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    The 2019 King Of Be The Booker Tournament | The Grand Finale



    King Of Be The Booker Final | The Granddaddy of 'em all!


    Each major promotion has it’s marquee event. NWA and WCW had Starrcade. NJPW has WrestleKingdom. WWE has WrestleMania. Without doubt, the most exciting time of the year for fans of each promotion as they gear up for their own personal ‘Christmas’. But no matter how good WrestleMania may be, we all think we could do better. And TNA have shit the bed enough times that we all believe we could turn almost any Bound For Glory around.


    So now, it’s over to our finalists to have THEIR WrestleMania (or equivalent) ‘moment’.

    For anyone participating in the BTB section, WrestleMania/Starrcade/November To Remember etc is always the ultimate goal for any booker to reach. But, often times, many BTB projects simply don’t last long enough to reach that point. Either real life gets in the way of achieving that goal, or interest from the booker wanes before they can get to that ultimate destination.

    Well now, here’s your chance to deliver one of these events. Is there a match that could’ve been bigger than Hogan vs. Andre at the Silverdome? Have an idea that gazumps the year long PLUS build of Sting chasing Hollywood Hogan to Starrcade ‘97? Maybe you think you’ve got a card that could’ve turned WrestleMania 2000 from a dud to an all timer? Can you improve on WrestleKingdom XI? Or could the Women have headlined Mania sooner than 2019?

    Before you both start worrying; NO – the challenge isn’t to write an entire PPV event. But you will craft and deliver your chosen “Granddaddy of ‘em all” event.


    Here is what we want from you;

    • Rebook an entire WrestleMania {or equivalent} card.
    • Provide a paragraph or two to explain how each match came to be at this specific WrestleMania. Has a match been building for 6 months? Or 6 weeks? Or 6 days?
    • You can’t duplicate any match on the show you’re re-booking. (i.e you can't headline WrestleMania 17 with The Rock vs. Steve Austin)
    • Write ONE promo to hype a headline match (doesn’t have to be the main event) and sell us on this match for this event.
    • Plot out the actual show – with ONE match in full. Again, this doesn’t have to be the main event.
    • While you ARE allowed to use performers you've used in prior rounds, your featured promo/match must be between people you have NOT already used. (i.e, Ty can book Cody Rhodes on his card, but not in his promo or match, and the same goes for LT with Daniel Bryan etc.)
    • For everything else, just a brief paragraph or two (or however much detail you feel is appropriate) to put across the story of each match on the show including one or two of the big spots of each match etc, along with any notes of backstage segments or post match angles. We do NOT want 10 full matches. The more succinct, the better. If you go overboard with your detail, it could hurt your overall score.





    THE FINALISTS

    TY2J
    ~ VERSUS ~
    LINGUISTIC TURN



    The Judging Criteria
    You will be graded on the following points, totalling
    50 points per judge, and out of 100 in total once the scores are combined.

    Formatting/Presentation
    Creativity

    ANTICIPATION***
    Storytelling/Emotional Investment
    Description/Detail

    ***Please note the additional category – we will be grading your card, and the job you have done in selling the matches you’ve built up in the ANTICIPATION category. Given this is the final, and you have an entire event to work with, we are adding this category to the judging criteria.


    Your entry MUST be sent to Wolf Beast and Keefmoon via Private Message. No other way will be accepted and if you fail to send to both judges you will not be scored by either of them.

    The deadline for submitting your final entry to
    WOLF BEAST and KEEFMOON is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH AT THIS EXACT TIME. Please lord, no no-shows this round - I beg of you both, lol!!
    Good luck to you both!!

    Any questions, feel free to ask in discussion thread or send aPM my way.


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    TNA Re: The 2019 King Of Be The Booker Tournament | The Grand Finale



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    BOUND FOR GLORY 10/10/10 - WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN


    Headlock on Wrestling Newsletter Monday July 22nd, 2019: TNA Signs Deal To Air on Fox!
    By Tyler Domenic

    TNA Wrestling has seen a large upturn in business over the last decade, perhaps most obviously visible now by their new television deal to broadcast live on Fox every Thursday starting Spring 2020. Many have talked about the rise of the company into the international wrestling super power that it is today, with a large amount of the thanks resting on the recently retired duo of Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan. As many are aware by now, TNA brought Hogan and Bischoff into the fold at the start of 2010, with many people at the time being worried about what it would mean for the on-screen product. People felt that once Hogan inevitably politicked himself to the top of the card decades past his prime, the company that had been seen as an underground alternative for years would be a thing of the past. However, the fact that his contract made him choose between an on-screen role or a corporate job was something unknown to the public at the time. To celebrate the news, I’ve decided to link the archived edition of the newsletter from the day after the show that truly cemented this massive upswing for TNA; Bound for Glory 2010, also known as the famous 10/10/10 show. The 10/10/10 show was, in a way, the show that changed everything. It was the culmination of a year of built up programming, showcasing TNA’s vision for the future. I will also post a small forward to ensure that everybody is in the mindset of the show at the time, and understand just how these events came to shape TNA into what it is today. This is to avoid any confusion of those who weren’t fans at the time and didn’t watch weekly to know the overarching stories, which would be hard to blame you as it’s been just under a decade since the show happened. This forward may not be the perfect “every single member of the roster in-depth recap,” but the actual article itself goes over the individual stories of the matches, so this is just a loose outline of “what you need to know going into viewing of Bound for Glory 10/10/10.
    Also, note that the 2010 newsletter's time cues and match times may not add up, but the time cues account for things like video packages, time between matches, etc. that doesn't have it's own category worth quantifying.

    SETTING THE SCENE - WHAT DID 2010 LOOK LIKE FOR TNA?:

    WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE SCENE:
    2010 was an odd year for wrestling, TNA specifically. As there were retirements of older characters in Booker T, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, and even Sting, while building upon core “TNA Guys” as the company gained traction in the public eye; now Iconic TNA talent like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Beer Money, and others can be listed among those new names that carried TNA through the 2010’s. With the entrance corporately of Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan, 2010 started with January seeing rumors of a Monday Night War revival (that proved to be only rumors), Impact has kept it’s home on Thursday in America even through today. At Genesis, the first show that brought back 4 sided rings (leading to the talent having a campaign online to show why it was better for the health and quality of talent because it initially annoyed fans) a teased double turn was in the main event between fan favorite AJ Styles and top heel, Kurt Angle. The end of the show lead to the revitalization of the Main Event Mafia. The group, at the time comprised of Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Scott Steiner, and Sting, would run roughshod over the main event scene, constantly getting involved to keep Kurt Angle as the World Champion, until they saw their own rivalry brewing with surprising opponents; The British Invasion in April.

    The invaders had a vested interest in Main Event Mafia, specifically targeting Sting. While this, for a time, had the trio of British Invasion [Doug Williams, Rob Terry, and Brutus Magnus] getting popular reactions from the Impact faithful, this wouldn’t last long. Main Event Mafia started to realize that British Invasion were targeting Sting, which led to MEM deciding to cut ties with The Icon. Ending Impact one week with a brutal attack on Sting by both members of Main Event Mafia and The British Invasion, we saw a Lethal Lockdown Match at the LockDown pay-per view between the three teams - Main Event Mafia (Angle, Steiner, and Booker T), British Invasion (Brutus Magnus, Doug Williams, and Rob Terry) and The Front Line (Sting, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe) with the losers having to disband their alliance! The match saw the TNA debut of wrestling legend, “The Nature Boy Ric Flair, who would aid British Invasion in the victory over Flair’s old archrival in Sting!

    TAG TEAM AND X-DIVISION TITLE SCENES:
    As this was going on, the tag team and X-Division scenes were largely the talking points of the fans. With TNA veterans in Amazing Red, Beer Money, Jay Lethal, Motor City Machine Guns, along with new talent like The Young Bucks, Rob Van Dam, Brian Kendrick, and others, there was an influx in talent working a fast paced, high octane offense that people hadn’t seen on TV before. Jay Lethal held the X-Division Title for a full year, defeating Samoa Joe at Bound for Glory 2009 and carrying it all the way into BFG 10/10/10. Lethal would put on classics with young talent like Sonjay Dutt, Amazing Red, and Alex Shelley, while still being able to keep up with people who would try to take at him with different styles such as Homicide, Doug Williams, or even Abyss. The X-Division Title and Jay Lethal had basically become synonymous by BFG 2010, with people even considering him challenging for the world title while X-Division Champion,but his BFG opponent was the first to truly question Lethal’s dominance in a while. More on that later, though…

    The tag team division, after seeing a classic Best of 7 Series between Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns in the start of 2010 to crown Beer Money as the champions once again. Beer Money would go on to have a few defenses, before nearly losing the titles in May 2010 in an open challenge on Impact against the debuting Young Bucks. The match, which got huge praise and 4.5 stars from The Observer, both succeeded in instantly putting The Young Bucks on the map for TNA while giving room for Beer Money to grow uneasy. This began The Young Bucks run as the ultimate underdogs against veteran teams like Team 3D and LAX while Beer Money moved into their perennial tweener roles.

    KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP, KNOCKOUTS TAG CHAMPIONSHIP, & TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SCENES:

    The other 3 championships in TNA are largely able to be summed up in one way - dominance. Similarly to Lethal with the X-Division, these three titles have gone a large amount of time without a change. Those titles, of course, were Knockouts Title, Knockouts Tag Titles, and Television Title. As the Global title that Eric Young had was lost in late 2009, it became known as the Television title. The first champion under the new name being short lived, as the debut of a specific Asshole would make the title his own. Mr. Anderson made his shocking debut on the first episode of TNA under Bischoff and Hogan’s regime, entering contention for the TV title and winning in short fashion. Anderson would have the fans support at first, being a loudmouth that wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. However, the fans would soon learn that if an asshole lingers for too long, it starts to stink. Anderson would defend his title at least once a month, but times when he fought larger threats, he would cheat to defend it, leading to Anderson's ego inflating. The same could be said for the Knockouts Tag Team titles. The Beautiful People reformed in full in 2010 (making the group lineup Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Madison Rayne) and they quickly won the championships from Sarita and Taylor Wilde in February. Knocking off challenges from Twisted Sisters through the summer with their 3 on 1 tactics. Going in to BFG was the fans calling for the end of the perceived “reign of terror” as it would finally be an equal match for all involved.

    On the flip side, Awesome Kong was just the opposite. No matter what, nobody could stop Kong or take the Knockouts Title from her from BFG 2009 through the first half of 2010. With Raisha Saeed [Kong’s handler] growing more and more sadistic with each call for an attack, Kong was let loose into a rage that we had never before seen. As talent would be brought in from Mexico, Europe and Japan to fight in the Knockouts division to fight Kong, opening the door for international talent to potentially make a name in TNA and get more regular bookings. Kong’s world would shatter, however, as Saeed was seeing her mind unravel trying to contain the pure domination that Awesome Kong was holding.

    THE ROAD LEADING UP:
    The two biggest events with major ramifications on Bound For Glory were Slammiversary and the Bound for Glory Series. Slammiversary was headlined by Kurt Angle challenging Samoa Joe for the World Championship after losing it in a shock challenge on the UK tour following LockDown. With no Main Event Mafia, Angle would turn into an aggressive wrestling machine, vicious and more angry at the TNA roster than wanting to prove himself the best. After a 30 minute back and forth war called one of TNA best matches ever, Angle was barely able to survive and regain his championship after an Angle Slam off the top rope knocked his opponent out cold. The rest of the card saw the leader of British Invasion, Desmond Wolfe, getting a shock win over Sting, LAX losing the tag team titles to Beer Money in a ⅔ Falls match, and Jeff Hardy making his debut for the company.

    The Bound for Glory series was talked about ad nauseum during the actual newsletter, so I’ll spare you the reading and myself the typing of all the intricacies. The tournament, which has become one of the most prestigious in wrestling, started it’s legacy as a well thought out, almost American answer to the G1 with the 2010 tournament. So, instead of writing a whole page about why everybody’s wins and losses factored into where they ended up at BFG, here is the wins/losses and rules of the tournament, and anything important about the series records in the newsletter, report back here with questions.

    Bound For Glory Series 2010
    Win=2Pts.
    Draw=1Pt.
    Loss=0Pts.
    AJ
    STYLES
    DESMOND WOLFE MR.
    ANDERSON
    JAY
    LETHAL
    RHINO SAMOA
    JOE
    ABYSS ROB
    VAN DAM
    DANIELS ERIC
    YOUNG
    AJ
    STYLES

    X Desmond Wolfe AJ Styles AJ Styles AJ Styles Samoa Joe AJ Styles AJ Styles AJ Styles AJ Styles
    DESMOND
    WOLFE
    Desmond Wolfe X Desmond Wolfe Jay Lethal Desmond Wolfe Samoa Joe Desmond Wolfe Desmond Wolfe Desmond Wolfe Eric Young
    MR.
    ANDERSON
    AJ Styles Desmond Wolfe X Jay Lethal Rhino Mr. Anderson Abyss Mr. Anderson Mr. Anderson Mr. Anderson
    JAY
    LETHAL
    AJ Styles Jay Lethal Jay Lethal X Rhino Samoa Joe Abyss Jay Lethal Jay Lethal Jay Lethal
    RHINO AJ Styles Desmond Wolfe Rhino Rhino X DRAW Rhino Rob Van Dam Rhino Rhino
    SAMOA
    JOE
    Samoa Joe Samoa Joe Mr. Anderson Samoa Joe DRAW X Samoa Joe Rob Van DAm Daniels Eric Young
    ABYSS AJ Styles Desmond Wolfe Abyss Abyss Rhino Samoa Joe X Rob Van Dam Abyss Abyss
    ROB
    VAN DAM
    AJ Styles Desmond Wolfe Mr. Anderson Jay Lethal Rob Van Dam Rob Van Dam Rob Van Dam X Daniels Rob Van Dam
    DANIELS AJ Styles Desmond Wolfe Mr. Anderson Jay Lethal Rhino Daniels Abyss Daniels x Daniels
    ERIC
    YOUNG
    AJ Styles Eric Young Mr. Anderson Jay Lethal Rhino Eric Young Abyss Rob Van Dam Daniels X



    BOUND FOR GLORY SERIES STANDINGS:
    *FIRST SEED - AJ Styles - 14 Points
    *SECOND SEED - Desmond Wolfe - 12 Points
    *THIRD SEED - Rhino - 11 Points
    *FOURTH SEED - Jay Lethal - 10 Points
    FIFTH SEED - Samoa Joe - 9 Points
    TIED FOR SIXTH SEED - Mr. Anderson - 8 Points
    TIED FOR SIXTH SEED - Rob Van Dam - 8 Points
    TIED FOR SIXTH SEED - Abyss - 8 Points
    NINTH SEED - Daniels - 6 Points
    LAST SEED - Eric Young - 4 Points

    SEMI-FINALS[Underlined Advanced]:
    AJ Styles vs. Jay Lethal
    Desmond Wolfe vs. Rhino

    BOUND FOR GLORY SERIES FINALS:
    AJ Styles defeated Desmond Wolfe by Pinfall in 21:04.

    BACKSTAGE MOVEMENTS:
    On-screen, that’s all overarching information that is important right now for TNA. What else is greatly important, though, is backstage. Hogan and Bischoff, turned out, were only there as corporate representatives, not there to be on-screen talent like people had assumed. Mick Foley instead acting as commissioner of Impact, Hogan and Bischoff wisely used Hulk’s starpower in mainstream media along with Bischoff’s history with television to gain great business deals. With sponsorships coming to TNA that allowed for large advances to be made in terms of production and public eye, TNA started to become popular with people in MMA circles. The reason for this is a combination of the presentation of TNA with the structure of how their corporate worked. TNA would become more traditional, in the sense that they would use their taping schedule to stop people from growing stale, also using older talent to phase out and build the young generation to break out. On the same channel as TNA was Ultimate Fighter, and as Impact would lead in Ultimate Fighter weekly, Hogan and Bischoff moved to make a business partnership between TNA and UFC. Tentative at first, Dana White would eventually cave and lead to a big BFG moment, along with one of the most iconic visuals in TNA history, but more on that during the show.

    TNA largely saw Bound for Glory 2010 to be the moment that could lead them into a new era. Instead of being the butt of jokes being number 2, they had the chance to finally prove that they could be the alternative for wrestling that people had craved for nine years at this point. With this show, they finished the groundwork that allowed them to build themselves into what they could have been today, and had BFG 2010 flopped, who knows if TNA would still be alive today? Now, without further ado, here is the link to the show recap, complete with links to get the most you can out of Bound for Glory 2010!

    Bit.ly/TNAsBreakOut
    *CLICKS LINK*

    Headlock on Wrestling Newsletter: October 10th, 2010 - TNA Bound for Glory Piece by Piece!
    By: Tyler Domenic
    LIVE! From Ocean Beach Center in Daytona Beach, Florida...




    Every End Contains A New Beginning
    THEME SONG:The Last Fight by Bullet For My Valentine

    [8:00]
    An opening video played that highlights all of the greatest moments of Impact from this year. We see The British Invasion revealing Nigel McGuinness as their mastermind, we see Samoa Joe and Rhino brawling through Orlando, and we see AJ Styles celebrating his Bound For Glory Series victory. The classic TNA narrator would stick on one word; Glory. Because tonight, everything was about the glory. The young stars rising up to try and prove that now is their time to shine. The next generation believes that it is now their time to stand and thrive. They believe they are destined for success, they believe they are born for greatness, they believe they are…

    BOUND FOR GLORY!
    [8:05]
    We hear the American National Anthem sung by Brooke Hogan, and afterwards are welcomed to the event by our broadcast team of Mike Tenay and Taz.
    [8:07]

    MATCH #1 - TNA TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
    D’Angelo Dinero vs. Mr. Anderson[c]

    THE ATONEMENT OF AN ASSHOLE:
    Mr. Anderson made his TNA debut in early 2010, and very quickly he captured the TNA Television Championship. Dominating the title scene, he has always found a way to win; be it cleanly or otherwise. No matter what it was, Anderson seemed to have a plan for his opponents, to the point that Anderson started to gloat about it. Anderson got cocky, thinking he was smarter than anybody else. After the fans grew tired of his “asshole” behavior over the past few months, a vignette had followed him throughout the BFG series, warning him of having to pay for his sins. At No Surrender, the month before BFG, Mr. Anderson successfully defended his title against Brian Kendrick before the vignette played one more time - with “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero coming down to lay claim for the TV title! Anderson tried to strike first, but got dropped by a heavy left hand! In the weeks leading up to BFG, Anderson would go over the top mocking Dinero, dressing up in a parody outfit and having a “Donation Plate” that was marked “Assholes Only.” The Pope has cut impassioned promos about wanting to free Impact of the overbearing reign of Anderson, and that he was going to knock Anderson cold, “so help me God.” Anderson was shaken by this whole situation, as no matter how hard he tried, the asshole didn’t seem to be able to get under The Pope’s skin.

    THE MATCH:
    Anderson made his way down first, and used his intro microphone to cut a promo on both the crowd and Dinero, calling this a “sure thing” that didn’t need to be happening. He’d be cut off by the music of The Pope - and a grand entrance! As specially dressed “nuns” (stunning models in nun headdress and black dresses) stood on either side of the ramp of Dinero’s debut match! As both men got in the ring, Anderson would trash talk, but Dinero was all business. It didn’t last long, as the boxing veteran would light up Anderson with quick jabs across the body! Anderson ducked under the deadly left hand this time - only for Dinero to drop to a knee with an uppercut to the chin! Anderson went stiff, as Dinero made the quick cover and got the shock victory in quick fashion!

    WINNER:
    D’Angelo Dinero! (NEW CHAMPION)
    [Pinfall in 3:20]

    [8:17]
    We saw footage played of TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle arriving to the building tonight in a suit. Angle was wearing custom Beats By Dre, with his gym bag over his shoulder as he walked by fans tailgating the show and into the talent area.

    [8:18]


    MATCH #2 - THERE MUST BE A WINNER:
    SAMOA JOE vs. RHINO


    THE SAMOAN SUBMISSION MACHINE CHALLENGES THE WAR MACHINE:
    Neither of these men are really known for keeping a cool head. This was proven as both men were found on an episode of Impact, destroying the locker room area with a huge brawl. Eventually, we would learn that it spouted from a shouting match following the end of the BFG series; Samoa Joe and Rhino had the only draw of the tournament, which kept Joe from advancing to the final four seeds. Joe was furious after this happened, but even more so when Rhino lost his semi-finals match. Joe had wanted this tournament to be what got him his precious championship gold back, and to put himself back on the mountaintop where he belonged. Rhino didn’t take kindly to the blame for Joe’s failures, in Rhino’s words, and would turn this verbal confrontation into a physical one. Rhino’s BFG series was seen as a bit of a coming out party, with him finally being able to be taken seriously as a threat in the main event again. Rhino was annoyed that Joe, in his eyes, was unhappy that he had to deal with what Rhino’s whole TNA career had been; waiting. Rhino would make it clear he was tired of waiting to be on top, and if he had to knock Joe off to cement his spot there, so be it. As both men have fought to now four different draws (a double count out, a time limit draw in the BFG series, a double DQ, and a double knockout) in singles competition, the decision has been made by commissioner Mick Foley that there MUST be a winner and that this violent rivalry must come to an end.

    THE MATCH:
    The match was an all out war. Both men charged from the start, and it was full of brutal strong strikes and throws. Mike Tenay would call this match a love letter to King’s Road, as both men would take each other to the absolute limits, with fighting spirit and one upmanship the whole way. Samoa Joe would split Rhino’s eye with an elbow early on, but Rhino would continue to power through with his unique intensity. These two would show that they had learned from their previous brawls with quick counters, such as Joe turning a piledriver attempt into a double leg takedown and submission attempt, Rhino faked a middle rope dive (leading to Joe just walking away cockily and paying for it), and Rhino’s last gore attempt getting sidestepped into a Coquina Clutch. The match had to be stopped, as Rhino was passing out from the submission, refusing to tap. Because Rhino still showed signs of life, Joe would put Rhino on his stomach and mount his back, sending forearms into the back of the neck. Rhino struggled at first, but stopped moving and the referee had to call it. The war had finally seen a violent, violent end, with the Samoan Submission Machine struggling to stand, but standing in victory nonetheless.

