWF Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin. As Austin steps into the ring to yet another tumultuous reception, he glares at Vince McMahon before stomping to the ropes and holding the title high; Michael Cole states that Austin has proven in the past year that he will do ANYTHING to be the WWF Champion and that, unlikely as it seems, it is a possibility that Austin may well do what McMahon has requested. Grabbing a microphone, Austin tries to get into the face of the Chairman but the security step in front of him and ensure that there is no way he can lay a finger on the boss. “Let’s get right down to business,” Austin snarls, “If you think Vince McMahon should stick his apology right up his ass, give me a HELL YEAH!” Unanimously, it seems, the crowd chant “HELL YEAH!” and Austin smirks before continuing. “If you think that instead of kissing Vince McMahon’s ass, Stone Cold Steve Austin should go ahead and kick his ass all over Fayetteville, give me a HELL YEAH!” – same result. The crowd do not want Austin to apologise or kiss McMahon’s ass – they want him to kick his ass instead. McMahon interrupts and states that Austin has no choice: if he doesn’t go against the wishes of the crowd, he will be stripped of the WWF Championship and fired! Boos from the crowd for this and Austin is forced to stop and contemplate the boss’ wishes. Will he apologise? Will he kiss the ass of Vince McMahon and grovel for his job?

    Suddenly, Austin’s contemplation ends and he strikes the first of the security guards in the face! Despite the fact that there are four of them and only one of him, he is able to overpower them and tosses them out, one by one. Two of the security team receive a Stone Cold Stunner as well to the delight of the crowd but then, with all four men down, Austin sets his sights on McMahon … who has exited the ring and is running like the proverbial scalded dog up the ramp. Once on the stage, McMahon is safe and he turns back his attention to Austin. “In that case, Austin,” Vince informs him, “You leave me NO choice at all.” Taking extreme delight in what he is about to do, McMahon pauses and then … “WRECK” plays to interrupt him just in time. The WWF Commissioner, Mick Foley, heads out and stands on the stage with McMahon urging him to think about it. We see Foley trying to persuade McMahon but it doesn’t seem to be working and Foley switches to what is probably his final option. “Hold it, Vince,” Foley asks, “Look, I know there’s nothing I can do as the Commissioner to over-rule you when it comes to hiring and firing staff but I am sure that you’re making a huge mistake. If that man there leaves the WWF and sets up camp in some other wrestling company, you’ll regret it and you know it.” However, whatever arguments Foley puts up, Vince has his mind set on firing Austin by the look of it. “But I know of one thing I can do to save Stone Cold Steve Austin,” continues Foley before suggesting to McMahon that there is clear tension in the air between the two of them. “I know I’ve made some decisions this week that have really pissed you off, Vince,” Foley states, “And I know that you would love to get rid of me but the Board of Directors won’t allow it. However, there could be another way.” As the crowd sense what is coming, Foley pauses and McMahon looks interested. Foley suggests that if Vince McMahon guarantees Stone Cold Steve Austin will go to Armageddon as the WWF Champion to fight for the WWF Undisputed World Championship – without any need for apologies or kissing his ass – then he will resign as the Commissioner of the WWF. The crowd react in a mixed way: they want Austin to stay but they do not want to see Mick quit his role as Commissioner. As McMahon considers the proposal, Austin looks on from the ring with respect for Foley in his eyes. “Austin,” McMahon smirks, “You got your shot at Armageddon!” Another mixed reaction from the fans as this means that … “And as for you, Mick, well I got two words for you …” Boos echo around the arena as McMahon seems to be preparing to “fire” Foley by forcing him to quit. However, before McMahon can say any more, Foley stuns him … MANDIBLE CLAW! MICK FOLEY PULLS OUT SOCKO AND PUTS THE MANDIBLE CLAW ON McMAHON! Oh, what a way to quit your job! As McMahon desperately tries to break free, Foley hangs on and shoves his claw down the gullet of McMahon before releasing him just as Austin comes up the ramp … STUNNER! AUSTIN HITS THE STUNNER ON McMAHON! As the crowd explode and McMahon drops down on the stage, Austin’s music blasts out and he looks Mick Foley dead in the eye, respect clear between the two of these amazing WWF superstars. As Austin offers his hand to Foley, the former Commissioner has some words for him: “Don’t waste this chance!” Summoning for something from the technical area, Austin waits for a moment before catching beers thrown towards him. As SMACKDOWN heads for the commercial break, Austin passes Foley a beer and the two of them toast each other on the stage over the prone body of Vince McMahon. With Austin’s place in the Armageddon WWF Undisputed World Championship match now secure, will he be able to become the first ever Undisputed Champion? And will he be facing The Rock at Armageddon? Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hype up that the main event is coming next as Rock defends the WCW Championship against both Kurt Angle and Booker T here tonight – and that match is up next!


