November 19, 2001: RAW (cont)
MONDAY NIGHT RAW
RAW returns with the sight of the newest addition to the World Wrestling Federation Women’s locker room: Jazz.
*** JAZZ ***
NEW ORLEANS, LA
As Jazz makes her way down towards the ring, JR informs us of the situation regarding Jazz’ contract. Even though she was signed up by the former ECW mastermind Paul Heyman with Stephanie McMahon’s blessing, her contract included a clause that if the WWF won at Survivor Series, she would retain her position either way. Tazz says that he knew Jazz well in the old ECW and that she is one dangerous lady who could easily win tonight’s Number 1 contender match and become WWF Women’s Champion.
*** IVORY ***
Former WWF Women’s Champion Ivory comes down to the ring, she is dressed all in black and looks confident as she steps out. She is met with a negative reaction, worse than Jazz’ reaction, but she takes it in her stride and tells the fans to kiss her ass. She steps into the ring and talks smack towards Jazz before the music of the third competitor in the match interrupts her.
*** LITA ***
Huge pop in the arena as the popular Lita heads out and salutes the crowd with a typical “Hardy” pose before rushing to the ring eager to get started. As she slides into the ring, JR informs us that new Women’s Champion Trish Stratus will face the winner of tonight’s Triple Threat match between Jazz, Ivory and Lita in her first title defence before running a replay of the ending of last night’s title match at Survivor Series. We see Lita back body dropped over the top rope by Trish before Jazz rushes her and is dodged; Jazz ends up falling through the ropes. Trish then turns her attention to Ivory and hits the Stratusfaction to get the 3 and become Women’s Champion. The replay ends with all three ladies in the ring watching the ‘tron and wondering what might have been last night. As they look set to begin though …
*** TRISH STRATUS ***
TORONTO, ON, CANADA | WOMEN’S CHAMPION
Here comes the Women’s Champion herself; TRISH STRATUS! Another big pop for another popular diva, Trish comes out wearing a short skirt and a tight fitting top – gotta’ keep the male audience watching – and with the Women’s Championship title belt wrapped around her shoulder. She still looks in a state of disbelief as she holds the title up, a huge smile on her face, and salutes the crowd who cheer her title win. Trish makes her way to the ring and the three women in the ring watch her interested as she makes her way to the commentary desk to join Tazz and JR.
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
The cameras switch backstage and we see Matt Hardy warming up in the locker room. He looks set for action and looks to be getting prepared as he waits for the signal to head out. Into the room walks his brother and tag team partner, Jeff, who looks a little sheepish. They look into each other’s eyes for a moment before Jeff breaks the silence. He apologises to Matt for taking the unnecessary risk last night and costing them the Tag Team Championships. Jeff excuses himself by saying that he just felt that rush of adrenaline and had to do it – he claims that is what “Team Extreme” is all about. Matt shakes his head; he states that “Team Extreme” is about looking out for each other – Matt, Jeff and Lita. Matt suggests to Jeff that he made a huge error of judgement last night and that he is lucky that he is his brother. Jeff says that if he could go back and change things, he would but he can’t – what’s done is done. Matt smirks at this and says that Jeff needs to get his head straight before tonight. Tonight, they have a Triple Threat Hardcore match against Rob Van Dam with the Hardcore Championship on the line. Matt tells Jeff that he cost him the Tag Team Championship last night but tonight, they fight alone and he will fight for himself. Matt says that he does not need to rely on Jeff tonight; he will rely on himself and become the Hardcore Champion.
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
November 19, 2001: RAW (cont)
MONDAY NIGHT RAW
RAW returns and the bell rings to signal that another match is ready to go …
HOWARD FINKEL: This match is set for one fall … and it is for the WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP!
Huge cheers in the arena for this announcement; the crowd are looking forward to this match. Can RVD overcome the odds and defeat both Hardy Boys? Or will the Hardys be able to work together to ensure that one of them ends the reign of the former ECW legend and punish him for his actions as part of the Alliance?
*** ROB VAN DAM ***
BATTLE CREEK, MI | WWF HARDCORE CHAMPION
Despite the odds against him, RVD looks cocky and confident as usual as he heads out from backstage and makes his way towards the ring. Using his famous thumb salute to point to himself, he smirks as he makes his way down the ramp to a fantastic reaction considering his recent work against the World Wrestling Federation. JR says that RVD is an enigma that he cannot explain – despite his ties to the WCW and ECW Alliance, the fans cheered him throughout his time in the “Invasion” and often cheered for him instead of his WWF opponents; Tazz says that the fans probably just enjoyed watching his matches so much, he forced them to cheer for him. JR reluctantly agrees and suggests that RVD is something special and a real coup for the World Wrestling Federation. RVD is in the ring and spins round before lifting the Hardcore Championship above his head and leading the chant of “R … V … D!” in the arena.
