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    Re: WWE: The Brand Era



    Event Type: Television Show
    Date: April 29, 2002
    Location: Buffalo, New York
    Announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler




    D’Lo Brown def. Mr. Perfect via disqualification - Two former WWF Intercontinental Champions, picking up wins last night meet up here, as they look to keep their momentum going. It’s a balanced contest that gets spoiled by the interference of Shawn Stasiak--Mr.Perfect’s Backlash opponent last night--who’s in a bad mood. Stasiak would run-in during a run by D’Lo, clobbering him from behind before tossing him from the ring. Stasiak was truly after Perfect though and caught him as he was a bit dazed before connecting with a hangman’s neckbreaker leaving him flat in the center of the ring. Stasiak had his chest puffed out as he looked down at Perfect and backed out of the ring. He yelled that Perfect wasn’t so perfect now as he backed up the ramp. (Match time - 3:29)


    The Hardy Boyz def. The Dudley Boz (Trish Stratus and Stacy Keibler barred from ringside) - With last night's match being determined by activity outside the ring, these two rival teams meet up again to settle the score, but without Trish or Stacey near the contest. This match goes back and forth with all four men getting in some good offense as both sides use frequent tags. However, a late rally by The Hardyz got them the victory as Jeff pinned D-Von after The Hardyz delivered an Extreme Combination. The Hardyz were stoked with getting the win tonight after last night’s sour loss. The Dudleyz were left pissed in the ring after receiving yet another loss to their rivals. (Match time - 4:08)


    Tazz vs. The Big Show - This match is ruled a No Contest after Big Boss Man with his nightstick and Hardcore Holly with a chair, interfere and start laying into the competitors, despite them being at odds last Raw. They’d separate the two before keying in on Show and taking him out. With Show down, they’d turn their focus to Tazz, who still put up a fight before receiving another barrage of strikes. It became apparent Tazz was the target the entire time as they brought him outside the ring and continued their assault. They spouted about Tazz claiming to be a tough guy, but he’s not such a tough guy now. Backstage crew came rushing down to Tazz’s aid who appeared to have an arm injury. (Match time - 4:37)


    Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) def. Tommy Dreamer - Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman would come to the ring as Heyman would rave about Lesnar’s destruction of Diamond Dallas Page last night at Backlash. Heyman says won’t be back in the WWF for a while because he’ll be at home nursing his wounds and explaining to his children who the monster in their nightmares is. Heyman says that monster is Brock Lesnar and he’s very, very real. Lesnar stands in the ring looking very intimidating. Heyman says he knows after Lesnar’s match last night, no one in the WWF wants a match against him, but he’ll humor himself and ask the question anyways. He asks if there’s anyone in the back who’s willing to come out and challenge Brock Lesnar tonight. A few moments go by and Heyman is about to say how right he was when Tommy Dreamer comes down to the ring.

    Heyman isn’t surprised to see Dreamer and the two would exchange a few words about their history. Dreamer tells Heyman he didn’t come out there to talk, as he shifted his attention to Lesnar. He says he came out here to face off against his boy. Dreamer and Lesnar stare off a few moments before Lesnar looks over at Heyman. Heyman has a look of joy on his face as he nods at Lesnar and we see him mouth to Lesnar (destroy him.) Heyman smirks as he looks over at Dreamer and lifts the mic to tell him good luck. The bell would ring and Dreamer and Lesnar both charged each other as Dreamer would duck under a big lariat before spinning Lesnar around and delivering a flurry of punches, knocking Lesnar back a bit towards the ropes.

    But as he attempted to clothesline Lesnar over the ropes, Lesnar would grab onto him and in a one quick, fluid motion deliver an overhead belly-to-belly suplex towards the center of the ring. As Dreamer lay bent with his hand on his back, favoring it, Lesnar grabbed at his jaw, shaking off the effect of Dreamer’s attack pretty quickly. Lesnar would slowly stalk Dreamer from behind as Dreamer stirred. Lesnar would jerk him up like a man that weighed much less and rammed him into the corner with his shoulder before delivering several shoulder charges to the midsection. Dreamer collapsed to the mat as Lesnar backed away, before Lesnar dragged Dreamer by an arm to the center of the ring and lifted him to his shoulders to deliver an F-5. Lesnar would then make the cover for the 3 count. Post-match, Lesnar would meet up with Heyman near the apron, as they backed up the ramp. Heyman yelled back towards Dreamer (too easy) as he dusted off his hands. (Match time - 1:01)



    Trish Stratus def. Torrie Wilson via pinfall after connecting with Stratusfaction. - Now away from The Hardyz and doing her own thing, Trish would be in singles competition against Torrie, who was having her first match since the draft. Torrie would get a bit of offense in, but it was Trish who was much hungrier and impressive tonight as she picked up the victory. (Match time - 2:23)


    Regal would meet Raw General Manager, Ric Flair, in Flair's office earlier in the night, stating he’s taken a look at the latest Championship Opportunity point tally and that Raven and Undisputed WWF Champion, Triple H are both qualified to challenge him for the WWF United States Championship. He tells Flair that Raven is a ruffian and isn’t worthy to face him for his WWF United States Championship and that Triple H is already champion and quite frankly would just be greedy to challenge for his championship as well. Flair tells Regal that it isn’t up to Regal to decide who can challenge him for the WWF United States Championship and that if Raven or Triple H have the qualifying points, which they do, then they can challenge Regal for the WWF United States Championship if they so please.

    Regal stares flustered at Flair. Flair tells Regal to settle down and that Raven nor Triple H have made such a request and that Regal should prepare himself for a match against someone else tonight, someone he's never faced before. Regal looks curious, asking who and Flair tells him he’ll find out when everyone else does later tonight. Regal huffs and walks off while Flair has a big grin on his face. When the match came, Regal would await his opponent in the ring as Raw General Manager Ric Flair was still smiling as he introduced Regal’s opponent as a third generation wrestler, the grandson of Bob Orton Sr. and the son of Bob Orton Jr., Randy Orton. Flair would shake Orton’s hand after he came out and met Flair on the stage. Flair wished him good luck and gave him a slap on the rear before Orton made his way down the ramp. Regal didn’t look impressed.


    William Regal def. Randy Orton via pinfall after connecting with the Regal-Plex. - An impressive WWF debut for the young Randal Keith Orton, as he’d give Regal more than he bargained for tonight. However Regal would kick it up late, determined not to lose two nights in a row and especially not to a rookie during his debut match. Post-match, Regal grimaced as he looked down at the rookie, as he made his exit towards the ropes, knowing Orton came this close to an upset tonight. (Match time - 5:36)


    Chris Jericho def. HHH - A great contest was going on that could’ve gone either way until The nWo decided to show up and ensure it didn’t go in HHH’s behalf. Jericho would notice the trio’s arrival and decided to inadvertently take the ref out, allowing The nWo to do their work. They didn’t waste time afterwards going after the champ, who held his own momentarily before it became a numbers game. After getting jumped, HHH would be laid out by a Kevin Nash Jackknife powerbomb. Jericho would survey the field in which The nWo would signal he’s not their target. Jericho was delighted to get the scraps and cover the champ as the ref came to, to make the 3 count. Post-match, The nWo would make their way up the ramp before turning to see HHH slowly pulling himself up by the ropes and fuming as he stared back up at The nWo. (Match time - 8:40)



    Other Notes:


    WWF Undisputed Champion, Triple H would come down to the ring to start the show. He talked about coming out on top in his battle against The nWo last night and that, that was all over now and that he was heading for new horizons. Chris Jericho would interrupt the champ and make his way down to the ring, in a flashy attire. Jericho had a mic in hand already and met HHH in the center of the ring. He tells HHH if anyone should be starting the show tonight it should be him. He says he’s the man who made Hulk Hogan tap out last night, asking HHH what did he do. He answers that question telling HHH he had to get help from two other men, beat a guy who was defenseless. He says that was a weak move and asks HHH if that’s the kind of champion he is. HHH looks on. Jericho looks back smirking before talking about the history between the two of them, stating it was just last month when HHH got lucky and beat him for his Undisputed WWF Championship.

    He gets closer to HHH and looks into his eyes and points his finger on HHH’s championship and reminds him he was the very first WWF Undisputed Champion and that’s in the record books and there’s nothing he can do about it. He says and with HHHÂ’s ego being the only thing of his bigger than his nose, he knows that eats at him. Jericho continues to mock. HHH collects himself and raises his mic to remind Jericho that he does remember Jericho having to get help from his wife Stephanie to try to keep the WWF Undisputed Championship, but what he remembers most of all was beating Jericho’s ass, 1..2..3 in the center of this ring to become the new WWF Undisputed Champion. Jericho scowls and takes a moment before telling HHH things are different now and that he could beat him tonight for the WWF Undisputed Championship if it wasn’t for the technicality of not having enough Championship Opportunity points saving his ass.

    HHH tells Jericho how about they worry about competing for the WWF Undisputed Championship down the line and instead face off tonight to determine just who the better man is and let’s not wait, let’s do it right now. Jericho lifts the mic and all haughty says to HHH (yeah, you want to do it right now?!) before halfway taking off his vest with no shirt underneath and then pauses before putting it back on. Jericho slowly backs away while shaking his head no, mouthing (not on HHH’s time, but his) as he drops the mic and turns to drop from the ring. HHH shakes his head and watches as Jericho arrogantly walks back up the ramp.



    Lance Storm and Justin Credible are backstage discussing their lack of success since the draft when their conversation suddenly stops as their attention is pulled away to someone approaching. The camera pans out to reveal it’s Dawn Marie. Dawn says she overheard them talking about how rough things have been lately and she tells them she’s been watching from afar herself. Storm and Credible look happy to see her as they greet each other, saying it’s been a while. Dawn looks at both of them and tells them that things are going to change for them now as she has just the solution. Storm and Credible are all ears as the scene shifts away.


    JR announces that Raw General Manager has booked WWF Undisputed Champion Triple H against Chris Jericho for the main event in a non-title match.


    Tazz is in the trainers office getting his right arm bandaged, but gets frustrated and hops off the table and burst out of the room, yelling for Big Boss Man and Hardcore Holly. Backstage crew surround him as he’s shoving guys with one arm, but eventually relents after having some sense talked into him and heads back into the trainers office, however still pissed off.


    Edge is walking backstage when he pauses and looks over. The camera pans to show Raven sitting on a guardrail as he leans up against a wall. Edge slowly walks up to Raven and congratulates him on his win against his brother last night, before bringing up their match last Raw and how the result could’ve gone another way had outside interference not gotten involved. Raven didn’t acknowledge Edge and kept looking out into his own world. Edge waited a moment and then put his hand up waving it near Raven’s face asking (Hello, earth to Raven, is anybody home?) Raven continued to stare out into his own world. Edge would say (Dude, what’s your deal?!)

    After a moment, Raven looks over at Edge telling him he thinks he’s different from his brother Christian, but he’s not. He says the both of them concern themselves with superficial things, calling them vain. He tells Edge he needs validation from others in order to feel good about himself, while he understands the meaningless of validation as it comes from a source that is bankrupt. Raven tells Edge he wanted his attention, but what he should have sought was to understand him, but that Edge could never understand him because of his lack of experience and depth. He tells Edge perhaps the next time they meet in the ring will be an experience he finds enlightening. Raven returns to his own world as the camera zooms in on Edge looking on in thought as the scene shifts.



    WWF Women’s Champion Jazz meets up with Raw General Manager, Ric Flair in his office. Jazz tells Flair she feels disrespected as the WWF Women’s Champion, for not having a match last night at Backlash and demands an explanation. Flair puts his hands up asking Jazz to calm down and that he hears her. He tells her, her next pay-per-view match should be her defending her WWF Women’s Championship and there just weren’t any women who qualified last night. He tells her at their next pay-per-view Vengeance, he’ll make sure there’s a worthy and qualified opponent to meet her in the ring. Jazz doesn’t seem all too satisfied, but accepts Flair’s word for now. She gives Flair a stern look before turning and walking away. Flair wipes his brow and blows a whistle-like exhale.


    Hulk Hogan came down to the ring to address the fans. Hogan looked a bit discouraged. He told the Buffalo audience and all the Hulkamaniacs around the world that after 25 years he thinks the road may be over. He says after losing to The Rock at WrestleMania and then to Chris Jericho last night at Backlash, who are incredible competitors, he looks towards the back and says (yes even you Chris Jericho), he just doesn’t quite have it anymore. He says he thinks it’s time to take off the red and yellow, the bandana and hang up the ole boots. Before Hogan can continue he’s cut off by Christian who comes to the stage with a mic already stating why he’s out there. He tells Hogan to pump his brakes and to lose the sad face because the two of them needed to have a conversation. Hogan stares on at Christian as he enters the ring and approaches him. Christian tells Hogan there’s no need for him to introduce himself because he knows Hogan already knows who he is.

    He says he was watching and listening in the back as Hogan was putting him to sleep and then he had an epiphany. He says if The Rock and Chris Jericho can beat Hogan and considering the fact that he’s better than the both of them, then he knows he can beat Hulk Hogan, he says exaggeratingly. Hogan stands with his hands on his hips looking at Christian and out into the crowd after Christian’s remarks. Christian then raises his voice and points to himself telling Hogan to look at him. He tells Hogan he can hang up his boots for all he cares, but it will be after losing to him. Hogan looks at Christian and raises his mic asking him if he’s done. Christian gives a standing his ground type motion. Hogan tells Christian he’s faced a lot of great competitors over the years, naming Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, (he puts an emphasis on Ric Flair), The Rock, Chris Jericho, you name 'em and there’s a big (Hogan is long on big) difference between them and him.

    Christian doesn’t like this, looking out into the crowd. Hogan tells Christian all of those guys had it and he just doesn’t. Christian interjects and says there is a difference between all of those guys and him and that’s that he’s got all of the tools, he’s got it all where they come up short. Hogan shakes his head. Christian tells Hogan he’ll keep his losing streak going by ending his own. He says and he’s sure Raw General Manager will agree with him and approve their match for let’s say next week on Raw. Christian extends his hand for an agreement. Hogan looks down at it and then out into the crowd before looking back at Christian. Hogan then connects with the handshake and comes in close on Christian with the mic to his mouth and tells Christian he’ll see him next week. Christian smirks as he stood looking at Hogan eye-to-eye before pulling away, but Hogan kept a tight grip of Christian’s hand and pulled him back in close. Hogan dropped his mic and had some words for Christian as he nodded his head. Nearly nose-to-nose, Christian tried to stand like he belonged there with Hogan, as he’d have some words for Hogan the mic didn’t pick up.





