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WWF Raw Is War 1.08.2001

WWF RAW IS WAR
Monday, January 8th, 2001

Live from the San Jose Arena in San Jose, CA

List of WWF Champions at the time:
●  WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle (10/22/2000)
●  WWF Intercontinental Champion: Chris Benoit (12/10/2000)
●  WWF World Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian (12/21/2000)
●  WWF European Champion: William Regal (12/04/2000)
●  WWF Hardcore Champion: Raven (12/25/2000)
●  WWF Women’s Champion: Ivory (11/02/2000)
●  WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)

~ Raw comes on the air with clips of Austin’s week with the McMahons and his road to his title shot tonight. Jim Ross then welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lalwer and talks about the electric atmosphere because tonight as mentioned Steve Austin finally gets another shot at Kurt Angle and the WWF Championship. JR is already calling it the “slobberknocker of the year” and even Lawler admits things don’t look good for Angle.

~ Things kick off with Vince McMahon heading to the ring because every big show needs a McMahon talking segment. Vince gets the mic and suggests a New Year’s resoultion to those that don’t have one, and that’s to respect authority. Vince mentions there’s one individual who doesn’t respect authority after what he saw on Smackdown and shows clips on the TitanTron of The Rock taking out a pair of referees during his match with Kurt Angle. Vince says his daugther Stephanie came up with an idea on how to teach Rock to respect authority here tonight and boks him against Rikishi and Kane in a handicap match. Vince does admit that’s not excatly a fair match so to make it more even Rock will have two partners, only they’re going to be a pair of WWF referees. Vince then moves on to Steve Austin, mentioning how he’s been asked why he counted a three for him last Thursday. Vince says this is a new year and he wants to show everyone he’s a new man by putting his past with Austin behind him and if he and Austin can get along, why can’t politicans get along and why can’t the Middle East have peace? Vince talks about leadership by example when Austin decides to come out to the ring to get this segment rolling again. Austin gets on the mic and scoffs at Vince leading by example before saying how he doesn’t trust him and he never will. Austin says he’s not buying that Vince is a changed man since a leopard can’t its spots or, in Vince’s case, a j*****s. Austin gives Vince the same warning he gave Stephanie on Thursday, to stay out of his life and he’ll let him have his. Austin promises to beat Angle tonight and that’s the bottom line when Angle comes out to offer a rebuttal on the mic.

Angle scoffs at all of Austin’s big talk while calling him an example of the lack of leadership Vince talked about then says he was bringing glory to the U.S. in 1996 while Austin was having strap matches with Savio Vega. Zing! Angle also takes exception to Austin thinking that just because he has his shot that he has the WWF Title already won, reminding us how he survived a six-man Hell in a Cell and a four-way match at MSG, both of which Austin was in. Angle calls himself a champion that sets an example and won’t lose the title to a beer-drinking truck-driving redneck. Austin responds by flipping Angle off then asks the fans of they want him to beat Angle up and they give their consent. Austin turns to grab a pair of beers thrown at him when Angle waffles him from behind with the championship belt. Angle and Vince then back up the ramp while Austin points to his watch telling Angle that his time may be running out. They could have hyped the main event in half the 15 minutes it took if it wasn’t for Vince loving to hear himself talk.

  • Chris Jericho & The Hardy Boyz (w/Lita) vs. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn (w/Terri)

There was a whole bunch of run-ins on Smackdown involving these guys resulting in this match. Jericho and Jeff meet Benoit and Saturn on the floor while Matt tosses Malenko in the ring to start us off. Matt works Malenko over in a corner but Saturn comes in and nails Matt from behind then takes over on him. Saturn whips Matt but lowers the head and Matt kicks the face then comes off the ropes with a clothesline. Matt tags Jeff and the Hardys hit a douple sublex then Matt drops down and Jeff hits the Poetry in Motion. The Hardys deck Saturn and Malenko but the referee tries to get Matt out while Benoit comes in and nails Jeff. Benoit takes over without a tag and whips Jeff into an elbow then follows up with a back suplex that gets a two. Saturn tags in and helps Benoit whip Jeff into a double elbow then follows up with a neckbreaker for a near fall. Saturn drills Jeff with a brainbuster then tags Benoit and Benoit hits his own neckbreaker that gets a two count. Saturn tags back in and rams Jeff upside down into the buckles then sets him up and goes up for a superplex. Jeff figths Saturn to the mat and manages to hit the Swanton Bomb then both men start crawling to the corners. Benoit gets the tag and nails Jeff from behind but that knocks him into his corner for the hot tag to Jericho. Jericho hammers away on Benoit and goes for a whip, Benoit reverses it but Jericho hits a spinning heel kick. Jericho catches Saturn coming in and decks Malenko when Terri hops on the apron but Jericho shoves her off. Saturn hits Jericho with a bell-to-belly suplex but Matt knocks him through the ropes and fights him on the floor. Benoit tries to get Jericho in the crossface but Jericho counters into a backslide and that somehow gets the pin! (3:49) Match was nice but that ending seemed a little too sudden and Malenko stayed on the apron the whole time. Also Jericho pinned the Intercontinental Champion so I imagine he’ll be angling for another title shot very soon. **

