Archive for the ‘2003’ Category


1. World Tag Team Championship
La Résistance (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz

After the Un-Americans dissolved, the youthful French team of Sylvain Grenier & 19 year old Rene Dupree arrived to the Raw brand and let their presences known. They eventually captured the World Tag Titles in June and haven’t looked back since. The Dudleyz emerged as #1 contenders and American patriots overnight. Dupree and Grenier worked very well together and applied smart and tactical tag team moves. Dudleyz were just falling flat at this moment and weren’t giving there all. Fun Opener!
Grade: C-


2. The Undertaker vs. A-Train w/Sable

Ever since Albert became A-Train, he has been on the loose killing guys. Taker has been the latest victim on the receiving end of A-Train’s stampede. On a side story, Sable returned to the WWE after a 4 year absence and has been very close with Vince McMahon and that irritates the SmackDown! General Manager, Stephanie McMahon. With the story disclosed, this is a normal Taker vs. Big Man stinker.
Grade: D


3. Shane McMahon vs. Eric Bischoff

Bischoff ever since becoming the Raw General Manager has been running the Red Brand with an Iron Fist. However, ever since Linda McMahon assigned Stone Cold Steve Austin as the c0-Raw GM, Bischoff has been on a personal crusade to get rid of Austin and the McMahons off “his show”. Shane McMahon step up to defend his place in the WWE and to teach Bischoff a lesson. This was a fight and not a wrestling match. Austin and Jonathan Coachman were involved throughout the segment.
Grade: DUD


4. United States Championship
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Tajiri vs. Rhyno

This Fatal Four-Way was formed because of two teams dissolving to wrestle for the vacant re-instated US title. Despite it being only one fall to a finish, the match was ran in ECW fashion with everyone getting equal time performing their craft. I’ve said this before and it’s that Rhyno is extremely talented but heavily misused in the WWE at this point. Eddie & Benoit are always an asset, while Tajiri had his big break here as a singles performer outside the Cruiserweight division.
Grade: B


5. WWE Championship
Kurt Angle (c) vs. Brock Lesnar

Both came emerged as rivals in the SmackDown! brand as having similar backgrounds in Amateur Wrestling. They were the main event in WrestleMania XIX and put out a wrestling clinic. Since then, they’ve became good friends and were looking forward to a friendly title  match but Lesnar had other intentions and aligned himself with Vince McMahon. They start off the match with amateur wrestling moves that end in a stalemate. From then it was chain-wrestling all over. Really good match that’s easy sit through.
Grade: A-


6. No Holds Barred Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Kane

RVD & Kane were a tag team throughout the whole year until Rob made Kane wrestle for the World Heavyweight title if he puts his mask on the line, which he lost. Kane unmasks and loses his mind after exposing his face to the world and destroys RVD. Kane is clearly out of it as he was never disfigured and had mental scars. Nothing good to watch here to be honest.
Grade: C-


7. World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Goldberg vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Kevin Nash

The story goes as everyone wanted a piece of Triple H, except Orton who was serving as a scapegoat to assure Trips’s title would stay in Evolution. Honestly this isn’t one of the better Elimination Chamber matches but it was very entertaining. Each had their moments but Goldberg was overkill. Orton wasn’t even high on the food chain at this time and it’s a bit awkward seeing him so early in the match.
Grade: C+


In conclusion, it was an average event. While there were really good matches, it was only a 7 match card and the negative outweighs the positive here. After the brand split in 2002, now both brands became independent from each other and had their own feuds, titles and even PPV’s. The only time you can see matches from both rosters at the same show is during the big four PPV’s.

Verdict: 6.75/10