WWF Raw Is War 2.12.2001
WWF RAW IS WAR
Monday, February 12th, 2001
Live from the Continential Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ
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 (2/08/2001)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Ivory (11/02/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ Raw comes on the air and goes right to the intro with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcoming us to the show. Tonight The Rock represents Triple H against Rikishi representing Steve Austin for the stipulations at No Way Out. Also The Undertaker & Kane do battle with Edge & Chrsitian in a #1 contender’s match for a tag team title shot.
~ Things kicks off with the Helmsleys making their way to the ring to hype the main event for the next 16 minutes. Triple H takes the mic first and talks about coming to the ‘armpit of America’ and seeing the blank stares of the fans who are confused on how their lives got this bad which is how he feels about tonight’s match. Triple H says he can understand why Vince is out to keep him and Steve Austin separated until the pay-per-view and why Vince would have Austin’s representitve be the same man that ran him down. Triple H says what he doesn’t understand is why he’s being represented by a man that he hates just as much as Austin. Triple H adds that Rock may usually be The People’s Champion but tonight he’s representing him and not the people and should Rock beat Rikishi then he gets to pick the stipulations for his match with Austin. Triple H says he can’t touch Austin but can outthink him and the terms he has planned will boggle Austin’s mind. Triple H finishes by telling Rock that all he has to do is get the job done and warns him not to do anything stupid. Almost on cue The Rock makes his way out to the stage ready to respond on the mic to Triple H’s words of warning. Rock says Triple H is one to talk about stupid things after marrying the biggest s(*bleep*) in the Western Hemisphere. Rock says he could care less about Triple H’s match since he has his own bout at No Way Out for the WWF Title which not only guarantees he will become WWF Champion but that he’ll defend it at Wrestlemania. Rock then figures that since Triple H thinks everything revolves around him he has some stipulations for right now; he can either go and get ready for the match or he can come down and do something with Triple H’s shoe. Stephanie tells Rock he doesn’t have the guts but Rock cuts her off and feels that settles which stipulation happens.
Rock starts climbing in the ring when Rikishi decides makes his way out and join the disucssion, asking Rock why he would pick a fight with Triple H when he has bigger things to worry about tonight, namely him. Rikishi says he has no problem representing Austin and promises not to steer him wrong and that it’ll be a hit and run. And of course Steve Austin comes out to the ring since he has to add his thoughts as well as prolong this segment. Austin flips Triple H the bird then tells Rikishi that he isn’t going to get him hot and bothered with all his little jokes and he’d normally root for anyone to beat Rikishi up but tonight is different since he is representing him. Austin says he’s going to be at ringside to watch Rikishi get the job done and will give him a Stunner once it’s over. Triple H says Austin won’t be at ringside by himself because he’ll be stting next to him to make sure Rock gets it done. Triple H warns Rock to know his role and get it down then turns toward Rikishi when Rock suddenly punks him out. Rock stomps away at Triple H but Rikishi nails Rock from behind then follows it up with the massive legdrop. Triple H wants a piece of Rock but Austin stands in his way as we get another reminder of the zero tolernace rule. The two exchange words when Rikishi nails Austin from behind then takes him out with a superkick for good measure and the heels depart leaving Austin and Rock laying. I’m sure they could have hyped the main event without taking up 1/8th of the airtime.
- WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: Chris Jericho © vs. Eddie Guerrero
Eddie made his return from injury the previous week and now here’s his chance to get even with Jericho for putting him out for two months. Don’t know why he’s getting a title shot in just his first match back, though. Both men lockup to start when Jericho gets a headlock and Eddie shoves him away but eats a shoulderblock. Both men lockup again and end up in a corner where the referee orders a break but Eddie still gets a shot in. Jericho trips Eddie with a drop toehold then hits an armdrag when Eddie leaps on his back and gets a sleeper but Jericho counters with a suplex. Jericho hits some chops then goes for a whip but Eddie reverses and hits a knee. Eddie wails away on Jericho and caps it off with a European uppercut then peppers him with shots in a corner. Eddie hits another uppercut followed by a side suplex then slaps on a keylock and Jericho tries to fight out of it when Eddie hits a snap suplex. Eddie climbs to the top rope but Jericho cuts him off then goes up and hits a superplex. Both men get to their feet when Jericho goes for a whip, Eddie reverses but Jericho comes back with a forearm. Jericho follows it up with another chop then whips Eddie into a corner and charges at him but eats an elbow. Eddie comes out but Jericho tosses him over his head and onto the turnbuckles then drills him with the bulldog. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Eddie blocks it with his knees and rolls Jericho up in a La Magistral for two. Eddie hits his own chop and whips Jericho into a corner then charges when Jericho tosses him over his head. Eddie does a handstand on the buckle and goes into a huricanrana but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho. Eddie tries to hold on but looks ready to tap when suddenly down the ramp comes … X-Pac! X-Pac is also back from injury as he charges in the ring and nails Jericho from behind and that’s going to end this match. (3:42) That makes two straight weeks Jericho has gotten attacked by someone he put on the shelf. X-Pac beats on Jericho and drills him with the X-Factor then leaves him laying while giving him the business. Decent match but way too short and Eddie showed a bit of ring rust. **
~ Backstage we find a limo pulling into the building with Vince McMahon climbing out, followed by Trish Stratus. However William Regal comes out as well and Trish thanks Vince for the ride as the “couple” head off arm-in-arm.
~ Back form break JR and Lawler talk about Kurt Angle accusing Essa Rios of stealing his new shirt on Smackdown. That lead to a match on Heat which Angle won easily then gave Rios two Olympic Slams aftreward.
~ Next we get footage of Edge & Christan telling Angle about hosting Heat and wanting to hunt down Carson Daily when Michael Cole walks up and tells Angle that Essa Rios has challenged him to another match. Angle can’t believe it abd says he doesn’t need to destroy Rios again but does dare Rios to find a partner and face him in a tag team match. Angle also feels that he’ll have no trouble finding someone to team with him since he’s such a people person and all that. Edge tells Angle they’d team with him but they need to beat Undertaker and Kane to get that tag team title shot. Christian promises he and Edge will become six-time tag champs and Team ECK will once again have all the gold. Am I the only one that finds it weird how the world champion is feuding with Essa Rios, instead of worrying about his pay-per-view challenger?
~ Elsewhere Triple H meets with Rikishi in the lockerroom and talks about how there’s so much on the line tonight then asks him him to lay down for The Rock, just like he asked Billy Gunn to do for Chris Jericho on Smackdown. And just like Billy did, Rikishi refuses, saying he’s already done favors for Triple H and he’s looking out for himself. Triple H tells Rikishi he understands and starts to head out but grabs a briefcase to take him out just like he did Billy on Thursday. Only this time Haku comes in the room before Triple H can strike so Triple H just smiles and leaves without incident.
~ The Hardys and Lita are shown making the way to the ring for the next match as we go to commercial. Three guesses who their opponents are.
- The Hardy Boyz & Lita vs. Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn & Terri Runnels – Intergender Match
These two teams had a match on Smackdown with Lita and Terri getting involved so we have this match as a result. And just like the past week Dean Malenko makes his way out to obsevre the match (and Lita) from the stage. All four men go at it when Matt works Saturn over in a corner then drops down as Jeff hits Poetry in Motion. The referee orders Matt out to the corner while Benoit stomps Jeff down then hits a short-arm clothesline. Benoit works Jeff over in a corner with chops then tags Saturn in and the two Radicalz drop Jeff to the mat. Saturn hits a suplex and rakes Jeff’s face then rams him upside-down into the buckles and gets a kiss from Terri. Sautrn whips Jeff into a corner and Jeff runs up the buckles but Saturn causes Jeff to straddle the top buckle. Saturn goes up looking for a superplex but Jeff fights him off to the mat and hits the corkscrew moonsault. Matt gets the tag and hits Saturn with the takedown clothesline and a neckbreaker then dropkicks Benoit. Saturn whips Matt into a corner and eats a boot and Matt hops to the middle rope and hits a clothesline. Matt backdrops Benoit over the ropes when Jeff runs along the barricade and hits a clothesline on Benoit. Matt hops to the middle rope and hits Saturn with the guillotine when Terri comes in and jumps on Matt’s back. Matt shrugs Terri off his back and tags Lita then holds Terri in place while Lita climbs to the top rope. Saturn comes over to stop it so Lita takes him out with a huricanrana then Matt clotheslines him over the ropes. Lita drops Terri with the Twist of Fate while Matt climbs to the top rope and takes out the pile fighting on the floor. In the ring Lita climbs to the top rope and connects with the moonsault on Terri and that’ll do it for this one. (3:29) Gee, another solid but short match. **
After the bell Malenko starts heading down the ramp when Saturn grabs Lita then hits a backbreaker! Malenko goes in and shoves Saturn away then helps Lita to her feet… before clotheslining her back down! The Radicalz head out while the Hardys tend to Lita. Seems like this angle just doesn’t want to end, does it?