    Championship Opportunity Points


    Triple H - 6 points
    Raven - 6 points
    Tazz - 5 points
    Brock Lesnar - 5 points
    Edge - 4 points
    Kane - 4 points
    The Big Show - 4 points
    Jeff Hardy - 4 points
    Matt Hardy - 4 points
    Chris Jericho - 4 points
    Trish Stratus - 3 points
    Big Boss Man - 2 points
    Bubba Ray Dudley - 2 points
    D-Von Dudley - 2 points
    Mr. Perfect - 2 points
    Stone Cold Steve Austin - 2 points
    D'Lo Brown - 2 points
    Jazz - 2 point
    Diamond Dallas Page - 1 point
    Kevin Nash - 1 point
    Scott Hall - 1 point
    X-Pac - 1 point
    Christian - 1 point
    William Regal - 1 point





    Event: Television Show
    Date: May 2, 2002
    Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman



    Gauntlet For Gold Tournament


    Match 1 - Billy Kidman def. The Hurricane (w/Mountain Man) - We kick off the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament with two up and coming cruiserweights and they don’t fail to provide an exciting, fast paced match tonight. This one could’ve gone either way until Kidman would counter the Eye of the Hurricane with an inverted suplex before heading up top and connecting with the Shooting Star Press. Post-match, Michael Cole would put both Kidman and Hurricane over after the match. (Match time - 4:04)


    Match 2 - Billy Kidman def. Scottie 2 Hotty (w/Rikishi) - Despite having just competed in a match, Kidman was in control of this one for most of the contest. Scotty would connect with The Worm late and made a cover, but was too excited and forgot to pull Kidman--who was too close to the ropes--away. Kidman’s left leg was under the ropes causing the ref to call a rope break. Kidman would get off a bit more offense before putting Scotty away with his second Shooting Star Press of the tournament. Post-match, Cole would continue to give Kidman praise saying he continues to add valuable championship points to his back pocket, while Coach said he’s still not impressed and that he hasn’t beaten anybody yet. (Match time - 1:46)


    Match 3A - Billy Kidman vs. A-Train - As A-Train comes down the ramp, Scotty 2 Hotty slowly walks up to him. With the two inches apart, A-Train laughs as he looks down at Scotty. But Scotty has a serious look on his face as he peers up at A-Train. A-Train asks Scotty if he’s going to cry before shoving him backwards, where he’s caught by Rikishi. A-Train continues to laugh and this sets off Scotty who darts at A-Train with a flying forearm to the face, knocking him back a bit. Rikishi would join in and he and Scotty would lay into A-Train, as weeks of anger boiled over, fighting A-Train to the back and preventing him from competing in the tournament.


    Match 3B - Rob Van Dam def. Billy Kidman - Endurance would become a factor in Kidman’s third match as he faced a fresh WWF Intercontinental Champion, RVD. Kidman got his spots, impressing against the champ, but didn’t have enough left in the tank as RVD’s offense was too much. It would be RVD’s going up top to finish this one off instead of Kidman, as he’d connect with the 5-Star Frog Splash before making the cover for the 3-count. Post-match, RVD would help Kidman to his feet and the two would fist bump before Kidman left the ring. Post-match, Cole would put over Kidman for his effort against RVD and the overall showing he had in the tournament, but claimed RVD would’ve been a tall order even for a fresh Kidman. Coach would rant about Kidman fist bumping the guy who’d just beat him in a match, saying he lacked the competitive edge to make it in the WWF. He also says RVD won’t be WWF Intercontinental Champion for too much longer being friends with all of his opponents. (Match time - 3:13)


    Quarterfinal Match - Rob Van Dam def. The Undertaker - In a rivalry going back to late last year, involving the WWF Hardcore Championship and there last battle taking place two weeks ago in a tag team match which saw Taker’s team come out on top, the WWF Intercontinental Champion would look to get one back on Big Evil. Taker was vocal about RVD not respecting him as he’d get the upper hand early, connecting with soup bones and punishing RVD with his arsenal. However, RVD took the licks and kept getting back up, infuriating Taker more. RVD would make a babyface comeback after Taker got hung up on the ropes.

    RVD would go on a run, sending Taker back in his heels until his leg-feed feint enzuigiri was countered with a chokeslam attempt. Taker would stall as his attention was now on Booker T who'd just ran down the ramp and hopped on the apron, looking to settle unfinished business with Taker from last week. Taker would throw RVD to the side and step to Booker, as the two would have charged words at the ropes. Tensions were high, but no blows were dealt until Taker had his back turned too long, allowing RVD to connect with a surprise German suplex and then a rolling thunder senton combination. With Taker down, RVD would look up top to finish this one off as he’d climb to the top turnbuckle and connect with the 5-Star Frog Splash before making the cover for the 3-count.

    Post-match, a few moments would go by before Taker began to stir and slowly get to his feet only to be dropped again by a Scissors Kick from Booker T. Book had some words for Taker as he stared down at him laying flat on the mat. He’d be satisfied with a bit of comeuppance before dropping down out of the ring and heading to the back, looking intense as he never looked back towards the ring. Coach scolded Booker for ruining a great match and costing The Undertaker points and a championship as he was the clear favorite to win it all. Cole said it was The Undertaker who turned his attention away from RVD for too long while also praising RVD for advancing and earning more championship points. Coach says RVD didn’t earn this win or his point. (Match time - 5:30)



    Semifinal Match - Rob Van Dam def. Tajiri - This one would start with the WWF Intercontinental and WWF Cruiserweight Champion, circling the ring. Knowing RVD had just competed in two matches, Tajiri would show RVD good sportsmanship and allow him a moment to catch his breath. They’d begin by locking up in the center of the ring before getting into some chain wrestling and coming to stalemate. They’d take steps back and regroup before going at it again with the fresher man, the WWF Cruiserweight Champion, getting the upper hand. Tajiri would go on a run, but failed to get the 3-count after connecting with a handspring back elbow, followed by a shining wizard. Tajiri would lock in The Tarantula and look to put the worn out RVD away, after sizing him up for The Buzzsaw Kick, but RVD had the wherewithal to counter with a step-over spinning heel kick, knocking Tajiri to the mat.

    RVD would connect with a rolling thunder leg drop before dragging himself up to the top turnbuckle once more and taking off for one more 5-Star Frog Splash, connecting on the WWF Cruiserweight Champion. RVD would then make the cover for the 3-count. Post-match, Cole would put RVD over for winning his third straight match against quality competition despite the amount of energy he’s exerted so far. Coach says RVD may have gotten some lucky breaks so far, but that all ends now as he sees RVDÂ’s next opponent coming out. (Match time - 3:08)



    Final Match - Eddie Guerrero def. Rob Van Dam - RVD is visibly gassed for this championship match against Eddie and Eddie is all smiles as he realizes it. Eddie toys with RVD to start things off, as RVD starts off on the defensive to conserve energy. RVD would change his approach to go more offensive and Eddie would become more aggressive. Eddie would begin to wear RVD down with holds and slams, each taking more and more out of the WWF Intercontinental Champion. Still, RVD would kick out of Eddie’s pin attempts, but he didn’t appear to be bothered as he seemed to still be having fun with RVD as he thought he had this one in the bag. This was evident when Eddie would take too long to connect with Splash Mountain, parading around the ring RVD in the air. This allowed RVD to counter by sending them both flying over the top ropes and crashing to the floor below.

    Though more damage dealt to RVD, this gave him much needed time to rest up. Still, RVD knew he had to go on the offensive first to get back into this and got to his feet before Eddie. The WWF Intercontinental Champion would dig down into his reserves as he’d lay into Eddie. They’d end up near the announce table where RVD would clear the table and toss Eddie onto. RVD looked like he was thinking of a big move as he adjusted Eddie to lay perpendicular to the table with his shoulders just hanging off. RVD would drag himself to the steps and seemed to be thinking of going to the top turnbuckle but then decided to climb onto the apron instead. RVD would take a moment to size Eddie up before somehow connecting a discus leg drop. Eddie rolls and falls off the table as RVD looks to be on his last reserves.

    RVD lay looking at Eddie, knowing he has to find the strength to get Eddie back into the ring before the 10-count. RVD would slowly drag Eddie towards the ring with the count winding down and slid him into the ring and would just slide in himself at a late 9-count. Eddie lay on his stomach a bit further from the ropes than RVD and began grabbing his neck and signaling for the refs help. The ref would go check on Eddie who just laid there grabbing and pointing to his neck as the ref was up close to his face trying to hear him. Moments would go by as the ref continued to check on Eddie and RVD would slowly get to his feet and with tired steps go to see how Eddie was doing. The ref would then go to the ropes to talk to the scorekeeper as it seemed he was about to call off the match due to Eddie not being able to continue.

    RVD would turn his back to Eddie as he was listening in on the ref’s conversation, when Eddie will himself up and stumble over to RVD, showing the effects of the match, before dropping down below RVD and giving him a low blow. RVD would cuff his groin and fall to his side in pain. As Eddie was already back on his stomach. The ref would turn to see about the commotion and Eddie would look up and drag himself onto RVD. The ref was hesitant as not knowing what had occurred but Eddie made the cover and therefore had to make the 3-count. Post-match, Eddie has a big grin on his face as he sat on his knees, the winner of the Gauntlet for Gold Tournament. Coach can’t stop gushing over Eddie’s win. Cole points out Eddie’s underhanded low blow on RVD to win this one, but Coach brushes it off.

    Eddie would get to his feet, mocking by motioning the low blow he just gave RVD as the ref checks on RVD. When Kurt Angle climbs through the ropes and stalks up behind Eddie before dropping him with a big Angle Slam. Angle is upset he wasn’t a part of the tournament and shouts about how tonight was supposed to be his big night at home and Eddie and RVD had to go and ruin it. Kurt sees the ref checking on RVD and isn’t done as he goes over and shoves the ref out of the way. Angle then lifts RVD up and drops him to the mat as well with an Angle Slam. Angle would then drop down from the ring and backpedal up the ramp smirking as he stared back at Eddie and RVD who were laid out. (Match time - 7:15)




    Other Notes:


    Maven confronts Stevie Richards in the locker room about the rumor that he was the one who attacked him. Richards tells Maven it was him and he tells him while he was gone, he was finally getting matches and wins and wins equals points. He tells Maven Vince McMahon told him to make an opportunity for himself and he did. He tells Maven things haven’t been so good for him since the attack, looking around and asking Maven where his WWF Hardcore Championship is. Maven loses it and tackles Stevie Richards. The two go at it on the locker room floor, until a group of wrestlers break them apart. Still being restrained, Maven continues to shout at Richards, who has calmed down and been let go. Richards looks over at Maven and rubs his hands through his hair and smugly tells Maven later before walking out of the locker room.


    We go to the back and see Kurt Angle barging into Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s office. Angle tells Vince tonight is the big night for Smackdown to really show Raw just who has the better competition and the better brand. He says and what better way to do that than for him to win the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament right here in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Angle is pumped as he stares at Vince, eagerly for a response. Vince tells Angle he appreciates his passion, but reminds Angle that competitors in the tournament will be chosen at random. Angle nudges Vince with his elbow, suggesting him being a definite random pick. Vince looks at Angle square and tells him if he gets the draw he’ll be in. Angle expects more, but Vince leaves it flat. Angle has an optimistic attitude and tells Vince he’ll win the tournament and dedicate it to him before leaving Vince’s office. Vince exhales through his nose as he looks on.


    Smackdown’s #1 Announcer, Funaki, interviews new WWF Hardcore Champion, Perry Saturn, backstage asking Saturn on what’s next for him as the WWF Hardcore Champion. Saturn says with the WWF Hardcore Championship being the only championship a competitor doesn’t need championship points to compete for, he’s going to go out to the ring each and every week and defend his championship against any challenger who steps up.


    Cole talks about the altercation between Maven and Stevie Richards earlier and how Richards revealed he was the one to take out Maven, who’s been on a decline ever since. Coach says Vince gave Richards his stamp of approval to make an opportunity for himself and he did that and has been doing pretty well since. Cole said he’s sure that’s not what Vince was talking about when he told him to make an opportunity for himself. Cole announces that a match between Maven and Stevie Richards will take place next week.


    We see Kurt Angle watching the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament on a monitor backstage and he’s looking a bit antsy. He’s talking to himself saying it’s getting late in the tournament and he hasn’t gotten a draw yet. He assures himself that Vince McMahon will come through and make sure he’s in the tournament tonight as that’s what everyone in Pittsburgh wants to see.


    Molly Holly would make her way down to the announce table before one of the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament matches began. Cole asks Molly if she’s out to do commentary. Molly gets sassy with Cole and tells him she’s out there to talk about herself. Coach gets Molly’s side and welcomes her to speak her mind, while scolding Cole for being rude. Molly thanks Coach and then goes on to talk about last week when she defeated Lita in the ring, one, two, three, showing everyone just who the top woman is in the Women’s Division. Cole stated although he doesn’t agree with her attitude and behavior, he thinks the WWF Women’s Champion, Jazz has something to say about that. Coach would get on Cole again about being rude, before agreeing with Molly about how great she is. A few moments later, Lita would come racing down the stage. making a b-line for the announce table. As got near the ring, Molly would make a quick getaway over the barricade and towards the exit as Lita would give chase.


    We got to Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s office and WWF Undisputed Champion, Triple H, enters and walks within inches of Vince. There’s tension between them as Triple H stares at Vince, who stares back at Triple H. Vince looks at Triple H's championship on his shoulders and tells him not to get too comfortable with that championship because soon someone from his brand, Smackdown, is going to earn ten points and not only challenge him for the WWF Undisputed Championship, but will defeat him for it. Triple H smirks and says that’s actually what he came to speak to him about. He says although his business with The nWo over on Raw isn’t over, he’s still handling his business on Smackdown. He says although no one on Smackdown has qualified for a WWF Undisputed Championship match yet, he sees that Insurrextion is just over two weeks away and he wants a match.

    Vince gets haughty with Triple H and tells him he’ll make damn sure he has his match. Vince tells Triple this isn’t Raw and that he won’t have any partners to help him against his opponent, although he’ll wish he had it when he goes up against the best competition in the WWF which is here on Smackdown. Triple H leans into Vince’s face and tells him to send them, before walking out the office. Vince looks on with a silly grin on his face. We see Triple H heading out of Vince’s office when he’s cut off by Test, who gets face to face with him. The two just stare at each other with a little tension there before Triple H tells Test (anytime) before walking off. Test looks on with a grimace.



    We see Kurt Angle in the same spot backstage watching another Gauntlet For Gold Tournament match and he’s even more impatient. He’s complaining and says he’s about to go speak with Vince and as he goes to walk off he gets cut off by Goldust, who does his weird inhale/exhale into Angle’s face, causing Angle to jerk back. Goldust tells Angle he overheard him talking about not gaining an entry in the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament yet and brings up how the tournament was his idea. Goldust then gets sidetracked, looking off into his own world rambling about gold when Angle yells at him, telling him he doesn’t have time for this and asks him what it is that he wants.

