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WWF No Way Out 2001

WWF NO WAY OUT
Sunday, February 25th, 2001

Live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV

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: Test (1/22/2001)
●  WWF Hardcore Champion: Raven (2/18/2001)
●  WWF Women’s Champion: Ivory (11/02/2000)
●  WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)

~ No Way Out comes on the air with an intro video hyping the Rock/Angle match and the Austin/Triple H match. Jim Ross then welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler and talks about the special feeling tonight.

  • WWF HARDCORE TITLE: Raven © vs. The Big Show

Show has had two failed chances to beat Raven for the title, so will he get it done tonight? Raven makes his way to the ring first with his shopping cart full of plunder and starts tossing it in the ring. Show is out next when Raven’s ninja lady tries to ambush him with a 2×4 but Show catches it and disarms her. Raven then heads up the ramp to make the save with a stop sign but Show turns and catches him with a big boot. Show takes the stop sign himself and whacks Raven down the ramp with it then tosses him into the ringsteps. Show headbutts Raven then charges at him for a splash but Raven dodges it and Show runs into the ringpost. Raven jumps on Show’s back when Show shrugs him off to the floor then goes for an elbowdrop but misses it. Raven grabs a fire extinguished and sprays CO2 into Show’s face then whacks him with the extinguisher itself. Raven rolls in the ring and hits Show with a dropkick through the ropes that staggers him but he doesn’t go down. Suddenly a popcorn vendor hops the rail and heads in the ring then whacks Raven with his popcorn tray. The vendor hits Raven with a tornado bulldog and covers him as we notice it’s Crash but Show is in to save it. Show bodyslams Crash when Raven charges at him but Show catches Raven and hits him with the Final Cut. Now Steve Blackman is out and works Show over with his nunchucks just as Hardcore Holly joins the fray. Hardcore grabs a pair of trash can lids and wails away on Show who drops to one knee but doesn’t go down. Blackman climbs to the top rope with a kendo stick in hand and brings Show down with a flying shot to the head. Billy Gunn runs in and nails Raven with the Rocker Dropper then covers him for the 1..2..3, winning the title! (2:26) Billy barely has a second to celebrate his second Hardcore Title victory when Crash rolls him up for a near fall. Billy clotheslines Crash but Hardcore and Blackman double-team him. Both guys whip Billy but lower the heads and Billy kicks Blackman’s face but Hardcore suplexes him. Hardcore climbs to the top rope while Blackman holds Billy and connects with a Veg-o-matic. Blackman covers Billy to steal the pin but Hardcore breaks it up. Show headbutts Hardcore and tosses him through the ropes while Raven covers Billy and regains the title! (3:17) Crash comes back in and quickly rolls Raven but Show pulls him off and press slams him to the mat. We then see the ninja coming down the ramp with her 2×4 and readies her weapon but Molly Holly is behind her with a trash lid and nails her. Raven grabs a trash can and works Show over with it but misses a swing and Show grabs him by the throat. Show then chokeslams Raven through a trash can and gets the three to finally wint he title for our third title change in this match. (4:13) Messy opener but still entertaining.

Billy tries to go after Show then comes off the ropes but just bounces off Show who dumps him over the ropes. Show goes out and headbutts Billy then rams him into the ringpost to finish him before departing with his title belt.

~ We get footage of Kurt Angle arriving at the building earlier on Heat and feeling confident he’ll beat the Rock, especially after the number he did on him on Smackdown.

~ Backstage Lillian Garcia interviews Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero on how they’re going to co-exist with each other in the four-way for the Intercontinental Title. Eddie says this match is about more than the IC Title and mentions how Chris Jericho put him on the shelf for two months. Eddie says Jericho is getting put out for good tonight then warns X-Pac not to get in the way or he’ll be joining him. Benoit says it may be every man for himself but guarantees that one of them will be walking out with the title in hand.

