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WWF, WCW & ECW 2001: Aftermath Of The Invasion

My last BTB ended 30 days ago. Apologies to those of you that became fans, I just couldn’t find the passion to carry it on.

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WCW and ECW now independent

Following the InVasion pay-per-view, Titan Sports have announced that WCW and ECW will now continue as separate entities.

As of this morning, World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling have been registered as wholly-owned subsidiaries of Titan Sports, the parent company of the World Wrestling Federation.

Further to this, the company have announced that, starting August 3rd, WCW and ECW telecasts will begin airing on the following channels:

Nitro will air directly opposite Raw on the USA Network, whereas Thunder will run opposite Smackdown on NBC. ECW will air on Saturday nights on TNN.

In terms of management structure, Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn will continue to run the WWF, while Shane McMahon and head writer Helton Shaker will manage WCW. Stephanie and Paul Heyman will run ECW.

We understand the rosters will work as follows: All original WCW talent will remain with WCW. The ECW roster contains most of the ECW alumni, including RVD, Raven, Tommy Dreamer, The Dudley Boys, Rhyno (Who holds both the ECW World and Television Titles) and Tazz.

In order to supplement this, we understand Chad Collyer, Flash Flanaghan, Damien and Payne have been called up from OVW to join ECW.

WCW have acquired all of the WCW-associated members of the Alliance who defected from the WWF with the exception of Test, who we saw Mick Foley asking to stay with the WWF on Raw.

With the timing of this, it comes as no surprise that the WWF have been moving Titles back to members of the original company rosters on TV in recent weeks.

We’ll be back with any news updates leading up to the debut of the two shows this Thursday.
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Major stars sign for Titan companies

In some surprising talent acquisitions, the three companies have shored up their rosters with a number of interesting signings. This is how they break down:

The WWF have signed Dan Severn, Rick Martel and Ted DiBiase to the roster. Despite all three men having a history with the company, their return has surprised many. All three are expected to feature in the midcard, yet there has been no indication as to how prominently.

WCW have kept things simple, with only two men coming in: Bam Bam Bigelow and Road Dogg.

ECW have announced that a number of people will be returning who weren’t originally signed by the WWF at the start of the year. These include Tag Team Champions Danny Doring and Roadkill, Sabu, Juventud Guerrera, Scorpio and Chris Candido, while Jushin Liger, Raymond Rougeau, Ricky Steamboat and Bill ‘Ax’ Eadie of Demolition have all joined the ECW roster.

At the Wrestling Observer, though, it’s generally believed that the WWF have made the biggest, and most unexpected, signing of them all. So big it warranted a separate announcement on WWF.com, we did a double take when we read that Bret “The Hitman” Hart would be returning to the WWF just four years after Montreal. Said to be ‘just about able to wrestle’ following the accident against Goldberg that many felt would end his career, we wonder what will happen next. We also wonder just how long he and Shawn Michaels can co-exist in the same company.
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Smackdown Preview



With the Alliance Invaders now gone, Mr. McMahon has decided it’ll be business as usual on Smackdown.

As we look forward to Summerslam, we’ll have a huge ten-man tag team main event that will see The Rock, The Undertaker, Kane, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit take on Triple H, Kurt Angle, Rikishi, Big Show and Edge. But ever-vigilant, Commissioner Foley has decided to make this an elimination match, where the last man or men standing will go forward to face “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for the WWF Title at Summerslam.

More champions will be in action as X-Pac, the Light Heavyweight Champion, will team with X-Factor stable-mate and Intercontinental Champion Albert to take on the number one contenders to their titles, Crash and Hardcore Holly.

With their biggest rivals now gone, The Hardy Boyz will both be in singles competition on Smackdown. The WWF Hardcore Champion, Jeff Hardy, will defend his title against Val Venis, while Matt puts the European Title on the line against Dean Malenko.

Whilst Val attempts to win the Hardcore Title, his former Right To Censor team-mates Bull Buchanan and the Godfather will step into the ring in a non-title contest against WWF Tag Team Champions The APA.

On Raw, we saw Billy Gunn come to the aid of Women’s Champion Chyna as she found herself on the receiving end of an attack from angry ex-boyfriend Eddie Guerrero. Commissioner Foley, appalled at the attack, has granted Gunn the opportunity to go one-on-one with Guerrero on Smackdown.

Tune in to Smackdown to see all the action, only on UPN!
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Thunder Preview



With the upcoming debut of WCW Thunder on NBC, WCW owner Shane McMahon has announced that we’ll be picking up where we left off in Panama City, Florida five months ago with a ‘Night Of Champions’ show.

In our opening contest, Meng will defend his Hardcore Title against the Hardcore Icon himself, Terry Funk. Meng won the belt on January 14th and is more than ready to defend the belt, while Funk was hardcore before the word ‘hardcore’ existed. With no rules, no limits and nothing to lose, just how far will the Funker go to get the gold?

Then, “Sugar” Shane Helms will defend his WCW Cruiserweight Title against former Cruiserweight and World Tag Team champion Billy Kidman. Kidman has been itching to get another shot at the title as these two men have traded it back and forth in recent weeks.

The vacant WCW World Television Title is back and on the line in a fatal four-way match as WCW commissioner William Regal himself goes into action for the belt, where he’ll meet Hugh Morrus, Lash LeRoux and Shawn Stasiak in what is sure to be an epic contest.

Chris Kanyon will defend his United States title for the first time since being handed it by Booker T. Who Better Than Kanyon? We’ll find out as he’ll put the belt on the line against the debuting Road Dogg.

Sean O’Haire and Chuck Palumbo, the World Tag Team Champions, will defend their belt against a debuting team as well, with their opponents being the blue-chip tag team of Jason Lee and Derrick King, the Suicide Blonds. This is the Blonds first televised match and the youngsters will be looking to spring an upset here.

And in our main event, World Champion Booker T has accepted the challenge of Diamond Dallas Page as he looks for a rematch from Smackdown a few weeks ago.

“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson will be in the building with a special announcement on Thunder, while Shane McMahon will address the WCW fans about the future of the company.

All this and more, only on WCW Thunder!

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Re: WWF, WCW & ECW 2001: Aftermath Of The Invasion

This looks like it is going to be extremely difficult to run. In my opinion, what you should've done is have kept RAW as the WWF's show, replaced Smackdown with Thunder as the WCW show, and have ECW as a third brand show. This would be a major challenge for any booker, and for someone like you, who doesn't have much BTB experience, I hope you can cope. Good luck.

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This looks like it is going to be extremely difficult to run. In my opinion, what you should've done is have kept RAW as the WWF's show, replaced Smackdown with Thunder as the WCW show, and have ECW as a third brand show. This would be a major challenge for any booker, and for someone like you, who doesn't have much BTB experience, I hope you can cope. Good luck.
I have plenty of BTB experience, I just haven't done many here. But I've been bouncing around various sites for far too many years doing EWR diaries

It'll be a challenge, but also a relief. If I feel like I need a change of styles, I can just write the other promotion's next show first. But then again, I'm rotating through three very different styles of promotion, which should make it easier.
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I like it, though I think I wouldve mixed the rosters up abit, maybe swapped a few WCW and WWF guys around

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OOC: A Note before we start - TV matches will only be recapped. I’d love to write out every match blow-for blow, but I’m producing 10 hours of TV across the three promotions every week. Will probably write out PPVs, time depending.

WWF Smackdown!

Thursday 3rd August 2001
Washington, D.C.


Announcers:
Jim Ross & Jim Cornette

Smackdown opens with the usual pyrotechnic display as Jim Ross and Jim Cornette welcome us to the show. They give us a brief rundown of the card for tonight as announced and remind us that the Alliance invaders are now gone.



“Medal” hits the arena and Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring, microphone in hand, and he clearly has something important on his mind.

Angle: “Last Monday night on Raw, what you all witnessed was not one mf the proudest moments of my career. I’m an athlete, and sometimes you have to admit defeat, so yes, I lost. I lost my WCW World Title to Booker T and now he, and WCW are gone.

“But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t look to the future. Tonight, Commissioner Foley has given me the opportunity to become the number one contender to the WWF Championship in that elimination tag team match.. And I will win. I will use all of my intensity, integrity and intelligence to come out on top and to beat “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at Summerslam.”

“If You Smellllllllllllll… What The Rock… Is Cooking!” comes over the sound system and the crowd erupts for the familiar entrance music of The Rock as he makes his way to the ring, climbing in and up the turnbuckle to milk the reaction from the crowd.

Angle: “What the hell are you doing? This is my interview time…”

The Rock cuts him off with an outstretched hand and raises a microphone of his own.

The Rock: “Finally… The Rock… Has come back… To Washington D.C.”

The crowd erupts. Angle is still pissed.

Angle: “Rock, as much as I appreciate your popularity in our nation’s capital, I think if…”

The Rock: “It doesn’t matter what you think! Kurt Angle, listen up and listen good. The Rock doesn’t give a damn what you want or what you think. The Rock doesn’t care if think you’re going to beat nine other men, including The Rock, to get a shot at “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s WWF Title. All that matters is that tonight, The Rock will go into that match with one thing in mind. One thing, Kurt Angle. Do you know what that is?

“Let The Rock tell you what that is, Kurt Angle. The only thing The Rock will be thinking of during the main event tonight… Is Summerslam. You see Kurt, at Summerslam, The Rock is going to walk down the People’s Aisle, climb into the People’s Ring, stare deep into Steve Austin’s eyes and whip his monkey ass. You see, Kurt Angle, you can come out here with your dreams and your grand plans, but you can’t make them come true without going through The Rock first.

“If you smelllllll.. What The Rock…”

He can’t finish the catchphrase, however, as “Bad Man” plays, bringing Rikishi to the ring.

Rikishi: “Rocky, my cousin. It’s good to have you back. It’s great that you finally chose to return to the WWF. But I hear that you and Kurt think that you can just walk into the main event and take the title shot? Need I remind you just how far I am willing to go to get what I want? I was willing to go to jail for hitting Steve Austin with my car all in aid of getting a Samoan to be World Champion. And as I recall, Rocky, the Samoan was you. But you couldn’t get the job done, could you? You couldn’t finish what I started. So now, I’ve learned my lesson. If you want a job done, you’ve gotta do it yourself.

“I know what they say, Rock. That blood is thicker than water. Well, that’s true. But while you are my cousin, my family, I am more than willing to spill your blood to get my shot at the WWF Championship.”

The Rock: “The Rock has told you before Rikishi, and he will tell you again. The Rock didn’t want your help. The Rock doesn’t need your help. The Rock can win that belt any damn time he pleases. So this is what you can do. You can take your help. You can shine it up real nice. Turn that sumbitch sideways… and shove it straight up your candy ass!”

“Shooter” plays next and “The Crippler” Chris Benoit makes his way to the ring where he goes nose to nose with each of the three men in the ring on the way to getting a microphone.

Benoit: “I hate to interrupt this little family gathering, but ever since I came to the WWF I’ve been denied opportunity after opportunity to challenge for the WWF Title. Now, I have the best chance I have ever had and I’m not going to get caught up in the middle of an episode of Family Feud to get there.

“I turned down an offer from Shane McMahon to return to WCW because Mick Foley asked me if I’d like to be a part of this match. I turned down a move to WCW because the only thing I have left to achieve in my career is becoming the WWF Champion and I don’t care what I have to do to get there. They call me ‘The Crippler’ for a reason and that’s because I will break every bone in your body if I have to, but rest assured, I will make someone tap out tonight.”

Angle: “Chris Benoit, if anyone if going to end up tapping tonight, it won’t be to the Crossface. The only way anyone is tapping out tonight is when I lock them up in the Ankle Lock and they have to make the toughest choice of their career: Tap out and lose their title shot at Summerslam, or have their ankle broken and not be able to compete at Summerslam.”

“Never Gonna Stop” by Rob Zombie rips through the arena and Edge comes out on to a smoke-filled stage, sporting his new look of dark glasses and black leather coat. after soaking up the distinctly loud heel reaction from the crowd, he walks down to the ring, trash talking on the way.

Edge: “Wah, wah, wah. All I’ve heard so far are a group of washed up wannabes whining and moaning because they haven’t got their shot, because life isn’t fair or because somebody said they’re better than them. Well I’ve got news for you. None of you are going to get your chance tonight because this is my time to shine. Tonight I’m going to show all of you exactly why I am the hottest, fastest rising superstar in this company as I take you all out one-by-one.

“I did an interview with WWF magazine this month where they asked me how I was coping following the break up of my team with my brother Christian. Tonight, I’ll show you exactly how I’m doing. My brother has been a weight around my neck, dragging me down to keep me at his level for too long. Now he’s gone, a victim of his own decision to defect to the Alliance just to spite me, and I have the chance to prove myself. Tonight, right here on Smackdown, a star is born. And at Summerslam, I will be your new WWF Champion.”

A countdown clock flashes up on the Titantron, before the arena goes black and an explosion of pyro cues “Break Down The Walls” and reveals the silhouetted figure of ‘Y2J’ Chris Jericho. The crowd erupts as all the Jerichoholics see their hero making his way to the ring.

Jericho: “Did I just hear Edge call himself the hottest star in the World Wrestling Federation? Listen up, Junior. I don’t know how you managed to weasel your way into the main event of any show, let alone Smackdown, but let me set you straight on this. You’re staring at the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah, “Y2J” Chris Jericho - The next WWF Champion.

“You come out here, you climb into the ring with great superstars like Chris Benoit, The Rock, Rikishi and Kirk Angel and declare yourself to be the hottest star in Sports Entertainment? Let me tell you something, jackass. I’ve been here, fighting my way up the ranks for three years, I’ve been the highlight of every night since I got here and this is the closest I’ve ever been to a chance to win the WWF Title. And you can bet your goofy, five-second posing ass that I’m going to snatch this chance and become the greatest WWF Champion of all time.