*** MATT HARDY ***
Here come the challengers for the title; we start with the older of the Hardy Boys and Matt makes his way towards the ring. There is a mixed reaction to Matt after his damning words to Jeff earlier in the evening but he still retains a large degree of cheers as you would expect. He salutes the fans before turning to face the Hardcore Champion. They begin talking trash to each other and things heat up until the announcement from Howard Finkel of the third man in the match turns their attention back to the stage …
*** JEFF HARDY ***
Here comes Matt’s younger brother, Jeff Hardy. As he salutes the crowd, the reception from the fans is noticeably better than the one received by Matt – it seems the crowd are siding with Jeff over his actions at Survivor Series despite the loss of the Tag Team Championships. Jeff dances around on stage before rushing to the ring and leaping onto the turnbuckles to salute his fans in the arena as well. There is a frosty embrace between Matt and Jeff as they prepare for their match whilst RVD looks a little concerned now. JR and Tazz discuss RVD’s chances and Tazz says we should not count RVD out of this – the tension between Matt and Jeff could bubble over at any point. JR reminds us of Matt’s words earlier tonight: “Tonight, Jeff, I will not be relying on you. I’ll rely on myself. I’m going to be the new WWF Hardcore Champion!”
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
November 19, 2001: RAW (cont)
MONDAY NIGHT RAW
RAW returns with Vince McMahon backstage in the office. He checks his hair in the mirror and then makes to set off out of the office; but in walks his wife, Linda McMahon, waving a piece of paper. She tells Vince she needs to speak to him about something but he says that he is going out to the ring, he is going to sit at the announce desk and commentate on tonight’s main event, the first RAW main event since the Alliance was extinguished. Linda tries to interrupt but Vince continues by wondering aloud what his two children, Shane and Stephanie, are doing right now. He amuses himself by suggesting that Stephanie is out doing her own groceries and that Shane is circling jobs in the local evening newspaper. Into the office walks William Regal – the former commissioner of the ECW and WCW Alliance. He is smiling, an insincere, fake smile, as he looks to Vince McMahon. Regal congratulates Vince on winning the Survivor Series “Winner takes all” match last night and suggests that he knew all along that the ECW / WCW team had no chance of winning. Vince asks Regal about his comments when he arrived at the arena last night: “Didn’t you tell me you were going to enjoy watching the WWF lose?” Regal laughs off this comment, nervously, before telling Vince that he would be very grateful if he would give him back his job in the World Wrestling Federation. Regal claims that he was always a man who Vince could rely on before and says that he would love the chance to prove himself once more. Vince says that he just had a phone call from the WWF Commissioner Mick Foley only a few minutes ago; he has resigned as the commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation. As a result, Vince offers Regal the role instead … if he can win a match this Thursday night on SMACKDOWN. Regal smiles and nods his head, he says he will be delighted to prove himself on SMACKDOWN and become Vince’s right hand man once again. However, when he asks who is opponent will be, Regal does not like the answer; he will face both Undertaker and Kane in a Handicap Match! Regal looks worried but Vince tells him to get out of his way, he has a main event to announce. Linda again tries to interrupt but Vince won’t allow her to and he leaves the office. Regal, however, is stood there looking as if he has just sucked on a lemon.
“NO CHANCE IN HELL”
*** VINCE McMAHON ***
CHAIRMAN OF THE WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION
Cheers around the arena, once more, as Vince McMahon heads out for the second time tonight. JR and Tazz had no idea that the boss would be joining them here on RAW tonight for the main event but they welcome him as he arrives, shaking his hand and moving their chairs up so that he can join them ringside. Vince thanks them and says that this should be one hell of a main event here tonight between two of the WWF’s finest competitors and two men who the WWF have everything to thank them for after their heroics last night. JR asks Vince McMahon about Stone Cold Steve Austin, the WWF Champion, and whether he has heard anything from the Rattlesnake or Booker T who was sent to find him. Vince says he hasn’t but Austin has until Thursday to show himself or he will be stripped of the title and fired.
*** KURT ANGLE ***
Red, white and blue pyro explode in the arena and welcome the arrival of the man who clocked Austin with the title belt last night to turn the tide when it seemed that the Alliance was heading for victory. Despite his controversial words earlier in the evening, he is still being cheered a little as he heads towards the ring. On commentary, Vince McMahon puts Kurt over big time as he says that without him, we would be watching the Alliance RAW with Shane, Stephanie and that idiotic Paul Heyman instead. JR challenges this view and says that Rock might disagree with that; Vince says that maybe the Rock will but that is his personal opinion. Angle is in the ring and hyping himself as he awaits the challenge he will face tonight.
