WWF Raw Is War 1.22.2001
WWF RAW IS WAR
Monday, January 22nd, 2001
Live from the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle (10/22/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Chris Jericho (1/21/2001)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Dudley Boyz (1/21/2001)
● 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 and goes to the intro with Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcoming us to the show. Tonight The Rock teams with new Intercontinental Champ Chris Jericho to take on Chris Benoit and the returning Big Show. And I’m sure we’ll have the rest of the fallout from the Royal Rumble as well.
~ Things kick off with the Helmselys making their way to the ring with a sledgehammer but without the WWF title. Triple H gets the mic first and talks about how tonight was supposed to be his championship victory celebration but one man prevented him from having his big moment. Triple H then says it wasn’t Kurt Angle, it was Steve Austin. Triple H says he had Angle beaten and the WWF Championship won last night only for Austin to screw him out of it. Triple H says he’s tired of going back and forth with Austin so he’s going to be waiting for him with the sledgehammer and will have his special night by splitting Austin’s head open and standing over his bloodied body. Kurt Angle comes out to the stage at that point to offer a response on the mic making fun of Triple H’s crying then takes exception to Triple H blaming Austin since he was the one who pinned Triple H and got his hand raised. Angle feels if Triple H would stop crying over spilled milk and drink it instead then maybe he would finally be a winner. Triple H isn’t amused by Angle’s sense of humor and dares him to come in the ring so he can beat him up for a while. Angle asks Triple H why he needs a foreign object to beat someone like a car or a hammer instead of natural ability. Triple H responds by challenging Angle to a title rematch tonight, promising to put the hammer down after he takes out Austin. Angle accepts the challenge saying he’s more than happy to beat Triple H again when Trish Stratus makes her way out. Trish takes the mic and tells Stephanie that she tried to be best friends with her but it’s apparenlty not what she wants. Trish thus dares Stephanie to follow her husband’s example and face her tonight as well and Stephanie accepts it, promsing to make Trish her (*bleep*).
~ Backstage a limo pulls up and Vince McMahon climbs out then swaggers into the building as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break Michael Cole interviews Vince about the two big matches that were made in the opening segment and Vince says the last time he checked he was the boss but in fairness he will take the two matches “under consideration”. So the opening 12 minutes set up two matches that we don’t even know will even take place?
- WWF EUROPEAN TITLE: William Regal © vs. Test
Test finally responded to Regal’s constant sneak attackes by eliminating him from the Rumble last night in short order and now here’s the blowoff. Regal takes a moment on the mic promising to make the thorn in his side feel like he’s been hacked with a bloddy hatchet. Test goes right to work on Regal and whips him into a corner then hits a backdrop followed by a clothesline. Regal bails out to the floor but Test goes out and rams him into the announce table then tosses him back in. Regal gets in his shots and caps off with a European uppercut then follows up with a double kneelift to the face. Regal hits annother uppercut then goes for a whip but Test reverses and connects with a big boot. Test slams Regal then climbs to the top rope and hits the flying elbowdrop then gets the 1..2..3 and wins the title in a squash! (1:29) Well that was unexpected. Reportedly this was done because Regal needed time off to heal from some injuries. DUD
~ Backstage Triple H barges into Vince’s office and reminds him how he was screwed out of the title last night then demands that he make his title rematch tonight official. Vince just says he’ll take it under advisement and Triple H mentions what Vince said about fairness earlier, wondering if he’s looking out for Trish’s interests instead. Vince tells Triple H to get ready because he may just get his match but until then he’s still thinking about it.
~ Back form break we get a replay of Test destroying William Regal and winning the European Title in short order. We then get a shot of a dejected-looking Regal making his way through the back trying to keep a stiff upper lip.