“Now, step aside and let me address the real WWF Superstars, the guys who deserve to be in this match. Kirk Angel, you and me have got so much history that we don’t need to talk about it, but I think you owe me you gratitude for putting you on the map and for making you a star. Rikishi, you waddled your tons of fun fat ass down here to whine and complain because The Rock doesn’t value your hitting his greatest rival with a car. Then you, Rocky. You and me have traded words on the mic so often that it sounds like a broken record, but it’s been a long time since we’ve traded blows and I’m looking forward to laying the smackdown on your candy ass or whatever your damned chump-change catchphrase it. And Chris Benoit… you and me, we’ve fought and we’ve teamed and at some point we’ll end up doing both. But tonight even you, for all your talent, can’t stand in my way. Tonight, I’m going to be the last man standing in this tag team match and there’s nothing you or anyone else can do about it.”

“Big” plays and the seven-foot five-hundred pound monster Big Show walks down to the ring.

Big Show: “Nothing anyone can do about it, huh Jericho? What about the largest professional athlete in the world? I could throw you across this ring like a rag doll or snap you in half like a twig. In fact, I don’t know what any of you are talking about tonight. Not one of you has the power to take me off my feet, let alone to pin me. Tonight, I’m walking out of here with the title shot at Summerslam”

“Burned” plays and Kane walks down the aisle, stopping having climbed on the ring apron. He raises his arms and sets off his pyro, sending the other Superstars scurrying to the centre of the ring. “Rollin” begins playing immediately and The Undertaker rides out onto the stage on his Harley Davidson. He holds a single fist I the air, drawing a huge response form the crowd, before riding down the aisle, circling the ring once and climbing off. He climbs the stairs into the ring as Kane steps over the top rope and the two stand together menacingly, facing the Big Show.

Undertaker: “So, you think that nobody in tonight’s main event can take you off your feet? Technically, I guess, you’re right. No one man can take you off your feet. But you know what? Kane and me, we got no problem teaming up to take you out of this match. If you want to be the champion, you’ve gotta go through the Brothers of Destruction. And that goes for all of you. You just stepped into our yard.”

“The Game” by Motorhead plays and Triple H, sledgehammer in hand, makes his way menacingly to the ring. The crowd pops excitedly for him, even though he’s a heel, because he’s been out injured since January.

Triple H: “I’ve been sitting out there in the back watching a monitor and all I’ve seen so far is to guys who are all talk and no action. Kurt Angle, you come out here and you talk about your “Three ‘I’s” and tell the world that you’re going to be the one to face Steve Austin at Summerslam. Then The Rock comes out here, fires off a bunch of catch phrases and declares himself to be the next WWF Champion. Rikishi takes credit for something I paid him to do, then I have to listen to Benoit, Edge, Jericho, and three big ugly guys talking trash.

“Well, they don’t call me The Cerebral Assassin for nothing. I was thinking long and hard about whether I should come out here and rain on your parades but since you’ve left me no choice, I will. I’ve been sat at home injured for months, being forced to watch on TV as all of the other so-called WWF Superstars failed to contain the Invasion.

“Kurt, was it really so hard for you to keep hold of a damn title? You couldn’t beat Booker T more than once in a row, so you think you’re ready for Austin? I don’t think so. Rikishi, Edge, Jericho… Not one of you have ever been within touching distance of a World Title and tonight, you’re going to be so close you can taste it. But make no mistake, that’ll be as close as you get, because I have no problem taking out each and every one of you.

“Benoit, the last time you held a World Title was because the boss caught you sleeping with his wife and was too scared of you to point out that Sid’s foot was under the ropes. Well, rest assured Benoit. If I ever catch you sleeping with my wife, you won’t be getting a title shot, you’ll be getting a sledgehammer shot right between the eyes.

“Then we’ve got the brothers of destruction, Undertaker and Kane. You guys are all friendly right now, but we know you just love to tear into each other. And there’s only one prize for you to get your hands on and you know you can’t share it. Big Show… largest athlete in the world. Judging by your waistline, the only athletic competition you’ve been involved in recently was a pie-eating contest. I don’t need to take you down tonight, I just need to get the hot dog guy to stand in your eye line and you’ll get counted out.

“Which just leaves The Rock…

The crowd pops at this. They remember the battles those two went through last year.

“You and me have fought up and down the country, coast-to-coast. We tore each other to pieces every night for a whole year and neither of us has ever been the same since. We both know how important it is to win that WWF Title and I know you’re going to be my biggest rival in this match. But rest assured, Rocky. I’ve kicked your ass before, and I’ll kick your ass again because I am just that damn good.”

“Wreck” plays and brings Commissioner Foley to the stage.

Foley: “As much as I like to see the spirit of competition, I have to guarantee that I’ll have a main event. And I can’t do that whilst you guys are tearing into each other. So here’s what we’re going to do: If any one of you lays even one finger on another before the bell rings for your match tonight, you will be automatically disqualified and you will lose your shot at the title. Now get out of my ring.”

“Wreck” plays again as we go to a commercial break

“Loaded” plays and brings Matt Hardy to the stage.


Ross: “We’re kicking off this jam-packed edition of Smackdown with a great match as Matt Hardy will defend his European Championship against Dean Malenko.”

Cornette: “Absolutely, J.R. but you’ll notice that Matt is on his own tonight. Jeff is not at ringside to help him out.”

Ross: “Well, Jeff Hardy will defend his Hardcore title tonight against Val Venis, I imagine he’s in the back getting himself prepared.”

Cornette: “In the back? This is his brother and his tag team partner. He needs to be out here watching his back.”

“Double-Oh-Seven” plays and Dean Malenko comes to the ring.

Ross: “Well, it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Dean Malenko come to the ring alone.”

Cornette: “Ever since Perry Saturn and Terri defected to the Alliance, Malenko has been flying solo. But that won’t bother him. The man of a thousand holds doesn’t need help out there, he’ll just prove why he’s the best in the business.”


WWF European Title:
Matt Hardy © vs. Dean Malenko


This was a great battle between guys of contrasting styles, though both men showed a willingness and ability to adapt to one another’s style. Malenko broke out a few head scissor variations, while Hardy showed that he does have some technical wrestling ability.

Despite his technical ability, Dean Malenko was unable to hold back the quick assault of Matt Hardy, who looks to be slowly becoming more comfortable on his own. Matt hit Malenko with the Twist Of Fate to seal the victory and retain his European Title.

Winner: Matt Hardy

Ross: “Matt Hardy wins! Matt Hardy wins!”

Cornette: “Well, I’ll be the first to admit I had my doubts, but Matt has once again proved himself to be a worthy singles competitor. He didn’t have Jeff their to help him, he didn’t need Jeff there to help him.”

Ross: “Well, Matt has been the European champion for around 10 weeks now and he’s always said that he’ll be more than happy to take on anybody who wants a shot at the gold.”

We cut backstage, to the locker room of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. There’s a knock at the door, and Austin dispatches Debra to open it. It’s Ted DiBiase.

Austin: “Well, well. If it isn’t the Million Dollar Man.”

They shake hands and hug.

“What brings you here?”

DiBiase: “You mean you hadn’t heard, Steve? I’m back. There’s money to be made and you know I’m always looking for an opportunity.”

Austin: “Damn right, but what brings you to the Rattlesnake? I know you, Ted. Everything has a motive.”

DiBiase: “Yep, and everybody has a price. That’s why I’m here. I have a proposition for you.”

Austin: “Well, I always did like the colour of your money…”

We move across to another backstage area, where Kevin Kelly is with Billy Gunn and Chyna.

Kelly: “I’m standing here with “The One” Billy Gunn and Chyna. Billy, tonight, Chyna will be in your corner as you go one-on-one with her ex-boyfriend Eddie Guerrero. After his attack on her on Raw, many are questioning whether or not it’s safe for her to be anywhere near him?

Gunn: “I appreciate your concerns, Kevin, and the concerns of the fans. But Chyna is more than tough enough to look after herself against Eddie Guerrero. She doesn’t need me to protect her. But I’m a gentleman. I will not stand idly by and let him put his hands on any woman.

“Me and Chyna have been friends for a long time. The whole world knows we used to hang out together as a part of D-Generation X. She didn’t ask me to help her, she didn’t need to ask, and she never would’ve asked. This is about me standing up for my principles and helping out my friends.

“Eddie Guerrero, tonight I’m going to come into the ring and teach you a lesson in respect. Respect for Chyna, respect for women and respect for the people around you. But more importantly, Eddie, I’m going to teach you some respect for me. You see, I’ve heard you talking. I’ve heard what you’ve been telling the boys about me Eddie. You’ve been saying that I’m washed-up, that I can’t do this on my own. You’ve been telling everyone that’ll listen that I am nothing without Road Dogg or D-X.

“Well, Eddie, tonight you’re going to find out exactly what I’m capable of. Exactly why there is only “The One” Billy Gunn.”

We cut back to the announce table at ringside.

Ross: “Strong words there from “The One” Billy Gunn as we wait anxiously for his match tonight against “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero.”

Cornette: “Well, we saw what Eddie did to Chyna on Raw {Video plays} with that brutal assault but many were surprised to see Billy Gunn come running to her rescue.”

“What’chu Lookin’ At” plays and brings X-Pac and Albert to the ring.

Ross: We’ll, we heard Billy Gunn mention D-Generation X and now here come the two biggest degenerates in the WWF, X-Factor.”

Cornette: “Well, they may not be the two nicest guys in the World Wrestling Federation, J.R. but these guys have got a lot of talent and a huge upside as far as I’m concerned.”

Ross: “Well, I can’t dispute their talent, Jim. Albert is the Intercontinental Champion, X-Pac is the Light-Heavyweight Champion and both men have held the Tag Team Titles, so they clearly have some kind of wrestling ability.”

Cornette: “But again, we’re seeing the evidence of how the Invasion has taken it’s toll so heavily on the company, J.R. - Usually, X-Factor is three men, X-Pac, Albert and Justin Credible. But Credible is another one of those guys who defected to the Alliance and has now left the WWF.”

Ross: “Well, I can’t say as I’m gonna miss him personally, Jim. But he’ll be a huge loss for X-Factor and it might turn out to be a gap they need to fill.”

“Slow Death” plays and the Holly Cousins make their way to the ring to a decent-sized cheer.

Ross: “The Holly Cousins haven’t been immune to the Alliance’s departure either Jim. Molly left the Federation for WCW on Raw having demanded Shane McMahon give her a contract.”

Cornette: “Well, she’s been tormented by Ivory recently and, of course, Ivory is a member of the WCW roster so she decided ‘Hell, if that’s what I’ve gotta do to settle this, I will’ and signed for WCW to give her the chance to settle the score.”

Ross: “Well, I can sure as hell respect that attitude, Jim, but I’m not sure if the Holly cousins will agree. But they are the number one contenders to X-Pac and Albert’s titles and winning would be a huge boost for them in this non-title match.”

X-Factor vs. Holly Cousins


There probably aren’t two more evenly-matched teams than these in the World Wrestling Federation right now and it showed here. X-Pac and Crash are equal to one another, as are the big men, Hardcore and Albert. The only change any of them got out of each other in this contest were when the big guys matched up with the smaller ones. This was never more evident until the finish when, with Crash sacrificing himself to take Albert off of the apron, Hardcore hit the Alabama Slammer on X-Pac before covering him for the victory.

Winners: The Holly Cousins

Ross: “A solid win for the Holly Cousins was exactly what they needed. Now both men can officially call themselves the number one contenders heading into Summerslam.”

Cornette: “Yes they can, and as we head into San Jose, we now know two of the matches that will make up the Summerslam cards. Crash Holly will take on X-Pac for the Light-Heavyweight Title, while Hardcore Holly will take on Albert for the Intercontinental title.”

Ross: “Well, we can go backstage now where Kevin Kelly is standing with a man hoping to earn his place at Summerslam tonight.”

Kelly: “That’s right J.R. - I’m standing here with one of the ten men taking part in tonight’s main event, the former Tag Team and Intercontinental champion… Edge.

“Edge, tonight you get arguably the biggest opportunity of your career so far. You’re just one match away from a show at the WWF Title, but are you at 100% following that epic battle with your brother Christian on Raw?”

Edge: “Well, Kevin, I think it’s safe to say that having destroyed and disposed of the trash from my family, and sent him packing from the WWF, that I am more than ready for this next phase in my career. I’ve already held the Intercontinental title and held the Tag Team titles seven times. Now I get my shot at proving that I’m the hottest star in professional wrestling by beating all the people who have stood in my way for so long and capturing that WWF Title.”

Kelly: “So you’re saying that you’re ready? No ill-effects from Monday?”

Edge: “Ill-effects? What are you talking about? I feel fine. I feel great? You smell that? I reek of awesomeness. Tonight, I’ll be the last man standing, then I’ll force Steve Austin to submit at Summerslam to prove why I’m the ‘Excellence of Edgecution’”

We go to the commissioner’s office, where Commissioner Foley is sat playing with action figures. ‘Steve Austin’ is having a tea party with various Barbies. I don’t think we’re supposed to ask.

The real Steve Austin walks in, with DiBiase behind.


Foley: “Well, Steve Austin and Ted DiBiase… Did I fall into a time machine? Is it 1995? Am I supposed to be in ECW right now?”

Austin: “No, Foley, it’s very much 2001, but I can’t say as I care whether you want to go play in the ECW bingo hall or not. What the hell is this? You like playing with dollies? You want to have a little tea party with Steve Austin, invite your little blonde friends along? Well, you can send your blonde friends, but you stay at home.

