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The Fall and Rise of World Wrestling Entertainment

And ... Here ... We ... Go!

Chapter One - The Top Dog

The year? 2003. The date? March 30th. Possibly the biggest day in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment to date. The biggest show of the wrestling year, WrestleMania 19, had just come to a close. Great matches captivated fans throughout the night, with Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels putting on a potential ‘Match of the Year’ contender, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and The Rock battled for the third time at WrestleMania, and of course the Main Event of the evening, Brock Lesnar becoming the WWE Champion for the second time in his career, beating the man many call the “best in the world”, Kurt Angle.

Vince McMahon, although concerned for the health of both men in the Main Event, as Kurt Angle came into the match with a bad neck injury, and Brock Lesnar nearly broke his own with a botched Shooting Star Press, was pleased with how the night went. He now had the best young wrestler in the industry in Lesnar back at the top of the food chain, and he was pleased with how Triple H was handling the top spot on Raw. After a tough couple of months which saw a failed Scott Steiner push result in criticism from fans, Vince felt like he had the right guys at the top of the card, and now he was ready to start a new wrestling year with even bigger goals in mind.

World Wrestling Entertainment had been at the top of the wrestling world for the past three and a half years, the past two years without WCW, which was bought out by Vince McMahon himself. TNA Wrestling down South was getting little attention, so people still viewed the WWE as the only reputable company in the business. But no company is without its rough patches. And even though he thought it was possible, Vince would come to learn that you can’t keep everyone on the roster happy, and sooner or later pissing off the wrong people would begin to destroy your company. But before we get any further into the bad things to come, let’s look at what happened from March 30th to June 15th of 2003.

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The following are the results from tonight’s WrestleMania 19 pay-per-view:

~ Lance Storm and Chief Morley defeated Kane and Rob Van Dam to retain the World Tag Team Championships in the pre show Heat Main Event. (10:00)

~ Matt Hardy (w/Shannon Moore) defeated Rey Mysterio by using the ropes for extra leverage in a roll-up to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. (5:39)

~ The Undertaker defeated The Big Show and A-Train in a Handicap Match after pinning A-Train following a Tombstone Piledriver. The Undertaker is now 11-0 at WrestleMania. (9:45)

~ Trish Stratus defeated Victoria (w/Steven Richards) and Jazz in a Triple Threat Match by pinning Victoria to become the new WWE Women’s Champion. (7:17)

~ Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros and Chris Benoit & Rhyno in a Triple Threat Match after Rhyno hit the Gore on Chavo but Shelton Benjamin slid into the ring to get the pinfall to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. (8:46)

~ Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Jericho after countering a suplex into a roll-up to get the pinfall. (22: 33)

~ Triple H (w/Ric Flair) defeated Booker T following a Pedigree to get the pinfall and retain the World Heavyweight Championship. (18:47)

~ Hulk Hogan defeated Vince McMahon in a Street Fight after hitting a Big Boot and then a Leg Drop to get the pinfall. (20:48)

~ The Rock defeated ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin following THREE consecutive Rock Bottoms before getting the pinfall. (17:53)

~ Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle following a second F-5 to get the pinfall after a failed Shooting Star Press to become the new WWE Champion. (21:04)
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Even with last night’s big pay-per-view going over huge not only with the fans, but also with Vince McMahon himself, the company is still set to lose three of its most reliable wrestlers and biggest draws on the roster.

First off, ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan has decided to “semi-retire” from wrestling for the time being, following his big victory against WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in a Street Fight at WrestleMania. Hulkster had been a mainstay on Smackdown! since early this year, having a huge rematch with The Rock at No Way Out, before being thrown into a feud with Vince McMahon, culminating in their “20 Years in the Making” bout last night. Hogan was never expected to stick around for a long period of time, as he’d like to spend time with his wife Linda and children Brooke and Nick. It is not known if Hogan is going to be returning anytime soon, but this was something that management was ready for since Hogan returned.