Benoit is not happy that Jericho pinned him while Lita trips Malenko sending him face-first into the apron but Malenko grabs a tray from a consession vendor and dumps nachos and mustard all over her! Lita runs off a mess while the Radicals stand in the ring and watch Jericho and the Hardys back up the ramp.

~ Backstage Stephanie is meeting with one of the referees asking which two will volunteer to team up with The Rock. Jack Doan tries to explain that they’re not trained athelets while Terry Long says he’s a referee and not a wrestler. Stephanie informs Long and Doan that they’re under contract to the WWF and that she just found her two volunteers. Stephanie even demands that Long start the match and wishes the referees luck as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break we get a shot of the Shark Tank and the XFL San Francisco Demons cheerleaders in the crowd. Originally it was going to be the ‘San Jose’ Demons but apparently they decided to play in San Francisco instead.

~ We then get footage of the gooped-up Lita angrily heading into the lockerrom with the Hardys during the break and sending them away so she can clean herself off. The Hardys leave while Lita heads for the shower but after Matt and Jeff are out of sight we see Dean Malenko slipping into the lockerroom to sneak a peak.

~ Elsewhere Kevin Kelly interviews The Rock for his thoughts on teaming with the referees for the handicap match … when Rock’s door swings open and we briefly see Pat Patterson before he tries to duck back inside. Oops! Anyway Rock starts with the usual then talks about competing in what he feels is the biggest Royal Rumble in history. Rock promises to win the Rumble and doesn’t care who he faces at Wrestlemania, be it Kurt Angle or Steve Austin. Rock says if Austin wins the WWF Championship tonight then he’ll have a date with destiny in the form of The Rock. Rock then addresses Stephanie thinking she impresses him by running her mouth and putting him in a handicap match. Rock goes into a series of insults about Stephanie and even adds in the usual hermaphrodite joke about Kevin. Rock finishes up promising to go through everyone at the Rumble and on to Wrestlemania, if ya smell and so on.

~ We then cut to the ladies’ lockerroom as the cameraman shows us the black curtain cornering off the showers and what looks like Lita showering behind them. Who knew the cameraman was such a pervert? Dean Malenko creeps up and pulls back the curtain but Lita has her back to the camera and doesn’t see him coming. Malenko eventually heads in and offers Lita a towel as Lita covers herself up and screams at Malenko to leave. Malenko backs away when the Hardys appear and throw him across a table then proceed to give him a beatdown. Jeff then wedges Malenko’s knee under a folded table leg while Matt grabs a chair and hammers Malenko’s knee with it. How come the Hardys aren’t beating up the cameraman as well? He was sneaking a peek at Lita as much as Malenko. Anyway a swarm of referees come in to break it up then call for help for Malenko who’s down and holding his knee.

~ Out in the arena JR and Lawler mention Chyna is still recovering from the spike piledriver that she took last month as we get yet another loo at it. We next get a sit-down interview Michael Cole had with Chyna earlier today with Chyna out of the neckbrace. Chyna says she’s been going through extensive therapy in lieu of surgery and she’s not 100% but is getting closer. Cole asks about a return and Chyna says it’s questionable, that the doctors are advising her to give up competiton. Chyna says until then she’s going to enjoy watching Billy Gunn torment Val Venis then dares Ivory to get involved. JR announces Billy will indeed get another shot at Val Venis tonight in a lumberjack match as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break the lumberjacks are filing out to the ring as Johnathan Coachman interviews Billy Gunn backstage about what to expect. Billy says a good friend of his may never wrestle again thanks to his opponent so he promises to make Val Venis feel as helpless as he made Chyna feel and it won’t be for his own good.