~ Edge & Christian are shown heading to the ring as are Undertaker and Kane while we go to commerical.
- The Undertaker & Kane vs. Edge & Christian – #1 Contender’s Match
The winners get a tag title shot at No Way Out and the Dudleys come out to provide some commentary. E&C are out first and glare out at the champs before the brothers come out and have their words with them, allowing E&C to jump Taker and Kane and work them over in the corners. The brothers soon fight back then Taker whips Christian into a corner and hits a clothesline while Kane does the same to Edge in another corner. Taker clotheslines Christian over the ropes then helps Kane whip Edge and the brothers drop him to the mat. Christian comes back in but Kane catches him with a boot before Taker tosses him back out over the ropes. Taker goes and rams Christian into the announce table then clears off the table and the Dudleys don’t like it. The Dudleys are ready to duke it out with Taker while the referee goes out and tries to keep them separated. Back in the ring Kane nails Edge with a chokeslam but Christian brings a chair in and whacks Kane in the head. The Dudleys inform Taker what happened as Edge covers Kane and the referee counts…but only gets two. Christian tags in and gets in his shots on Kane but Kane eventually fights back then whips him into a corner. Kane charges but eats a boot and Christian hammers Kane toward his corner where Edge grabs him by the hair. Kane fights Edge off and pops Christian then climbs to the top rope but Edge crotches him on the top buckle. E&C both go up for a double superuplex but Kane shoves them off then nails Edge with the flying clothesline. Taker gets the tag and hammers Christian with rights then whips him into a corner and hits a powerslam. Taker whips Edge and nails him with a flying clothesline then turns and sets Christian up for the Last Ride. Edge tries to clothesline it but Taker ducks it and decks him then grabs Chrsitian and hits the chokeslam. Taker covers Christian but Edge barely makes the save so Kane comes in and pops Edge through the ropes. Kane goes after Edge and whips him right into the Dudleys who decide to attack both guys as a result of it. Taker and Christian join the fray and all six men are battling as the referee decides to throw this one out. (3:53) Feh match that didn’t go anywhere plus E&C barely got any offense in. A swarm of officials try to separate these guys as we’re left wondering what this does to the pay-per-view. Here’s a hint: what usually happens when a #1 contender’s match ends in a no contest? *
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Kurt Angle on if he’s been able to find a partner for the tag match later. Angle feels he could pick anybody to be his partner and he’d still be able to beat Essa Rios and his “Spanish homey”. Angle then asks some woman walking by with an equiment cart if she’ll be his partner and she responds with “Huh?” Angle feels the woman is on board prompting Cole to ask him if that’s a wise idea since Rios could pick anyone. Raven suddenly walks up and asks Angle when his partner is due back at the home before offering to team with him. Angle asks the woman if that’s okay with her and she responds with “Huh?” so Angle feels it’s a go with Raven.
~ Back from break we get a replay of the #1 contender’s match erupting into chaos involving the three teams.
~ We then get a recap of Triple H taking Billy Gunn out on Thursday after he refused to lay down for Chris Jericho. Backstage Johnathan Coachman interviews Billy on what’s going through his head after Smackdown. Billy says revenge, payback, all of the above then yells in Coach’s face for asking such a stupid question.
~ Elsewhere we find Vince on the phone talking to Linda’s doctor asking him to keep the medications coming so he can give Linda a Valentine’s Day she’ll never forget…and tape it so he can show it on Smackdown. Oy! Michael Cole then barges in asking Vince about the Edge & Christian/Undertaker & Kane match that nobody won. Vince angrily tells Cole he didn’t invite him in but he did see what happened and feels that everybody should win so to be fair the Dudleys will have to face both teams for the belts in a triple threat at No Way Out.
- Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon) vs. “The One” Billy Gunn
Billy got taken out on Smackdown after he refused to fulfil Triple H’s request so here we are. Plus Billy never did get his revenge for Triple H kicking him out of DX a year prior. Both men waste no time exchanging shots when Billy gets the advantage then whips Triple H into a backdrop. Triple H rolls out to the floor but Billy goes after him and clotheslines him before tossing him back in the ring. Triple H gets in a shot and goes for a whip but Billy reverses him into a corner and hits a press slam for a two. Billy goes for a whip, Triple H reverses and Billy does a sloppy leapfrog over him and hits a dropkick for two. Billy wails away on Triple H and whips him but lowers the head and Triple H hits the facebuster to take control. Triple H knocks Billy through the ropes with a forearm to the back then goes out and throws him into the steps. Triple H rolls back in the ring while Billy is down on the floor trying to recover but does make it back in. Triple H greets Billy with an elbwdrop and lays the boots to him then chokes him on the mat and hits a suplex. Triple H follows up with a kneedrop to the face for a two count then covers again and still doesn’t get three. Triple H comes off the ropes when Billy catches him with a speinbuster but looks too winded to make the cover. Billy fights back and goes for a whip, Triple H reverses him in a corner but Billy comes out with a clothesline. Billy hits another clothesline then whips Triple H and hits a sloppy “one-armed” slam that gets a near fall. Billy hits a jackhammer for a two count then tries the cobra clutch slam but Triple H runs him into a turnbuckle. Billy then goes for the Rocker Dropper but Triple H catches him and slams him and you can hear Billy gasping. Triple H decides this has gone long enough and just finishes Billy with the Pedigree to mercifully end this. (5:20) Horrendous match there. Triple H tried to make Billy look good but Billy couldn’t even last five minutes without getting gassed in the end. Plus nobody wanted to cheer for Billy and was silent for the match. DUD
~ Back from break Michael Cole interviews Essa Rios on if he’s picked his partner to face Kurt Angle and Raven. Suddenly The Big Show walks into the picture and asks Rios “if Angle went for it” and Rios confirms that he had. So they’re saying Rios and Show planned on Angle making Rios’ challenge into a tag match? Okay, whatever.
- X-Pac vs. Scotty 2 Hotty (w/Grandmaster Sexay)
So X-Pac makes his surprise return from injury and they already have a match signed for him on this show? Couldn’t they have him come out and throw out an open challenge which would have made more sense. Too Cool does some dancing when X-Pac shoves Sexay through the ropes and nails Scotty with a spinkick. X-Pac stomps Scotty down in a corner then readys for the Bronco Buster but Sexay trips him from the floor. Scotty hits the bulldog then follows up with the Worm already and covers but X-Pac gets his foot on the rope. X-Pac jabs Scotty’s eye and whips him into a corner but eats an elbow and Scotty climbs to the top rope. Scotty goes for a moonsault but misses X-Pac and lands on his feet … before collapsing and holding his knee. Scotty is writhing in pain as the referee and Sexay tend to him. X-Pac is not happy with his development as he grabs the mic and mentions how he’s been out for three months and wants to beat somebody up tonight. Sexay helps Scotty out of the ring when X-Pac dares Sexay to be a man and take his place before shoving him. Sexay decks X-Pac in response and rams him into the steps then tosses him in the ring and we now have…
- X-Pac vs. Grandmaster Sexay
X-Pac begs Sexay off before punching him then whips him into a corner but runs into a powerslam for a two count. Sexay hits a running bulldog for a near fall then works X-Pac over in a corner and hits the count-along punches. The referee pulls Sexay off but that allows X-Pac to drill him with the X-Factor and score the quick pin. (0:44) Not much to see here plus there was little heat for this match for some reason. NR
X-Pac doesn’t get a chance to celebrate as Chris Jericho runs in looking for revenge for the ambush earlier. Jericho nails X-Pac with an elbow followed by the Lionsault when suddenly in comes … Justin Credible? Yep, it’s Justin Credible who cracks Jericho with a chair then helps X-Pac double-team him. JR does acknolwedge Credible as a former ECW Champion and there’s even a small “E-C-Dub” chant from the crowd. X-Pac then raises Credible’s hand and it looks like he has a new tag team partner to replace the departed Road Dogg.