    Goldust regains his focus and says how delightful it would be if somehow the both of them ended up meeting in the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament Championship. Goldust states that no one appreciates gold more than them, with Kurt Angle being an Olympic Gold Medalist and himself being engulfed in gold. Goldust starts feeling all over himself, disgusting Angle, who calls Goldust a freak and storms off. The camera zooms in on Goldust’s face who says he must have it and he slits his eyes staring in Angle’s direction.



    Championship Opportunity Points

    Triple H - 6 points
    Rob Van Dam - 5 points
    Perry Saturn - 4 points
    A-Train - 3 points
    Eddie Guerrero - 3 points
    Billy Kidman - 3 points
    Tajiri - 2 points
    Booker T - 2 points
    Bradshaw - 2 points
    Faarooq - 2 points
    Stevie Richards - 2 points
    Molly Holly - 2 points
    Jazz - 2 point
    Maven - 1 point
    Lita - 1 point
    Billy - 1 point
    Chuck - 1 point
    The Undertaker - 1 point
    Ivory - 1 point




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    Event Type: Television Show
    Date: May 6, 2002

    Location: Hartford, Connecticut
    Announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler


    Randy Orton vs. Tommy Dreamer - The rookie Orton would look to build on his impressive performance from last week in his loss against William Regal, as he takes on Tommy Dreamer in this one. Orton gets in some nice spots, but does make some mistakes and Dreamer would let him know it via body language to go along with his countering ring work. What was shaping up to be a really competitive contest was ruined when Lance Storm and Justin Credible came down to the ring and pulled Orton from the ring before jumping him on the outside, as Dawn Marie shouted them on. They’d ram Orton into the barricade--back first--taking him out, just as Dreamer joined the fray. Dreamer would go at Storm and Credible with hard punches, knocking them back a bit, but the numbers game would soon take over and they’d whip Dreamer--back first--into the ring apron, taking him out.

    Marie stood between her guys and raised their arms as the trio backed up the ramp. Storm and Credible looked the most satisfied they’ve been since the Brand Era began, as Marie had a devious smirk on her face. Post-match, JR says if Storm and Credible wanted to make an impression, they should do it in an official match and not ruin a competitive contest like they just did. Lawler says Storm and Credible didn’t have a match scheduled tonight and they picked their spot and made an impact. JR says nevertheless, Dawn Marie may just be the difference maker for getting things going for them. Lawler says he’s sure Marie can get things going.. (Match time - 3:38)



    Trish Stratus vs. Jacqueline - Both women would look to gain traction on earning Championship Opportunity points, as Trish already has a head start with 3 points. This one would start out as two faces engaging in a game of “one-upmanship” before the competitiveness kicked it up a notch and both women went for the win. Jackie would remind us of how tough she is, taking it to Trish for a few moments, but Trish would fight back, getting her some good offense in before putting Jackie away with a Stratusfaction. Post-match, Trish would celebrate on the turnbuckle with fans as JR says she continues to build momentum and accumulate Championship Opportunity points and is beginning to separate herself as the next challenger for the WWF Women’s Champion, Jazz. Lawler adds on to what JR was saying a bit but then gets distracted by puppies.. (Match time - 4:55)


    Big Show vs. Hardcore Holly w/Big Boss Man - Show would look to get revenge on Hardcore after he and Boss Man attacked him and Tazz during their match last week. Hardcore went at Show fast, trying to break him down with numerous strikes. Show’s offense was stalled a bit as he played defense to push Hardcore back, while having to deal with Boss Man’s interference. Eventually, Show’s strength advantage pushed through and he’d put Hardcore away via pinfall after connecting with a Chokeslam. Post-match, Boss Man would break Show down with his nightstick. Moments later, Hardcore would recover and join in the jumping. After a few moments of this, Tazz rushes down the ramp, arm in a sling and all and pushes Hardcore and Boss Man back. Boss Man tried to take Tazz out with his nightstick, but Tazz snatched it away and swung at Boss Man, who ducked just in time and rolled out of the ring.

    Hardcore would rush Tazz, who’d give Hardcore a strike to the gut with the nightstick, causing Hardcore to keel over. Tazz would toss the nightstick to the side and pull Hardcore down to the mat with a one-armed Tazzmission. However, Tazz wasn’t able to lock in the full force of the maneuver with one arm and Hardcore would wiggle himself free and roll out of the ring. Boss Man stood midway up the ramp--pissed--as he stood back at Tazz. Hardcore held his throat as he coughed trying to catch his breath, while making his way towards the ramp. Tazz would throw Boss Man’s nightstick towards him, pissing him off even more. Show would recover and give Tazz a nod for the save. Tazz looked intense as he stared back towards Boss Man and Hardcore. JR put Tazz over as being one of the toughest SOBs in the WWF, who’d be a threat to any competitor in the back. Lawler says he knows a few guys in the back tougher than Tazz. (4:29)



    Hulk Hogan vs. Christian - Prior to his match against Hogan, Christian went throughout the back telling anyone who would listen how he was about to win the biggest match of his career tonight and that it was the true main event of the night of epic proportions. Terri interviewed Hogan backstage, where she talked about him almost retiring last week, the buzz around him tapping to Jericho and asked him what his plans were if he were to lose to Christian tonight. Hogan took a moment to think it over and said Jericho is a heck of a talent and he was the better man in their match to submit him. He says he doesn’t know what the future holds, but as of tonight Hulkamania lives in Hartford, Connecticut and he plans on kicking Christian’s rear end. Hogan walks off leaving Terri pleased with his answer.

    We get to the match and Christian is just full of himself as he makes his way down to the ring. He’s yapping at fans, going on about tonight being his night. Christian signals with his hands for Hogan to come down to the ring as we wait several moments for him to appear. When Hogan comes out, he doesn’t have that aura of confidence The Hulkster usually has as he makes his way down to the ring and he’s as engaging with the fans. The match would start slow for Hogan, as Christian would get the early advantage with his offense. Christian was feeling himself as he’d taunt Hogan while getting the better of him. Hogan tried to build momentum for a run several times only for them to get halted by Christian, who continued to have the momentum. Christian would take the time to let the Hartford fans know their Hulkster was done, pointing for them to take a look at him, as Hogan lay on his back trying to come to.

    Christian then realized Hogan was in a prime position and to mock Hogan even further, he’d run the ropes and attempted a Leg drop, but missed. As Christian dealt with the effect of wiping out, Hogan would stir, slowly getting to his feet with a new look of determination on his face. Christian would recover soon after and went right at Hogan, but his offense wasn’t getting through now as Hogan began to hulk up. Christian’s face showed his big opportunity slipping and he’d run the ropes again, ducking underneath a Hogan lariat, only to come back off the opposite ropes to eat a big boot. Hogan would follow with a rope run of his own before connecting with the Leg drop. Hogan would make the pin to get the 3-count. Post-match, JR says the match was closer than he anticipated and he’s got to wonder just how much longer does Hulkamania have left.

    Lawler says his doubts were raised the entire match and that Hogan was this close to a third straight loss. He says he expects more results going in the opposite direction for Hogan going forward. Hogan celebrates just a bit with the fans, but you can see his mind is elsewhere as he leaves the ring and heads up the ramp. Christian throws a tantrum in the ring. (Match time - 8:42)



    Triple H vs. X-Pac (w/Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) - Raw General Manager, Ric Flair, would book Triple H vs. X-Pac in a non-title match, after the show’s opener. We’d get to the match and X-Pac would do a lot of posturing before things would begin, with his boys behind him and all. Meanwhile, Triple H was focused on the task at hand and as soon as he was able to get within striking distance of X-Pac, he’d unleash on him. This match was mostly Triple H taking X-Pac to the woodshed until Nash and Hall would intervene, allowing an opening for X-Pac to strike and he’d taunt like he really did something.

    The ending came after Triple H grabbed Hall by the back of the neck and sent him over the top rope, followed by giving Nash a clothesline over the top rope right afterwards. X-Pac took the opportunity to catch the champ off guard and went for a roundhouse kick, but The Game would counter with a spinebuster, before setting X-Pac up for The Pedigree. As Triple H had X-Pac in position, he’d peer at Nash and Hall outside the ring, as they could just watch what was about to happen while they were propped up on the barricade. Triple H would deliver The Pedigree and make the pin for the 3-count, all while not taking his eyes off of Nash and Hall who were back on their feet and watching from the outside. Triple H grabbed X-Pac by the hair and threw him over the top rope for Nash and Hall to catch before having some choice words with them.

    Hall tried to enter the ring and go after Triple H, but Nash kept him back while directing the trio to retreat for now. Nash was actually smirking towards Triple H as The nWo backed up the ramp. It’s unclear why Nash seemed to be so confident with Triple H getting the better of them tonight. The champ was fired up as he stood on the second rope, staring back at the trio. (Match time - 6:56)



    Other Notes:


    The show began with the Undisputed WWF Champion, Triple H, coming down to the ring to address the nWo. He says the nWo couldn’t just take their ass whooping at Backlash and move on with their lives, they had to get in his business last week with that punk ass Jericho and keep this thing going between us. He says he’s not going to wait on the nWo’s go-to play of a sneak attack this week, he’s calling them out to come face him right here, right now. Moments go by and Triple H’s intensity increases as he calls the nWo out again, as he paces back and forth. The nWo’s music would hit not long after and they’d come out to the stage. Nash had a mic and he told Triple H he sounded mighty confident for a guy that got his ass kicked by them last week. He says Backlash was a fluke and they’re not losing sleep over it. He tells Triple H they wanted to turn over a new leaf and have him join them, but Triple H had to make things complicated and now here we are.

    He tells Triple H he knows just how much the Undisputed WWF Championship means to him, but wonders just how long he’ll be able to keep it without them or due to them. Triple H cuts Nash off and tells him he’s tired of all the talking and for Nash to make good on his threats. He tells the nWo if they want to take his Undisputed WWF Championship from him, come down and do it right now. The nWo would huddle together and talk amongst themselves for a bit (the mic doesn’t pick up much of the conversation) before they break away and X-Pac is all psyched up as he starts making his way down to the ring with Nash and Hall hyping him up.

    Triple H is eager for X-Pac to step in the ring. X-Pac climbs on to the apron, but gets off when Triple H rushes him. Triple H then backs up and signals he’ll let X-Pac enter the ring unchallenged. X-Pac would rush Triple H and miss with a punch, before Triple H laid into him with a fury of right hands. Triple H would whip X-Pac to the ropes, but X-Pac would be pulled to safety by Nash and Hall as the trio started backing up the ramp. Nash shook his head no at Triple H, as Triple H shouted for them to bring their asses back to the ring.



    After The Impact Players’ attack on Orton and Dreamer, they’d cross paths with The Hardy Boyz backstage. Dawn would speak for the team and told The Hardyz they were looking at the best tag team not only on Raw but the WWF, the newly improved Impact Platers. Strom and Credible liked the sound of that. Matt looks the group over and says he saw what they did to Orton and Dreamer just now and he and Jeff aren’t impressed. He tells The Impact Players they consider themselves the best team around based on jumping two guys and says that’s weak. Matt says he and Jeff have qualified for a WWF Tag Team Championship match and have their sights set on the tag gold, but they don’t mind taking on The Impact Players in the meantime to show it’s Team Xtreme that’s making the most impact in the tag division. Storm and Credible step to The Hardyz, but Dawn gets in between them so things don’t escalate.

    She tells The Hardyz they may be extreme, but they don’t make an impact like The Impact Players and says they’ll soon find out after she speaks with Ric about setting them up a match. She leads Storm and Credible away, who give The Hardyz smirking looks as they leave. The Hardyz look on like they’re ready for the challenge.



    We get a highlight reel of Brock Lesnar’s warpath since his debut in the WWF.


    Chris Jericho comes down to the ring to let everyone know he’s the greatest wrestler alive today, reminding them that he beat both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night to become the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion. At Backlash he made The Immortal Hulk Hogan tap out. And last week, he defeated a second-rate WWF Undisputed Champion, Triple H. Jericho would continue raving about how great he was when Kane’s music hit and out came The Big Red Machine, onto the stage, headed for the ring, adjusting his gloves on the way. Jericho stopped in his tracks and looked pissed that he’d been interrupted. He readied as if he was about to let Kane have it as Kane got closer to the ring, but as The Big Red Machine pulled himself onto the apron and crossed a leg over the top rope, Jericho made a quick break for it in the opposite direction. Kane would make his way over to the ropes where Jericho escaped, as Jericho ran around the ring towards the ramp and started backpedaling up the it.

    With enough distance between them, Jericho showed false bravado as he talked junk towards Kane telling him he’d kick his ass and that he was no match for him. Kane looked on as Jericho continued to talk before raising his arms and bringing down hellfire. This would stop Jericho in his tracks again and a look of fear came over his face before he quickly turned and made his escape to the back.



    Terri would interview Edge backstage, asking him for a response to what Raven said to him last week. Edge would pause for a moment as he looked to be gathering his thoughts and then looked to Terri and said he’s had a week to think about what Raven said and quite frankly, when it comes to his relationship with the fans, hell yeah what they think of him matters. He says he grew up as a young boy watching this business, being in awe of the greats and wanting to one day do the same things he saw on television. He says he’s grateful he made it into the business and he loves going out to the ring and competing for himself and that he has a heck of a fun time performing and entertaining the fans. He says Raven can sit on his high horse and think he’s better than the fans, but he won’t because he knows the fans are why he’s in the WWF. He says as far as the enlightening moment in the ring Raven was talking about last week, (Edge smirks) he’s right, but it will be Raven experiencing it as he’s laying in the middle of the ring after being pinned 1..2..3 (As he counts with his fingers in the air.) Edge then walks off.


    William Regal barges into Raw General Manager, Ric Flair’s office and goes on about Flair throwing him yet another curve ball last week when he had him face a debuting Randy Orton, after that over the top introduction he gave him. Flair smirks and looks on. Regal tells Flair he should wipe that smirk off his face because his plan to embarrass him failed after he defeated Orton effortlessly. Flair tells Regal he watched that match and Regal didn’t defeat Orton effortlessly and it that it almost went the other way. He says nonetheless, Regal got the win and congrats. Regal quickly rejects the congrats saying he doesn’t want that from Flair. Flair tells Regal he should relax a little and that he’s got no personal vendetta against him. He says Regal will be competing for the reinstated WWF United States Championship in the near future and he wants to make sure he’s sharp going into that match.

    He says he’s seen what Smackdown’s WWF Intercontinental Champion, RVD, has been doing as of late and he wants Raw’s WWF United States Champion to be equally as impressive if not more. Regal takes a moment and then cams his tone to tell Flair, he need not worry about the performance of Raw’s WWF United
    States Champion because once he wins that very championship, it will be him who sets the bar for the rest of the WWF. Regal gives Flair a distasteful look before walking off.