“IF YOU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’”
*** THE ROCK ***
MIAMI, FL | WCW CHAMPION
The big, gold WCW Championship belt glitters in the spotlights as out strides Rock looking pumped up and ready for this. As he makes his way towards the ring, JR and Tazz discuss the Rock Bottom he delivered earlier in the evening to Angle as replays are shown. Rock gets in the ring and heads for the corner, he holds the WCW Championship high and this prompts Tazz to ask Mr. McMahon about his plans for the titles – will we be keeping the WWF and WCW Championships? Vince ignores him and speaks about Rock instead, he says that he admires the Rock’s talent but he sometimes needs to learn when to keep quiet and follow orders. JR says that Rock will never be like that but Vince reminds us that people said that about Austin as well before last year’s WrestleMania … Rock finishes his saluting of the crowd and the match can begin.
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
VINCE McMAHON: If I could halt your celebrations for just a moment, Rock, I’d like to announce something. Something that you will be very interested in yourself.
Rock looks at Vince with a distrusting look but waves his hand as if to say “Go ahead” before he goes to exit the ring. However, Vince doesn’t want him to leave …
VINCE McMAHON: Hold it, Rock. I want you to stay and hear this. It concerns your status as the WCW Champion. You see, thanks to you and Kurt, last night, the World Wrestling Federation was triumphant and the WCW and ECW Alliance was wiped off the earth for good. But that leaves us with a problem, I’ve been thinking about it all night and I think I have an answer.
Rock looks interested …
VINCE McMAHON: Who will be the WWF Champion?
Vince definitely has Rock’s interest now and a huge “Rocky!” chant builds in the arena; the WWF crowd are letting their feelings be known.
VINCE McMAHON: I hear you, Charlotte, I hear you loud and proud. You people, all of you here tonight, you think that The Rock, the WCW Champion himself, you think that he should be the WWF Champion now – and I agree.
Huge cheers for this but Rock doesn’t look convinced.
VINCE McMAHON: I agree that he should have an opportunity to be the WWF Champion.
The cheers turn to jeers as Rock looks on, he knew it was coming.
VINCE McMAHON: Don’t get me wrong, Rock, you deserve your shot. But so does Kurt Angle. And so does the Undertaker. And Kane and the Big Show. They all helped Team WWF win the match last night. And I have one more problem … Austin.
Mixed reception for the mention of the Rattlesnake.
VINCE McMAHON: Stone Cold Steve Austin is the WWF Champion, I’ve given him until the end of SMACKDOWN to show up and if he does, he will deserve his chance as well.
Boos in the arena for that announcement.
VINCE McMAHON: So I’ve made a decision. In three weeks time, we have a PPV that is currently titled WWF Vengeance. However, I have decided to change the name of the event. Instead, it will be called …
McMahon points to the titantron where a logo appears on the screen …
VINCE McMAHON: … WWF UNDISPUTED!
A small pop for this as a number of the crowd realise the implications of this name change. However, Vince continues to explain himself …
VINCE McMAHON: On that night, we will reach the conclusion of a tournament, a tournament that will begin on RAW and SMACKDOWN in the coming weeks, and at Undisputed, we will crown our first ever World Wrestling Federation Undisputed Champion.
The crowd pop for this and Vince beams with pride at his magnificent idea. However, Rock is still looking at him with a degree of mistrust.
VINCE McMAHON: Austin, if he comes back, will be in that tournament; so will Angle, so will Undertaker … and so will you, Rock.
Rock talks himself up to Vince off the microphone and points to the WCW Championship. Clearly, Rock believes that he is worthy of being the champion already but Vince isn’t buying it.
VINCE McMAHON: One night, one undisputed champion at the end of it. It’s brilliant, a first for the World Wrestling Federation and … Wait, what do you want, Linda?
Attention turns towards the stage and the wife of Vince McMahon, Linda. She is heading for the ring with papers in her hand and she is talking on the phone as she heads towards the ring. She looks grim as she walks but she nods her head and hangs up the phone. She gets into the ring and takes a microphone.
LINDA McMAHON: Vince, I tried to stop you backstage but you wouldn’t listen for one minute. I need to talk to you about something huge, something important – and it concerns the WWF Championship.
Vince looks confused as he looks to his wife.
VINCE McMAHON: Have you heard something from Austin? Was that him? Is he coming?