    WINNER:
    Samoa Joe!
    [Stoppage: Knock-Out in 13:02]

    [8:31]
    We see UFC Fighter Chael Sonnen training in the back for his major match soon! He’s surrounded by his corner men, and laughed and joked around while Sonnen got ready.

    [8:32]

    MATCH #3 - MONSTERS' BALL SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
    ABYSS and Team 3D vs. ROB VAN DAM and THE YOUNG BUCKS

    MONSTER’S BALL, NO RSVP NECESSARY:
    The Young Bucks made their TNA debut in May 2010, nearly winning the tag team championships in the process. This led to the fans latching onto the Young Bucks as the fans’ underdog favorites. Team 3D, unhappy with Commissioner Foley’s tendency to listen to the fans for new challengers, decided to take it out on The Young Bucks starting this Summer. The two teams had a ladder match that lead to Team 3D putting The Bucks on the shelf for a short period of time. As this was happening, Abyss and RVD were both entrants in the BFG series. RVD entered as a guest, yet when he found himself being stalked by a Monster, Van Dam became a full time roster member for TNA. Abyss wanted a fight with the ECW legend, claiming he had felt pain of all “flavors” and was excited to learn was Rob had to offer. RVD and Abyss had a singles match at No Surrender, which led to Team 3D coming down to stop the bloody conflict. We had thought they were going to help their old friend in RVD, but instead 3D turned their backs on Mr. PPV. To the crowds joy, The Young Bucks would return, evening the odds for RVD! This match has become about one thing - chaos. Team 3D want the screen time and the title shots, while the Young Bucks want revenge on 3D. Abyss wants a “beautiful” display of violence, while RVD wants to prove he is just as good as he’s always been. The match comes down to David vs. Goliath, can the three smaller yet athletic men take on the hulking monsters ahead of them?

    THE MATCH:
    The match started hot, with Van Dam and The Bucks diving to the outside onto their opponents while the bell rung. The match was an all out sprint that saw all kinds of weapons such as the usual chairs, trash can lids, and kendo sticks, along with some specialized weaponry like Abyss chokeslamming RVD onto a barbed wire board, Brother Ray grinding Nick Jackson’s forehead with a cheese grater, and a head kick from Matt Jackson with barbed wire wrapped around his boot. RVD and The Bucks used death defying feats of athleticism while the larger trio would showcase their power. The end of the all out onslaught came when Abyss was alone in the ring with all three of his opponents, getting caught with a double superkick from The Bucks that sent him down onto a pile of thumbtacks - Allowing RVD to nail the 5 Star Frog Splash and pinning Abyss to get the victory!

    WINNERS:
    Rob Van Dam and The Young Bucks!
    [Pinfall in 10:50]

    [8:42]
    AJ Styles shown warming up and drinking some water. The biggest match of his life occurs later tonight; will AJ Styles be able to cement himself as the one and only Ace of TNA?

    [8:43]

    MATCH #4 - MMA CHALLENGE:
    JEFF JARRETT w/ TNA ROSTER MEMBERS vs. CHAEL SONNEN w/ HIS CORNER

    DOUBLE J STEPS TO THE AMERICAN GANGSTER:
    Jeff Jarrett, a man known for having a mouth the size of Ecuador, did a good job of running it for most of 2010. Jeff Jarrett returned after an extended absence in March, but looking far differently than he had before. Jarrett began to enter in full MMA gear and issuing challenges to the audience that he dubbed the “Double J, Double M A Invitational.” Throughout this challenge, Jarrett would submit children, small women, and below average size men than he got the jump on. As the weeks went on, Jarrett’s ego grew. He began to challenge local wrestlers, and as the odds got more difficult, Double J simply chose to cheat. One thing was a constant, though; Jarrett made you tap out. This was, however, until he made the mistake of badmouthing the UFC. Chael Sonnen, known MMA trash talking extraordinaire, took exceptions to Jarrett’s comments. Sonnen posted on his Facebook about Jarrett being an insult to the sport, saying that The American Gangster would drop Double J within a round. Backstage, Bischoff and Hogan took this and went to work contacting people. Sonnen fought and won in the UFC in August, and instead of taking another fight, he instead chose to appear on Impact to confront Jeff Jarrett face to face mid-September. These two, separately, signed the contract to agree to a 3 Round fight, with each round consisting of 5 Minutes. Victory by Submission or Knockout. Jarrett, perhaps realizing how badly he messed up, “graciously” opened up his gym to the locker room to train with him. Looking not to get TNA embarrassed, some members of the locker room like Samoa Joe and Petey Williams aided with some submission training, while others also attempted to aid Jarrett in preparation. Sonnen claimed that this was going to be the fight to see, telling everybody that if you watch one match, make it this one.

    THE MATCH:
    Big fight feel, as fight camps surround both men during their entrances, Jarrett notably flanked by Amazing Red, Matt Morgan, and Samoa Joe. As Jeremy Borash does the official introductions for this fight, running down all their fighting stats such as height, weight, reach, etc. Exposition is being given for the presentation because the match, in all honesty, was a bit depressing for Jarrett. Sonnen quickly shot in and just took it to Jeff. Chael would openly trash talk for a bit, sending stiff shots to the midsection if Jarrett tried to get up. As the sound was played to signal a minute left in the first round, Sonnen quickly turned into a new gear. It became serious. Sonnen quickly transitioned, applying an armbar on the ground. Jeff Jarrett struggled for a moment but quickly decided instead to submit.

    WINNER:
    Chael Sonnen!
    [Submission in 4:11, Round 1 of 3]

    [8:50]
    After the match, members of both fight camps got into the ring. Team TNA were checking on Jarrett while the winner was announced. Sonnen, however, wasn’t finished. Security began to surround the ring, as Chael Sonnen started to approach the TNA side talking trash. Chael walked up, but a sweaty Samoa Joe shoved him back! The crowd came alive for Joe, as Sonnen’s eyes came alive. Sonnen’s came started rushing around him, trying to hold him back, as the TNA side does the same for Joe. Samoa Joe gets a crazed look in his eye, ready to defend TNA from the UFC invader!

    “JOE’S STANDING OFF WITH SONNEN! JOE WANTS A PIECE OF SONNEN! SAMOA JOE HAS DRAWN THE LINE IN THE SAND, DARING CHAEL SONNEN TO CROSS IT HERE TONIGHT!” - Mike Tenay

    “Do we have enough security for this, Mike?!” - Taz

    On cue, the security guards flooded the ring, getting to both men. Sonnen and Joe tried shoving people off, but it was just too many people at once. We faded out during the chaos to raucous “JOE! JOE! JOE!” chants.

    [8:55]
    The World Tag Team Championship promotional video was played showcasing the three teams about to battle in an elimination match; a 3 way dance! The Latin American Xchange enter as hungry and feisty underdogs against the dominant champions in Beer Money Inc., with the added wildcard of the high speed duo of Motor City Machine Guns!

    "These three teams are what TNA Tag Wrestling is all about, you don't wanna miss it!" - Taz

    [8:59]


    MATCH #5 - TNA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 3 Way Dance
    Latin American Xchange vs. Beer Money Inc.[c] vs. Motor City Machine Guns

    IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO, BUT THREE TO DANCE:
    Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money was the biggest rivalry of the tag division, perhaps all of TNA, in the summer of 2010. In a Best of 7 Series, Beer Money won the right to avoid defending against The Guns for the remainder of their reign. LAX saw this as an opening, deciding to jump both teams after the final match of their series at Hard Justice. LAX came up short in a tag title match, but strong armed their way into another shot jumping a team to take the spot in a #1 Contender’s Tournament. LAX would win the tournament, ensuring their right to challenge for the titles at BFG. Motor City Machine Guns, however, had been campaigning to Commissioner Foley to be put into the match, having the most recent victory in LAX. A fan vote went out, should the Guns either: A) Be inserted in the match, B) Be kept out of the match, C) Have a shot to earn a spot. The crowd voted for C with a resounding 85% (A getting 11% and B getting 4%), and The Guns were able to win their spot in by defeating Beer Money in a non-title contest on Impact. All three teams are major contenders and would be respectable world tag champions in any company, who will come out on top in this contest?

    THE MATCH:
    This contest played out like Rock, Paper, Scissors, with each team having an answer for the other. LAX would overpower the speed of the Motor City Machine Guns, Beer Money’s brawling and grappling combination separated the weaknesses of LAX, and the Machine Guns had a striking game that Beer Money simply couldn’t answer. Beer Money and LAX tried to keep MCMG uninvolved, wanting their simple 2 on 2 that they had from the start. As soon as Shelley came in, the tides turned and MCMG started gaining lots of momentum. The larger Hernandez put a stop to it, and suddenly had both teams target him. Hernandez hulked out of some attacks, but ultimately fell to MCMG and Beer Money both working together to eliminate LAX. It came down to Beer Money vs. Motor City Machine Guns again for 10 minutes, two of the best pure tag wrestlers alive doing what they did best. MCMG were scrappy, fighting up from the exhausting of getting double teamed, while Beer Money had to find an answer for an offense they just couldn’t block. In the end, a stray superkick under the chin from Storm accidentally catching Roode would spell the end, allowing Shelley and Sabin to set up Skull and Bones and regain the titles they hadn’t held since early 2009.

    WINNERS:
    Motor City Machine Guns! (NEW CHAMPIONS)
    [Pinfall in 22:04]

    [9:21]
    The Motor City Machine Guns hugged on their knees as the championships were presented to them. The duo showed that this win meant a lot for the team, with tears in their eyes as their hold up their hand sign on the way out.

    [9:23]

    MATCH #6 - TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP
    MEIKO SATOMURA vs. AWESOME KONG[c]

    QUEEN KONG REIGNS, A SCORPIO RISES:
    Awesome Kong has run amuck in 2010. Her handler, Raisha Saeed, continued to raise her aggression early in the year, commanding more and more attacks on Kong’s opponents. What Saeed may not have realized, however, was that Kong didn't plan on being Saeed's monster for much longer. As the attacks continued, Kong started to eye up Raisha Saeed, leading to Kong beating her down to set off on an awesome warpath alone. Kong without Raisha was an odd transition, as now Kong hadn't had her strategist with her. Knockouts started to be able to slowly see Kong's game plan and stick to a counter, without Saeed there to help point out her opponents weaknesses, Awesome Kong started to show signs of being beatable by Slammiversary. As Kong's spot at the top was perhaps in danger, women from all over the world began to compete in TNA including some great talent from Mexico, Wales, Scotland, and even Japan. Enter Meiko Satomura. Saeed, still hoping to see Kong fail as a measure of revenge, saw Satomura as her golden ticket as soon as Meiko debuted on Impact. Raisha believed Satomura could be just as dangerous as Awesome Kong, just using MMA influenced offense rather than brute force. Saeed may not be wrong, either, as Satomura is a long time veteran that has gone to war with Aja Kong and is the female tag partner of choice of Japan's most threatening man alive, Minoru Suzuki. Satomura won a Knockouts Gauntlet on Impact that was arranged by Raisha Saeed, yet Satomura has refused Raisha's offer to be her second in this match. Satomura has made it clear that she respects Kong as an athlete, yet wants the championship and will knock hesitate to end Awesome Kong.

    THE MATCH:
    Awesome Kong charged out quickly, but Meiko stayed calm and had a counter for her. Kong's shots were noticeably off target, and Meiko took advantage to take her down. As Meiko beat down on Kong, the champion started to get into the zone. The more Satomura enraged Awesome Kong with strikes to the face, the more Kong started to show more of her dominant side. Kong's strikes started being more precise. Her throws had more snap. Kong had finally found an enemy that could match her brutality to awaken the beast once again. The two started having an all out war, firing major strikes off; Kong's backfist, Meiko's cartwheel knees to the head, Kong with a major lariat, and both women went down with a backfist from Kong and headkick from Meiko landing at once. The finish saw Kong lift Satomura for the Awesome Bomb, but Meiko landed a palm strike to the bring of the nose, blinding Kong in pain. Meiko kicked out the knee of Kong, taking her down before driving the heel into the top of Awesome Kong's head with the Scorpio Rising (Shining Wizard Axe Kick). The mighty champion fell, and Meiko hooked the legs for the victory after one of the toughest battles the Knockouts Championship has ever seen to this point.

    WINNER:
    Meiko Satomura! (NEW CHAMPION)
    [Pinfall in 12:33]

    [9:25]
    Awesome Kong got up as Meiko was celebrating, and stared holes in the back of Meiko's head. As the new champion turned around - Kong offered a handshake! The champion accepted it, as these two gladiators had a great show of respect for one another.

    [9:27]

    MATCH #7 - GRUDGE MATCH
    DESMOND WOLFE w/ RIC FLAIR vs. STING

    ***Note from 2019: This next match holds a special place in my heart, and TNA not too long ago posted my favorite promo from this program, so the link’s been included to enjoy! I recommend watching the promo first, but it's not required.***



    LINK TO - STING’S PAST PAINTS A PICTURE - THE PROMO [STING’S ON AIR RETURN AFTER SLAMMIVERSARY]

    *CLICKS LINK*

    The time is fall, the Bound For Glory Series 2010 is in full swing. We have seen these videos playing for weeks, somebody of note has been watching Impact from home… Desmond Wolfe specifically…

    YouTube - Now Playing: Sting’s Past A Telling Picture For Desmond Wolfe - TNA Impact Recap!
    Posted by TNA Wrestling, 9 Years Ago

    FADE IN.

    INT. - A LIVING ROOM, NICELY DECORATED, PHOTOS ON THE WALL FROM SEEMINGLY DECADES AGO

    We see a vague, older figure in the shadows sitting on the couch, flipping through the channels on TV. Suddenly, the channels stop, as we see an episode of TNA Impact on the screen. Desmond Wolfe and Ric Flair stand in the center of the ring cutting a promo.

    DESMOND WOLFE: At Slammiversary, Sting was put down. Sting had it proven to him that his generation’s time in the spotlight is long gone, and what is his response to that?! Sting sits at home. Sting won’t come here and face you when he failed all of you, because he knows that you all put him on a pedestal he no longer deserves!

    HEAT.

    MIKE TENAY: Is Desmond Wolfe having memory troubles?! All three members of the British Invasion ran into the ring during that match!

    TAZ: Tenay, history is written by duh winnuhs, got it?!

    DESMOND WOLFE: The old man made the fatal mistake of not knowing when to step aside and let the modern talent get their spot, and now I am ready to take the place at the top that rightfully belongs to me.

    Wolfe takes off his shades, looking directly into the camera. A smug sense of self-righteousness rings out through each syllable, as he tries to keep a straight face.

    DESMOND WOLFE: I told each and every one of you that Sting was nothing more than an old man who needs to hang it up. Sting loses to a superior athlete and he runs off?! Good riddance. If Sting were half the man that you all think he is, he would come down here, admit that he’s over the hill, and formally pass the torch to the greatest wrestler walking the face of the earth, Desmond -

    BLACKED OUT.
    ...

    A hand holding the remote on the couch is seen, turning off the TV. The figure slowly stands up, walking down the hall. We still don’t see the face. The figure grabs a small shoebox before making his way down the hall and opening up the door. The camera shifts and we see that the man walked into his bathroom; the camera pans up into the mirror, and we see the face of Sting!

    Unpainted, tired, a bit older than we may have realized, Sting stares into the mirror for a moment, checking out the different features of his face. Sting opens the shoebox, and inside the box are multiple different paint brushes, paint bottles, and photographs. Sting reaches in, holding up a picture from himself as Surfer Sting in the 80’s.


    TIMELAPSE FADE.

    Sting looks up at the Surfer paint now across his face, we hear the 80’s crowd played in the background going wild chanting “STING! STING! STING!” A smile comes across the face of the Icon, as he takes a rag and wipes away at the face paint. It comes off easily, as Sting then looks down at another photo. This time it’s him in the Crow face paint from the late 90’s.


    TIMELAPSE FADE.

    Sting looks at his face in the bathroom mirror, now sporting the Iconic Crow face paint from his past. We hear the voice of Tony Schiavone shouting about Sting’s arrival, as Sting’s face slowly grows into a proud smile in the mirror. Sting, again, takes a rag and removes the face paint, easily coming off of his face. The third photo we see his most recent “big match” face paint of the 2000’s. The signature black, red and white.


    TIMELAPSE FADE.

    Sting looks himself in the mirror. We hear Mike Tenay’s iconic voice yell out for Sting. Sting takes a deep breath, no smile coming this time. Sadness comes across the face of The Stinger, as Sting once again reaches for the rag. Sting grabs the rag, dejected, as he wipes away at the paint on his face - but the paint isn’t coming off. Sting looks confused for a moment; wiping at his face, spreading the red paint around near his mouth. The paint still won't come off. Frustrated, Sting grabs for -

    *KNOCK*

    *KNOCK*

    *KNOCK*

    Sting looks over his shoulder, bewildered. He puts down the pictures and the rag, quickly making his way to the front door. Sting opens his door…

    Nobody’s there?

    There’s a package, though. It has flannel designed wrapping paper and a note on it. Sting takes it inside and places it on the kitchen table. The cameras flash over his shoulder and we are able to read the note.

    "Sometimes, we've got more left in us than we think.

    You're probably gonna need this...

    Have a nice day!
    -MF"



    Sting puts the note down, opening the box and finding his signature black bat - wrapped in barbed wire! A look of confusion covers Sting’s face, before slowly washing over with a smirk, and turning to beaming pride.

    STING: (Under his breath, smiling.) Well... I guess... It's showtime.

    FADE OUT.

    END OF VIDEO.

    *CLICKS BACK TO BFG 2010*

    [9:27]

    MATCH #7 - GRUDGE MATCH
    DESMOND WOLFE w/ RIC FLAIR vs. STING

    STING'S LAST STAND:
    This has been building up for most of 2010, as Desmond Wolfe has been a thorn in Sting’s side for longer than Sting even knew. As The British Invasion would target Sting in the beginning of 2010, the trio of Brits made it clear that they were acting on the orders of a leader. They said that they had an ace in the hole against Sting, and in the summer that was proven. Flanked by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Desmond Wolfe made his debut beating and bloodying the Icon on Impact. Wolfe would say that Sting should “be like Ric Flair” and give up the spotlight when his body can’t hang anymore. This led to Sting/Wolfe I at Slammiversary, a match that Desmond won thanks to the aid of the British Invasion - it was close, but Sting looked like he was mounting a comeback until Rob Terry ran down to uneven the odds. Since Slammiversary, Sting went AWOL. Nobody was able to find Sting, and in his place was the gloating Desmond Wolfe, over the moon that he had “put down an Icon.” The final of the Bound For Glory series saw Desmond Wolfe losing in one of the closest efforts seen this year. The next night on Impact, Sting made his triumphant return after a few months’ absence. Sting looked different upon return, however, with his face paint smudged around his face in red and black. Not only was his look different, Sting’s fighting style was too. He had barbed wire around his traditional baseball bat, a gift from the Hardcore Legend, Commissioner Mick Foley, and he wasn’t afraid of going face to face with the British Invasion, there appeared to be new life in Sting. With his body failing, Sting fought with his mind. Sting used his veteran instinct to create an equal footing his body no longer allows. Sting would begin to haunt British Invasion, with Sting winning matches on Impact leading up to BFG within seconds. Sting masks started appearing in British Invasion locker rooms. Taken as a warning to stay away, British Invasion broke off from Desmond Wolfe and went under their own employ. Despite losing all of his foot soldiers, Wolfe claimed not to be afraid. With Sting’s greatest rival in his corner, Desmond Wolfe challenged Sting one last time for Bound For Glory, a match being referred to by some as “Sting’s Last Stand.” Despite Mick Foley's wishes, Flair and Wolfe's lawyer got it written into the contract of the match that Sting will not be allowed to bring his barbed wire bat that equalized their face offs up to this point. The match is set to purely be one on one, Sting vs. Wolfe. Will The Icon prove that he still has fight left in him, or is this last burst of defiance something that will just bring the end sooner than necessary?

    THE MATCH:
    Sting and Desmond Wolfe both tried feeling the other out early on, trying to goad the other into making a mistake. Sting quickly pounced at Wolfe when Flair tried calling him over for some advice, and Sting took over for the first half of the match on offense. Flair, however, seemed perfectly fine with it the entire match. Sting would attempt big moves, but not be able to hit them, and halfway into the match, the tides shifted in a big way. Wolfe feigned an injury, getting the ref to stop and check on him while Flair undid the turnbuckle cover. The cover remained on it, but it was untied. Wolfe, as soon as this was done, goaded Sting into sending Wolfe into that corner, knowing Sting would attempt the Stinger Splash - And Wolfe pulled the pad off as Sting was mid-flight! After that, it was downhill for Sting. The Icon had been going for almost ten minutes straight on offense, and his body was feeling it. Wolfe would stretch him out, leave Sting on the mat gasping for air in submission attempts as Wolfe targeted the arm of Sting. Taz mentioned the genius of this, as Flair taught Wolfe that Sting needs the arm to do both the Death Drop and Death Lock, and without it, Sting's biggest weapons are gone. Sting just wouldn't stay down though, kicking out and battling out of submissions despite not being able to fight back much. Wolfe started to taunt Sting, trying to get him to fight back. Wolfe made one misstep, allowing Sting to apply the Scorpion Deathlock, but not for long until his arm gave out. Desmond Wolfe nearly took Sting's head off with a lariat, before applying the London Dungeon on his arm, trying to tear it out of the socket. Sting would wail in agony, tears streaming as he tried to find some escape to continue fighting, but The Icon's body just couldn't keep up with his mind. He had no choice but to submit... The Icon has fallen.

    WINNER:
    Desmond Wolfe!
    [Submission in 16:45]

    [9:45]
    Sting, fallen and battered, looks on as the fans cheer him on in one last curtain call. The Icon has been a mainstay in TNA for years, and is a bonafide wrestling legend. Many didn't think this moment would come, and some were dreading the day it did, but the fact remains; Sting got proven that his time is up in wrestling by the healthier, younger, and hungrier generation. Sting wipes away at his face, removing what is left of his face paint as best he can as he tries to get his senses straight. The crowd showers him with "Thank You, Sting!" chants until we fade to the promotional video for our X-Division Championship Match!

