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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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    DarkestEarth's Hits

    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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    SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT
    Sunday November 25, 2001
    Fayetteville, North Carolina

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    One week on from the Survivor Series and the climax of the ECW/WCW “Invasion”, we are back in Fayetteville for Sunday Night HEAT after an action-packed week in the WWF. With the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion set to be crowned at Armageddon in a 3 Stages of Hell match, it looks as if it will be the newly-crowned WCW World Champion, the so-called ‘Saviour of the WWF’ to some, Kurt Angle facing the WWF Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin. With Austin’s place no longer under threat thanks to Mick Foley sacrificing himself as the Commissioner, it remains to be seen whether Angle will make it to Armageddon with The Rock reportedly furious with the way he was screwed on SMACKDOWN this past Thursday. Tonight, Sunday Night HEAT sees the WWF European Championship on the line in the main event as Christian defends the title against the new #1 contender – The Hurricane – as well as the return of the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, who is in action tonight as well.

    Sunday Night HEAT kicks off with Michael Cole and The Coach ringside and they hype up what has been a hectic week in the WWF: from the WWF defeating the Alliance to the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin through to the shocking events that saw Mick Foley quit his role as WWF Commissioner and then Kurt Angle capture the WCW World Championship, the road to Armageddon and the crowning of a WWF Undisputed Champion is certainly proving an exciting one. As they discuss the fallout from Survivor Series, “LATINO WORLD ORDER” plays and out into the arena steps Chavo Guerrero, a guy who retained his status in the WWF this week by defeating Tazz on RAW (thanks to Paul Heyman), for the first match here tonight. Once in the ring, Chavo taunts the crowd a little before “START ROCKIN’” plays and a smiling Mark Henry heads out into the arena as he makes his return here tonight. Looking delighted to be making his return to the ring, the former Olympic weightlifter heads for the ring with the commentary team describing him, still, as the “World’s Strongest Man” - can he live up to that description here tonight on HEAT?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    CHAVO GUERRERO vs. MARK HENRY

    Although Chavo puts up some offence against the 400 pound Henry, it’s pretty clear from the outset that this will be a winning return for Henry and this proves to be the case. His power is simply too much for the Mexican and he dominates the majority of the match before hitting the WORLD’S STRONGEST SPLASH! MARK HENRY HAS “SQUASHED” CHAVO GUERRERO! Nonchalantly covering Chavo for the 3 count, it is an impressive return for Henry here tonight on HEAT.


    WINNER: MARK HENRY via pinfall [2:19]


    Once the match is complete, Henry looks around at the crowd with a smile on his face but there is little reaction to his win; this seems to annoy Henry as he approaches all four corners of the arena looking for their adulation. When the reaction continues to be indifferent, Henry’s annoyance becomes clear and he turns his attention back to Guerrero who is just rolling towards the ropes. Stomping down on the Mexican, Henry looks to impress the crowd further and keeps beckoning for their approval; the crowd are not impressed though and the small positive reaction he had now becomes negative. With boos building for Henry, he once more hits the World’s Strongest Splash before heading out of the ring and grabbing a steel chair. “Let’s see what you think of this!” Henry booms as he slides back into the ring with the chair and begins to stalk Chavo. However, before he can strike, the crowd comes alive and Henry smiles thinking that they are cheering for him: he is wrong though. Making HIS return to the ring is Eddie Guerrero - the uncle of Chavo - and he gets there in time to make the save as he barrages into Henry from behind. Eddie rips the steel chair from the mitt of Henry and crashes it over his head to the delight of the fans who have turned their backs on the World’s Strongest Man here tonight. As Eddie checks on the condition of his nephew, Henry exits the ring and heads off up the ramp seething with anger. He looks intent on gaining revenge at some point but opts to leave with Eddie holding the steel chair right now - a sensible decision.

    Backstage, we see Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo preparing for action here tonight. Michael Cole suggests that the newly-formed team have found a lot of success in recent weeks and that they are looking to continue their rise up the ladder here tonight with another win.


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    Back on HEAT, we see two enhancement talents in the ring - their names are A. J. Styles and Brian Danielson (it’s 2001!) and they are preparing for action here tonight. “I’VE GOT IT ALL!” plays and Billy Gunn heads out with his new tag team partner, Chuck Palumbo, ready for action here tonight. Looking confident of a victory here tonight, Billy and Chuck make their way towards the ring looking pleased to be together again here tonight. Can they keep up their impressive recent record in the WWE tag team division?

    TAG TEAM MATCH
    A.J. STYLES & BRIAN DANIELSON vs. BILLY GUNN & CHUCK PALUMBO

    Quick victory for the up-and-coming team here as they dismiss the enhancement team of Styles and Danielson. Frequent tags between Gunn and Palumbo ensure that they gain control early and keep it. The two youngsters, Styles and Danielson, show signs of launching a fightback but the experience of their opponents denies them at each turn and they are soon put back in their place. In the end, Gunn drops Styles with the FAME ASSER and this proves enough to put him down for the 3 count. Another win for the new team in town.


    WINNERS: BILLY GUNN & CHUCK PALUMBO via pinfall [2:52]


    As Gunn and Palumbo celebrate in the ring, the crowd are against them it seems: their cocky, arrogant ways are rubbing the fans up the wrong way but they don’t seem to mind. Kevin Kelly enters the ring with a microphone, eager for the scoop, and asks Gunn for his thoughts on Palumbo as a tag team partner. “Y’know, Kevin Kelly, I have to say that it is a pleasure to get in the ring with this man,” Gunn admits, “He is the BEST tag team partner I have ever had and I’m sure we are on our way to becoming the WWF Tag Team Champions in the near future!” Interesting comment from Gunn as the winning team head out of the ring and back up the ramp as Michael Cole takes us to highlights of the end of The Rock defending the WCW World Championship against Kurt Angle on SMACKDOWN …

    Backstage, following the replays, Kevin Kelly introduces his guest backstage: the WWF European Champion, Christian. With his title around his waist, Christian is asked whether or not he is concerned about defending his title tonight against a superhero which causes a smirk from the champion. “Concerned about that goof?” mocks Christian, “Are you kidding me?” Mocking Hurricane for his wannabe-superhero gimmick, Christian says that allowing him to become the European Champion would embarrass the entire continent of Europe and all the people of Japan, China and South Korea. Kevin Kelly points out that those countries are not in Europe but Christian shuts him off and continues to suggest Hurricane is an embarrassment. Guaranteeing that he will walk out of the arena tonight still the WWF European Champion, Christian suggests that Hurricane should simply be thanking his lucky stars that he has a job here in the WWF: “Maybe, after tonight, I could train him up to carry my bags or something?”


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    Following the break, HEAT returns with an interview with the new WWF Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus, backstage with Kevin Kelly. She declares that she is so proud to be the new WWF Women’s Champion and that she intends to defend it with honour against any other woman that wants a shot. Kelly points out that tonight we will see a new #1 contender crowned as Jacqueline, Jazz, Lita and Mighty Molly go up against each other in a Fatal 4-Way; he asks if she has a preference over who wins but Trish informs him that all four women are amazing competitors and she does not mind at all.

    “JAZZ STINGER” plays in the arena to bring out the newest member of the women’s roster here in the WWF, former ECW wrestler, Jazz. She heads for the ring looking confident of securing the #1 contender spot here tonight and The Coach identifies how she used to hold her own competing against male competitors in ECW - can she become the dominant female here in the World Wrestling Federation? Mighty Molly is out next - using her boyfriend, The Hurricane’s, theme, “EYE OF THE HURRICANE” - dressed in her pink superhero outfit. As she nears the ring, Michael Cole reminds us that in tonight’s main event here on HEAT, The Hurricane will challenge Christian for the WWF European Championship, before suggesting that it could be an amazing night for the superhero couple. Jacqueline follows Molly, “PRETTY MEAN SISTER” playing her to the ring, and Coach hypes up her chances: he states that she might be small but she packs a big punch and is a real danger here tonight. Finally, to the biggest reaction of all, “IT JUST FEELS RIGHT” plays and brings out Lita to the ring as the final competitor. With Matt Hardy, Lita’s boyfriend, still missing after walking out on RAW last Monday, Lita looks a little concerned as she heads for the ring and Cole questions whether her heart is truly in this match. However, she gets in the ring and salutes the fans who are behind her here tonight.

    FATAL 4-WAY MATCH
    JACQUELINE vs. JAZZ vs. LITA vs. MIGHTY MOLLY

    As you would expect from a women’s Fatal 4-Way from this period, the quality isn’t the highest but the intensity in the four women is not in doubt as all four look to secure the #1 contender spot. We see Trish Stratus watching a monitor backstage, eager to see who her first title defence will be against, and Cole informs us that that title match is scheduled to take place here on HEAT next Sunday night. In the ring, none of the women gain control until a couple of minutes in when Jazz shows her power and takes out all three opponents with devastating suplexes. With Molly still in the ring, Jazz turns her attention to her and sets her up for the Stinger DDT finisher. However, Lita, aware of the danger of Jazz, climbs quickly to the top buckle and hits a drop kick to the back of Jazz’ head to deny her. As the crowd rally behind Lita, she looks to be on course for victory as she stomps at Jazz and sends her tumbling through the ropes and then drop kicks Jacqueline off the ring apron as she attempts to re-enter the ring. Jacqueline hits her head on the announce table and Lita, with a huge chance here, has Molly, dazed and down, all to herself. Slamming Molly to the mat, Lita climbs the ropes again and performs the Hardy salute … MOONSAULT! LITA HITS A TOP ROPE MOONSAULT ON MIGHTY MOLLY! This one is surely all over … 1 … 2 … NO! Jazz drags Lita off at the last moment and denies her the #1 contender spot before cracking a hard right boot right into her face! With her face contorted with determination, Jazz throws Lita over the top rope and then turns back to Molly who is struggling up … JAZZ STINGER DDT! JAZZ PLANTS MOLLY HEAD FIRST INTO THE MAT! Has Jazz secured the #1 contender spot? Yes she has, the referee counts 3 and Jazz will be facing Trish Stratus for the title next Sunday on HEAT!


    WINNER: JAZZ via pinfall [4:47]
    Jazz is the new #1 contender for the WWF Women’s Championship


    Disappointed that Lita could not get the job done here tonight, the fans jeer Jazz as she celebrates and motions to her waist that she will soon be the WWF Women’s Champion. Backstage, Trish watches on the monitor and nods her head - she looks like she is confident she can hold on to the gold next week on HEAT. On the ramp, Lita looks concerned once more: she clearly had her missing man on her mind when she was competing tonight and Cole suggests that she will soon be back in the hunt for the title.

    HEAT once again switches to a replay - this time, it is the confrontation between Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin from SMACKDOWN where Mick Foley sacrificed himself to ensure Austin would be secured in the Armageddon main event.


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    “EYE OF THE HURRICANE” plays once more but this time it brings out The Hurricane - the #1 contender for the WWF European Championship here tonight - dressed in green and black tonight and ready to stun Christian here on HEAT. As he clambers up the ropes to enter the ring, we see Mighty Molly following him to the ring, holding her head, to accompany him as he seeks to win the title. Initially, Hurricane seems to be a little perturbed at Molly’s presence but then salutes the fans who are behind him here tonight. “AT LAST” plays and the gold pyro rains down on the stage to bring out the European Champion, Christian. Looking confident, he heads for the ring with a mocking look as he surveys the presence of Hurricane in the ring. Climbing up the ropes, Christian taunts the crowd before the referee takes the title belt from him and signals for the bell for tonight’s main event.


    WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    CHRISTIAN [c] vs. THE HURRICANE

    A competitive match here for the HEAT main event as Hurricane, to the surprise of the European Champion, puts up a great fight from the outset. However, after the fast start of the superhero, Christian regains control when he rakes the eyes of his challenger and then crashes him to the ring steps on the outside. There is a moment of distraction for both men when Molly screams at Christian; however, Hurricane tells her to stop and points for her to leave him to it. When Christian looks to hit the Unprettier, Hurricane stuns him by fighting out and he slams the champion down instead. With Christian down, Hurricane heads for the top rope and looks to be in with a shout of taking the title when Test suddenly appears. The distraction means that Hurricane takes too long and Christian sidesteps his crossbody attempt; he crashes to the mat and this gives Christian a few seconds to recover. He once again goes for the Unprettier but Hurricane knows that this will finish him and fights out once more: he takes Christian down with a drop kick that looks to be setting him up for the victory. As the crowd rally with Hurricane though, Christian, sensing he is in trouble, rolls out of the ring and backs up the ramp - he is walking out on the match! As the referee counts him out, the crowd boo this cowardly act. Why is the European Champion bailing on a match with a man he labelled “an embarrassment” earlier tonight? The referee reaches ten and signals for the bell … Christian retains the title in the worst way possible.


    WINNER: THE HURRICANE via countout [5:37]
    BUT CHRISTIAN RETAINS THE WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP


    Unhappy with the way Christian has denied him the title, Hurricane continues to dare the European Champion to return to the ring and this means that his eyes are off the imposing presence of Test who slides into the ring behind him. With his immunity in place for the next year, Test has been causing devastation this week and hits the Big Boot to almost take Hurricane’s head off here tonight. As boos and jeers echo around the arena, Test then hits the Pumphandle Slam for good measure. With Hurricane prone on the mat, Christian rejoins Test in the ring and the two of them stand over him: Christian “retains” his WWF European Championship and Test causes yet more destruction here in the WWF - and he knows that nobody can touch him. HEAT signs off with Christian still the WWF European Champion as a crazy week in the WWF comes to an end ...