Linda shakes her head.
LINDA McMAHON: No, Vince, it doesn’t concern Austin. But you need to know this because it will affect this tournament that you’re planning. You see, a few weeks ago, the board of directors began negotiating with a major free agent to bring him in to the World Wrestling Federation. Last night, he signed the contract that had been offered to him on one condition; he got a shot at the WWF Championship at the Undisputed PPV. Now, I was just on the phone to him and he isn’t happy about this tournament but he accepts you’re unaware of his situation. So he has agreed that he will enter the tournament – but not until the night of the pay-per-view.
Vince looks stunned as he takes all this information in.
VINCE McMAHON: Who … what the hell are you doing negotiating with people without me? Don’t you know that I am the chairman of this company?
LINDA McMAHON: Vince, the board wanted to spice things up a bit. They wanted to make sure that after Survivor Series, there would be something big to look forward to. I tried to tell you before Vince, you wouldn’t listen.
Vince looks annoyed with these developments but he composes himself.
VINCE McMAHON: OK, I’ll enter him into the pay-per-view, no qualifying matches … Straight in. Who is it though?
Linda sighs and then points to the titantron …
LINDA McMAHON: This man, Vince.
The lights in the arena dim and the focus is on the ‘tron once more as we all await the identity of the man who will join the World Wrestling Federation in three weeks as a participant in the tournament for the WWF Undisputed Championship …
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The crowd go wild as they realise who is coming to the World Wrestling Federation … but as the lights are brought up a little, we see Vince McMahon still in the ring looking angry at this development. What will this mean for the World Wrestling Federation? And what will it mean for the WWF Undisputed Championship at the upcoming WWF Undisputed PPV?
***** END OF SHOW *****
(c) World Wrestling Federation 2001
*** WWF UNDISPUTED ***
DECEMBER 9, 2001 | SAN DIEGO, CA | 3 WEEKS AWAY
UNDISPUTED WWF CHAMPIONSHIP
Tournament to determine the Undisputed WWF Champion will finish here!
WHO IS THE UNDISPUTED CHAMPION OF THE WWF?
THURSDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
PREVIEW | Thursday November 22, 2001 | New Orleans, LA
WHERE IS STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN?
On RAW this past Monday, there was no sign or sound of the WWF Champion – where is Stone Cold Steve Austin? The man who led the Alliance into battle at Survivor Series, the man who was taken out by Kurt Angle and was pinned by The Rock to lose the match, has disappeared off the face of the earth since Sunday and nobody has heard from him. Vince McMahon says that Austin is welcome back in the World Wrestling Federation but he must show up before SMACKDOWN ends this week or else he will be stripped of the WWF Championship and fired. With Booker T desperate to find Austin in order to save his own job, it’s now or never for the Rattlesnake. But does he even want to return to the World Wrestling Federation?
MORE NEWS ON THE TOURNAMENT TO DETERMINE THE WWF UNDISPUTED CHAMPION!
After his announcement that the upcoming PPV, now named WWF Undisputed, would crown the WWF Undisputed Champion, WWF Chairman Vince McMahon has more information for us this evening. Tonight, Mr. McMahon is set to explain the qualifying matches for the PPV as well as addressing the situation regarding the return of the former dominant WCW superstar, Goldberg. After the WWF Board of Directors offered Goldberg a contract, Linda McMahon announced to her husband on RAW that Goldberg was coming – and was entitled to a shot at the WWF Championship at the next PPV. With Goldberg now guaranteed a spot in the PPV tournament, what will McMahon’s reaction be? After Goldberg did so much in the Monday Night Wars to destroy the WWF, can Vince McMahon forgive and forget? Two other men who will be potentially involved in the tournament at the Intercontinental Champion, Edge, and his challenger tonight, Test. Vince McMahon has personally scheduled an Intercontinental Championship match between them tonight – suggesting that it would have an impact on the tournament.
HUGE MAIN EVENT TAG TEAM MATCH!
Four men who will definitely feature in the qualifying rounds for the tournament clash tonight in the main event of SMACKDOWN. Kurt Angle, the man who claims he single handedly saved the WWF, and Chris Jericho, the man who bravely attacked the Undertaker on RAW, team up to go against the “Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment”, The Rock and his partner, the Hardcore Champion, Rob Van Dam. After defending his title against both Matt and Jeff Hardy on RAW, RVD will be looking to prove that he belongs in the company of the likes of Rock, Angle and Jericho tonight.
CHRISTIAN TO DEFEND THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – AGAINST BIG SHOW!