  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: Chris Jericho © vs. Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero vs. X-Pac

Can Jericho survive with his title intact against three of his biggest enemies? The Radicalz rush the ring together and pair off with someone, Benoit against Jericho and Eddie against X-Pac. Benoit and X-Pac roll out the floor while Eddie nails Jericho with a European uppercut then works him over. Eddie goes for a whip but Jericho reverses and drops him to the mat then hammers him in a corner with chops. Benoit and X-Pac are still duking it out on the floor while Jericho whips Eddie into a corner but eats an elbow. Eddie comes out but Jericho tosses him over his head onto the buckles behind him then clotheslines him down. Jericho covers Eddie but Benoit is in to make the save then takes over on Jericho with his own chops in a corner. Eddie comes over and helps Benoit double-team Jericho then whips him into the other corner for a clothesline. Eddie and Benoit continue their assault then whip Jericho who hops over Eddie but eats an elbow from Benoit. Benoit whips Jericho into a corner then whips Eddie into him but Jericho dodges Eddie and clotheslines Benoit. Eddie turns and nails Eddie with a spinning heel kick and all three are down as X-Pac finally comes back in. X-Pac takes Jericho out with the spinkick but Benoit and Eddie turn on him and start double-teaming him. Benoit sends Eddie out to the apron when X-Pac goes for the X-Factor but Benoit counters with the Crossface. Eddie climbs to the top rope for something but Jericho comes in and causes Eddie to straddle the turnbuckle. Jericho then breaks up Benoit’s Crossface before X-Pac can submit and tosses Benoit through the ropes. Jericho goes after Benoit on the floor while X-Pac goes after Eddie on the ropes and hammers him with chops. X-Pac goes up looking for a superplex but Eddie shoves X-Pac to the mat and connects with the Frogsplash. Jericho heads in to break up Eddie’s cover and chops him through the ropes but Benoit nails him from behind. Benoit hits Jericho with a short-arm clothesline and covers him but Eddie puts Jericho’s foot on the bottom rope. Benoit isn’t too happy Eddie made the save but the two continue their alliance and stomp Jericho out to the floor.

X-Pac knocks Eddie over the ropes but Benoit decks him and plants him with a snap suplex for a near fall. Benoit goes for a whip but X-Pac reverses it and hits a spinning heelkick then chokes Benoit down in a corner. X-Pac readies for the Bronco Bsuter when Jericho climbs to the top and hits X-Pac with a missile dropkick. Jericho kicks X-Pac out to the floor but turns and eats a clothesline from Benoit that gets him a two count. Benoit plants Jericho with a bridge suplex but Eddie kicks Benoit’s foot to break it and Benoit yells at him. The alliance finally breaks down as Benoit and Eddie start battling each other with Benoit getting the advantage. Benoit whips Eddie but Eddie comes back with a Frankensteiner and wails away on Benoit with right hands. Jericho heads out to battle X-Pac on the floor and rams him into the barricade then suplexes him on the floor. In the ring Eddie hits Benoit with a side suplex for a two count while X-Pac whips Jericho into the ringsteps. Eddie drills Benoit with a brainbuster then climbs to the top rope but Benoit cuts him off and hits a superplex. Jericho covers Benoit while X-Pac covers Eddie and the referee counts both pinfalls but gets two on each side. Eddie clotheslines X-Pac and himself over the ropes while Jericho hits Benoit with a double-arm backbreaker for a two count. Jericho chops Benoit in a corner but Benoit reverses position and gets in his own chops. Benoit then whips Jericho when Jericho rolls him up for a two count but Benoit comes back with a clothesline. Benoit works Jericho over with more chops in a corner then stomps him down before choking him with his boot. Eddie and X-Pac are still fighitng on the floor when Benoit goes for a whip but Jericho reverses him into a corner. Jericho comes off the ropes looking for the bulldog but Benoit ducks it and hits a bridge suplex for a near fall. Benoit then goes for a German suplex but Jericho rolls through it and puts Benoit in the Walls of Jericho. Benoit is almost ready to submit when Eddie comes in but Jericho sees him and puts him in the Walls of Jericho. X-Pac comes in and Jericho puts him in the Walls of Jericho as well when Justin Credible runs down the ramp. Jericho breaks the hold to dispatch Credible but Benoit comes up and plants Jericho with a Dragon suplex. Eddie breaks it up beofre X-Pac and Credible pull Benoit out to the floor then nail him with a double superkick. Jericho nails Eddie with the bulldog then connects with the Lionsault and covers him but X-Pac makes the save. X-Pac whips Jericho into a corner and Jericho lifts himself over X-Pac but X-Pac hits a mule kick below the belt then follows up with the X-Factor. X-Pac covers Jericho but Benoit saves it then decks Credible off the apron. Benoit then puts X-Pac in the Crossface but Eddie breaks it up with a neckbreaker and all four men are down. Benoit and Eddie are up when Benoit suplexes Eddie then climbs to the top rope and hits the diving headbutt. X-Pac nails Benoit with the spinkick and celebreates when Jericho rolls him in a cradle and gets the pin to retain! (12:18) Very good match there with constant wall-to-wall action that never really slowed down. Just great work from all four men involved. ****