- The Hardy Boyz (w/Lita) vs. The Acolytes (w/Jacqueline)
The Acolytes got the win over the Hardys in the six-person match on Smackdown so here’s the rematch. However JR claims the Hardys are having issues after eliminating each other from the Rumble and spent most of the day separated. In fact once the Hardys are out Matt offers to start against Bradshaw but Jeff decides he wants in instead and the Hardys argue when Bradshaw nails Matt. Jeff wails on Bradshaw then goes for a whip but Bradshaw hits a boot. Bradshaw clubs Jeff in the back and goes for a powerbomb but Matt nails him enabling Jeff to backdrop out. Jeff climbs to the top rope but Bradshaw bumps the ropes causing Jeff to straddle the buckle. Bradshaw goes up and Jeff fights him off then goes for a flying crossbody but Bradshaw catches him and hits the fallaway slam. Bradshaw decks Matt and tags Faarooq for a double-team then Faarooq takes over. Jeff takes Faarooq down and hits the double legdrop then Matt comes in and helps Jeff hit the combo legdrop. Matt shoves Faarooq into a corner then tells Jeff to get ready and drops into postition for Poetry in Motion. Jeff moves in but Bradshaw tries to cut him off while Matt suddenly gets up to continue fighting Faarooq. Jeff aborts the move and the Hardys start squabbling when Faarooq nails Matt with a clothesline from behind. Bradshaw pops Jeff through the ropes then helps Faarooq whip Matt and connect with a double shoulderblock. Bradshaw follows up with an elbowdrop for a two then whips Matt but Matt comes back with a neckbreaker. Matt tries to reach his corner but Bradshaw pulls him down by the hair then tags in Faarooq who slams Matt. Faarooq follows up with a headbutt then Bradshaw tags back in and whips Matt into a shoulderblock for a two. Faarooq tags back in and whips Matt but Matt drives him into the mat then flaots over him and hits a DDT. Jeff gets the tag and helps Matt whip Faarooq into a double elbow then the Hardys hit their combo move. The Hardys double-team Bradshaw and whip him and Matt hits a clothesline while Jeff follows with a dropkick. Bradshaw comes back and knocks Jeff down while Faarooq looks for the Dominator but can’t get Matt set up. Faarooq eventually gets Matt in position when Bradshaw lunges at Jeff but misses him and nails his partner. Matt drops Bradshaw with the Twist of Fate while Jeff climbs to the top ropes and hits the Swanton Bomb. However Faarooq is the legal man as he plants Jeff with the Dominator and scores the pin. (5:03) Just like on Smackdown, the Hardys forget who the legal man is and it costs them. The Acolytes celebrate while Matt seems frustrated at Jeff. Somewhat sloppy match that was mainly used to tease a Hardys split. *½
~ Backstage we find Triple H complaining to Stephanie about Vince taking his title rematch “under advisement”. Stephanie agress but feels her father is a fair man and will make the match, he just doesn’t like getting told what to do. Stephanie then asks about her match when Triple H suggests that she might have better luck in convincing Vince. Triple H then pulls out the sledgehammer saying he’ll be waiting for Austin and heads out as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get an exterior shot as the announcers wonder if we’ll get those two big matches tonight.
~ Backstage Stephanie meets with Vince and tries to convince him that Triple H really deserves another title shot tonight but Vince basically tells her the same thing he told Triple H, that he didn’t say no, he’s taking it under advisement. Stephanie asks about facing Trish but Vince rambles on how concerned he is for the safety of “Daddy’s Little Girl”. Stephanie then accuses Vince of being more concerned about Trish’s safety and Vince tells her not to go there, that he has a good mind to let them go at it after the two embarassed him last night. However Vince says he’s still thinking about green-lighitng it and does tell Stephanie to get dressed to compete. So are we getting those two matches or not?
~ Out in the arena JR and Lawler talk about Big Show making his return last night as clips are shown of the carnage.