“Stone Cold has noticed that you’ve set up tonight’s main event to choose an opponent for me at Summerslam. Now I don’t much care who you put in the ring with me, but I do care about tonight. See, my friend Ted here wants to see ol’ Stone Cold in action, and I said I’d come see you to get me a match. I don’t care who, because you know I’ll just stomp a mudhole in ‘em and walk it dry. But I do want a match, and I do want it tonight.”

Foley: “Well Steve, unfortunately, I can’t make that happen. We’ve got a jam-packed show tonight. But you know, the legends of the WWF are more than welcome here any time. So if Ted would care to come back on Monday, I’m sure we can make something happen on Raw.”

The crowd pops for this.

Austin: “Now Mick, you know I’m a man who doesn’t like to hear the word ‘no’ but I’m in a charitable mood. So I’ll just go back to my locker-room, drink me some beers, and wait for you to realise that Smackdown needs Stone Cold Steve Austin.”

They leave and Foley goes back to his tea party.

Ross: “So the Rattlesnake wants to fight and Foley won’t let him? Well, I know Steve Austin about as well as anyone can and if he’s spoiling for a fight, he’ll find one sooner rather than later.”

Cornette: “I’m sure he will, but that damned piece of trash is nothing but a mindless thug. He might be spoiling for a fight, but he’ll spoil his reputation first.”

“Hello Ladies” plays and Val Venis makes his way to the ring.

Ross: “Well, one man who will definitely be fighting here tonight is Val Venis, who is making his way to the ring to challenge Jeff Hardy for the Hardcore title.”

“Loaded” plays and Hardy runs down to the ring to a huge response.

Cornette: “Well, the Hardy Boyz have already secured one victory tonight with Matt retaining his title, I though, against all the odds. But this is a different kettle of fish entirely. There are no rules in a hardcore match and you better believe that Val will take full advantage of that.”

Ross: “Well, that’s true Jim, but don’t count Jeff out. That young daredevil is about as dangerous with a ladder or a steel chair in his hand as any man in the world, and God only knows what’s under that ring.


WWF Hardcore Championship
Jeff Hardy © vs. Val Venis


This match was a brutal contest, with weapons ending up left strewn all over the shop. Hardy brought a table, ladder and several chairs into the match, using an Arabian facebuster from the ladder to put Val through a table, but somehow Val kicked out of the pin. Val also pulled off a nice, if not nearly so spectacular, spot where he put a trash can over Jeff’s head then came down on it off the top rope with a chair.

After nearly 15 minutes of the two men being unable to break the deadlock, The Godfather and Bull Buchanan ran in, attacking Jeff Hardy and allowing Val to hit the Money Shot for the win.

Winner: Val Venis

Matt Hardy ran in to try and stop the assault on his brother, but got taken down by the three men. The Hardyz looked like being the victims of a three-on-two assault until the APA theme hit the arena. The crowd goes in sane as The Acolytes dive in the ring and clean house, taking all three men down. The Hardy Boyz regroup and leave while they have the chance as the Acolytes throw the new Hardcore champion out of the ring and order the referee to ring the bell.

The APA vs. The Godfather & Bull Buchanan


This match wasn’t pretty, but then brawls never are. The tag team champions, as per usual, never backed down but their opponents matched them punch for punch. Val Venis tried to interfere repeatedly, but the referee saw it coming and was quick to stop him.

Unfortunately, the referee got himself caught up in the brawl and temporarily incapacitated, giving Val the opportunity he needed to hit both APA members with a chair. The referee recovered to see Buchanan hit Bradshaw with an Axe Kick and covered for the win.

Winners: The Godfather & Bull Buchanan

Ross: “My God, these three men have just destroyed the APA and the Hardy Boyz!”

Cornette: “That’s two of the WWF’s best tag teams we’ve just seen destroyed folks.”

Ross: “This is carnage. And now The Godfather has something to say…”

The Godfather: “What you have just witnessed is one of the simplest things in the world: Supply and demand. You, the WWF fans, demand only the best in the business. We are the best in the business and we just supplied proof. That’s Supply and Demand.”

Venis: “We’ve come looking for respect, and this [He holds up the Hardcore Title] represents the beginning of our plan to secure all of the gold in the World Wrestling Federation.”

They throw the microphones down and leave the ring.

Ross: “Well, this new team, Supply and Demand, have left with a very definite mission statement. They’re here for gold and I pity any team that gets in their way.”

Cornette: “I’ve managed some impressive teams in my time, but I cannot remember the last time I saw a team that dominating.”

Ross: “I think the last team I saw that who dominated anyone like that was the Road Warriors, but even they might struggle against these three men.”

*Commercial Break*

We return from the commercial break to find The Rock stood with Kevin Kelly.

Kelly: “I’m here with The Rock and tonight you…”

The Rock holds up a single hand to Kevin Kelly to stop him talking.

The Rock: “Has anyone ever told you, Kevin Kelly, that you talk to much? The Rock sees you walking around backstage, looking for interviews, asking stupid questions and making The Rock feel embarrassed to even know you. Now what was your question?

Kelly: “Well, Rock, I just wanted…”

The Rock: “It doesn’t matter what your question is. The Rock came here to talk about Summerslam. You see, tonight, in front of the millions… and millions of The Rock’s fans, The Rock will destroy nine of the greatest superstars in this industry. The Rock will look every one of those men in the eye and once again will lay the smack down on all their candy asses.

“You see, Kevin Kelly, tonight is just a formality. Just the warm up. At Summerslam, it’s going to come down to just two men. Me… and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Now Stone Cold, at Summerslam, you will go one… on one with The Great One. And I may walk in the People’s Champion, but I’ll be leaving as The World Wrestling Federation Champion. If you smellllllllll… What The Rock… Is cooking!”

Commissioner Foley is in his office, and evidently, the tea party is over, because ‘Stone Cold’ is giving Barbie a Stunner as Test walks in.

Test: “Hey Mick. Look, I’m gonna keep this simple. I turned down a WCW contract to stay here because you asked me to. You promised me you’d give me more opportunities and yet I turn up here today and find I’m not even on the card? What’s going on?”

Foley: “It’s not that simple. I was asked by Mr. McMahon to make sure I used all of the champions against all of the number one contenders. Tonight. But, if you really want to compete, I might have just the match for you.”

Test: “All I want is the chance to prove myself. I’ll take on anyone you ask me to. Anyone at all.”

Foley: “Okay.. Tonight, you’re going to go one-on-one… with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin!”

The crowd cheers for this, even though they hate Test and Austin is supposed to be the heel.

Test: “You’re giving me a match against the WWF Champion?”

Foley: “You said you wanted a chance to prove yourself. Here’s your chance.”

Test: “Mick, I won’t let you down. Tonight, I’m going to become the WWF Champion.”

Foley: “Champion? I didn’t say it was a title match. You need to prove yourself first there, bucko. Now go get ready, because you’re up after Billy and Eddie.”

We go back to ringside, where “Latino Heat” is playing, and Eddie Guerrero is making his way to the ring.

Ross: “Well, Test demanded some action, and he’s going to get as much action as he can handle from “Stone Cold” Steve Austin tonight.”

Cornette: “You’re right, but we can’t count Test out. He’s always been a mountain of untapped potential, perhaps tonight it’ll finally shine through against the Texas Rattlesnake.”

Ross: “Well, now we have a grudge match of a very different kind. {Video package plays} We saw Eddie Guerrero attacking his ex-girlfriend Chyna on Raw, only for “The One” Billy Gunn to come for her rescue.”

Cornette: “I think it’s safe to say that Eddie shocked the world on Monday night with his actions but who knows how things could’ve turned out if Billy Gunn hadn’t been there to come to her rescue?”

Ross: “I dread to think, Jim. All I can say is that this Eddie Guerrero is a despicable human being, and I hope he gets what’s coming to him.”

“I’ve Got It All” plays and Billy Gunn, accompanied by Chyna, comes to the stage to a huge pop.

Ross: “And this is the man who’s going to deliver it. “The One” Billy Gunn, the former Intercontinental Champion is looking to extract his pound of flesh.”

Eddie Guerrero vs. Billy Gunn (w/Chyna)


Eddie decided the best course of action was to go with a mixture of a speedy and technical attack and it looked to be working for him, but he didn’t bank on the resilience of Billy Gunn, who just kept battling back as Chyna cheered him forward.

Eddie tried to battle back but Billy was relentless, eventually hitting the Gunnslinger. But, before he could cover he was distracted by a woman jumping out of the crowd and attacking Chyna. He watched on in horror as security tried to restrain the woman, but the drama gave Eddie the opportunity to recover. He managed to roll Billy up with a handful of tights to steal the win.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Eddie shows no remorse as he celebrates on the way up the ramp, but Billy is more concerned about Chyna’s well-being.

Ross: “That damned Eddie Guerrero steals another victory.”

Cornette: “Well, lying, cheating and stealing is what he does, but he received a very fortunate assist from that woman, that fan, who attacked Chyna.”

Ross: “Well, that’s right. We should remind those sitting at home that when you attend WWF live events that you should always, please, stay behind the barrier. I hope that idiot gets ejected from the building.”

Cornette: “So do I. Ladies and gentlemen, you may think that it’s big, or clever, or funny to jump that security barrier, but it is against the law. That barrier is there for your safety and the safety of the WWF Superstars.”

Ross: “Well, as we prepare for tonight’s main event, I’m told we can hear from Chris Jericho, who is waiting to talk to Kevin Kelly.”

Kelly: “Thanks J.R. As you mentioned, I’m standing here with “Y2J” Chris Jericho and Chris, I’m sure a lot of the fans are wondering how you’re feeling tonight. It’s been a long career, all leading to this moment; arguably your best chance yet to win a shot at the WWF title?”

Jericho: “Well, Kevin Kelly, I’d like to congratulate you on setting the record for the longest, most boring question ever asked by an interviewer in the WWF.

“Tonight I, Chris Jericho, the highlight of the night, will step into the ring in front of all of these Jerichoholics and give everything I have, every drop of energy, every bead of sweat and every last breath I have in my body to earn my place at Summerslam.

“I don’t care what I have to do, what I have to go through or who I have to beat. When I win tonight, I will face “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the WWF will never… eeeeeeeever…”

Kurt Angle walks in, interrupting his speech.

Angle: “Jericho, I hope you don’t honestly think, even for one second, that you actually have a chance tonight?”

Jericho: “Look what the cat dragged in. Kirk Angel, Mr. Olympic Gold Medallist. Listen, Junior… I know how you like to walk around here with those things dangling around your neck, hanging between your man boobs, talking about what you achieved. But that was five years ago, Angle. That was 1996, this is 2001. We’re not in the Angle era anymore, we’re in the Y2J dynasty. At Summerslam, I will win my first WWF Title, and there’s nothing that you, or anybody, can do about it.”

Jericho walks off, leaving Angle and Kevin Kelly to stare after him.

“Glass Shatters” hits the arena and despite having been a heel since Wrestlemania, there are still cheers as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin makes his way to the ring, accompanied by Ted DiBiase.

Ross: “Well, this isn’t a combination we’ve seen enter the ring together in quite some time. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, but one thing I do know is that wherever DiBiase is, mischief is never far behind. There’s gotta be foul play in the air here.”

Cornette: “I hate to say it, but I think you’re right. DiBiase went to Austin with a business proposition and like he always says, ‘everybody has a price’ - I guess he found Austin’s.”

“This Is A Test” plays and brings Test to the ring to a mixed reaction.

Ross: “Now this young man, Test, is a man with a huge upside. He’s a big, physical powerhouse with a never-say-die attitude and a lot of ambition. He actually went to Commissioner Foley looking for a match tonight and didn’t even flinch when he was told he’d have to face the World Wrestling Federation Champion.”

Cornette: “Well, Test is still young, but I’ve never knocked confidence in a guy. If he thinks he can take the fight to the champion and he’s willing to come out here to prove it, more power to him.”

”Stone Cold” Steve Austin (w/”The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase) vs. Test


This match was a typical brawl - a slobber knocker as J.R. kept calling it on commentary - but it didn’t follow the expected pattern of “Stone Cold” dominating. Test really looked like he was trying to step up to Austin’s level and fought him fist for fist in what made for a genuinely thrilling contest.

The crowd genuinely got behind Test towards the end as he hit Austin with the Big Boot, but only found two. He looked to finish things with a Pumphandle Slam but Austin fought his way free and turned him into the Stunner for the win.

Winner: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Ross: “Victory for Austin, but Test put up one hell of a fight.”

Cornette: “Yes he did, but Austin showed the resilience which keeps that WWF Title around his waist to see off the youngster. Commissioner Foley has to see that…”

Austin: “Hey, Cornette. {The camera moves form ringside back to the ring, where Austin has the microphone} That’s right, Jim Cornette, I’m talking to you you son of a bitch. Get your ass in this ring.

Cornette tries to protest, but thinks better of it and resigns himself to get in the ring.

“Now listen... I heard what you were saying about me earlier on commentary. What was it you called me? A ‘piece of trash?’

Cornette is just staring at him.

“What? Did you, or did you not call “Stone Cold” Steve Austin a ‘piece of trash?’

Cornette just nods.

“Did I also hear correctly that you called “Stone Cold” Steve Austin a ‘mindless thug?’

Cornette nods emphatically, and starts trash talking Austin.

“What?”

Cornette grabs the microphone.

Cornette: “Yes I did, Austin. You know I did. I called you a thug, I called you a piece of trash, and I’ll tell you one other thing…”

He won’t, because Austin hit Jim Cornette with a Stone Cold Stunner before talking trash to his lifeless face.

*Commercial Break*

Ross: “Welcome back to Smackdown, ladies and gentlemen. Before the break {Replay video plays} we saw “Stone Cold” Steve Austin launch a vicious assault on my broadcast colleague Jim Cornette. Now, during the break, Cornette still wasn’t moving, he is still unconscious, and he’s been taken by the WWF trainers to a local medical facility for treatment. But just my luck, now I’ve been joined on commentary for our main event by Austin and Ted DiBiase.”