~ Backstage we find Triple H in the trainer’s room getting his wrists taped up for the big showdown later.

~ Elsewhere Vince McMahon meets William Regal about the Stephanie McMahon/Trish Stratus later on in the card, reminding him that Stephanie is his precious baby daughter while at the same time Trish is his very good friend. Vince also reminds Regal this match was his idea so he’s confident Regal will know what to do when the time is right. Regal agrees with Vince but when Vince leaves the room Regal admits he has no idea what Vince wants him to do.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Stephanie/Trish feud. We then cut to WWF New York and find Busta Rhymes making an appearance before panning over to find Test. JR asks Test for his opinion on the match since he’s had history with both and Test hopes they beat each other up.

~ Backstage Trish Stratus is heading to the ring when William Regal runs up asking if she knows what Vince wants. However Trish isn’t in the mood for talking and walks off, leaving Regal still in the dark on what the right thing is.

  • Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley vs. Trish Stratus

Stephanie takes Trish down to start us off then slaps her around until Trish kicks her away. Trish tries to flee the ring but Stephanie cuts off her escape and pulls her off the ropes with a London Bridge. Stephanie hits a pair of short-arm clotheslines then throws her across the ring by the hair, pulling some out. Stephanie tosses Trish through the ropes then goes out after her but Trish tosses her over the barricade. Stephanie comes back with a forearm to Trish’s face then climbs on the barrier and hits a flying clothesline. Stephanie tosses Trish in the ring and tries to suplex her back out but Trish snaps her neck on the top rope. Trish rams Stepahnie into the turnbuckles then pulls her back in the ring and trash taks her before slapping her. Trish kicks Stephanie down in a corner then follows it up with a running bulldog but only gets a two count. Trish complains about the count when Stephanie fights back but Trish stops it with a DDT and gets a near fall. Trish climbs to the second rope and lifts Stephanie up with a choke but Stephanie slams her off to the mat. Stephane tosses Trish through the ropes again then goes out and splashes Trish with a pitcher full of water! Stephanie raises the pitcher itself but Trish cuts her off then rams her into the announce table and chokes her. Trish tosses Stephanie back in the ring and leaps at her but Stephanie catches her in a powerbomb for two. Stephanie spanks Trish and snapmares her by the hair then tries to disrobe her and chokes her with her shirt. Stephanie and Trish hit each other with a facejam and are both down as William Regal makes his way out. Regal trips the referee from the floor then heads in and rolls Trish on top of Stephanie before heading back out. The referee revives and counts the pin … but Regal puts Stephanie’s foot on the bottom rope to break the count? Regal climbs back in the ring and knocks the referee out again while Trish angrily demands an explanation. Trish then slaps Regal in the face and Regal apologizes … before taking Trish out with the inverted neckbreaker. Regal then departs while Stephanie covers Trish and the referee revives to count the 1..2..3! (8:29) Huh, that actually didn’t suck. In fact tt was a decent, entertaining match and Trish showed flashes of her in-ring ability. Of course the question on everyone’s mind is if this is indeed what Vince wanted. **

~ Backstage William Regal bumps into Vince McMahon who confronts him about not knowing what he wanted. Regal tries to explain his choice but Vince isn’t hearing it and decides that the two of them will go at it in the ring. Vince then changes his mind and decides Regal and Stephanie will face himself and Trish Stratus on Raw tomorrow. Looks like Regal made the wrong choice in the previous match. Or did he?