~ We next get a pretaped interview Michael Cole had with The Rock earlier today about his loss in the Rumble match and Rock says he’s disappointed because he went in the Rumble ready to win and laid the Smackdown on everyone else. Rock mentions how he eliminated Big Show only to get chokeslammed through a table yet still got back in the ring but he wasn’t good enough in the end and instead of celebrating he’s stuck sitting next to an N*Sync wannabe. Rock says he respects Austin for what he did to win the Rumble but the only thing that matters to him is he didn’t win. Cole asks Rock where he goes from here and Rock threatens to punch his teeth in for asking such a stupid question. Rock says his main goal remains to become WWF Champion and doesn’t care when it is or who he wins the title from.
~ Back from break we get a shot of Triple H waiting with a sledgehammer for Steve Austin to make his arrival. And I couldn’t help but notice an XFL trailer that just happens to be parked right behind him. Real subtle, guys.
- The Rock & Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit & The Big Show
Jericho got it done against Benoit last night while Big Show made his return know by chokeslamming Rock through the announce table so here we are. Jericho starts for his team against Benoit who gets in the first shots then whips him and connects with an elbow. Benoit whips Jericho and hits a clothesline then whips him again but Jericho comes back with a forearm. Jericho hits a bulldog then goes for the ropes but Show nails him from behind and Benoit hits a snap suplex. Show tags in and hits Jericho whip a press slam before Benoit tags back in and whips Jericho into a knee. Benoit goes for a whip but Jericho hits an enzuigiri then crawls toward his corner and makes the tag to Rock. Rock whips Benoit and hits a Samoan Drop then whips him again and hits a belly-to-belly throw for a two count. Rock goes for a whip when Benoit reverses him into Show and Rock decks him but Benoit hits a back suplex. Benoit covers Rock but Jericho saves it then knocks Show off the apron and Shw tries to regroup on the floor. Jericho hits a flying shoulderblock off the apron but Show grabs him and chokeslams him right on the floor! Jericho is down on the floor and looks like he’s out of the match leaving Rock to continue on without a partner. Benoit continues assaulting Rock and hits a backbreaker for a near fall then slams him and hits an elbowdrop. We then see Jericho getting helped to the back confirming that Rock is now on his own against two opponents.
Show tags in and chokes Rock against the rope when Rock fights back but Show hits a short-arm clothesline. Benoit tags in and whips Rock into a corner then works him over and hits a snap suplex that gets a two count then hits some chops. Rock fights back but misses the Smackdown and Benoit hits a German suplex then holds on and hits a second German suplex then holds on again for a third German but only gets a two. Benoit hits an elbowdrop and slams Rock then climbs to the top rope and connects with the diving headbutt. However Benoit knocks himself loopy and can’t make the cover immediately and only gets a two as a result. Show tags in and plants Rock with a sidewalk slam for a near fall then hits a giant chop but misses a right hand. Rock again rallies and comes off the ropes when Show grabs his neck but Rock is able to escape the chokeslam. Rock continues his offense then comes off the ropes and connects with a clothesline but Show stays on his feet. Rock hits another clohtesline and Show still stays upright then Rock hits a forearm that does knock him over. Benoit tags in and Rock wails on him then hits a DDT and knocks Show off the apron with the Smackdown. Benoit comes back with a chop and goes for a whip but Rock reverses it and plants him with a spinebuster. Rock covers Benoit when Show pulls him out to the floor but Rock grabs the bell and clocks Show in the face. Show is knocked out on the floor as Rock rolls back in the ring when Benoit greets him with the Crossface. Rock grabs the bottom rope for the break then Benoit lays the boots to him but Rock tosses him over the ropes. Jericho suddenly limps back down the ramp and throws Benoit into the steps then rolls him back in the ring. Rock goes for a whip when Benoit reverses it but Rock comes back and hits the Rock Bottom for the victory. (10:43) Fairly good match even though it was mostly about Rock. But at least they made it so Rock needed Jericho and the ringbell to win and didn’t just go over two heels by himself. **½
Rock celebrates the win but doesn’t see Show climb back in the ring and Show plants him with a chokeslam. Jericho goes in looking for a piece of Show but Show knocks him aside then takes him out with a chokeslam. Benoit then gets in Show’s face about where he was when he was pinned and Show chokeslams Benoit as well. Show then leaves both his opponents and his partner laying in the ring as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get a replay of Show letting everyone know how he’s back with a series of chokeslams.