Austin: “That’s right, J.R. and if you think what I did to Cornette was bad, I suggest you keep your words soft and sweet because I’m in the mood to whip some more ass and take a few names.”

Ross: “And what about your good friend Mr. DiBiase? What brings him back to the WWF after all this time?”

DiBiase: “I’m here because I saw an opportunity. I saw the only thing that really matters in the world, the almighty dollar. And I knew I could get myself a few more by coming back here. Now I may not have wrestled a full schedule in five years, but you know what, I know I have a place in the WWF still.”

Ross: “You do?”

DiBiase: “Yes I do. In fact, this seat is quite comfortable and I don’t think we’ll see Cornette for a while, do you?”

“Bad Man” brings Rikishi to the ring to loud chorus of boos.

Ross: “Well Austin, whilst you’re here, perhaps you could give us some insight into what’s going through your mind as you watch the potential contenders come to the ring.”

Austin: “I ain’t gonna do a damn thing just because you asked me to, J.R. but I will tell you that Rikishi is a strong contender in this match. You can never rule out a guy who weighs 425 pounds.”

“Never Gonna Stop” plays, and Edge appears through a cloud of dry ice. The boong gets louder.

Ross: “Now Edge is a young superstar hoping to make a name for himself as a singles competitor and he told us earlier on that he intends to not only win tonight, but to make you tap out at Summerslam.”

Austin: “Well, I’ve never been a man to knock a guy for being ambitious, but if he does make it through tonight in one piece he better be prepared, because “Stone Cold” is more than happy to make an example by slapping the piss out of him.”

“Big” plays, bringing the ‘World’s Largest Athlete’ to the ring.

Ross: “Well, this man has a big advantage tonight. He’s the largest athlete in professional sports, seven-feet, two inches and over five hundred pounds.”

Austin: “He’s a big ol’ sumbitch isn’t he? He could be the man to beat tonight.”

“Medal” plays and Kurt Angle heads for the ring as the crowd sings “You Suck” to his music.

Ross: “Well, what about Kurt Angle, the WWF’s only Olympic Gold Medallist?”

Austin: “Are you kidding me? This guy couldn’t even beat Booker T on Monday and now he thinks he’s going to get through nine of the very best the WWF has to offer? Even if he does, you can bet your ass he won’t get past Steve Austin.”

“The Game” brings Triple H to the stage with the loudest boos of the night.

Ross: “The Cerebral Assassin made a shock return to the World Wrestling Federation earlier tonight, and he had some choice words for some of his fellow WWF Superstars, yet noticeably not one single word to say about you, Steve Austin…”

Austin: “Triple H is undoubtedly one of the very best in the business, in my mind one of the very best of all time. He’s a four-time WWF Champion and a man that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. Apparently the feeling is mutual, but make no mistake; if it comes down to me and Helmsley at Summerslam, I’ll have no hesitation in beating his ass.”

“Shooter” plays, signifying the entrance of Chris Benoit. His expression is as serious and intense as ever.

Ross: “This man, Chris Benoit is one of the very best the WWF has to offer. They don’t call him ‘The Crippler’ for nothing folks, this guy has such a wide variety of holds, and he can hurt you in so many ways.”

Austin: “There’s no doubt that Benoit has a lot of talent, a lot of pure wrestling ability, but I don’t know if you can call him one of the very best in the business. You don’t get to be on that list until you hold the WWF Title.”

A countdown begins and “Break Down The Walls” brings Chris Jericho out to the ring to a huge roar from the crowd.

Ross: “Chris Jericho, “Y2J” if you will, has made a huge impact on the World Wrestling Federation since his debut two years ago, almost to the day. Now he’s going into this match as a serious threat to the number one contendership for the WWF Title.”

Austin: “Last year, of course, he technically beat Triple H for the Title with the help of Earl Hebner, but Triple H was kind enough to help Hebner to see the error of his ways and reverse the decision. I hope Jericho enjoyed that feeling, because it’s the closest he is ever going to get to my title.”

“Burned” plays, bringing Kane to the ring. He walks purposely, just as he did earlier. He then stands dead centre in the ring and sets off the pyro to cue the change to “Rollin’” that brings The Undertaker to the ring on his Harley.

Ross: “The Undertaker & Kane, The Brothers Of Destruction, come to the ring in tandem, but as Triple H pointed out earlier they cannot share the title.”

Austin: “Well, we both know that these two men cannot co-operate for two long and the opportunity for a title may come between them. But… If they can stay on the same page, they could be the most dangerous guys in this match.”

Ross: “And, of course, the rules stipulate that anyone left standing at the end of this tag team elimination match will go forward to face you at Summerslam. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that these two could both be standing at the end of this match.”

Austin: “You should know by now, J.R. that I don’t give a damn if I have to fight one man or fifty. I say bring all ten of these guys on at Summerslam, but Foley has decided he doesn’t want that.

“If You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking” hits the arena and the crowd erupts into by far the biggest pop of the night. The Rock is talking trash as he walks the aisle and circles the ring before climbing up the turnbuckle.

Ross: “Well, there he is, Steve. Your nemesis. The six-time World Wrestling Federation Champion… The Rock!”

Austin: “Yeah, it’s The Rock, what of it? You think I care about The Rock? I hope he wins this, so I can whoop his ass all over San Jose.”

#1 Contender 10-Man Elimination Tag Team Match
Triple H, Kurt Angle, Big Show, Rikishi & Edge vs. The Rock, The Undertaker, Kane, Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho


The match started out as a simple tag team match, except as things wore on it quickly became obvious that this was no ordinary tag match. Nobody was willing to engage in too much team work, and nobody was making any effort to save others from pinfalls, with the exception of the Undertaker and Kane working together.

Rikishi established himself as dominant early on, but couldn’t manage to eliminate any of his opponents. He then found himself face-to face with The Rock, who proceeded to beat him like a red-headed stepchild. The Rock hit him with The Rock Bottom, but Rikishi managed to kick out at two. The Rock then went looking for the People’s Elbow, but as he was setting it up the ‘Bad Man’ hit him with a low blow, getting himself disqualified.

Edge was next in, and he made a quick impact. He came straight in, brawling with The Rock, but came back having been whipped into the ropes not to take the Spinebuster, but delivering a Spear of his own as Rikishi clipped The Rock’s knees. Edge eliminated The Rock.

He tried to tag out to Big Show, but Show dropped to the floor, so Angle took the tag instead, and found himself faced with Benoit. These two men engaged in their usual technical battle, before both tagging out, leaving Triple H and Jericho in the ring together. These two started battling fiercely, but eventually Jericho got the better of Triple H and he tagged Kurt back in. Jericho was ready for him and continued his momentum, eventually managing to hit Kurt Angle with the bulldog, then the Lionsault to eliminate him. Jericho eliminates Angle.

Triple H was back in with renewed vigour and started beating down on Jericho. Jericho finally got himself free of the onslaught and took advantage of the respite to tag in Benoit. Benoit came in with all of his usual fire, starting a straight-up brawl with Triple H. Triple H looked like he was building momentum, and hooked Benoit up for the Pedigree… but Benoit grabbed the leg, whipped it out from underneath him and locked him in the Sharpshooter. Triple H taps!

Now we were down to four-on-two as one again Big Show refused to take the ring, so Edge was forced back in. He went straight for Benoit, locking up and engaging him in the technical battle. Edge, against all odds, found himself on top and managed to hit Benoit with the Spear. A pin fall only found two as Benoit kicked out, leaving Edge to protest the referee’s count.

Benoit tagged out to Jericho and Jericho was in, straight into a fistfight with Edge. Edge was more than up to the battle, yet neither man wanted to engage in a more technical battle. Jericho got the better of Edge and took him to the floor, trying desperately to lock him in the Walls Of Jericho, but Edge fought back and finally kicked his way free. Jericho rushed Edge, but took a boot to the stomach for his trouble and the Edgecution. Edge covered and got the three count on Jericho.

Edge specifically pointed out Benoit and demanded he come into the ring to face him. Benoit came in and locked up with Edge, looking to turn it into a technical battle on his terms. For a while, they put on a technical wrestling master class, until Benoit locked Edge in the Crossface. Benoit strained to try and get Edge to tap, but Edge battled back and got his feet to the ropes to break the hold.

They went back immediately to showcasing their technical abilities, but Edge decided he’d had enough and hit Benoit with another Spear. But instead of going for the cover, Edge locked in the Edgecator. Benoit taps. Edge has eliminated Jericho, Benoit and The Rock!

Now Edge found himself in pole position, an unlikely favourite. He tried to make the tag to get a break, but Big Show was still watching defiantly from the floor and he turned to find himself face to face with Kane! Kane went to work, beating down on Edge, who had to be tired. Kane finally set Edge up for the Tombstone, but Edge slipped out the back and pushed Kane into the referee before hitting him with a low blow.

Edge attacked The Undertaker on the apron, starting to get cocky, before hitting Kane with a Spear. He tried the cover, but there was no referee to count. The Undertaker slid into the ring, pulling Edge off of his brother easily. Taker went to work, beating down on Edge. He finally decided he’d had enough and grabbed Edge by the throat. Edge broke the hold with a low blow, but Kane was back up, preparing his own Chokeslam. Taker joined him when he recovered… and Edge eats a double Chokeslam! Kane covers, Taker gets the ref who makes the count, slowly… but it’s three! Edge is eliminated!

Now there are only three and the Big Show, the fresh man, climbs slowly into the ring whilst the referee removes the Undertaker. Kane and the Big Show square off and begin trading punches, but the Big Show gets the upper hand, laying Kane out and turning to taunt the crowd… and Austin!

As Show and Austin trade words, Kane tags in the Undertaker, who beats on Big Show. But Show is still completely fresh and the Undertaker, who wrestled much of the early part of the match with Kane, is being worn down. Finally, satisfied that the time is right, he grabs the throat of the Undertaker, but Taker grabs his in return. Big Show thrusts his knee into the stomach of the Undertaker to break the hold. Kane is in to help his brother too. But Show grabs them both by the throat! Double Chokeslam!

Big Show covers both men. The referee makes the count: 1... 2... 3! The Big Show has won it… No, he hasn’t. Only The Undertaker was legal, and the referee reminds him of that. The Undertaker is eliminated, but now we’re down to just The Big Show and Kane!

The Big Show is pissed. He felt for sure he’d won it. And takes out his aggression on referee Earl Hebner, Chokeslamming him to the mat. Kane is up and the two big behemoths square off. One of these two is going to Summerslam. And now they’re trading punches again! The Big Show is pissed off, Kane is looking to avenge his brother and these two guys may well kill each other before this one is through.

Kane got the upper hand, slowly wearing down The Big Show, but the Big Show found a second wind and fought back. Kane caught Show around the throat, looking for the Chokeslam. Big Show did the same to Kane. It’s a Mexican stand off in the worst way as both men use their free hands to beat on the other one and get the upper hand. Finally, Kane manages to break Show’s hold… but goes for the Tombstone instead. He hits it! A fresh referee slides in to makes the count… and Kane is going to Summerslam!

Winner: Kane

Ross: “Well, Mr. Austin, it looks like you’ve found your opponent for Summerslam first hand and God help you. The Big Red Machine, one half of the Brothers Of Destruction will stand toe-to-toe with the Rattlesnake. And it looks like it might happen right now as Austin is leaving the announce table…”

DiBiase: “Well you know as well as I do, Jim, that Steve Austin is not afraid of anyone, not least this big red freak.”

Austin climbs into the ring, talking trash as he does so and wastes no time in getting right up in Kane’s face. Austin keeps talking, shows Kane the title, almost taunting him with it. Then Austin flips him off, kicks him in the gut… but Kane hasn’t felt it, and hits Austin with a thunderous Chokeslam.

Kane stands menacingly over Austin’s prone body and signals his pyro, which bursts into flame as Raw goes off the air.


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Well, I guess that you aren't going to post any more shows if you don't get reviews, so I'm going to make one, for you to know that you have earned a reader with that first show.

Smackdown Review

The Main Event Participants Segment:
So, first we have Kurt open the show, and the Rock interrupts him, and right now it's obvious that we're going to have a lot of guys in this segment. Now, you did an excellent job of writing the Rock, with all of his catchphrases and jokes, but Rikishi comes out. I didn't like anything that he said, as it was just reminding us the Rock/Rikishi history, and how Rikishi ran over Austin to help Rock becoming the WWF Champion. And I liked how the Rock told Rikishi what he could do with his help. And once he finishes, Chris Benoit comes out, now, I don't have any problem with Chris, well except for what he did, but this is before he did that, so I guess there isn't any problem with you using him. I don't think that he has any shot at winning this No.1 Contenders match, maybe at an another time, but right now, there isn't any place for him in the Main Event Scene. Nonetheless, I liked what he had to say, and you have done a good job to build up the main event. And after "the Crippler", out comes Edge. I don't think that what he said was true, being the fastest rising superstar, but that's an another discussion, as it's only up to you, if you're going to start pushing him earlier or later than the WWE, or you might even not push him at all. And after him, out comes Y2J, Chris Jericho. I was looking forward to this, as he is gold on the mic. But what I didn't like was that he sort of complimented the other superstars, other than Edge. Yeah, I know, he insulted every single one of them, but he said that they deserved to be in the match, I don't think that Jericho is like that. But the fun is now over, as the 7 feet tall giant walks to the ring. And of course, he plays the "Big" card. He's too big for anyone to take him of his feet, pin him, or make him submit, that's just plain old. But what are you going to do? He has no freakin' personality. But then, we have my favorite wrestler, Kane come out. He walks to the ring, and he waits for his brother, the Undertaker, too to come out. I liked this entrance, but I think that they should have entered together, but that's just minor. I didn't find any problem with what they had to say, and the final participant in the 10 man tag team elimination match, Triple H comes out. You did a good job with the crowd reaction, as the crowd would cheer for anyone that's out for a long time, as they don't know what they have, until they've lost it, I mean look at Randy Orton, when he was put on the shelf, he was the company's top heel, and was in a feud with Triple H, but when he came back he was getting "RKO" chants. I like that you took that into consideration. And Trips was brilliantly written, giving his insight on everyone else involved in the main event. And I loved that little trip down memory lane with the Rock, and I'm surprised that they've not started fighting yet, and Mick knows that, and I like what he said; if anyone puts a finger on someone else, they're going to get disqualified, which means that tension will be building up all night.