~ Backstage The Rock leaves his dressing room as Kevin Kelly tries to interview him about the main event but Rock tells Kelly there’s a time for questions, a time for answers and a time to beat Rikishi up all over Jersey.
~ Elswehere we find Al Snow dressing up in a Mick Foley-esque red plaid shirt and slipping on a Mankind mask. I have a feeling Snow will come out to the ring to let us know what this is about as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get replays of X-Pac returning to attack Chris Jericho and “ECW’s” Justin Credible’s debut.
~ Out in the arena Al Snow hits the ring dressed in full Mick Foley/Mankind gear, including a sock on his arm. Snow gets on the mic and says Vince McMahon has been talking about fairness when he’s been all about screwing. Snow tells Vince the way he fired his firend Mick Foley who everyone loves wasn’t nice and it sure wasn’t fair so he’s going to have a sitdown strike in the ring until Vince comes out to discuss Foley like he promised. Vince does come out to the ring and orders Snow to either leave the ring or he’ll physically remove him himself. Snow stands steadfast so Vince removes his jacket but before anythign happens William Regal comes out to the ring. Regal takes the mic and tells Vince he doesn’t need to resort to violence while offering to talk some sense into Snow. Regal tells Snow they can talk like gentlemen to solve this issue while Vince sneaks behind Snow and hits a low blow. Regal then wails away at Snow while Vince gets in some kicks and the two of them leave Snow laying in the ring.
~ Back from break we get a replay of William Regal and Vince beating Al Snow down for mentioning Mick Foley. We then see Vince and Regal at the interview set laughing over what they just did when Steve Austin walks up to them asking asks Vince if he thinks it’s cute that the man who ran him down with a car is reperesenting him in the main event. Austin suggests if Rikishi wins then his stipulations may involve him hooking a chain up to Vince’s grapefruits.
~ We now get a highlights package of the second weekend of XFL action. The Saturday night game was a 39-32 double-overtime win for the L.A. Xtreme over the Chicago Enforcers. But the game also featured The Rock cutting an opening promo, Stephanie reporting on a quarterback’s pregnant wife sitting in the stands, and the power going out in the Colliseum for over a half hour. And the real sad part is the game only attracted half the viewers of the first week’s contest, meaning just two weeks in and the XFL was already in trouble.
~ Getting back to this show, we cut over to WWF New York and find the Kat entertaining the crowd with a pole dance. We then find Steve Richards watching Kat on a montior as Val Venis asks him how long will they put up with her while the rest of the Right To Censor express their thoughs on Kat being a cancer that’s bringing indecency into homes. Richards tells his crew they’ll soon handle this, even if he has to do it himself, and it will be for Kat’s own good.
~ Backstage Essa Rios and The Big Show are shown heading to the ring for their tag team match which is next. Elsewhere Raven tells Kurt Angle that he wants out of the match since he didn’t know Show as teaming with Rios and suggests that he take the old lady back. Angle tries to assure him they’ll be fine since they’re both champions then tells Raven that he’ll handle Essa while he can take care of Show which doesn’t make Raven feel any better.
- Kurt Angle & Raven vs. Essa Rios & The Big Show
Does anybody else find it funny how Rios is not only wrestling on Raw but also is on this late in the show? Show goes after Angle on the floor while Raven pounds on Rios to starts us off then tags Angle to take over. Angle whips Rios into a corner but Rios runs up the buckles and backflips over Angle then hits a spinkick. Angle comes back with a clothesline and stops Rios from tagging out then ducks an enzuigiri and hits a suplex. Raven tags and goes for a suplex, Rios flips out and gets a waistlock but Raven runs him into a shot from Angle. Raven goes for a powerbomb but Rios counters into a facejam and Show is able to hit Raven with a headbutt. Show gets the tag as Angle distracts the referee from seeing it but Show chases him out to the floor anyway. Show goes after him but Angle heads in and hits Rios with a quick Olympic Slam and Raven grabs the pin. (1:53) Well that was worth putting in the semi-main event slot. DUD
Show doesn’t like that as he goes in and nails Raven with a thrust kick then hits another headbutt. Angle forearms Show from behind but it has no effect so Show grabs him but Raven nails him below the belt. Angle wails on Show while Raven calls to the back and the ninja woman brings a shopping cart of plunder out. Raven and Angle each grab a trash can and whack Show with it and Show is staggering but still on his feet. Raven sprays Show with a fire extinguishter then nails him with it while Angle breaks a 2×4 over Show’s back and Show drops down to one knee. However Show quickly starts rising back up and seems even angrier than before so Angle shoves Raven into Show’s waiting hand then makes his escape leaving Raven to suffer the chokeslam.