    Championship Opportunity Points


    Triple H - 7 points
    Raven - 6 points
    Tazz - 5 points
    Brock Lesnar - 5 points
    The Big Show - 5 points

    Edge - 4 points
    Kane - 4 points
    Jeff Hardy - 4 points
    Matt Hardy - 4 points
    Chris Jericho - 4 points
    Trish Stratus - 4 points
    Big Boss Man - 2 points
    Bubba Ray Dudley - 2 points
    D-Von Dudley - 2 points
    Mr. Perfect - 2 points
    Stone Cold Steve Austin - 2 points
    D'Lo Brown - 2 points
    Jazz - 2 point
    Diamond Dallas Page - 1 point
    Kevin Nash - 1 point
    Scott Hall - 1 point
    X-Pac - 1 point
    Christian - 1 point
    William Regal - 1 point
    Hulk Hogan - 1 point





    Event: Television Show
    Date: May 9, 2002
    Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
    Announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman



    Perry Saturn vs. Stevie Richards - Hardcore Match - WWF Hardcore Championship - Richards has impressed Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon enough to earn a WWF Hardcore Championship match tonight. Richards came out and joined Michael Cole and The Coach at commentary as the WWF Hardcore Champion made his way to the ring. Richards told the broadcast team he’ll be winning his first WWF championship tonight when he beats Perry Saturn for the WWF Hardcore Championship and it will be the beginning of the greatest career comeback ever. Cole told Richards maybe he shouldn’t get ahead of himself, as Richard made his way to the ring. Coach asked Cole who was he to question Richards’ ambitions and stated he believes Richards can do it. Cole says he thinks Richards is counting his chickens before they’ve hatched and that he needs to focus on his match tonight first.

    Saturn and Richards battle it out in a pretty balanced contest until Richards gets the opportunity to introduce a weapon to the match. Richards would beat Saturn with a Singapore cane, even cracking it over his head, but could only get a 2-count pinfall during his run. Saturn would turn things around and send a charging Richards flying up over his head and over the top ropes to crash to the floor below. But before Saturn could follow up, Maven came rushing out and starting whooping on his newly formed rival. Saturn stood back and let Maven do his thing, as Maven covered Richards with a metal trash can and sent him back inside the ring to Saturn. Saturn looked down at Richards tucked inside the trash can and started getting ideas. He smirked as he looked towards the corner and soon made his way to the top rope. Saturn would then connect with a diving elbow onto the trash can before laying across the crumpled metal for the pinfall.

    Post-match, Maven laughed a bit as he backed up the ramp, looking at Richards motionless inside the crumpled trash can. Saturn received his WWF Hardcore Championship from the ref and dropped down out of the ring, giving a smirk back at Richards before we cut away. (Match time - 4:03)



    The APA vs. Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty - Scotty would stick it out in this one, going long durations without a tag, as he had something to prove due to his shortcomings against A-Train. Scotty wouldn’t make it easy for The APA, as he’d reach down for some grit sprinkled in with some craftiness to push back the big men. The match would get interrupted when A-Train made his way to the ring and Rikishi would drop down off the arpon and meet A-Train by the steel steps, where the two behemoths would come to blows. Scotty would join the fray soon after, diving through the ropes at A-Train and knocking him back towards the barricade. Rikishi would follow-up with a running hip attack before he and Scotty clotheslined A-Train over the barricade. We’d see A-Train laid out in the front row, but a moment after the ref would make the 10-count as Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty had been counted out.

    The team didn’t seem too upset as they’d bested A-Train in two straight weeks now. Post-match, Coach says weeks ago, Scotty 2 Hotty said he wanted to take on A-Train alone and that he doesn’t understand why he got involved in Rikishi and A-Train’s beef and called Scotty a hypocrite. Cole told Coach that was a bit of a stretch and that of course he’d help his friend and partner Rikishi out against their heated rival A-Train. Coach says he wants to see Scotty be a man and keep his word by facing A-Train 1-on-1. Moments later, the WWF Tag Team champions would sneak into the ring behind The APA and nail Bradshaw and Faarooq with steel chair shots to the back, dropping them to the floor. Rico would egg the champs on as they’d deliver several more chair shots to The APA before tossing the chairs to the mat. Rico leaned down to berate The APA telling them how disgusting and unhygienic they were and how he wouldn’t let them touch his beautiful champions again.



    Lita and Molly vs. Ivory and Jazz / Lita vs. Ivory - Before the match began, Molly hopped off the apron and headed to the back, abandoning Lita. Ivory thought her and Jazz were going to teach Lita another lesson, but Jazz would then hop off the apron and head towards the back, leaving Ivory and Lita to face off 1-on-1. Ivory put her hands up yelling at Jazz for answers, as Jazz ignored her and walked off. Lita looked a bit surprised and kept an eye on Jazz, as she headed towards the back. While Ivory still tried to get an answer from the departing WWF Women’s Champion, Lita would strike, as her frustrations from battles with Ivory and co would come out. Lita would take it to Ivory, not letting Ivory gain any real momentum in this one and would connect with the Twist of Fate before getting the pin for the 3-count.

    Post-match, Lita would celebrate on turnbuckle, while sparingly looking towards the back sending a signal to the other two women she’d had beef with as of late. Cole said good on Lita for getting one up on Ivory tonight after what she and the WWF Women’s Champion did to her last week. Coach scolded Cole saying he shouldn’t have a bias as a commentator. (Match time - 2:55)



    Hugh Morrus vs. Test - Morrus makes his WWF return on Smackdown in this contest against Test. Morrus looked rather impressive in the early goings, as he and Test would be even to that point. However, Test would turn up his aggressiveness and showed a fierceness similar to what he displayed against the WWF Undisputed Champion weeks back. The ref had to warn Test several times and he was on the verge of being disqualified before reigning it in and connecting with the Test Drive before emphatically hooking Morrus’ leg for the pin and 3-count.. Post-match, Coach raved on putting Test over, saying he’s getting on the Test train--not that he was never not on it--and that Test is the best young talent on Smackdown and the entire WWF and will be a champion on Smackdown really soon. Cole said Test is one of the very talented young competitors on Smackdown and if he can continue to build on performances like tonight, being a champion on Smackdown is a very real possibility. (Match time - 4:04)


    Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam - Kurt Angle would barge into Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s office, voicing how he was disappointed with not being in the Gauntlet for Gold Tournament and how it was a missed opportunity for Smackdown to display the talents of it’s best talent in front of his hometown. Angle says he, Vince and everyone knows he’s a far greater talent than RVD and Eddie Guerrero and to prove that he wants to take them both on in a triple threat match tonight. Vince says like he said last week and the week before he had no control over the selection process for the Gauntlet for Gold Tournament. He says he’s always loved Angle’s moxie and will grant Angle’s wish to put his competitive drive on display and booked the triple threat match.

    There would be no alliances formed to start this contest as all three men would rush each other, meeting in the center of the ring and throwing blows. Each man impressed, having great chemistry with each other, as they displayed their different styles. Angle would be on a run and was getting the better of RVD and Eddie when Goldust came down to the ring to observe Angle’s Olympic gold medal. Goldust would slowly start to walk towards the back, being enamored by Angle’s gold medal. Despite seeing he had the advantage in the match, Angle would leave the ring and call towards Goldust to bring back his gold medal, as he quickly paced towards him. The camera would show Goldust disappear to the back with Angle disappearing to the back moments later. We then turn back to the ring with RVD and Eddie getting to their feet at the same time.

    Eddie was a bit quicker though and would roll RVD up from behind and grab onto the rope for leverage to get the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Eddie had a sly look on his face as he rolled out of the ring and did his shoulder shimmy as he backed up the ramp. The WWF Intercontinental Champion could only look on in frustration. Cole said yet another week Eddie has resorted to dirty tactics to beat RVD with his use of the ropes. Coach says he didn’t see anything dirty with the way Eddie won and that he just happened to be losing his balance while pinning RVD and used the ropes to keep himself from falling. Cole looked at Coach and told him he was full of it. (Match time - 5:29)



    Triple H vs. Billy Kidman - The young Kidman would get to add on to the momentum he built in the Gauntlet for Gold Tournament last week by competing in his biggest match thus far in his WWF career, as he faced the WWF Undisputed Champion Triple H. Kidman would interview with Smackdown’s #1 Announcer, Funaki, backstage earlier tonight about the opportunity. He said although this was a major match for him tonight, he was going to treat it like any other match. He says he was planning to show Smackdown and everyone that he belonged in the same ring with Triple H and not to be surprised if he gets the win tonight. The match would come and Kidman would hold his own against the champ early, although it seemed Triple H hadn’t really turned it up yet. The champ would then turn things up, but would be a bit surprised when Kidman was still able to hang with him.

    Triple H would smirk and give Kidman a nod as he got to a knee after being taken down by Kidman. Kidman was hitting on all cylinders, but kept his cool and focus. After two close 2-counts by Kidman a different look would come across the champs face as he realized he needed to kick things into a higher gear. From here, Triple H would begin tilting the momentum to his side and the chances for a Kidman upset started to fade by the second. Triple H would get Kidman primed in position for The Pedigree but Kidman would somehow manage to break free and it appeared the upset was still there for the taking as Kidman got the champ in position for the Kid Krusher, but Triple H wouldn’t be denied and powered out of it to put Kidman back into position for The Pedigree and would connect before hooking Kidman’s leg for the pin and 3-count.

    Post-match, Triple H was handed his WWF Undisputed Championship and looked down at Kidman as he knew was just in a bigger battle than he expected. He’d go and lift a dazed Kidman to his feet before leaning in and briefly telling Kidman something into his ear. Triple H would give Kidman a friendly slap on the back before leaving the ring and heading towards the back. Kidman would remain in the ring with his hands on his hips, with a look between disappointment and optimism going forward. (Match time - 8:01)



    Other notes:


    The Undertaker would come down to the ring to talk about Booker T’s continued disrespect towards him, stating he needed to give Booker a real good ass kickin’. He says he’s going to get the entire Smackdown locker room in line and he’ll start with Booker. He says he’ll teach Booker some respect at Insurrextion. Booker would come out to the stage hyped up. Book says Taker wants everyone to give him respect but he doesn’t give it to others. He calls Taker a big bully and he looks forward to teaching Taker respect at Insurrextion, accepting Taker’s challenge. Taker would look on slowly nodding towards Book as the mic picked up him saying (Your ass is mine) towards Book.


    Backstage, we’d see Theodore Long talking to Mark Henry about not being a part of the Gauntlet for Gold Tournament. Theodore tells Henry it’s OK he wasn’t a part of the tournament and that he was in prime position to really take Smackdown by storm with him by Henry’s side. Thedore says everyone is talking about all these other names on Smackdown and albeit they’re talented in their own right--they’re not Mark Henry. Theodore says soon and very soon all the talk will be about Mark Henry. Henry looks down at Theodore, slowly shaking his head in agreeance with a look of focus and intensity.


    Backstage, the superhero duo Hurricane and Mountain Man are on patrol when they cross paths with Al Snow. Snow says rumor has it Mountain Man weighs 400 pounds and he finds it hard to believe and he wanted to find out for himself if it was true. Mountain Man puffs himself up, his fists on his hips and tells Snow it’s the truth, he’s a mountain of a man. Snow proposes Mountain Man let him lift him. Hurricane steps in and tells Snow as a protector of the citizens, he cannot allow him to put himself in harm's way. Snow asks is it because Mountain Man doesn’t actually weigh 400 pounds and is a dishonest superhero. Hurricane, worried about the integrity of his pupil, allows Snow to proceed. Snow wraps his arms around Mountain Man’s upper body and lifts, but Mountain Man doesn’t budge. Snow positions Mountain Man’s arms like a cross and attempts to lift him again, nothing. Snow takes a step back with a perplexed look on his face.

    Snow then gets behind Mountain Man and readies for one last big lift, but again Mountain Man doesn’t budge. Snow comes back in front of the heroes, stating that’s incredible before walking away still in disbelief. The camera zooms in on Mountain Man grinning ear-to-ear.



    Cole announces that Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon has made it official that Booker T will face The Undertaker at Insurrextion.


    Championship Opportunity Points

    Triple H - 8 points
    Rob Van Dam - 5 points
    Perry Saturn - 5 points
    Eddie Guerrero - 4 points
    A-Train - 3 points
    Billy Kidman - 3 points
    Bradshaw - 3 points
    Faarooq - 3 points
    Tajiri - 2 points
    Booker T - 2 points
    Stevie Richards - 2 points
    Molly Holly - 2 points
    Jazz - 2 point
    Lita - 2 point
    Maven - 1 point
    Billy - 1 point
    Chuck - 1 point
    The Undertaker - 1 point
    Ivory - 1 point
    Test - 1 point


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    Event Type: Television Show
    Date: May 16, 2002

    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler



    Mr. Perfect vs. Shawn Stasiak - This new feud would continue with Stasiak being able to show more than he did at his WWE debut at Backlash when Perfect defeated him in short order. Tonight, Stasiak displayed some of that class A athleticism and more arrogance as he’d make Perfect work harder than their first go round. However, Perfect would take advantage of Stasiak’s mistakes before finally connecting with the Perfect-Plex and getting the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Perfect looked down at Stasiak and told him he can’t top perfection before giving him a smirk and exiting the ring and heading towards the back. JR says you can’t argue with Perfect there, stating you can’t really beat perfection. Lawler says that may be the case but Mr. Perfect isn’t perfect because he’s been beaten several times since the The Brand Era began. (Match time - 2:15)


    The Impact Players (Lance Storm & Justin Credible) (w/Dawn Marie) vs. The Hardy Boyz - This was a really competitive tag match with Storm and Credible having chemistry like they’ve been teaming up consistently for years. Matt and Jeff answered back showing the Raw and WWE tag division why they were one of the best if not the best tag team around. Late in the match, Credible entered the ring to help Storm jump the legal man, something The Impact Players had been doing throughout the match. However, The Hardyz would get the jump on it this time and Jeff would send Credible flying over the top rope, as Matt and Storm went at it. Jeff took some paces back before charging the ropes and getting aerial for a plancha onto Credible to keep him out of the equation for a while. But Jeff missed and crashed onto the floor.