Christian was a thorn in the WWF’s side after he defected to the Alliance during the Invasion – and only retains his job due to his status as European Champion. As punishment, he was forced on RAW to face the mammoth Big Show and lost convincingly. Furthermore, he will tonight face the Giant once more and this time puts his European Championship on the line. Can Christian somehow find a way to retain the title? Or will Big Show become the biggest European Champion in history?
CAN WILLIAM REGAL SURVIVE HELL TO BECOME THE WWF COMMISSIONER?
When Mick Foley resigned from his position as WWF Commissioner, William Regal couldn’t believe his luck – right place, right time as he sucked up to Mr. McMahon. However, things turned sour quickly. McMahon offered Regal the role as Commissioner – if he won a match on SMACKDOWN. A Handicap Match. Against Undertaker. And Kane. Surely not even the sneaky Englishman can find a way to defeat both Brothers of Destruction at the same time?
- Vince McMahon to give us more information about the WWF Undisputed Championship tournament
- INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Edge (c) vs. Test
- EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Christian (c) vs. Big Show
- Dudley Boys vs. Billy & Chuck
- X-Pac & Albert vs. Hardy Boys
- HANDIPCAP MATCH: William Regal vs. Undertaker & Kane
- Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho vs. The Rock & RVD
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Kudos on a great first RAW, GCB.
There was a great balance of wrestling and storyline progression throughout the show. I particularly enjoyed the effort you put into the Hardcore Championship match. And that main event! Wouldnt expect anything less from Rocky and Kurt Angle. I'm also happy to see you passed on the Kiss My Ass Club and just decided to make life tough for the remaining Alliance members.
Is there a potential alliance brewing between Chris Jericho and X-Factor? Or did each side just take advantage of the situation? Either way I'm happy you didn't go through with the "respectful" Chris Jericho we saw backstage. Y2J was just hitting his prime as a well rounded main event jackass back then.
Interesting choice to hold off on Stone Cold post Survivor Series. Very intrigued to see what your plan is for him and the WWF Championship leading up to the big Undisputed Pay-Per-View. Does he come back face, or angrier than ever? Also can't wait to see how Booker T plays into all of this. Regardless, SmackDown already looks good with what's confirmed.
Finally, the big announcement! I loved how you built this up. I literally read along in anticipation, making sure to scroll down only one line at time so I wouldn't accidentally catch a glimpse of who this free agent was. Bringing Goldberg into the mix a year and a half earlier is huge! It opens the door for all kinds if fantasy matchups we couldn't see in 2003 and 2004. And I have a feeling we may be getting one of those at Undisputed.
Keep up the good work my friend.
As for the "Kiss my Ass" club, I didn't get that at all. Vince's ego I reckon. Much more natural for him to cherry pick the best Alliance wrestlers and punish others like he is here.
As for X-Factor, no plans for an Alliance - just, as you say, taking advantage of the situation.
WWE RAW Review
Well GBC it's clear why you're regarded as one of, if not the, best writers in the section. Love the timeframe you've chosen to do and it looks like you've got some big plans! My thoughts on the show; firstly, I was glad you recapped what had happened and then had Vince come out and explain everything, laying down the verdict for the Alliance superstars, as it's hard for me to remember exactly how everything happened in real life back in 2001. I liked the exchange between The Rock and Angle, which is a match I'd happily see for the Undisputed WWF Championship.
I enjoyed the physicality and brutality of the Test/Edge and Jericho & X-Pac/Undertaker & Kane exchanges as well as the Hardcore Title Match - it all had a real Attitude Era feel. I look forward to a potential Jericho vs Undertaker feud as well as what you do with Hardy and RVD.
The main event was a great match but the aftermath was even better! What an announcement! I'm personally not a fan of Goldberg, so I hope he doesn't win the title but instead has a big time feud, maybe with Austin? But he was one of WCW's biggest stars and it throws a spanner into the works in terms of the Undisputed Title race. I'm hoping for Rock vs Angle.
It's hard for me to give you any tips, considering I've only just started, but I will give my thoughts and opinion on what you've done. You've already got me hooked, it was a great first show and you've really taken no time to capture the Attitude Era feel! I look forward to Smackdown, as well as the build to the Undisputed PPV, and I will no doubt be reading your shows to pick up tips for myself
Check out how I'd book the road to WrestleMania 29!