    [9:47]


    MATCH #8 - TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
    JAY LETHAL[c] vs. JEFF HARDY

    A POTENTIALLY LETHAL INJECTION FOR THE X-DIVISION:
    Jay Lethal and Jeff Hardy are two polar opposites in TNA. Jay Lethal made his name in the undercard of TNA for years, scratching and clawing and earning his way on the top to be the champion. Jay Lethal is a TNA original and embodies the idea that if you just put in enough work, you can get to the pinnacle of your passion. Jeff Hardy, however, is a bit of a different case. His first time in TNA earlier in the 2000's is not remembered with too much joy, as Hardy was dealing with substance abuse struggles at the time. However, before his return in 2010, Jeff Hardy elected to enter himself into rehab. Spending 11 months in rehab between Fall 2009 - Summer 2010, Jeff Hardy kept himself in shape throughout his treatment and made his way to TNA in August. After the major changes to his health were made, Jeff Hardy made it clear in his debut that his intentions were to join the X-Division. Hardy made it clear that he was still just as much the risk taker that everybody remembered, and that he wanted an X-Division title shot. This frustrated Lethal, who believed that Hardy was just throwing his name into the division because he was a name that fans recognized and he wanted a quick title shot. Lethal started to lean into the mixed reactions of the fans, drawing the ire of diehard Jeff Hardy fans, while drawing the cheers of the fans who have watched TNA for 8 years now and seen Lethal's struggle. Jay Lethal made this personal, claiming to the entire world that the X-Division had become a part of Lethal's heart and soul, that there was nothing in his being that would allow him to lose this championship and cement himself as not just a big fish in a small pond, but that Lethal is the top of the food chain in any climate he wants. Jeff Hardy is out to prove that he is still just as good as he ever was, and he sees Jay Lethal as the perfect man to test that. After winning his shot on Impact, Jeff Hardy made his wish a reality, which he hopes to do once more for his wish to be X-Division Champion.

    THE MATCH:
    Jeff Hardy perhaps did under estimate Jay Lethal at first, easily getting countered and showing surprise for it. Lethal has been champion for a full year for a reason, which Lethal would go on to show this match. Jay Lethal largely was able to counter any major move Jeff Hardy had from the sky, which would force Jeff Hardy to turn to grappling. The match was incredibly close and as the match continued, the pace just seemed to quicken. As Jay Lethal would find openings in Hardy's defense, he would take to the air himself and show why he was the champion. The finish of the match came when the referee got shoved behind Jay Lethal, blocking his view from Lethal's low blow to Jeff Hardy that shocked the world. Hardy went down to one knee, before Jay Lethal would debut his devastating new finishing move, a Front Handspring Cutter aptly called Lethal Injection! Jay Lethal made the cover and got the 3 in the shock upset!

    WINNER:
    Jay Lethal! (STILL CHAMPION)
    [Pinfall in 14:49]

    [10:05]


    MATCH #9 - TNA KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
    BAM COUNTRY [MICKIE JAMES and ODB] vs. THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE [ANGELINA LOVE and VELVET SKY][c] w/ MADISON RAYNE vs. TWISTED SISTERS [DAFFNEY and TARA]

    LET THE PIGEONS LOOSE AND THE COMPETITION FLOCKS:
    After the Knockouts Tag Team Championships fell into the grasps of The Beautiful People in January 2010, they’ve been under lock and key. Defeating the current tag teams of the division, they had refused to defend until any “fresh competition” would step forward. Enter BAM Country. Mickie James had just lost her shot at the Knockouts Championship, and wanted to enter her name into contention. ODB, always up for some liquor and a good fight, offered to lend her hand in championship conquest, and away they went. ODB and Mickie James proved to work together well, as the two proponents of Hardcore Country would win shots at the tag titles. At Slammiversary, BAM Country came close to winning the titles, but would be thwarted by the returning founding member of the Beautiful People, Angelina Love! Love would allow Rayne and Sky to retain, and lead to all three of them free birding the championships from that point on. Early 2010 saw Tara and Daffney in a heated rivalry, culminating in a brutal first blood match at LockDown. Despite losing, Daffney became even more enamored with Tara, wanting to partner with the woman who made her bleed. The two would come together as the Twisted Sisters. Tara would lead Daffney into a contenders’ match with BAM Country at No Surrender, but The Beautiful People would ruin the match and create a no contest. This has led to Commissioner Foley creating this three way tag team match to allow both teams that never lost to get their title shot.

    THE MATCH:
    The match itself was largely a breather for the crowd going into the main event, but the action was solid regardless. The Beautiful People played the traditional scaredy cats, afraid to get in the ring with the terrifying Twisted Sisters, or the hard hitting BAM Country. As Tara and Mickie wrestled a lot of the match against each other, the Beautiful People’s fall came when they tried to pick up the scraps and get the sneaky win - getting themselves trapped in the ring between both sets of challengers. After BAM Country and Twisted Sisters gave The Beautiful People their vengeance, it went down to a pure slug fest and both teams tried to put the match away. The end saw ODB take a swig from her flask, accidentally spit it into the face of her own partner, and getting hit with the Widow’s Peak to seal the deal for the Twisted Sisters!

    WINNERS:
    Twisted Sisters! (NEW CHAMPIONS)
    [Pinfall in 7:10]

    [10:12]
    The announcement was made that next year's Bound For Glory would be emanating live from Royal Albert Hall in the UK!

    [10:15]

    MATCH #10 - MAIN EVENT - TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    AJ STYLES vs. KURT ANGLE[c]

    THE PHENOMENAL ONE ASCENDS OLYMPUS:
    Kurt Angle has been the top star, the Ace if you will, of TNA pretty much since his arrival. His dominance in this company has been unparalleled - Angle's held every title at once. Angle has always surrounded himself with winners, be it his alliance with Main Event Mafia or the Angle Alliance. Speaking of the Angle Alliance, there was a young member of that group that grew to be a great thorn in the side of Kurt Angle - AJ Styles. AJ Styles always seemed destined for greatness, becoming our World Champion only 5 years into his career. AJ Styles seemed pegged from Day One as Mr. TNA. Kurt Angle saw it otherwise. Angle spending most of 2010 with a stranglehold on the World Heavyweight Championship, doing anything he can to avoid having to defend against AJ Styles once again. AJ Styles wouldn't let this stop him, however, as he entered the Bound For Glory Series. Starting the series rough with two straight losses, Styles buckled down and became focused, going undefeated through the remainder of the tournament. AJ Styles has been training for this match for the last month, neither man competing on Impact leading up to this as highlights and interviews have been played for the lead up to this great match. Kurt Angle reminded us all that he is an Olympic Gold Medalist and has won everything there is to win here. Angle called Styles a good kid, but said he isn't ready. Angle also reminded everybody that he had won the last 3 AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle 1 on 1 matches, claiming that it's been hard "putting TNA on the back of Kurt Angle" but that he's not ready to give up his spot as the #1 guy. Styles responded that he's been training hard and trying a lot of new things. He claims that the reason Kurt has won in the past was due to AJ overlooking certain parts of his game that he wouldn't let happen this time, and that AJ is hungrier than he has ever been, ready to finally stake his claim as the top guy. AJ said plain and simple, this is about one thing; "I am the Ace of TNA. This match proves it."

    ***Note from 2019: TNA just released this match last month on YouTube to promote AJ Styles' match at Bound For Glory this year. I've provided a link because no recap can truly do this match justice.***



    LINK TO - AJ STYLES CHALLENGES KURT ANGLE FOR THE TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BFG 10/10/10

    *Clicks Link*

    THE MATCH:


    YouTube - Now Playing: TNA World Heavyweight Championship - AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle[c] BFG 10/10/10
    Posted by TNA Wrestling, 3 Weeks Ago


    Jeremy Borash is in the center of the ring, as well as referee Rudy Charles. We fade to the back and see AJ Styles walking through the back with his hood up. Styles is wearing black gear with gold trim, with his fists taped. He looks clearly ready for a fight, as he turns the corner and walks up some stairs. We fade back into the arena looking over the fans here in Daytona Beach.

    FADE IN - GET READY TO FLY by GRITZ

    The crowd comes alive as the challenger makes his way down the ramp. We see a shot of AJ's face, and he has a clear stare on the center of the ring.

    "All business tonight, AJ Styles is ready to stake his claim at the top of this company once and for all!" - Mike Tenay

    A wall of sparklers falls behind AJ Styles on the stage, as AJ usually does his pose right now. Styles has his mind set, though, walking down to the ring and mindlessly slapping some fans hands as he makes his way down the stage. Styles gets in the ring and waits in the far corner as his music fades out.

    We go to the back once again and see the TNA World Heavyweight Champion making his way down the hall. Kurt Angle is wearing a white tracksuit with blue and red trim, a matching singlet showing from the opened top. Angle turns the same corner AJ did before, adjusting his championship belt around his waist, as Angle makes his way up the stairs. We fade back to the arena to see AJ Styles with a glare to the entryway awaiting his opponent with baited breath.

    FADE IN - GOLD MEDAL by THA TRADEMARC

    The champion rises from the stage, as pyrotechnics go of in red, white, and blue for the Olympic Hero, Kurt Angle. Angle stands on the stage, as the pyro continues to shower him for about 15 seconds straight.

    "That right there is greatness, that right there is success, that right there is everything you want and expect a champion to be and THAT is Kurt Angle." - Taz


    As both competitors enter the ring, we see Jeremy Borash step to the center of the ring to do introductions.

    JEREMY BORASH: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is your MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING!

    *DING!*

    *DING!*

    *DING!*

    JEREMY BORASH: When this match starts, your official in charge of this contest, referee Rudy Charles. Now, your main event is for THE TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! The title may change hands by pinfall or submission, other ways to win include disqualification and count out, and there will be a 60 minute time limit. Now, introducing your competitors. FIRST! THE CHALLENGER!

    Styles steps forwards to cheers.

    JEREMY BORASH: From Gainesville, Georgia, standing at 5' 10" tall, and weighing in at 200 lbs. He is your Bound For Glory Series Winner, THE PHENOMENAL AJ STYLES!

    Styles raises his hand, still not breaking eye contact with Angle.

    JEREMY BORASH: And introducing next, the champion. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, standing at 6' tall, and weighing in at 240 lbs. He is an Olympic Gold Medal Winner and your TNA World Heavyweight Champion - KURT! ANGLE!

    Angle holds his title high, getting up chest to chest with AJ! Styles doesn't back down as Rudy Charles shoves his way between both men. Charles gets the championship belt from Angle and raises it high for all to see. The referee hands the title belt to the time keeper before checking both men for weapons and getting this bout officially underway!

    *DING!*

    *DING!*

    *DING!*

    Both men circle around each other, Kurt Angle showing his mouth guard with a smile, while AJ Styles’ intense stare continues to pierce into the champion. Both men try reaching their hand in, both looking to get the upperhand in an early test of strength. AJ keeps feigning back on the grab at the last second, frustrating Angle after a few seconds. Kurt Angle shoots in for a lock up, but AJ Styles ducks under! Quick leg kick to the knee from Styles snapped off quick! Angle backs off for a second, caught off guard both by the strike itself and the force behind it as Angle gingerly steps on it. Angle walks back to the center, catching a second kick attempt from AJ! Kurt spins AJ’s leg around, grabbing a rear waistlock as AJ’s back is turned. Kurt tries to take the challenger over early with a German Suplex - STYLES LANDS ON HIS FEET! Angle quickly rushes to a vertical base, as both men stare each other down!

    “Kurt Angle has been in big fights since before AJ Styles could lace up a pair of boots, Styles may be in over his head here tonight.” - Taz

    Both men meet in the center, officially locking up for the first time. As each competitor jockeys for position, Kurt Angle slips Styles back into a headlock. The World Heavyweight Champion pries and tears at the neck of AJ Styles, trying his best to weaken the challenger. Styles uses all his weight to start falling backwards, running back into the ropes and sending his opponent off! Angle hits the ropes, and AJ Styles is met with a big clothesline! The challenger hits the mat hard, and Kurt Angle takes a moment to look out to the crowd. Styles takes the time to catch his breath, as the champion hits the ropes again - Styles turns to his stomach, dropping down under the champion. Angle hits the ropes again, this time the challenger up and leapfrogging over. Once again both men meet in the center - Picture perfect dropkick from AJ Styles! Kurt Angle rolls out of the ring, Styles doing the same to meet him at the base of the stage. Styles lands another leg kick into the left knee of Kurt Angle, which sends the champion reeling. Kurt Angle stumbles back, leaning on the stairs for a moment. As AJ charges, Kurt goes for another clothesline! Stylse ducks underneath, before leaping up and landing perfectly balanced on the steel guardrail! ANGLE WITH A KICK TO THE GUARDRAIL! Styles slips, falling seated on the guardrail and slipping off onto the concrete floor! The crowd gasps, and replays are shown as Kurt Angle takes his challenger back into the ring.

    AJ Styles gets to a knee, but Angle drives a knee right into the chest, forcing his challenger back down to the mat. Angle gets on the mat, applying a headlock on the mat. AJ Styles tries to get over to his stomach, but Angle blocks any transition on the ground from the Phenomenal One. On the ground, AJ Styles starts sending right hooks into the left leg of Kurt Angle. Angle, still feeling the effects of the solid leg kicks early on, is forced to release his grasps just enough for Styles to get back to his feet! AJ Styles looking to get something going, sending Kurt Angle against the ropes and off once more! AJ leaps for a dropkick - Angle holds the ropes! AJ backflips and lands on his feet! Styles takes a step forward, directly into a lariat that nearly takes his head off! Cover from Kurt Angle!

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    Barely a two count as the challenger was rocked. Kurt Angle goes right back on the offensive, getting a front chancery before dragging Styles back to his feet. Kurt throws the arm of his challenger over his neck, taking AJ Styles in the air for a vertical suplex - AJ slips out the back! Styles with a rear waistlock on the Olympic Hero, trying to take Angle over now with the German Suplex! Angle, however, hooks his good leg around the leg of the challenger, preventing himself from being thrown overhead. Angle breaks the grip of Styles, with a go behind of his own. Waistlock from Angle, taking Styles back down to the mat on his stomach. Angle continues wrenching on the midsection of AJ Styles, trying to squeeze the life out of him.

    “AJ Styles trying to wrestle Kurt’s style here, and that’s the biggest mistake he can make, in my opinion. You won’t be able to best Kurt Angle grappling, you need to find an opening and do what you do best, not what the other guy does best.” - Taz

    “Angle trying to force the air out of the lungs of Styles. A big point to remember, Taz, Kurt Angle has been dominant, but his win percentage drastically decreases the longer matches go. Angle knows his best chance here is finishing Styles as soon as possible!” - Mike Tenay


    Angle now, still holding the rear waistlock, forces Styles back to his feet. Kurt sends AJ flying with a release German Suplex! Kurt Angle springs back to his feet, as AJ Styles clutches the back of his head on the mat. The champion is getting comfortable, sliding into the driver’s seat of this contest. Kurt measures, as the Olympic Gold Medalist wants another German Suplex as Styles staggers back to his feet - A second hits flush from Angle! Kurt hooks the leg of Styles for a second time!

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    Closer this time, but still AJ Styles has tons of fight left in his heart. Kurt mounts AJ on the ground, open hand strikes looking to pass through the guard of Styles. Angle lands a left hand to the face, with other strikes being blocked. AJ Styles bridges his back, forcing Angle off of him into a half guard on the mat. Styles scrambles, quickly trying to find an opening. Styles is able to sit on the back of Angle (who is on all fours at the moment), looking to hook in a Rear Naked Choke! AJ Styles looking to apply the submission and get the win! Kurt Angle, though, is able to stand back up to his feet, AJ Styles still on his back. Kurt Angle backpedals quickly, ramming AJ’s back into the turnbuckle. Still not able to take his challenger off his back, Kurt shifts his weight and tucks his shoulder, snapping AJ Styles off and down to the mat with force!

    Styles tries to get to his feet before Angle can grab him again. Angle lunges in, but Styles ducks under the grip! AJ Styles with a right hand to the face! Slap to the face with the left hand! Leg kick again from Styles! BACKFIST FROM AJ! THE CHALLENGER HAS COME ALIVE! DISCUS LARIAT! Kurt Angle is able to roll back to his feet, yet while the lights are on nobody may be home! On weak legs, Angle staggers back into the corner trying to stay standing. AJ Styles rushes in with a leaping clothesline in the corner! Kurt Angle stumbles out of the corner, still with a slight limp on his left leg, as AJ Styles takes a moment to gather himself in the turnbuckle. As we hear Tenay telling us the match has hit the 15 minute mark, Kurt Angle this time rushes at Styles in the corner. AJ is able to get a boot up, using the rebound of the kick to his opponents chin to help send Styles up and onto the apron. AJ Styles pulls at his elbow pad, waiting for Kurt Angle to turn around… Springboard - NO! Kurt Angle dives, hitting the ropes, and once again sending AJ Styles crashing down. Kurt Angle takes a breath for a moment, as AJ Styles clutches his midsection on the ground.

    AJ stirs, starting to rise as Kurt Angle begins stalking him. AJ uses the ropes to climb back to his feet, as the champion grabs him for the Angle Slam! He lifts AJ - Styles lands on his feet behind Kurt. AJ grabs a rear waistlock, rushing Kurt Angle into the ropes this time instead of trying to take him over. Styles tries rolling back into the O’Connor Roll, but Angle keeps a tight grip on the top rope. AJ Styles tries to grab Kurt, but Angle takes him down with a double leg. AJ is able to roll onto his stomach, but Kurt grabs him from the right side on both knees. The challenger does all he can to try standing, but the champion drives his right knee into the ribs of Styles! Styles yells out in pain, as Kurt drives a second knee into the midsection. Angle’s look of comfort has gone, the champion is all business now and looks to be trying to put this match away quickly. Kurt Angle goes to the legs of the challenger, trying to pick the ankle for his signature submission hold. Kurt has the leg of AJ, both men struggling to try and get the hold attempt to go their way. AJ Styles swiftly pushes up, tucking under and rolling his opponent up in a victory roll!

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    So close but not quite enough for the challenger! Both men get back up and charge in - Angle ducks a strike! Another release German Suplex from Kurt Angle as both men are down and trying to regain some energy!

    “Mike, you know I wasn’t that big of a believer in AJ Styles before this… But I’m starting to come around. This kid’s got some real heart and he’s bringing the fight to Kurt Angle here!” - Taz

    “AJ Styles trying to pry the torch from the grips of the champion, Kurt Angle doing all that he can to keep his place atop Olympus!” - Mike Tenay


    Kurt Angle gets back up, breathing heavily after his opponent dealing with so much offense. Angle lifts Styles back to a vertical base - And AJ fires off another leg kick! Kurt stumbles back, trying to shake feeling back into his left leg as AJ Styles fires off a forearm to the chin this time! Styles yells, telling Kurt to hit him, but Angle refuses to throw a strike. Styles throws another forearm to the neck, and Angle falls back into the ropes, rebounding slightly and standing across from Styles. Styles hauls off, looking for a major right hand - DUCKED! SLAP FROM ANGLE! Styles goes stiff for a moment, falling back into the ropes just as Angle did. Both men meet in the center of the ring, going forehead to forehead as their eyes lock. AJ Styles starts talking trash, while Kurt just continues to nod and bare his mouthguard. Without warning - both men haul off! Fists are flying, a hockey fight has broken out in the main event of Bound For Glory! Both men sending a flurry of rights into the face of the opposition, neither man wanting to give a single inch. The strikes slow down, as exhaustion reaches both men. The strikes slow to a halt, as both men went from intensely going nose to nose, to using the body of each other to stop from falling. Styles rears back, with a slap to the face of Angle! Kurt goes for the same, but Styles ducks under and leaps off the middle ropes - MOONSAULT DDT FROM AJ STYLES! BOTH MEN DOWN AND OUT ON THE MAT! AJ Styles crawls, able to get a cover, just barely.

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    Angle powers the shoulder up at the last possible second. AJ Styles crawls over to the ropes, climbing through to the apron as Angle stirs on the ground, clearly shaken from the high impact move. Kurt Angle gets back up to a knee, as AJ Styles is now standing on the apron. AJ Styles waits for Angle to get to a vertical base, before once again leaping to the top rope for a springboard! Angle charges in again - BUT STYLES LEAPS BACK DOWN TO THE APRON! Forearm to the face from the challenger, sends Kurt Angle stumbling towards the center of the ring - Springboard Forearm from the Phenomenal One! AJ Styles can’t make a pinfall attempt, though, as he clutches his ribs in pain after the landing. Styles, gasping as he tries to breathe, looks over to the champion, who looks dazed and confused on his back. AJ Styles struggles, but is able to make it back to his feet. He makes his way to Angle, but the champion scrambles into the ropes, demanding a break. Rudy Charles gets between both men, forcing Styles back to give Angle a bit of a breather.

    “Tenay, we just saw a major shift. Angle’s wrestling defensive, he’s off his rhythm. This is exactly what AJ Styles has needed, to fight his way and send Kurt Angle off balance. This is big trouble for the champion!” - Taz

    Kurt Angle gets himself back up to his feet using the ropes, as AJ Styles is forced to wait back until the champion is able to stand up. AJ grabs Angle by the back of the neck, shoving him down as AJ looks to attempt the Styles Clash! Angle holds tight onto the thighs of Styles, putting a knee down to block the move attempt. Angle trips Styles back with a single leg, once again looking to trap the ankle! Styles is able to stand on the other leg, hopping as he tries to find an exit for this dangerous move. AJ turns, facing the champion who drops the leg and looks for another lariat - Ducked! PELE KICK FROM THE CHALLENGER! Angle falls back, stumbling through the ropes and to the outside! Rudy Charles checks on both AJ in the ring, before going to the outside to do the same for Angle. After confirming both men can continue, Rudy Charles gets into the center of the ring as he begins to count the champion out!