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Steve Austin/Triple H feud. We then find Austin pacing in the parking lot when Michael Cole comes up wanting to get some quick comments. Instead Austin just glares at Cole then walks off without saying a word.

  • Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple HThree Stages of Hell

A month of brewing tensions and zero tolerance between these two guys has finally led to this moment. If you remember it’s a normal match in the first fall, a street fight second and a cage match if needed. And I’m still wondering why Triple H didn’t call for Austin’s Wrestlemania title shot to be put on the line. Once both men are out the zero tolerance rule is finally dead so they waste no time going right at each other. Austin gets the advantage and whips Triple H into an elbow then hammers him and stomps him down in a corner. Austin goes for a whip, Triple H reverses him into the opposite corner but Austin comes out with a clothesline. Austin hits the count-along punches when Triple H goes for an Atomic Drop but Austin blocks it and decks him. Austin whips Triple H perhaps looking for the Stunner already but Triple H fakes him out and ducks in the ropes. Austin whips Triple H again and goes for a Thesz Press but Triple H manages to hot shot him on the top rope. Triple H goes for the Peidgree but Austin counters with an armbar takedown and Triple H rolls out to the floor. Austin goes after Triple H and rams him into the steps then pulls his shoulder repeatedly into the ringpost before tossing him back in. Triple H goes for the Pedigree but his hurt arm prevents it from happening. Austin works over Triple H’s shoulder before slapping on a standing armbar before then keep wrenching the arm. Triple H comes back with a knee and goes for a whip but Austin reverses it and this time hits the Thesz Press. Austin unloads on Triple H with rights and the elbowdrop for a two count then whips him and hits a spinebuster. Austin then hops to the middle rope and goes for a flying elbowdrop but Triple H gets his foot up to block him. Triple H follows up with a neckbreaker then htis a second neckbreaker and drives his knee into Austin’s neck. Triple H stomps at Austin in a corner when Austin starts fighting back but Triple H jabs the eyes to stop that rally. Triple H chopblocks Austin in the knee then goes out and wraps Austin’s knee into the ringpost repeatedly. Triple H elbows Austin in the chest then goes for the legs again but Austin pulls him face-first into the ringpost. Triple H climbs in the ring and chopbblocks Austin’s knee again then drapes it on the ropes and sits down on it. Austin again fights back until Triple H kicks at the knee then slams it on the mat and slaps on the Figure Four. Austin tries to hold on while Triple H taunts him to give it up and even holds onto the middle rope for leverage. Eventually Austin inches Triple H away then turns the hold over and Triple H grabs the ropes for the break. Triple H elbows Austin in the head then goes back to working over the knee, hammering it with elbowdrops. Triple H goes for a leglock but Austin legdrops Triple H’s face to counter it and rams him into a turnbuckle. Austin whips Triple H and hits another Thesz Press followed by the right hands and the elbowdrop for two. Austin whips Triple H and goes for the Stunner, Triple H catches it and spins him around but eats a clothesline. Austin goes for the Stunner again but Triple H shvoes him off in a corner and hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Austin again goes for the Stunner but Triple H again shoves him off and rolls him up but Austin rolls through it. Austin works Triple H over in a corner but Triple H kicks him below the belt. Triple H hops to the middle rope and leaps off but Austin catches him with a kick and hits the Stunner to take the first fall (12:20).