Great show. I'll give it a 4/5
Novemeber 22, 2001: SMACKDOWN
THURSDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
Thursday November 22, 2001 | New Orleans, LA
SMACKDOWN opens with a shot of a worried looking Booker T walking through the parking lot backstage – in the corner of the screen, a graphic states ‘EARLIER TONIGHT’ to show this is not live. He has a phone clutched against his ear as he walks towards the entrance to the arena and he is waiting for somebody to answer. He looks around, his eyes show that he is desperate for an answer, then he hangs up and looks annoyed. He mutters to himself before continuing on towards the door where a security guard is stood. Booker walks over to him …
BOOKER T: Yo dawg, have you seen Austin here tonight? Is he here?
The security guard looks shocked that Booker is speaking to him at first but then he shakes his head; he hasn’t seen Stone Cold Steve Austin tonight. Booker looks frustrated and jabs at his cellphone again before putting it to his ear. There is a pause as he waits for the call to connect and then he stands there for a while waiting. Finally, Booker speaks.
BOOKER T: Listen, dawg, I need to speak wit’ you right away. This is important. I need to know if you’re coming here tonight. I need to know …
Booker pauses and looks up as a limosine pulls into the parking lot.
BOOKER T: … I just need to know, man. Call me.
Booker hangs up as the limo comes to a stop and the back door opens. Out gets the Chairman of the WWF, Vince McMahon, who smirks when he sees Booker T stood outside the door. Vince walks over and offers his hand to Booker who, nervously, shakes it. Vince laughs and then speaks to the former WCW Champion, 5 times of course, as he pats his shoulder.
VINCE McMAHON: Only a few hours left, Book. I hope you’ve contacted Austin or else …
Booker looks agitated as McMahon rearranges his expression …
VINCE McMAHON: You’re fffffiiiiiirrrrrrrreeddddd!
Vince McMahon walks past Booker and into the arena as the camera focuses on the worried face of Booker once more. He looks disgruntled before he returns his attention to the phone and walks off pressing buttons as SMACKDOWN opens with its credits.
As the cameras pan around the SMACKDOWN arena, the pyro, blue and white, explodes around the arena and the fans hold up their signs in excitement. “BYE BYE ALLIANCE!”, “STEPH IS A HO!” and “AUSTIN … YOU’RE FIRED!” are just a few of the signs that the camera flashes on as it moves around. On commentary, Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and then introduces his commentary partner, the man who has also joined JR on RAW, Tazz. The pair of them recap Booker T’s problem here tonight – to save his job in this company, Booker T must ensure that Stone Cold Steve Austin, the WWF Champion and former leader of the WCW/ECW Alliance, arrives here tonight. Tazz says it seems as if Booker is struggling right now. Cole moves on to remind us all of the RAW ending last week and the news that former WCW Champion Goldberg is heading for the World Wrestling Federation as well – at the WWF Undisputed PPV where a tournament to crown the WWF’s Undisputed Champion will conclude. He says we will hear more on the tournament later from the WWF Chairman, Vince McMahon.
*** WILLIAM REGAL ***
The arena erupts into boos as the former WWF and Alliance Commissioner heads out looking very, very concerned with what is about to transpire here on SMACKDOWN. As he walks towards the ring, Regal keeps pausing and shaking his head, he is worried – and with good reason. As Tazz delights in informing us, Regal tonight has the chance to become the WWF Commissioner here tonight – a job that Mick Foley resigned from this past Monday – but only if he can defeat both the Undertaker and Kane in a Handicap match. As Regal enters the ring, Cole suggests that we will be searching for a Commissioner still after tonight’s show but Regal may also be searching for a job.
“OUT OF THE FIRE”
*** KANE ***
As Kane’s eerie instrumental music echoes around the arena, darkness falls apart from the red glow of the titantron. The shadow of the monstrous Kane appears on the stage and heads towards the ring which is also bathed in red light. In the ring, the worried face of Regal is shown on camera as he watches Kane, who looks amused, head for the ring. The masked monster stops at the foot of the ramp and raises his arms … BOOM! A huge red explosion in all four corners of the ring before the music changes …
*** THE UNDERTAKER ***
The crowd pop as Undertaker, the American Badass, comes powering out of the backstage area on his motorbike. Stopping on the stage, Undertaker pounds his chest in salute for the crowd here tonight before roaring his way down to the ring and guiding the bike around the ring. As ‘Taker stops the bike at the foot of the ramp, he nods his head at the Big Red Monster, Kane, before the pair of them climb into the ring. Regal scarpers quickly to seek solace outside the ring, he looks up at the Brothers of Destruction in the ring and size of the task becomes even more unenviable than it already was. The referee demands that Regal get in the ring but he shakes his head, he isn’t ready yet, to the annoyance of the official. Kane steps over the top rope to fetch Regal but he backs off; Undertaker appears behind him and Regal is trapped in a horrible place. Kane and Taker grab Regal by his neck and roll him into the ring, they follow and the referee signals for a bell.