Another big name that was expected to take a leave of absence from the ring is ‘The Rattlesnake’ ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. After returning at No Way Out to face Eric Bischoff, Steve went into his third WrestleMania match against ‘The Great One’ The Rock, a match won by The Rock after three Rock Bottoms. Even before the match took place, many people believed that this would be Austin’s final match for the time being, as it was said that his neck and knees were making it impossible for him to wrestle. It was thought that Austin might stick around as some sort of authority figure on Raw, but word has it that Austin told many people backstage last night that he was stepping away from the business for the time being.

Also, the man who defeated ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin last night, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, has decided to head back to Hollywood full time, after nearly two years of wrestling on a regular basis. Management had thought that Johnson would stick around at least through April and May, but Johnson had told Vince McMahon that WrestleMania 19 would be his final match for the time being. Vince has given Dwayne his blessing in heading to Hollywood, and there are no bad feeling between the two after the decision was made.

With The Rock heading to Hollywood, the debut of former WCW superstar Bill Goldberg has been delayed, as he was to feud with The Rock starting tonight on Raw, with a match to take place between the two at Backlash. Now the debut is going to happen in either May or June, as management wants to put Goldberg right into the middle of the World Heavyweight Title picture on Raw.

Finally, Kurt Angle, who lost the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar last night, will be taking time off because of an injured neck. Angle has been battling this injury since the start of the year and has decided to get the problem fixed before it gets any worse. It is unknown how long Angle will be on the sidelines, as the choice of surgery could let Angle come back sooner than expected.
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Monday Night Raw - Triple H, HBK, and the Return of ‘Big Daddy Cool’

After a pretty uneventful night following Triple H’s big win against Booker T at WrestleMania 19 to retain the World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE world was shocked on the 4/7 edition of Raw. After Booker T and Shawn Michaels defeated the tandem of Triple H and Chris Jericho, Ric Flair attacked Booker, leading to a big brawl to end the show. Just as it looked like Evolution and Jericho were going to end the night on top, KEVIN NASH returned and had a staredown with Triple H, ending with the Champ dropping his sledgehammer and rolling out of the ring.

At Backlash, Triple H, Chris Jericho, and Ric Flair teamed up to take on Booker T, Shawn Michaels, and Kevin Nash. A very physical contest featured Kevin Nash looking like the most dominant man in the match, hitting Jericho with the Jackknife Powerbomb in the closing minutes. But Triple H ended up taking advantage of the referee being knocked out, hitting his former best friend with a sledgehammer to get the pinfall.

Following the brutal sledgehammer shot from Triple H, Kevin Nash made it his mission to go after Triple H and his World Heavyweight Championship on his own. The two would meet at Judgment Day, with Ric Flair in the corner of the Champion, and Shawn Michaels in the corner of the challenger. The match didn’t last long, as Nash backdropped Triple H over the top rope to the outside, with ‘The Game’ grabbing his trusty sledgehammer from under the ring. Referee Earl Hebner tried to prevent Hunter from using the sledgehammer on Nash, but got a shot to the shoulder for his troubles! This ended the match in a DQ victory for Nash, meaning Triple H was still the World Champion. But Nash wasn’t going down without venting his frustration, as a post-match attack ended with him putting Triple H through a table with a Jackknife Powerbomb, telling ‘The Game’ that he wasn’t done with him.

The second World Championship match between Triple H and Kevin Nash was signed for Bad Blood, with this match taking place inside the always dangerous Hell in a Cell! The match went down with Mick Foley as the Special Guest Referee, as none of the normal referees wanted to be near Triple H after what he did to Earl Hebner at Judgment Day. ‘The Game’ picked up a well earned victory after over twenty minutes of action, pinning Nash after a vicious Pedigree to keep his coveted World Title.

After being unified with the World Title in late 2002, the Intercontinental Championship returned to Raw, with Christian winning a Battle Royal to win the vacant gold. Christian would defend the Belt against Booker T at Bad Blood, holding onto the Belt after being disqualified by hitting Booker over the head with the Belt. Also at Bad Blood, La Resistance would pull off a big upset in defeating the reigning World Tag Team Champions Kane and Rob Van Dam, with RVD accidently taking Kane down on the outside, with the Frenchmen capitalizing for the win with a double spinebuster to Van Dam. Finally, Jazz was the Women’s Champion after Bad Blood, as she defeated Trish Stratus at Backlash to win the Belt.