Matt Hardy vs. Dean Malenko:
Well, the high flier and the technical wrestler come face to face. And I'd love to see that match, as they're both great performers. I don't have anything to say about the match as it was in recap form, but I'm more interested if a feud will become out of this, or was this just an one time thing?

Stone Cold/Ted DiBiase Segment:
So, Ted DiBiase comes back. I guess that you're going to have him as a manager, as he is too old to wrestle. And not just the manager of anyone, the manager of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. And I see that Ted is keeping his old gimmick of the Million Dollar Man. I never have thought that Steve needed a manager, as he is one of the greatest mic workers of all time, but this could work out, and I'm curious to see what Ted's proposition is.

Billy Gunn and Chyna Interview:
The same I said about Benoit applies here, for Eddie Guerrero, too. Even though Eddie didn't kill anyone, he's dead, but as I said about Benoit, I haven't got any problem with you using him, as he was still very much alive back in 2001. And the interview, I liked it. It did a fair enough job building up the Billy/Eddie match later on, which I feel will end in Disqualification, or anyway, it won't be a clean match. As this feud I think has great potential, and I think that you should wait for a PPV to give someone a clean win against the other, but that's just me. Do whatever you want.

X-Factor vs. Holly Cousins:
Well, I don't know a lot about wrestling in 2001, so I haven't heard, or seen either one of these tag teams so, sorry if I make any mistakes. Again, I'm not going to talk about the match, as it was in a mere recap form. But after the match ended I see what the feud is about. About the Intercontinental and about the Light-heavyweight title. I haven't got anything to say, so the hell with it.

Edge Interview:
So, Edge is building himself up, but I don't buy what he's selling. C'mon, him being 100% after Monday Night, is like Mick Foley being 100% after his Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker. Anyway, I haven't got anything bad to say about this interview, but I think that you need to post rosters, because this interview reminded me of Christian, and I looked for any mention of him in your opening post, but he isn't mentioned, so can you post the rosters, or at least answer my question?

Steve Austin/Mick Foley Segment:
So good ol' Steve Austin is looking for a fight, no surprise here, but Mick won't give him the match. But I think that Steve will stir up some trouble, or just beat someone up, because this man is an expert in picking fights. The Mick Foley little teaparty was a funny moment, but what Steve had to say about it wasn't. I mean I like Steve, but he'd never say something as corny like "You like playing with dollies? You want to have a little tea party with Steve Austin, invite your little blonde friends along? Well, you can send your blonde friends, but you stay at home." That's just not Stone Cold. That's like something the Rock said.

Jeff Hardy vs. Val Venis:
So, the both Hardy bros are champions, I like that. But I guess not for long, as the Godfather and Bull Buchanan attack Hardy. Now I don't get it, are the Godfather and Bull Buchanan have an alliance with Val Venis, or have something against Jeff. I guess both, as it seems that the Hardys are involved in some tag team feud. And as Jeff and Matt are attacked, the Acolytes come out and clean house. This was great, as it gives the Tag Team Champions credibility, taking out three men by themselves.

The Godfather and Bull Buchanan vs. The Acolytes:
After that brawl, a match starts immediately. Good giving The Godfather and Bull Buchanan the win, as they now have the bragging rights of destroying the Hardys and the Acolyte Protection Agency, which are arguably the greatest tag teams in that period, and it also guaranties them a tag team title shot. And the aftermath of the match gives me an answer of the question I asked earlier, so the Supply and Demand team is consisted of the Godfather, Bull Buchanan and Val Venis. I guess that they're going to lay waste to the entire WWF, sorry, I've got a little ahead of myself, they're going to lay waste to the entire mid-card scene. Anyway, I like that you've got a stable, as the last time I checked there isn't any other stables.

The Rock Interview:
Haha, I love The Rock interviews, he always puts down the interviewers, for example once he put a T-Shirt on Michael Cole's head because he was staring at him. This interview, was an another of the Rock's great interviews. Funny, and with a point. The point of course, being that he, the Rock will win the No.1 Contenders match in the Main Event.

Mick Foley/Test Segment:
I chuckled yet again at Stone Cold giving Barbie a stunner. Test comes in and looks for a match, and he sure as hell has got one, with none other than Stone Cold! I told you that he'd get in a fight sooner or later.

Eddie Guerrero vs. Billy Gunn:
Billy had that match in the bag, of course, before that fan attacked Chyna. I don't know if that fan was a set up, or that was a real fan. But if it was a real fan, props to Eddie making the most of it, pinning Billy.

Chris Jericho Interview:
Now this is the Chris Jericho I like. Digging into the interviewer and then into "Kirk Angel", this segment was pretty funny, and I liked Jericho verbally assaulting Kurt, and tension is really building up.

Steve Austin vs. Test:
The WWF Champion won this match, and I hope that you're going to use Test better than the WWF, since he's a very good big man, and if he gets in some feuds that can elevate him into Main Event status, well, props to you. Now, the aftermath of the match was simply awesome. You never see wrestlers getting mad at what commentators say, even though they talk thrash about wrestlers all the time, so this was an innovative way to get Ted DiBiase to become the new commentator, which I think will be great, as any other heel/face commentating duo.

The Main Event:
The entrances of the wrestlers was done very well, with Stone Cold giving his insight on every single one of them, and I like that you're going to write this match in full, and show off your writing skills. I don't think that Rikishi would get himself disqualified on purpose, I mean who in the right mind would get himself disqualified when he is in a No.1 Contenders match. And one of the favorites, the Rock gets eliminated in the early going of the match, this really is surprising, or in other words, awesome. And now we have, Kurt and Benoit facing off, two of the greatest technical wrestlers ever. But this didn't last long, but I guess that you're going to have them in a feud at an another time. So, I get it that Jericho is using the Lionsault as his finisher, as he didn't have the Codebreaker back then, but didn't he have the Breakdown, or this thing, called the Walls of Jericho? I guess that it'd be a big thing if Kurt tapped out, so it's better if you make him lose by pinfall. Then, I loved the reversal of the Pedigree to the Sharpshooter, and instead of Kurt, Triple H taps out, and I guess that it isn't as that of a big deal, as Triple H isn't the master of submission. Well that leaves us, with some wrestlers I'd have never guessed that would stick to the end, I mean Kane and the Undertaker, they're always put up as the favorites, but they never win in matches like this, with so much other top wrestlers, you have Edge, who has eliminated three of the match's favorites and who was a midcarder to that point, and you have the Big Show, who has never won a World Title, well except for that time he feuded with Triple H. Talking about the Big Show, his tactic is great, keeping himself fresh, while the others wear themselves out. And even though Edge was on a roll he got eliminated by the Brothers of Destruction, and this leaves them with only the Big Show to face, and correct me if I'm wrong, but if they eliminate him, it'll be a triple threat at Summerslam. But the triple threat won't happen, and I'm glad it won't as I'm more of a fan of one on one matches. But what surprised me is that the Undertaker was the one eliminated, and not Kane. Anyway, the double chokeslam on Kane and the Undertaker would be something I'd want to see, as they're both really big men. And an another great spot is Kane giving the Big Show a Tombstone. I don't think that Kane would have the strength to pick up the Big Show for a Tombstone, but if he had, I'd love to see that, too. And Kane is the one heading to Summerslam as the No.1 Contender. I love it! I didn't think that you'd give Kane such a big part. But my happiness doesn't last long, as Stone Cold enters the ring, and I think that Kane will get his ass kicked, but I'm gladly proven wrong, and instead it's Stone Cold who gets his ass kicked and Kane stands tall to end the show!

Overall:
This was a great show, really blew me away. I never thought that someone would give Kane a push, but you have, and you have chosen the right time to do so, as 2001 was a great year for Kane in real life, too. Anyway, I'm giving this show 9/10, and I only took one because the matches weren't in full, everything else was great, the Main Event, the promos I loved it. Great show, keep up the good work, that is if you are sticking with this thread.

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Well, I guess that you aren't going to post any more shows if you don't get reviews, so I'm going to make one, for you to know that you have earned a reader with that first show.
LOL, wasn't really waiting for a review. Have been busy with work, but I hope to finish Thunder tomorrow.

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The Main Event Participants Segment:
So, first we have Kurt open the show, and the Rock interrupts him, and right now it's obvious that we're going to have a lot of guys in this segment. Now, you did an excellent job of writing the Rock, with all of his catchphrases and jokes, but Rikishi comes out. I didn't like anything that he said, as it was just reminding us the Rock/Rikishi history, and how Rikishi ran over Austin to help Rock becoming the WWF Champion. And I liked how the Rock told Rikishi what he could do with his help. And once he finishes, Chris Benoit comes out, now, I don't have any problem with Chris, well except for what he did, but this is before he did that, so I guess there isn't any problem with you using him. I don't think that he has any shot at winning this No.1 Contenders match, maybe at an another time, but right now, there isn't any place for him in the Main Event Scene. Nonetheless, I liked what he had to say, and you have done a good job to build up the main event. And after "the Crippler", out comes Edge. I don't think that what he said was true, being the fastest rising superstar, but that's an another discussion, as it's only up to you, if you're going to start pushing him earlier or later than the WWE, or you might even not push him at all. And after him, out comes Y2J, Chris Jericho. I was looking forward to this, as he is gold on the mic. But what I didn't like was that he sort of complimented the other superstars, other than Edge. Yeah, I know, he insulted every single one of them, but he said that they deserved to be in the match, I don't think that Jericho is like that. But the fun is now over, as the 7 feet tall giant walks to the ring. And of course, he plays the "Big" card. He's too big for anyone to take him of his feet, pin him, or make him submit, that's just plain old. But what are you going to do? He has no freakin' personality. But then, we have my favorite wrestler, Kane come out. He walks to the ring, and he waits for his brother, the Undertaker, too to come out. I liked this entrance, but I think that they should have entered together, but that's just minor. I didn't find any problem with what they had to say, and the final participant in the 10 man tag team elimination match, Triple H comes out. You did a good job with the crowd reaction, as the crowd would cheer for anyone that's out for a long time, as they don't know what they have, until they've lost it, I mean look at Randy Orton, when he was put on the shelf, he was the company's top heel, and was in a feud with Triple H, but when he came back he was getting "RKO" chants. I like that you took that into consideration. And Trips was brilliantly written, giving his insight on everyone else involved in the main event. And I loved that little trip down memory lane with the Rock, and I'm surprised that they've not started fighting yet, and Mick knows that, and I like what he said; if anyone puts a finger on someone else, they're going to get disqualified, which means that tension will be building up all night.
I think Rikishi had to explain the history to justify his place in the match. Otherwise people may have forgotten he was a main event guy pre-Invasion.

I'm glad you like my writing of the Rock. He's pretty easy to write for since you essentially go catchphrase-details-catchphrase ad infinitum.

Even in matches you know he can't win, Benoit is a great addition just because you know it'll up the workrate.

I can justify the Edge push. At this time, he'd just split with Christian having won King Of The Ring. He was definitely on the rise, they just forgot about that for a couple of years afterwards.

Babyface Jericho often used to build guys up then break them down. I also think it's just good psychology to have one guy say how good all his opponents are. If the other guys suck, why would you watch?

Big Show's lack of personality makes him a HUGE pain in the arse. You essentially have to work everything round him being big to use him in the main event scene, or make him a midcard comedy act. Hopefully I'll find a happy medium down the line.

I used that entrance to show their unity - it was the actual BoD entrance at the time. Kane first, Pyro, Taker.

And I had to bring Triple H back. The main event scene just feels weak without him in it to me. The Game is just the man.

And I sent Mick out because I didn't want a fight yet Good old Mickles!

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Matt Hardy vs. Dean Malenko:
Well, the high flier and the technical wrestler come face to face. And I'd love to see that match, as they're both great performers. I don't have anything to say about the match as it was in recap form, but I'm more interested if a feud will become out of this, or was this just an one time thing?
You'll have to 'tune in' to Heat to find out what's next for Matt Hardy...

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Stone Cold/Ted DiBiase Segment:
So, Ted DiBiase comes back. I guess that you're going to have him as a manager, as he is too old to wrestle. And not just the manager of anyone, the manager of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. And I see that Ted is keeping his old gimmick of the Million Dollar Man. I never have thought that Steve needed a manager, as he is one of the greatest mic workers of all time, but this could work out, and I'm curious to see what Ted's proposition is.
I needed a way to debut Ted, and his most obvious ally was Austin. Plus, I love how those two bounce off one another.

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X-Factor vs. Holly Cousins:
Well, I don't know a lot about wrestling in 2001, so I haven't heard, or seen either one of these tag teams so, sorry if I make any mistakes. Again, I'm not going to talk about the match, as it was in a mere recap form. But after the match ended I see what the feud is about. About the Intercontinental and about the Light-heavyweight title. I haven't got anything to say, so the hell with it.
New fan? No problem. I can explain most of it. X-Factor were a heel stable that formed in 2000 made of X-Pac, the leader, Albert and Justin Credible. They're actually one of my all-time favourites and their music was bad-ass. Obviously, Justin joined the Alliance IRL, and so has now headed for ECW.

