Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
WWF Raw Is War 05/28/2001 - WWF World Championship: Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Vince McMahon) vs. Chris Benoit
Howard Finkle introduces the referee Earl Hebner and they booo him badly, The ref goes over some rules, and he checks the boots... old school! The two grapple into the corner, and Austin gets a few cheap kicks in. Benoit fights back with some chops. Austin regains control and drives his shoulder into Benoit’s ribs multiple times. Austin goes for a clothesline, and Benoit tries to reverse it into a Crossface, but Austin knees Benoit in the ribs. Now Austin whips Benoit into the ropes and lands a knee to the ribs. Stone Cold covers, but Benoit kicks out at two. Now Benoit is up and cracks Austin with some more violent chops . Now both men jockey for a pinfall, but Benoit rolls into a Crossface! Austin inches over to the ropes, and grabs a hold of them. Action spills to the outside now, and Benoit rams Austin into the announce table. Now Austin gains control and sends Benoit into the stairs. We head back into the ring, and Benoit trips up Austin and applies a Sharpshooter! He holds it for quite a while, but Stone Cold finally makes his way to the ropes. We’re back outside of the ring now, and Austin suplexes Benoit, and lays him out, ribs first, over the barricade. Now The Rattlesnake suplexes Benoit into the announce table, and it didn’t budge. Austin tosses Benoit back into the ring, and he covers, but only for a two count. Another cover, and another two count. Austin has an abdominal strech on Benoit, and is using the ropes as leverage. The ref breaks his leverage, and Benoit lands an arm drag. Now Benoit props Austin up on the top rope, but Austin is able to fight off Benoit with a flapjack type suplex. Now Austin lands a superplex on Benoit. Austin covers, but Benoit kicks out at two! Now Austin goes for the belt, but the ref grabs it. Vince and the ref argue outside the ring, and the ref places the belt inside of the ring. Austin lands a Stunner on Benoit, but the ref is still arguing. Now Benoit is back up, and lays out Austin with the belt. He covers, and the ref counts, but Austin kicks out at two!!! Now Benoit has the Crossface on Austin, but Vince pulls the ref out of the ring, and Earl pushes Vince to the floor! Austin again is able to reach the ropes. Now Austin applies the Crossface on Benoit, and Vince calls for the bell to be rung, and for Fink to announce Austin as the winner via submission!!! Howard Finkle says Austin won by submission. Chris Jericho comes out and beats on Austin. Walls of Jericho on Austin and Benoit puts the crossface on McMahon. ***1/2 Awesome match with INSANE Canadian heat. Austin worked on the taped up ribs a lot with some brutal shit, and Benoit brought his usual vicious energy and a bunch of great nearfalls in the 12 minute match.