Thursday Night Smackdown! - The Next Big Thing and The Biggest Man in the World

With the former WWE Champion Kurt Angle out of action to rehab his neck, Stephanie McMahon made an eight-man #1 Contender’s Tournament to determine Brock Lesnar’s opponent at Backlash. After three weeks of matches, John Cena shocked the world as the winner of the tournament, as the arrogant young superstar would say that he is taking Lesnar’s Belt as payback for Brock injuring him last year. However, Cena would be unsuccessful in taking the Title away from Lesnar, as Brock won a very hard-fought match after an F-5 to get the pinfall. Cena tried to use his steel chain, but that backfired on the challenger and led to the finish.

Also at Backlash, The Big Show would show the world how dangerous he can be when defeated Rey Mysterio in a match billed as “David vs. Goliath”. As if the devasting Chokeslam to Rey wasn’t enough, Big Show grabbed the stretcher that Rey was placed on, whipping it against the ringpost, putting Rey out of action for a couple of weeks.

After his brutal attack on Mysterio, The Big Show would find himself in the position to win the WWE Championship, as Lesnar came to Rey’s defense and told Big Show to “pick on someone his own size”. The match between the two was signed for Judgment Day, with this match being a Stretcher Match! The Big Show was looked at as the favorite heading into the contest, due to his incredible size, but with the help of a forklift and the returning Rey Mysterio, Lesnar would carry Big Show over the yellow line to win the match, and retain his Title.

The next match between Lesnar and Big Show would take place on the 6/11 edition of Smackdown!, with the two meeting in the Main Event with the WWE Championship once again on the line. The match ended in tremendous fashion, as Lesnar was able to SUPERPLEX the 500-pounder off the top rope, with the ring collapsing on impact! The show ended with over ten EMTs rushing to the ring, as no winner would be determined.

In other Smackdown! news, Team Angle, even in the wake of their leader’s surgery, would continue to hold the WWE Tag Team Championships. After a successful defense of the Belts at WrestleMania 19, the tandem would defeat the team of Chavo Guerrero and Tajiri at Backlash, and then would win another match against the challengers at Judgment Day, this time winning a Ladder match. Finally, the Cruiserweight Championship would change hands on the June 3rd edition of Smackdown!, as Rey Mysterio defeated the reigning Champion Matt Hardy to win the Belt for the sixth time.

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Originally Posted by WWE.com

On April 21st 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment came to terms with the releases of the following superstars:

Al Snow
D’Lo Brown
Tommy Dreamer
Jacqueline
Billy DeMott
Billy Gunn
Chris Benoit
Eddie Guerrero
Roddy Piper
Test

The company would like to wish all of these wrestlers the best of luck in their future endeavors.
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OOC: So here’s how this thing is going to work. I plan on having six total updates, going through WrestleMania XX. Some will be longer, some will be shorter. Most will feature a recap of all the major things to go down on television, such as debuts, Title changes, and character turns. Also, I will be posting numerous stories from The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and WWE.com to keep you informed of releases and backstage rumors.

This first two and a half month stretch was done as close to what really happened during this time as possible, with some minor changes made due to the releases of superstars. The next five will all be my own booking, with numerous changes to take place both on television and behind the scenes. Obviously, the two people on the first list of released superstars that don’t seem to fit in with the other “less talented” guys are Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. I decided to get rid of these two as early as possible because I don’t plan on using either man in this thread. I know that this thread takes place years before either one passed, but I still wouldn’t feel comfortable writing them. So you can think they went to TNA, got fired, whatever you want, they just won’t be in this thread. With all that said, I hope this thread can last, and look for an update every 3-5 days.