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Edge Interview:
So, Edge is building himself up, but I don't buy what he's selling. C'mon, him being 100% after Monday Night, is like Mick Foley being 100% after his Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker. Anyway, I haven't got anything bad to say about this interview, but I think that you need to post rosters, because this interview reminded me of Christian, and I looked for any mention of him in your opening post, but he isn't mentioned, so can you post the rosters, or at least answer my question?
I think Edge claiming to be fine makes him more the cocky heel I'm using him as. "Yeah, I got beat up, but I'm tougher than than."

Christian, having turned on Edge, joined the Alliance in 2001. He's currently in WCW.

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Steve Austin/Mick Foley Segment:
So good ol' Steve Austin is looking for a fight, no surprise here, but Mick won't give him the match. But I think that Steve will stir up some trouble, or just beat someone up, because this man is an expert in picking fights. The Mick Foley little teaparty was a funny moment, but what Steve had to say about it wasn't. I mean I like Steve, but he'd never say something as corny like "You like playing with dollies? You want to have a little tea party with Steve Austin, invite your little blonde friends along? Well, you can send your blonde friends, but you stay at home." That's just not Stone Cold. That's like something the Rock said.
I did a lot of watching of pre-Invasion Austin heel footage, and he was very much a comedy heel (Look up the words "Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Kumbayaa ") so I think he probably would've cracked that joke back then. Either/or, glad you laughed at Mick's randomness. It was often the highlight of his Commissionership.

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Jeff Hardy vs. Val Venis:
So, the both Hardy bros are champions, I like that. But I guess not for long, as the Godfather and Bull Buchanan attack Hardy. Now I don't get it, are the Godfather and Bull Buchanan have an alliance with Val Venis, or have something against Jeff. I guess both, as it seems that the Hardys are involved in some tag team feud. And as Jeff and Matt are attacked, the Acolytes come out and clean house. This was great, as it gives the Tag Team Champions credibility, taking out three men by themselves.
The Hardy's were in a weird place at this point. They'd often hold singles titles rather than the tag belts. IRL, the WWF tried to split them after the Invasion, with Matt turning on Jeff and Lita. It lead to one of the worst PPV matches ever and they quickly forgot about it.

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The Godfather and Bull Buchanan vs. The Acolytes:
After that brawl, a match starts immediately. Good giving The Godfather and Bull Buchanan the win, as they now have the bragging rights of destroying the Hardys and the Acolyte Protection Agency, which are arguably the greatest tag teams in that period, and it also guaranties them a tag team title shot. And the aftermath of the match gives me an answer of the question I asked earlier, so the Supply and Demand team is consisted of the Godfather, Bull Buchanan and Val Venis. I guess that they're going to lay waste to the entire WWF, sorry, I've got a little ahead of myself, they're going to lay waste to the entire mid-card scene. Anyway, I like that you've got a stable, as the last time I checked there isn't any other stables.
LOL. Val and The Godfather were loosely associated from the beginning anyway, what with Val being a porn star and Godfather being a pimp. With this being post-RTC and Stevie having gone back to ECW, I figured the three forming a stable made most sense. And they were originally going to call the Venis/Godfather team 'Supply And Demand' IRL.

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The Rock Interview:
Haha, I love The Rock interviews, he always puts down the interviewers, for example once he put a T-Shirt on Michael Cole's head because he was staring at him. This interview, was an another of the Rock's great interviews. Funny, and with a point. The point of course, being that he, the Rock will win the No.1 Contenders match in the Main Event.
I'm glad you like it, but I'm not sure it's one of his great interviews. It was good, but I can't write as well as he can talk. Only try. But I'll take it as a compliment.

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Mick Foley/Test Segment:
I chuckled yet again at Stone Cold giving Barbie a stunner. Test comes in and looks for a match, and he sure as hell has got one, with none other than Stone Cold! I told you that he'd get in a fight sooner or later.
Well, I had to give Test something to do after begging for his job back...

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Eddie Guerrero vs. Billy Gunn:
Billy had that match in the bag, of course, before that fan attacked Chyna. I don't know if that fan was a set up, or that was a real fan. But if it was a real fan, props to Eddie making the most of it, pinning Billy.
I'll be explaining this one on Raw...

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Chris Jericho Interview:
Now this is the Chris Jericho I like. Digging into the interviewer and then into "Kirk Angel", this segment was pretty funny, and I liked Jericho verbally assaulting Kurt, and tension is really building up.
Ah, Jericho. So versatile...

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Steve Austin vs. Test:
The WWF Champion won this match, and I hope that you're going to use Test better than the WWF, since he's a very good big man, and if he gets in some feuds that can elevate him into Main Event status, well, props to you. Now, the aftermath of the match was simply awesome. You never see wrestlers getting mad at what commentators say, even though they talk thrash about wrestlers all the time, so this was an innovative way to get Ted DiBiase to become the new commentator, which I think will be great, as any other heel/face commentating duo.
Test was on the cusp of the main event anyway in this period. He'd gotten involved in the Triple H-Stephanie storyline a while earlier and was constantly in title matches. Then he fell short. Shouldn't be too tough to rebuild him.

An I had to do something about the commentary situation. Jerry Lawler wasn't in the WWF at this point, so I just had Jim Ross and Jim Cornette to work with. And you can't have a heel Cornette with Jim Ross, because everyone knows they're friends. DiBiase is pretty original in terms of ideas and should be quite fresh.

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The Main Event:
The entrances of the wrestlers was done very well, with Stone Cold giving his insight on every single one of them, and I like that you're going to write this match in full, and show off your writing skills. I don't think that Rikishi would get himself disqualified on purpose, I mean who in the right mind would get himself disqualified when he is in a No.1 Contenders match. And one of the favorites, the Rock gets eliminated in the early going of the match, this really is surprising, or in other words, awesome. And now we have, Kurt and Benoit facing off, two of the greatest technical wrestlers ever. But this didn't last long, but I guess that you're going to have them in a feud at an another time. So, I get it that Jericho is using the Lionsault as his finisher, as he didn't have the Codebreaker back then, but didn't he have the Breakdown, or this thing, called the Walls of Jericho? I guess that it'd be a big thing if Kurt tapped out, so it's better if you make him lose by pinfall. Then, I loved the reversal of the Pedigree to the Sharpshooter, and instead of Kurt, Triple H taps out, and I guess that it isn't as that of a big deal, as Triple H isn't the master of submission. Well that leaves us, with some wrestlers I'd have never guessed that would stick to the end, I mean Kane and the Undertaker, they're always put up as the favorites, but they never win in matches like this, with so much other top wrestlers, you have Edge, who has eliminated three of the match's favorites and who was a midcarder to that point, and you have the Big Show, who has never won a World Title, well except for that time he feuded with Triple H. Talking about the Big Show, his tactic is great, keeping himself fresh, while the others wear themselves out. And even though Edge was on a roll he got eliminated by the Brothers of Destruction, and this leaves them with only the Big Show to face, and correct me if I'm wrong, but if they eliminate him, it'll be a triple threat at Summerslam. But the triple threat won't happen, and I'm glad it won't as I'm more of a fan of one on one matches. But what surprised me is that the Undertaker was the one eliminated, and not Kane. Anyway, the double chokeslam on Kane and the Undertaker would be something I'd want to see, as they're both really big men. And an another great spot is Kane giving the Big Show a Tombstone. I don't think that Kane would have the strength to pick up the Big Show for a Tombstone, but if he had, I'd love to see that, too. And Kane is the one heading to Summerslam as the No.1 Contender. I love it! I didn't think that you'd give Kane such a big part. But my happiness doesn't last long, as Stone Cold enters the ring, and I think that Kane will get his ass kicked, but I'm gladly proven wrong, and instead it's Stone Cold who gets his ass kicked and Kane stands tall to end the show!
Main evens are important, they deserve the respect of being written properly.

Rikishi getting disqualified I'll explain in full on Raw. But his cousin just snubbed him. And family is more important than money or glory...

No Benoit-Angle feud yet, no. It's been done to death, don'tcha think?

Jericho was pushing the Breakdown at the time, but he used to more or less alternate between the three finishers depending on the situation. I didn't want Angle to tap and the Breakdown is too 'final' to be an elimination move.

I always loved how Benoit could pull one of his submission finishers out of nowhere. Whether it's the Crossface or the Sharpshooter it just adds to the character to have it come so suddenly.

And yeah, I was hoping people wouldn't see the final four coming. I mean, you;d probably have predicted The Undertaker, but not Kane. And Edge needed to look strong for my future (Summerslam) plans. LOL. Big Show dropping down is to add a little to his character. I don't like him just being a dumb big guy.

You were right though, it could potentially have been a triple threat. It's could've been a six-way at most, but I figure one-on-one is better, but the potential for numerous combinations was definitely something I did to add excitement.

Glad you like Kane going over. It's kind of a challenge for me as a writer too. Kane didn't speak at this point, so I'll have to make this feud work in other ways

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This was a great show, really blew me away. I never thought that someone would give Kane a push, but you have, and you have chosen the right time to do so, as 2001 was a great year for Kane in real life, too. Anyway, I'm giving this show 9/10, and I only took one because the matches weren't in full, everything else was great, the Main Event, the promos I loved it. Great show, keep up the good work, that is if you are sticking with this thread.
Wow, thank you, I'm astounded you like it so much. I promise PPVs will have everything written in full, but I'm keeping things recapped on TV for now because I'm writing all of the WWF, WCW and ECWs shows. But yeah, I'm sticking with it.

Anyway, as I said, Thunder will arrive in the next 36 hours. Thanks for reading and reviewing!
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Re: WWF, WCW & ECW 2001: Aftermath Of The Invasion

WCW Thunder

Thursday 3rd August 2001
Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA


Announcers:
Scott Hudson & Jerry “The King” Lawler

Hudson: “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a brand new era in Sports Entertainment as WCW returns to your screens with Thunder, LIVE on NBC. I’m Scott Hudson and sitting alongside me is Jerry “The King” Lawler. Jerry, welcome to WCW, and a great time to join as tonight we’ve already been told we’re going to see the WCW Champion, Booker T, defend his title against Diamond Dallas Page.”

Lawler: “Well Scott, I admit it seems strange being sat here at a WCW show after so long in the WWF but I’ll do my best to adapt and I think seeing a top-class main event like we have for the fans tonight will make the move much easier.”

“Man With The Harmonica” by Ennio Morricone plays, bringing Terry Funk to the ring. A big pop for the Funker, who is still loved by wrestling fans around the world.

Hudson: “Well, tonight is the Night of Champions and you’re seeing the first of our challengers make his way to the ring. The man from the Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo Texas, Terry Funk.”

Lawler: “Now I know Terry Funk about as well as anyone else in the world. He might call himself the Hardcore Icon but I was the one who made him hardcore in the first place.”

Hudson: “You’re referring to that empty arena match in Memphis of course?”

Lawler: “Of course. And everyone knows that was The King’s idea.”

Meng’s theme plays and he makes his way to the ring and squares off with Funk.

Hudson: “Well, here comes Meng, the WCW Hardcore Champion. Now, we haven’t seen Meng in WCW since January, when he defected to the WWF and became Haku. But now the original Tongan warrior has come home.”

Lawler: “Meng is a fearsome competitor. I know I wouldn’t get in the ring with him. I guess The Funker just got dumber with old age.”


WCW Hardcore Title
Meng © vs. Terry Funk


This match was about as good as it gets for hardcore wrestling in WCW. With Meng and Funk two of the best vets in the company and Funk’s experience with the hardcore style this was a pretty good, if not particularly brutal, hardcore contest.

A nice ten minute brawl ended in typically great hardcore fashion after Funk hit Meng with a Piledriver on a steel chair and covered him for the win.

Winner: Terry Funk

Hudson: “What a way to kick off the new era of WCW! We have ourselves a new Hardcore Champion and it’s the Hardcore Icon, Terry Funk.”

Lawler: “I can’t believe he’s the Hardcore champion. Look at him celebrating in the ring. I’ve got a good mind to go beat him down and take the belt from him myself.”

Just as Lawler says that, there’s a disturbance in the crowd as Bam Bam Bigelow jumped the railing and attacked Funk, beating him down with a chair before hitting him with the Greetings From Asbury Park. He then spat at Funk and left with the Hardcore Title belt.

Hudson: “Despicable behaviour from Bam Bam Bigelow. Funk had only just captured the gold and he runs in and steals it? I hope he gets what’s coming for him later tonight, I really do. But even if he does, it won’t be this man that delivers his punishment, that’s for sure. Gene Okerlund is in the back with our commissioner, William Regal.”

Okerlund: “Thank you, Scott. I’m stood here in the back with our commissioner, the Goodwill Ambassador himself, William Regal. Tonight, Shane McMahon asked you to put together a card full of title matches and you wasted no time in putting yourself into the Television Title match. Many people are wondering if you’re drunk with power…”

Regal: “Drunk with power? I’m not bloody drunk with power you miserable little cretin. Mr. McMahon asked me to make sure that Thunder went off without a hitch and truly represented the very best that WCW had to offer. Now, since we need a Television champion, and I am the very best we have to offer, I felt it was only fitting for me to put myself in there to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.”

Okerlund: “But why the Television Title? You had the power to take on any title you wanted. Why not the World title?”

Regal: “Well, it’s very simple, Gene. As the commissioner of World Championship Wrestling, I have a certain amount of duties to which I have to attend outside of the ring. The World and United States champions wrestle five nights a week, all over the country. I don’t have time for that. But the Television title is only defended on our TV shows. I can hold the gold I deserve and fulfil my duties as a member of WCW management.”

Okerlund: “Well, I admire your candour, but what about your opponents tonight: Hugh Morrus, Lash LeRoux and Shawn Stasiak?”