  • “The One” Billy Gunn vs. Val VenisLumberjack Match

The face Lumberjacks include Essa Rios, Too Cool, K-Kwik, Crash Holly & The Acolytes while the heel lumberjacks are Tiger Ali-Singh, Lo Down and the rest of the Right to Censor. Billy rushes the ring but it’s Val who gets in the first shots then whips him and connects with a clothesline. Val tosses Billy through the ropes and the other RTC’ers move in on him but Billy is able to fight them off. Billy climbs back in the ring and nails Val with a series of clotheslines then clotheslines him over the ropes. The face lumberjacks pounce on Val before tossing him in the ring but Billy whips Val and tosses him back out. The Acolytes get in their licks before tossing Val back in the ring and Billy follows it up with a jackhammer. Bull Buchanan hops on the apron and Billy pops him off but that allows Val to come back with a spinebuster. Val hits an elbowdrop and whips Billy back and forth between the corners then hits a suplex for a near fall. Val whips Billy but lowers the head, Billy kicks the face and sets up for the cobra clutch slam but Val fights out. Val comes off the ropes but Billy comes back with a tilt-o-whril slam then peppers him with straight jabs. Billy whips Val and hits an elbow followed by a clothesline then whips Val into a corner and hits a Stinger Splash. Billy sets Val up looking to finally hit that piledriver but Val drops down to prevent. Val then tries to flee from the ring but the Acolytes cut off Val’s escape and bring him back in the ring. Billy chokes Val with his boot when the Acolytes toss Ivory in as well and Billy looks to get his hands on her but Ivory crawls out the other side. Val also tries to escape but Billy grabs him and this time hits the cobra clutch slam for the victory. (4:10) The lumberjacks suddenly pour in the ring and we have giant brawl, a preview of the Royal Rumble perhaps. This actually wasn’t a bad match but you’d think this would be the end of this feud with Billy finally getting his revenge. Guess again. *

~ Backstage Kurt Angle is preparing for his title defense when Edge & Christian come in wishing him luck. E&C then tells Angle how he’ll love what they have planned for the Dudleys Boyz but dont’ reveal it just yet.

~ Elsewhere Teddy Long and Jack Doan are talking outside The Rock’s door when Kane walks up to them so they try to reason with him that they were forced into this. Kane shoves Long into a wall regardless.

  • The Rock, Teddy Long & Jack Doan vs. Kane & Rikishi3-on-2 Handicap Match

Kane and Rikishi make their way out first followed by the referees who don’t even get any entrance music. Rock comes out last and tries to start the match but referee Tim White says Long has been ordered to start. Rikishi starts off for his team and shoves Long into a corner then squashes him with a butt bump and gives him the stinkface. Long manages to crawl under Rikishi to escape from the corner and scurries to his corner to tag in Rock. Rock gets in his shots and goes for a whip, Rikishi reverses it but Rock comes back with a flying forearm. Rock catches Kane coming in and goes for a whip, Kane reverses but Rock rams Kane face-first into the mat. Rock knockes both guys heads together then goes for a whip but Rikishi sends him into a clothesline from Kane. Rikishi stomps on Rock and whips him but Rock comes back with a DDT then wails away on Kane in a corner. Rock then distracts White allowing Long and Doan to double-team Rikishi and the crowd actually pops of it. Rock hits Rikishi with a spinebuster and goes for the People’s Elbow but Kane cuts him off with a chokeslam. White gets Kane back to the corner while Rikishi struggles to cover Rock and does but only gets a two count. Rock starts to fight back but Rikishi stops that rally then whips him into a corner and clotheslines him down. Rikishi moves in for a stinkface but Rock stops him with a shot below the belt then comes out with a clothesline. Rikishi makes the tag to Kane and Rock tries to fight back then comes off the ropes but Kane scoops him up. Rock slips out out of there then shoves Kane into the ropes and hits a Samoan Drop but only gets a two count. Rock grabs Kane for a Rock Bottom but Rikishi breaks it up with an uppercut then follows up with a superkick. Kane stomps away on Rock then goes out and brings a chair in the ring but Doan and White try to take it away. Kane shoves White down but since White is the actual referee for this match he calls for the DQ. (5:27) Kane pays no heed as he chokeslams Doan then shoves Long in a corner for Rikishi to hit the butt splash. Not a great match but had it’s entertaining moments.