After a brief rest period we go to the street fight and Austin immediately tosses Triple H through the ropes then goes out and hits some knees before suplexing him on the ramp. Austin does it a second time and throws Triple H across the announce table then grabs a monitor and bashes him in the head with it. Austin throws a series of chairs in the ring as Triple H tries to flee in the crowd but Austin chases him down. Austin wails away on Triple H and throws him over the barricade to ringside then tosses him back in the ring. Austin heads in when Triple H tries to greet him with a chair but Austin cuts him off with a kick to the chest. Austin grabs the chair and whacks Triple H in the back then works his whole body over with it for a two count. Austin brings the ring bell in but Triple H again tries to flee in the crowd so Austin is over and cuts off his escape then brings Triple H over to timekeeper’s table rams him into it. Austin somehow produces a barbed-wire 2×4 and takes a swing but Triple H kicks him below the belt to cut Austin off. Triple H grabs the 2×4 and whacks Austin in the head then tosses it in the ring as we see Austin is now busted open. Triple H decks Austin across the announce table then clears it off and tees off on Austin with right hands. Triple H sets Austin up for a Pedigree through the table but Austin backdrops him through the Spanish table. Triple H tries to recover when Austin grabs a beer can and cracks Triple H with it then hammers away on him. Austin tosses Triple H in the ring but Triple H grabs the ringbell and clobbers Austin in the face for a two count. Triple H hits a neckbreaker into a chair for a near fall then hits another neckbreaker but still cant’ get the three. Austin whips Triple H and slaps on a sleeperhold but Triple H counters it with a back suplex onto the chair. Triple H sets Ausitn up for a Pedigree on the chair but Austin counters and backdrops Triple H over the ropes. Ausitn goes out and throws Triple H into the ringpost then grabs another chair and waffles him in the face. Austin grabs the ringsteps and rams him into Triple H’s head and Triple H is bleeing from the forehead as well. Triple H trips Austin into the steps with a drop toehold then rams him into them. Triple H grabs his sledgehammer and readies a swing but Austin cuts him off and tosses him in the ring then brings the sledgehammer in as well. Austin stomps Triple H down in a corner and Triple H grabs the hammer again but Austin stops him from using it. Austin goes for the Stunner but Triple H shoves him into the ropes and nails his head with the sledgehammer. Triple H follows up with the Peidgree and gets the pin to take the second fall and even it up (27:11).

With the score tied 1-1 the cage lowers to the ring for the deciding fall with a bunch of weapons still in there. Austin gets in the first shots but Triple H rams him into the cage wall then hammers away at Ausitn’s open cut. Triple H tosses Austin into the wall again then presses the 2×4 into Austin’s face and drags him around the ring. Ausitn grabs a chair and beats Triple H off him then grabs the 2×4 himself and tears into Triple H’s face with it. Triple H comes back with a DDT onto the chair but is too hurt to make the immediate cover and only gets two. Austin fights back and works Triple H over in a corner and Triple H flops down but Ausitn can only get two. Triple H climbs the cage to the top and Austin cacthes him as JR tells us you can’t win this match by escape. Ausitn rams Triple H into the cage top but Triple returns the favor and Austin falls and straddles the top rope. Austin throws Triple H off the ropes to the mat and covers for a two count then unloads on him with right hands. Austin goes for the Stunner when Triple H shoves him off and hits him with the Pedigree … but only gets two! Triple H is stunned his finisher failed then waffles Austin with a chair and sets him up for another Pedigree. However Austin counters it and catapults Triple H into the cage wall then hits the Stunner .. but it only gets two! Austin grabs the 2×4 while Triple H grabs the sledgehammer and they both swing but knock each other out. Both men collapse … but Triple H ends up falling on top of Austin and gets the three to take the match! (39:27) Just an all-out awesome match there. Both guys busted their tails for 40 minutes to put on a bout filled with excellent action, emotion, psychology, you name it. I’m still surprised Austin ended up jobbing since he’s in the Wrestlemania main event but most everyone has justified it in their own away. Overall a well-done contest and deserving of the MOTY honors it received. Of course Austin would lay Triple H out with the Stunner after the bell just to make sure he gets the last word. *****

~ JR and Lawler comment on the carnage around the ring before Lawler heads out to prepare for his match next.