~ The various participants for the main event are shown making their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
- The Rock (representing Triple H) vs. Riksihi (representing Steve Austin)
As mentioned earlier whoever’s man wins that person gets to name the stipulations for the No Way Out match. Steve Austin and Triple H make their way out and take their respective places in the corners before their reps join them in the ring. Triple H tries to give Rock some instructions but Rock tells him he’s got this … then decks him off the apron. That allows Rikishi to pounce and get the first shots then go for a whip, Rock reverses and Rikishi kicks the face but Rock comes back with a flying clothesline. Rock gets in his offense on Rikishi and caps off with the Smackdown then goes for the Rock Bottom when Rikishi elbows out of it but Rock comes back with a DDT for a two. Rock goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses him into a corner then hits the running butt splash and a superkick. Rikishi stomps Rock out to the floor then goes out after him but Rock comes back and rams him into the steps. Rock goes for a whip when Rikishi reverses him into the barricade but Triple H gets in his face about that. The two exchange words when Triple H goes for a shot but Rikishi blocks it and starts pounding away on him. Rikishi goes for a whip but Triple H reverses him right into Rock, sending him over the barrier into the crowd. Rikishi brings Rock back over to ringside and tosses him in the ring but Rock greets him with a right hand. Rock goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses and htis an elbow then follows up with the massive legdrop for two. Rikishi works over Rock and hits a headbutt as Triple H encourages the people to cheer for their champion. Rock tries to rally again and goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses him into a corner and clotheslines him down. Rock drops into position and Rikishi readies for a Stinkface but first has words for Triple H and Austin. That allows Rock to come out with a clothesline then hits another clothesline and a spinebuster for a near fall. Rock comes off the ropes but runs into a Samoan Drop then Riksihi covers but Stephanie distracts Earl Hebner. Triple H comes in and rolls Rock on top of Rikishi but Ausitn comes in and rolls Rikishi back on top of Rock. Hebner finally turns around and counts for Rikishi but only gets two. Austin heads over to confront Triple H when Stephanie tries to separate the two and Austin shoves her aside so Stephanie responds with a slap to the face. Austin decides to go after Stpehanie but Triple H stands in his way reminding him how he can’t touch him. While Austin is occupied Rock hits Rikishi with a Rock Bottom out of nowhere and that scores the three! (5:46) Austin took his eyes off the match and as a result Triple H gets to set up the stipulations for No Way Out. Okay main event but seemed too rushed since they were running late and had to compress it. **
Triple H grins at Austin as he goes and raises Rock’s hand but Rock pulls it away and starts pounding on him. Rock goes for the Smackdown but Rikishi knocks him down from behind then nails him with the sit-down splash. Triple H helps Rikishi double-team Rock as Austin watches from the ramp, unable to touch Triple H to help. Eventually Austin charges in the ring and goes after Rikishi with rights then takes him out with the Stunner. Austin then stands nose-to-nose with Triple H as the announcers wonder what Triple H’s stipulations will be but it looks like we’re going to have to wait for now as the show fades to black.
Conclusion: Okay show that mostly focused on building up the various storylines for No Way Out and not much else. There were only six matches which were all on the short side (not even reaching six minutes) and were mainly used to further the angles. Plus there were some real dogs in the second hour, including Billy Gunn blowing up in his big match with Triple H. The rest of the show was all about backstage segments and in-ring promos with some good and others not so much. I can’t call this show bad since it is watchable and there were some eventuful happenings such as X-Pac’s return and Justin Credible beginning the ECW exodus to the WWF. Overall we’ll just go thumbs in the middle for this one.