    “Styles can’t win the title this way! Styles needs to get up and get Angle back in the ring!” - Mike Tenay

    Charles gets to a 6, as Styles reaches his feet. Styles stumbles out of the ring, going to grab Kurt Angle - headbutt to the chin from Kurt Angle sends Styles down before he can grab the Olympic Hero! Angle rolls the limp body of his challenger back into the ring, stalking as AJ Styles doesn’t seem to know where he is right now. Angle realizes that this could be the end, pulling down both straps as he seems to have reached that next level of intensity! Styles is up - ANGLE SLAM! Driven into the mat with authority! The champion hooks the leg, making eye contact with the hard cam!

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    AJ STYLES KICKED OUT A FRACTION OF A SECOND BEFORE 3! Kurt Angle looks incredulous, unsure of what else he can do at this point to put AJ Styles away. Styles is still down and out on the mat, while Angle looks over to the corner. Angle nods to himself, as Taz and Tenay frantically question what Kurt is going to try to do THIS late into such a huge match. Major risk on the line, as Kurt Angle makes his way to the top rope, turning his back to the ring. Kurt Angle, high above the ring, trying to retain his status high above the rest of the locker room with this last Hail Mary shot. Angle closes his eyes, whether out of faith or fear we can’t be sure, but he leaps through the air with a gorgeous moonsault!

    NOBODY’S HOME!

    AJ Styles moves at the last second, as Kurt Angle crashes and burns into the mat! AJ Styles motions for the end quickly, rushing in as the champion staggers to his feet, clutching his left leg. AJ Styles pulls Angle in - STYLES CLASH! AJ pauses for a second, catching his breath. Taz and Mike Tenay scream out, panicked, for AJ to make the cover here, but he doesn’t move for a few seconds. The gears seem to be turning, as AJ doesn’t roll into the cover, instead transitioning and grabbing the hurt leg of the champion! Styles said he was training, and he proves it here as he applies a submission we’ve never seen him do before, tying up the knee and ankle of the champion and tearing back, a move Tenay refers to as the Calf Killer! Could AJ Styles actually do it?! Could AJ make the champion tap out to the Calf Killer! AJ Styles tears and yanks, trying to separate the leg from the rest of the champion, before Kurt has no choice but to submit!

    *DING*

    *DING*

    *DING*

    WINNER:
    AJ Styles! (NEW CHAMPION)
    [Submission in 23:29]

    [10:43]
    AJ Styles falls to the mat in triumph, as confetti falls. The championship belt is presented to the new champion, as we see the broken and battered body of the former champion unmoving in the center of the ring. The pay-per view fade out on a shot of AJ Styles holding the title high, celebrating with the front row, as we hear the iconic voice of Mike Tenay;

    “A new era has been cemented here tonight for TNA. New champions, new personalities, and a new Ace of the business. 10/10/10 is a date that we will hold near and dear to our hearts for the rest of our lives, AJ Styles especially as the small southern boy has finally taken his place as The Best In The World. For Taz, I’ve been “Iron” Mike Tenay, thank you all for joining us on this historic night, and we will see you Thursday on Impact!” - Mike Tenay



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    LINGUISTIC TURN




    WRESTLEMANIA X8
    THE ROCK VS. RAVEN


    THE PROMO


    Monday Night Raw
    February 25, 2002
    Dunkin' Donutes Center, Providence, Rhode Island


    "If You Smell..."


    The Rock's music fills the Dunkin' Donuts Center, and the audience shoots up on their feet for The People's Champion. The Rock marches down to the ring wearing a black leather vest and pants combo with a Brahma Bull belt wrapped around his waist.

    He comes down to the ring with purpose as Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler recap last week's events of Raven delivering a Raven Effect DDT to The Rock at the end of the show and a video recap plays showing the events. We then return to the ring where The Rock is watching the titantron and holding a microphone. The Rock pauses and looks around the Dunkin' Donuts Center as a "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" chant starts to swell up in the building. He raises the microphone to his mouth.


    The Rock: A lot of people have been asking The Rock a lot of questions after last week. They've been wanting to know "What could be on The Rock's mind?", "What is The Rock going to do?", "Will The Rock... LAY THE SMACKDOWN ON RAVEN'S CANDY ASS!?"

    The crowd pops big for that last one and a "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" chant builds up in the arena again.

    The Rock: Well The Rock has this to say ...

    The Rock leans forward into the microphone.


    The Rock: Finally! THE ROCK HAS COME BACK to Providence!

    Cheap pop!

    The Rock: As The Rock was saying. People have been asking The Rock what he was going to do about that jabroni Raven coming into this very ring, the People's Ring, and DDT'd The People's Champion right in the middle of this ring. Well, The Rock says to Raven, if he wants to step in the ring one on one with The Great One, then he can just bring it!

    Another pop from the crowd as The Rock walks around the ring ready to fight.

    The Rock: You come running around here in your flannel skirt, your little choker collar, and your shitty dreadlocks crying like the little bitch that you are [mockish tone] "What about me?" "What about Raven?" "Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore.'". Well quoth The Rock "You can take that pretty little skirt, throw it the washing machine, make it really nice and clean. Dry it out, iron it, fold it up real nicely. Turn that sumamabitch sideways ... AND STICK IT STRAIGHT UP YOUR CANDY ASS!"

    The fans are jumping up and down.

    The Rock: And don't think The Rock knows all that you've accomplished in this past year in the WWF. The Rock knows that Raven is the 2001 King of the Ring, The Rock knows that Raven was the WWF Intercontinental Champion for five months, The Rock knows that Raven has had a meteoric rise through the ranks of the WWF. Yes, The Rock knows who Raven is. But The Rock also knows, the guys in the back also know, the cameraman also knows, grandmama Raven knows (Laughs from the fans), and the MILLIONS ... (And millions!) and millions of The Rock's fans know that you, Raven, can not defeat The Rock!

    The Rock pauses as the fans cheer again and a "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" chant starts to swell.


    The Rock: But if you want to step in the People's ring with The Rock! If you want to get laid out with the Rock Bottom in the center of this ring! If you want to People's Elbow dropped straight across your chest! One! (The Rock holds up a finger.) Two! (The Rock holds up another finger.) Three! (The Rock holds up a third finger.) Then name the time, name the place, and The Rock will make you famous with worllld famous ass whoppin! If you smell-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l ...

    Raven: What The Rock ... is ... cookin'.

    Confusion fills the Dunkin' Donuts Center before all of the fans and The Rock notice that Raven is up on the titantron now leaning up against the side of a black car in the parking lot, wearing a leather jacket with a Nirvana t-shirt underneath, clapping his hands.

    Raven: I gotta hand it to you Rock it was one hell of a puppet show.

    The Rock raises his eyebrow, looking confused about what Raven is talking about.

    Raven: The lights. The cameras. The jokes. The vow of violence. Like every week, like every event, you appear on television, adored by millions of people, you put on this dog and pony show, but where has it gotten you recently? What is the reward for your parade? You needed Kurt Angle to save the WWF at Survivor Series, you lost at Vengeance, you lost at the Royal Rumble, you barely won at No Way Out. Let's face it Rock. Somewhere along the way you lost it.

    Raven leans his head to the side as though he were taking pity on The Rock.


    Raven: Not your in-ring ability. You're a naturally gifted athlete. Not your charisma. You're one of the most alluring talkers in our industry. No, what you lost was your will. What you lost is your nerve. What you lost is your passion for the WWF.

    The Rock instantly reacts to that, putting up his hand.

    The Rock: Woah, woah, woah woah. Hold up jabroni. The Rock has lost none, and The Rock means NONE of his passion for the WWF. The Rock eats, sleeps, and breathes the WWF!

    Big pop from the fan while Raven just chuckles to himself.

    Raven: Yes, we all know that The Rock is a work animal, but there is no more killer instinct in your heart. There is no more fire in your soul. You know ... they say the star that burns twice as bright burns out the fastest. And I mean, look at you Rock. You've been in this business for five years, and you're already a seven-time world champion. You're already one of, if not the, biggest star to ever step foot in the WWF. You've burned twice as bright as anyone who laced up a pair of boots. Yet here we are, and we can all see that your star is beginning to fade. We can all see your slow decline, and you can see it as well.

    Raven leans forward making his dreads fall over his face, then pushes them aside, and looks back up to the camera.

    Raven:
    That's why you were looking for your escape. That's why you turned your eyes towards the bright lights of Hollywood. That's why you were in The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King. The fact of the matter is Rock that you are looking for your way out the back door and I know exactly why. You see, it is not your fault that you have lost your drive, have lost your vision, have lost your flame for this company.

    Raven shakes his head as The Rock stares with full focus from the ring.

    Raven: You see, when I said it was a puppet show, I didn't mean that you were the master. No. You are the puppet Rock. You are the puppet and the "millions and millions" of The Rock's fans? They are the ones pulling the strings. They're the ones telling you which way's up, which way's down, what to say, what to think. They may be chanting "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!", but that is simply their song to lull you to sleep before they drain your blood like the vampires they are.

    Boos ring throughout the arena for Raven's accusations.


    Raven: They realize that they can never reach the heights that you have. They realize they can never have an ounce of the dignity that you posses. They realize they are nothing when compared with you. So it comes down to one of two options. It is either resentment or admiration. Luckily for you, they are giving you their admiration, for now. They use you as a way to live out their dreams, as a way to live in their fantasy world where they can be someone in this dark, cruel world, but the fact of the matter is when they go back home they are nobody. When they get back home, they are miserable and carry on with their purposeless lives. So they need to keep coming back to the well, draining you for your energy, draining you for every single drop that you have, and they are depleting you of everything you have.

    Raven leans his head back, looking to the sky.

    Raven: But I'm here to save you Rock. I'm here to give you the salvation you need. I'm here to provide you with the ultimate escape. You see, while you're drained by their anguish and grief, while you're left forsaken by them when the show is over, while you have to find a way to break out of this prison, I can take it. I can dwell in their despair, I can be forsaken, I can live in this prison because I am just like them. I am a broken man already, I am the servant that they need, and I am the martyr that you need.

    Raven looks straight on at the camera.


    Raven: So you want to know when I want to face you, Rock? I have a time and a place already set in my mind. March Seventeenth, Toronto, Canada, in the SkyDome ... at WrestleMania...

    Big pop from the crowd for the challenge laid down by Raven, wanting to see these two men collide.

    The Rock: You want to face The Rock at WrestleMania? You want to face The Rock at the show of the immortals? Well first off ... wipe that crap off of your mouth now that you're done spewing bullshit!

    Pop!

    The Rock: The Rock has listened to every single word you said here tonight, and the fact of the matter is. You're right that The Rock hasn't been living up to his or the people's expectations. You're right to say that The Rock is not where he wants to at this moment in his career. But you are dead wrong about the People. And the People are not worthless! No...NO! You are the only piece of monkey crap The Rock sees!

    Cheers from the fans for The Rock sticking up for them.


    The Rock: And no, the People are not draining The Rock. No, no, no, no, no! You see The Rock gives the People his energy and the People give that energy right back to The Rock! That's why The Rock is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment!
    Pop followed by "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" chants.

    The Rock: And because The Rock IS the most electrifying man in sports entertain because The Rock is The People's Champ! The Rock says, you wanna face The Rock at WrestleMania Eighteen? Well, get ready to have your monkey ass kicked all over the SkyDome!

    Huge pop from the crowd!


    Raven: That's good. That's good Rock. Feel as you want and believe as you will, but at WrestleMania, I will give your curtain call and final release. Quoth the Raven "Nevermore.".


    THE CARD


    Undisputed WWF Championship
    Kurt Angle (c) (w/ Mr. McMahon) vs. Ric Flair


    Kurt Angle has become the central figure in the WWF, and there is no mystery why. After proving himself to be a mole among the ranks of the Alliance and betraying them to stamp out the threat of taking over the WWF at Survivor Series, Mr. McMahon declared Angle, the savior of the World Wrestling Federation. Mr. McMahon prepared to reward Kurt Angle with the WWF Championship, but was interrupted by none other than "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. It was revealed that Shane and Stephanie McMahon had sold their shares of the WWF to Flair and now Flair was the Co-Owner of the WWF. Vince McMahon and Ric Flair agreed to have a tournament at Vengeance 2001 to unify the WWF and WCW World Championships which was ultimately won by Kurt Angle, after help from a returning Triple H helped Kurt Angle defeat "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the finals.

    Over the next month, Ric Flair tried to strike a deal with Vince McMahon to give "Stone Cold" a rematch at the Royal Rumble. Vince McMahon and Kurt Angle continually refused throughout the month, but McMahon was also upset due to the opportunities. Flair was giving to former WCW superstars who Vince was trying to hold down. Ric Flair was desperate to make it up to Steve Austin, and Vince could sense his desperation. Vince finally stretched out an offer to Flair. If Flair would sell his shares back to Vince, Vince would agree to make the singles match between Austin and Angle and would sweeten the deal by making it a Steel Cage Match to prevent outside interference. Flair agreed, but the next week revealed that while he was no longer an owner, it meant he could now compete, and he was going to join the Royal Rumble, much to the chagrin of Vince McMahon.

    To the amazement of everyone, Ric Flair, at 52 years old, won the Royal Rumble while Vince McMahon was able to cheat Austin out of the Undisputed WWF Championship once again. Flair would go on to battle Vince McMahon at No Way Out in a Street Fight which Ric Flair won. He then declared he was going to ensure that Vince McMahon's golden boy Kurt Angle's reign was going to come to an end at WrestleMania and proclaimed that he was going to wreak vengeance on Angle for being the final nail in shutting down WCW, the company he held dear. Angle, on the other hand, mocked Flair for his age, saying that Flair talks about how he talks about he's a 60-minute man, but he doubts Flair can last 60-seconds in the ring with him. Angle also said that this is going to, truly, be the last nail in the coffin of WCW. With both men's pride, principles, and the Undisputed Championship all on the line, who will win in the main event of WrestleMania X8?


    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Triple H


    May 21, 2001, marked one of the darkest nights in the life of Triple H. In a WWF Tag Team Championship match, in which he was defending the WWF Tag Team Championship with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Triple H tore his left quadricep muscle off of the bone. While he recovered from the career-threatening, he was forced to sit at home for the next 7 months. During that time he witnessed "Stone Cold" turn his back on Vince McMahon and siding with the Alliance due to Austin's frustrations with McMahon. This did not sit well with The Game and at Vengeance when Austin competed for the Undisputed WWF Championship, Triple H made his return, costing "Stone Cold" his match against Kurt Angle.

    "Stone Cold" was given a rematch the following month at the Royal Rumble in a Steel Cage, intended to prevent a repeat of Vengeance. During the match, however, Triple H would once again surface, this time with a sledgehammer to the skull of "Stone Cold" as he attempted to climb over the cage which cost Austin the Undisputed WWF Championship once more. Later in the night, during the Royal Rumble, Austin was able to get revenge. During the Royal Rumble, as Triple H was attempting to eliminate Ric Flair at one point, Steve Austin interfered and eliminated Triple H, costing him his big WrestleMania comeback story. Since then the WWF Board of Directors has done everything they could to keep these two men apart from allowing Austin to only appear on Raw and Triple H to only appear on SmackDown!, to fines, to temporary suspensions, but these two in some way always end up in a brawl whether it was at No Way Out backstage or in the parking lot. The board only had one choice left, and that was to let the two men once and for all settle their differences in the ring at WrestleMania.


    The Rock vs. Raven

    The Rock has seemingly has lost something along the way since defeating Steve Austin at Survivor Series to overcome the Alliance (albeit with help from Kurt Angle). Whether it is his focus on his budding Hollywood career, whether it is losing some sense of purpose in the WWF, whether he feels like he has achieved everything he wanted to, he has been struggling to stay a world title contender. First, he was cheated out of his match against Kurt Angle at Vengeance 2001, losing his WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Angle in the Undisputed WWF Championship tournament. Then he failed to win the Royal Rumble. Despite defeating The Big Show at No Way Out, The Rock just seems to have been hitting a flat zone in his career. He then was revisited by a past mistake.

    For Raven, the story has been quite different. In 2001, after losing his WWF Hardcore Championship at WrestleMania X-Seven, Raven decided to serve as a member of the Right To Censor under Steven Richards, trying to search his soul. Steven Richards pitied his former leader and allowed him to enter the RTC. Then at the start of the King of the Ring 2001, Steven Richards, who had a spot in the tournament, was mysteriously attacked backstage. Raven, who it was eventually revealed to have perpetrated the attack, took Richards spot in the tournament and slowly, but surely took over the Right To Censor as well. With the help of the group, Raven was able to become the 2001 King of the Ring.

    At the night The Rock returned to the WWF from filming "The Scorpion King", both the WWF and the Alliance sought to recruit him to their sides. Raven, however, came to the ring first, claiming that he should be the one they were clamoring around. The Rock would finally come back that night and laid out Raven with a Rock Bottom for his troubles. While Raven would go on set his sights on the WWF Intercontinental Championship and successfully capturing it, still in his mind that night obviously was burned in his skull.

    Steven Richards would return at the Royal Rumble and cost Raven his Intercontinental Championship against Jeff Hardy before breaking the minds of the Right To Censor out of the hands of Raven. Raven, however, was able to defeat Richards at No Way Out, proving he did not need the Right To Censor to be successful. Raven would then set his eyes on the big target, attacking The Rock at the end of the following episode of Raw, laying him out with a Raven Effect DDT. Raven would go on to claim that the real reason The Rock has not been having the success he should be having is because he has lost his passion for the WWF and blamed it on the fans. He said that the fans, with their constant demands and their regular vicarious living through The Rock, have broken his desire to be in the WWF. While The Rock disagreed with Raven, saying it was the people who made The Rock love the WWF, Raven laid out a challenge for The Rock to prove it at WrestleMania. So it has been set, in the biggest match of Raven's career, he will go one-on-one with The People's Champion at WrestleMania X8. Will The Rock once and for all prove that the WWF is his one true love or will Raven be able to pull the upset of the century?


    Biker Chain Match
    The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho

    After being bested by Ric Flair as the final two men remaining in the Royal Rumble this year, Chris Jericho has been on a downward spiral psychologically. From there on, Chris Jericho began to get frustrated with various opponents he faced each week due to not being able to defeat them, so he ended up getting himself disqualified.

    However, in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, Chris Jericho pulled this stunt with the wrong man. In his match against The Undertaker, Chris Jericho tried to get The Undertaker to submit to the Walls of Jericho. When Undertaker made it to the ropes, the referee tried to get Jericho to release the hold, but Jericho held on until the referee had no other resort, but to disqualify Y2J. Jericho wasn't content with this, however, as he proceeded to assault the referee before attacking The Undertaker. Ever since that night, The Deadman has been hunting down the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla, but Jericho has used his cunning to escape taking the bullet for his actions. It is not May, but WrestleMania surely could be Jericho's judgment day as he won't be able to escape with a disqualification or count-out and will be tied at the wrist of The Deadman in a Biker Chain Match.


    WWF Women's Championship
    Madusa (c) vs. Trish Stratus


    Madusa made a surprising return to the WWF at Survivor Series 2001, representing the Alliance in a Six Pack Challenge Match for the WWF Women's Championship. Not only did she make a shocking return, but she dominated the match and was able to capture the WWF Women's Championship. From then on she has proven to be a dominating champion, claiming that she has finally brought respect back to the Women's Championship "after years of models and skanks" holding the title and that this is the very reason she threw the title in the trash in WCW.

    Enter the up and coming superstar, Trish Stratus, who has always looked up to the legacy of Madusa. She now wants to prove there is a new generation of women who will take the WWF into the future and that Madusa is no longer needed as the new generation rises. This will be the ultimate test for Stratus's training up to this point. Can she topple the pinnacle of WWF's women division or will Madusa's reign continue to dominate the WWF?


    WWF Hardcore Championship
    Hardcore Match
    Rhyno (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Rob Van Dam


    These two men are certainly no strangers. Years ago, in the land of the extreme, Rob Van Dam was a reigning TV Champion and was the talk of the world of sports entertainment. Rhyno, on the other hand, was just breaking in but was proving that truly a Man Beast. It seemed as though these two men were destined to have a legendary battle. Sadly, an injury forced RVD to forfeit his title, and Rhyno quickly took his place as the face of hardcore wrestling.

    Flash forward to the events after the Invasion and with WWF victorious, Paul Heyman found himself without a job. That was until his services were hired by the man he helped to unleash on the world, Rhyno. Since then, Rhyno has captured the WWF Hardcore Championship and has gone on top defend it against all challengers, now being the longest-reigning champion in the history of the title. Rob Van Dam has tried to challenge Rhyno for the title on multiple occasions, but Paul Heyman has put up barrier after barrier, whether it was hiring the APA, the Dudley Boyz, or the Big Boss Man to prevent RVD from getting his fair shot at the title. Throughout this time, Paul Heyman has stated that Rob Van Dam was ready to sell out ECW and that Rhyno was proven to be the real superstar and ECW's legacy. Rob Van Dam, on the other hand, has stated that Paul Heyman owed him $150,000 and that is why he walked out on Heyman, not on ECW or the fans. Things will finally be settled between all of these men this Sunday at WrestleMania, and we will find out who will carry the banner of the extreme.


    WWF World Tag Team Championship
    Edge and Christian (c) vs. Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman


    Edge and Christian have cemented themselves as the best team in the WWF over the last year. With the fall from grace of the Dudley Boys after the Alliance was defeated or the splitting of The Hardy Boys shortly afterwards, Edge and Christian have survived it all and have stayed on top.

    As with all great champions, however, there are always new challengers in the wings, and none are as fresh as the duo of the breathtaking masked luchador Rey Mysterio and the thrilling Billy Kidman. These two have been making a name for themselves since their debut in January, and they now look to make their WrestleMania moment as they challenge E&C. Will these new challengers prove to be able to knock off the reigning champions or will they be another fatality in Edge and Christian's reign of awesomeness. Either way, our eyes will be glued to our eyes as these two amazing teams collide.


    William Regal vs. Booker T

    Ever since the fall of the Alliance, former Commissioner, William Regal, who turned his back on the WWF has been trying to regain the favor of Mr. McMahon. Mr. McMahon has made William Regal into his butler since then, humiliating Regal in every way possible to make the Brit prove his loyalty to him.