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    Replays of Vince McMahon being embarrassed by Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin are shown when SMACKDOWN returns before we see Foley, now the former WWF Commissioner, walking backstage. He shakes hands with several members of the backstage team before walking round a corner and coming face to face with The Rock. Looking directly at each other, The Rock holds out his hand to Foley and the pair shake on it – another sign of respect for Foley, this time from the WCW World Champion. “I know that you and Austin are gonna’ bring the house down at Armageddon,” Foley tells The Rock, “Just make sure you get there, yeah?” Nodding his head, The Rock, strangely, has no words and simply gives Foley a look that says he intends to.

    The camera cuts to an office where Vince McMahon is irate: he is throwing tables over and yelling with frustration after the way he was just embarrassed by Foley and Austin. Although Austin’s place at Armageddon is now secure, who knows what is going to happen to the Rattlesnake when McMahon comes up with his plan for revenge …

    Back in the ring, it is now time for the main event and “CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?” brings out the first of the two challengers for the WCW World Championship here tonight: Booker T, the 5-time WCW Champion. Looking focused on what he has to do tonight, Booker heads down the ramp with Lawler and Cole speculating that Booker may well have no intention of becoming the WCW Champion here tonight; he may be out to simply repay Kurt Angle for saving his job on RAW by helping him become the WCW Champion and securing an Armageddon place instead. As Cole once more voices his concern that this could simply be a glorified Handicap match, Booker steps into the ring and throws his arms up to universal disdain from the fans. “MEDAL” plays and out comes Kurt Angle, the Olympian, with red, white and blue pyro exploding all around him. As he approaches the ring, the camera focuses on Booker who is actually applauding Angle as he walks towards the ring – how ridiculous, states Lawler. With a place against The Rock for the Undisputed Championship on the line here, Angle looks confident – as he should be if Booker T is on his side – and he gets into the ring to jeers from the crowd. Booker and Kurt actually embrace each other in the middle of the ring and the referee shakes his head in amazement – this is simply a set up. “IF YA SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” blasts out and The Rock, no fear in his eyes at all, heads out with the WCW World Championship over his shoulder and looking a million dollars as always. There is a huge pop here in Fayetteville as the Great One heads for the ring and he climbs to the middle rope to salute the fans who know that he is the true saviour of the WWF, the man who fought back against the Alliance and finally defeated them at Survivor Series. Can he perform another miracle here tonight though? As he crosses the ring and salutes the fans on the other side though, Booker attacks him from behind and the match is ready to go …


    WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
    THE ROCK [c] vs. BOOKER T vs. KURT ANGLE

    In the early minutes of the match, Michael Cole’s prediction comes true: it is a glorified Handicap match and it seems that Booker T is out there to simply ensure that Angle defeats Rock and becomes the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Despite The Rock showing no fear and going after the two challengers, he is quickly subdued and the crowd go quiet as their hero struggles to fight back. It becomes clear that Angle and Booker are going after the ankle of the WCW Champion – looking to set up the Ankle Lock down the line – and they take it in turns to attack the leg with no intention of touching each other. Every time The Rock attempts to fight back and counter, he is quickly cut off by the numbers and Cole declares the match pointless and suggests Mr. McMahon might as well have simply stripped the title from Rock and handed it over to Angle. However, Rock shows guts and determination to overcome the odds and does manage to lay the smack down on Angle and Booker as he delivers a series of right hands to turn the tide his way. When he sends Angle over the top rope, he looks to target Booker and catches him off the ropes with a Samoan Drop. However, Booker kicks out at 2 and then Angle, back in the ring, attacks from behind and the numbers catch up with the champion once more. How can Rock overcome the odds here tonight? SMACKDOWN heads into the final commercial break of the evening with a new WCW World Champion seemingly moments away …