Kane and Rikishi double-team Rock and look to finish him off when in comes The Undertaker for the save. Kane swings a chair at Taker but misses and Taker pounds away on him then takes him out with a choekslam. Rock fights back against Rikishi and hits the Smackdown followed by the Rock Bottom for good measure.

~ Back from break we get a replay of Kane and Rikishi taking out the referees and Undertaker helping out Rock. Backstage we find Stephanie whining to Vince about Taker’s meddling in her plans as Vince tries to calm her down. Vince suggests a fatal four-way match pitting Rock, Kane, Rikishi and Undertaker against each other on Smackdown with the winner getting the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble, ensuring Rock and Taker come to blows.

  • WWF HARDCORE TITLE: Raven © vs. Steve Blackman

Raven brings his shopping cart of punder out but I notice a little black bird on the front of his cart. Huh. Raven gets on the mic talking about Blackman’s old partner Al Snow being the first to suffer the Raven Effect after getting hit with a cinderblock and calls it funny, just like Blackman being the best Hardcore Champ. Blackman rushes the ring but Raven greets him with a trash can. Raven wedges it in a corner between the ropes and goes to whip Blackman but Blackman reverses it and trips Raven into the can with a drop toehold. Blackman grabs a trash lid and whips Raven then whacks him in the knee and the back of the head with the lid. Blackman brings his fighting sticks in the ring then works Raven over with them and hits the stick-assisted suplex. Blackman goes out and grabs a kendo stick as we see Hardcore Holly standing nearby with his own referee. Blackman climbs to the top rope but Hardcore shoves him off then grabs a pair of lids and wails on Raven. Hardcore grabs the can but Blackman misses Raven with a pump kick and kicks the can in Hardcore’s face. Raven sprays Blackman with a fire extinguisher then covers Hardcore (!) and gets the three to retain. (1:43) So Raven pins Hardcore to retain the title even though Blackman was his scheduled challenger? Whatever. DUD

Raven starts to depart with his belt when Blackman reaches through the ropes and pulls Raven on the apron but before he do anything Hardcore drapes him on the top rope and kicks him in the chest. Raven tries to make his way to the back but Hardcore chases him down then suplexes him onto the ramp. Hardcore covers Raven and his referee counts 1..2..but Blackman breaks it up when I though this match was over. Blackman and Hardcore then start fighting each other again while Raven is able to escape to the outside where a car is waiting and makes his getaway.

~ We then see Edge & Christian telling someone off-screen not to come out until they call for him/her. Edge says the Dudleys will never expect this surprise and it’ll reek of awesomeness as we go to commercial.

~ This week’s Royal Rumble replay is Kane clearing the entire ring of competitors in the 1999 Rumble.

~ Back from break we cut over to WWF New York and find Kaientai addressing the fans with their dubbed voices.

~ Back in the arena JR and Lawler say they have news on how we can become a WWF superstars. More to come.

~ Edge & Christian then make their way to the ring with a table to apparenlty reveal their “surprise” for the Dudley Boyz. Christian takes the mic and greets the fans in San “Josie” before talking about their title defense at the Royal Rumble and how he and Edge don’t know a whole lot about the Dudleys, other than their love for tables and body odor. Edge says they wanted to understand the Dudleys better before beating them again so they took a trip to Dudleyville and found two people who know them. Edge then proceeds to bring out “Momma Faye” and “Levon”, the Dudley “Parentz”. Some weak pyro then shoots off as an older black guy and an dumpy white woman both dressed in camo come out. Christian welcomes the “Dudleys” and mentions how they brought baby pictures then asks to see them on the TitanTron. We see a photo displayed of D’Von’s head superimposed on a baby’s body with its arms raised as Christian asks “Levon” if D’Von was an ugly baby and Levon responds by shouting “Testify” and doing the dance. Edge says they also have a picture of Bubba right at his birth and we get a photo with Bubba’s head superimposed on it. Edge tells “Momma Faye” he feels sorry for the pain she endured delivering Bubba and Momma Faye says “Wassup”! Christian then asks the “Parentz” if they feel bad with their sons about to get beaten up at the Royal Rumble. Before they can answer the real pyro goes off and the Dudleys rush the ring, deciding this joke has gone long enough. E&C shove the Dudley Parentz at their “sons” and make their escape while the Dudleys take Levon out with a 3D. Bubba then slams Momma Faye and sets her up while D’Von climbs to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. D’Von hands Faye to Bubba on the middle rope and Bubba superbombs her through the table that E&C left behind. Usual way to build heat for the tag title match but it was funny and the crowd was into it.