Regal: “Great competitors one and all. I certainly had no intention of making this easy for me. I thrive on competition and have no problem working for a living.”

Okerlund: “William Regal, thank you.”

We move to another part of the arena, where we see Road Dogg making his way to the gorilla position, warming up as he goes.

Hudson: “Well, there you see the Road Dogg… he’ll be challenging Chris Kanyon for the United States Championship… After this break!

*Commercial Break*


“Who Betta Than Kanyon?” plays and brings the United States Champion to the ring, proudly holding aloft the title belt.

Hudson: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Thunder. Do not adjust your sets, you are seeing World Championship Wrestling and the United States Title is on the line as Chris Kanyon, a man who was handed the damn belt, he didn’t win it in the ring, looks to defend the gold for the first time.”

Lawler: “Who cares how he came to be the champion, Hudson? Possession is nine-tenths of the law and Kanyon has the belt. But if it makes you feel better, I’m sure he’s going to win tonight.”

“Oh You Didn’t Know?” comes over the sound system and Road Dogg enters to his classic New Age Outlaws theme.

Hudson: “And here comes the challenger, a man making his long-awaited return to the ring, the ‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James.”

Lawler: “Well, when he’s done here, he can go back to his day job. I’ve got some bags out back he can carry for me.”

Road Dogg is in the ring, microphone in hand.

Road Dogg: “Cut my music. {Music Stops} You know how we do this… Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… World Championship Wrestling proudly brings to you your next United States Champion… The ‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James! Now ring the damn bell.”


WCW United States Championship
Chris Kanyon © vs. Road Dogg


The crowd was really fired up for this match, with Chris Kanyon arguably everyone’s favourite heel defending his belt against the popular former WWF star.

This match was, as you might expect, an all-out brawl broken up by a couple of decent comedy spots and a lot of crowd work to stretch it out. Kanyon occasionally brought his technical skills to the party to switch things up a little, carrying the wrestling side whilst Road Dogg picked up the slack on the crowd side, which made for a nice combination in this one.

They ended it all when Road Dogg, having his Kanyon with the Pumphandle Slam, covered him but only got two. Kanyon got his foot on the ropes. As Road Dogg voiced his frustration to the referee, Kanyon rolled him up with a handful f tights and his feet on the ropes to steal a victory.

Winner: Chris Kanyon

Hudson: “Kanyon retains his title, but by questionable methods and it doesn’t look like the Road Dogg is happy with that. Rightfully so, in my opinion, because the referee should’ve spotted his feet on the ropes even if he didn’t see the handful of tights.”

Lawler: “See, Scott, that’s your problem, always whining. First you complain because he was handed the title, then you complain when he wins the match to keep it.

Hudson: “But he cheated, King. He cheated to keep the belt.”

Lawler: “His job is to make the referee count his opponent’s shoulders to the mat. And he did it. By any means necessary.”

Hudson: “Well another man who is trying to do whatever he needs to by any means necessary is Shane McMahon. I’m told that our broadcast colleague, Michael Cole, had the privilege of sitting down with the owner of WCW earlier today.”

A video package plays, almost a cheesy parody of a standard news chat show. The words “The Cole Report with Michael Cole” flash onto the screen.

Cole: “Good evening, fans and welcome to the Cole Report. As we sit here on the even of the official relaunch of World Championship Wrestling I’m joined by the owner of WCW, Shane McMahon. Mr. McMahon, welcome to The Cole Report.”

Shane: “It’s good to be here Michael, but Mr. McMahon is my father. Please, call me Shane.”

Cole: “Okay, Shane. Well, let’s talk about your father for a second. 2001 has been quite the year for you, but it’s been a year that has seen the two of you as constant adversaries. You started out battling him n behalf of your mother, Linda McMahon, then shocked the world by purchasing this company from right underneath his nose. From there, you went on to not only beat him at Wrestlemania, but also to orchestrate the Alliance’s successful invasion of the World Wrestling Federation and to make such a big impression that some WWF employees, myself included, decided to sign for this organisation rather than stay there. But where do you go from here?”

Shane: “I think that’s a nice summary of my year, and an excellent question. My father and I have not seen eye-to-eye for some time. I think that’s been plain to see and it’s one of the unfortunate side effects of growing up and living your life in the public eye as my sister and I have. But it’s also difficult to stand aside and accept it when your father publicly embarrasses your family by making out with a woman half his age in front of the whole world.

“On that night in Panama Beach, when my father sent me to complete the deal to buy WCW on his behalf, I realised that I could finally break free of my father and show him that I wasn’t going to tolerate his behaviour anymore. I remember how liberated I felt when I announced, in front of my father and the whole world that the name on the contract was ‘Shane McMahon’ - at that moment I understood the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I’m free at last!”

"More importantly, it set up the opportunity I have today. As we sit here on the dawn of a new era in Sports-Entertainment, just hours from the return of World Championship Wrestling, I can see my future clearly for the first time. Of course, it all starts tonight, but on August 26th, I make the boldest statement of all. You see, that night, WCW returns to pay-per-view with the appropriately-named “New Blood Rising” and that name has never been more fitting. That night, in the Greensboro Coliseum, New Blood will rise in the spiritual home of World Championship Wrestling.”

Cole: “Shane McMahon, thank you.”

A closing graphic plays as we return to ringside, where “Freestyle Hombre” is playing as Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire are making their way to the ring.

Hudson: “Strong words from Shane McMahon there and as we look forward to New Blood Rising, we’re going to be joined in the ring by the World Tag Team Champions.”

Lawler: “I haven’t had a chance to see too much of these two men, but their reputation proceeds them. They’re renowned worldwide for being one of the hottest up and coming teams in sports entertainment.”

Hudson: “We can rectify that King {video package plays} as we see on the Titantron and our monitors, since they debuted as a part of the Natural Born Thrillers, Palumbo and O’Haire have been dominant in World Championship Wrestling. They defeated The Insiders, DDP and Kevin Nash, for those belts back in January and they’ve managed to hold on to them despite the challenge of some of the very best that WCW and the WWF have to offer.”

The video package ends and “Mute” by Drowning Pool plays, bringing the Suicide Blondes to the ring.

Hudson: “The song you’re currently hearing is “Mute” from the new album, “Sinner,” by Drowning Pool, available in all good stores now and these two men making their way to the team are an up-and-coming rookie tag team, The Suicide Blondes.”

Lawler: “These guys spent some time down in Memphis, so I know all about them. You know, I never met a blonde I didn’t like until I met Jason Lee and Derrick King. I can‘t believe he stole my name!”

Hudson: “That may be, King, but these two men are incredibly talented. But do they have what it takes to become the World Tag Team Champions on their WCW debut?”


WCW World Tag Team Titles
Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire © vs. The Suicide Blondes


Quite a contrast of styles in this contest a the smaller, quicker, more technically gifted Blondes came up against the much bigger, stronger and more experienced Tag Team champions.

No matter how much of a fight that the Blondes put up, the champs were always going to be too big for them to be a threat to at this early stage in their careers, and they came up short when Palumbo hit King with the Jungle Kick, whilst O’Haire disposed of Lee. Palumbo covered for the win.

Winners: Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire

The belts securely won, Palumbo and O’Haire decided to send a message to the rest of the tag team division by beating down on the Blondes. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Heart” plays on the sound system and Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias sprint to the ring dressed in Street Clothes. The crowd goes nuts as these guys, formerly the world’s most hated boy band, throw themselves at Palumbo and O’Haire, defending the Blondes and sending the champs out of the arena over the barrier, deciding to live to fight another day. At the top of the ramp, a man in a suit appears, applauding and smiling as he looks on.

Hudson: “My God… that’s… Josh Lazie from Danzig. What’s he doing here? And why are Three Count back? And why is he applauding them? This doesn’t make any sense.”

Lawler: “What doesn’t make any sense is those two knuckleheads putting themselves in harm’s way for the other two knuckleheads. Why would you want to anger the champs like that?”

Hudson: “I don’t know, but I guess we’ll find out. We’ve gotta go to a commercial break now, but stay tuned because we’ve got matches for the Cruiserweight, Television and World Titles still to come here on Thunder.”

*Commercial Break*


We return from commercial in the backstage area where Josh Lazie and Three Count are leaving the building and about to climb aboard a tour bus when Gene Okerlund approaches them.

Gene: “Josh, Shannon, Evan… What was that about? What’s going on? Are Three Count back together? The fans want to know!”

Josh ushers Moore and Karagias aboard the bus then turns to face the camera.

Josh: “Gene, as delighted as I am that you’re interested, I can’t tell you anything at this time. My clients have a very busy schedule but we will be holding a press conference this Monday on Nitro.”

We head back inside the arena, where “Vertebreaker” is playing and the WCW Cruiserweight Champion, “Sugar” Shane Helms makes his way through a line of dancing girls to the ring.

Hudson: “Well, “Sugar” Shane Helms, the other former member of Three Count, has joined us in the arena and in just a few moments he’ll be defending the cruiserweight title. But first it looks like he has something he wants to say.”

The crowd boos rabidly as he grabs a microphone and signals for his music to stop.

Helms: “Tonight, after spending five months wrestling - and beating - the best cruiserweights in the world in the WWE. Now, I find myself back in WCW and having to face losers like Billy Kidman…”

“Rock The World” plays and Billy Kidman comes out to the ring, talking as he walks the aisle.

Kidman:Losers like Billy Kidman? Listen to me, Shane Helms, and listen carefully. I am a three-time Cruiserweight Champion, a two-time World Tag Team Champion and a World Cruiserweight Tag Team Champion. And I beat Hulk Hogan…”

Helms: “Well, they why don’t you shut up and fight me?”


WCW Cruiserweight Title
“Sugar” Shane Helms © vs. Billy Kidman


These two men put on a fantastic, show-stealing cruiserweight contest and really represented everything great about the WCW Cruiserweight division with a great mix of ring psychology and crazy spots.

In the end, after a long battle, there had to be a winner but I’m sure the crowd wouldn’t have complained if this match had gone on for the rest of the night. After Kidman kicked out of the Nightmare on Helms Street, Helms went for the Cruiserweight Title to use as a weapon, but referee Billy Silverman stopped him, taking the belt from him and handing it to the outside. However, this distracted him just long enough to allow Helms to hit the slowly standing Kidman with a low blow, followed by the Vertebreaker.

Winner: “Sugar Shane Helms

After the match, Helms once again grabbed the microphone.

Helms: “Now you see that once again I have beaten Billy Kidman, it’s proven why WCW is no longer big enough for “Sugar” Shane Helms. There’s nobody left in WCW for me to fight. I’ve beaten Chavo, Lash, Knoble, Karagias, Moore and The Jung Dragons. So I guess I’m going to have to do this one the hard way. August 26th, at New Blood Rising, I’m issuing an open challenge to any cruiserweight in the World, from any promotion, to come to Greensboro, North Carolina and try to take this belt from me at New Blood Rising.”

Hudson: “Can you believe the arrogance of Shane Helms? Not only saying that WCW and the rest of the cruiserweight division are beneath him but issuing an open challenge to any cruiserweight in the world for New Blood Rising?”

Lawler: “He’s not arrogant, Hudson, but that’s an easy mistake for an idiot like you to make. He’s just confident. I should know, people often get confused about the same thing with me.”

Hudson: “Well, I can understand that. God knows you’re as ‘confident’ as they come. Up next, we have a fatal four-way contest to determine the new WCW Television Champion, and I’m told ‘Mean’ Gene is backstage with on of the competitors. Gene?”

Okerlund: “That’s right, Scott, I’m standing here with the “Ragin’ Cajun” Lash LeRoux. Lash, a lot of eyebrows were raised when it was announced that you’d be a part of this Television Title match tonight and I have to ask: Is this a challenge you think you’re ready for? “

LeRoux: “I admit it, Gene, I was a little surprised when I heard I was going to be involved in this match too. You see, in the old WCW, I was often overlooked but it seems like finally, Shane McMahon and William Regal have recognized the true talents of the Cajun Sensation and they’re going to give me the opportunity to shine here, in Richmond {crowd pops} tonight.”

Okerlund: “There you have it folks, Lash LeRoux is feeling confident going into tonight’s main event.”

We cut across the backstage area where William Regal is walking through the corridors on his way to the ring. He spots Ivory as he goes and stops to talk.

Regal: “Ah, Ivory… How are you?”

Ivory: “I’m good. Actually, I’ve been meaning to talk to you. I wanted to thank you for encouraging me to join the Alliance. I feel like I made the right choice in joining WCW…”

Out of nowhere, Ivory is attacked by Molly Holly, who finally gets the jump on her tormentor. Molly and Ivory continue their catfight until security arrives to break them up as a very flustered and alarmed-looking William Regal looks on.

Regal: “Listen… Molly, I know Shane gave you this contract to allow you to settle your differences with Ivory, but there is a time and a place for this and backstage on Thunder is NOT it. Here in WCW we’re going to behave in a civilised manner and not attack each other like bloody animals like those thugs in the WWF. Molly, if you want to fight Ivory so badly, I’ll let the two of you settle this at New Blood Rising, one-on-one. But you won’t have to wait until then to get on television. Oh no. On Nitro, I’m going to give you the chance to earn the upper-hand in this feud.

“In the past, the two of you have both demonstrated your skills as managers as well as wrestlers. So I’m going to give you until Monday to pick a client, groom them and manage them to a victory. The winning manager will get to choose the stipulation for your match at New Blood Rising. Until then, you two are not to lay even a single finger on each other. Do I make myself clear?”

The two women, still restrained, voice their agreement and Regal walks away. Elsewhere in the backstage area, we see a split screen as both Hugh Morrus and Shawn Stasiak warm up ready for their match, which Scott Hudson informs us is on the other side of this commercial break.

*Commercial Break*


We return to Richmond as “Shakie Fakie” brings “Perfect” Shawn Stasiak to the ring to a chorus of loud booing.