    Spoiler:

    QUICK RESULTS:
    Mark Henry def. Chavo Guerrero
    Billy & Chuck def. A.J. Styles & Bryan Danielson
    FATAL 4-WAY MATCH: Jazz def. Jacqueline, Lita & Mighty Molly to become the #1 contender for the WWF Women’s Championship
    WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
    TRIPLE THREAT:
    The Hurricane def. Christian [c] via countout

    OTHER NEWS:
    As well as Mark Henry’s return to the ring, we also saw the return of Eddie Guerrero who came to the aid of his nephew, Chavo.
    Jazz is the #1 contender for the WWF Women’s Championship.
    Despite his defeat in the main event, Christian remains the WWF European Champion.




    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

    #100 POINTS #CHAMPIONS #SUFC

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

    I’ve really enjoyed the beginning of this thread and I adore the time, so I figured I’d leave some comments on Sunday Night Heat.

    Just by reading the opening, before I get into the first match, the one thing you’ve captured in your first week of Raw and Smackdown, is the booking of this era. So much has happened already in one week of shows and that’s exactly what the WWF was about back then. You’ve done a really good job with the booking so far.

    Mark Henry returns and squashes Chavo. Pretty unremarkable but it makes sense considering Chavo’s current standing in the company, and Henry’s size. No real complaints even though it’s painful on a personal note to see Chavo get squashed like this.

    It makes complete sense to turn Henry heel though because he was a terrible face. Eddie’s returns was a nice spot, booked really well, and potentially sets up Los Guerrero’s which would be an awesome addition to the tag scene. Really solid stuff.

    LMAO at Styles and Danielson basically getting squashed by Billy and Chuck. Much like with the Henry squash, it makes sense because Billy and Chuck were an established team here, whereas Styles and Danielson are nobodies. I’m intrigued to see if the thread will last long enough for Styles and Danielson to ever become big time players.

    I hate the idea of Billy Gunn saying Chuck is his best partner ever, just because of how much I loved the New Age Outlaws. Still, a nice little promo to further put over this team, and continue to strengthen your tag division.

    Nice Christian interview to hype the big time European Championship main event. The part with Christian mentioning countries that aren’t in Europe was a nice spot as well.

    Another standard real segment to promote Trish as an actual wrestler. No issues, I look forward to seeing who her first challenger will be.

    Big time win for Jazz to set up a Women’s Championship match with Trish. Good stuff, and I look forward to seeing their match next week. You’ve definitely got some work to make the Women’s Championship division Raw and Smackdown worthy, because at this stage, it just doesn’t feel as if it is.

    Good to see a European Championship match main event on Heat, to give the show something of a big time feel. Christian walking off on The Hurricane because he was going to lose shocked me quite a bit. Obviously he’s playing the chicken shit character, but still, didn’t expect this. Test getting involved afterwards and continuing to show no fear is awesome. I commend you on the job you’re doing with the immunity angle so far, it’s really good stuff. Anyway, a fun ending to the show.

    Never going to be as action packed as Raw and Smackdown, but this did its job, and with the Euro title match and the number one contender match, I really can’t complain. I look forward to reading more of this though, you’re off to a great start.






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    Mark Henry squashing Chavo? Wasn't so sure at first if that was a good idea but the aftermath bringing Eddie Guerrero back was very well done. I'm keen to see Eddie rise through the midcard in the WWF now, although he could very well take a place in the tag division alongside Chavo if there isn't enough room there for him.

    Billy and Chuck would still beat them today Honestly very cool to see Styles and Danielson get some sort of coverage in their rookie years. As for the post-match interview I wonder whether that is a dig towards a departed partner who may return to the WWF with a new partner of his own.

    Christian not taking Hurricane seriously means he's losing tonight. Surely.

    When Jacqueline is the worst of four women in a match you know it's a well stacked one. Hoped Lita would get the win and I'm a big fan of the underappreciated Molly but Jazz winning was the right move around this time. She's a bad ass bitch that will definitely test Trish Stratus' status as champ. My only concern is that the Women's Title is being relegated to Heat week in and week out with the title match there next week. Needs some exposure on Raw and Smackdown or it means nothing.

    So Hurricane wins but Christian escapes with his title. And there's Test!!! Awww!!! The untouchable seemingly on a path of destruction as he just doesn't give a s**t about anyone. I agree with earlier words that Test was never pushed after the Invasion finished. The influx of the Hogans, Steiners and the return of HBK forced a lot of upper midcarders who were trying to break through back down the card. Surely something has to be done about the big bully picking on everyone. I also like the idea of Test and Christian becoming a proper alliance. The UnAmericans are back bay!!!

    Overall some decent stuff again GCB. Really enjoyed the Guerrero return and the Test run-in at the end. Looking forward to RAW already. Keep it up.


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    THURSDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN REVIEW:

    - The show opening was perfection! You nailed the Stone Cold promo, then Rock come out and you built up the intensity around the situation really well. Next out is Foley to calm the situation which was done logically before a massive announcement which I'm excited about.. THREE STAGES OF HELL!! The perfect match for Armageddon too! Finally, the evil Vince Mcmahon and that was spot on with the announcements. Also the ultimatum for Stone Cold to apologize and kiss Vince's ass is interesting. You know Stone Cold never will, but I'm hooked to see how he get's out of that situation. Good start.

    - I think it was a good idea to give a small bit of background about Brock to set the scene and his characteristics. I quite liked the Heyman reasoning and why they attacked Taz. Personally, I'd have liked this match to have not gone ahead- I feel like this could have been a good PPV debut match for Brock. I think it would have even been a good idea to build Lesnar as this monster, but for Tazz's Tazzmission to be put over strong and to avoid that situation of what happens when he locks it onto Brock instead of using it here and not meaning to much. That said- Brock picks up his first win and it's a good one.

    - Nice announcement for HEAT, European Championship match. Cool.

    - Segment between Edge & Big Show. Gave some good spotlight on the Rumble and it's importance. Match made for tonight.

    - Good match and pleased to see Kidman will be sticking around and as the Cruiserweight Champion! Cool with me. Interesting to see the part Torrie Wilson played in this match, I can something where Tajiri & Kidman continue to feud and perhaps Torrie switches allegiances and sides with Kidman. They have history after all.

    - Cool segment with the APA & Vince. Used to love the APA back then and their office segments were always good.

    - RVD out for revenge! Hardcore Championship match is made for tonight. Wonder if Heyman & Brock will be watching? Hmm.

    - Test's immunity is a really cool idea and sets him up well for a big heel role. I like it. Good continuation of the character here at the expense of Scotty & Albert.

    - More tension between Team Extreme. Interesting.

    - No surprise but the APA get the job done! Poor Regal Haha!

    - Great segment between Jericho & Taker. I really liked the angle Jericho is going with regarding respect against someone who demands everyone's respect with just his presence. Match is made and Jericho will see his Armageddon Haha!

    - Big win for Edge and another step in his development.

    - Mixed emotions on the next match. Firstly, I knew Brock would be involved and I was buzzing when he did, brutal attack on Van Dam. However, Heyman as the Hardcore Champion? Not for me. I see where you're kinda' going with it, but it moves away from his original motive which was to get back at these ECW guys that did him wrong. Having the Championship only opens up the situation of others getting involved. I'd have liked to have seen the attack on RVD as it was, then him turning to the ring and maybe going after the Dudleyz.

    - Sad to see Foley go but love that he ended it with the mandible claw! Another good segment and again I enjoyed Austin's promo, you've nailed him and his persona thus far. The show of respect and both having a beer to end the segment was a cool touch and so Austin goes to Armageddon! Will the Rock join him? We'll soon see! Nice little segment again with Foley leaving and sharing a moment with Rocky.

    - WOW! That Main Event was crazy! Vince screwed Rock, big time! Devastating for Rock and I can see him out for revenge! I wanted to see Rock vs Austin so badly, too. My first instinct was that Rock would get back in the picture and it would become a Triple Threat Match but with three stages of hell.. I don't think that's possible.

    Overall - Really good show mate. Very enjoyable. My only dislike was Heyman winning the Hardcore Championship because it was not needed for me and moved away from his original motive. Everything else was spot on. Show is presented well and the segments are really good. I'm enjoying it man!


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    SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT REVIEW:


    - Interesting first match up. Henry gets the win but the real story is Eddie making the save and helping his Nephew, Chavo. I wonder if we will see them as a fully fledged team? Guess we will see.

    - Nice touch to use Danielson & Styles, that was pretty cool. As expected Gunn & Chuck pick up the win. Post match and Billy takes a real shot at Road Dogg here. Interesting. I wonder if we could see Road Dogg with a new partner come and mix it up? K-Kwik, getting rowdy!

    - I liked the Christian promo Haha!

    - Good match between the ladies and it's JAZZ that picks up the win! Cool with me. Surprised the Championship match is not going to take place on Raw though. Nice continuation of concern with Lita for Matt Hardy.

    - Decent Main Event, pleased to see Christian retain and he does so, so cheaply and befitting of his character. The aftermath with Test was the real talking point and this alliance with Christian could be a good one.

    Overall - Job done with this show mate. Gave spotlight to others and continued certain feuds. Nice to see the ladies in action and it will be interesting to see how they're booked by you going forward and if they will mean more under your guidance then they did in real life around this time period.

    Excited to read more! Very enjoyable.




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    I had a much longer review typed up, but WC logged me out and ate my full review. So here's a recapped form.

    - The opening was great, set things up to come well.
    - Sucks to see Raven get the boot.
    - The Dudleyz jealous of RVD continues. Good opening match. Let's see who helps RVD battle the champs.
    - I'm a Test fan and really enjoy him having immunity. He sure used it well tonight. I look forward to a Test/Albert brawl.
    - Never been big on DDP and don't care about him being gone. I did expect his match with Taker to be longer, but then again, Taker was fueled to defend his wife's honor, so I get it.
    - So glad Booker survived, love him. He needed to beat Rock--regardless--and he got it done.
    - Not a Chavo fan, but it made sense for Heyman to get involved in a Tazz match, whomever he was facing. I didn't like Lesnar debuting so soon, but I'm all for originality--so go for it.
    - Glad to see Foley standing up to Vince, like he always did.
    - As a Hurricane fan, glad see survived. Also like him with his Euro belt opportunity and hope he beats that punk Christian.
    - Matt and Jeff tension keeps mounting, I'm ready for the match. I wonder who you will have win their first feud?
    - Great decision to bar Rock and Vince from ringside--this match should be clean and fair. Nice heart-pounding action. Glad to see the crowd get behind Austin again and he fought like heck to keep his belt. The post-match mayhem was decent. Good to see Rock get him some payback, all-around.
    - I look forward to the next Raw and I'll be reviewing SD and Heat in time.

    - OK, Smackdown started off scorching hot. Rock/Austin meeting up, stoking the fires of bad blood. And this time, the biggest match of their careers are involved, in crowning the first ever, Undisputed Champion. But wait, they want to go at it now! Foley coming out and settling things and letting them know a bigger payment would come from waiting--voice of reason. Then comes Vince and co. and that announcement of the triple threat match and alluding to Rock nor Austin even being involved in the biggest championship match in WWF history... I can just hear that crowd's fury.

    - I really enjoyed the Heyman promo. Good use of ECW's history and demise to show why Heyman chose to manage Lesnar. Getting to the match, I expected Lesnar to win and to dominate and it was good to see Lesnar show vulnerability during his first match.

    - Good touch to announce the Euro belt match coming up on Heat. (I appreciate things these in btb's, even when I forget to do them.)

    - I loved Edge's promo and Big Show coming in and stating his case for the Rumble and beyond was cool. I see a potential feud brewing.

    - Good triple threat match for the CW belt. I'm glad to see Kidman keep his job. And there goes some relationship issue a brewing. I see Kidman and Torrie getting together soon, but how soon? Ahhh and X-Pac, I really like the guy. I hope you don't job him out...

    - Good use of The APA here. I'm unsure of they'll get their tag belt opportunity though...

    - RVD is heated--as he should be. He's confident as ever too--putting his belt on the line? Hope it works out for him...

    - OK tag match. I like Test's involvement and the story-line advancement of his immunity. The lengths he'd go with it. Endangering a former partners career like that and the way he treated S2H (I'm not up and arms about it, haha). I love this side of Test and I can see him a huge problem for Vince in the future. Vince might regret the decision to give this kind of power...

    - No Matt Hardy... yeah, I can understand the frustration. What kinda of sucks is he'll be painted as the bad guy, just because he has Jeff's best interest at heart. Or is their an underlying jealously? Hmm..

    - The APA squashing Regal was disheartening--being a Regal fan. But I get it. I'm glad The APA get a shot at the belts however.

    - Y2J came out flapping his gums and though I love his arrogant, disrespectful side--there's a price to pay for it. And he paid it quickly! Will Jericho be in condition to face Taker at Armageddon. Surely now, he's got beef with Kane. Does Y2J have any friends left to battle the BOD? If so, who?

