Re: WWF 2001 - Invading The Right Way
Monday Night Raw - August 6th 2001
The crowd on Raw rejoiced as The Rock opened the show. The Rock said that last week Ric Flair cheap shotted him, but thats Ric Flair for you. The Rock said he knows Ric Flair knows that this isnt over. The Rock says he stands by what he said and that he respects the hell out of Ric Flair. But he has faced the greatest of the greatest, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H, the toerag they call Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Dude Love, Mankind, Mick Foley, but he has never ever got into the ring with The Nature Boy, yet.
Ric Flair comes out and says that he believes that respect is earned and just by respecting Ric Flair, that The Rock has the respect of Ric Flair, Flair say that The Rock is the future of the business, but that time isnt yet, theres still time for 'the dirtiest player in the game', to be the man just a while longer. The Rock asks the fans if they want to see Ric Flair go ONE ON ONE WITH THE GREAT ONE and the response is massive. Flair says you got a match. The Rock offers a handshake and Flair accepts before The Rock pulls Flair in close and stares him down, The Rock pulls away but Flair holds on and pulls The Rock back in for a stare of his own, Flair leaves as The Rock doesnt take his eye off him.
Backstage and Vince McMahon is called in to break up an argument and near brawl between Chris Benoit and The Undertaker, both men blaming one another for the loss on Smackdown. Vince says he cant be dealing with this with WCW infecting his company, and that if they want to tear each other apart then they can do it in the ring later on. Shane McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Jericho are seen watchng this backstage and seem very happy that the WWF is falling apart from within.
Kurt Angle goes one on one with WCW Champion Booker T in a non-title match, but with Angle in the ascendancy and hitting The Olympic Slam but Lance Storm runs in immediately brawling with Angle and the ref throws the match out, Angle hits The Olympic Slam on Storm but is blindsided by Booker T and the crowd are booing until Stone Cold Steve Austin flies down to the ring, Austin stuns Storm, then Booker T and even stuns Angle with one finger salutes all round. Austin celebrates as Booker T and Storm retreat
In a recurring theme on WWF television Christian loses to Chavo Guerrero by disqualification after Edge hits Chavo with a chair, Christian was very unhappy with Edge costing him the match. Eddie and Cahvo smiled at the arguing going on between their Summerslam opponents.
WWF Intercontinental Champion Rhyno came out and said he doesnt seem to be getting any competition, he says that he is offering an open challenge to any chump in WCW to try and take his title from him, but warns that getting in the ring with him comes with a warning of loss of health. WCW stalwart Hugh Morrus comes out and says how about they fight right now instead, Rhyno says okay and within a minute is Goring Morrus for the pinfall, as he celebrates though Kanyon sneaks up and hits Rhyno with The Flatliner and lifts the Intercontinental championship up before chucking it on Rhyno.
In the lead up to their WWF Tag Team championship match at Summerslam, Faarooq picked up a win over Dean Malenko after hitting a quick Dominator for the pinfall.
Chris Jericho went up to Chris Benoit in the back and said he was glad he could count on his buddy to soften up The Undertaker for him, not that Jericho needs Taker softened up. Benoit quickly jumped in Jerichos face, saying tonight may be Undertaker, Summerslam maybe DDP, but his main goal right now in the WWF is to get his hands on Jericho and make him tap, just like all the others do.
And in the other match involving a tag team championship at Summerslam, one half of the WCW Tag Team champions, Chuck Palumbo defeated Matt Hardy after hitting The Jungle Kick
In the main event of the evening The Undertaker and Chris Benoit were going hell for leather at one another when the WCW duo of Jericho and DDP made their way down to ringside, Page got on the apron getting the attention of the referee and Benoit, with Benoits back turned he didnt see Jericho strike Taker with the WWF Championship belt, and Taker walked right into a Crossface from Benoit. Taker had no choice but to tap out. Benoit celebrated as Jericho and DDP smirked up the ramp as the show went off the air
Thursday Night Smackdown - August 9th 2001
Smackdown opened with Kurt Angle coming down and saying he has enough on his plate with Lance Storm without Stone Cold attacking him for no freaking reason. Angle tells Austin to come and explain himself. Austin comes out very quickly and says he couldnt give a monkeys about Angles feelings or problems and that he will do anything and beat up anybody to get back the WWF Championship. Angle says well maybe he wont be so lucky trying to attack Angle face to face instead of from behind, a match is agreed for later on in the night
Test called Kane out and Kane wasted no time in responding but the lights went out and when they came on Test was on the ramp, Kane looked confused but the lights went off again and this time when they came on Hugh Morrus, Shawn Stasiak, Mark Jindrak, Raven and Stevie Richards were in the ring with Kane and attacked him, Kane tried to fight them off but eventually got worn down and then Test came in and hit the Big Boot
Booker T was backstage talking with Eric Bischoff and Shane McMahon saying he needs a challenge for tonight to get him in shape for Summerslam, because every time he faces a WWF guy Austin keeps getting involved. Bischoff said Austin has his own problems tonight but there is bound to be a match around here somewhere for them. Ric Flair then enters and says if Booker needs a warm up then theres no better than against The Nature Boy. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Flair adds how about making it special and putting the WCW World Heavyweight championship on the line. Bischoff interjects saying there is no way Flair is getting a title match tonight, he only just turned up last week. Flair gives Bischoff a stinking look before announcing that he didnt no Booker had become Bischoffs rent boy. Booker T obviously takes offense and says nobody speaks for him and he will see him out in that ring and retain his title
Rhyno and Tajiri would team up to take on Kanyon and Raven in a Hardcore rules tag team affair. Rhyno hit a Gore on Raven through a table after some green mist by Tajiri for the pinfall when Kanyon bailed. It was announced during the match that Kanyon would challenge Rhyno for the Intercontinental title at Summerslam
In the series of tag team battles heading into Summerslam, Jeff Hardy defeated Sean O'Haire after a Swanton Bomb, Perry Saturn defeated Bradshaw with The Rings Of Saturn and fnally some cohesion as Christian aided Edge onto victory against Eddie Guerrero.
Ric Flair took on Booker T next and The Rock was on commentary, Flair was in control until he took his eye off Booker T to notify The Rock he was still the man, but run right into a Bookend and Scissor Kick as Booker T retained. The Rock clapped for Flair despite the loss and the two stared eachother out as The Rock walked to the back.
Chris Benoit cut an interview saying he doesnt know what kind of games WCW are playing but they wont work, and in the end WCW will fall, just like before
Rey Mysterios in ring debut was next as he defeated Justin Credible after a 619. Afterwards X-Pac attacked Mysterio but Billy Kidman made the save. Kidman got on the microphone and said that they had a challenge for X-Pac and Credible for Summerslam. X-Pac accepted it
Vince McMahon was in the back trying to convince Stone Cold not to go through with the match against Angle. He begged Austin not to make more disharmony in the WWF, McMahon said first he had Chris Benoit and The Undertaker at each other and now his other top stars Angle and Austin. Austin said it was simple, he wants the WWF Championship back and will take out any and everyone who gets in his way, including him. Vince gulped before leaving Austin be.
In a hotly contested main event Austin defeated Angle after reversing an Olympic Slam. Booker T was in the ring after nailing Austin with a Harlem Sidekick. Booker stand tall as Smackdown goes off the air