Hudson: “These WCW fans haven’t forgotten Shawn Stasiak, a man who claims to be perfect.”

Lawler: “Look at those abs, Scott, he is perfect!”

Hudson: “I’m not sure I agree, King, but his pedigree certainly is. A second generation superstar and son of former World Champions Stan “The Man” Stasiak, he certainly has all the genetic tools to be a real success.”

“Runnin’ Away” plays and brings “The Cajun Sensation” Lash LeRoux to the ring. Lash throws beads to the crowd as he goes, all smiles but there’s a determination in his eyes.

Hudson: “Well, as we found out just moments ago, even Lash LeRoux is surprised to have been placed in this match but he looks like he’s going to bring his ‘A’ game tonight in an attempt to prove his worth to management.”

Lawler: “He’s going to need it against three talented and highly experienced competitors in this match but why doesn’t he bring his ‘A’ game every time?”

Hudson: “The Lash LeRoux of old was more interested in keeping the fans happy and having a good time I think, King, but it appears being given this opportunity - arguably the biggest of his career so far - may have lit a fire under him.”

“Promenade” brings the commissioner, William Regal, to the ring. He’s all smiles and waves for a crowd that clearly hates him. A small ‘USA’ chant builds.

Hudson: “Well, this is the man Lash LeRoux will be looking to impress here tonight, our Commissioner, William Regal.”

Lawler: “Well, Regal isn’t a man who is easily impressed, Scott Hudson.”

“Rough Rock” plays to bring Hugh Morrus to the ring. He gets a sizable pop from the crowd, but he looks deadly serious going into the match.

Hudson: “Usually, Hugh Morrus is a fun loving guy beloved by crowds everywhere, but tonight he looks like a man on a mission. Once a Misfit, now obviously considered a genuine title contender by the new WCW regime.”

Lawler: “He’s a great wrestler with a violent streak but really, Scott Hudson, is his name supposed to be funny or something?”


WCW World Television Title
Shawn Stasiak vs. Lash LeRoux vs. William Regal vs. Hugh Morrus


Four wrestlers all with differing styles made for an interesting four-way title match as the speed of LeRoux, technical excellence of William Regal, brawling of Morrus and all-round skills of Stasiak combined to prove a great match for the fans.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end as this one did when, with Morrus and Stasiak took off brawling through the crowd, Regal and LeRoux found themselves one-on-one in the ring. Regal tried to impose his will upon Lash using all of his technical and submission skills, but LeRoux repeatedly used his speed to break free. Eventually, he got Regal in a fireman’s carry and hit him hard with the Whiplash before covering for the three.

Winner: Lash LeRoux

LeRoux celebrated his victory on the ramp as the fallen Regal struggled to his feet, microphone in hand.

Regal: “Lash LeRoux… congratulations on your marvellous victory. What a tremendous achievement for such a hard-working young man. {crowd pops} As a reward for your hard work, allow me to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime. One match which we’ll call ‘double or quits’ to take place this Monday on Nitro. Here’s how it’s going to work: If you win, you get to fact the champion of your choice in the match of your choice at any time you choose. {Another pop} But, if you lose, you will defend your new title against me at New Blood Rising. How does that sound?”

Lash LeRoux nods his head emphatically.

“Now, about your match on Monday. Your opponents will be the Cruiserweight Champion, Shane Helms, {Boos} the United States Champion, Chris Kanyon {More boos} and the World Tag Team Champions, Palumbo & O’Haire… in a handicap match.”

The crowd boos even louder. They know Lash LeRoux is getting screwed.

“Now, have a great day!”

Hudson: “Wow… William Regal definitely isn’t happy about coming up short against Lash LeRoux, is he King?”

Lawler: “Well, obviously not. No athlete likes to lose, Scott, and especially not William Regal. But LeRoux should know better than to mess with Regal anyway. We had a saying at my previous employers: ‘Don’t Cross The Boss’ - and that includes beating them in the ring.”

Backstage, Gene Okerlund is standing with Diamond Dallas Page.

Okerlund: “Diamond Dallas Page, tonight you have been chosen to take on Booker T, where you will attempt to win the WCW World Title. How do you rate your chances for tonight?”

DDP: “Well, Gene, you know me. I come out here every night to do just one thing and that’s to win. Now, I know what people think of me, I hear it all the time: “DDP, you’re too old.” but you know what? I’ve heard that my entire career. I didn’t start wrestling until I turned 35. I was forty-three years old when I won my first World Title and that was only two years ago. Booker T might be younger, but he isn’t better. Now I’m going to go out there and show him just how much better.”

*Commercial Break*


Backstage, we see Shane McMahon walking around meeting and greeting people. Among them, Jamie Knoble, Michael Hayes, Sergeant Slaughter and, finally, Buff Bagwell.

Bagwell: “Shane… Boss… Mr. McMahon… I’d like to thank you for being willing to keep WCW alive and fighting for us, but I was also hoping you’d address a small problem I’m having.”

McMahon: “By all means.”

Bagwell: “Well, I’ve arrived here tonight looking forward to being a part of the new WCW, but I find that I’m not even scheduled to be here. Now, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that I’ve been a part of WCW for ten years now and I’ve remained completely loyal. So when I turn up here in Richmond only to find my services not required, I take it personally. Have I… upset you in some way?”

McMahon: “I appreciate your concerns, Buff, I do. But this isn’t down to me. I left Commissioner Regal in charge of putting tonight’s show together. But if you’d like, I will insist on him making use of you on Nitro.”

Bagwell: “I appreciate that, Shane, have a great night.”

Shane walks off and shakes hands with Gene Okerlund and Booker T, who are standing by to do an interview, as he passes.

Okerlund: “As we stand here on the verge of the first World Title match of the new era, I’m standing with the WCW Champion, Booker T. Booker, Diamond Dallas Page told us before the break that he thinks he has what it takes to become the World Champion tonight.”

Booker: “Well, let me tell you something Mean Gene, and let me tell DDP something as well. You see, I am a (counts on fingers) five time, five time, five time, five time, FIVE TIME WCW Champion and that means I am the very best in WCW right now. Now, I know DDP might be my closest rival right now, but that won’t last for long because tonight, I’m going to beat him in the middle of that ring. 1... 2... 3. Now can you dig that? Sucka!”

Back in the arena, it’s time for our main event as “Dog” plays over the sound system, bringing Diamond Dallas Page out to the stage to a mixed reaction. WCW fans want to cheer him for being their ’People’s Champion’ but he has been presented as a heel on TV of late.

Hudson: “Fighting words from Booker T, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen DDP look quite so focussed in his entire career. He wants that WCW Title back around his waist and he seems determined to prove the haters wrong.”

Lawler: “Well, of course he wants the title. The WCW World Championship is the most important title in Sports Entertainment. Everybody in our industry wants to hold that belt. Even me!”

Hudson: “As we’ve been seeing, DDP has been willing to do whatever it takes to get himself a victory, to make himself famous and to reprove himself to the fans in recent months, and that’s included some frankly despicable behaviour including stalking and attacking the Undertaker’s wife, Sara.”

“Rap Sheet” plays next, bringing the WCW Champion to the ring to an incredible reception. His pyro blows as he walks the aisle but he stares directly as DDP as he walks.

Hudson: “The WCW World Champion, the man to beat, Booker T is on his way to the ring on the season premiere of Thunder on NBC and as we go into this match you can almost feel the tension between these two men.”

Lawler: “The atmosphere for every World title match I have ever seen has been tense, but there’s something special about tonight. I smell something momentous in the air, Scott. The world is about to change.”


WCW World Title
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Booker T ©


The crowd roars their approval as the two combatants are announced in the centre of the ring and the volume only increases as the two men lock up, with Booker taking the early advantage with a simple top wristlock, forcing DDP down to the mat before dropping a knee to the elbow of Page.

And so the match continued. Booker T keeping the early advantage by working hard to wear down the arm of DDP until Page finally managed to suck it up and fight back at the champion, peppering him with punches and wearing down the legs of the champion at every available opportunity.

Despite the beating, Booker T fought back, willing himself into action, willing the strength to stand on his leg but having been left too weak to do more than brawl on it. Every time he tried to lift Page he crumbled under the weight, giving his opponent the opening to battle him more, but repeated attempts to cover failed to keep the champ down.

Still Booker kept fighting, much to the delight of his fans, who were starting to believe he could overcome the odds. He finally looked steady on his feet and used his latest example to continue working on the left arm of Page, to the point where he could only fight back with punches on the right. The crowd were on their feet in appreciation for what can only be described as an epic battle as two proud but wounded men fought to prove himself better than the other.

DDP thought he had the advantage long enough to snap off the Diamond Cutter, but Booker managed to push him away, only for Page to turn and eat a Book End. But both men were exhausted and were left down, both desperately trying to answer the referee’s ten count. Finally, at 9, Booker managed to **** an arm by way of a cover over DDP. He didn’t need to cover, but his pride dictated that he beat Page fairly. The referee made the count: 1... 2... NO! Page got his shoulder up as the crowd rose to their feet, sounding their appreciation with a standing ovation.

Both men crawled slowly to the ropes, using every ounce of strength to drag themselves up to their feet, before staggering to the centre to once again trade punches. Booker managed to knock Page off balance long enough to chance a boot to the gut. He staggered towards the ropes, dragging his limp leg behind him but hoping to build enough momentum to deliver the Ghetto Blaster, but as he brought the leg down, Page straightened himself up to avoid the kick, leaving Booker to turn into a Diamond Cutter! The crowd stood once again, thinking they were about to witness history right here on Thunder. It took all of DDP’s strength to force Booker onto his back. As he did so, there was a disturbance in the crowd. Page made the cover as Christian jumped the barrier and dove into the ring. 1... 2... Christian breaks up the cover with a punt to the head of page.

The referee has called for the bell as Christian alternately beats down on Page and Booker T. He’s had no choice but to throw this one out, but why has Christian chosen to disrupt such an epic contest? Christian has pulled DDP to his feet, making a statement by hitting the Impaler DDT on him. Now he goes to retrieve the WCW title belt, placing it on the canvas before raising Booker to his feet and hitting him with the Unprettier, sending him face-first into the title belt and sending the message loud and clear: Christian wants the WCW title. He stands above his fallen foes signalling that he’ll soon have the belt around his waist as Thunder fades to black.

Winner: No Contest

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Re: WWF, WCW & ECW 2001: Aftermath Of The Invasion

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Smackdown & Thunder: Backstage News And Notes


It was business as usual in the wrestling wars and it’s business as usual here at the WO as we’ll be bringing you all the news, notes and ratings info the morning after every show.

WWF Smackdown: Results & Notes

A quick rundown of the results from Smackdown:

Matt Hardy beat Dean Malenko via Twist Of Fate to retain the WWF European Title.
The Holly Cousins beat X-Factor via pinfall.
Val Venis beat Jeff Hardy to win the WWF Hardcore Title via run-in.
The Godfather & Bull Buchanan beat The APA via outside interference.
Eddie Guerrero beat Billy Gunn by cheating.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin beat Test via Stunner.
Kane beat. The Undertaker, Big Show, The Rock, Triple H, Edge, Rikishi, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle to become the number one contender to the WWF Title.

In the dark matches, Dan Severn beat OVW’s Charlie Haas, Rick “The Model” Martel teamed with OVW’s Rico Constantino to beat Jeff Bradley & Jason Sugarman, Big Bossman beat Matt Dillenger.

During the course of Smackdown, the first three matches for Summerslam were announced:

WWF Title: Kane vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin ©
Intercontinental Title: Hardcore Holly vs. Albert ©
Light Heavyweight Title: Crash Holly vs. X-Pac ©

We expect challengers for the other titles to be announced in coming weeks.

Smackdown this week scored a 7.47 on UPN this week, considered an all-time high.

Heat will be recorded at the house show in Nashua tonight.

OVW will be at Six Flags in Louisville, KY on Saturday.

WCW Thunder: Results & Notes

Thunder Results:

Terry Funk beat Meng for the WCW Hardcore Title. He was attacked by Bam Bam Bigelow after the match.
Chris Kanyon beat Road Dogg by cheating to retain the WCW United States Title.
Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire beat the Suicide Blondes to retain the WCW Tag Team Title.
“Sugar” Shane Helms beat Billy Kidman to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title.
Lash LeRoux beat William Regal, Hugh Morrus and Shawn Stasiak to win the vacant WCW Television Title.
Booker T and DDP fought to a no contest over the WCW World Title when Christian interfered.

In dark match action, Shinya Hashimoto beat Steve Corino to win the NWA World Title. Corino has signed for WCW, prompting the switch. Jamie Knoble beat DSW’s Air Paris.

Thunder scored a 6.03 on the ratings, which NBC are said to be happy with. Especially considering the lack of perceived ‘star power’ in WCW.

Also on Thunder, Ivory vs. Molly Holly was signed for New Blood Rising, as was "Sugar" Shane Helms' open challenge to defend his Cruiserweight Title against "any cruiserweight in the world." No speculation yet as to who that cruiserweight may be, but we're sure they had someone in mind hen they announced it, which would appear to rule out Psicosis and Crowbar.

DSW will be at the DSW Arena on Saturday. Jamie Knoble is scheduled to appear.

Other News

AOL Time-Warner have come to terms on the release of several former WCW stars. Lex Luger, Kronik, Paul Orndorff, Road Warrior Animal, Road Warrior Hawk, Curt Hennig, Dusty Rhodes, Sid, Jim Duggan, Lodi, Lenny, Konnan, Rick Steiner, Johnny The Bull, Big Vito, Midajah, Crowbar, Psicosis and AJ Styles were the victims.

No word on if any of them will sign with WCW, WWF or ECW, but we certainly expect one or two to find alternate employment.

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