    - OK, so Y2J is fitted with a neck brace and put into an ambulance. Not looking good for him...

    - Loved seeing my boy Edge get a quality win. Great momentum builder towards the Rumble.

    - RVD getting ambushed by Lesnar and dropping his belt to Paul Heyman. That's the kind of stuff I like. I hope the angle becomes 'gold' no pun intended. So I guess I see one potential partner RVD may have in dealing with not only the tag champs, but Lesnar and that's Tazz. We'll see...

    - Very good segment between Austin/Vince/Foley. Foley taking the bullet to save Austin... excellent booking! But will Austin be able to fulfill Foley's last request?

    - Vince in the back about to have an aneurysm.. classic. I'm highly anticipating his revenge.

    - WOW! Talk about a main event. The odds stacked against Rock--no surprise. And that finish...man you booked an exciting match. No to mention Booker getting lost in his own ambitions... I like it. Will will Booker break out of it and turn face? And let's not forget the screw-job. Is Rock leaving to do another movie? If not, how will he get his belt back? Will he try to insert himself into the Undisputed Championship match at Armageddon? Seems like with Foley ousted, he's going to need a little help.... Flair?

    - I anticipate the next SD and will be leaving a review for Heat soon.

    - Nice squash for the WSM. Also a nice return for Eddie. Seems like Henry/Eddie will be seeing each other again soon...
    - It's weird seeing AJ and Bryan in a WWF match this early, though I know they were around then. And jobbing to Billy and Chuck of all people. I get it though.
    - Gunn giving Palumbo that kind of praise just seems wrong. Is this setting up a Road Dogg return?
    - Arrogant Christian.. I enjoy his personality though. (I had to go back and watch old episode to see why I didn't like Christian later in his career and I haven't found it. Christian just starting his singles career was awesome!) Anyways, I'm hoping he loses his belt tonight...
    - Good showcase of the Women's division. I think you can use Heat as a platform to continue to build the division, before they feature on Raw/SD. As far as the match goes, I always felt Jazz would win, though I was pulling for my girl Lita. It makes sense to make Jazz, Trish's next opponent for the strap though. I'm just curious if Trish's reign will continue past next week.
    - Disappointing end to the Euroship match. I didn't expect Hurricane to win, but to lose like that...yikes. I guess Christian is going to be one of those types of heels. It fits him and you need at least one around. More interesting is his relationship with Test. Will Christian use Test's physical and authoritative power to his benefit? If so, what's in it for Test? Is a Canadian faction brewing? But you fired Lance Storm! Haha. Maybe Test uses his power to bring him back somehow?
    - Nice Sunday show and I look forward to next week.
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    Raw RAW 26.11.01


    MONDAY NIGHT RAW
    Monday November 26, 2001
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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    With just two weeks remaining until Armageddon and the crowning of an Undisputed WWF Champion, we know one half of the 3 Stages of Hell main event: WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, thanks to Mick Foley’s sacrifice of his role as Commissioner, is now confirmed in that match where he is currently scheduled to face the new WCW World Champion, Kurt Angle. On SMACKDOWN last week, Angle screwed The Rock to take the WCW Championship thanks to Vince McMahon; The Rock is guaranteed to be out for revenge here tonight on RAW. With the good people of Oklahoma going wild for the WWF here tonight, we are all set for yet another rollercoaster ride as we embark on a new week in the World Wrestling Federation with Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler on the commentary desk.

    “NO CHANCE IN HELL” kicks off the show and a smiling WWF Chairman, Vince McMahon, makes his way out into the arena here tonight. Pleased with the way things have turned out in the past week or so, Vince’s strut is even more arrogant than normal and JR suggests that he has a plan to ensure his chosen one walks out of Armageddon as the first ever Undisputed WWF Champion. Once in the ring, he even manages to shrug off the insulting chants that he draws from the crowd and continues to smile before addressing the crowd. “Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the ONLY show in town,” McMahon boasts, a clear reference to the defeat of the WCW/ECW Alliance, before announcing that, despite the fans’ insults, he is here tonight to ensure a top quality night of entertainment. Referencing the fact that we have a new WORLD Champion – McMahon refuses to use the term ‘WCW’ here – the chairman says that he cannot wait for thirteen days and the coronation of the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion. Vince reminds the fans that it will be WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin facing World Champion Kurt Angle in a 3 Stages of Hell match: “It will be an absolute pleasure to witness an Olympic Hero, the ‘Saviour of the WWF’ Kurt Angle, securing his status as a legend in this business,” declares Vince, “Kurt Angle will kick Austin’s ass at Armageddon and make him pay for stabbin’ the WWF in the back!” Boos echo out around the arena: the fans do not want to see Angle as the WCW Champion, never mind the first ever Undisputed Champion.

    The boos turn to cheers though moments later: “IF YA’ SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” blasts out throughout the arena and The Rock, the former WCW Champion, marches out into the arena and looks intent on kicking some ass tonight. As a worried look passes over the eyes of the Chairman in the ring, Rock steps up onto the ring apron and salutes the fans, as always, before facing up to McMahon, a clear look of disdain in his eyes. Stammering, Vince tells Rock, “Don’t you dare even think about laying a finger on Vince McMahon, damnit,” before backing up towards the ropes. Although it seems that Rock is definitely considering laying the smack down on McMahon, he smirks at him before beckoning for a microphone to address the elephant in the room. “Vince McMahon, The Rock isn’t here tonight to kick your candy ass,” he states, “The Rock is here for one thing … and The Rock means ONE thing!” Suggesting that the entire world witnessed Vince McMahon and Kurt Angle screwing him out of his WCW World Championship last week on SMACKDOWN, Rock tells McMahon that Angle will not be going to Armageddon. “You see, everybody saw what happened to the Great One,” Rock continues, “The people wanna’ see The Rock get his rematch right here tonight on Monday Night RAW!” Huge cheers in the arena: the fans definitely want The Rock to regain his title here tonight. A loud “Rocky!” chant builds momentum in the arena and causes Rock to smile; but will Vince McMahon accept his demands?

    “Before I was so rudely interrupted,” McMahon announces, “I had a major announcement to make about tonight’s Monday Night RAW.” McMahon says that right here on RAW tonight, the entire world will get what they want –it will be the World Champion, Kurt Angle, going one on one with “the so-called Great One”, The Rock right here in Oklahoma City! A huge reaction from the crowd; they are delighted, for once, with McMahon’s decision. The Chairman continues and announces that tonight’s show will feature the Monday Night RAW Gold Rush: “Every single WWF title, with the exception of Stone Cold’s WWF Championship, will be on the line tonight!” McMahon declares. A huge announcement from the Chairman who makes to leave following it but is then stopped by The Rock who has one final message. “You tell your boy, Kurt Angle,” Rock informs him, “That tonight, when he goes ONE on ONE with the Great One, The Rock is gonna’ whip his ass all over Oklahoma City AND regain his WCW World Championship … IF YA’ SMELLLLLLLLLLL … WHAT THE ROCK …” – Rocky stops and adjusts his shades before raising his eyebrow - “is cookin’” There is a strange smirk on the face of Vince McMahon as he listens to Rock’s comments though: what is he up to here tonight? Why has he so readily accepted Rock’s request for a rematch? As Rocky’s music hits, he exits the ring before the Chairman looking content: it’s going to be Kurt Angle defending the WCW World Championship right here tonight against the People’s Champion, The Rock!

    As the fans cheer The Rock back up the ramp, he raises his arm in salute before heading backstage to prepare himself for his big main event later tonight. JR and Lawler hype up the main event and state that this could be the final opportunity for The Rock to secure his spot at Armageddon. Lawler is also interested to see who else will be competing here tonight with an opportunity to become a champion – JR suggests that we will find out more after the break.


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    When RAW returns, JR and King hype up the opportunity, here in the main event tonight, for The Rock to regain his WCW Championship when he challenges Kurt Angle. JR claims that the fans want to see The Rock and Stone Cold settle their differences once and for all at Armageddon and crown an Undisputed WWF Champion - but that means that Rocky needs to defeat Angle here tonight despite the odds against him. Backstage, we see Vince McMahon, still grinning, as he heads towards his locker room. However, when he turns a corner, he comes face-to-face with William Regal, his opponent in thirteen days in a Street Fight at Armageddon. A smirk passes the face of McMahon before he reminds Regal that he has to defeat him, the boss, at Armageddon if he wants to continue here in the World Wrestling Federation. “I should think that you’re regretting your words to my wife, Linda, and I at Survivor Series now, huh?” he chuckles, before announcing that he feels bad for Regal after his beating by the A.P.A. on SMACKDOWN. “Therefore, Mr. Regal, I’m putting you in a match tonight against Billy and Chuck,” McMahon announces, “But, this time, it will be a Tag Team match.” When Regal asks who his partner will be, the worry clear in his eyes, McMahon says he can choose any other WWF superstar he likes - but then adds that he doubts very much whether any other WWF superstar will want to risk angering the boss. As Regal looks on forlornly, desperately trying to keep it together as his WWF hopes disintegrate around him, McMahon wishes him luck and walks off grinning once more. Can Regal find anybody stupid enough to team up with him tonight against Billy and Chuck?

    Back in the ring, “EYE OF THE HURRICANE” plays and the ring announcer, Lilian Garcia, announces that we are going to see a WWF European Championship match here next. The Hurricane, who was denied the title last night by Christian’s cowardly ways, heads out to once again challenge for the gold and he looks confident as he approaches the ring. Replays from Sunday Night HEAT are shown where Christian opted to walk out of the match … and then Test laid Hurricane out with a Big Boot after the match as he continues his streak of terror after his brutal injury to Albert last week. Christian makes his way out to “AT LAST” and poses with the WWF European Championship as the sparks of gold fall from above. However, much to the annoyance of the fans, he is not alone: Test is accompanying him to the ring here tonight. Entering the ring, Christian beckons for a microphone before addressing the fans all over the world: “Greetings to all my fans in Europe!” he calls out before announcing that he understands that there was a degree of concern over the way he had to leave the match last night on HEAT. Citing that he was severely injured and should not have actually been competing, Christian suggests that he wanted to come out here tonight and prove to the “good people of Tokyo and Shanghai” that he is a European Champion that they can be proud of. Seeking adulation from the Oklahomans in attendance in the arena, Christian is attacked from behind by Hurricane who is sick of the delays …


    WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    CHRISTIAN [c] vs. THE HURRICANE

    In the first match of the RAW Gold Rush - as ordered by Vince McMahon - it’s a huge opportunity for The Hurricane to become the WWF European Champion and he starts like a house of fire after his disappointment on HEAT. Taking the fight to Christian, he has the champion reeling in the early stages but the ominous presence of Tes at ringside is proving to be a distraction to Hurricane and he pays for it when Christian sidesteps an attack and sends the superhero flying head first into the turnbuckle. From this point, Christian has the upper hand and his cocky nature begins to show as he belittles the challenger. The fans, fully behind Hurricane, react badly to Christian’s arrogance and are delighted when he fails to hit the Unprettier. As Hurricane launches into a comeback, the fans cheer and it looks as if a new champion is about to be crowned when he takes Christian down with a diving crossbody off the top rope. However, as he looks for the cover, Test leaps on the apron and Hurricane spots him coming … he flies at him and knocks him flying off the apron before making the cover … 1 … 2 … NO! Christian kicks out in the nick of time to save the European Championship - for now. Once again, Hurricane heads for the top rope but Christian, desperate to turn the tide, grabs hold of the referee and drags him between himself and the Hurricane. Whilst the challenger is stood high on the top buckle, the referee’s attention is on Christian … and Test steps up and shoves Hurricane off the top rope. Landing with a crash on the mat, Hurricane is hurt and Christian releases the referee who is none the wiser … UNPRETTIER! CHRISTIAN CONNECTS WITH THE UNPRETTIER! Thanks to Test, the title appears safe … 1 … 2 … 3!


    WINNER: CHRISTIAN via pinfall [4:47]
    ... and Christian retains the WWF European Championship!


    Thanks to a pretty big assist from the untouchable Test, Christian retains his European Championship despite another brave effort from the WWF’s resident superhero. Replays show Christian and Test working together to distract the official and screw Hurricane here on RAW - and the challenger is none too pleased when he sees it. However, despite his displeasure, Christian is out of here with the European Championship still around his waist.

    Backstage, WWF Intercontinental Champion, Edge is stood in the interview pit and Michael Cole asks him for his thoughts on defending his title here tonight on the RAW Gold Rush. The champion, confident as ever, announces that his challenger is yet to be announced but that he is willing to defend his title against any challenger, any time, any place. Into shot walks Vince McMahon who greets Edge with a handshake and then announces that his challenger will be determined in the next match: an over the top rope Battle Royal. As Edge nods his head, confirming his intention to take on all comers for his title, RAW heads into a commercial break with a Battle Royal set to come in minutes.


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    When RAW returns, we see The Hurricane backstage muttering to himself and clearly unhappy; he is approached by Mighty Molly who tries to reassure him that he is still the greatest superhero who ever lived. However, it seems that Molly’s presence irks Hurricane and he turns on her and tells her that she doesn’t understand. “You just don’t believe, Molly,” he tells her, “But I am determined to show the world just how super I can be.” Proceeding to tell her that he doesn’t think she has what it takes to be the “most super sidekick the world has ever seen”, Hurricane says he thinks it is best if they go their own way. As Hurricane flies away, Molly looks stunned initially but then a shot of anger appears on her face: she rips off her pink cape and throws it down as she glares after her former sidekick.