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    When SMACKDOWN returns, Angle and Booker continue to have the upper hand and replays show that they have utilised the outside of the ring – as well as the numbers – to inflict further damage on The Rock during the break. However, despite the pair of them continuing to attack Rock, we see a huge turning point when Rock manages to reverse and Irish Whip and he sends Booker T flying into the steel steps. As the crowd cheer and the steps crash down, Rock turns back to Angle as he throws a wild right hand … Rocky ducks under and strikes - ROCK BOTTOM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! KURT ANGLE IS CRASHED DOWN THROUGH THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE WITH A VICIOUS ROCK BOTTOM! As the crowd explode, The Rock takes a few moments to recover himself as Angle, laid prone amongst the debris, writhes in pain – has Rock just eliminated Angle from this contest? Booker T attacks Rocky from behind and looks to continue the assault but, with Angle down and out, we are down to a one-on-one contest right now. The beatdown he has suffered though means Rocky is weakened and Booker rolls him back into the ring with the upper hand still. When he hits the Scissors Kick on Rock, he stands over the Great One and then looks down at Angle who is still laid out – a knowing look passes over Booker T’s face now as he contemplates the idea that he could be the one to defeat Rock and become the six-time WCW World Champion instead! Quickly, it becomes clear that Booker likes the idea and he starts to set himself to strike with the Book End. As he waits, the crowd try to get behind Rock to overcome the WCW stalwart but it doesn’t do the trick: BOOK END! BOOKER T HITS THE BOOK END ON THE ROCK IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING! As it looks bleak for Rock, Booker looks delighted as he reaches over and hooks the leg … 1 … 2 … THR … NO! The Rock kicks out at the last moment to save his title!

    However, as the crowd cheer the kick out, Booker looks unperturbed as he surveys Angle still laid outside the ring and Rock looking down and out in front of him. Looking down at his hand, Booker composes himself and is ready to strike again as he dares Rock to get back to his feet and eat another Book End. However, before Rock manages to get to his feet, Vince McMahon comes down the ramp with an anxious look on his face. “What the hell are you doing?” McMahon asks Booker, “This isn’t what we planned!” Looking disappointed, Booker realises that McMahon has a point and nods his head but his eyes are no longer on Rock who is pulling himself up near the ropes. When Booker heads towards Rocky once again, the WCW Champion sees him coming and strikes once again as he hits him with another series of right hands before dropping him with a spinebuster and then standing over Booker as the crowd go crazy … As Rocky hits the ropes, Lawler yells that it is time for “THE most electrifying move in Sports Entertainment … ” PEOPLE’S ELBOW! THE ROCK HITS THE PEOPLE’S ELBOW! With Angle still outside the ring and nowhere to make the save, Rock has retained the title … 1 … 2 …

    NO! Vince McMahon drags the referee out of the ring and then knocks him down with a right hand for good measure! Boos erupt throughout the arena as Rock is screwed out of retaining the WCW Championship here tonight – what the hell is Vince McMahon doing? Rock fixes his eyes on the Chairman and then leaves the ring to give chase to McMahon who flees around the ring. Just as Rock appears to be catching the boss though, Angle suddenly strikes with a vicious clothesline to Rocky and denies him his chance to get his hands on McMahon. Dragging Rock up, the Olympian rolls the Great One back into the ring as McMahon, breathing a sigh of relief, grabs the big, gold WCW Championship belt and slides into the ring as well. With the referee not yet back in the ring, McMahon measures up The Rock … AND CRASHES THE TITLE BELT INTO THE SIDE OF ROCK’S SKULL! Stunned by the strike with the title, Rock walks right into Angle … ANGLE SLAM! KURT ANGLE DROPS THE ROCK WITH THE ANGLE SLAM! With The Rock completely out of it, McMahon drags the referee back into the ring just as Angle grabs the champion’s leg … ANKLE LOCK! THE ROCK IS LOCKED IN THE ANKLE LOCK BY ANGLE! Boos echo around the arena as the dazed official is rolled back into the ring and looks at Rock as he is in incredible pain … but he refuses to tap out. Will The Rock be forced to submit here tonight? Suddenly, McMahon, out of sight of the referee, slyly grabs Rocky’s arm and makes him tap the mat. The referee, confused and dazed, thinks the champion is tapping out and signals for the bell … THE ROCK HAS BEEN SCREWED OUT OF THE WCW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!