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Re: The Fall and Rise of World Wrestling Entertainment

Expected a new thread, as the other thread had been inactive for some time.

... and 2003 is one of the best places to pick up from, as it was around this time that WWE could've taken off again, but never quite did.

Looks like you'll be making life difficult though, as the two biggest players of '04 are gone already. Not going to complain with writing both men out, that's your prerogative. I'm curious though to see who steps up to the plate to fill those massive workshorse shoes. Expecting Booker T to get the chance. At this point in time I was still keen on The Book, so I'll not be condemning you week on week for pushing him .

Not much to comment on for now, as this recap is basically what went down in the real world. Looking forward to seeing how Goldberg debuts, and how he is handeld.

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Re: The Fall and Rise of World Wrestling Entertainment

Hey Pat_Man.

Nice to see a new thread from you and I must say, its looking impressive. I basically echo the comments of Wolfbeast and look forward to more.

There are some big events coming up, Goldberg and such so I hope you handle them well. Will be reading.
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Glad to see you back.

I like how you're going to go through a whole year with updates; it's a different approach to BTB than the norm. 2003 was a great year (imo) and I hope you can mould the characters and storylines of the time into what you want them to be. Good luck.

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PatMan's back? Awesome. I was a huge fan of your previous thread, and this one's looking to be fantastic. These were good times in the WWE, but there's always room for improvement, and I'm confident that you can make it happen. I'm very disappointed that Eddie Guerrero won't be in this thread, but other than that, everything looks fantastic. I'll be reading, so the best of look with this.
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I wonder when you reach it, who'll be the guys recieving the Eddie & Benoit pushes at WMXX.

Use The Berg wisely tbh, fuck the haters. Same with Steiner, don't job plz.

Oh and good luck Patters, this will be interesting.

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Wow, great starting period. This looks great. Interesting concept of 6 updates to move ahead in time. It is going to be real interesting to see how you change things. Like previously stated, you can start with a Steiner push. Maybe even have Christian main event Mania XX. We will see. Good luck man.



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I have been waiting for the new thread from you for a while now, you would know this due to the few times I have spoken to you wondering when this would pop up. Great year to go from also, had a brilliant roster and really you have the potential to create yet another epic thread.

Okay, so well from the opening passage it looks as if you are taking a unique root, you are going to make the company as bad as can be before fixing it up, it’s a nice, original concept that I personally love the sound of.

‘Mania results are the same, I just hope you do something decent with Booker T. At this particular time he was the man, when he lost to Triple H he lost all momentum and looked like a bitch in the process. I pray that you fix this up in the early stages therefore Booker can become a credible wrestler again.

Hogan, Austin and The Rock all not being around really takes away some of the appeal of the ’03 rosters to be honest. This is all part of the fall, I really expect things to only get worse so at this stage I would say there is more to come. Goldberg’s debut delayed is okay, because without Rock there is really not much for him to begin with at this stage. It’s probably the best for him to come in a bit later when there is a big spot for him. Kurt Angle out for a month or two just like in real life I think… It is okay but is still going to make things harder for the time being.

On Raw things are looking pretty much as they did in real life. You will obviously change things up as you are going but I really have nothing to comment on at this stage. RVD and Kane feud to come with the mask still on please.

Smackdown pretty much the same as Raw, everything is pretty similar at this stage. Chavo Guerrero better get himself a fair push.

I like D-Lo Brown.

Good luck Pat.

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This looks very well planned and very interesting. This is a great time period for the WWE and you have presented it very nicely. I will be sure to drop some reviews when you post some shows. Looking forward to this and wish the best luck with the thread!

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Re: The Fall and Rise of World Wrestling Entertainment

Looks pretty good, PatMan. Definitely a good era to start in, and I can't wait to see you change things up, with everything being basically the same thus far, minus Benoit and Eddie of course. While I understand you not using Benoit, I can't say I'm not disappointed that you chose not to include Eddie, as his rise to the top was a beautiful thing.

While I didn't really comment on your last BTB, I did read it, so I look forard to checking this out. Good luck.


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