    Credible would slide back into the ring and Matt would do his best to fight off the duo, but would fall an aided piledriver as Storm did the setup and Credible came down off the top turnbuckle to send Matt’s head crashing to the mat. Storm would make the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Dawn slid into the ring and got between her guys to raise their arms in victory. The Impact Players shouted to The Hardyz that they were the best team in town now as they left the ring, while Jeff was groggily entering it to check on his brother. Lawler says The Impact Players just became his new favorite team, all due to Dawn Marie. JR tells Lawler would he cut it out and that The Impact Players were quite impressive tonight and business in the Raw tag team division is certainly picking up. (Match time - 3:32)



    Jazz vs. Torrie Wilson - The WWE Women’s Champion was back handling her own business tonight against Torrie, who had a tall order in front of her. Torrie would give it her best against the champ, but was out of her league here as the champ didn’t really break a sweat. The champ would lock in the single leg Boston crab on Torrie before transitioning to the STF for the quick submission. Post-match, Jazz didn’t stick around to celebrate and simply rolled out of the ring to grab her championship from the judges area and made her way to the back. JR stated that whoever the first woman is to qualify for a WWE Women’s Championship is going to have a tough match on their hands against Jazz. Lawler says he loves Jazz’s matches because she lifts women up in the air with the B**** Clamp for a great display of puppies. JR just shakes his head at Lawler. (Match time - 1:08)


    Edge vs. Christian - Before their match, Christian met his brother Edge in the locker room while Edge was taping up and getting ready for their match. Christian stared at Edge for a moment just ready to spew out words. Christian went on a rant exclaiming to forget about last week against Hogan and every other disappointment he’s had since the Brand Era began. He says tonight, he’s been gifted a prime opportunity to start anew when he beats the lesser brother of the two of them. He tells Edge he knows his every move in the ring and he’s too focused to lose tonight, especially to him. Edge stares back at his younger brother, still adjusting his gear and tells Christian he’s glad he appears to be zoned in tonight, but he’s not the only one zoned in tonight. He says he has big goals he wants to achieve, but first come the baby steps.

    He says beating his little brother tonight is one of those baby steps. Christian smirkingly says not going to happen. Edge smirks back telling Christian he better bring his A-game. Christian lets out a little scoff before walking off. Edge looks on. We get to the match and it’s even for most of the contest, with the brothers knowing each other so well and countering everything the other throws at the other. We’d transition to near fall after near fall before Christian had Edge set up on the middle rope for an elevated Unprettier, but before he could connect, Edge would free his feet from the ropes before reversing The Unprettier into an Edgecution. Edge would make the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, JR puts both Edge and Christian over, stating Christian gave a valiant effort but his brother was just the better man tonight.

    Lawler says Christian doesn’t want to hear that and says he’s got to be extra upset after losing this one tonight. Christian doesn’t have one of his typical tantrums after a loss and instead makes a b-line up the ramp with visual and verbal frustrations. After a quick celebration, Edge heads up the ramp and stops as Raven comes down and passes by for his match. Edge looks at Raven, while Raven ignores him and just walks by, heading for the ring. Edge gives a smirk and a few subtle head nods, acknowledging the slight, before continuing up the ramp. (Match time - 4:46)



    Raven vs. D’Lo Brown - Two different personas would match up here tonight. D’Lo with his lively personality and Raven with his misanthropic view of the world would be displayed in their work here. D’Lo was all about exciting the crowd with his offense, whereas Raven didn’t react to anything outside the ring and operated to the beat of his own drum. Nevertheless, the fun runs from D’Lo’s energetic offense would be halted by a vicious defensive, turned offense counter-strike by Raven, which involved the two men taking the battle outside the ring before finishing it up between the ropes when Raven would connect with The Raven Effect DDT for the pinfall for the 3-count. Post-match, Raven would head for the corner as usual, but stopped and turned back towards D’Lo after a few steps.

    Raven’s eyes weren’t very telling, but his actions the next few moments were as he walked back and stood over D’Lo, who was still laid out, and slowly dragged him off the mat, before positioning him for another Raven Effect DDT. It sounded like Raven said to D’Lo as he looked down to him that it wasn’t personal, before he connected with a crushing Raven Effect DDT. Raven would then head towards the corner and have a seat, staring out into space. JR called Raven a weird fella, but a winning, weird fella nonetheless, speaking on the continued win streak since the Brand Extension. He briefly touches on the Raven/Edge run-in a few weeks back and how he’ll be watching to see how things develop. Lawler says Raven isn’t the type of guy he’d go out and have a beer with, but he is a guy he’d like to have his back if he were to get into a bar fight. (Match time - 3:59)



    Big Show & Tazz vs. Big Boss Man & Hardcore Holly - Tazz’s arm is still in a sling here, but he’s not going to let it stop him from getting a piece of Boss Man and Hardcore tonight. Big Show starts it off for his team against Boss Man, who’s in charge of things until Hardcore gets involved. Boss Man and Hardcore work over Show with pretty frequent tags and Boss Man gets some strikes in with his nightstick, while Tazz is kept at bay in the corner due to the ref. Tazz would leave the apron and come over to his opponents corner, where he snatched Hardcore off the apron and went at him with an arm in a sling and all.

    Meanwhile, Big Show would slowly recover and after Tazz had taken care of Hardcore, he’d enter the ring, trapping Boss Man between himself and Show. Boss Man started to get a bit uncomfortable and looked for an escape, but found himself ping pong ball bouncing two and fro from Tazz and Show’s punches. Hardcore would re-enter the ring trying to blindisde Show, but Show would thwart it and put him in position for a Chokeslam. A groggy Boss Man was tiltering and Show signaled for Tazz to send him over as well, which Tazz did with a smirk. Double Chokeslam’s connect on Boss Man and Hardcore, before Show would make Tazz the legal man. Tazz would then lock in the Tazzmission on Boss Man after ripping his injured arm out of it’s sling, despite the discomfort and within moments Boss Man would submit.

    Post-match, a frustrated Boss Man would shove Hardcore away as Hardcore tried to help him and staggered up the ramp alone. Tazz held his injured arm as he and Big Show looked on in satisfaction. JR asked if this is the last they’ll see of the Tazz and Boss Man feud. Lawler says he doubts it as Boss Man is a proud man and he’ll be looking to get back at Tazz really soon. (Match time - 4:17)



    Chris Jericho vs. Diamond Dallas Page - Chris Jericho would come out first and demand a side judge hand him a mic through the ropes. Jericho looked flustered before he began his rant. He told everyone in Toronto, Canada to shut the hell up and that the greatest wrestler alive had something to say. He looked around steaming for a moment before asking who the hell Kane thinks he is interrupting and coming after him last week. He insults Kane’s critical thinking, stating doesn’t Kane know he’s the only man to defeat Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Triple H, single-handedly and convincingly he added. He asks what the hell chance does Kane think he has to stand up to a man like himself. He says he’s giving Kane a pass this one time as he just doesn’t have time to deal with the Big Red Idiot.

    Jericho says as for his opponent tonight, DDP would’ve been better off staying at home and licking his wounds another week because if he thinks the ass kicking he got several weeks ago was bad, wait until he hands him his ass tonight. DDP’s music would hit, cutting Jericho off and out he’d come. DDP was amped up as he greeted fans on his way down to the ring. And he was ready from opening bell, while Jericho stood across him talking trash, allowing DDP to get the early advantage. DDP had Jericho on his heels, causing him to leave the ring for a breather. DDP chased quickly and continued to take it to Jericho on the outside. Jericho would use some underhanded tricks right after being sent back in the ring by DDP to turn things around. Jericho would chastise DDP as if he was Kane, while unleashing his offensive attack.

    DDP would fight back and have one more decent babyface run before finding himself submitting to the Walls of Jericho. Post-match, Jericho would refuse to break the hold, shouting at DDP as if he was Kane for several moments before a big explosion and Kane’s music would hit. The Big Red Machine would make his way down the ramp towards the ring, as Jericho continued to refuse to break the hold at the ref’s request. As Kane climbed on the apron, Jericho would meet him with a drop kick, sending The Big Red Machine falling to the floor below. Jericho would then size Kane up and came flying off the apron with a flying double axe-handed, but Kane would maneuver himself in position to catch Jericho by the throat in mid-air. But before Kane would connect with The Chokeslam, Jericho would wiggle himself free and quickly retreat up the ramp, turning and walking backwards to make sure Kane wasn’t pursuing. Kane just stood on watching a scared Jericho flee to the back. (Match time - 5:22)



    Triple H vs. Scott Hall (w/Kevin Nash & X-Pac) - The WWE Champion, Triple H, would come down to the ring to start off Raw. He said he didn’t want to waste time and asked which nWo members ass was he going to kick next. He tells them not to send out X-Pac because he’s getting tired of kicking his ass already. He says how about he goes straight after the man he’s got the most history with.. the man that Jackknife powerbomb him and left him laid out in this very ring a few weeks ago.. the new leader of The nWo.. Kevin Nash. Moments go by with Triple H pacing and looking towards the stage. He says he knows The nWo is in the building demands they come out and face him like men. A few more moments go by and The nWo’s music hits and out they come to the stage with Nash having a mic in hand.

    Nash asks Triple H who does he think he is making demands of them. He tells Triple H he may be the Undisputed WWE Champion, but they’re the most powerful entity in the business. He tells Triple H it’s OK though because he, well they (as he points to between the trio) are in a good mood. He says and that’s because some can see a good opportunity in front of them, unlike Triple H and soon he’s going to regret he didn’t take it. JR asks what Nash means by that. The nWo nod and smile back at the champ. Triple H tells The nWo he didn’t come out here to just talk, he wants to know which one of their asses is he going to kick next. Hall asks Nash for the mic. Hall gives a (Heyy yo) and asks Triple H if he really wants a piece of Scott Hall or Kevin Nash in that very ring tonight. Triple H answers quickly with (Yeah chico) and asks Hall how about he be the next man up.

    Hall tells Triple H if he wants to go toe-to-toe with him in that very ring tonight he’s got it because they met with Ric not too long ago and tonight he’s going to be duking it out with The Bad Guy. Hall drops the mic and The nWo look on with Hall chewing on his toothpick. Triple H looks on pleased he’s getting his hands on another nWo member tonight. We get to the match and Triple H and Hall go at it with Nash and X-Pac just being bystanders but this would change after Hall pulled down the ropes for an incoming Triple H, sending him flying to the outside, where Nash and X-Pac would begin their mugging.

    Hall would distract the ref while his partners had their way with Triple H for several moments before tossing him back inside the ring. Hall would then begin to grind down on the champ for a while and every time Triple H would try to get back into it, X-Pac and Nash would intervene, giving Hall full control again. Eventually Triple H would take Nash and X-Pac out and left out of commission on the outside long enough to focus on Hall. The champ would rally, sending Hall back on his heels before dropping him with a Pedigree. However as Triple H went to make the pin for the 3-count, Nash and X-Pac rushed back inside the ring and put the boots to the champ, causing the ref to call the bell for the disqualification. Post-match, The nWo didn’t care about the match result and just wanted to hurt Triple H.

    After several moments of Nash and X-Pac beating down Triple H, Hall would recover and he’d mount the champ before lifting his head off the mat and delivering hard punches to his face. X-Pac wanted to get him some more of Triple H after losing two him in two straight weeks and signaled for Nash and Hall to hold him up. X-Pac would take several steps back and bounce around getting hyped before charging at the champ, when Nash and Hall let him go and moved away just as X-Pac connected with a roundhouse kick, dropping Triple H to the mat again. X-Pac jumped around even more ecstatically and high-fived his friends before leaning over, pointing at and yelling at Triple H for thinking he could stand up to them. A certain look came over Nash’s face now and he slowly lifted Triple H up by the hair and put both his hands around his face, where his own face met up close.

    Nash told Triple H all he had to do was make the easy choice, the right choice before putting him in position for a Jackknife powerbomb. Hall and X-Pac looked on excited for what was to come as Nash looked down and scowled at Triple H before lifting him up in the air on a little delay before sending him crashing back down to the mat. The nWo would line up over Triple H, who was laid out, with Nash’s legs to the sides of the champs midsection, as he stood directly over him. The camera zoomed in on Triple H who lay on the mat motionless and Nash who peered down at Triple H in rage. (Match time - 8:39)




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    Austin came down to the ring, has a side judge throw him a mic and addresses the Toronto crowd. He says he’s been doin’ some thinkin’ lately, thinkin’ about a lot of things. He says there’s been some changes around here and one of the biggest seems to be that everyone has forgotten about ole Stone Cold Steve Austin. He takes a moment to pause as he looks down at the mat. He then looks around the arena and asks Toronto if they’ve forgotten about ole Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin addresses the Championship Opportunity Points concept and says he kinda likes the idea. He says last time he checked, he had one...two points (he counts with his fingers raised.) He says by his count he’s eight points away from getting an opportunity at the Undisputed WWE Championship. He says there ain’t many things he loves more than being WWE Champion, but now he’s got the opportunity to be the undisputed champion of the whole Dubya Dubya E.

    Austin says he likes the sound of that. He says so this is what ole Stone Cold is goin’ to do, each and every week he’s goin to open up a can of whoop-ass on any sumb*tch who comes down to this ring to face him, earn a point, drink some beer, raise a lil hell and do it all over again until he’s got eight more points to cash in against whomever is keepin’ his championship warm and that’s the bottom line cause Stone Cold said so. Austin goes to the ropes and has a few brews thrown to him and he chugs them down while posted up on the turnbuckle as his music plays.



    Randy Orton meets Raw General Manager, Ric Flair in his office. Orton tells Flair he may be a rookie, but he’s not going to let Lance Storm and Justin Credible punk him out. He tells Flair he wants both of them in the ring tonight. Before Flair can respond Tommy Dreamer walks in and approaches Orton and Flair. Dreamer says he saw Orton come in and if he’s feeling the way he’s feeling, he wants to get a piece of Storm and Credible tonight. Flair says he saw what happened last week and he knows the two of them want to get a lil payback against The Impact Players, but unfortunately it can’t be this week because he’s already booked them in a match against The Hardyz. He tells them to save it for next week because on next week’s Raw they’re all theirs. Orton and Dreamer give each other approving looks.


    We get the same Brock Lesnar video package as last week, showing all the destruction he’s caused since making his WWE debut.


    Christian comes back out to the stage before the main event with a mic in hand, full of frustration. He says tonight--here in his hometown of Toronto, Canada--was supposed to be his night to turn the page on an awful two months by winning an in-the-bag match against his brother, Edge, but he failed. He says again. He failed. He looks down at the stage a while and then out into the crowd before saying his failures end tonight. He says the next time everyone sees him he’ll be the envy of the entire WWE. Christian throws down the mic and heads back backstage.