    Back in the ring, we see a collection of superstars already in out ready for the Battle Royal. Al Snow, Mark Henry, Perry Saturn and X-Pac are preparing themselves in the ring as well as Chavo Guerrero and Eddie Guerrero, uncle and nephew, who were united in the ring on HEAT the previous night when Mark Henry tried to injure Chavo causing Eddie’s return to the WWF. With a shot at Edge’s WWF Intercontinental Championship later tonight up for grabs, all six men look pumped up as they await the rest of their opponents. “THIS IS A TEST” plays and announces the arrival of a man we have already seen once here tonight, Test, as he seeks to gain a rematch against the man who defeated him at Survivor Series to become Intercontinental Champion. However, the next man out is the Big Show, who heads out to “BIG”, and is immediately declared the favourite to win by Jerry “The King” Lawler on the announce table thanks to his sheer size. JR reminds us that Big Show failed to win the title from Edge on SMACKDOWN and will be desperate for another shot himself. “CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?” plays and a chorus of boos from the crowd greets the 5-time WCW Champion, Booker T, as he heads out into the arena. With memories of him helping Kurt Angle to screw The Rock out of the WCW Championship on SMACKDOWN still fresh in the minds of the fans, Booker is not popular yet he looks determined as he seeks to win gold for himself once more here tonight. But who will be the mystery tenth man in this contest?

    “TURN IT UP” plays and the crowd turn expecting to see Scotty 2 Hotty heading out … but they are wrong: here comes Rikishi after a long term injury lay off! Another big man but a big, big favourite with the fans, the 400-pound Samoan makes his way towards the ring with a huge smile on his face, he looks delighted to be back. As soon as he steps into the ring, he looks around the other nine men and then makes a beeline for the man who has proven a thorn in his friend’s side in recent days. Attacking Test, Rikishi’s actions set every other superstar off and the Battle Royal has begun here on RAW!

    10-MAN BATTLE ROYAL
    AL SNOW vs. BIG SHOW vs. BOOKER T vs. CHAVO GUERRERO vs. EDDIE GUERRERO vs. MARK HENRY vs. PERRY SATURN vs. RIKISHI vs. TEST vs. X-PAC

    After the initial brawls that you see in every Battle Royal, things settle down as the superstars pair off and begin their attempts to wear each other down and eliminate each other from the match as they seek an opportunity at Edge’s WWF Intercontinental Championship. It becomes apparent early on in the match that Big Show’s power and size is going to be a huge advantage here tonight and this is proved further when he secures the first elimination of the evening as he lifts Al Snow high over his head and simply drops the Snowman over the top rope. As Snow crumples on the ground, Perry Saturn tries to catch Big Show from behind and looks to put the 7-footer over the top rope. For a moment, Big Show stumbles into the ropes and Saturn looks to capitalise on the momentum; unfortunately, he is simply not strong enough and Show holds on before grabbing him by the throat: CHOKE SLAM! BIG SHOW CRASHES SATURN DOWN TO THE MAT! Has he done enough here to eliminate a second person? Of course he has: Perry Saturn is tossed over the rope by Show and we are down to eight men. Elsewhere in the ring, the Guerreros are looking to punish Mark Henry for his treatment of Chavo the previous night and they are pounding away on him in the corner. However, like Big Show, his power means that he is very difficult to move around and Henry uses his strength to clothesline Eddie and knock him down to the mat. With one of the Guerrero family out of the way, Henry lifts the other off the mat … WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! MARK HENRY SQUASHES CHAVO ONCE AGAIN! The nephew of the Guerrero pairing is in big trouble now and it is inevitable what is about to come: Chavo Guerrero is eliminated and there are seven men remaining.

    With the crowd still excited to see him back in the WWF ring, Rikishi seems to have set his mind on taking out Test and, despite his immunity here in the WWF, there is nowhere for him to hide right now. The crowd rise to their feet when Rikishi manages to knock Test down to the mat with a thrust kick and he ends up sat against the turnbuckles in the corner: are we about to see the return of the Stinkface? Raising his hands to the ceiling, Rikishi senses an opportunity to do just that and he heads towards Test hitching up his trunks to back that ass up. However, just as Test seems in severe danger, Booker T barrels into Rikishi from behind and the Samoan crashes shoulder first into the turnbuckles. As he turns back out, Booker is waiting … BOOK END! BOOKER T PLANTS RIKISHI WITH THE BOOK END! Stunned, Rikishi staggers back up a few moments later and this has now given Test time to revive himself … BIG BOOT! TEST ELIMINATES RIKISHI WITH THE BIG BOOT! As Rikishi flies over the top rope and becomes the fourth man eliminated, the fifth man to leave is almost set as well as Big Show chalks up another elimination within seconds: he smashes X-Pac with a huge right hand and then drags him off the mat to toss him over the top rope. We are down to five men - Big Show, Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, Mark Henry and Test - but which one will be back in the ring later to challenge Edge for the WWF Intercontinental Championship?



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    When RAW returns, the Battle Royal is down to four men with another man eliminated: this time it is Mark Henry as replays show that, as he looked to force Eddie Guerrero over the top rope, the Mexican managed to lock his legs around the neck of the powerlifter and used the leverage to force him out of the ring instead. However, Eddie is now being pummelled by Test as Booker T and Big Show go at it on the opposite side of the ring. However, try as he might, Test seems unable to eliminate Guerrero and the exasperation is clear as he rolls out of the ring - not over the top rope - and grabs a steel chair. As he returns, it is clear that he wants to cause some damage to Eddie and he smashes the chair over Eddie’s previously injured back to the annoyance of the fans. However, Eddie will not lay down and let Test take him out and he refuses to be eliminated, grabbing the ropes and clawing his way to safety time after time after time. When Test swings the chair again, Eddie ducks and the chair rebounds off the rope and smashes Test between the eyes instead; Test falls back and lands on his back on the mat giving Eddie some time to recover. With Test down and Eddie struggling, Big Show and Booker T’s battle takes a break with both men down in the corners: who will get the chance to challenge for the Intercontinental Championship later tonight here on RAW? As Test staggers up, there is a commotion in the arena when The Hurricane comes flying out once more: he climbs to the top rope and beckons Test to turn and face him … SHINING WIZARD! HURRICANE HITS THE SHINING WIZARD OFF THE TOP ROPE! As Test spins away from the impact, Eddie Guerrero pulls down the top rope and the big man falls straight over the top of it: Test is the seventh elimination!

    With the crowd delighted at Hurricane taking a measure of revenge on Test here tonight, attention turns back to the three men in the ring as they trade blows between them. There is only one winner in this kind of contest though and soon Big Show has both Eddie and Booker down and out at his feet. Throwing up his hand to signal for the Choke Slam, the crowd give him a mixed reaction but he ploughs on regardless: CHOKE SLAM! BIG SHOW HITS A CHOKE SLAM ON BOOKER T! When Booker staggers up towards the ropes, Eddie spots an opportunity for another elimination and flies at him with a clothesline. Booker T is eliminated! And so is … Eddie hangs on! The momentum of the clothesline sees Eddie almost eliminate himself but he gets a foot down on the ring apron and holds on to the top rope. Steadying himself, Eddie smiles as he looks down at Booker but his eyes are off the prize … KNOCKOUT PUNCH! BIG SHOW STRIKES TO KNOCK EDDIE OUT COLD! There it is, Big Show is the last man standing as Eddie Guerrero falls off the apron to the floor; a devastating conclusion as Big Show once again earns the right to challenge Edge for the WWF Intercontinental Championship later tonight!



    WINNER: BIG SHOW [11:01]
    ... and Big Show will now challenge Edge for the WWF Intercontinental Championship!


    Victory for Big Show here tonight - but a tough match lasting over ten minutes which could prove a deciding factor later tonight maybe? A mixed reaction for Show as he celebrates the win by indicating that he will become the new Intercontinental Champion later tonight; many Edgeheads in the crowd do not see it the same way. The camera switches backstage where we see the brand new WWF Hardcore Champion, Paul Heyman - yes, you did read that right, Paul Heyman - as he prepares to defend the title for the first time here tonight after defeating Rob Van Dam on SMACKDOWN. Replays of the shocking attack by Brock Lesnar on RVD are shown before we see how the Beast Incarnate encouraged Heyman to make the cover and secure the title on the 24/7 rule. With all titles being defended here tonight on the orders of Vince McMahon, Heyman, wearing a tracksuit, warms up a little as he prepares to come out and defend the title in a moment ...


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    Paul Heyman, the WWF Hardcore Champion, is standing in the ring when RAW returns with the title held high as he taunts the fans and RVD over the fact that he is now the “King of the Hardcore division,” as JR terms it - a fact that will make many a wrestler sick at the sight. Grabbing a microphone, Heyman identifies that Vince McMahon made the order that the title must be defended here tonight but did concede that it might be a time for a change in the rules regarding the Hardcore Championship. “As per the orders of Vince McMahon,” Heyman continues with a smirk, “The Hardcore Championship 24/7 rule is no longer in effect and all title defences must now be signed for in advance.” Boos ring out at this announcement but Heyman seems happy with the ruling: it helps him to plan for what, who and when the attacks are coming. Heyman goes on to suggest that tonight he is happy to face any single WWF superstar in the locker room who truly believes that they have the intestinal fortitude to come out and face him for the title. “I issue a cautionary reminder however,” Heyman states, “You are looking at the man who knows Hardcore wrestling better than any other man in the history of this business.” Declaring himself “Hardcore for Life”, Heyman challenges the locker room for who has the guts to come out and face him here tonight …

    “IF YOU DARE” begins before Heyman can complete the challenge: Tazz is not going to pass up this opportunity. Immediately, there is fear in the eyes of Heyman as the man from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York, heads straight for him determined to “choke him out” and win the WWF Hardcore Championship he has held several times before. As JR and Lawler remind us that Tazz is also a former ECW Champion, a fact Heyman will know only too well, he slides into the ring and goes on the offensive immediately as the bell rings to signal that the match is up and running ...


    WWF HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP
    HARDCORE RULES MATCH
    PAUL HEYMAN [c] vs. TAZZ

    Despite a few punches from a clearly petrified Heyman, Tazz dominates immediately and drags his former boss around the ring taking a little bit of pleasure from holding all the aces here. However, as will be clear already, the presence - or lack of presence - of Brock Lesnar is obvious and he is surely not too far away. When Tazz suplexes Heyman for fun and declares that he is gonna’ choke him out, the Beast comes racing down the ramp and it is clearly a set up - Hardcore rules was always going to mean Lesnar would appear. He slips behind Tazz and hits a terrifying German suplex that shakes the ring before unloading with a series of right hands. As the crowd boo, the referee protests at Lesnar’s involvement but there is nothing he can do - this is perfectly legal in a Hardcore Rules match. F5! LESNAR HITS THE F5 ON TAZZ! With Tazz completely caught unaware by Lesnar’s attack, the F5 has done enough to put him away but Heyman and Lesnar opt for a final insult as the Hardcore Champion climbs slowly to the top rope. Encouraged by Lesnar, Heyman stands on the top buckle and taunts RVD with his thumbs which generates another load of boos from the crowd. “5-STAR” FROG SPLASH! HEYMAN HITS THE UGLIEST FROG SPLASH YOU WILL EVER SEE! More dropping over Tazz than hitting a Frog Splash, the damage has already been done by Lesnar’s beatdown and subsequent F5 and the 3 count is made. Paul Heyman retains the Hardcore Championship!


    WINNER: PAUL HEYMAN via pinfall [2:48]
    ... and Paul Heyman retains the WWF Hardcore Championship!


    As if embarrassing Rob Van Dam by “stealing” the WWF Hardcore Championship from him was not enough, Heyman now successfully retains the title by defeating another ECW alumni in Tazz in his first defence. JR questions whether Heyman is trying to prove a point here with his actions: some people do call him the “Inventor of Hardcore Wrestling” with his ECW brand and it seems that he is trying to be the one to either keep it living on or maybe is trying to ruin it? As Heyman celebrates on the shoulders of Lesnar (an over the top celebration to say the least, considering), Lawler says that former WWF Hardcore Champions from the past will be feeling nauseous at the sight of Heyman with that title - but who can put Lesnar out of action long enough to get to Heyman and defeat him?

    Backstage, Michael Cole introduces his interview guest - the new WCW World Champion, Kurt Angle! Cole asks the Olympic Hero about his main event match against The Rock later tonight and about how it is certain that Rocky will be out for revenge after the way Angle won the title on SMACKDOWN. Looking aghast, Angle takes issue with the question and claims to have won the title fair and square in a Triple Threat match: “Are you questioning my integrity, Michael?” Identifying that he is the man who saved the WWF from disaster and is a role model that every single WWF fan can be proud of, Angle suggests that he is the only choice to be the first ever Undisputed WWF Champion and that The Rock needs to accept that to be the case. “The Rock is a popular guy,” continues Angle, “But he’s not Undisputed Champion material, is he? He might make people laugh with his silly catchphrases, he might be one of the wittiest WWF superstars of all time and, I admit, he’s a talented in-ring athlete - but he isn’t Kurt Angle.” Suggesting that he is just a charismatic, witty, entertaining and popular as The Rock, Angle adds that he has the last piece of the jigsaw that Rock does not: intelligence. “You see, Michael, I know which people to keep onside,” he states, referring to Vince McMahon, “I made sure that Vince McMahon’s storied World Wrestling Federation survived when The Rock was close to blowing it all and I made sure Mr. McMahon knew that I had done it all for him.” Declaring that he will be going to Armageddon and defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin to become the WWF Undisputed Champion, Angle says that tonight he will prove to The Rock, once and for all, that he is just that much better than he is: “Oh, it’s true, Michael Cole. It’s damn true.”