~ JR mentions Lawler’s issues with the Right To Censor as clips of the beatdown he suffered on Smackdown is shown. We then find Steven Richards and his crew meeting backstage in a prayer circle to prepare themselves for the match. Elsewhere we find The Kat slipping on a back trenchcoat, hinting at what we’re probably (not) going to see tonight.

~ Out in the arena Tazz makes his way to the announce table to take Lawler’s place on commentary.

  • Jerry “The King” Lawler (w/The Kat) vs. Steven Richards (w/Ivory)

Remeber if Lawler wins Kat can disrobe, but if Richards win Kat becomes a part of the Right To Censor. Richards gives Lawler some heated words but Lawler gets in the first shots and tees off on him with right hands. Richards bails out to the floor to regroup with Ivory then comes back in and works Lawler over in a corner. Richards whips Lawler looking for a hiptoss but Lawler blocks it and clotheslines him down then slams him. Lawler follows up with a fistdrop and Richads bails out for another breather and even rips off his shirt. Richards comes back in but Lawler tosses him back out then goes out and holds Ivory while Kat slaps her. Richards tosses Lalwer into the ringpost then rolls him back in the ring and covers him but only gets a two count. Richards goes for a Ho Train in a corner but Lawler sidesteps it then goes up and hits 26 count-along punches. Lawler follows up with a bulldog for a near fall but Richards comes back and shoulderblocks him in a corner. Richards hits Lawler with a suplex for a near fall then brings a chair in the ring while Ivory distracts the referee. Richards readies the chair but Lawler stops him with a low blow then drills him with a DDT and a second DDT. Lawler covers Richards but Ivory distracts the referee from counting and also draws Kat in to distract him. Ivory hands Richards the Women’s title belt and Richards takes a swing but misses Lawler and eats a right hand. Ivory then comes in herself but Lawler slams her then tries to grab her as the referee tries to get her out. Richards grabs the belt and takes another swing at Lawler but misses it and Lawler decks him with a right. The referee is still trying to get Ivory out and Lawler goes for her when Richards grabs him in a Full Nelson. Kat grabs the Women’s belt and swings it at Richards but Richards ducks and Kat nails Lawler by accident. Lawler is out as Richards covers him and gets the three count and The Kat must now join Right To Censor. (5:31) Eh, it was what it was, and I’ve seen worse. The rest of the RTC immediately rush the ring and cover Kat up in a black sack then carry her to the back. Of course this storyline would never get resolved but more on that in the next review.

~ JR and Tazz then hype the 3-way tables match for the Tag Team titles by showing clips of the ambush from Raw. Backstage Michael Cole interviews The Undertaker & Kane about their chance to hold tag team gold together. Taker says the match is about gold but he and Kane are about inflicting pain to the other guys four in their yard. Taker says Edge & Chrsitian and The Dudleys should worry less about the titles and more about trying to survive because the big dogs are running the yard tonight and Kane adds in his two cents as well.

  • WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: The Dudley Boyz © vs. Edge & Christain vs. The Undertaker & KaneTables Match