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
SMACKDOWN returns with the WWF Chairman still stood with his microphone – but now he is in the centre of the ring. McMahon’s face is shown as a close up as the crowd give him a very mixed reaction; he is a hero with some for his work with the WWF in defeating the Alliance but some of his words on RAW this past Monday didn’t go down well it seems. McMahon appears jovial though as he begins to speak out.
VINCE McMAHON: Y’know, it gives me great pleasure to say this – just like I did on RAW … Welcome to World Wrestling Federation SMACKDOWN!
Cheers ring around the arena as Vince emphasises the WWF’s win over the Alliance this past Sunday.
VINCE McMAHON: And what a couple of days we have had here in the WWF since the demise of the Alliance. We’ve had former WCW and ECW guys begging for their jobs, we’ve had an amazing RAW and we had a huge announcement at the end of Monday’s show, from myself, regarding the crowning of the Undisputed WWF Champion at the next PPV which has been renamed – WWF Undisputed!
More cheers for these comments, the crowd appear happy with this decision.
VINCE McMAHON: All week I’ve had WWF Superstars and fans asking me one question though – who is going to be in the tournament? How will it work? Tonight, I have some answers for you – especially now I know about everybody on the roster that can compete in the tournament.
A snidy aside there from Vince who is clearly referring to the news that Goldberg will be debuting in the WWF at the PPV as part of the tournament.
VINCE McMAHON: Now, on the night of the PPV, there will be four Quarter Final matches, two Semi Final matches and the main event will feature the two finalists battling it out to be named the Undisputed Champion. That means we need eight men for the PPV and, as you will all now be aware, we already know the identity of one of those men.
A huge cheer in the arena followed by a “Goldberg! Goldberg!” chant which seems to infuriate Vince.
VINCE McMAHON: Yes, Goldberg. Whilst you may be looking forward to that, I will be damned if anybody who played such a vital role in trying to secure the demise of this company walks in, debuts and wins the title on their first night. As per his contract, I will allow Goldberg to debut in the Quarter Finals and be given a shot at the title and, in the interests of fairness, there will be no interference from myself. However, I will ensure one thing – the seven very best WWF superstars will also be at the PPV and I will be expecting them to destroy Goldberg and deny him the title.
Boos for this comment.
VINCE McMAHON: So, who exactly will be trying to stop Goldberg? Over the coming weeks on SMACKDOWN and on RAW, we will have a series of qualifying matches. For anybody who was on Team WWF at Survivor Series or is a current singles champion here in the WWF, they will face just one match to qualify for the PPV. However, tonight, we will see which champions truly deserve that honour – we’ll see Christian defend the European Championship against the Big Show …
Cheers echo around the arena, the people of New Orleans want to see Christian lose that title.
VINCE McMAHON: … and the Intercontinental Championship will be on the line when Edge defends against Test here tonight as well.
Excitement in the arena at the thought of two big title matches here tonight on SMACKDOWN.
VINCE McMAHON: In addition to the Team WWF members and the current champions, there will also be a place for Kurt Angle at this stage of the tournament as a reward for his actions on Sunday night.
Boos for this comment, the WWF Universe are not convinced that Angle deserves that.
VINCE McMAHON: We’re also waiting on the arrival of the WWF Champion …
More cheers for the impending arrival of Austin …
VINCE McMAHON: Now, I gave Austin until the end of tonight’s show to return to the World Wrestling Federation. And I promise you, if he does return, I will not make things easy for him after his actions over the past few months. However, if he returns, he returns as the WWF Champion and that will mean that he will get his chance in the tournament as well.
In the arena, a noticeable “Austin!” chant breaks out; but will the Rattlesnake show up here tonight?
VINCE McMAHON: The tournament will officially kick off on RAW this coming Monday evening. This Monday, eight men will meet with the chance to secure the four remaining spots in the tournament and a chance to qualify for the PPV. So, this Monday, we will see …
The crowd listen carefully to the coming announcement …
VINCE McMAHON: Matt Hardy up against Booker T – if Booker brings back Austin tonight of course!
A mixed reaction to that one; Booker is unpopular but there is a swaying opinion of dislike for Matt Hardy right now.
VINCE McMAHON: Speaking of the Hardy Boys, Jeff Hardy will face William Regal.
Pop for this, the crowd would like to see Jeff in the tournament.
VINCE McMAHON: This Monday night, the high flying Rey Mysterio will debut here on RAW – he will face a qualifying match against D … D … P!
Good reception for the upcoming arrival of Mysterio, the former WCW star.