~ Backstage Trish wants to talk to Kurt Angle about their matches but Angle says Vince is still thinking about them. Angle is eager for the matches to take place when Trish offers to give Vince all the “advisement” he needs.
~ Out in the arena JR and Lawler talk about Chyna reinjuring herself in her match with Ivory at the pay-per-view. Clips are then shown of the neck injury occuring as well as Chyna getting stretchered out while wearing a neckbrace.
~ Almost on cue Ivory makes her way to the ring for the next match with Steven Richards and a copy of Chyna’s book. However Ivory first gets on the mic and brags about a victory being won for the women of the world last night. Ivory says she wanted to read Chyna’s book and that the pages walk about her depraved lifestyle leading to success but also led to her demise after the 10th Wonder of the World put her out of commission. Eventually Molly Holly makes her way out then gets on the mic and asks Ivory if she gets tired of hearing herself talk. Molly promises to shut Ivory’s mouth up for everyone before rushing the ring and the match is on.
- WWF WOMEN’S TITLE: Ivory © (w/Steven Richards) vs. Molly Holly (w/Crash Holly)
Ivory tries to hit Molly with the book but Molly trips her with a drop toehold then hits a snap armwringer. Molly hits a short-arm clothesline followed by some chops but Ivory whips her and hits a facejam into the mat. Ivory whips Molly and hits an elbow followed by a legdrop for a two count. Ivory whips Molly into a corner but Molly runs up the buckles and gets Ivory with a headscissors takeover then whips Ivory and hits a backdrop. Molly plants Ivory with a Northern Lights suplex but Richards distracts the referee from counting the pin. Crash pulls Richards off the apron and pounds on him while Molly slams Ivory. Molly climbs to the top rope but Richards crotches her on the buckle and Molly tumbles to the mat as Ivory covers for the pin. (1:49) Molly was her usual talented self but still nothing to see here. *
~ The announcers then shill the upcoming Tough Enough by showing some of the tapes sent in by hopefulls. And as you might expet these are pretty bad. The lameness even surpasses the old WCW Amateur Challenge videos.
~ Kane and Rikishi are both shown heading to the ring for their match which is next as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get a shot of Triple H still waiting outside to greet Steve Austin with the sledgehammer. We also get a shot of Trish entering Vince McMahon’s dressing room looking to get the two matches confirmed.
- Kane vs. Rikishi
I guess Big Show’s return explains why Kane is suddenly teaming up with Taker again. Rikishi meets Kane on the floor but Kane gets the advantage and rams him into the barricade repeatedly. Rikishi comes back and throws Kane into the steps then tosses him in the ring and hits him with a superkick. Rikishi follows up with the massive legdrop then whips him into a corner and hits the running butt splash. Kane comes out with a clothesline then climbs to the top rope and connects with the flying clothesline. Kane hits Rikishi with the chokeslam and covers … but only gets a two count as Haku comes in the ring. I’m guessing Haku was supposed to save Rikishi but missed his cue and couldn’t make it down in time. In any event Haku pounds away at Kane and this is obviously going to end this one. (2:08) Have Kane and Rikishi ever had a good match with each other? DUD
Haku and Kane exchange shots when Kane grabs him by the throat but Haku slips out and hits a headbutt, Rikishi hits a superkick and Haku nails the Kick of Fear. Haku chops away at Kane and chokes him on the mat and Rikishi follows up with the sitdown splash and Haku adds a headbutt. Suddenly the Undertaker runs in for the save and takes it to both guys until Haku rakes the face but Kane is back up and the brothers fight side by side. Taker and Kane clothesline Haku over the ropes then double-team Rikishi before Taker hits a clothesline. Taker and Kane then finish Rikishi off with a double chokeslam and stand tall in the ring and I guess we have a new tag team feud.