Taker & Kane come out first followed by E&C who hesitate to get in the ring and stop midway down the ramp. The Dudleys make their entrance next and E&C suddenly find themselves surrounded by the other two teams. E&C then bail from the ramp leaving the Dudleys and Taker/Kane to start us off while they set up a table. Taker & Kane toss the Dudleys off the ramp then catch E&C coming and fight with them down to ringside. Kane rams Edge into the barricade while Taker rams Christian into the steps and decks him with a right hand. Taker and Kane both ram E&C into the announce table then switch opponents and continue their assault. Kane drops Christian onto the barricade and he and Taker bring E&C over to the table set up next to the ramp. Taker and Kane set them up for powerbombs through the table but the Dudleys make the save with chairs. Bubba and D’Von take Taker and Kane out with the chairs but E&C brawl with them and get the advantage. Christian tosses D’Von in the ring while Edge does the same to Bubba then they head in to continue the battle. Christian whips D’Von but D’von comes back with a flying forearm while Bubba drops Christian with rights. Bubba whips Christian and hits a backdrop while D’Von chokes Edge who then pulls him into the turnbuckles. Bubba whips Christian into a corner and goes for a splash but Christian dodges it and E&C double-team him. E&C tie Bubba in the Tree of Woe then climb up the ropes and each presses a boot into Bubba’s netherzone. E&C then turn toward D’Von and whip him into a double flapjack before bringing a pair of chairs in the ring. E&C attempt the double chairshot on Bubba but Bubba ducks it then catapults Edge and his chair into Christian. Bubba slams Edge and sets him up while D’Von climbs to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. D’Von goes out for a table but Taker and Kane ambush him while Christian drills Bubba with the Unprettier.

Bubba rolls out to the floor while Taker and Kane come in the ring and take their turn on Edge and Christian. Taker whips Edge into a corner while Kane whips Christian and the brothers hit simultaneous powerslams. Taker keeps Bubba from coming back in then he and Kane climb to the top rope and hit flying clotheslines. Taker and Kane then head out and each tries to slide a table in the ring but ends up duking it out with a Dudley. Taker and Kane fight the Dudleys off and get their tables in but the Dudleys come in while E&C are on the floor. Taker whips D’Von into a corner and hits a clothesline while Kane whips Bubba and connects with a big boot. E&C come in and all six men go at it, Christian and D’Von against Kane and Bubba and Edge against Taker. Christian and D’Von clothesline Kane over the ropes while Edge and Bubba clothesline Taker on the other side. D’Von decks Christian while Bubba backdrops Edge onto the ropes then set up one of the tables in the ring. The Dudleys whip Christian looking for a 3D through the table but Taker makes it back in and makes the save. Taker then grabs Christian by the throat looking to chokeslam him through the table but D’Von low blows Taker. Edge spears Bubba while Christian tosses Bubba through the ropes then try to suplex Taker through the table. However Kane moves the table out of the way and nails E&C then he and Taker hit simultaneous chokeslams. The Dudleys are back in but they eat chokeslams as well and Taker and Kane then set the tables up to finish this. Taker and Kane set E&C up for powerbombs through the tables when Rikishi & Haku run in to make the save. Taker and Kane get the advantage before the fight spills out to the floor then Taker and Kane brawl with Rikishi and Haku up the ramp leaving the other teams to finish it up in the ring. Edge tries to spear Bubba through a table in a corner but misses him and runs into the table which doesn’t break. Christian tries to set another table up but the Dudleys drive him through it with a 3D to retain the belts. (12:06) Acceptable match though Taker and Kane brought it down slightly. Plus notice who went through the table and it wasn’t the brothers. **

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Rock/Kurt Angle feud as Angle is shown making his way to the ring. Elsewhere Michael Cole interviews The Rock, asking if he’s ready for tonight despite the beating on Smackdown. Rock says the countdown to tonight’s match is over, just like Angle’s regin as WWF Champion, then heads out. Yep, no funny catchphrases tonight, The Rock is showing he’s deadly serious about finally getting his belt back.

  • WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: Kurt Angle © vs. The Rock