    WINNER: KURT ANGLE via pinfall [10:31]
    … AND THE NEW WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!


    Celebrating as if he has just won the Olympic gold medal once again, Kurt Angle drops to his knees as McMahon hands the gold belt over to him and crowns a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion here tonight on SMACKDOWN. However, as Cole points out, this is highly controversial: “The Rock never tapped out, King!” he complains and this reflects the anger felt all around the arena. As Booker and McMahon raise Angle’s hand in victory, the boos are deafening but it seems that it is official – Kurt Angle is the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion and is heading for Armageddon to face Austin for the Undisputed WWF Championship! As SMACKDOWN ends, Angle is cradling his new championship belt whilst The Rock, slowly recovering in the corner of the ring, looks furious at how things have gone down here tonight. “Kurt Angle and Vince McMahon have damn screwed The Rock out of the WCW Championship!” Cole angrily yells as SMACKDOWN comes to a close in dramatic fashion.

    Spoiler:

    QUICK RESULTS:
    Brock Lesnar def. Tazz
    WWF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    TRIPLE THREAT:
    Billy Kidman def. Tajiri [c] & X-Pac
    Albert & Scotty 2 Hotty def. Christian & Test [DQ]
    2 ON 1 HANDICAP MATCH: A.P.A. def. William Regal
    Edge def. Big Show
    RVD vs. Bubba Ray Dudley – match never starts
    WCW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    TRIPLE THREAT:
    Kurt Angle def. The Rock [c] & Booker T

    OTHER NEWS:
    The WWF Undisputed World Championship match at Armageddon will be a 3 Stages of Hell match.
    This Sunday on HEAT, Christian will defend the WWF European Championship against The Hurricane.
    As well as securing the WWF Cruiserweight Championship, Billy Kidman also earns a WWF contract.
    The A.P.A. will challenge the Dudley Boyz at Armageddon for the WWF Tag Team Championships.
    Chris Jericho will face The Undertaker at Armageddon.
    Paul Heyman is the NEW WWF Hardcore Champion! Yes, you read that right – Paul Heyman is the Hardcore Champion.
    Mick Foley resigns as the Commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation to save Stone Cold Steve Austin.
    Kurt Angle is the NEW WCW World Champion after his victory in the SMACKDOWN main event.




    Sunday December 9, 2001
    CONFIRMED MATCHES


    Spoiler:


    WWF UNDISPUTED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    3 STAGES OF HELL
    WWF CHAMPION vs. WCW CHAMPION
    currently Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle

    STREET FIGHT
    VINCE McMAHON vs. WILLIAM REGAL
    If William Regal wins, he gets a contract with the WWF


    WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
    DUDLEY BOYZ [c] vs. A.P.A.

    GRUDGE MATCH
    CHRIS JERICHO vs. THE UNDERTAKER

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    SMACKDOWN REVIEW

    Great start with McMahon using his powers to try and down both Rock and Austin. Merely 5 days before Vince was the fan favourite as he battled WCW but right here you've got him back to where he's his best, the maniacal Mr McMahon. I don't see Austin kissing his ass, more likely kicking it. As for Rock he's in a lot of trouble.

    Lesnar with the win. I'm glad you gave Lesnar a little down time in the match, running roughshod over everyone is not good for anybody else in the locker room. But still an emphatic victory for Lesnar. I'm keen to see the oath you take with him. I'd prefer him out of the title picture till at least past Wrestlemania, and perhaps Brock can win a midcard title, which is something he never really did when he was fresh to the roster.

    Edge versus Big Show tonight. That's a cool match but sounds like an even better Intercontinental Championship match for the PPV.

    Excellent booking in the CW match. Kidman being in that division gives him purpose to be kept on by the WWE. Him pinning X-Pac leads perfectly to Tajiri versus Kidman at the PPV. Even if superstars aren't the best on the mic and the most appealing, booking like this is simple enough to get me interested in the match. Big fan of both Tajiri and Kidman so this should be a great match for me to read if it transpires.

    Regal deserves everything that's coming his way. The weasel.

    Test is on fire!!! The guy can't get fired and he's using it to his advantage. Albert on the shelf is interesting but could just be you cleaning up the roster.