~ The Dudleys are shown heading to the ring to defend their newly-won tag titles as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get a replay of Rikishi and Haku destroying Kane until Undertaker came out to turn the tide. Kevin Kelly then interviews Rikishi who challenges Taker to a no holds barred match this Thursday on Smackdown.
~ We then get a shot of Vince’s door and hear Trish’s voice from behind it. Moving right along….
~ JR and Lawler talk about Drew Carey appearing on the pay-per-view and his brief competition in the Rumble as we get clips. We also get a plug for Carey’s Imrov All-Stars pay-per-view which aired the following Saturday.
- WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: The Dudley Boyz © vs. Lo Down (w/Tiger Ali-Singh)
You’re probably wondering why Lo Down are on this late in the show, and in a title match. Apparently Vince granted them this shot as compensation for giving up their spot in the Rumble to Drew Carey. D’Lo Brown jumps Bubba Ray during the Dudleys’ entrance and wails on him while Tiger joins the commentary. We then see Bubba is still selling the chair attacks from last week as D’Lo brings him over to his corner. D’Lo draws D’Von in to distract the referee while Chaz works Bubba over then takes over without a tag and hits a dropkick to the face. D’Lo tags back in and goes for a whip but Bubba hits the Bubbabomb. D’Lo tags Chaz but D’Von also gets the tag and hits both men with clotheslines then powerslams Chaz. D’Lo saves it but Bubba tosses him over the ropes as we see Tiger presenting Lawler with his own turban. Back in the ring Bubba has Chaz set up while D’Von climbs to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. Bubba sends D’Von out to bring a table in the ring and the Dudleys set it up while the referee tends to Chaz. D’Lo comes running in with one of the tag belts in hand but Bubba ducks the swing and kicks him in the chest. Bubba grabs the belt and waffles D’Lo with it but that ends up getting his team disqualified. (2:41) Nothing match as Chaz and D’Lo clearly didn’t care anymore by this point, though you can’t entirely blame them after this gimmick ruined their chances to be a serious tag team. DUD
Anyway Tiger is celebrating thinking his men are the new champions, forgetting titles can’t change hands on a DQ. D’Von suddenly pulls Tiger in the ring then whips him and the Dudleys nail him with a 3D through the table. This was the end of the road for Lo Down as the Dudleys would finish this issue on Heat and that’d be the last we see of Chaz and Tiger, while D’Lo would disappear for a year.
~ Backstage we find Trish leaving Vince’s office and looking…you know what let’s just keep it moving.
~ Back from break Michael Cole stands in front of Vince’s door waiting to hear what tonight’s main event is. We’re nearing the ned of the show but are still wondering about those two matches they promised back in the opening segment.
- WWF HARDCORE TITLE: Raven © vs. Al Snow
Snow made his return to action at the Rumble match and now wants revenge for Raven putting him out of action with a cinderblock last month. Snow jumps Raven as he’s bringing out his shopping cart of plunder then grabs a trash can and nails him with it. The two make their way under the stage but the cameraman is shoved back out just before some pyro goes off. The cameraman heads back under the stage to find Snow and Raven laid out from the force of the pyro blast. Snow covers Raven but the referee is also reeling. Raven grabs a fire exinguisher from the pyro guy and sprays Snow with some CO2 as they fight to the back. Snow jabs Raven with an ironing board and throws him into a paper background. Snow throws Raven into the catering table and Raven is hit with some hot coffee. Snow shoves Raven into the eatery and jabs him with a potted plant then throws him onto a couple of tables. Snow whacks Raven with a pitcher of milk but Raven grabs a baking sheet and clobbers Snow in the head. Snow throws some random foodstuffs at Raven but misses him as the two make thier way outside the building where Snow whips Raven into some metal objects. Snow then somehow grabs a boat oar and works Raven over before choking him with the oar. Snow whacks him below the belt and covers for the 1..2..3 and wins his fourth Hardcore title! (3:35) However some sort of figure dressed in black (who looks female) emerges from a nearby car and breaks a 2×4 over Snow’s back. Raven then covers Snow and the referee counts another 1..2..3 and Raven regains the belt after 12 seconds. (3:47) The mystery figure then helps Raven into the car and they peel out into the night. And now we try to speculate who this new Black Scorpion is that’s helping Raven. DUD
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Vince as he emerges from his office about tonight’s main event and Vince announces it’s going to be Triple H and Stephanie taking on Kurt Angle and Trish in a mixed tag match. Wow, who didn’t see this coming. And it only took nearly the entire show to reach such an obvious conclusion.