    Championship Opportunity Points


    Triple H - 9 points
    Raven - 7 points
    Tazz - 6 points
    The Big Show - 6 points

    Edge - 5 points
    Chris Jericho - 5 points
    Brock Lesnar - 5 points
    Kane - 4 points
    Jeff Hardy - 4 points
    Matt Hardy - 4 points
    Trish Stratus - 4 points
    Mr. Perfect - 3 points
    Jazz - 3 points
    Big Boss Man - 2 points
    Bubba Ray Dudley - 2 points
    D-Von Dudley - 2 points
    Stone Cold Steve Austin - 2 points
    D'Lo Brown - 2 points
    Diamond Dallas Page - 1 point
    Kevin Nash - 1 point
    Scott Hall - 1 point
    X-Pac - 1 point
    Christian - 1 point
    William Regal - 1 point
    Hulk Hogan - 1 point
    Lance Storm - 1 point
    Justin Credible - 1 point





    Event: Television Show
    Date: May 16, 2002
    Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman



    Test vs. Val Venis - Test would continue to build on his momentum from last week, getting in most of the offense in this contest. Val Venis would get some offense in here and there, but it never looked like he’d win this one. Test would put Venis away with The Test Drive after making the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Coach raved on about Test again, telling everyone to look out and that Test was going places here on Smackdown. Cole gave Test his credit for his win here tonight. (Match time - 1:25)


    Billy Kidman vs. Hugh Morrus - This was a fun contest with Morrus’s power and unique aerial ability for his size being put on display against the high velocity offense of the smaller Kidman. Things were even early on. Kidman would capitalize on a Morrus’ mishap in the corner, setting him up and connecting with the Shooting star press before making the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Cole put over both men and Kidman picking up another win and Championship Opportunity Point. Coach said Kidman was alright, but he’s not better than his guy Test. (Match time - 3:07)


    Maven vs. Perry Saturn - WWE Hardcore Championship - Hardcore Match - Maven would get his opportunity to reclaim his championship tonight. However, it wouldn’t be without a challenge as the red hot Perry Saturn--who successfully defended the WWE Hardcore Championship against Stevie Richards--would make him work for it. Maven looked the most impressive he’s looked since before being attacked backstage by Richards last month. We saw an assortment of weapons used, outside the ring melee and just two tough guys having an answer to everything the other dished out to the other. However, this exciting Hardcore Championship match would be ruined when Richards decided to cost Maven by cracking him in the back with a 2x4 and putting a steel trash can over Maven’s head and striking the trash can with the 2x4 before rolling Maven back inside the ring.

    By the time Saturn would recover, he’d find Maven laid out with a trash can over his head, only to look around to see what happened, where he found a smiling Richards backing up the ramp. Saturn may not have wanted to win this way, but he made the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Coach says that what Maven gets for sticking his nose in Stevie Richards’ match last week. Cole says it’s a shame such an awesome Hardcore Championship match ended this way and hopefully we’ll get to see a rematch between these two sometime in near future. (Match time - 3:34)



    Kurt Angle vs. Scotty 2 Hotty (w/Rikishi) - Scotty 2 Hotty is in a major tune up match against Kurt Angle, ahead of his Insurrextion match against A-Train. Angle is pissed Goldust has gone missing with his Olympic gold medal and takes it out on Scotty. Angle decides to drag their match out to punish Scotty, who keeps getting up for more, angering Angle further. Rikishi can just watch as Scotty told him earlier in the night not to get involved. Late in the match, Goldust would appear on the titantron at the same dim, golden tint location we’ve seen him before, where he was wearing Angle’s Olympic gold medal and admiring it as he looked at himself in the mirror.

    Angle had stopped punishing Scotty and walked over to the ropes closest to the titantron for a closer look. After the video ended, Angle’s scowl and anger intensified and started to verbally take it out on Scotty before locking in the Ankle Lock which caused Scotty to tap within moments. Post-match, the ref called for the bell, but Angle didn’t care and dropped down on the mat and wrapped his legs around Scotty’s leg and kept on wrenching at the ankle. Rikishi was ansty as he wanted to get involved, but honored Scotty’s wishes. Several moments later, multiple refs were able to pry Angle off of Scotty, as Angle would then march up the ramp in a rage.

    Rikishi rushed into the ring in the process to check on Scotty who was holding and really favoring his ankle. A few moments later, A-Train would come out and slowly make his way down the ramp, with Rikishi and Scotty unaware until A-Train had climbed onto the ring apron. Rikishi got into position to defend Scotty despite his friend’s request earlier in the night. A-Train didn’t take another step further though and looked beside Rikishi over at Scotty, who had his sights on A-Train as well, before laughing and dropping down off the apron and slowly backing up the ramp. Rikishi looked down at his friend and back at A-Train with a look of real concern for Scotty. (Match time - 2:22)



    Booker T & RVD vs. The Undertaker & Eddie Guerrero - Before their match, Eddie Guerrero would meet up with The Undertaker in the locker room. Eddie tells Taker he likes and respects him because they have something in common and that’s demanding respect from people. He says they go out there and give RVD and Booker T and little precursor of what to expect this Sunday at Insurrextion and get the win like they did the last time they teamed up. Taker looks Eddie in the eyes for a few moments before telling him he’s the type of man he can respect. Booker T and RVD meet up earlier in the night as well to discuss their match. Book is hyped as he tells RVD it’s time he got up in Eddie Guerrero’s ass with a lil 5-Star Frog Splash action. RVD is feelin’ it and tells Book he likes the sound of that but with some Spinarooni action on top. Book is feelin’ that as well.

    We get to the match and the action is back and forth to start with all four men getting in offense as both teams get frequent tags in. Taker and Eddie would eventually isolate RVD and work him over while Book tried to get RVD to make the tag. The WWE Intercontinental Champion used his educated feet and unorthodox offense to get back into it, making the hottag to Booker, who came in rolling against Eddie. Booker would tag RVD in before he and Taker would take their battle outside the ring. RVD and Eddie would go back and forth in the ring with a couple of near falls from both men before RVD got the better of Eddie and connected with The 5-Star Frog Splash and got the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Booker and Taker had fought up the ramp and taken their fight to the back. Meanwhile, RVD would celebrate on the turnbuckle with a good win heading into Sunday.

    Cole talks about the chaos that broke out between Taker and Booker T with things heating up early ahead of their meeting this Sunday. And RVD finally winning one against Eddie and if it’s just the momentum he needs to do it again this Sunday at Insurrextion. (Match time - 8:44)




    Other Notes:


    The APA would find the WWE Tag Team Champions in some room backstage with facial cream and cucumbers on their eyes, getting oiled up by two masseuse men, as Rico sat in a chair nearby looking on. Rico’s attention was on his champs and couldn’t react quick enough to The APA’s arrival as they’d lift him and send him flying over a desk, laid out. The champs became alert by the commotion, but The APA had the jump on them and cucumbers and facial cream started flying off their faces via The APA’s fists before they were sent crashing into the wall and laid out with their manager. Bradshaw looked at Faarooq and asked him what was that about them not touching them again. Faarooq let out a little laugh as he looked down at their work before they made their exit.


    A vignette is showing of a short, shirtless guy in cut-off denim shorts backyard wrasslin’ and kickin’ butt, while a curly haired woman in a tight checked shirt, front tied in a knot and short cut-off denim shorts is cheering him on, as he twirls chewing gum around her finger. Her and the other spectators watching the contest have a southern drawl and we’d see Dixie tags on pick-up trucks and a Confederate flag in the background suggesting they were somewhere in the south. It would end with the winner leaving his opponent defeated in the grass before walking over to the curly haired woman and asking her if she saw what her man just did. The woman was all excited to praise her man before they rubbed noses and kissed.


    WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Tajiri comes down to meet Kidman in the ring after Kidman’s match against Hugh Morrus. Tajiri tells Kidman he’s been watching what he’s been doing in the ring lately and there’s no one else he’d like to defend his WWE Cruiserweight Championship against than him and offers him an opportunity. Kidman looks at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship around Tajiri’s waist and back up at Tajiri. He says he’s had his run of chasing and being the WWE Cruiserweight Champion over the years and right now when he thinks about the challenge Tajiri has laid down, he wonders what his answer should be. He says does he accept Tajiri’s challenge and face him for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship or does he see what other challenges await him. Tajiri takes off his championship and lifts it to Kidman’s eye level, while motioning and saying something that appears to be him trying to convince Kidman to accept the challenge.

    Tajiri looks around the audience to see if they agree. Kidman looks around the audience as well and back at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship and then back at Tajiri. Kidman says he doesn’t know what paths are ahead for him, but as of right now, he’s ready to light it up with Tajiri in a match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. He tells Tajiri let’s show everyone just what the Cruiserweight Division is all about and extends his hand to Tajiri. Tajiri smiles and extends his hand to shake Kidman’s, before the two nod at each other while looking at and tapping the Cruiserweight Championship. They appear to be amped about their coming match.



    We get a video package of Lita’s battles with The WWE Women’s Champion along with Molly Holly and Ivory over the last several months and Cole announces it will be Lita versus Molly Holly versus Ivory in a Triple Threat Match this Sunday at Insurrextion.


    Kurt Angle is irate as he barges into Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s office after his match. He tells Vince that Goldust stole his Olympic gold medal last week and is now in some freakshow hole doing who knows what to his precious medal. He tells Vince he wants a match against Goldust at Insurrextion and after he breaks his freakin’ ankle Vince should fire him. Vince tells Angle he knows how much his gold medal means to him and the USA and tells him he’ll get his match with Goldust soon, but in the meantime, he has a favor to ask of Angle. Angle settles down a bit and says he’s all ears. Vince tells Angle he wants to put Triple H’s ego in check and Angle is just the man that can do that for him. He suggests Angle take on Triple H at Insurrextion in a No Disqualification Match and that he wipe the ring with him. He says there’s no better place for an American hero to do that than in front of a worthless London crowd.

    Angle gets pumped about it and says having his Olympic gold medal present while he embarasses Triple H and rubs it in England’s face would be the cherry on top, but soon he’ll make that golden freak wish he never looked at his Olympic gold medal. Angle tells Vince he has a deal and they shake on it before Angle leaves the office. Vince has one of his goofy grins on.




    Championship Opportunity Points

    Triple H - 9 points
    Rob Van Dam - 6 points
    Perry Saturn - 6 points
    Eddie Guerrero - 4 points
    Billy Kidman - 4 points
    A-Train - 3 points
    Bradshaw - 3 points
    Faarooq - 3 points
    Booker T - 3 points
    Jazz - 3 points
    Tajiri - 2 points
    Stevie Richards - 2 points
    Molly Holly - 2 points
    Lita - 2 points
    Maven - 1 point
    Billy - 1 point
    Chuck - 1 point
    The Undertaker - 1 point
    Ivory - 1 point
    Test - 2 points
    Kurt Angle - 1 point




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    Re: WWE: The Brand Era



    Event Type: Pay-Per-View
    Location: London, England
    Date: May 19, 2002
    Announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman


    PREVIEW


    Dark Match
    Maven vs. Stevie Richards

    It’s been a month since Stevie Richards attacked the then, WWE Hardcore Champion Maven, where he lost said championship and went on a losing streak soon afterwards. Maven and Richards have been going at each other tit-for-tat since then, denying each other WWE Hardcore Championship wins. They finally face each other in 1-on-1 competition here. Will it be Maven who gets some revenge here or will Richards come out on top and officially take Maven’s spot he says belongs to him?


    WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Billy Kidman vs. Tajiri ©

    Although it’s a fixture on Smackdown, the WWE Cruiserweight Championship hasn’t been a highlight on the brand since the Brand Era began. However, the two men competing for it here Billy Kidman and Tajiri let it be known on the go-home Smackdown, that the WWE Cruiserweight Championship and Cruiserweight division were about to be put on the map. Will Kidman, a rising young star, continue his rise by adding another WWE Cruiserweight Championship reign to his resume or will the talented champion Tajiri set the bar for their division by retaining his championship?


    Triple Threat Match
    Lita vs. Molly Holly vs. Ivory

    Lita has had her hands full with the entire Smackdown Women’s division since the Brand Era began. She finds herself in a Triple Threat match against Molly, who’s gone through a character change, leaving the bubbly superheroine behind and becoming a more self-centered individual and the veteran Ivory whose had her short alliance with the WWE Women’s Champion ended by the champ and will now have to stand on her own against these two other women. Which of the three women will come out on top?


    WWE Hardcore Championship
    Hardcore Match - Open Challenge
    Perry Saturn © vs. ???

    Perry Saturn has been one of the many surprises in the Brand Era with the number of wins he’s accumulated and becoming the new WWE Hardcore Champion. He’s also represented the championship well with its new pedigree of an organized fight, with the 24/7 Rule ending. It was announced late that Saturn has issued an open challenge to anyone on the Smackdown roster who wants to compete for his championship. Who will step up?


    Singles Match - Non-title
    Rob Van Dam © vs. Eddie Guerrero

    The WWE Intercontinental Champion, RVD, has had his hands full with the returning Eddie Guerrero as of late. As it would be Eddie who defeated RVD to win the Gauntlet For Gold Tournament after RVD’s impressive run in the tournament. Eddie has picked up a handful of victories over the champion with nearly all of them being due to cheating. Will the victory the champ got over Eddie on the go-home Smackdown be just what he needed to get over his slump against him and get another victory over him or will Eddie prove to have RVD’s number?


    Singles Match
    A-Train vs. Scotty 2 Hotty

    Two former friends have become enemies after the now “A-Train” decided Scotty was holding him back and turned on him over a month ago. It’s been mostly A-Train coming out on top in his battles with his former friend, despite Rikishi being at Scotty’s side. Scotty has found his resolve and decided he’ll face A-Train alone, telling Rikishi to stay out of it. Will this be a classic David versus Goliath tale here?


    Singles Match
    The Undertaker vs. Booker T

    The Undertaker would continue his crusade of violently demanding respect from his peers, now on Smackdown during the Brand Era. It would be Booker T to step up to Taker letting him know it takes respect to get respect, giving Taker some get back in the process. Taker challenged Booker for Insurrextion, vowing to teach him some respect where Booker accepted and is all ready to teach some respect to Taker as well. Who will teach who here?


    WWE Tag Team Championship
    The APA (Faarooq & Bradshaw) vs. Billy & Chuck © (w/Rico)

    The premadonna WWE Tag Team Champions with Rico and their complete opposites, the beer drinking, gambling, brawlers, The APA have been at each other for weeks now. They’ll now be facing each other for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The challengers got the better of the champs on the go-home Smackdown and will be looking to ride that momentum in Insurrextion. Will The APA become the new tag champs this Sunday or will Billy & Chuck step it up and bring what made them WWE Tag Team Champions in the first place and retain?


    No Disqualification Match - Non-title
    Triple H © vs. Kurt Angle

    The Undisputed WWE Champion has probably had his hands more full than any other competitor in the WWE since the Brand Era began. On Smackdown, he’s been having to deal with Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s ego and vindictiveness along with telling the boss despite his business with the nWo on Raw, he was still taking care of business on Smackdown and that he wanted a match for Insurrextion. And now, the champ is in a Non-Disqualification match against Kurt Angle. Will the champ prevail despite the odds against him or will Vince McMahon ensure he comes out on top?



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    Re: WWE: The Brand Era


    Location: London, England
    Date: May 19, 2002
    Announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman
    Attendance: 9,112
    Tagline(s): “Taking the battle back across the pond.”



    WWE Intro


    Castrol GTX Presents… Insurrextion!


    Song: “Disturbed - Prayer”



    We see footage of the WWE Undisputed Champion, Triple H’s battles on Smackdown since The Brand Era began. We then see Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s history with Triple H over the years, before shifting to a few weeks back when Triple H confronted Vince McMahon and told him he wanted a challenger for Insurrextion, with Vince telling the champ he’ll make sure he has one. We then see Vince asking Kurt Angle to face Triple H at Insurrextion in a No Disqualification match, before seeing scenes from Triple H and Angle’s rivalry over the years. We then flash forward to Angle agreeing to the match and Vince looking devious.


    Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman put over the first Smackdown pay-per-view of The Brand Era. Coach talks about how the line-up for tonight’s show is guaranteed to blow Raw’s Backlash pay-per-view out of the water. Cole says speaking of water, they’ve flown almost 4500 miles for Smackdown’s hottest feuds to battle it out. Cole and Coach speak on the Smackdown exclusive championships such as the WWE Cruiserweight and WWE Tag Team Championships being on the line tonight. As well as the Undisputed WWE Champion, Triple H, being in a No Disqualification match against the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle tonight.


    Coach says only because Triple H is Smackdown’s Undisputed WWE Champion as well, has he been keeping up with what he’s been doing on Raw. And says with the battle he was in with the nWo this past Monday, no way he’ll be able to go toe-to-toe with their Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle, in a No Disqualification match, let alone win. Cole says he’s also been keeping tabs on the Undisputed WWE Champion on Raw and says he’s seen Triple H hold his own well against The nWo and that he expects more of the same tonight against Kurt Angle with the No Disqualification stipulation and all.


    Dark Match
    Maven vs. Stevie Richards

    Former WWE Hardcore Champion, Maven couldn’t wait to get his hands on Richards as he didn’t break his gaze off of him as he stood across his opponent, waiting on the bell to start the match. Meanwhile, Richards had an arrogant look upon his face as he looked back at Maven. It was all Maven to start things off, finally letting out a month and a half of pent up aggression. The ref would have to step in and settle Maven down in fact. Richards would use Maven’s over-aggressiveness against him to get back into things, doing some work on the outside before getting the two of them back into the ring. Maven would have one more rally and sent Richards to the mat after connecting with a dropkick that had him bouncing off the top turnbuckle. But instead of making a pin, Maven went up top and waited for Richards to slowly get to his feet to connect with a MISSILE DROPKICK.

    This wouldn’t work out however, as Richards would just dodge the incoming strike and answer with a STEVIE-T before making the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Coach said he expected Stevie Richards to get the win against Maven tonight and now Maven can go away and stop his whining. Cole said Maven hasn’t been whining, he simply wanted payback for Richards attacking him from behind. Richards makes the ref raise his arm in victory as he looks down at the defeated Maven and talks a little trash before leaving the ring. (Match time - 4:49)



    We go outside to the parking deck and see The Undertaker pulling up on his chopper.


    We then transition to Smackdown’s #1 Announcer, Funaki, who is standing by with Kurt Angle for an interview. Funaki asks Angle if he’ll be fully able to focus on his match against the Undisputed WWE Champion, Triple H, considering Goldust still has his gold medal. With his hands on his hips, Angle tells Funaki of course he’s thinking about his Olympic Gold Medal, stating it’s an American treasure that he won with a broken freakin’ neck. He says but on the same note, he’s been tasked with not only showing these London losers what a real champion looks like, but also teaching Triple H a lesson that you don’t cross the boss and that’s Vince McMahon (Angle says as if Funaki doesn’t know.) Angle tells Funaki excuse me as he’s got a match to prepare for.


    WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Tajiri © vs. Billy Kidman

    The camera would focus on both the champion and challenger, individually, staring up at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship as the ref held it up for everyone to see. Tajiri and Kidman would then show good sportsmanship by shaking hands before starting things off. This contest would be fast paced throughout, with each man answering each other’s offense with offense of their own, Tajiri with his strikes and innovative maneuvers versus Kidman and his mix up high flying and power moves, as one of the stronger cruiserweights in the division. The champ would attempt two BUZZSAW KICK’S on Kidman. The first earlier on in the match where Kidman would dodge. And the second late, where Kidman would catch and counter with a BK BOMB before making the pin for the 3-count and becoming the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

    Post-match, the ref would hand the new champion his championship, as Kidman would climb up the second turnbuckle and celebrate with the crowd. Cole would put Kidman over as arguably the fastest rising young talent on Smackdown and says he expects him to really put the Cruiserweight Division on the map as he continues to be a bright spot for Smackdown. Coach halfway gives Kidman his credit, being a Smackdown talent and all, but tells Cole he’s overeating Kidman by a lot. (Match time - 9:44)



    We head to the back again where WWE Intercontinental Champion, Rob Van Dam, is approached by Smackdown’s #1 Announcer, Funaki. Funaki asks RVD what’s his game plan tonight against Eddie Guerrero, who besides last Smackdown, has seemed to have his number. RVD takes a moment and says Funaki, despite the underhanded methods Eddie Guerrero has used to beat him recently, he’s still an incredibly talented wrestler and he doesn’t think he needs to resort to those tactics to be successful. He smiles at Funaki and says then again, maybe he did need to as he was facing yours truly, (Rob..Van..Dam), RVD says while doing his signature thumb pointing.) He tells Funaki to answer his question, he’s just going to go out there and lay it all out on the line like he always does and just be better than anything underhanded Eddie may pull out there tonight. RVD tells Funaki cya and walks off.


    We then go to the locker room, where Eddie Guerrero is preparing for his match. Eddie talks to himself and says RVD may be Mr. Monday or Thursday Night, whatever he goes by these days, but he’s no match for Latino Heat. And tonight, he’s gonna whoop that vato’s ass all over London. Eddie smiles and nods his head as he thinks about later tonight.


    From there we transition to a graphic of Lita and her trials with Jazz, Ivory and Molly Holly, with her losing some and winning some battles.


    Triple Threat Match
    Lita vs. Ivory vs. Molly Holly

    As expected, Ivory and Molly would start things off by working together to double-team Lita. The firecracker Lita would eventually fight her way back into it, dropping both Ivory and Molly. Molly would take the time to roll out of the ring for a breather. Lita would continue to take it to Ivory, before Molly made a timely return and broke up a Lita pin on Ivory. Molly would go on the offense for a bit before Ivory would join her momentarily in jumping Lita again, but it was short lived as Molly would attack Ivory at the earliest opportune time. Molly and Ivory would go at it for a while before Molly would come out on top of that bout. Lita would then join the fray, taking it to Molly before the two of them would go back and forth until Ivory re-entered the mix and the three women went at each other until Ivory cleared Molly from the ring.

    Lita would then set Ivory up for the TWIST OF FATE before going up top and connecting with the LITASAULT before making the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Lita’s celebration on the turnbuckle was short-lived as Molly would sneak behind her and yank her down, causing her to crash to the mat before locking in the TWIN CITY TWISTER. Lita scratched to break free as the ref tried to break things up. Molly yelled for the ref to make the count or she’d break Lita. The ref hesitated until Molly locked in tighter, causing the ref to make a 3-count to appease Molly. Molly would break the hold and have the ref raise her arm in victory before she pretended to kick up dirt onto Lita and exited the ring, all smiles as backed up the ramp telling the London crowd that she was the winner of the match as the ref checked on Lita.

    Cole says Molly is a sore loser and downright delusional. Coach scolds Cole for the remark telling him to take it back and says Molly is just highly competitive and that she did nothing wrong. Cole gives Coach the side eye. (Match time - 6:39)



    We then go backstage where Rico is with the WWE Tag Team Champions, Billy and Chuck as they admire themselves in the mirror. Rico calls them his beautiful boys and says having the WWE Tag Team Championships around their waists make them even more stunning. He tells the champs they cannot let those hideous beasts, The APA, tarnish their good looks or success tonight and that their gold is the cherry on top that is going to make their photo shoots in magazines pop. The champs continue to admire each other and ensure Rico that they’re going to retain their championships tonight and will look good doing it.


    We then transition elsewhere backstage where Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty have just finished a conversation and Rikishi wishes his friend luck and they give each other dap before Scotty walks off as his match against his former friend A-Train is next.


    Scotty 2 Hotty vs. A-Train

    Scotty had a look of determination and seriousness before this match began, while A-Train laughed and talked junk like a schmuck. Once things began, Scotty went right at A-Train and kept getting knocked back for his troubles, despite this strategy not being in the little guy's favor. A-Train kept egging Scotty on to keep coming at him. Scotty would eventually let his emotions temper and changed his game to his strengths, using his quickness advantage to chip away at the big man. This would frustrate A-Train as Scotty would bait him into hurting himself inside and outside the ring, while trying to get his hands on Scotty. The big man would eventually wise up and gain control, grabbing onto Scotty as he got a little too close. A-Train would then use his power to punish his former friend and would let the match go longer than it needed to, as he continued to play with Scotty.

    Late in the match, Scotty pulled himself up by the waistline of A-Train’s trunks and cocked back to give A-Train a punch with all the strength he had left. But just as it seemed A-Train was going to continue to pay with Scotty and let him get one in on him, he lifted Scotty up with ease and sent him crashing into the mat with a DERAILER before making the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, A-Train wasn’t done and lifted Scotty up for another DERAILER, but Rikishi had made his way down to the ring, causing A-Train to let go of Scotty before eating a SAVATE KICK from Rikishi. A-Train would fall to the mat and roll out of the ring, holding his mouth pissed as he looked to re-enter the ring as Rikishi was ready to dish out more, causing A-Train to stand down and head up the ramp to the back.

    Coach said Rikishi was asked by Scotty and gave him his word that he would not get involved in his affairs tonight and Rikishi broke his promise, saying Rikishi was a liar and not a man of his word. Cole said Rikishi did honor his friend’s request and only came out to help his friend after his match was over when A-Train wanted to do more damage to Scotty after he’d already won. Coach says regardless, Rikishi brought his big ole all out here tonight and it just proves he doesn’t believe in his friend and doesn’t respect him. (Match time - 4:53)



    From there, we head backstage where Booker T is warming up in the locker room. He looks intense and locked in as he shadowboxes.


    We head back ringside and Michael Cole and The Coach talk about a rise that seemed to come out of nowhere in Perry Saturn’s success on Smackdown since the Brand Extension. Coach says Saturn simply hasn’t faced Smackdown’s best competition so far and as soon as that happens--hopefully tonight in his Open Challenge--he’ll look like the little leagues that he is, but that’s OK as he’s rooting for Smackdown’s small fries and big time stars. Cole tells Coach to say that to Saturn’s face and says he’s been impressive so far and believes he can compete in the ring against anyone on the Smackdown roster. He says he’s excited for his Open Challenge tonight and wonders who will step up tonight.


    WWE Hardcore Championship
    Open Challenge
    Perry Saturn © vs. ???

    Saturn would come out to the ring and asks anyone in the back who wanted to wrestle, fight, duke it out however they saw fit for his WWE Hardcore Championship to come on out so they can get it on. A few moments later, Spike Dudley’s music would hit and out came the runt of the WWE. Coach would laugh and couldn’t stop making jokes. Cole said it’s fair enough that the former WWE Hardcore Champion, Spike, would come out to compete for a chance to win the WWE Hardcore Championship once more. He says Smackdown is all about competition and he expects as such in this Open Challenge tonight. Spike would get a bit of offense in early, before the champ would take over. Things would spill to the outside where Spike had the chance to grab some weapons to help him in his pursuits tonight and was able to push Saturn back a bit.

    Spike would grab a table to set up in the ring, before sending Saturn back inside. Spike would attempt to set Saturn up on the table as preparation for a DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP, but Perry would slide off the table just in time and Spike would land with both feet one the table as no one was home. Perry would recover and put Spike into position before sending him through the table with the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, then made the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, the ref handed Saturn his WWE Hardcore Championship as the champ tossed it over his shoulder and gives it a few slaps, saying any challenger that wants to try to take it from him to bring it. Coach says Saturn has yet to face any real competition and until he does he’s putting an asterisk beside his WWE Hardcore Championship reign. Cole says Saturn has defeated the opponents that have come before him and you can’t hold his wins against him. (Match time - 7:40)



    Cole directs us to take a look at the titantron where a video package of the happenings of the current RVD and Eddie Guerrero feud is shown. We see highlights of RVD’s recent success, but then his failures against Eddie Guerrero overshadowing them. Cole says it didn’t seem like RVD could get a victory over Eddie Guerrro until this past Smackdown where he was able to pin him in tag team action. Coach cuts him off and says keyword being tag team action and that tonight it’s one-on-one where RVD has not been able to defeat Eddie Guerrero since The Brand Era began and he sees that trend continuing tonight. Cole says he believes in the WWE Intercontinental Champion as he believes in himself as we heard earlier tonight and if he knows RVD, he’s going to lay it all out tonight as he tries to best the tricky Eddie Guerrero in this one-on-one contest.


    Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero
    Non-title Singles Match

    These two would get things going with chain wrestling before the champ started unleashing his educated feet which Eddie wanted no part of. RVD would speed things up and had Eddie backpedaling on his heels before making some early pin attempts with early kick outs by Eddie. Eddie would use the ref as a shield to try and cool RVD down and break his momentum, which would work and allowed Eddie to start working RVD over. Eddie would dish out a combined grind out offense along with a mixture of high impact offense, wearing down the champ. Eddie would make several pin attempts himself, only for RVD to kick out in early two counts.

    RVD would begin another run with his patented offense, causing Eddie to roll out of the ring to avoid a pin and catch his breath. RVD was quick on the pursuit and continued to take it to Eddie on the outside before Eddie would seize the opportunity to drop RVD--ribs first--onto the barricade before dragging himself back towards the ring. As the ref began the 10-count for RVD, Eddie would sneak a chair into the ring and slide it just out of view of the ref before heading back outside the ring to retrieve RVD. Back inside, RVD would recover and start dishing out punches and kicks, causing Eddie to tumble back into the ref, knocking them both down, which looked purposely. RVD would get off a little more offense before pinning Eddie and as he counted to 5, he looked and saw the ref was down and remembered he’d fallen due to Eddie earlier.

    RVD would go try to get the ref to wake up as Eddie would make sure the coast was clear and retrieved the steel chair before banging it on the mat to make a loud sound and quickly sliding it near RVD’s feet. Eddie would fall to the mat in a heap, laid out as the ref would come to. RVD looked back to see Eddie laid out not too far from him and the ref looked at RVD and Eddie laid out and the chair right behind RVD and determined RVD used it to lay Eddie out and therefore called for the bell, disqualifying RVD. Post-match, Eddie would come-to rather quickly as he’d smirk at the London crowd and back towards RVD, before making his exit from the ring.

