Archive for the ‘2001’ Category

1. Intercontinental Championship
Lance Storm (c) vs. Edge

Just to explain this briefly as it applies to all. WWF bought WCW and a lot of talent from ECW so they all became part of the roster. Shane McMahon actually bought WCW instead of Vince and ECW owner and then commentator Paul Heyman sold his to Stephanie McMahon and they all rebelled against Vince McMahon and take the WWF out of business. Great choice of an opener as it is a really solid opener. Edge has improved a lot at this point and was looking forward to a singles career. Storm is a fantastic wrestler but he lacks the charisma that others possess.
Grade: C+

 

2. Test & Dudley Boyz vs. Spike Dudley & A.P.A.

Test & Dudleyz defected to the Alliance and Spike had enough of their “brother’s” and got Farooq & Bradshaw’s services free of charge as they’re defending the WWF’s honor. Nothing outstanding came out from this match but it was fun to see Spike get his ass kicked. He played his part perfectly.
Grade: C-

 

3. WWF Light Heavyweight Championship & WCW Cruiserweight Champhionship
X-Pac (c) vs. Tajiri (c) 

Pretty decent match. Despite being in WWF, X-Pac had HUGE heat with the crowd and no matter what he did, the crowd wanted nothing to do with him.
Grade: C

 

4. Chris Jericho vs. Rhyno

Rhyno since arriving in the WWF was on a massive rampage. He seemed unstoppable and not even Y2J could stop the Man-Beast. This is a must see as Chris Jericho is fighting for his life in this match. Rhyno was so good back in the day and has been very underutilized in the WWF.
Grade: B-

 

5. Hardcore Championship
              Ladder Match
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Rob Van Dam

Both men’s styles compliment each other that makes this match pretty exciting. I don’t recall any of them having a bad match. Despite them being in opposite factions, they treated themselves more as rivals than enemies.
Grade: C+

 

6. WWF & WCW Tag Team Championship
                         Steel Cage
Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon (c) vs. Undertaker & Kane (c)

If one brother is bad enough, imagine both, in a cage. Exactly!
Grade: D-

 

7. WWF Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Kurt Angle

Austin was the savior of the WWF during the Monday Night Wars and everyone expected him to do the same. However, he joined the Alliance and turned his back on the WWF because he didn’t get the credit nor respect he deserved. Angle led the WWF after losing the first battle. They started off killing each other with utmost hatred. They pulled everything but the kitchen sink. Angle’s value as a performer was really tested in this encounter. Awesome match.
Grade: B+

 

8. WCW Championship
Booker T (c) w/ Shane McMahon vs. The Rock

The Rock was away for a while shooting his first lead role movie, The Scorpion King. Now he shows up as a free agent with both Shane & Vince trying to recruit him but he stays in the WWF. The outcome is pretty obvious here so there’s not much to discuss. I have to point out that it was a fun match and it helped the WWF gain momentum and win this battle.
Grade: B

 

Special Features:

Alliance Women Attack: Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler & Ivory vs. Lita, Jacqueline & Molly Holly Grade: DUD

Interviews: Backstage interviews that took place during Sunday Night Heat, before the PPV.

Austin Appreciation Night: Raw segment where the Alliance pays homage to Stone Cold Steve Austin that is crashed by Kurt Angle and a milk truck.

 

In conclusion, it’s a very exciting event that is very climatic. Like I mentioned before, this time and period involved the infamous Invasion angle where the WWF led by Vince McMahon faced the Alliance led by Shane & Stephanie McMahon. Tensions were at an all time high as this is the first of it’s kind in the WWF and it involves the remnants of the competitor that was on the verge of putting it out of business. Really interesting and important era that every wrestling fan should pay attention to, regardless the controversy that comes with it.

Verdict: 8/10

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