~ Back from break Triple H is still waiting for Steve Austin, probably not aware of the just-announced main event. Eventually Stephanie comes out to break the news and Triple H is furious that he’s not getting his title rematch.
~ We then cut over to WWF New York and find K-Kwik and the Too Cool guys entertaining the fans with some dancing.
- Triple H & Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley vs. Kurt Angle & Trish Stratus – Intergender Match
The participants file out as the announcers speculate if Steve Austin is going to show up tonight or not. Angle and Trish try to form a gameplan on the floor when Triple H gets us going with a baseball slide on Angle. Triple H goes out and rams Angle into the announce table then hammers him before tossing him in the ring. Angle comes back with his own shots and goes for a whip but Triple H reverses and connects with the high knee. Triple H goes out and rams Angle’s knee around the post then climbs back in and hits Angle with a kneebreaker. Triple H wrenches Angle’s leg and kicks at the knee when Angle fights back but Triple H kicks the knee again. Angle comes back with a neckbreaker then tags Trish who climbs to the top rope and goes for a crossbody. Triple H catches Trish but Angle dropkicks them both over. Trish dares Stephanie to come and get at her and Stephanie charges in when Angle throws her to the mat. Angle realizes what he just did and tries to apologize nbut Stephanie responds with a slap to his face then Triple H decks him and unloads on him with right hands. Triple H goes for a whip, Angle reverses and Triple H hits the facebuster but Angle hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Angle tags Trish and holds Triple H while Trish climbs to the top rope but Triple H escapes with a low blow. Triple H tosses Angle through the ropes while Stpehanie throws Trish off the top and gives her the business. Angle and Triple H fight on the floor while Trish slaps Stephanie who slaps back so Trish takes her down. The ladies go back and forth on the mat before Stephanie kicks her down and hits a short-arm clothesline. Stephanie goes for a snampare but Trish shoves her into a corner and follows it up with a running bulldog. Trish covers Stephanie but Triple H makes it back in and pulls her off then takes her out with the Pedigree. Triple H pops Angle on the apron while Stephanie is able to cover Trish and grab the pin. (5:38) Was a nice match with the men in there but once the ladies took over it went downhill fast. But as least Angle didn’t job this time. **
Angle helps Trish out of the ring as the Helmsleys celebrate before Triple H dares Angle to come get some more. Angle starts to head back in the ring when suddenly Steve Austin runs in from the crowd and jumps Triple H. Austin hammers away at Triple H and lays him out with the Stunner then chugs some beers and we’re out.
Conclusion: Very weak follow-up to a tremendous pay-per-view as the WWF didn’t seem to want to try this time around. The show started out okay then we had to endure a slow patch before reaching the good tag match at the end of the first hour. But after that everything flatlined with bad matches and dull sport-entertainment segments capped off by a so-so main event. Not to mention the Stephanie/Trish feud seemed to overshadow everything else, and this show also seemed to hype everything from the XFL to Drew Carey’s pay-per-view. There just never seemed to be any real focus on this edition of Raw and while the WWF was starting on its way to its highest peak there would still be a lot of bumps in the road as this show demonstrated. Thumbs down for this disappointing episode.