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    “I’VE GOT IT ALL” plays on RAW’s resumption and out step Billy Gunn with his partner in recent weeks, Chuck Palumbo. Looking delighted to be back in action together here on RAW tonight, Billy and Chuck make their way down to the ring and JR reminds us that Billy Gunn has recently described Chuck as being the best Tag Team partner he has ever had: high praise, indeed. “REGALITY” plays next and brings out a man with a lot on his mind: William Regal. As he makes his way towards the ring looking a little dejected, Lawler explains that Regal knows he is in a no-win situation at Armageddon - either he is beaten and loses his job here in the WWF or he defeats Vince McMahon … and pays for it the rest of his career. Replays of his earlier confrontation with Vince are shown and JR speculates over who will have been brave enough to be Regal’s partner here tonight for this match. However, it becomes clear quickly from Regal’s demeanour in the ring that he has no partner and, as a result, the bell rings with this match - for the second show in succession for Regal - now a Handicap Match.

    2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH
    BILLY & CHUCK vs. WILLIAM REGAL

    As you would expect from Regal, he puts up a good fight but the numbers game is always going to prove to be too much for him as Billy and Chuck trade frequent tags to ensure that the longer the match goes, the more difficult it is for Regal to compete. When Regal locks in the Regal Stretch on Chuck, Billy is there to break it up quickly and, had it not been for his despicable actions over the past couple of years, you could almost feel sorry for Regal here. However, there is little sympathy on offer for him and when Palumbo hits a big heavy right boot to the face of Regal as he comes off the ropes, the writing is on the wall. Billy Gunn gets the tag ...
    FAME ASSER! BILLY HITS THE FAME ASSER TO DRIVE REGAL FACE FIRST INTO THE MAT! The pinfall is counted out and Regal succumbs to another defeat here on RAW.



    WINNERS: BILLY GUNN & CHUCK PALUMBO via pinfall [2:29]


    As Regal slumps out of the ring and away, Billy and Chuck celebrate another victory as their fledgling team continue to build momentum here in the WWF. After the match, Chuck grabs a microphone and states to the fans that they are on a hot streak that is going to take them all the way to the top of the Tag Team division here in the WWF before Billy takes it and adds that he has been Tag Team Champion before but he is set on winning the gold once more with Chuck. “You know something, Chuck,” Billy continues, “I don’t think I’ve ever felt happier as part of a Tag Team, I cannot wait to become the WWF Tag Team Champions with you ….”

    Spoiler:


    “OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW!” suddenly interrupts and Billy spins to the ‘tron with a look of shock on his face: what on earth is this all about? As the crowd react to the old music of Billy Gunn when he used to be a part of the New Age Outlaws, Road Dogg makes his way out onto the stage looking down at the ring at his former partner with a smirk. As JR points out that it has been over a year since we last saw this man here in the WWF, the crowd give him a great reaction whilst Billy Gunn looks like he has seen a ghost in the ring: he cannot believe that Road Dogg has returned here tonight! However, tonight, it appears that Road Dogg is content to simply let Billy know that he is back around as he looks from the stage to the ring and says nothing. What is Road Dogg doing back in the World Wrestling Federation? Are we about to see a return for the New Age Outlaws? Or will Billy’s blossoming pairing with Chuck Palumbo continue?


    After an advert for the upcoming Armageddon PPV - where we will crown the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion - airs, “JAZZ STINGER” plays to bring out the #1 contender for the WWF Women’s Championship, Jazz. Replays of Jazz’ victory on Sunday Night HEAT - when she defeated Jacqueline, Lita and Mighty Molly in a Fatal 4-Way - are shown and JR informs us that Vince McMahon personally moved this title match to RAW tonight as part of the Gold Rush. With the WWF Women’s Championship about to be on the line, RAW heads into a commercial break with the fine sight of Trish Stratus backstage ready to hit the ring - will Trish successfully defend her newly-won title tonight on RAW?


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    RAW resumes with Jazz still waiting in the ring ready to challenge for the Women’s Title here tonight as JR reminds us that every WWF title is on the line tonight as per the orders of Vince McMahon. Reminding us that we still have Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardys for the Tag Team Championships, Edge vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship and Kurt Angle defending the WCW World Championship against The Rock still to come, JR states that the remaining matches on RAW could have big repercussions as we head into Armageddon. “WHIPLASH” plays and the crowd get to their feet as the WWF Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus, makes her way out into the arena for her first title defence since winning the gold at Survivor Series eight days previously. Looking smoking hot as usual, Trish salutes the crowd as she enters the ring and looks confident that she can pull off another “upset” here tonight by defeating the much more experienced Jazz. The referee takes her title from her and holds it up before the bell rings and the match gets started.


    WWF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    TRISH STRATUS [c] vs. JAZZ

    Unfortunately for Trish, the strength and power advantage of Jazz comes into play very quickly as she attacks Trish off the bell and pounds away at her in the corner: it appears to be a mismatch at this early stage and Jazz quickly has control of proceedings here tonight. The former ECW superstar exerts her dominance by hitting a series of knife edge chops to the chest of Trish - which infuriates Lawler on the announce desk, obviously - before hitting a belly-to-belly suplex that Stratus does well to kick out of at 2. Things are looking bleak for the Women’s Champion and she gallantly tries to fight back with a few right hands of her own but, as she looks for a bulldog out of the corner, Jazz simply throws her across the ring before signalling that it is over. The crowd rally behind Trish but it is to no avail as Jazz hits a Northern Lights suplex and hooks the leg for the pinfall … 1 … 2 … 3 … NO! Trish got her free leg out onto the ropes and the referee notices in the nick of time. As Jazz argues with the referee that she has won the title, Trish has a little time to recover before Jazz slides out of the ring and grabs the title belt. She continues her argument with the official and looks to be claiming the title but Trish surprises her with a roll up … 1 … 2 … No! Jazz kicks out at the last second but Trish almost caught her out there … As Jazz gets to her knees though, Trish measures her and hits a stiff roundhouse kick to the side of the challenger’s head before ascending the ropes looking for the move to put Jazz down. From the top buckle, Trish flies off looking for a Diving Crossbody but the powerful challenger simply catches her and slams her back down to the mat. With Trish clutching her back, Jazz stomps at it before locking on the single leg Boston Crab that makes Stratus squeal in pain. To her credit, she fights her way to the ropes and breaks the hold but a lot of damage is done there. Trish’s back is bothering her, clearly, and she tries to whip Jazz to the corner but it is reversed … and Trish collides with the official who is dazed in the corner as a result. Sensing a chance, Jazz grabs the discarded title belt and crashes it hard into the lower back of Trish and the WWF Women’s Champion falls to the mat in deep trouble here. As the official gets his bearings back, Jazz drags Trish off the mat to jeers and boos … JAZZ STINGER! JAZZ PLANTS TRISH FACE FIRST INTO THE MAT! Do we have a new Women’s Champion? 1 … 2 … 3! Despite the crowd’s anger at the use of the title belt, Jazz is the new WWF Women’s Champion!


    WINNER: JAZZ via pinfall [4:16]
    ... and NEW WWF Women’s Champion!


    There is anger on the faces of many WWF fans in attendance here tonight as Jazz, despite her dominance for most of the match, resorts to the illegal use of the title belt to secure victory over Trish here tonight. As Jazz retires up the ramp clutching the title in her hand, Trish looks distraught in the middle of the ring at losing her title: “That young woman has worked so hard in recent months to get that opportunity,” says JR, clearly annoyed himself, “Only to have the gold stolen from her here tonight on RAW.”

    JR transitions into a short video highlighting the issues that have plagued the Hardy Boyz in the past week or so since Survivor Series - we see Jeff’s decision to attempt to hit the Swanton Bomb from the top of the cage that went so terribly wrong and handed the WWF Tag Team Championships to the Dudley Boyz; we see the #1 contender match between Hurricane and Jeff Hardy from RAW where, despite hitting the Twist of Fate, Jeff attempted the Swanton Bomb and missed again to give Helms the victory instead; the arguments between Matt and Jeff that followed as well as Lita looking concerned about Matt’s whereabouts on SMACKDOWN. Backstage, once the video ends, we see Jeff and Lita once more and both look nervous ahead of tonight’s Tag Team Championship opportunity - apparently, neither of them have heard from Matt still since last Monday. Rubbing her head, Lita exasperatedly questions, “Matt, c’mon, where are you?” whilst Jeff prepares himself hoping that his brother shows up. That match is coming soon, according to JR, and it remains to be seen whether Matt will show up here tonight. Up next, however, we are set to hear from the man who was hit with a Tombstone on SMACKDOWN on the steel staging area, Chris Jericho. What will Y2J have to say about The Undertaker’s actions on SMACKDOWN last week?


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    “BREAK THE WALLS DOWN” follows the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 countdown and the crowd turn their attention to the stage to see Chris Jericho: he takes a moment to appear but, when he does, there is a shock in store as a backstage hand wheels him down to the ring in a wheelchair. Unable to walk, Jericho is placed at the foot of the ramp and handed a microphone: he is wearing a neck brace and looks incredibly downhearted about the whole situation as the fans taunt him for good measure. JR reminds us that Jericho almost cost the WWF big time at Survivor Series all because of his own ego; Jerry Lawler claims that Jericho didn’t deserve this though. “Oh, I guess you all think this is real funny, huh?” snipes Jericho at the crowd, “Here I sit, my career in ruins and you see fit to laugh at my situation?” Angrily, Jericho tells the fans that they need to take a long, hard look in the mirror at the way they are reacting. “I’m damn near paralysed!” Jericho protests, “And it’s all down to YOUR so-called heroes, Undertaker and Kane!” An “Un-der-ta-ker!” chant echoes around the arena as the fans show their support for the actions of the American Bad Ass which infuriates Jericho even further. He growls at them that the Undertaker better pray that he is not paralysed or else he will be finished for good. Jericho goes on to accuse both Undertaker - “AND that Big Red moron, Kane!” - of wrecking his life and destroying his career. He claims that doctors have told him that it is extremely unlikely he will ever be able to wrestle again and the best he can hope for is to simply walk once again in the near future. Looking forlorn, Jericho says it was never meant to be this way and looks genuinely hurt by the reaction of the crowd. “You’re seriously gonna’ cheer that?” he snarls, “Here I sit, my career is in tatters and you people wanna’ cheer for the sum’bitches who did it?” Y2J outlines that, if he could, he would stand in the middle of that ring, call out the American Ass Clown and the Big Red Goofball and kick both their asses all over Olkahoma. “That one tombstone, that one moment that reckless son of a bitch decided to hit the Tombstone Piledriver on me,” Jericho complains, “That could have ended my career here in the World Wrestling Federation.” Boos ring out around the arena - some on the side of Jericho, others sensing that all is not completely as it seems - but Jericho looks down …

    “ROLLIN’” suddenly plays as the arena falls into darkness; JR says he has an uneasy feeling about this and suggests that Jericho could well be crippled yet here comes The Undertaker and he may well have evil intentions in mind. As the roar of the American Bad Ass’ motorbike is heard and he appears on the stage, Jericho’s face looks fearful for his life. Undertaker rides the bike down the ramp and comes to a stop close to where Jericho’s wheelchair is standing before he smirks and angles the bike around the chair. Circling the ring, the reaction of the fans to Undertaker is extremely positive - as always - and they wait with baited breath to see what could be coming next. Parking the bike back close to where a petrified Chris Jericho sits, the Deadman looks him in the eyes and laughs to himself: he clearly sees that Jericho has got exactly what he deserved for playing with fire back at Survivor Series and then last week on RAW. Climbing off his bike, ‘Taker stands over Jericho and looks down at him as the lights return to normal and the music stops; there is a huge degree of anticipation in the air as the fans wonder what Undertaker may do to Jericho here. As for Jericho, he is pleading with the American Bad Ass to leave him alone: “You’ve done enough!” he urges but there is a sense that Undertaker maybe doesn’t agree. Concerned WWF officials make their way out into the arena and they step between Undertaker and Jericho - to the jeers of some members of the crowd - and it is clear that they are here to try and persuade Undertaker to leave it be. “If Undertaker touches Jericho in the state he is now,” JR suggests, “This could be a very grave day indeed for the World Wrestling Federation.” It appears that a smirking Undertaker has made his point to Jericho as he mocks him before turning to leave. “You’ve been taught a lesson, boy,” ‘Taker tells him, “You do not mess with The Undertaker.” There are cheers for Undertaker as he turns and begins to walk up the ramp but those cheers are about to turn into horrified yells from the fans …

    BAM! JERICHO CRASHES A STEEL PIPE OVER THE BACK OF THE UNDERTAKER’S SKULL! As soon as the Phenom turned his back, Jericho rose out of the chair, ripped off the neck brace and, with a steel pipe he had been concealing in his wheelchair, smashed the Undertaker in the back of the head. Caught out completely, Undertaker falls face first on the ramp and Jericho - chortling at his own genius - lays the boots to him although there is little need. JR reacts with anger at the way Jericho used the wheelchair to deceive every single person in the arena but it appears that Y2J could not give a damn what anybody here thinks as he stands over the prone body of ‘Taker and stretches his arms out mocking the American Bad Ass. Suddenly, the lights go out and there is a huge red explosion on the stage, here comes Kane - the Undertaker’s brother - and “VEIL OF FIRE” plays as he storms out towards Jericho. However, quick as a flash, Jericho is off and he rushes around the ring and leaps the barricades before rushing through the crowd before Kane can get near to him. Instead, a seething Kane is forced to simply check on the condition of his brother who is showing little signs of consciousness after Jericho’s cowardly assault. Medics also appear as JR calls Jericho an “out of control, egotistical idiot,” which Lawler wholeheartedly agrees with on this occasion.