    Also during this time, fellow former Alliance member, Booker T has gone on to prove to be a fan favorite in the WWF, and Mr. McMahon hasn't taken too kindly to this. Mr. McMahon has tasked Regal with taking out Booker T at WrestleMania, and if Regal wins, Mr. McMahon has promised to reinstate him as the WWF Commissioner. Will the allure of regaining his former position in the company drive Regal to victory or will five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time WCW Champion continue his rising momentum in the post-Invasion WWF?


    WWF Intercontinental Championship
    Ladder Match
    Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Matt Hardy

    No one could have predicted this match would be taking place half a year ago as the two brothers were clearly united and helped the WWF overcome the Alliance. Shortly after, however, the duo lost their tag titles to Edge and Christian and Jeff Hardy would go on to capture the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Matt Hardy claimed that his brother Jeff was forgetting what brought them to the dance, what made them WWF Superstars, that it was them as a tag team working together.

    The two men would have a match at No Way Out where Jeff Hardy defended the Intercontinental Championship against Matt Hardy. The match ended in controversy; however, as Matt Hardy rolled up Jeff Hardy with an inside cradle, but both men's shoulders were down on the mat. As the official ruled the match a draw, Matt Hardy shook his brother's hand and went up the ramp, but shortly after came and attacked Jeff from behind. Matt Hardy laid a vicious assault on his brother and didn't stop until Lita ran to the ring and got between the two. Matt Hardy went on to claim that Lita stabbed him in the back just like his brother, that Lita was taking her side, and that now Matt Hardy must only look out for Matt Hardy. Wanting a clear winner between the two, it was made official that Jeff Hardy would defend his title in a rematch against Matt Hardy at WrestleMania in a match the two men are no strangers of, a ladder match. It is brother vs. brother in a career shortening match. What will the Hardys be willing to do to themselves and to each other to be WWF Intercontinental Champion? This one won't be for the faint of heart.


    Kane vs. Test

    It all started with a competitive rivalry at the Royal Rumble. Both men wanting to prove their dominance in the match competed to see who could get the most eliminations in the night. Kane eliminated 7 while Test eliminated 6. As Kane looked to make his 8th elimination, Test stopped him and threw him out of the ring for Test's 7th elimination.

    Moving forward the two would go on to face various challenges where they sought to one-up the other whether it was arm-wrestling contests against world arm wrestling champions, whether it was seeing who could pull a car in the parking lot, whether it was beating three opponents at once, it was tic for tac between the men. Now at WrestleMania X8 the two men seek to show who is the superior big man in the WWF.


    THE SHOW


    WrestleMania X8
    March 17, 2002
    SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    Opening Video

    "Superstar"

    PYRO!


    Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome us to the One and Only, WrestleMania Eighteen. They hype up the exciting line up we have tonight, emphasizing The Rock vs. Raven, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Triple H, and Kurt Angle defending the Undisputed WWF Championship against "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair.


    "Psycho"


    And we kick off with the team of Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman coming down to the ring. The newest tag team in the WWF comes out to a nice reaction from the crowd as they clap hands with the fans while they make their way down to the ring, hopeful to have their first taste of WWF gold tonight on the grandest stage of them all.


    "You Think You Know Me"


    Edge and Christian come marching out to a great ovation from the hometown crowd. The WWF World Tag Team Champions march down the ring, with the belts that they have held for the past four months wrapped around their waists, as JR reminds us that the team is 2-0 at WrestleMania, but this is the first time they are defending the WWF World Tag Team titles at WrestleMania.

    Match One
    WWF World Tag Team Championship
    Edge and Christian (c) vs. Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman

    And the 18th edition of WrestleMania kicks off with a potential show-stealer as the two teams seek to impress. Both sides have support from the crowd in this one, but Edge and Christian are favored being the hometown favorites. It is a back and forth match with some very breathtaking moments such as a Catapult-Rana from Mysterio and Kidman for a near fall and a Double Diving Spears from E&C through the ropes which gives Edge and Christian the advantage. As the match nears its climax, Mysterio and Kidman make a comeback, and a definite momentum shift is felt. It all comes to an end when Mysterio hits Christian with a 619 to pick up the victory for his team and crown themselves the new WWF World Tag Team Champions!

    WINNERS AND NEW WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS:
    Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman via pinfall @ 14:02!

    In the post-match, Mysterio and Kidman hug and celebrate their major victory in the ring. Christian rolls out of the ring and begins making his way back up the ramp. Edge comes over to him and tries to console his partner, but Christian shoves Edge away and walks up the ramp alone, leaving Edge confused.

    Cut To Backstage

    We see a limousine riding up to the building. A chauffeur opens the door, and out steps, the WWF Champion Kurt Angle followed by the Chairman, Mr. McMahon, to the boos of the WrestleMania crowd. They make their way to the building as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler hype up Kurt Angle vs. Ric Flair to come much later tonight.


    Cut Back To The Arena

    "Out Of The Fire"

    Next up tonight we have a battle between two powerhouses as "The Big Red Machine" Kane making his way down to the ring. His intimidating presence marches down to the ring as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler remind us of the one-upmanship between Kane and Test in recent months.


    "This Is A Test"

    Despite being a hometown "hero" like E&C, the fans give quite the opposite reaction to Test, booing him as he makes his way down to the ring. He doesn't let the disappointing response phase him, however, as tonight he is focused on proving he is the alpha male against Kane. He makes a focused approach to the ring and enters, standing across from "The Big Red Machine".


    Match Two
    Kane vs. Test


    The two big men square up in the middle of the ring, and it becomes apparent that size is relative as Kane's bigger physique is quite evident. Despite that, Test gets the early advantage after kicking Kane in the gut in a cheap shot to open the match. He keeps the lead in the early goings, but Kane powers himself out of a Test Drive attempt. Kane starts taking control of the match. The momentum swings back, however, in a moment where Test is on the apron and as Kane grabs him over the rope, Test drops down with a hangman on the ropes. Test then quickly slides into the ring, runs off the ropes, and comes back with a Running Big Boot! He then covers Kane, WHILE PLACING HIS FEET ON THE BOTTOM ROPE FOR THE PIN FALL!

    WINNER: Test via pinfall @ 8:49!

    Test gets out of dodge as soon as the bell is rung, not wanting to incur the wrath of "The Big Red Machine". Kane sits up, looking angry, causes the official to flee, before Kane raises his arms, and swings them down making flames shoot from the corners as the fiery symbol of his rage! Jerry Lawler hints that he and JR should probably get away from ringside too, but Jim Ross says no can do as the show must go on. Coming up next is a battle between brothers as Jeff Hardy sets to defend the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Matt Hardy in a ladder match.

    Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy Video Package




    • The video starts by showing the history of The Hardy Boyz throughout their time in the WWF with their various reigns as Tag Team Champions.
    • We then see the events over the past few months with the two brothers getting into arguments leading up to their match at No Way Out.
    • We see the clips of the match at No Way Out with it ultimately ending with a double pinfall.
    • We see Matt Hardy snapping and attacking Jeff Hardy following the match with Lita jumping in between the two men.
    • We see images rewind from that point, going all the way back to the brothers' days in OMEGA Championship Wrestling.




    Cut Back To The Arena

    We get a nice shot of the Intercontinental Championship hanging above the ring and ladders surrounding the ring.

    ​"Live For The Moment"


    Matt Hardy starts to make his way out onto the stage, but is quickly followed by Lita, who tries to plea with Matt to call off the match saying "Please don't do this Matt!", but Matt yells at her to go back, and she finally gives up in sorrow, heading back to the back. Jim Ross discusses how Matt Hardy is a changed man, but "The King" insists that Jeff Hardy is the one who changed and turned his back on Matt. As the two bicker about The Hardys, Matt makes his way to the ring, throws up a fist, and steps up on the ring rope holding up his arm.

    "Loaded"

    Jeff Hardy comes out to a massive pop from the crowd, flailing and bobbing his head, and green glow-in-the-dark paint across his forehead and around his eyes. He sprints straight down to the ring and slides in, and as he gets up to his feet, Matt Hardy is already throwing punches, and our third match of the night kicks off!


    Match Three
    WWF Intercontinental Championship
    Ladder Match
    Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Matt Hardy


    The two men open this matchup as a brawl, with Jeff Hardy's speed and agility giving him the early advantage against his brother. The two eventually make their way to the outside of the ring in the course of their brawl, with Jeff taking Matt out on the floor. Jeff then introduces the first ladder in the match, sliding it into the ring, and attempting to climb, but gets cut off by Matt Hardy pulling him off and delivering a powerbomb to the ring. From that moment forward, it is a battle of attrition as both men seek to keep each other down long enough for them to retrieve the title.

    Some of the highlights of the match include a moment where a second ladder is introduced with the ladders side-by-side and Matt delivering a Side Effect to Jeff off the ladder. Another highlight is where Jeff hits a baseball slide to a laddering, making it seesaw sideways to smash Matt in the face with the opposite end. A third highlight is when Matt Hardy delivered a leg drop off the top rope to Jeff, who laid prone across a ladder. A fourth highlight featured both Hardys' brawling on top of a ladder, both worn out from the action before they both collapsed down to the mat. The final major spot of the match featured Matt Hardy being laid prone on a ladder that was laid down diagonally between two sides of the ring on top of the bottom ropes. Jeff climbed up another ladder to retrieve the title, but couldn't reach it, he then turned his attention to Matt who began to move, and after a moment of hesitation, he dived off with a Swanton Bomb from the ladder to Matt on the other ladder causing the ladder to bend in half. Jeff was able to climb out of the wreckage, reposition the ladder, and climb up to retrieve his title to retain!


    WINNER AND STILL WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Jeff Hardy @ 16:48!

    Jeff Hardy survives and retains in the war between brothers here tonight and gets the loudest pop for a victor so far tonight. He goes to check on Matt, who yells at him to get away, and Jeff Hardy obliges, going to go celebrate with the fans after that hellacious contest. He finally limps up the ramp to the stage, before turning back to see Matt Hardy getting helped to his feet by the referee, and turns back, leaving the past that his brother has broken behind.

    Cut To Backstage

    We see Rhyno pacing back and forth in the locker room, his Hardcore Championship resting on a chair before Paul Heyman walks into the locker room. Paul Heyman gives Rhyno a pep talk, telling him there is a reason why he was the last ECW World Heavyweight Champion, there was a reason why he was the face of ECW in its final days, there is a reason why every man in the WWF fears him, and that's because he is The Man Beast, The War Machine, The Big F'n Deal, Rhyno! Rhyno snatches the camera away from the "hidden" cameraman and talks, giving a warning to Rob Van Dam that tonight he was going to receive the ass-kicking of a lifetime and it'll all end with a Gore! Gore! GORE!


    ...

    We cut to another part of the backstage area, where Michael Cole is standing by and introduces us for his interview guest at this time, Booker T. Booker T talks about the problems that he has had trying to find his footing in the WWF, but it isn't because of any of the boys in the back, or the fans, but due to Mr. McMahon. Michael Cole brings up the fact that Mr. McMahon has promised to reward Regal by once again becoming the WWF Commissioner if he wins here tonight. He brings up the fact that this could be very bad for Booker T. Booker T says it doesn't matter, this is his night, he is looking to force Mr. McMahon to pay attention, and he will after Booker T defeats William Regal tonight. Now can you dig that, SUCKAAAAAAA!?

    Cut Back To The Arena

    "Regality"

    William Regal comes out to boos from the crowd and makes his way down the ramp. Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler talk about the lengths that Regal will go to regain his position as Commissioner here tonight making an already dangerous opponent, that much more incentive. William Regal wipes his feet off on the apron and climbs into the ring, loosening himself up before his match with Booker T.


    "Rap Sheet"

    Booker T comes out to a great reaction from the crowd. He poses the stage and pyro shoots up behind him. He slaps hands with the fans as he makes his way down to the ring, including a fan wearing a Harlem Heat hat on his head. He climbs into the ring, determined to make his moment here tonight.


    Match Four
    William Regal vs. Booker T


    There is a tentative beginning to this match, with both men trying to gain the upper hand, the victory tonight meaning a lot to both of these men. Booker T starts to find an opening along the way and makes the most of it. That is until William Regal applies an armbar to Booker T, and while Booker T makes it to the ropes, Regal keeps it locked in to take full advantage of the five count. Regal continues to use similar tactics throughout the rest of the match, taking liberties within the bounds of the rules, to gain an advantage over Booker T. Booker T begins to make a comeback though after reversing an Exploder Suplex. He then chops down Regal, throws him around, and connects with a Houston Sidekick. As Regal tries to pull himself up to his feet, he reaches into his tights to grab the brass knucks and looks for The Power of the Punch, but Booker T ducks under and kicks Regal in the gut. He then runs off the rope and connects with a Scissor Kick, before performing a Spin-A-Roonie and covering Regal for the one, two, three!

    WINNER: Booker T via pinfall @ 10:33!

    Booker T is elated, getting the W in his first WrestleMania match, knowing that he must have made some sort of impression on McMahon tonight. He performs another Spin-A-Roonie for the fans and then climbs up on the middle turnbuckle, his arms raised in victory, as a dejected William Regal makes his way to the back.

    Cut To Backstage

    We see Raven sitting in the corner of a hallway next to some supply boxes. He starts addressing the fans, telling them a parable regarding Pinocchio, about how living a lie prevented him from becoming a real boy, saying that the fans are the ones feeding the lies to The Rock to tell, but tonight he will grant The Rock's wish to be free of his strings.


    ...

    We cut to Lillian Garcia backstage who interviews Chris Jericho. She tries to get some sort of information from Chris Jericho, granted his recent losing streak and his recent disqualifications, how he'll stand a chance here tonight against The Undertaker in a Biker Chain Match. Chris Jericho calls her questions disrespectful, to "remember, I'm Chris Jericho baby!" and that he always has a plan. After tonight, everyone will be talking about Jericho.

    Cut Back To The Arena

    *GONG!*

    "DEADMAN WALKING"

    *GONG!*

    "Rollin'"


    The Undertaker drives out onto the ramp on his motorcycle to a deafening pop from the crowd. He revs up his bike before driving down the ramp and around the ring. Jim Ross discusses how The Undertaker has been trying to hunt down Chris Jericho ever since his match with Jericho weeks ago, but Jericho has always managed to avoid danger. Now Jericho will be forced to step into the ring with The Undertaker once more, and this time he'll be tied to The Undertaker via Biker Chain.

    "Break The Walls Down"

    Chris Jericho poses on the stage, his arms outstretched, and spins around with a cocky and confident grin on his face. He gets a raucous mixed reaction from the Canadian crowd, obviously much more of a fan favorite than Test despite also being a heel. He makes his way down to the ring and does his usual entrance, posing on the apron, before climbing into the ring and posing again. For some reason, Jericho looks confident tonight despite the stipulation he is in. The referee, Nick Patrick, prepares the chain, tying it to both men's right wrists.


    Match Five
    Biker Chain Match
    The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho


    Despite Chris Jericho being all smiles at the start of the match, The Undertaker wipes that smirk off right off his face at the sound of the bell, taking his pint up frustration out on Y2J. He keeps on the offense, beating down Jericho, not giving him an inch to escape, and gladly uses the chain as a weapon throughout the match. Finally, at the halfway point of the match, Y2J lures Taker to the ropes before dumping him out between them to the floor. Jericho then uses full advantage of the chain and choke and whip The Undertaker as well as using the ring post to ram Taker's head into. He gets The Undertaker back in the ring, seeking to drag him to each corner to get the victory, but The Undertaker stops him from hitting the fourth corner. The Undertaker begins to make a comeback and lays Jericho out with a Chokeslam followed by The Last Ride.

    Jericho is completely out, and The Undertaker drags him to all four corners successfully. The only problem, for some reason, Nick Patrick isn't counting it as a victory. The Undertaker yells at Patrick to do his job, but Nick Patrick tries to make some sort of excuse for not counting the victory. The Undertaker gets fed up with the referee, kicks him in the sternum, and sets him up for the The Last Ride. Before he delivers the move though, he feels something in the referee's back pocket and pulls out a wad of cash. Taker looks disgusted as it becomes evident that Jericho had bribed the referee and tosses the bribe money into the air. The Undertaker delivers The Last Ride to Nick Patrick. As The Undertaker was distracted, however, Jericho recovers and connects with an enzuigiri before applying The Walls of Jericho. The Undertaker passes out, and Mike Chioda makes his way to the ring as the replacement referee. Jericho almost wins by dragging The Undertaker around the ring again, but The Undertaker sits up, and gets back up, beating a now terrified Jericho down, and delivering a Tombstone Piledriver before pulling Jericho to each corner to score the victory.


    WINNER:
    The Undertaker @ 16:29!

    The Undertaker finally gets revenge on Chris Jericho and celebrates in the ring, raising up his arms in victory, having thwarted Jericho's plan to steal the win here tonight.

    Cut To Backstage

    This time we have Jonathan Coachman on standby, and that means one thing, it is time for The Rock's interview. The Rock comments about Raven calling him a puppet for the past few weeks and saying that the fans use and abuse him. In the course of the interview, The Rock gets The Coach to reveal he has a ventriloquist hobby. The Rock gets the fans to tell The Coach that he should show them his ventriloquist act, but The Coach insists that he doesn't have his dummy with him. The Rock then tells The Coach to use his hand instead, pulling a marker out of The Coach's pocket, and drawing a face on it. The Coach tries to give his ventriloquist act, but The Rock degrades his act and calls him a sick freak before kicking him out of the camera. The Rock then goes on to give a promo on Raven, saying that tonight, The Rock and The People are going to prove everything that Raven has said is wrong and that after he wins tonight he is going to take on whoever wins between Kurt Angle and Ric Flair to challenge them for the Undisputed WWF Championship. "If you smell-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l! What The Rock is cookin'!"


    The Rock vs. Raven Video Package




    • The video starts by showing The Rock's return in 2001, where Raven comes out to the ring before The Rock, having just won the 2001 King of the Ring, and claiming he is the one that The Alliance and WWF should be fighting for. The Rock makes his return and delivers a Rock Bottom to Raven.
    • Cut to the post-No Way Out Raw where Raven delivers a Raven Effect to The Rock, followed by the promo from The Rock and Raven the following week where The Rock says he'll take on Raven anywhere at any time. Raven says that The Rock is a puppet and Raven will be the martyr to set him free. Raven challenges The Rock at WrestleMania, and The Rock agrees.
    • Images of Raven's rise and The Rock's fall over the recent months are shown while "Superstar" by Saliva plays in the background.
    • We see the two men facing off in a tag team match prior to WrestleMania between The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Raven and Triple H which ends up breaking down into chaos with no clear winner, but in the end we see Raven deliver a Raven Effect to The Rock on the entrance ramp.




    Cut Back To The Arena

    "End of Everything"

    Raven saunters down to the ring to a loud chorus of boos in his black coat, wearing a black skirt with white trim that goes down to his knees, white paint under his eyes, and a painting of marionette strings on his chest. Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler talk about the unexpected rise of Raven ever since the King of the Ring, but that he has never faced someone like The Rock, especially on a stage like WrestleMania. Raven climbs up onto the ropes and stretches out his arms in his crucifix pose, before jumping into the ring, and walking into a corner to sit down as he waits for The Rock.

    "If You Smell..."

    The Rock comes out to a massive ovation from the crowd and walks straight forward with purpose, focused on the task ahead, looking not only to prove who is the better man but to prove he's still got it. The People's Champion is wearing his signature black tights, tonight sporting a gold insignia of his name on the front and a gold Brahama Bull on the backside. He climbs up onto the apron and walks to the corner, climbs up onto the middle rope, and throwing his arm up into the air to a thunderous reaction from the crowd. He then jumps down into the ring, walks passed Raven, locking eyes with him, and then climbs up the opposite corner and throws up his arm again to another thunderous reaction. He jumps back down as Raven pulls himself out from his seated position and takes off his jacket.


    Match Six
    ​The Rock vs. Raven


    The bell rings, and we are off to the races!​

    The Rock and Raven step up to each other in the ring and begin talking trash to one another, looking like we're kicking off with an explosive situation here.

    Suddenly the 2001 King of the Ring slaps The Rock across the face!

    The Rock turns his head sideways, mouth agape, holding his cheek. The Rock looks with a sense of shock that Raven would have guts to slap him.

    Raven shouts at The Rock to "Bring It!" and The Rock obliges, thundering away with slaps of his own, with power, sending Raven stumbling back into the corner, with The Rock on hot pursuit. With Raven in the corner, The Rock delivers another slap, another, another, another, and a fifth, sending Raven off his feet with each one!

    Raven falls on his ass from the momentum into the corner while The Rock is fired up and starts shouting and walking around the ring!

    The Rock then turns attention back to Raven and walks over to his cornered opponent, before pulling up Raven to his feet, and whipping him into the opposite corner!

    But Raven stops himself with a boot on the middle turnbuckle and his hands on the top rope!

    The Rock charges in at Raven, but gets nailed with a back elbow between the eyes, causing The Rock to stumble backwards. Raven then looks to follow up with a left hook at The Rock! NO! The Rock ducks his head underneath Raven's arm catches him from behind, and delivers a belly to back suplex!

    The Rock hooks the leg!

    *
    *
    1!

    Unsurprisingly Raven gets his shoulder up, not going to be put away this early in the match of his career.

    The Rock pulls himself up to his feet while Raven rolls towards the ropes. The Rock takes in the crowd for a moment before turning his attention back to Raven and starts stomping down on Raven as Raven tries to pull himself up to his feet using the ropes.

    Raven gets up to his feet, but The Rock is in control. The Rock whips Raven into the opposite ropes. The Rock leans forward, seemingly looking the Samoan Drop, but Raven comes back and connects with a running knee lift to The Rock's head!

    The Rock falls to the mat and rolls over, and now it is Raven on top of The Rock, laying boots into Rocky's back.

    The Rock starts to pull himself up to his feet, trying to get away from Raven, but Raven grabs The Rock's head and applies a side headlock.