For five months Rock has been cashing Angle ever since his title loss to him back at No Mercy and now he hopes to finally reclaim the gold. Angle makes his way out first (despite being the champion) followed by Rock and they exchange words when Angle swings the belt at him but misses. Rock gets in the first shots and works Angle over in a corner then oes for a whip, Angle reverses him into the opposite corner but Rock comes out with a clothesline. Rock goes for another whip but Angle reverses it and connects with a knee to the chest to get the advantage. Rock quickly fights back and whips Angle into an elbow then follows up with a Russian legsweep for a two. Rock goes for a whip, Angle reverses it then lowers the head and Rock kicks the face but eats a clothesline. Angle lays the boots to Rock and works him over in a corner then chokes him when Rock fights back again. Angle trips Rock with a drop toehold and goes for the Anklelock but Rock quickly grabs the ropes to break it. Angle chokes Rock on the middle rope and pounds away at Rock then whips him but Rock again rallies back. Rock gopes for a whip but Angle counters with a belly-to-belly suplex then hits a second belly-to-belly suplex. Angle goes for a whip but Rock reverses it then hits his own belly-to-belly throw and both men are down. Rock hammers Angle with right hands and goes for a whip, Angle reverses but Rock hits a flying clothesline. Rock puts Angle in the Sharpshooter and Angle tries to hold on but manages to reach the ropes for the break. Rock whips Angle and hits him with a Samoan Drop for a two count but Angle comes back with a back suplex. Angle climbs to the top rope for something but Rock bumps the ropes causing Angle to straddle the turnbuckle. Rock goes up and hits a superplex for a two count then goes for a whip but Angle tosses him over the ropes. We then see Rock holding his ankle on the floor as Angle rolls him back in and now has a target to work on. Rock drills Angle with a DDT and both men are down … when The Big Show comes out?! What the heck!? Show goes in and chokeslams the referee then chokeslams Angle and Rock for whatever reason and leaves. Well that was pretty random.

Earl Hebner and Tim White come out to help the referee out of the ring while Angle drapes an arm over Rock. Eventually Hebner sees the cover and heads in the ring to count the fall for Angle but only gets a two count. Hebner goes back out to help the referee while Rock brings the title belt in the ring and clocks Angle with it. Hebner finally heads in the ring to take over officiating as Rock covers Angle … but he only gets two as well. Rock tries to get to his feet by using the ropes then moves in when Angle surprises him with the Anklelock! Rock tries to inch toward the ropes but Angle pulls him back to the center and slaps the Anklelock back on. Rock desparately tries not to submit while Angle yells at him to tap out or he’ll “break his f—ing ankle!” Rock manages to reach the ropes for the break so Angle stomps away at the ankle. Rock fights back again when Angle stops that rally with a knee to the chest then comes off the ropes but Rock hits him with the spinebuster. Rock manages to get to his feet and nails Angle with the People’s Elbow … but that only gets a two count! Rock stomps at Angle in a corner but is bothered by his ankle when Angle comes back with a shot below the belt. Angle then removes a turnbuckle pad when Rock grabs him for a Rock Bottom but Angle elbows out of it and rams Rock into the exposed bolt. Angle hits Rock with the Olympic Slam … but even that doesn’t get the three! Angle is shocked when Rock works him over in a corner and goes for the Smackdown but his ankle gives out. Rock is reeling when Angle charges at him but Rock tosses Angle into the bolt then hits the Rock Bottom! Rock covers Angle as Hebner counts 1..2..but then says Angle kicked out even though we didn’t see it. Huh?! So Rock plants Angle with a second Rock Bottom and this time gets the 1..2..3 to finally regain the title!! (16:53) Rock becomes the first six-time WWF Champion and Angle’s unremarkable five-month reign is over. Excellent title match as both men brough their A-game here and continued to show great chemistry. I do have to deduct a point because of the Big Show run-in (which had no effect on the outcome, making it even more pointless) and the iffy non-finish but still a great main event. ****

Rock takes the title and celebrates his big victory while Angle is in tears at his title reign coming to an end. But now Rock gets to move on to Wrestlemania where Stone Cold Steve Austin will be waiting to challenge him. Until then The Rock is once again the man on top of the WWF as the show goes off the air.

Conclusion: Another well-done supercard from the first part of 2001. The two main matches both delivered in spades and we got another great match in the four-way IC Title battle. Plus most of the rest of the in-ring action was decent (the Stephanie/Trish match was a nice surprise) with only a couple of clunkers on the card and the different angles helped advance the overall stroyline going forward to Wrestlemania. And of course we have our big ‘Mania event set with Rock vs. Austin, though I still feel Austin should have won against Triple H. All in all a highly recommended pay-per-view that’s still awesome even a decade later.

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