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    Replays of Chris Jericho’s shocking deception before the break are shown before we see the Undertaker backstage being loaded into an ambulance; when have we ever seen anybody put Undertaker in an ambulance before here in the WWF? As Kane watches on with a look of anger showing behind his mask, JR informs us that Chris Jericho vs. Kane has been set for SMACKDOWN later this week and that the Big Red Machine will get a chance to take revenge for the heinous assault Jericho just inflicted on his older brother. As concern continues for the Undertaker, the cameras switch elsewhere backstage where we see Matt Hardy enter carrying his bag. His girlfriend, Lita, comes rushing over immediately and hugs him; she questions where he has been for the past week. “Don’t worry about me,” Matt replies, “I just needed some space.” When Lita asks if he knows about the Tag Team Championship match coming up in moments, Matt tells her that he didn’t but he is pleased that tonight he can mend his relationship with his brother, Jeff, by regaining their titles. “Tell Jeff to get out there and I’ll be out there as soon as I am ready!” Matt tells Lita before rushing off to get changed.

    In the interview area, Lilian Garcia introduces Scotty 2 Hotty and she asks him for an update on the condition of his partner, Albert, after his horrific attack by Test on SMACKDOWN. Scotty tells Lilian that, fortunately, Albert’s leg is not broken and he will be returning to the WWF quicker than expected. “However, that does not change the fact that Test set out to break Albert’s leg on SMACKDOWN,” Scotty identifies, “And he will pay for that when the Hip Hop Hippo makes his return to the ring.” Into shot though walks Rikishi who made his return earlier tonight in the Battle Royal and immediately targeted Test during that match. “Test, boy,” Rikishi calls out, “You took my boy, Scotty, out at Survivor Series and now you’ve taken Albert out, tried to end his career. I don’t care about no immunity, you gonna’ pay for your actions - and you gonna’ pay Rikishi style!” Scotty and Rikishi embrace; it looks as if their long-term run together here in the WWF is going to continue and the big Samoan is now intent on taking out Test for his recent attacks on his friend, Scotty.

    “WE’RE COMIN’ DOWN” plays in the arena and it signals the arrival of the WWF Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz who, as ever, are accompanied by the leggy Stacy Keibler here tonight. As they approach the ring through the pyro that greets their arrival, JR reminds us of the way they won the gold back at Survivor Series when the WCW and WWF Tag Team Championships were unified and they defeated the Hardys thanks to Jeff Hardy’s monumental error of judgement. Lawler takes issue with this though and declares that Bubba Ray and D’Von knew exactly what they were doing and played on Jeff’s weakness, his desire for the spotlight, in order to secure the titles. As Stacy steps through the ropes, the usual whistles are heard before “LOADED” hits and Jeff Hardy - accompanied by his brother’s girlfriend, Lita - heads out for this title match. As yet, there is no sign of Matt but he is still getting ready after only arriving in the arena moments ago. As Jeff salutes the fans, JR questions the wisdom of Jeff coming out here alone - and Lawler questions the wisdom of him running down to the ring. On the other hand, Lita is looking back continually and trying to spot Matt heading out. The referee questions whether Matt is coming and Jeff confirms this; the match cannot wait though and the bell rings for now with Matt not yet ready to compete.


    WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
    SINGLE FALL TAG TEAM MATCH
    DUDLEY BOYZ [c] vs. HARDY BOYZ

    As the match gets started, Bubba Ray and Jeff Hardy lock up with attention half on the stage anticipating the arrival of Matt Hardy into the arena. The first time this fact is questioned is when Lawler suggests that Matt could be keeping Jeff hanging as punishment for his recent errors, a suggestion JR mocks albeit a little unconvincingly. The numbers advantage works to the advantage of the Tag Team Champions pretty quickly as D’Von gets a blind tag from Bubba and barrages into Jeff from behind to take control before the Dudleys employ exemplary tag team wrestling by making frequent tags and dominating Jeff in the corner. However, there is no need for them to keep Jeff in their corner: he has no tag to make at this moment. Surviving the onslaught, Jeff is able to counter every now and then but Lita is beginning to look concerned when there is still no sign of Matt at the 5:00 mark when we head into the commercial. Is Matt Hardy going to show up here tonight or is Jerry Lawler about to be proved correct?


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    When RAW returns, the challenger remains Jeff Hardy and it is clear that he is beginning to struggle a little here as he fights against both members of the Dudley Boyz. The tension on Lita’s face is clear and Stacy Keibler begins to taunt her over it which annoys Lita somewhat. In the ring, the Dudleys perform “Whatssssssssup?” with D’Von dropping a diving headbutt into the quad muscle of Jeff and Stacy again taunts Lita who finally cracks. To the delight of the crowd, Lita fires into Stacy with a spear and takes her down before pummelling her over and over. The referee is forced to intervene when Stacy tries to escape into the ring but Lita follows and lays the boots to her in the corner. Trying to pull Lita away, the referee is distracted as Bubba Ray and D’Von deviously take the chance to set up a table and it looks as if they are setting it for a 3D on Jeff! However, before they can hit it, “LOADED” plays once again and the crowd go wild as Matt Hardy - dressed to compete now - comes flying out to make the save! With her man now in the ring, Lita calms down and heads out whilst Matt and Jeff gain the upper hand and deliver a series of right hands to the two Dudleys. The referee removes the table that had been set up before ushering Matt and Bubba Ray back out of the ring: can Jeff Hardy make the tag to his fresh brother here? Just in time, D’Von tags Bubba and he prevents the tag to Matt and the champions’ skills now come in to play as they frustrate the crowd by keeping Jeff away from the tag. However, when they look to hit the 3D once again, Jeff leapfrogs over Bubba Ray and dives over towards Matt … and makes the tag! As a battered, run down Jeff rolls out of the ring, Matt comes into the ring like a house on fire and clears both Bubba Ray and D’Von out. Stacy Keibler leaps up on the apron and tries to distract him but he smirks at her before Lita drags her down! As Matt watches his girlfriend pummelling Stacy again though, Bubba Ray and D’Von set themselves up … 3D! THE DUDLEYS SURPRISE MATT HARDY WITH A 3D! The referee makes the tag and, despite being the fresh man in there, Matt cannot make the kick out and the Dudleys retain their titles!


    WINNERS: DUDLEY BOYZ via pinfall [9:46]
    ... and retain their WWF Tag Team Championships!


    What an anti-climax that was! Out of nowhere, the Dudleys hit the 3D on a fairly fresh Matt Hardy and they take him down for the 3 count to retain their titles. Understandably, as the Dudleys and a rather sour looking Stacy Keibler exit up the ramp, Jeff is a little annoyed that all his survival work waiting for Matt to make an appearance counted for nothing and he holds out his arms to his brother asking him what went wrong. Once again, there is tension between the two here and Matt looks annoyed at Jeff for even asking the question. Lita gets between the two as it threatens to spill over and she orders them to stop arguing. This does calm things down a little and the two leave together, with Lita, but there are still signs of problems between the two that may well need working out. As they exit, JR segues into a replay from earlier of Big Show winning the Battle Royal and earning himself another shot at Edge and his WWF Intercontinental Championship. Both men are shown preparing for action in a split screen and JR tells us that we will have yet another title match next here on RAW!


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    Backstage, we see an irate Kane stomping around and he is clearly searching for Chris Jericho - but WWF officials inform him that Jericho has left the building. Grabbing the official by the throat, Kane looks set to snap but he holds it together and releases the official before storming off once more. JR confirms that it will be Kane vs. Chris Jericho this Friday on SMACKDOWN and hypes it up as a match not to be missed.

    “BIG” plays for the second time this evening and out steps Big Show looking around with a smile on his face but a determination clear in his eyes that he will end tonight as the WWF Intercontinental Champion. As he approaches the ring, Lawler suggests that after failing to win the title on SMACKDOWN, this could well be the last chance he gets to challenge Edge for the title as there will be numerous other WWF superstars waiting for their chance to win the prestigious title. Can Big Show pick up a huge win tonight despite already competing in the Battle Royal? “NEVER GONNA’ STOP ME” blasts out and Edge, the aforementioned WWF Intercontinental Champion, makes his way out through the smoke to a great ovation from the crowd. JR states that Edge has had an amazing 2001 and is looking to end the year in style before going on to win the Royal Rumble in 2002 and challenge for the WWF Undisputed World Championship. As Edge salutes the fans, Big Show nods his head towards the champion in a show of respect before the preparations are concluded and the match is set to start. Can Edge overcome the World’s Largest Athlete once again here tonight on RAW? Or will Big Show find a way to become the WWF Intercontinental Champion here tonight?


    WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    EDGE [c] vs. BIG SHOW

    For the second time in a week, Big Show gets his opportunity to become the Intercontinental Champion as he faces the popular King of the Ring here on RAW. In the early stages, Show looks to use his power to seal a quick win, undoubtedly aware of the fact that this is his second match of the night. However, as he found out on SMACKDOWN, Edge is not one to go down lightly and the young superstar uses his pace and athleticism to avoid the brute force of his challenger. When things spill out of the ring, Big Show looks to charge shoulder first into the champion but Edge sidesteps him. With a huge crash, Show smashes into the steel ring steps with his shoulder and hurts himself; the steps clatter as they break apart but Show appears to be clutching his shoulder as he battles his way up in order to get back in the ring. With the referee counting both men out, Edge slides back into the ring whilst Show struggles; he makes it back into the ring at 8 but is still holding his arm. Can he get back into this match and secure the Intercontinental Championship?


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    RAW returns and the match continues with both men looking to get the upper hand here tonight but neither quite managing it. However, over the next few minutes, it becomes more and more clear that Show is starting to feel the impact of the earlier Battle Royal and Edge works his shoulder for added effect. When Edge looks to hit the DDT that defeated Show on SMACKDOWN though, the World’s Largest Athlete counters by shoving the champion aside and then grabbing him by the throat … CHOKE SLAM! BIG SHOW STUNS EDGE WITH A CHOKE SLAM! We have a new Intercontinental Champion … 1 … 2 … NO! Edge grabs hold of the bottom rope to break the count! Frustrated, Big Show complains to the referee but he refuses to yield and signal for the bell - Edge grabbed the rope just in the nick of time! Pulling himself up on the ropes, Edge looks to be suffering from the Choke Slam but he continues to fight and it pays off as his stamina proves to be higher than that of Big Show. Show tries to rush Edge in the corner but the Intercontinental Champion leaps aside at the last second; the big man collides with the turnbuckles before Edge mounts the ropes and delivers a series of right hands. To stop him, Big Show grabs Edge around the waist and tries to lock him in a Bear Hug in the middle of the ring but Edge grabs hold of the turnbuckle and hangs on with everything he has got. Eventually, the turnbuckle pad rips off though and exposes the steel buckle below it and Big Show staggers forward and drops Edge to the mat awkwardly. For the first time though, we see how desperately Big Show wants to win the title here as he grabs Edge by the neck and marches him back to the turnbuckle … BAM! BIG SHOW SMASHES EDGE FACE FIRST INTO THE EXPOSED STEEL! Clutching his head, Edge staggers out of the corner and straight into a heavy right hand from Big Show that knocks him down to the mat and out cold. Dropping down, Big Show looks to have the title won … but then the referee signals for the bell. It appears he is disqualifying Big Show for illegally using the turnbuckle to knock Edge out ...


    WINNER: EDGE via disqualification [6:32]
    and still the WWF Intercontinental Champion!