    Raven starts cranking on the head of The Rock, using his current momentum to do as much damage he can to The People's Champion. Raven looks down with disdain at The Rock as he continues cranking and wrenching at The Rock's neck and begins firing shots at The Rock's head to wear him down further.

    Jim Ross: You really have to be impressed with the fight Raven is bringing to The Rock tonight!

    Jerry Lawler: There's no reason to be surprised J.R. Raven has been waiting for this match ever since he's come to the WWF!


    The Rock drops down to his knee and Raven follows suit, keeping the headlock applied and cranking back, putting more pressure on The Rock's neck!

    Raven continues cranking back on The Rock, but The Rock begins powering himself up and pushes himself and Raven up to their feet. The Rock then steps back into the ropes and pushes Raven off into the opposite ropes!

    The Rock charges at Raven as Raven rebounds and Raven swings with a clothesline! AND MISSES! The Rock ducks under Raven's arm and comes back at Raven who ducks down, BUT The Rock leapfrogs over Raven! The Rock charges at the ropes and comes back!

    HE LEAPS UP!

    THE ROCK CONNECTS WITH A JUMPING CLOTHESLINE!

    The crowd cheers on The Rock for the fast-paced action as he climbs over to Raven and goes for the cover.

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    Another early pin attempt from The Rock here tonight, but it will not put Raven away. The Rock drags Raven up to his feet, holding onto the waist of Raven's black skirt, but Raven slaps away The Rock's hands! Raven starts thunders away with a bunch to The Rock and another! NO! The second is blocked by The Rock, and The Rock starts firing away with one right, two rights, three rights! The Rock grabs the arm of Raven and whips him into the ropes with Raven rebounding into a REVERSE ELBOW from The Rock!

    The Rock falls into the ropes from the momentum of his own move while Raven falls down to the mat and rolls to the outside, wanting to get away from The Rock before he gets more of an ass-kicking, to the jeers of the fans.

    Raven walks around on the outside, holding his head, giving himself time to recover from the exchange. The Rock looks on at Raven, who instantly shouts at the referee to ensure The Rock stays in the ring. The referee obliges, trying to convince The Rock to stay in while Raven walks around, strategizing his next move.

    Raven looks ready to come back in and climbs up onto the apron. Raven starts to step through the ropes, but The Rock starts closing in, and Raven jumps back down to the floor!

    The crowd boos the hell out of Raven for the cowardly move, and a "Raven sucks!" chant starts to fill the arena. Raven walks over to a member of the audience who is yelling at him and flips off the fan before turning his attention back to The Rock and walks along ringside. The Rock looks to head for Raven, but Raven calls for the referee to make The Rock step back so he can enter into the ring.

    The referee once again obliges and tells The Rock to step back, with The Rock raising up his hands, looking apologetic. The referee then turns back to Raven and tells him to get back into the ring. As he does, The Rock slides out of the side of the ring and walks around to Raven making Raven step back a bit before turning away and running, causing The Rock to give chase! Raven runs around the ring with The Rock behind him and then slides back into the ring to get away from The Rock.

    The Rock comes sliding in after Raven, but Raven is on top of him with, driving his boot into the back of The Rock's skull.

    The Rock starts pulling himself up to his feet, but Raven charges to the opposite side of the ring and comes charging back at The Rock, kicking him in the midsection and sending The Rock through the ropes and out onto the apron!

    Raven leans over the ropes, looking down at The Rock, while The Rock lays out on the apron rubbing his head.

    The Rock starts to pull himself up with the aid of the ropes on the apron and Raven reaches down over the ropes and pulls The Rock up onto his feet. Raven then grabs the head of The Rock and rushes him to the corner, smacking The Rock's head off of the ring post!

    The Rock collapses, but is able to catch himself with the ropes from falling off the apron! Raven, however, kicks through the ropes and knocks The Rock off of the apron onto the floor.

    Raven walks around the ring, with a cocky smirk on his face, riling up the anger of the fans.

    Raven then stares to the outside at The Rock who is climbing up to his feet, and Raven climbs out the ropes to the outside. Raven then starts throwing punches at The Rock, knocking him back into Ross and Lawler's announcer's table.

    The referee yells at Raven to get back into the ring, but Raven brushes him off, and slams The Rock's head off of the announce desk! Raven grabs the back of The Rock's head, raises it and slams it off of the announce desk once more!

    The referee has given up trying to get Raven to take the action back in the ring and starts the count out.

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    Raven spins The Rock around with his arm hooked around The Rock's head, he wraps his leg around The Rock's leg, and swings back with a Side Russian Legsweep!

    INTO THE SIDE OF THE ANNOUNCE DESK!

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    The Rock and Raven lay laid out on the floor with Raven starting to pull himself up to his feet.

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    Raven grabs The Rock and pulls him up to his feet.

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    SIX!

    Raven climbs into the rings and rolls The Rock over, going for the cover.

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    Raven rolls over and pounds the mat, upset that he wasn't able to put The Rock away there!

    He then grabs The Rock by the head and starts pounding the back of The Rock's head against the mat in a fury!

    Raven suddenly stops as he lets out his frustration, puts his hands on his hips, and looks around the arena breathing out his frustration.

    He then grabs The Rock and pulls him up to his feet. Raven applies a front facelock to The Rock and stretches out his arm SIGNALING FOR THE RAVEN EFFECT!

    BUT THE ROCK RUNS FORWARD, RAMMING RAVEN INTO THE CORNER!

    The Rock grabs onto the middle rope and starts slamming his shoulder into the ribs of Raven. The Rock then grabs the arm of Raven and goes for an Irish whip! NO! Raven whips The Rock around into the opposite corner!

    Raven charges in, right into a raised boot from The Rock!

    Raven staggers backwards holding his head and spins around back to The Rock...

    AND THE ROCK BURSTS OUT OF THE CORNER WITH A CLOTHESLINE THAT SENDS RAVEN FLYING THROUGH THE AIR!

    Jim Ross: Good God! Did you see the impact!?

    Raven crashes down to the mat and both men around now down in the center of the ring. The referee checks on both The Rock and Raven before deciding to administer a count.

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    The Rock crawls over to Raven and slings his arm over Raven's chest for the pinfall.

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    RAVEN ROLLS HIS SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!

    The Rock looks down at Raven with a look of surprise at the fight from his opponent before rolling off and rolling to his back, looking in the air and catching his breath.

    The Rock climbs up to his feet while Raven rolls to the ropes. The Rock advances towards Raven as Raven pulls himself up to his feet. The Rock strikes Raven with a right and a second right before snatching the arm of Raven and whipping him into the opposite of the ring. Raven ricochets off the ropes, and The Rock catches him with a Snap Powerslam, with authority!

    The Rock hooks the far leg.

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    The Rock rolls over into a sitting position, restoring himself and trying to think up his next move.

    The Rock grabs Raven's head and pulls him up to his feet. He hooks his arm around Raven in a front facelock and lifts Raven for a suplex...NO! Raven kicks his leg and fights his weight back down! Raven then quickly moves his hand up and rakes the eyes of The Rock!

    The Rock staggers back, wiping his eyes, while Raven regains his composure. The Rock spins around and charges at Raven, but Raven catches The Rock's arms and spins around behind him, hooking in a half nelson, pulls The Rock's arm across his face, and locks in the Cobra Clutch!

    Raven cinches in the submission hold, trying to cut off The Rock's oxygen, and The Rock scrambles, desperately trying to escape the maneuver. He grabs at Raven's arm, trying to push and scratch it away. When that fails, he starts trying to pull at his own arm to break it free, but that fails as well!

    The Rock struggles, trying to fight out of the Cobra Clutch and runs back into the corner, hitting Raven's back against the top turnbuckle. The Rock tries to struggle free again, but still to no avail. He then steps forward and rushes back again, crushing Raven's back into the corner and this time Raven releases the hold!

    BUT RAVEN THEN GRABS THE ROCK BY THE HEAD AND JUMPS UP TO THE MIDDLE ROPE!

    AND COMES OFF DRIVING A KNEE INTO THE ROCK'S BACK!

    Raven rolls off The Rock's back while The Rock rolls away, holding his back, yelling in pain from the damage caused by the knee.

    Raven senses blood in the water and gets up to his feet, pulling The Rock up to his feet, applies a front facelock, hooks the leg, and connects with a Fisherman Suplex!

    Raven bridges for the pin!

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    THE ROCK SHOOTS HIS ARM AND SHOULDER UP FROM THE MAT!

    Raven releases the hook and grabs at his hair, feeling that that could have been it. He slams down a fist into the mat before pulling himself up to his feet while The Rock rolls over, holding his back.

    Raven walks over The Rock and starts kicking him in the back, a scowl etched across his face as he punishes The Rock.

    The Rock rolls into the corner, trying to get away from Raven, but Raven stays on top of him kicking him in the back and the midsection. The Rock shows his fighting spirit, however, reaching up for the ropes, pulling himself up to his feet.

    Raven grabs The Rock by the head, not allowing him to have a moment to breathe, and striking with forearms to the head. He then whips The Rock into the opposite corner and follows The Rock in with a clothesline! Raven catches the head of The Rock and runs forward with a Bulldog!

    Raven rolls over The Rock and goes for the cover.

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    THE ROCK KICKS OUT!

    Raven rolls over, leaning against The Rock's prone body, and holds up a THREE to the referee, arguing that it was a three count, but the referee signals to him it was only a two count.

    Raven looks annoyed and gets up to his feet and into the face of the referee, telling him to count faster, before turning his attention back to The People's Champ.

    Raven grabs The Rock by the back of the head and meticulously pulls him up to his feet before shoving The Rock's head under his arm! Raven looks for the RAVEN EFFECT...

    NO! THE ROCK SHOVES RAVEN OFF!

    Raven swings with a punch at The Rock and connects!

    The Rock staggers back, but then comes back with a right of his own!

    Raven staggers back, rears up, and comes back with another strike to The Rock!

    BOO!

    The Rock comes back with another right to Raven!

    YAY!

    Raven wobbles on his feet but comes back with another punch.

    BOO!

    The Rock stumbles as well before delivers another right!

    YAY!

    BOO!

    YAY!
    BOO!
    YAY!
    BOO!
    YAY!

    BOO!

    BOO!

    BOO!

    DISCUS CLOTHESLINE FROM RAVEN!

    NO THE ROCK DUCKS UNDER THE CLOTHESLINE!

    AND STRIKES RAVEN AGAIN!
    AGAIN!
    AGAIN!

    HE'S LAYING THE SMACKDOWN ON RAVEN, SENDING HIM STUMBLING INTO THE ROPES, SWEAT FLYING!

    STRIKE!
    STRIKE!
    STRIKE!
    THE ROCK LOOKS UP TO HIS HAND AND SPITS IN IT!
    STRIKE SENDING RAVEN LEANING FAR BACK ON THE TOP ROPE BEFORE CRASHING BACK DOWN TO THE MAT!

    THE ROCK IS INCENSED, AND THE SKYDOME CAN DEFINITELY SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING!

    The Rock marches around the ring before turning his attention back to Raven and POUNCING INTO THE FAMILIAR TWO-POINT STANCE!

    The Rock eggs on Raven to get back up to his feet as Raven slowly pulls himself up...

    THE ROCK LATCHES ONTO HIM...

    NO!

    RAVEN ELBOWS THE ROCK INTO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD, STOPPING THE ROCK BOTTOM!

    The Rock stumbles to the side, and Raven grabs his arm, trying to whip The Rock into the ropes...

    NO!

    THE ROCK COUNTERS WITH AN IRISH WHIP OF HIS OWN SENDING RAVEN INTO THE ROPES!

    RAVEN BOUNCES BACK!

    OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX FROM THE ROCK!

    BUT RAVEN'S FOOT CATCHES THE HEAD OF THE REFEREE, KNOCKING THE REFEREE BACK, AND FALLING THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE!

    The Rock quickly climbs back up to his feet, zoned in on Raven. Still fired up, The Rock goes back into the STANCE!

    HE IS YELLING AT RAVEN TO GET BACK UP TO HIS FEET!

    RAVEN BEGINS TO STIR AND CRAWLS UP!

    HE SPINS AROUND!

    THE ROCK CATCHES HIM WITH A ROCK BOTTOM!

    NO!

    RAVEN DROPS DOWN TO HIS KNEES!

    AND SWINGS UP WITH A LOW BLOW!

    The People's Champion drop downs to his knees and rolls over, holding his crotch, as Raven withdraws his arm, groggily drops down to the mat and rolls out to the side of the ring. The crowd is booing and hissing at Raven for the dirty maneuver, but are wondering what Raven is doing as he careens around the ringside area to the timekeeper. Raven yells at Howard Finkel to get out of his chair and grabs the chair, folding it up. He looks down at the chair longingly.

    Jim Ross: There are only bad intentions that can be running through that man's mind!

    Raven stumbles back towards the ring and slides the chair in before crawling back in himself. He then picks up the chair in his hands and aims up at The Rock. The crowd boos Raven before a "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" chant starts to swell in the audience. Raven nods along to the "Rocky!" chants as The Rock pulls himself up to his feet.

    The Rock pivots towards Raven's direction...

    RAVEN SWINGS THE CHAIR!

    BUT THE ROCK SIDE STEPS RAVEN!

    KICKS HIM IN THE GUT MAKING HIM DROP THE CHAIR!

    AND CATCHES HIM WITH A DDT TO THE MAT!

    The Rock narrowly escaped a devastating chair shot as both men lay down in the middle of the ring.

    THE ROCK THEN KIPS UP TO HIS FEET!

    THE CROWD IS GOING WILD ONCE MORE!

    AND THE ROCK TURNS HIS ATTENTION TOWARDS RAVEN AND STRETCHES OUT HIS ARMS, MOCKING RAVEN'S POSE AND TALKING TRASH TO RAVEN!

    The Rock drops down his arms and turns his attention to the referee on the outside who is crawling on his knees. The Rock climbs out of the ring and grabs the referee by the shirt, rolling him back into the ring. The Rock climbs back into the ring and checks on the referee. As The Rock does this, Raven rolls over to the steel chair, unfolding it to use it to climb up to his feet.

    The Rock turns his attention back towards Raven and spins around RIGHT INTO A DROP TOE HOLD INTO THE STEEL CHAIR!

    THE ROCK'S SKULL CRACKS OFF THE SEAT OF THE CHAIR!

    Raven quickly closes up the chair and pushes it across the mat and to the outside. He then climbs on top of the motionless body of The Rock and hooks the far leg as the referee catches his bearings and crawls his way over!

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    NO!

    THE ROCK SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY, GETS HIS SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!

    Raven rolls over onto his back. Breathing heavily. He is exhausted from this matchup tonight, and his brow scrunches as he seems to be in despair, not being able to find a way to take out The Rock.

    Raven bitterly peels himself off the mat and grabs The Rock. He then grabs The Rock by the head and yanks him up to his feet. Raven takes a few steps back before running towards The Rock, catching his head, and connecting with his second running knee lift of the night! The Rock falls back down to the mat and rolls close to the ropes. Raven grabs The Rock and goes for the cover again...

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    THE ROCK GETS HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!

    The Rock is not going to give up tonight! The People's Champion is showing his spirit to fight on, and it enrages Raven. Raven climbs on top of The Rock, grabs him by the back of the head, and starts hammering away with closed fists! The referee yells at Raven to get off of The Rock and Raven relents, rolling away with malcontent!

    The referee starts to check on The Rock, but Raven shoves the referee away. He then looks down at The Rock as the fans try to will The Rock on to fight back against Raven. Raven deliberately picks The Rock back up to his feet!

    CRAMS THE ROCK'S HEAD UNDER HIS ARM!

    RAVEN SWEEPS BACK!

    RAVEN EFFECT!

    NO!

    THE ROCK CATCHES THE TOP ROPE WITH HIS HAND, CAUSING RAVEN TO FALL BACK ON HIS OWN, AND HITTING THE BACK OF HIS HEAD ON THE MAT!

    The Rock shakes off the cobwebs before grabbing Raven by the legs. He then pulls Raven towards the center of the ring. He sticks his leg through. He turns Raven over...

    AND APPLIES THE SHARPSHOOTER ON RAVEN!

    THE ROCK LEANS FAR BACK, STRETCHING RAVEN'S BACK TIGHT, AS SWEAT DRIPS OFF THE ROCK'S FACE TO HIS CHEST AND THE MAT!

    RAVEN IS YELLING IN PAIN WHILE THE ROCK IS YELLING WITH INTENSITY!

    RAVEN RUNS HIS FINGERS THROUGH HIS DREADS, TRYING TO WILL HIMSELF ON!

    HE DIGS HIS FINGERS INTO THE MAT!

    RAVEN LETS OUT A YELL BEFORE STRETCHING OUT HIS ARM AND CRAWLING!

    CRAWLING!

    TRYING TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE ROPES!

    THE ROCK HOLDS ON TIGHT TO RAVEN'S LEGS AND LEANS BACK FURTHER, NODDING HIS HEAD, AS HE CENCHES THE HOLD IN TIGHTER!

    RAVEN YELLS LOUDER IN PAIN!

    BUT KEEPS CRAWLING TOWARDS THE ROPES!

    REACHES OUT HIS HAND!

    AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!

    ROPE BREAK!

    The referee tells The Rock to break the hold and The Rock releases, stumbling forward, to his knees.

    Raven holds his lower back in pain while The Rock makes his way back up to his feet. Raven pulls himself up with the assistance of the ring ropes. The Rock comes at Raven and fires away with a right hand, but Raven blocks it! Raven then grabs the head of The Rock and fires away with a forearm! A second forearm! A third forearm! The Rock staggers back towards the middle of the ring, leaning forward, and Raven runs towards the ropes and comes back...

    GETTING CAUGHT WITH A SAMOAN DROP!

    NO!

    RAVEN SLIDES OFF OF THE ROCK'S BACK AND ROLLS HIM UP WITH A SCHOOLBOY!

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    THE ROCK KICKS OUT!

    THE ROCK AND RAVEN ROLL AWAY TO OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE RING!

    RAVEN CHARGES AT THE ROCK!

    AND GETS DRIVEN INTO THE MAT WITH A SPINEBUSTER!

    The SkyDome jumps up to their feet as The Rock steps over the prone body of Raven!

    THE ROCK STARES AROUND THE SKYDOME AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE MOST ELECTRIFYING MOVE IN SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT!

    HE KICKS THE SHOULDER OF RAVEN!

    HE GRABS HIS ELBOW PAD AND PULLS IT OFF!

    THROWS IT INTO THE CROWD!

    RUNS TO THE ROPES!

    COMES OFF!

    LEAPS OVER THE BODY OF RAVEN!

    BOUNCES OFF THE OPPOSITE ROPES!

    COMES BACK!

    BUT RAVEN SWIFTLY ROLLS TO HIS FEET AND KICKS THE ROCK IN THE MIDSECTION!

    CATCHES THE ROCK!

    RAVEN EFFECT DDT PLANTING THE ROCK INTO THE CENTER OF THE RING!

    RAVEN ROLLS OVER THE ROCK AND HOOKS THE FAR LEG!

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    WINNER: Raven via pinfall @ 20:09!

    Jim Ross:
    Can you believe it!? Raven has defeated The Rock at WrestleMania!

    Raven climbs off of the downed body of The Rock with the fans being stunned from this victory. Raven gets his hand raised by the referee and then heads to the corner, where he climbs to the middle rope. He stretches out his arms in his crucifix pose, celebrating his victory, as the crowd remains stunned. He then climbs out of the ring and heads up the ramp to the back. He turns around when he reaches the stage, drops down to his knees, and stretches out his arms again.

    Meanwhile, in the ring, The Rock begins to stir. Raven's music fades out, and The Rock makes his way to his feet. The fans chant "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" as The Rock, looking down to the mat ashamed and dispirited, makes his way towards the back.


    Jim Ross:
    Despite his loss tonight, despite this low point in his career, that man, The Rock, is still one of, if not the greatest of all time!

    He finally makes his way to the top of the stage, takes one look back to the crowd who are still chanting his name, before walking back behind the curtain.


    Cut To A WrestleMania Axxess Video

    Cut To Backstage


    We see Rob Van Dam in the back, his legs in a split on two chairs, doing some sort of stretches, warming up, as Jim Ross tells us that up next we'll being RVD challenge Rhyno for the Hardcore Championship.


    ...

    We then cut elsewhere in the arena where Michael Cole is standing by. He brings us his next guest for tonight who is none other than "The Game" Triple H. In the course of the interview, Triple H says that tonight he's going to show "Stone Cold" what happens when you stab a McMahon-Helmsley in the back. He says that tonight is his night, tonight is the cherry on top for his comeback story, and tonight he's going to cement himself as the real face of this company once he defeats "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

    Cut To The Arena

    "One Of A Kind"

    Pyro shoots and "Mr. Pay-Per-View" Rob Van Dam comes out, making his WrestleMania debut to a great applause from the fans. He stops at the stage and does the thumb pose "ROB!" "VAN!" "DAM!".

    AND THEN ROB VAN DAM IS STRUCK IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH THE HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP BY RHYNO!


    Match Seven
    WWF Hardcore Championship
    Hardcore Match
    Rhyno (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Rob Van Dam


    This one starts wild after Rhyno blindsides Rob Van Dam with Paul Heyman soon following after Rhyno. Rhyno starts beating down Rob Van Dam, looking to put away his nemesis once and for all. The two end up brawling into the crowd with several pinfall attempts made in the crowd until Rob Van Dam hits a Van Daminator to counter a chair strike, causing Rhyno to tumble down the steps. They then go over the barricade into the ring.

    The match from there continues with madness as they use trash cans, street signs, chairs, and tables to destroy each other's bodies. As the match nears its end, Rob Van Dam takes advantage and sets up Rhyno for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Paul Heyman gets onto the apron and shoves him off of the top rope to the mat. Rhyno then pulls himself up to his feet and sets up for the Gore! NO! ROB VAN DAM DIVES OUT OF THE WAY AND RHYNO GORES THE RING POST INSTEAD! Rhyno stumbles backwards and gets a superkick sending him into the corner. RVD then picks up a steel chair in the ring and climbs up the turnbuckle opposite of Rhyno. Heyman tries to climb up again on the apron, but RVD kicks him off to the ground. RVD then jumps across the ring and hits a Van Terminator kicking the chair into Rhyno's face! RVD pulls Rhyno out of the corner and covers! 1, 2, 3!!!