    RVD stood with his hand on his hips shaking his head at Eddie as Eddie continued to taunt him. Coach acted like Eddie didn’t cheat as he praised Eddie for beating RVD yet again and says RVD, this London crowd and everyone at home needs to face it that Eddie Guerrero is just better than RVD. Cole says yeah Eddie is better at cheating than RVD and that RVD had Eddie beat until Eddie resorted to his usual cheating ways. He says he wanted to see Eddie face RVD once without cheating to see how the outcome will be. Coach tells Cole to stop talking about hypotheticals and to deal with right now and that’s that Eddie Guerrero just beat the WWE Intercontinental Champion, RVD, again. (Match time - 11:20)



    We go backstage to The APA’s hangout to see two hands of cards and gambling chips on the table. Both Faarooq and Brashaw chug down their beers and throw them wherever they land/ Faarooq asks Bradshaw if he’s ready to go kick some ass. Bradshaw tells Faarooq he’s ready to handle some business and then looks down at his hand and the pot and says, how about he finish kicking his ass and taking more of his money first before they go kick Billy and Chuck’s ass. Faarooq takes a puff of his cigar and says we’ll see about that.


    We go back ringside and Cole and Coach are discussing the next match between The Undertaker and Booker T. Coach says all The Undertaker has done--as the leader of Smackdown--is ask to be respected by Booker T and the rest of the Smackdown locker room and all Booker T has done is disrespect the leader of the brand. Cole tells Coach as far as he can tell the leader of the Smackdown locker room is the Undisputed WWE Champion, Triple H and as far as the Undertaker wanting the Smackdown locker room’s respect, well he hasn’t given that respect himself. Coach tells Cole, The Undertaker demands that respect automatically as the veteran that he is and quite frankly, it would be in his best interest to start giving The Undertaker a bit more respect before he has to learn it from The Undertaker the hard way like Booker T is about to.

    Cole says Booker T isn’t a man who’s going to kiss The Undertaker’s ass and just give him unearned respect. He speaks on Booker’s past and says Book’s as tough as they come and tonight if The Undertaker wants Booker to respect him, he’s going to have to earn it in that ring.



    Booker T vs. The Undertaker

    These two would begin this one in a brawl. The ref would have to step in several times to break them up and inform them that their illegal use of the hands would not be allowed and they were both in danger of being disqualified. Book would take over first giving Taker stiff offense before getting them out of the corner as he continued his assault. Taker would then push back, with stiff offense of his own as with Booker, he was more interested in a brawl than a wrestling match. A little later, they’d both be thinking the same thing as they both came off the ropes and dropped each other clotheslines. Taker would recover first and began wearing Booker down with submission maneuvers. It would take several moments, but Book would slowly get back to a knee before getting back to his feet and shaking Taker off with some key strikes.

    Book would catch his wind and start taking it to Taker, pushing him back on his heels. To slow Book down, Taker would pull down the ropes on an incoming Booker, sending him flying and crashing to the outside. Taker would look to work Booker over on the outside, but Book would recover quickly and got to work on Taker and again had Taker falling back on his heels, before sending Taker back inside the ring. Book looked to put a groggy Taker away with a SCISSORS KICK, but Taker would dodge and grab onto the ref, who was nearby, and with his hands on the ref’s shoulders positioning his sight away from Booker before KICKING HIS LEG BACK AND CONNECTING WITH BOOKER’S BALLS. Book would fall to the mat and Taker would quickly go and lift him up so as to not alert the ref of what had occurred and positioned Book for The Chokeslam, connecting.

    Taker would then make the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Taker stood and leaned over Book and grabbed him by the jaws and told him he told him he’d teach him to respect him. Taker would look down at Book as he walked away from him and exited the ring. Taker turned and looked at Book again, rubbing his finger over his nostrils as Book was in pain, before straddling his chopper, cranking it up and riding off to the back. Cole says The Undertaker’s on the big trip to get everyone’s respect and then he goes out there and does the most disrespectful thing by kicking Booker T in the balls to win his match. Coach says The Undertaker told Booker T he was going to teach him some respect and he did it. He tells Cole he, Booker T and London may not like the way he did it, but Taker taught him. (Match time - 14:33)



    We get a split screen of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Billy and Chuck with Rico and The APA heading to the ring.


    Billy & Chuck © w/Rico vs. The APA (Faarooq & Bradshaw)


    The challengers would come out rolling, causing the champs to regroup outside the ring with Rico pretty early. The APA weren’t interested in the champs regrouping though and sent Chuck crashing into the steel steps and the legal man Billy, back inside the ring. Bradshaw would continue to work Billy over, until Rico hopped on the ring for a distraction. Chuck would recover and knock Faarooq off the apron before continuing his attack on him. Billy would gain control of Bradshaw and work him over, while Rico continued to distract the ref. Bradshaw would eventually gain control and took Billy out before pulling Rico into the ring who wanted nothing to do with Bradshaw, begging him not to attack. But as Bradshaw was about to strike, Chuck re-entered the ring and took Bradshaw down.

    Billy would get back to his feet and the champs would proceed in a two-on-one assault on Bradshaw until Rico decided he wanted some too. But before Rico could have his way, Farooq rushed into the ring and cleared house of the champs. Rico was now left alone and The APA got their hands on him before sending him to the mat with a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER, taking him out of commission for the remainder of the match. The champs would slowly get to their feet before Faarooq grabbed Chuck by the head and sent him flying over the rope. The brawlers then keyed in on Billy who had spaghetti legs in between them. Bradshaw would lift Billy up for a POWERBOMB and Faarooq would pull his shoulders down to connect with an AIDED POWERBOMB. Bradshaw would then make the pin for the 3-count.

    Post-match, the ref handed the new WWE Tag Team Champions their tag championships as each man would go to the corner and climb to the second turnbuckle, raising their newly won championships for the London crowd to see. Cole put The APA over and even Coach gave them respect while putting the former WWE Tag Team champions down a bit. (Match time - 8:48)



    Cole and Coach talk about the main event of the night, the No Disqualification Match between the Undisputed WWE Champion, Triple H and Kurt Angle. Cole mentions with Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon’s grudge against Triple H, coupled with the stipulation of the match tonight, he can only imagine what type of adversity the champ will face tonight. Coach asks Cole what that’s supposed to mean and asks if he’s alluding to his boss, Mr. Vince McMahon, planning to conspire against Triple H tonight. Cole says Vince McMahon doesn’t like to lose and Kurt Angle not getting the victory against Triple H tonight would be like Vince McMahon losing, that’s all. Coach tells Cole to watch what he says about his boss if he likes working in the WWE.


    No Disqualification Match - Non-title
    Triple H © vs. Kurt Angle

    Kurt Angle would make his way out to the ring first. And as the champ was making his way down the ramp, Angle would meet him there and the two would get into a fist fight on the ramp. However, Angle’s plan would go south as The Game would win the bout outside the ring and after sending Angle crashing into the ring apron, he’d send Angle back inside the ring to kick things off properly. The champ was in control in the early goings and looked to put Angle away just as fast with a Pedigree, but Angle squirmed his way out and rushed Triple H, sending himself and the champ crashing to the outside floor. Angle would then make use of the outside equipment to soften the champ up. Angle would get Triple H hung up on the turnbuckle, hanging upside by his leg before COMING IN FAST AND HARD WITH A STEEL CHAIR AND CONNECTING.

    The champ was in pain as he fell to the floor, grabbing at his ankle. Angle was proud of himself, looking around at the London crowd, shaking his head around. Angle would send the champ back inside and began working over Triple H’s ankle, but Triple H would fight and claw to keep Angle from locking in the ANKLE LOCK. The champ would get back vertical and slowly work himself back into the match, as he limped, favoring his ankle. The champ and Angle would end up on the turnbuckle before getting in a battle of control, with Triple H winning and super plexing them both off the top turnbuckle, wiping them out.

    As Triple H and Angle were both laid out on their backs, Goldust would make his first in person appearance in weeks and was wearing Angle’s gold medal. He’d make his way down to the ring as it appeared he wanted to get a closer look of the action, but he was more interested in admiring the stolen medal around his neck. Angle and Triple H would both begin to get to their feet at the same time, with Angle noticing Goldust outside the ring with his medal. Smackdown General Manager, Vince McMahon, would strut himself down the ramp and approached Goldust cursing and pointing his finger at him and demanding he head back to the back. Angle would be distracted for a moment and yelled for Vince to get his gold medal back from Goldust as Goldust made his way back up the ramp.

    But soon after, Triple H spun Angle around and gave him a kick to the gut and rotating Angle away from the ropes before setting him up for THE PEDIGREE. However, the champ's back was to Vince and his feet were near the ropes and Vince would grab Triple H’s bad ankle and pull with not much resistance there, as the champ lost his hold of Angle and fell to the mat. Vince then pulled Triple H from the ring and picked up the chair used on Triple H’s ankle earlier and BROUGHT THE TOP EDGE OF THE CHAIR STRAIGHT DOWN ON THE CHAMP’S ANKLE. Triple H writhed in pain as he grabbed at his ankle. Vince yelled and instructed Angle to come outside the ring and dish out more punishment onto Triple H. Angle was delighted, as he stalked the champ on the outside and stomped on his ankle before setting the champ up for VINCE TO LOCK IN THE ANKLE LOCK ON THE CHAMP.

    Triple H yelled and clawed at the floor, but refused to tap. Once Vince thought enough damage was done he told Angle to get Triple H back in the ring and finish the job. Angle would shove Triple H back inside and took down his straps and stalked the champ, yelling for him to get back to his feet. The champ would slowly crawl over to the ropes and begin to slowly lift himself up, only for Angle would try to position Triple H for an ANGLE SLAM, but the champ would hang onto the ropes. Angle tried to pull Triple H away, but the champ continued to grip the ropes with all he had.

    That was until Vince hopped on the ring apron and SWUNG THE STEEL CHAIR TOWARDS THE CHAMP’S HANDS, but the champ would let go of the ropes just before impact. Angle would bring Triple H to the center of the ring and attempted an ANGLE SLAM, but the champ would somehow free himself and land on his feet and gutted it out to stand on his injured ankle. Angle would turn to catch a kick to the gut, before Triple H set him up for the second PEDIGREE of the night. Vince was in a panic on the apron trying to distract the ref, but the ref’s attention was on the action in the ring. However, just before Triple H could connect, he’d catch a BIG BOOT to the face that he couldn’t react fast enough to, to avoid. The attacker was none other than Test, a man Triple H has had history with. Test would look down at Triple H and smirk before leaving the ring.

    A big grin grew across Vince’s face as he watched Test head to the back. He’d then turn his attention back to the action, where Angle would lift Triple H in position for another ANGLE SLAM and this time connecting. Angle would make the pin for the 3-count. Post-match, Vince hurried into the ring and pushed the ref aside so that he could raise Kurt Angle’s arm in victory himself. Vince then had the referee bring him Triple’s H’s Undisputed WWE Championship and looked at it momentarily before looking down at Triple H and telling him he’s going to make sure he loses the championship really soon, before dropping it onto the champ’s laid out body. Vince and Angle would exit the ring together and start backing up the ramp with Vince yelling back towards Triple H that you don’t cross the boss. We’d fade out. (Match time - 15:01)



    END OF SHOW



    Championship Opportunity Points


    Triple H - 9 points
    Perry Saturn - 8 points
    Rob Van Dam - 6 points
    Eddie Guerrero - 6 points
    Billy Kidman - 2 points
    A-Train - 5 points
    Bradshaw - 2 points
    Faarooq - 2 points
    Stevie Richards - 4 points
    Lita - 4 points
    Booker T - 3 points
    Jazz - 3 points
    The Undertaker - 3 points
    Kurt Angle - 3 points
    Tajiri - 2 points
    Molly Holly - 2 points
    Test - 2 points
    Maven - 1 point
    Billy - 1 point
    Chuck - 1 point
    Ivory - 1 point






















    Last edited by Edgeheadstingerfan; 04-08-2021 at 12:01 AM.

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    Re: WWE: The Brand Era

    Raw roster


    Men

    (32) Triple H - Undisputed WWE Champion
    (29) The Rock
    (31) Chris Jericho
    (34) Kane
    (48) Hulk Hogan
    (30) Big Show
    (28) Edge
    (30) Bubba Ray Dudley
    (29) D-Von Dudley
    (24) Brock Lesnar
    (33) William Regal
    (24) Jeff Hardy
    (27) Matt Hardy
    (28) Christian
    (37) Raven
    (46) Diamond Dallas Page
    (35) Tazz
    (44) Mr. Perfect
    (28) Justin Credible
    (33) Lance Storm
    (38) Big Boss Man
    (29) D’Lo Brown
    (31) Tommy Dreamer
    (39) Hardcore Holly
    (31) Shawn Stasiak
    (38) Stone Cold Steve Austin
    (43) Kevin Nash
    (44) Scott Hall
    (30) X-Pac
    (23) Randy Orton



    Women

    (29) Jazz - WWE Women’s Champion
    (26) Trish Stratus
    (26) Torrie Wilson
    (22) Stacy Keibler
    (38) Jacqueline
    (35) Terri
    (31) Dawn Marie



    Teams & Stables

    The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley) (w/Stacy Keibler)
    Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman)
    The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff Hardy)
    The nWo (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & X-Pac)
    The Impact Players (Lance Storm & Justin Credible) (w/Dawn Marie)



    Smackdown roster


    Men

    (32) Triple H - Undisputed WWE Champion
    (37) The Undertaker
    (33) Kurt Angle
    (31) Rob Van Dam - WWE Intercontinental Champion
    (34) Chris Benoit (IR; neck injury)
    (37) Booker T
    (38) Billy Gunn
    (30) Chuck Palumbo
    (30) Mark Henry
    (25) Maven
    (31) Tajiri
    (27) Billy Kidman - WWE Cruiserweight Champion
    (35) Bradshaw - WWE Tag Team Champion
    (43) Faarooq - WWE Tag Team Champion
    (33) Goldust
    (29) A-Train
    (27) The Hurricane
    (27) Test
    (36) Rikishi
    (28) Scotty 2 Hotty
    (31) Val Venis
    (30) Stevie Richards
    (30) Crash Holly
    (38) Al Snow
    (35) Perry Saturn - WWE Hardcore Champion
    (31) Spike Dudley
    (33) Funaki
    (34) Eddie Guerrero
    (35) Hugh Morrus


    Women

    (29) Jazz - WWF Women’s Champion
    (26) Lita
    (40) Ivory
    (24) Molly Holly


    Tag Teams & Stables

    The APA (Bradshaw & Faarooq)
    Billy & Chuck (w/Rico)
    Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty
    The Hurricane & Mountain Man







    Pay Per View Schedule

    Vengeance - Raw - June 2, 2002 - Detroit, Michigan
    King of the Ring - Raw/Smackdown - June 23, 2002 - Columbus, Ohio
    Judgement Day - Smackdown - July 28, 2002 - Detroit, Michigan
    SummerSlam - Raw/Smackdown - August 25, 2002 - Uniondale, New York
    Unforgiven - Raw - September 29, 2002 - Los Angeles, California
    No Mercy - Smackdown - October 13, 2002 - Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
    Rebellion - Raw - October 27, 2002 - North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Survivor Series - Raw/Smackdown - November 24, 2002 - New York, New York
    Armageddon - Smackdown - December 29, 2002 - Sunrise, Florida

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