    Holding his head in his hands, Big Show immediately regrets his decision to use the exposed steel and tries to persuade the referee to change his decision but to no avail. As Big Show stands looking regretful, Edge begins to show signs of life and Show offers, showing good sportsmanship behaviour, him a hand up. Angry at Show’s decision to smash him face first into the buckle though, Edge shoves him away and staggers to the ropes; Big Show looks to be apologising but the angry Intercontinental Champion simply rips his title away from the referee and steps through the ropes and away. In the ring, Big Show watches him leave and looks to be annoyed with himself here too. “What an idiotic decision!” claims Lawler on the announce desk, “He may well have just blown his chances of becoming the Intercontinental Champion right there!” As JR agrees, we switch backstage where Michael Cole is waiting with the WWF Hardcore Champion, Paul Heyman, flanked by his beast, Brock Lesnar. Asked about why the two of them seem intent on making a mockery of the Hardcore Championship, Heyman laughs out and tells Cole that he never ceases to amaze him with the inane level of his questions. “Ask yourself this, Michael Cole,” demands Heyman, “Which man created ‘Hardcore Wrestling’ in this country and made it what it is today?” Suggesting that if it were not for him, the WWF Hardcore Championship would have never existed, Heyman tells Cole that he has been waiting a long time to get this off his chest and that he should shut up and listen for a few moments. Accusing Vince McMahon of “destroying his baby”, Heyman says that when he created ECW, he created the greatest wrestling organisation that the world has ever seen. “Who was it who kept stealing MY top superstars, huh?” asks Heyman before answering himself: “Vince McMahon”. He continues to ask questions: who stole his best ideas? Who took his ‘attitude’ and turned it into a global phenomenon with the power of the WWF’s marketing machine? Who swallowed up and destroyed ECW because he knew that it was the true threat to the WWF’s plans for global domination? “Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon.” Accusing McMahon of being the true reason that ECW folded, Heyman says that Vince’s version of ‘Hardcore Wrestling’ is “a watered down, pale reflection of what it should be,” before telling Cole that the fact that his biggest, brightest ECW superstars are now plying their trade here in the WWF makes him sick. “I am the man who created, innovated this style of wrestling,” claims Heyman, “And I will not live to see Vince McMahon bastardizing it in this way.” He explains that Brock Lesnar is his “personal implement of destruction” and that he is willing to do whatever it takes to avenge Heyman in exchange for Heyman opening doors for him here in the World Wrestling Federation. “And you see, Michael Cole, I’ve heard all the internet whining and complaints that Paul Heyman should not be the Hardcore Champion,” continues Heyman, “That the idea of Paul E. holding the title is preposterous and downright insulting to all of those that have held this title in the past.” Smirking, Heyman fixes Cole with a look of pleasure and then states: “That is EXACTLY what this is meant to be.” Claiming that an overweight, non-athletic, balding old businessman as the WWF Hardcore Champion is utterly ridiculous, Heyman says that he innovated Hardcore wrestling in the USA and he will be the one to kill it. “You see, Michael, I am the one who is “Hardcore For Life”, I am the one who is the “King of Hardcore” … in fact, I’d go as far as to say that I am the true “Hardcore Legend” right now and I will ensure that either this title means something more … or I will be the one to kill it off for good.” With a look of disdain at Cole, Heyman beckons for Lesnar to follow him as Cole thanks him for his words with a slight look of shock in his eyes.


    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    When RAW returns, we see Michael Cole once more in the interview pit and he welcomes the man who will, in tonight’s main event, challenge for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship … The Rock! Cole asks Rock for his thoughts on facing Kurt Angle here tonight and suggests that Vince and Angle will do anything to ensure Rocky does not regain the title here tonight. However, Rock seems confident and tells Michael Cole to relax himself and enjoy the night because he is about to whip Kurt Angle’s ass all over Oklahoma City! “Kurt Angle, you wanna’ try and screw The Rock on SMACKDOWN? You wanna’ walk around claiming that you’re some kind of saviour?” questions Rocky before adding, “The only thing, the ONLY thing, that Kurt Angle is the saviour of is the saviour of the geeks and dorks.” Stating that it doesn’t matter what Kurt Angle brings to the fight and the lengths that Vince McMahon goes to try and stop him, Rock suggests that, “There is no way - and The Rock means NO WAY - that The Rock will not be walking into Armageddon as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, taking out that bald-headed piece of trailer park trash and walkin’ out the WWF Undisputed World Champion!” After threatening to turn Kurt’s medals sideways and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine, Rock says there is nothing that Vince McMahon can do to deny the Great One here tonight. “Tonight, Kurt Angle, The Rock is gonna’ drop you with the Rock Bottom and then hit THE most electrifying move in Sports Entertainment today … and take back HIS World Championship ...” - Rock adjusts his shades and raises his eyebrow up - “... IF YA SMELLLLLLLL … what The Rock … is … cookin’”

    “Can The Rock regain his title here tonight, King?” asks JR and King identifies that the challenger is no doubt pumped up and ready to go here tonight as he looks to secure a spot in the 3 Stages of Hell match at Armageddon. However, as Lawler points out, many top WWF superstars have underestimated Kurt Angle in the past and paid the price for it - and that could well happen to The Rock here tonight.

    “MEDAL” plays and here comes the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, his medals around his neck, the title around his waist and a goofy grin on his face. Following behind him, Vince McMahon is accompanying Angle to the ring and JR suggests that is not good news for The Rock as he believes that Vince will do whatever necessary to ensure that his ‘Saviour of the WWF’ walks out of Armageddon as the WWF’s first Undisputed Champion in thirteen days. As Angle’s pyro explodes, JR states that Rock should have never lost the title in the first place on SMACKDOWN and claims that, should Rock defeat Angle here tonight, justice will have been served. However, Angle and Vince appear confident; the Chairman summons a microphone once he is in the ring and tells the fans that he is only out here to view the spectacle and not to interfere or cause problems. He declares that tonight’s match will not see any outside interference at all and says that Angle has insisted that it be a one-on-one encounter in order to prove that he is indeed the better man. “IF YA SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’” plays through the arena and Rocky heads out looking confident as well with JR saying that, if Vince is true to his word, that is excellent news for The Rock! Desperate to get started, Rock slides into the ring and immediately goes on the attack as Vince, still fearful of what Rock might do to him, heads for the announce desk to join JR and King!

    WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    KURT ANGLE [c] vs. THE ROCK

    As Vince McMahon takes his seat at the announce table, Rock pounds away at the WCW World Champion with the crowd in a frenzy here as he seeks revenge. A loud “Rocky!” chant echoes around the arena - there is no doubt about who the WWF fans are rooting for here - as Angle tries to cover up in the early moments. Seeking time out of the firing line, the Olympian uses his intelligence and escapes through the ropes to get away from the challenger before taunting him from the outside. When Angle seeks assistance from McMahon, the Chairman tells him, “You got this, Kurt!” and he seems reassured - but he refuses to get back in the ring. As the referee utilises his count, Angle slides in and out to prevent the defeat but steers clear of Rock; the frustration grows for the Great One until he snaps and chases Angle outside the ring. However, this proves to be Angle’s plan and he reels Rocky back into the ring before stomping away at his back. When Rock staggers up, Angle slides behind him and hits a German Suplex before following up with two more for a 2 count. This appears to make Angle increasingly confident and he taunts the crowd but does not factor in the determination of The Rock who kips up and launches a furious set of right hands to the face of the champion. As Vince declares that Rock has nothing to be angry with Angle about, the right hands continue until Rock looks to stun Angle with a Rock Bottom … and Angle fights out with back elbows before heading out of the ring again. This time, Angle seems to take the option that it is time to exit the match altogether and he backs off up the ramp to the jeers of the crowd. What the hell is this all about?

    Suddenly, the glass shatters and “I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!” plays as the WWF Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin - a man sure of his spot at Armageddon - stomps his way out into the arena and Angle looks back at him with a look of fear in his eyes. As McMahon questions why Austin is out here, JR suggests that the Rattlesnake wants to face The Rock and put their rivalry to bed in the biggest match of all at Armageddon: the chance to become the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion! Going face-to-face with Angle, Austin smirks as he stands blocking the way to the stage area; he clearly tells Angle to get his “scrawny, chickenshit ass” back to the damn ring and the WCW World Champion is caught between a hard place and - literally - a rock! Spinning Angle around, Rock goes on the offence again and whips him hard into the ring steps before almost taking his head off with a vicious clothesline. Looking back to the foot of the ramp where Austin continues to stand and block Angle’s exit, there is almost a flash of respect between Rock and Austin before the challenger goes back on the offensive and uses the outside of the ring to inflict further damage on Angle here tonight. As RAW heads into the final commercial break of the evening, Rock is in the ascendency as he seeks to regain his title and his place in the Armageddon Undisputed Championship match. Can he gain revenge here tonight and take out Angle to regain the WCW World Championship?



    - - - - COMMERCIAL BREAK - - - -


    When we return, Rock has control and Stone Cold Steve Austin is still an interested spectator on the ramp area: Vince suggests that Austin is an interested observer and is getting a good look at his future Armageddon opponent. However, despite having the upper hand, Rock cannot get the clean strike at Angle that he needs and the match becomes more even when Angle manages to use a variety of suplexes to buy himself some time to recover. When he hits an exploder suplex to Rock when he is perched precariously on the top rope, many fans fear the worst but Angle only gets a 2 count to his annoyance. On commentary, Vince urges Angle to remain focused and says that this is useful preparation for his match vs. Austin at Armageddon. Hitting a series of stiff punches and stomps to The Rock, Angle hits a belly-to-belly suplex before pulling down his strap to the disdain of the fans. Boos ring out as Angle prepares himself to hit the Angle Slam, he urges Rock to get up as he stalks his prey. Up staggers Rock, Angle locks himself into position but he is unable to hit the move. Springing away, Rock then ducks a wild right hand from Angle before taking him down with a Spinebuster to buy some time for himself. With both men down and taking a moment, attention turns to Austin who continues to watch the action unfurling in front of him - one of these two men will face him at Armageddon for the WWF Undisputed Championship! But which man will it be? In the ring, Angle gets to his feet first and hits a heavy right hand … but Rock responds by firing one right back. Trading blows, it is Rocky who wins out here as he slaps the taste out of Angle before delivering a right hand that knocks the Olympic gold medal winner over the top rope and down to the mats surrounding the ring. Sensing that he is in danger of losing, Angle grabs the WCW World Championship belt and looks to head back into the ring but the Rattlesnake will not stand for that: he grabs the big gold belt before Angle can head into the ring and rips it from his hands to huge cheers.

    Angry at Austin’s actions, Angle is losing focus here and he re-enters the ring without sufficient attention on The Rock who meets him with a clothesline after recovering from the battle so far. Taking Angle down by the legs, Rock suddenly has Angle in position for the Sharpshooter … and he locks it on to the delight of the fans. Will Kurt Angle tap out to the Sharpshooter here on RAW? As JR discusses how poetic it would be for Angle to tap after Rock was screwed via a false tap on SMACKDOWN, Vince McMahon can take no more and he exits the announce desk to try and interfere. Leaping onto the apron, McMahon draws the ire of Rocky who releases the hold and looks to slap the taste out of the Chairman’s mouth. However, Vince leaps back down twice as quick, content that Angle has been released, and jaws at Rocky that he has no chance of going to Armageddon. As Rock’s attention is diverted, Angle sneaks up from behind … LOW BLOW! KURT ANGLE WITH A LOW BLOW! Of all the competitors to use a low blow, Angle is one of the least expected but he seems desperate as he rolls Rocky up. The referee did not see the low blow … 1 … 2 … NOOOOOOOO! Rock kicks out at the last second and the fans go wild; Angle is distraught and cannot believe it! Once again, McMahon tries to distract The Rock now though as he gets onto the apron on his knees but this proves to be a daft move as Austin drags him back down! STUNNER! AUSTIN HITS THE STUNNER TO McMAHON! As the crowd pop big time for the Stunner, Angle looks on with anger in his eyes at the actions of the Rattlesnake but he is about to pay as well … ROCK BOTTOM! ANGLE TURNS INTO A ROCK BOTTOM FROM THE ROCK! Positioned in the centre of the ring, Angle is down and seemingly out but Rock has further intentions as he stands over the WCW Champion … He signals that he is going to end this one for good, throws his arm pad into the crowd, hits the ropes on each side of the ring … PEOPLE’S ELBOW! THE ROCK DROPS THE PEOPLE’S ELBOW ON ANGLE! Is that enough to recapture the WCW World Championship here on RAW? Hooking the leg, Rock looks on as the referee counts … 1 … 2 ……… 3! THE ROCK IS THE NEW WCW WORLD CHAMPION!



    WINNER: THE ROCK via pinfall [13:49]
    and the NEW WCW World Heavyweight Champion!


    The crowd explode as The Rock - just days after being screwed out of the WCW Championship and the Armageddon opportunity for the WWF Undisputed Championship - regains the title and defeats Kurt Angle here tonight. As he salutes the crowd and raises the WCW Championship high in the air, The Rock looks delighted with his night's’ work and the crowd are delighted with the title change here tonight. The camera shows Angle looking hurt on the outside of the ring, a look of disbelief on his face, before we see Stone Cold Steve Austin slide into the ring and stand behind Rock as he salutes the fans from the middle rope. Signalling for some beers, Austin is thrown some cold ones before Rock spins to meet him and there is huge excitement in the arena: The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin is now back on and here the two men are face to face! With a sign of respect, Austin hands a beer to The Rock who, with a questioning look on his face, accepts it … and his music is faded as these two superstars look into each other’s eyes. Loud “Rocky!” and “Austin!” chants build - they are almost level for fan support - and the atmosphere in the arena is electric at the prospect of Austin vs. The Rock once again.