    WINNER AND NEW WWF HARDCORE CHAMPION: Rob Van Dam via pinfall @ 14:45!

    Rob Van Dam has done it! He has finally vanquished Rhyno! He climbs up to his feet, stumbling, holding his chest, as he takes the WWF Hardcore Championship and holds it in the air as the fans give him a massive congratulations! Rhyno still lays down on the mat, completely destroyed, while Paul Heyman takes off his hat and throws it to the ground in anger while Jerry Lawler mocks him saying "Look at that idiot Paul Heyman! He's beside himself!". We get a final image of Rob Van Dam, climbing up to the middle rope, and doing the RVD thumb pose.

    Cut To Backstage

    We are backstage with Lillian Garcia once again as she brings out her next interviewee of the night, none other than "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. She asks "Stone Cold" about the statements that Triple H made earlier tonight. "Stone Cold", says that Triple H is a great competitor, a talented athlete, and a world-class ass kisser. He says tonight he's going to open up a can of whoop-ass on Triple H the likes of which we've never seen before, and then he's looking to get another shot at the Undisputed WWF Championship. That's the bottom line, cause Stone Cold said so!


    Cut Back To The Arena

    "Time To Rock & Roll"

    Trish Stratus comes out to a big hometown reaction as we get set for our WWF Women's Championship match. Trish heads down the ring, wearing a red jacket, a red top, and white pants in honor of Canada's colors. She gets in the ring, ready for the biggest match of her young career.


    "American Woman"

    Out from the back comes Madusa, wearing a black shirt and pants combo. She is the WWF Women's Championship hoisted on her shoulder and makes her way down to the ring. As she enters the ring, she tells Trish Stratus that she is no match for her, and tells the Canadian fans they can kiss her ass as they boo her.


    Match Eight
    WWF Women's Championship
    Madusa (c) vs. Trish Stratus


    While this match isn't set to be a long time-consumer, being treated more as a break between matches, it still is given enough time to tell a decent story. Madusa dominates most of the match, using her experience and talent to outwrestle Trish Stratus. She also uses some heel tactics along the way like choking Trish with a boot against the ropes. Trish finally makes her big comeback in the end; however as she does the Ma-Trish to avoid a clothesline and then connects with a Chick Kick for a near fall, but Madusa gets her shoulder up! Madusa recovers and rakes Trish's eye before looking for a High-Angled German Suplex, but Trish grabs the head of Madusa, run to the ropes and connect with Stratusfaction. She makes the cover and successfully captures the WWF Women's Championship!

    WINNER AND NEW WWF WOMEN'S CHAMPION: Trish Stratus via pinfall @ 7:21!

    Trish Stratus is elated from her victory, and she gets the most significant hometown reaction of the night for winning the WWF Women's Championship. She heads to the corner and hoists up her WWF Women's Championship to the delight of the fans. Madusa slowly gets up to her feet and looks across the ring at Trish as she jumps down. The two women come face to face in the center of the ring, and it seems like we're about to have round two. Madusa, however, reaches out her hand and shakes hands with Trish before raising her hand up in victory, effectively passing the torch.

    Cut To Backstage

    We go into Mr. McMahon's office where he and Kurt Angle are sitting and watch the TV set. The two are happy to see Madusa getting defeated with Mr. McMahon saying that next up Triple H will put an end to the traitor, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and after that, Kurt Angle will put the final nail in the coffin of WCW when he defeats Ric Flair tonight. Kurt Angle promises Mr. McMahon that not only will he defeat Ric Flair tonight, but he's going to break Flair's ankle in the process. Kurt says he has been waiting for this moment ever since he became a WWF superstar, that everything has led to this, and now he's ready to prove he is the best wrestler in the WWF.


    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Triple H Video Package




    • We see moments of The Two Man Power Trip dominating the WWF in early 2001.
    • We then see the moment when Triple injured his knee and his path to recovery.
    • Triple H attacks "Stone Cold" at Vengeance 2001 and again at the Royal Rumble, costing him his opportunities to win the Undisputed WWF Championship.

    • Austin retaliates by eliminating Triple H from the Royal Rumble.
    • The two brawl ever since the Royal Rumble with WWF's Board of Directors deemed it necessary to keep the two men separated by making them exclusive to Raw and SmackDown!
    • The two men still end up in brawls despite everything and the Board decides its only choice left is to put them in a match at WrestleMania.
    • We get clips of Triple H calling "Stone Cold" a traitor while "Stone Cold" shows his love for the WWF fans and says that Triple H is has become nothing but a stooge for Vince McMahon.




    Cut Back To The Arena


    "I Won't Do What You Tell Me"


    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin makes his way out to the pop of the night, marching his way down to the ring, shaking his head, getting himself pumped up for tonight's match. "Stone Cold" looks ready to raise hell as he climbs into the ring. He goes to each corner and raises his fists in the air each time getting a big reaction from the fans. He then turns his attention to the entranceway.


    "The Game"


    Triple H walks out to a chorus of boos from the fans, water bottle in hand. He looks just as determined as Austin, looking down the ramp, breathing heavily, before he makes his way to the ring. He takes some water from the bottle and pours some on his head. He then climbs up on the apron, the spotlight shining on him, before he does his signature spit into the air, then spitting the rest out in front of him. He climbs into the ring and goes to the corner to the middle rope and starts yelling at the fans before posing. He then looks down at Austin before jumping down to the mat.


    Match Nine
    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Triple H


    The two men don't make their hatred for each other any secret in this one. They beat the hell out of each other to the enjoyment of the audience, both men trying to score the upper hand, as it genuinely feels like a battle between the two top lions of the WWF. The two men end up on the outside at one point with Triple H trying to hit a Pedigree to Austin through JR and Lawler's announce table at one point, but Austin counters and send Triple H crashing through the Spanish announce table instead!

    The two men make their way back into the ring, and Austin hits Triple H with a Stone Cold Stunner and goes for the cover, but only gets a near fall. Austin makes an uncharacteristic maneuver, heading to the top rope, perhaps for a double axe handle, but Triple H hits the ropes making Austin crotch himself on the top turnbuckle. Triple H then climbs up and hits a superplex to Austin. He goes for the cover, but only gets a near fall on Austin. The match continues with Austin making a comeback, countering another Pedigree attempt before hitting a second Stone Cold Stunner. Before Austin can make the cover, however, a fan with long black hair and wearing a denim jacket rushes the ring! Austin starts kicking the fan violently, making the fan cover his head to protect himself, as Austin kicks the fan out of the ring! Austin then spins around, but the distraction was enough to give Triple H time to get to his feet, and he kicks Austin low while the referee is still looking at the fan. Triple H then delivers a Pedigree and goes for the cover getting the victory over Austin!


    WINNER: Triple H via pin fall @ 18:45!

    Half of the crowd is booing the victory from Triple H, while the other half is trying to figure out what is going on with this fan. The fan climbs up off the floor, and it is revealed to be none other than SCOTT HALL! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are in utter disbelief as Hall climbs into the ring. Scott Hall and Triple H feign a confrontation before they share a "Too Sweet" in the center of the ring over the body "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Jim Ross is still in utter disbelief and questions what this could mean for the WWF.

    Cut To Backstage

    We see Mr. McMahon backstage in his office. He doesn't seem to know how to react to seeing Scott Hall in a WWF ring again. Kurt tells McMahon that's fine though, it is now time to focus on tonight because up next his the Undisputed Championship match. Mr. McMahon snaps out of it and agrees. A security guard opens the door for Kurt Angle and Mr. McMahon as they head to the ring.


    ...

    We cut elsewhere to Jonathan Coachman who introduces us to his second guest of the night, none other than "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Ric Flair cuts a promo about how tonight may very well be the night he is most remembered for, whether for good or for bad. Tonight he isn't only going to be defending his honor, but tonight he is going to be defending the honor of every single promotion that fell, every single territory that has become nothing, every wrestler who has lost a job because of Vince McMahon. He says tonight is the night that professional wrestling will have its last stand against sports entertainment and he promises that he'll do everything in his power, to his final breath, to fight for the industry he loves tonight.

    Kurt Angle vs. Ric Flair Video Package




    • "Tear Away" by Drowning Pool plays.
    • We cut to the aftermath of Survivor Series 2001 where Mr. McMahon wants to reward the WWF Championship to Kurt Angle and strip it from Steve Austin due to Angle being the savior of the WWF.
    • Cut to Ric Flair, making a surprising return to the WWF. He says Stephanie and Shane sold their shares to him and that he is now 50% owner of the WWF and convinces McMahon to have a tournament to crown an Undisputed WWF Champion.
    • Kurt Angle wins the tournament with the help of Triple H screwing over Austin.
    • Ric Flair tries to get Austin a rematch and ultimately sells back his stocks to McMahon in return that Austin will get the rematch against Angle while also entering himself in the Royal Rumble now that's he is an active roster member.
    • Cut the miracle run of Ric Flair in which he wins the Royal Rumble at 52 years old.
    • Ric Flair promises to defend the honor of everything Vince McMahon hated about WCW.
    • Ric Flair gets attacked by Kurt Angle.
    • Kurt Angle promises that he'll make Flair wish he'd never come back to the WWF and he's going to make the old geezer tap out in the middle of the ring and cement himself as the greatest in the WWF.



    Cut Back To The Arena

    "Also sparch Zarathustra"

    "The Nature Boy" comes out stylin' and proflin' to a massive pop from the fans. Ric Flair is wearing a purple and silver robe as he makes his way down to the ring. Jim Ross talks about the history of Ric Flair and everything that he has done for this business and why many consider him the greatest of all time. Jerry Lawler says that while this is true, Ric Flair is past his prime while Kurt Angle is a young lion who is hungry to prove himself.

    "Medal"

    The Undisputed WWF Champion comes out to massive heat from the audience with Mr. McMahon following close behind. Angle poses on the top of the stage and signals for the red, white, and blue pyro to pop off behind him. Angle then makes his way down to the ring, followed by a power walking Vince McMahon, both men having cocky smiles on their faces. Vince McMahon gets onto the apron and sits on the middle rope, making way for his Undisputed Champion. Kurt Angle gets into the ring and poses, jumping around in the ring. He then takes the WWF Championship, and WCW World Heavyweight Championship titles off his waist before handing them to the referee as our WrestleMania main event looks to be set off.


    Match Event
    Undisputed WWF Championship
    Kurt Angle (c) (w/ Mr. McMahon) vs. Ric Flair


    These two men look to steal the show tonight despite all the great action we had, and they may have certainly done so with this technical masterpiece. Both men enter the match, both with the same goal in mind, to injure the other's leg so that they can apply their submission hold and get the tap out victory. In between these moments, we have some great moments of catch wrestling as both men look to find their opening, transitioning with suplexes, arm drags, snapmares, and back drops. The match hits a whole other gear though once Ric Flair applies his first Figure-Four Leglock of the match before Kurt gets to the ropes.

    From there on, these two go all out, trading chops and uppercuts, getting all our signature Ric Flair moments such as the roll-up the corner and over the ropes to the apron. Angle charges in, but gets a thumb to the eye. Flair then hits a chop block on Angle and looks for a second Figure-Four Leglock and applies it successfully! Kurt Angle struggles, but is able to eventually able to reverse it and apply the pressure to Flair. Flair tries to make his way to the ropes, but Mr. McMahon grabs the bottom rope and pulls it away. McMahon gets chewed out by the referee while Angle crawls towards the center of the ring with the hold still applied. Flair ends up rolling Angle over again, and the two men end up rolling to the ropes to break the hold.

    The match continues, but now the damage has been done to Flair. Angle focuses on weakening Flair's leg, and while Flair does attempt a comeback, it isn't enough, and Angle locks on the Ankle Lock looking for the victory. Flair seems like he is going to tap out, but he fights to make it to the ropes, only for Mr. McMahon to pull the ropes away again. This time though, Flair rolls forward, sending Angle out between the ropes and crashing into McMahon. From there, Flair gets Angle back into the ring and retakes control. Flair goes for a Diving Knee Drop at one point, but Angle rolls out of the way causing Flair to hit his knee off the mat. Angle then takes advantage of this to lock on another Ankle Lock. Flair seems to pass out from the pain, but when the referee checks on him, he get his arm up before the third drop, continuing the match. Flair then makes it to the ropes to break the hold.

    Later in the match, a frustrated McMahon gets Angle the WWF Championship and then proceeds to distract the referee as Angle retrieves the belt. Angle lines up for a shot to the skull with the title, but Ric Flair catches Angle with a knee to the gut. Flair then picks up the belt and lines up the shot, while McMahon tries to make the referee spin around, but the referee is only focused on telling McMahon to get off the apron, Flair connects with a title shot to the skull of Angle. Flair hooks the leg, but McMahon yanks the referee out of the ring. This backfires on McMahon though as the referee has had enough and tries to send McMahon to the back. McMahon won't go, however, but then Ric Flair gets out of the ring and grabs McMahon from behind before throwing him into the steel steps! Flair crawls back into the ring, but gets caught by Angle with an Angle Slam! Angle goes for the cover, but only gets a near fall!

    The match comes to a close when Angle attempts a final Ankle Lock on Ric Flair, but Flair grabs the leg of Angle and rolls through. Flair then transitions it into a Figure-Four Leglock, and while Angle tries with all of his might to make it to the ropes, Flair tightens the lock until Angle is forced to submit to "The Nature Boy"!


    WINNER AND NEW UNDISPUTED WWF CHAMPION:
    Ric Flair via submission @ 25:48!

    The crowd jumps to their feet, giving a standing ovation for Ric Flair dethroning Kurt Angle and doing what everyone thought would be impossible for him to do. Ric Flair, at 53 years old, is crowned Undisputed WWF Champion. Ric Flair holds up his joint titles in the air in celebration as confetti falls from the sky and tears fill the new champion's eyes. Though the WWF is the winner of the Monday Night Wars, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair proves tonight that the spirit of professional wrestling lives on! Jim Ross signs us off, exuberant over the result of the match and thanking the fans for joining the festivities of WrestleMania X8!

    END SHOW


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    Re: The 2019 King Of Be The Booker Tournament | The Grand Finale



    And soon enough, one of our finalists will have their crown...



    Wolf Beasts FINAL Scores



    TY2J


    Formatting/presentation

    I felt like I was being harsh giving you a 9.5 in the Semi-Final. There’s literally nothing I can pick at this time around. You’ve done a wonderful job every round in presenting something that stands out, and again here, with the newsletter format (and the Sliding Doors moment of the 10/10/10 show being the catalyst that ultimately sees TNA wind up on Fox all those years later instead), which has worked perfectly in this scenario. A perfect start to the final round of judging, Ty.10/10


    Creativity

    So, the first slip, imo. Too many long reigning champions, which felt like a lack of creativity, given the stories for each champion weren’t greatly unique. One long term dominant champion and one long term champion that was cutting corners to survive would work, but there were too many similarities in the Beautiful People & Kennedy reigns, whilst Kong and Lethal (though he wasn’t quite “dominant” in the same sense) were also too similar for my liking.


    Elsewhere, there’s a lot of creativity. I’m going to be gushing about the knock-on effect the BFG series had on stories and angles in other sections, but that whole deal was a HUGE home run imo, and exactly the way you’d want that series to have been. Starting off the show with a special entrance for Dinero was great, making the show feel big time (something TNA rarely could do), and you thought outside the box for that whole Jarrett/Sonnen match and build up.

    Both sets of tag titles being defended in three way matches was something I didn’t like and seemed more like a lack of creativity in that respect, and as good a choice as Styles/Angle is as the main event, it does seem like the safest and most obvious pairing someone would put together. That said, I liked the preview for it, presenting it as a big match, without going over the top with any convoluted beat downs or angles. The match itself went about how you’d expect it to with the quality never going to be in doubt, and the idea of AJ debuting a new submission in order to beat Angle was pretty good. I just feel like you might’ve been better served to deliver the match that you built up with the promo, in Wolfe/Sting.

    Props though for the work with the Sting promo. I’ll mention my issues with it in a later category, but as an idea? Wonderful. Most definitely ticked the creativity box for me in that respect, doing that as opposed to an in ring promo instead, and the different faces of Sting throughout the years, with the added barbed wire bat for this “new” Sting from Foley was an excellent way to cap it off. 8/10


    Anticipation

    Going on a match by match basis, I didn’t think too much of the Kennedy/Dinero build up. The vignette idea came off feeling out of place. I loved the simple build up for Joe/Rhino though. Loved that the feud ciphered from the B4G series, as that’s such a simple, but effective booking tool that you used to your advantage, and the draw between them wasn’t just a cop out to help cut Joe from the top 4, and instead built to something else.

    As much as I loathe the Young Bucks, I assumed from your “preview” of sorts that I’d be seeing them challenge (and potentially win) the tag titles on this show. However, I liked this idea though, and making them really establish themselves before (probably) getting them to the tag titles in the future, and when you’re using the B4G series to create another feud in RVD/Abyss, I’m giving this a thumbs up. Your use of this tournament to create/further stories and feuds has been tremendous. And, while I’ve got a bit of a problem with the Jarrett/Sonnen match (that I’ll get to in a different category), I REALLY loved this idea. Give me a lifetime of Double J’s Double M A challenge!! Him making kids tap would be the greatest thing.

    Didn’t love the story for the tag title match, and the fan vote for the fate of MCMG wasn’t the strongest idea you had for this show, imo. But, on the other side of the coin, the Kong/Meiko match set up was awesome. From the teaser prior to the show of how Kong had cut through everyone from all corners of the globe, leading to this showdown of an international superstar stepping up is all kinds of great. I’d have loved this to be the match written in full, honesty. That’s how invested I was in this build up.

    The Sting promo was fantastic, but for me, might’ve been better served for a regular project, as it didn’t strike me as the promo that would sell me on this show and make me say; I HAVE to see this show. There were parts of the story leading into the match that fell a little flat, but I really enjoyed the acknowledgement of Sting being broken down and having to change his style in order to compete.

    Lethal/Hardy was a marginal thumbs up too. Both tag titles being defended in 3 ways isn’t a good look imo. I thought it was weird with the two four ways at WrestleMania 20, and I think it’s weird here too. No harm, no foul though, as it felt as if that match was really a buffer before the main event. And you just have to say Angle vs Styles, and I want to see it. Overall, one or two misses, but only MINOR misses, and misses where you can afford to have them. With the main matches – the matches you’d sell the event on, it’s a runaway hit. 9/10.


    Storytelling/emotional investment

    Right off the bat, I could never buy the idea of Hulk Hogan signing up to TNA and being a background, behind the scenes player. I get why you’d want to do that, but I think you’d have been better served just avoiding the Hogan/Bischoff coming in scenario altogether.

    Anyway, aside from the two 3 way tag matches, you put together a pretty sensational supercard, imo, that had something for everyone. There’s a major flaw with the show (that I’ll explain in the next category) but from a perspective of having my interest? Oh hell yeah. I was invested in almost everything you had to offer, and it was extremely well written – I don’t think I got bored or distracted at any time.

    As I mentioned earlier, I thought the Kong/Meiko stuff was all brilliant as a full package, and I’d actually saw it was the best thing on the entire show. If only there wasn’t three other long, long reigning champions at the time, this could’ve been an even bigger moment with Meiko knocking off the dominant Kong. Honestly, I wish this had’ve been the match you wrote in full for this. I’d have loved to have read it.

    I don’t think the main event match delivered from a storytelling aspect though. It was good – just not great, and the finish came off a little dry in the writing. After you’d done such a brilliant job in describing the scene for the entrances, I really wanted to see that level of writing in the match too, and while some of this critique falls under the Description/Detail section, it has a knock on effect when I can’t get emotionally invested in the match I’m reading. And because the match didn’t hit like it could or should have, I have to be harsher in the scoring of this category, I feel.7/10


    Description/detail

    Here’s where I get to praise you, and be pedantic at the same time, because there’s almost nothing I can pick out, except for one thing. I feel like you got HALF the Jarrett/Sonnen angle spot on, and whiffed on the other half. In 2010, Chael Sonnen only became a known trash talker when the build up began for the Anderson Silva fight which took place in August – which he lost by submission (something you could’ve used here as part of the build) before getting popped for PED’s the following month.


    By ignoring that mark in history, and having Sonnen instead win an unidentified fight in August, you don’t get the mega personality Chael Sonnen. You get a mild mannered, middling fighting that only UFC fans will recognise. I feel like that – as small as it is – is a big miss, and makes the Jarrett/Sonnen match feel much more small time, than it does big time. As a result, his quick win, and the showdown with Joe don’t mean nearly as much in this universe.

    You really didn’t miss anything else. Even Uncle Dave dishing out nearly the full set of snowflakes for a Young Bucks match! Loved the table of results for the Bound for Glory series too, and you changing the course of history by having it be done properly, and eventually being a North American version of the G1. Your promo for Wolfe/Sting was tremendous, and I loved the presentation of it too.

    You got everything surrounding the Angle/AJ match spot on – big fight feel, the camera following the guys before their music hit, painting the picture of the scene, and the big entrance for AJ, and the red, white and blue pyro for Kurt. But the actual body of the match, and the way parts of it were written didn’t quite grab me like I wanted it too, and I didn’t think you did as much as you could’ve with the near falls. Just five attempts at a pin in a match involving Styles and Angle? I’m not going to go a watch a bunch of both men’s matches, but that number – for the main event of the biggest show of the year to boot – is exceptionally low.

    Credit where it’s due though, you didn’t go spammy with 5 Angle Slams, 3 Styles Clashes and ten Ankle Lock attempts. I think you went too far the other way, mind you, as the only real BIG false finish in the match came from that Angle Slam. Also, I thought you could’ve done more to sell me on that finish, describing the agony on Angles face or the despair as he realises he’s trapped and has to submit, and a little more on AJ in the post match to really make it feel like a changing of the guard moment.