~ Backstage we find the McMahons watching a monitor with Stephanie anxious to see that tag team title match. Vince then asks Stephanie to get him some fresh coffee and Stephanie is hesitant as Vince assures her he’ll be fine. Stephanie is suspicious but does head out while Vince takes off his jacket, as if he’s expecting a certain visitor.

~ Back from break we get footage of The Rock appearing at the Consumer Electronic Show this past weekend and helping Bill Gates unveil Microsoft’s new video game console, the XBox. At the time people scoffed at Microsoft entering the video game arena but I think they’ve done okay since then.

~ Back from break we get a replay of the Dudleys taking out their “parents” to end Edge & Christian’s surprise.

~ Backstage Vince is asking someone what’s taking so long then seems surprised when Stephanie returns with coffee. Stephanie doesn’t understand what Vince means when a flushing sound is heard and Trish Stratus steps in the frame. Stephanie isn’t happy to see Trish as Vince claims she just came in to use the facilities and it’s not what she thinks. Stephanie then feels that Vince won’t mind if she books Trish in a hadicap match tonight with Albert against Test. Vince is taken aback but says he doesn’t have a problem with it and Stephanie makes a joke about 2-on-1s.

~ We then get clips of fans at WWF New York being asked for their predictions on the big championship match.

~ We next find Vince roaming the halls in search of something or someone as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break JR and Lawler start hyping the XFL and how they’ll be calling some of the Saturday Night games. JR then announces a new venture called Tough Enough which will give people a chance to become WWF wrestlers. JR says fans can apply for Tough Enough (which will air during the summer on MTV) at wwf.com and mtv.com.

  • Test vs. Albert & Trish StratusHandicap Match

Test goes right to work on Albert and hits a clothesline btu Albert comes back with a knee to the chest. Albert slams Test for a two count as we get a shot of Vince and Stephanie watching things from their office. Trish slaps Test and Test doesn’t like it so he grabs Trish by the hair but Albert splashes him from behind. Albert whips Test and Test comes back with a DDT then Albert goes for another Avalanche but Test dodges it. Test goes for a whip, Albert reverses and presses Test up but Test lands on his feet and hits a back suplex. Test covers Albert but Trish distracts the referee from counting it so Test brings her in the ring the hard way. Trish begs Test off when Test sets her up for the pump-handle slam but Trish slips out while Test boots Albert. Test then has Trish cornered when … a battered-looking William Regal makes his way out for whatever reason. Test whips Trish for something when Regal pulls her out of the ring to safety. Test brings Regal onto the apron but Regal snaps his neck on the top rope and Albert follows it up with the chokebomb for the pin. (2:26) Albert celebrates while Regal helps Trish to the back. I don’t recall Regal being part of this storyline. DUD

~ Backstage Stephanie accuses Vince of sending William Regal out there and why he had no problem with the match. Vince denies it saying Regal was just being a gentleman but Stephanie storms off as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break we get the video that opened the show, just in case you forgot how the main event was set up. That’s followed by a look at Kurt Angle’s climb to the top of the mountain and his succesful pay-per-view title defenses. We see Austin watching the video on a monitor before he and Angle head to the ring as we go to commercial.

  • WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: Kurt Angle © vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

Well, folks the wait is over. After all the hopps Austin had to jump through he finally gets another shot at the title. Makes you wish they hadn’t already hotshotted this match back in November in a panic move, but oh well. Angle makes his way out first followed by Austin who snatches the belt from Earl Hebner and poses with it. Angle protests Austin posing with his belt so Austin drapes the belt on the mat and dares Angle to come get it. Angle goes in but Austin pounds away on him to start then rams him repeatedly rams him into the turnbuckles and hits a suplex. Austin sets Angle on the top rope and goes up for a suplerplex but Angle throws him down. Angle gets in his shots then whips Austin but Austin comes back with the Thesz Press and the flurry of rights. Austin follows up with a series of elbowdrops for a two count then hits a gutwrench suplex for another near fall. Austin hits another suplex then goes for one more suplex but Angle floats over him and hits a Russian legweep. Angle lays the boots to Austin and chokes him with his boot and Austin fights back but Angle stops that rally. Angle applies a headlock and Austin shoves him into the ropes but Angle hits a crossbody that gets a two count. Angle surprises Austin with a rollup for a two count but Austin comes back and tosses Angle through the ropes. Austin goes out after Angle and rams him into the announce table then clotheslines him over the barricade. Austin works Angle over in the corwd before throwing him back over the barrier and stomping him on the floor. William Regal suddenly runs in brandishing a lead pipe but Austin catches him and throws him into the table. Austin grabs a chair and cracks Regal with it when Angle charges but Austin backdrops him over the barrier.