    However, there is another man in the ring … Vince McMahon. He staggers past Austin and Rock and demands a microphone before turning to address the pair of them. He summons Angle to come back into the ring and tells the fans not to get too excited just yet. “Let me run a little replay for all of you,” McMahon tells the fans before signalling to the ‘tron and a replay from the beginning of tonight’s Monday Night RAW …

    “Before I was so rudely interrupted,” McMahon announces, “I had a major announcement to make about tonight’s Monday Night RAW.” McMahon says that right here on RAW tonight, the entire world will get what they want –it will be the World Champion, Kurt Angle, going one on one with “the so-called Great One”, The Rock right here in Oklahoma City! A huge reaction from the crowd; they are delighted, for once, with McMahon’s decision. The Chairman continues and announces that tonight’s show will feature the Monday Night RAW Gold Rush: “Every single WWF title, with the exception of Stone Cold’s WWF Championship, will be on the line tonight!” McMahon declares.
    Looking confused, Rock audibly tells Vince to cut out the monkey crap and get to the point: the Chairman duly obliges and repeats words from the replay. “Listen carefully, Rock … ‘Every single WWF title will be on the line tonight’ ...” Vince reiterates and then smirks; “You may have won the match, Rock,” Vince informs him, “But the WCW World Championship was never on the line!” As the jeers ring out around the arena, a dawning realisation passes over the eyes of The Rock and he looks set to explode with rage. Sensing that he is in danger, Vince scuttles out of the ring and heads off up the ramp whilst Rock glares after him desperate to whip his ass here. After listening to the Chairman’s words, Kurt Angle then tries to sneak up on Rock and steal back the title that - officially, at least - still remains his property but he is cut off by Steve Austin who spins him around and then hits him with a series of right hands. Austin takes Angle down in the corner and then stomps a mudhole in the WCW World Heavyweight Champion before allowing him to stumble back up to his feet … STUNNER! AUSTIN HITS ANGLE WITH THE STUNNER ... and Angle is immediately caught by The Rock who sets him up … ROCK BOTTOM! ROCK CRASHES ANGLE DOWN TO THE MAT ONCE AGAIN! With fire in his eyes, Rock once again glares after Vince McMahon who is on the stage looking concerned for his WCW World Champion, his chosen one to be the first WWF Undisputed Champion. RAW comes to a close with The Rock holding the WCW World Championship … but still not officially standing there as the WCW World Champion. As he is down and out as RAW comes to a close, Kurt Angle - though he does not look it - remains the one that will face Stone Cold Steve Austin at Armageddon in thirteen days …

    Spoiler:

    QUICK RESULTS:
    WWF European Championship: Christian [c] def. The Hurricane
    Battle Royal: Big Show def. 9 others to become #1 contender for WWF Intercontinental Championship
    WWF Hardcore Championship: Paul Heyman [c] def. Tazz
    Billy & Chuck def. William Regal
    WWF Women’s Championship: Jazz def. Trish Stratus [c] to become the new WWF Women’s Champion
    WWF Tag Team Championships: Dudley Boyz [c] def. Hardy Boyz
    WWF Intercontinental Championship: Edge [c] def. Big Show via DQ
    The Rock def. Kurt Angle




    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

    #100 POINTS #CHAMPIONS #SUFC

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

    So we kick things off with arrogant ass Vincent Kennedy McMahon, boasting about defeating WCW and his new chosen one, making history--good start. Rock coming out and letting Vince know how things were really going down, was realistic. As well as the way you wrote his promo--I could hear Rock speaking through it. OK, the Gold Rush night on Raw has me geeked!

    More trouble for Regal I see... I wonder who will team with him tonight? Christian and Test, could be as lethal or even moreso than Christian and Tomko. I like the duo... wonder if you'll add a third wheel? Sigh.. looks like The Hurricane is still chasing the Euro belt, but that's alright... the chase can be fun. At least he looked strong and it took two men to beat him. I look forward to the third match!

    I enjoyed the Edge/Vince segment. Confident, face Edge was great in rl, imo. I like how you're portraying that. I'm excited to see who will be in the IC belt number one contender's battle royal and who will win it...

    Oh no!!! Hurricane ditched Molly. What folly... hasn't the WWF's resident superhero heard of a woman's scorn?

    OK, here's the battle royal! I like how Rikishi returned and went straight for Test. ("I did it for you, Scotty!" Lulz) Really fun battle royal, it was. I liked how you had guys with beef, going at each other during the match. Eddie looked strong. As far as the winner goes, I'm hoping Edge retains and moves on to someone else. Not sure if you plan on making Edge/Show a long-term feud. Is Show going heel soon?

    Hardcore Champion, Paul Heyman, warming up for his first championship defense...PRICELESS! And the nerve of him to talk like he's some tough guy... yeah, let's see how confident he'd be in calling out a challenger, if Lesnar wasn't somewhere close by! Aaaass expected, Lesnar costs Tazz the win. But let's talk about the highlight of the match... that 5-star frog splash by Heyman....oh my!

    Oh Kurt really laid it on thick in his interview, lol. Spin master he is! But it's soo Kurt Angle.

    OK, so maybe the "best tag team partner" reference by Billy is referring to something other than wrestling? I mean there could be wrestling involved too... Oh let me stop, lol! Oh snap, Roadie returns! i'm anticipating what happens between Billy/Chuck/Road Dogg. Will The Dogg introduce a new partner soon?

    Alright, nice to see Jazz get some spotlight here. Curious to see if she wins the big one later tonight... Oh look, Jazz is the new Woman's Champion! OK, so after dominating Trish like that, she resorts to using the belt to cheat? I mean, I know it helps make Trish not look so weak, but it seemed kind of forced. I'd imagine Jazz was confident enough to think she could win it clean. However, she is a heel and that was a heelish thing to do. I can also see the two going at it in a promo, where Trish calls Jazz out for being this supposed tough chick, but resorted to a cheap shot with the belt on little ole her. We'll see...

    The Hardy's still having trouble...expected.

    Y2J and the wheelchair... hilarious. Too bad the jig didn't last. Jericho putting Taker in an ambulance sure heats things up between them. Damn Taker, you fell for that? Kane gets a chance at vengeance for his brother, on SD, we'll see how that transpires.

    OK, I thought the Hardy tag match was odd, but then it hit me. Matt is just using a different method to teach Jeff a lesson. Otherwise, The Hardy's are likely tag champs tonight. Interesting story-telling and I look forward to it continuing.

    Pissed off Kane has developed some well-served composure. Lol.

    Really good IC Championship match. I'm not upset with Show's decision to use the exposed iron. He got caught up in the moment. Edge doesn't see it that way though and I understand his position as well. I look forward to what happens next with them.

    Really good Heyman promo. I liked that Heyman explained his motives. Hardcore wrestling will either live the way he sees fit for it, or he'll kill it. I like it...I like it a lot. And with Lesnar at Heyman's disposal, he may just beat Vinnie Man in this battle...

    Good, standard Rocky promo. Vince coming out with Angle and saying he's keeping things clean.... yeah right, we'll see...

    What an amazing main event! You sure know how to build tension for main events! I enjoy your grasp on the characters of Rock/Austin/Angle/Vince. Geez man, talk about a swerve! I was just set to say you made the right decision in right the ship of Rock/Austin at Armageddon, for all the marbles. But then you let Vince be the ultimate ass. Great stuff! There's still time left and hopefully, at least Rock can still have a shot at being the first Undisputed champ in a triple threat match. (That way Austin/Rock can face-off to end their personal war at WM for the belt? OK sorry, getting carried away.)

    Great show and I look forward to Smackdown.

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    RAW Review:

    Good opening promo by Vince. Glad to see him giving some of the Alliance guys an opportunity for roster spots.

    Seems odd Austin would have forgot his Championship but I dig where this is going because we know he won't get fired. Angle vs. Rock. Angle vs. Austin.....the teases are getting fun!!

    Foley making an awesome announcement for Undisputed title. Awwyeah!! Rocky lays out Angle.

    Awesome opening six man tag but I am disappointed that Lance Storm and more importantly Raven are done in WWF.

    Yes! Heel Dudleyz....always heel Dudleyz man!!

    DDP Undertaker! Damn....you did DDP dirty. That was a quick one sided loss especially for his career survival match.

    An Undertaker Jericho feud will be an interesting read!

    Well that's huge. Gotta say I really want Regal to beat Vince because I love Regal but unfortunately I don't see it happening. Bold move by Vince though.

    I like you making Scotty look tough here. But the result was never in question. Hope Scotty gets some good stuff in the near future.

    Vince giving Booker some compliments considering the circumstances was pretty interesting to see. Awesome match!! Glad to see Booker earn a roster spot. Would have preferred a clean win but I understand why everything happened at the end. Still, glad Booker will get the opportunity for some good feuds.

    Alright match between Tazz and Chavo. Looks like youre building a Tazz Heyman feud here...which is strange cause Heyman isnt a wrestler. Will he chose someone to represent and if so, who???

    Well....theres my answer.

    Loving Angle playing up this whole "saviour" thing.

    I like Foley's decision regarding Rhyno. And more of this back and forth battle between him and Vince.

    Wow! Jeff had it won and messed up big. Clear tension between him and Matt. Curious where thisll lead.

    Good lead into the title match with Rock being banned and then the tension of if Austin would show. And Booker being banned as well.

    Holy fuck!! That was an amazing match. Definite match of the night. These two just had a back and forth war where it really felt like either could walk away champ. Great job.

    Great ending brawl!

    Overall an awesome first show! You have a very extensive vocabulary which makes reading very entertaining. I love this time period so there is a lot of talent I really like, which keeps thing engaging as well. Exciting stuff!!


    SMACKDOWN Review:

    Great start teasing Rock and Austin throwing down but damn!!!! Three Stages Of Hell!!!

    Oh wow! And of course Vince overshadows everything and really stacks the odds against Rocky.

    Heyman is on a mission and Brock wins in dominant fashion. Just hope you don't push him too far too fast.

    Ooooh! Glad to see Edge! And I like this tease of a possible Edge and Big Show story. Well, hm.... I guess its cool we get to see them face off later tonight but I would have like more build first.

    Sad Tajiri lost. Also didnt like that it was so quick of a match for him to lose the title.

    Ah yes...that villainous Vince, really stickibg it to Regal before their PPV match.

    Test really showing this ruthless, no cares side ending what was a decent match.

    Regal gets absolutely dominated here. Vince is really gaining the upperhand in this.

    Oh damn! Brothers of Destruction!! Love the way youre writing Jericho and him vs. Undertaker will be a great match!

    Edge gets a big (no pun intended) win and shows why he is a champion.

    What a turn of events. Really wanted to see RVD vs. any of the Dudleyz. Brock continuing his path of destruction and I expect Brock vs. RVD soon. Strange that Heyman is champ.

    Classic Stone Cold!

    Wow! Surprised Foley quit his job, but loved the humiliation of Vince.

    ....I get why it happened, for pure storyline purposes but damn if I aint mad that Rocky lost.

    Another really good show. Couple results I didnt like but totally understand. Youre building some very interesting storylines and Armageddon is shaping up very nicely.


    HEAT Review:

    Wow. Chavo earns his roster spot and then gets booked into a squash. Poor guy.

    Super glad to see Eddie back but I gotta question why he returned on Heat instead of one of the big shows.

    Interesting to see Styles and Danielson there and I have to give you mad credit for not wnating them to be who they are now and get a big win. They needed to lose here and they need time to develop into the greats they are.

    Loved this Christian interview!

    FINALLY!!! Been waiting for a Women's match and again, a little disappointed its on Heat instead of Raw or Smackdown. Hope this'll lead to some building on the big shows heading to the PPV.

    Fuck, I am disappointed in myself for not even thinking of ther being involvement by Test.

    Decent show for what it is: Heat. You did give it some credibility with a Number One Contenders match and a Championship match. Glad to see women finally featured.


    RAW Review:

    Surprised to see Vince give Rock a rematch after being the one to screw him last week. Excited at the announcement of all the belts being on the line.

    Knew Vince was going to shaft Regal some more. Very curious who will team with him. I have a feeling it may be a certain beer drinking s.o.b.

    Good to see Hurricane get another chance but glad you kept the European gold on Christian.

    Poor Molly...

    Lots of talent in this Battle Royal and Im okay with most of them winning. Yes! Love Hurricane's revenge on Test. Had a feeling Show would win, with the whole Rumble talks and then Edge scoring a win over him.

    Really disappointed you are dropping the 24/7 rule.

    Predictable that Brock would win the match for Heyman but really liked the RVD insult.

    Damn.....really thought Regal would have found someone...even if it was one of the guys Billy and Chuck beat on Heat.

    ROAD DOGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Really pushing Jazz. Would have liked to see you write a Trish reign.

    Surprised Undertaker felt content to let it be and fall for the cheap attack by Jericho. Love the announcement of Jericho vs. Kane for Smackdown.

    Yes!! Rikishi standing up to Test!

    Hopefully the Hardys can get on the same page here soon.

    Interesting way to have Show act here...showing regret and sportsmanship. Curious where these two will go.

    I am not a fan of flip flopping belts but for story here I do get it. I do have a feeling it could end up in a triple threat at Armageddon. Oh wow.....what a swerve. I must give it up to you man!!! Rocky and Austin get one upped again.

    Another exciting show. Loved the fact that so many titles were on the line. The Battle Royal was well written and the main event was excellent as always. Your shows are so fun to read, rich with detail. Very excited to see where things go next leading into Armageddon. Glad to be all caught up now.

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