    However, the devil is in the detail, and there’s a major issue I have in the lay out of the card. Essentially a squash match to open the show – that’s fine. Hot start. Followed by a No DQ variant match. Okay, that’s fine too. Third match in is a Monsters Ball match. Hmmm. Then an MMA style match, followed by a three way tag match. It’s not until we get to the sixth match on the card that we get a traditional wrestling match. I think you could’ve – and should’ve – done a much better job on this area spacing out the gimmick/special attraction matches. Switching the womens title and the mens tag title matches around would’ve helped, and shifting the X Division Title match to match 3 could’ve alleviated these problems. 7.5/10


    TOTAL SCORE: 41/50

    Really, the score doesn’t reflect just how much I loved this entry. I harshly graded in a few aspects, but honestly, I thought this was an absolutely fantastic effort on your end.
    In fact, I’d go as far to say, I’m kind of hoping you might consider taking this on as a project in the future if you decide to end your AEW thread. I’d be down for reading the continuation of this version of TNA. And, despite this tournament being snakebit with drop outs and no shows, your work throughout has been stellar, and if you go on to win this, you'll be a worthy King. It's been a pleasure to read your work these last few months.











    LINGUISTICTURN



    Formatting/presentation

    Again, it’s a marked improvement. You deserve praise for stepping up your game in this category round by round, taking on the critiques and working on this aspect. It’s much clearer, looks much nicer too, but unfortunately, at this stage, it’s a head to head environment, and Ty really has this part of the game locked down. I don’t think anyone could’ve presented something better than him in this tournament, so I can’t quite give you both the same marks here. 9/10


    Creativity

    Here though, I think you definitely give Ty a major run for his money. Ballsy move to go for WrestleMania X8, because while the show itself was a bit of a miss, you have the iconic Rock/Hogan match. Elevating Raven, is ballsy too, to say the very least. That’s not someone I expected to be a focal point of ANY entry, let alone a final. Big marks for taking such a risk on that end. Not sure I could buy such a big Raven push ever happening in 2002, but I’ll go into that later, as I will when talking about Ric Flair being in the main event of the show.


    You really went to work to build up Raven, I felt, and gave us his year long arc to get to this point – and you did it without making it overly long. I thought it was bizarre – but in a good way – that he’d join RTC, and allow his former lackey to be his leader before taking the group over. Couldn’t quite work out if Richards came back as a face though, and if so, I’d love to see your take on the RTC turning face, lol. While the match itself maybe lacked a touch of creativity – given the personalities at your disposal – I thought the finish was a very creative spot.

    But above all that, I LOVE the idea of bringing Madusa back for a run in this era. Her vs Trish in this time period just screams WrestleMania to me. Wonderful idea, and it really felt like you MADE Trish with this match and this moment by beating Madusa. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for Kane vs. Test. No harm, no foul, as it wasn’t supposed to be a big match, but nothing about the build, or the match itself came off as creative. At least give Test a clean win and get him over. Cheap win does nothing for him. 9/10


    Anticipation

    Like I did with Ty, I’ll go match by match. Off the bat, I’ve trouble getting behind this main event. On paper, Angle vs Flair is a dream match. Obviously. But some of the story for this match was lazy. Flair giving up his 50% ownership of a billion dollar company so Stone Cold could have a rematch for the WWF Title? I did at least like the idea of Flair winning the Rumble, 10 years on from his prior win, but I really just can’t buy the idea of the WWF having all this talent at their disposal and deciding to have Ric Flair headline WrestleMania in 2002.

    I get you didn’t want to rehash real life and have Triple H make his miraculous return to win the Rumble etc, and took the risk, but while I commend you for it from a creative aspect … I can’t say I’d be chomping at the bit for this as the headline match. As a feature match, 3 or 4 slots down, yeah, I’m all over that. As the main event? Not so much.

    With Austin/Triple H, I get it. Makes sense to go that route, given the whole “Two Man Power Trip” angle that was going on at the time of Trips injury. However, a lot of the build up felt very similar to their prior feud at the tail end of 2000/beginning of 2001. It really doesn’t feel like a fresh feud because of that, and it doesn’t really have me desperate to see the match happen.

    Rock vs. Raven is an obvious YES. So is Madusa vs. Trish; I definitely want to see that. And, surprisingly, you won me over with the Biker Chain match. When I first saw it listed, I thought it was going to be like that lame Biker Chain match at No Mercy 03, which was just a chain on a pole match. But, given the story of Jericho getting away from Taker at every turn, the chain match makes sense, and yeah, I’d want to see how it transpires.

    Putting Rhyno and RVD together is a great idea too. Especially with Heyman involved, and playing into their history in ECW together. With it being for the Hardcore title too, that’s a no brainer. Of course I want to see this match, and Edge & Christian vs. Rey & Kidman is another great undercard match, but there wasn’t much to sink my teeth into from your preview. It just a case of E&C being champs (glad you kept them together for a bit longer in this timeline btw) and Rey & Kidman being the new team on the scene.

    Regal as Vinces butler; LMAO. That’s brilliant. Ultimately, it’s just a filler mid card match, but every show needs them. Plus, both guys should be on the show, and it’s better than fighting over a shampoo commercial. Some kind of stakes could’ve been set here though, like if Regal won, Booker would replace him as Vinces butler or something.

    Brother vs Brother? Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title? Take the ingredients from the two best matches at WrestleMania X and you’ve got yourself a home run. Given the rich history of ladder matches at this point, and the Hardys reputation in them, I’d be wanting this hooked to my veins in 2002.

    Honestly, I would’ve cut Kane vs Test and replaced it with some garbage multi man match like the Hardcore Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2000. At least that could be a fun train wreck. This was unnecessary filler, and came across like two guys that you didn’t have booked and needed to get on the card. Plus, didn’t they just have a PPV match a few months beforehand during the Invasion? Overall, it’s a WrestleMania worthy card from top to bottom, but because two of your top 3 matches didn’t really appeal to me, I’ve got to knock points off. 7/10.


    Storytelling/emotional investment

    Odd way to present the promo, cold like that, without giving us any idea as to what had happened or what had led to this moment. Not a great decision imo, as you really needed to preface what had been happening prior to this. I don’t think you quite nailed The Rock either, but to counter balance that, the way you used Raven, and his words and the way he talked about the People being vampires, was all top quality, and ultimately, you won me over with that side of things.

    The match was good … but not great. I expected more “mind games” from Raven, but instead, it was a rather basic match. Nothing special, spectacular or unique about it, I’m afraid. It went back and forth, both guys hit their moves, there was a ref bump. Okay … but do something to GRAB me, y’know? I would still say it’s the best match you’ve written in this tournament though, which is a clear sign of improvements again … but it lacked that certain extra gear you need to find when it comes to a marquee WrestleMania match.

    I give you credit in that it only took ONE Raven Effect to put The Rock away, and The Rock never got to hit either of his big moves. But this is WrestleMania. You can take the shackles off a little. There was a lot of attempts at big moves, but really, only one was ever hit, and it’s not like anyone is buying a Samoan Drop or a running Bulldog as a REAL potential finish.

    You picked the right match to open the show with, as you’ve got four exciting workers that could get the show off to a hot start. Crowning new champions, and potentially moving into a new era for the division, as I expect if this were to continue, Edge and Christian would soon be splitting, especially with the post match stuff. The 619 as an actual finish, and not the set up was either a flub on your end, or a bad idea.

    Kane & Test didn’t interest me at all if I’m honest, and while I liked that you included details of spots in the ladder match, the writing of those spots was pretty dull, and it didn’t feel like a great, memorable WrestleMania moment, with the aftermath even falling kind of flat, but the win for Booker felt like … maybe not a “big” one, but it feels as if it could be taken as a sign that he’s someone who could be a bigger deal next year, if you get what I mean? It’s supposed to be a compliment, lol.

    I didn’t really like the over the top gimmickry in the Biker Chain match either. Taker finding the cash in Nick Patricks pocket just felt really hokey, but everything else from that point on was pretty strong. Rhyno & RVD would’ve delivered, no doubt and Scott Hall showing up at the end of Trips vs Austin was certainly WrestleMania worthy, and I enjoyed the slightly longer recap for the main event, so you finished strong. 7.5/10


    Description/detail

    So … I had a major issue here, and it’s the length. Not what you’ve written, but the length of the show itself. You had roughly 150 minutes of bell to bell wrestling on this show. I’ve an old post on another board when I was angry about the lack of Wrestling at WM 27, and I’ll use those details here to illustrate my point;


    Here's the (approximate) amount of actual minutes dedicated to wrestling since WM went four hours (XX was five hours long, thus, not included), using Wikipedia (XVI-XXVI), and PWTorch (XXVII)

    WrestleMania 19 - 133 minutes
    WrestleMania 17 - 125 minutes
    WrestleMania 22 - 123 minutes
    WrestleMania 16 - 118 minutes
    WrestleMania 25 - 116 minutes
    WrestleMania 18 - 116 minutes
    WrestleMania 26 - 112 minutes
    WrestleMania 21 - 107 minutes
    WrestleMania 24 - 106 minutes
    WrestleMania 27 - 102 minutes
    WrestleMania 23 - 99 minutes


    So you can see the issue here. You’ve nearly 20 minutes more of wrestling on your show than the WrestleMania with the most bell to bell wrestling, and nearly 35 minutes more than the actual WrestleMania you’ve taken on had. Ordinarily, if it’s a regular BTB, I’d look past it. But because, again, we’re in a head to head environment, and Ty meticulously laid his show out the way he did, I can’t overlook it here. You could trim at least 5 minutes off Flair/Angle, trim 5 off the Hardcore title match, 5 minutes off the tag title opener and a minute or two off the ladder match, Booker/Regal and even the Rock/Raven match. Fine margins here.

    Moving past that, some of the same issues from previous rounds cropped up here again, and it was needless spelling and grammar issues. That’s something that’s cost you points throughout the tournament, and it will do again here. It’s an area that could well cost you this tournament.

    Like I said earlier, your match writing skills have gotten better, round by round. I was especially impressed in the sequence where Rock had Raven in the Sharpshooter, and the way you described Raven’s actions, and his struggle was maybe the best piece of writing you’ve done throughout this tournament. Thought you nailed the length in your recaps too, without going overboard, and I liked the addition of the backstage segments – as there was always a lot of them back in the early 2000’s. 6.5/10


    TOTAL SCORE: 39/50
    It’s safe to say you’ve stepped up to the mark for the final, and closed the gap to just two points at the halfway stage. From my vantage point, this was mighty close
    in the end, so even if you do end up losing here, you can take a lot of positives from it. You’ve improved with each round, and proven yourself to be a worthy finalist. I hope you can use this tournament as a way to springboard into a BTB, as I suspect you’ll get a lot more eyeballs thanks to your efforts over the last three months.





    RUNNING TOTALS
    TY2J 41 - 39 LINGUISTIC TURN


    {Up next; the departing 2018 King of BTB casts his judgment, and ushers in the heir to the throne! Keefmoons scores to be posted imminently.}

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    Keefmoons FINAL Scores



    TY2J



    Presentation/formatting

    Your presentation has been immaculate all tournament, and this entry was no different. I love that you presented it as as a website entry, and the links, pictures and timestamps were a great touch. I did notice a couple of minor spelling mistakes, and the change in colours for wrestlers names early on didn’t make a great deal of sense to me, so I’m deducting minor marks for that. But overall, very strong in this area, as always.
    9.5/10


    Creativity

    I asked you to think outside the box with your era and company, as I felt that’s the one area you’ve maybe played it a little safe this tournament, and it paid off with TNA in 2010. I love that choice. Perhaps what’s best about it is it meant you had the opportunity to really break out of standard WWE booking, and allowed you to add the MMA influence in a couple of the matches (which was an excellent touch). Also, that you chose to write it like a newsletter entry was again out of the box, as was the angle and match being on YouTube, and Sting’s different types of facepaint, wasn’t something I’d ever thought of before, so kudos on the real creativity there.

    The two areas holding this score back, though, are firstly in the slightly formulaic builds and matches to some of the undercard (I’ll touch more on the dominant champions angles later, and I wasn’t enamoured with two quick knock out finishes in the first four matches), and the match you presented being slightly by-the-numbers. I liked the idea of AJ having trained for a new approach and debuting a submission, but it felt a little like an afterthought. What we were left with was a good match, but one that went pretty much exactly as I expected it to and without a great deal of, well, creativity.

    So overall, you score high for the concept, the way you presented it and the idea behind the big angle, but the straight match and the repetitive booking holds it back from the really high scores.
    8/10


    Storytelling/emotional investment

    The general storytelling of the entire entry was really good, and it worked because of the way you chose to present it. There were some great stories in the undercard, the Jarrett MMA bit leading to the post match showdown between Chael and Joe was spectacular, and actually probably the match you got me most pumped for (even though it didn’t happen on this card!). I liked the background to Angle and AJ too.

    The real success from a storytelling perspective for me was Wolfe/Sting. It’s not the most creative story in the world, but with the facepaint angle and the way the match was laid out, you added enough touches to really help the story flourish. For me, I think you missed the boat by not making the match for Sting and Wolfe as well. The little we saw of that match was to me far and away the most interesting STORY in this whole thing. Had that been the featured match, this section would be scoring big, big points.

    Choosing to run with AJ and Angle, though, means that score will be held back somewhat. It’s a point I’ve made a few times throughout this tournament, but I’m not looking for a good BTB story. I’m looking for an exhibition. Sting/Wolfe was a GREAT exhibition story, whereas AJ/Angle was a good BTB story. If this came at the end of a normal PPV, I’d have liked it a lot more. But for an exhibition there just wasn’t enough story in the match. It was a battle of two greats and one wins in the end. I thought some of the back-and-forth got a little dry after a while, because there wasn’t a real purpose behind what was happening. You had the right idea with commentary saying Angle needs to win quickly, or AJ having trained for a new approach, but neither was paid off all that strongly in my opinion. Again, had you leaned more in to that aspect, the score would be far higher.

    This means that the storytelling was good, but feels like a missed opportunity when the big marks were right there, and you went a different direction. Add in the repeated dominant champion/reigns of terror stories, and my score ends up being a little lower than I wish it was given the potential that was there.
    7.5/10


    Description/detail

    In terms of backstory/non-featured angles and matches, this was pretty much without fault. I got everything I needed to know to become interested without putting too much in. Brilliant. The Sting angle also got in and out without overstaying it’s welcome. It could have perhaps used a little more flesh on the bone, but again, it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted.

    The only reason I’m holding out from the absolute highest, highest marks is that the match itself got a little dry in places, leaning a little too much in to “this move happens, then this one”, without much in the way of why, of painting a picture, and using language to make it really pop. It made it “feel” quite long, even though the length wasn’t bad, which I put down to too much detail in move-and-counter-move. But, still, that aside this was almost exactly what I was looking for.
    9/10


    Anticipation

    This event really felt like an important deal. Based on the background, I wanted to see the Jarrett/Chael, Women’s/Joshi, AJ/Angle and especially Wolfe/Sting matches, and given those were some of the highest profile matches on the card, consider this job done. The last in those in particular really drew me in and made me want more. Perhaps the match I’m most excited for, though, is Chael/Joe, and I wonder if that match had been on this show rather than set up here if you’d have scored even higher.

    My excitement for the show was dampened a little, though, by having pretty much every single belt in a really long reign, particularly in the cases of Anderson, Kong and the Beautiful People, where we had hated dominant champions hold the belt for a long time and then lose them at this event. By having so many of those stories, it made them feel less special. I also felt both tag titles being defended in three-ways made them feel a bit undercooked, and the tag match would have been better off without LAX at all.

    The biggest miss in this area, though, was in the Sting/Wolfe match. At the risk of becoming redundant, to have drawn me in on that match and then not paid it off with it as the featured match was a shame. If there had been a little more sell on that angle, a little more background, and then you’d done that Sting/Wolfe match in more detail, you’d have scored big, big points here. As it is, it’s still a bloody good effort. 8/10



    TOTAL SCORE: 42/50
    This was a great entry. Even without the additional category, this is I believe the highest I’ve scored anyone so far, which just goes to show how you’ve continually built on the previous round every time. I love the decision to go with the era, loved the creativity of the angle, loved the MMA-influence, and loved the creativity of how you laid it all out. While there were some areas it still could have been improved upon, even those were kind of there in the entry, just not focused on like they could have been. And hey, I’m not expecting perfection here anyway. If this score is enough to give you the win, you’ll be a worthy King, that’s for sure.







    Spoiler:

    TY2J's COMBINED SCORE: 83/100
    {LinguisticTurn requires 44 points for victory}










    LINGUISTICTURN



    Formatting/presentation

    This looked good. It was kept relatively simple, but for the most part it works really well. I thought the format in the promo was excellent, and the background all looked great too. The match itself, while an upgrade from last time, was still perhaps missing something visually to really make it pop. But all in all, a good effort for this section.
    8.5/10


    Creativity

    You could have given me all week to guess what pairings people would choose and I wouldn’t have picked Rock and Raven in 2002. That is some off-the-charts zaniness right there, and means you’re going to score well in this section. Bravo for taking that risk, sir.

    You also get credit for the creativity of Raven’s rhetoric about the people using The Rock, and all the stuff with puppets. That was very cool. I also thought it was very outside-the-box to have someone like Madusa showing up, or Ric Flair headlining freakin’ Wrestlemania, or any number of matches you decided to go with.

    All that said, I thought the match itself was quite by-the-numbers. It was pretty much exactly what I thought a Rock and Raven match would be, which is good in a way, but means I can’t go as high as I might otherwise have done for creativity. I also found it a little strange that you had these weird aspects of history changing (like Raven in RTC, Madusa, etc), but kept some aspects like the way the Invasion played out. You score high here for the frankly batshit combinations you put together, none less so than our featured match, but had you followed that creativity all the way through you’d have topped out even higher. 9/10



    Storytelling/emotional investment

    I loved the story behind why this feud was happening, and what Raven brought to the table. I wish you’d given us the backstory to the feud before the promo, as it meant the impact was lessened by feeling like this was a completely nonsensical pairing that made more sense in hindsight. But the story behind them coming together, with Raven’s reasons behind targeting The Rock, was very good. I also thought that the variety of stories you told in the rest of the card were excellent, particularly in matches like Booker T and William Regal, which is absolutely not a match I’m interested in on paper but was sold well. Although Test versus Kane at Wrestlemania?! Built up with arm wrestling challenges?! C’mon, man!

    The real missed opportunity to me, though, was that it (again) didn’t follow through to the match. Where was Raven dominating The Rock and taunting him about how he was losing his powers? Where was Rocky refusing to die when all hope was lost? In fact, where was any indication of the story laid out before the match began? What we were given was a fairly basic heel/face match. A good one, sure, but that's not what I'm looking for. The pre-match story and the in-match story shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.

    I think the result of that was that Raven didn’t quite feel “earned” in this role. Had it carried on through the match then maybe it would, but as it was I was right on the cusp throughout the whole entry of buying Raven as this top guy, but was missing the final piece of the jigsaw that would have made it click. That was only amplified when Raven went over in the end, oddly. If the story is Rock is hitting rock bottom (pun intended), then the ending should be that he overcomes his demons and wins. If Raven is going over, he needs to beat The Rock at his best. But Raven beating Rock while he’s on a slump doesn’t make Raven feel like a big deal. That means I can’t give you as high a score as you so nearly deserve, even with the fun booking throughout the rest of the card and the interesting story behind the promo. 7.5/10



    Description/detail

    Largely speaking, you kept the backstories, the promo and the match to good lengths, but I felt the detail on the other matches were too long and I struggled to keep with them. I wasn’t particularly interested in the nuts and bolts of the matches as I was the story and what it all meant, and this was a little bit of a miss on that area.

    I thought you took a real step up in your ability to sell the moments better in the match compared to last round, so kudos on that. That you took that feedback and improved will definitely help your score, but we also fed back last time that there were numerous spelling/grammatical errors, and they were repeated here. “The most electrifying man in sports entertain”. “The Rock has seemingly has lost”. “Taking his pint up frustration”. I’d have really hoped those kind of things would have been ironed out by the final, because it’s such an unnecessary way to lose points.

    I also thought you did a great job with writing Raven’s part of the promo. The Rock, though, is a hard one to call. It’s a huge challenge to write for him and have it sound authentic, because he has such a distinct style and yet one that is hard to mimic in some ways. The little touches he adds (think his “Grandpa Jimmy Jack Jericho” line against Y2J back in the day) are what makes it feel authentic, and I give you credit for trying to hit those points yourself (e.g. Coach and the ventriloquism), but think the execution was super close, but just not quite there in the same way it was for Raven.
    7/10


    Anticipation

    The Rock versus Raven in 2002, with Rock on a downward slope and Raven trying to mess with his head over it? Hell yeah I’m interested in that match. As soon as I saw the people involved you had my interest.

    I also really liked that every match had a purpose, that it was varied, that you paced the card well meaning the anticipation for each match had peaks and troughs (as it should), and you clearly had your big time matches and your smaller ones. In terms of flat out booking, very strong.

    However, as much as I love the creativity and love the story behind some of them, a 2002 card with Ric Flair as the Number One Contender in the main event, Raven in the semi-main and undercard matches like Kane versus Test and William Regal versus Booker T doesn’t have me rushing out to get my wallet, you know? The storytelling to put this card together is immaculate, but to a certain degree falls short of possibly the most important criteria – I don’t really want to see any of the matches. Add in a Hogan/Rock level match (Austin versus Hogan in the main event?), and this card suddenly carries a lot more weight. 7.5/10



    TOTAL SCORE: 39.5/50

    I loved a lot about this entry. It was right on the cusp of that real elite level that would be needed to win the tournament, but narrowly missed out on a couple of key areas to get you there. However, as with pretty much every single one of your other entries, you really won me over and impressed me. I honestly bow down to your thought process of putting these two people together, and the way you made it work. I haven’t seen Wolf’s so don’t know the final tally, but given I’ve scored Ty higher, if this isn’t enough to get you the win I can at least say it’s genuinely been a pleasure reading your entries and you’ve gained a new fan in me. Congrats on a fantastic tournament.









    FINAL SCORES
    TY2J 83 - 78.5 LINGUISTIC TURN



    ARISE, KING TY!!

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