Austin climbs onto the barricade and nails Angle with a flying clothesline as Regal is being helped to the back. Austin rams Angle into the ringpost before tossing him back in the ring and covering him but getting a two count. Austin hammers away on Angle with right hands and covers him again but still can’t seem to get the three count. Austin hops to the middle rope and goes for an axehande but Angle catches him into a belly-to-belly suplex. Both men get back to their feet and Angle rakes Austin’s face then gets in his shots and goes for a whip. Austin reverses it and looks for the Stunner but Angle catches the kick and hits another belly-to-belly suplex. Angle stomps on Austin and hits an elbowdrop then chokes him with his boot before Hebner forces him back. Angle hits Austin with a snap suplex then hits a second suplex and a third suplex but that only gets a near fall. Angle plants Austin with a back suplex then stomps him and hits another suplex but he can’t get the three either. Angle now hits Austin with a gutwrench suplex then moves in but Austin jabs Angle’s eye to regain the advantage. Austin goes for a slam when Angle shifts his weight and falls on top of Austin but that only gets a near fall. Angle hits another gutwrench then goes for the Olympic Slam but Austin fights out of it and both men are down. Both men get to their feet before the 10 count and Angle works Austin over but Austin starts fighting back again. Austin stomps Angle down in a corner then flips him off before whipping him and hitting a spinebuster. Austin hops to the middle rope and connects with an elbowdrop then readies to finish him off with the Stunner. Austin goes for it, Angle blocks it and goes for the Olympic Slam, Austin blocks that and tries the Stunner again. Angle shoves Austin into the ropes but misses with a clothesline and this time Austin is able to hit the Stunner!! Austin covers Angle and Hebner counts 1..2..but gets pulled out of the ring … by Triple H who’s back!! Triple H gets Austin’s attention before he knocks Hebner out and I guess that’s going to end our match! Boo!! (12:14) Bad ending to what was an awesome main event. Both men worked hard and Angle looked like a real world champion for once and it was nice precursor to the epics these two would have through the year. But the ending does hurt Angle a little; there’s no reason why he couldn’t have at least gotten a dirty pin over Austin thanks to Triple H’s run-in. That would have given Angle much-needed credability and added fuel to the Austin/Triple H feud. But apparenlty Austin just can’t be pinned under any circumstances, even by the world champion. ****

Oh, but we’re not done yet. Austin and Triple H exchange looks while JR is going balistic, cursing Triple H for costing Austin the title. Austin turns back to Angle and tosses him through the ropes then dares Triple H to come in the ring and face him. So Triple H removes his jacket and slowly walks back down the ramp as the crowd is getting louder and louder. Triple H climbs in the ring and he and Austin stare at each other then finally come to blows and the crowd explodes. Triple H gets the advantage but Austin comes back and connects with a big right then stomps him out to the floor. Austin goes out and knocks Triple H over the announce table but Triple H grabs the pipe and clubs Austin in the face! Austin goes flying across the table and is bleeding profusely from the forehead but comes back and contines the fight. Triple H nails Austin two more times with the pipe and Austin’s face is a bloody mess as he’s dumped on the table. Triple H then stands over the fallen Austin and poses while JR continues to curse him out as the show fades to black.

Conclusion: I’d call this a mostly okay show that had a hot finish. There was some decent matches to be found along with some not-so decent bouts and the show was populated with plenty of silly segments and talking, especially from the McMahons. But then the show gets salvaged with a great main event followed by a really hot brawl. Again the main event needed a better finish, preferably Angle pinning Austin with Triple H’s help instead of getting Austin out of doing a job, even when he had a face-saving excuse. At least Arn Anderson got to pin Hulk Hogan after hitting him with a women’s shoe. Still the crowd was into much of the show and there was plenty of stuff they popped for, and there was some build to the pay-per-view, so I’ll call this thumbs in the middle leaning up. However if you’re only interested in the Austin/Angle match just pop in the WWF Action! DVD instead.

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