    I'm keen to see if you really go down the route of splitting The Hardy's up. I think it's a little premature myself but it would definitely give both men something to do, although with Edge and Christian splitting earlier in the year I think they are needed in the tag team division, barring a couple of new teams coming into the fold.

    Great segment with Jericho. I like the route you are going down here. You've practically taken away Jericho's biggest claim to fame though, beating The Rock and Austin in one night. He needs to go over Taker here in my opinion.

    And I thought Jericho's challenge was the end of the segment!!! Even more to talk about as Kane and Jericho double team Jericho!!! Taker sending a big message to Jericho that you don't mess with him in his yard. I hope Jericho comes back fighting and maybe start by taking Kane out. I hope Jericho Taker goes ahead as it's something fresh. I can only see Jericho becoming more desperate and drastic in his search for 'respect'.

    A good win for Edge over Show. Would have been interesting to see Show win and set up a title match but I'm guessing you have bigger future plans for Edge.

    Woah!!! Lesnar just decimated RVD. Heyman setting Lesnar onto all his former ECW alumni. And Heyman as the Hardcore Champion. Bloody hell. This could be a way to retire the title. As for Lesnar I hope that another ECW alumni, a certain under utilised Man Beast to be exact is in his future.

    Another good segment. It's really easy to get into these segments with not just how well you write them GCB but by how good the characters are. Austin, Rock, McMahon, Jericho, Foley, Taker and Angle. Personalities just running through the roster unlike today's. With Foley out will be interesting to see if he's quietly moved out of the way. You've certainly shaped your vision quickly.

    Awesome main event. The Rock got screwed by McMahon and I can see it possibly switching to a Triple Threat match. I'm trying not to predict too much but I'm sure there will be an intervention to stop McMahon ruining every single big match. Or maybe not. I love the intrigue.

    Overall I think Smackdown was even better than Raw, not something you could say too often before the brand split in reality last year. Keep up the great work mate, I'll be reading and hopefully dropping more reviews.
     


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    Re: GCB's WWF 2001/2002 | "Moving on from the Invasion"

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    The Opening Segment - This was just fantastic, you really have sunk your teeth into the characters of Vince, Austin & Rock. Your promos are solid and the tease of Rock & Austin once again was great, all for Vince to pull the rug out from both with the threat of the "kiss my ass" club and screwing over The Rock. Great start to the show.

    Kidman as the Cruiserweight champion - Good choice as the champion and with what can be a wealth of cruiserweights not only in the WWF but also going at this time for you to sign, I'm hoping that you create a big cruiserweight division. I always have a soft spot for a cruiserweight division so hoping you give this division the spotlight it deserves.

    Jericho & Undertaker segment
    - These segments are shining lights in this show as just like with Rock & Austin, you really have a handle on Jericho. Jericho was the bulk of this segment and it was brilliantly written and believable. This segment moved the story slightly forward nicely and Jericho getting outsmarted was a nice cap to this.

    The Main Event - Fantastic main event, which is in line with the great main events WWF had around this time. Rock getting screwed out of the title by Vince was a great way to end the show. Angle versus Austin is still a great substitute and I'm excited and intrigued to see where you go with Rock now. Vince being up in everyones business is dastardly stuff and I'm really enjoying it.



    DarkestEarth's Misses

    Tazz versus Brock Lesnar - I enjoy anything to do with Lesnar as he is one of my favourites, in real life and to write for. However I was confused to see Tazz get so much offence on Lesnar, even locking him in the Tazzmission. I would have thought that Lesnar would have run over Tazz, especially after his dwindling Alliance stuff before this.

    Paul Heyman as Hardcore Champ - In my opinion, strange decision. Willing to see if it goes anywhere but Heyman as Hardcore champ is a very strange decision. I'm guessing Heyman will have Lesnar protect him to keep the title but it just seems like a way of driving the Hardcore title further down than it already is.

    Foley/Austin/Vince segment - Compared to your other segments, this ones a let down. This just felt really forced to me, it felt like you wanted to get to Foley not being commissioner and it felt a little rushed and confusing, what was behind Foley's sudden decision to lose his job for Austin? It was just weird.



    Overall this felt a bit up and down but the good was really good, I love your segment writing for certain characters which is what I remember from your last project. Your match writing is as good as it ever was if the main event is anything to go by, can't wait for RAW!

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