VINCE McMAHON: And finally, Test or Edge, depending on who loses tonight, will face …
McMahon pauses for a moment and builds some tension …
VINCE McMAHON: … the returning … TRIPLE H!
There is an explosion of noise in the arena! Triple H, the man who has been out of action for over seven months, returns this Monday night and will face Test or Edge with the chance to qualify for a shot at the Undisputed WWF Championship!
VINCE McMAHON: Don’t miss RAW this Monday!
“No Chance in Hell” resumes and McMahon hands the microphone back over to the ringside area as he basks in the glory of the matches and tournament that he is creating. Four matches on RAW this week to start the qualification for the Undisputed WWF Championship tournament – Matt Hardy vs. Booker T (maybe); Jeff Hardy vs. William Regal; Rey Mysterio vs. DDP; and Triple H returns against Edge or Test! As McMahon exits the ring, the talk between Cole and Tazz is all about the tournament as SMACKDOWN switches backstage where Rob Van Dam is standing waiting in the interview pit with Lilian Garcia. Lilian asks RVD for his thoughts about the upcoming tournament, his chances and his feelings about the news we heard on RAW that Goldberg would be entering as well.
ROB VAN DAM: You know, Lilian, I’m not going to stand here and worry about whether Goldberg will be in the tournament. Just to qualify for the WWF Undisputed PPV tournament will be hard enough let alone winning it. But I’m Mr. Monday Nights, I am the WWF Hardcore Champion – and I’m confident that I can win in two weeks time. I might have to defeat Goldberg. I might have to defeat Rock. Triple H. Kurt Angle. Big Show. Kane. Undertaker. Maybe even Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Another pop in the arena for the mention of Austin’s name.
ROB VAN DAM: To defeat just one of those men is a difficult ask but to defeat three of those men in one night is nigh on impossible. I’m going to go out there, do everything I can to qualify for the PPV and then give 110% to become the Undisputed WWF Champion. And if I do, that’ll be sweet. But if I don’t …
RVD readjusts the Hardcore Championship over his shoulder.
ROB VAN DAM: I’ll still be the Hardcore Champion …
RVD raises his hands up around his shoulders …
ROB VAN DAM: … And I’ll still be … R … V … D!
The crowd chant along with RVD as SMACKDOWN heads off into another commercial with Cole announcing that next up we will see the first of two title matches tonight – Christian will defend the European Championship against Big Show! Next!
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
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November 22, 2001: SMACKDOWN (cont)
THURSDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
SMACKDOWN returns with Michael Cole and Tazz discussing the news from before the break; a replay of the announcement of the four Round 1 qualifying matches for the WWF Undisputed Championship – from Vince McMahon – is shown:
QUALIFYING ROUND 1
Booker T vs. Matt Hardy
(if Booker T delivers Stone Cold back to the WWF tonight)
Jeff Hardy vs. William Regal
DDP vs. Rey Mysterio
Edge or Test vs. Triple H
(whichever is not Intercontinental Champion after tonight)
The discussion on the announce table is interrupted though by the music of the European Champion, Christian.
AT LAST YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN!”
*** CHRISTIAN ***
TORONTO, ON, CANADA | EUROPEAN CHAMPION
The European Champion strides out onto the stage patting his European Championship belt that is strapped around his waist but, for tonight, it appears that his usual cockiness has deserted him. He walks towards the ring with a look of concern in his eyes as a replay of Monday Night RAW is shown when Christian was defeated by the Big Show …
“WELLLLLL … IT’S THE BIG SHOW”
*** BIG SHOW ***
An altogether much more confident Big Show heads out and he is smiling at the crowd as he makes his way towards the ring. He slaps hands with some of the younger members of the crowd and then looks up at Christian who is stood in the ring watching him, he smirks and then points to the European Championship before signalling to his own waist. Christian shakes his head but doesn’t look convinced with himself as Show steps up the steel steps and over the top rope into the ring in his black singlet. The referee takes the title belt of Christian away and holds it high for the world to see – European Championship is on the line!
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
???: Leave it, Show. Put the referee down.
All eyes turn to the titantron where Vince McMahon is standing looking into the camera. Show puts the referee down. Vince continues …
VINCE McMAHON: Gentlemen, I promised the world a European Championship match tonight and, damnit, I meant it. Christian, you are not getting away with your actions over the last few months that easily …
Cheers from the crowd for that comment from the boss.
VINCE McMAHON: You have 10 seconds to get back to that ring, this match is going to restart. And Christian, if you lose via countout, you will lose the European Championship. Ring the bell!
The crowd roar their approval as the referee signals for the bell and Show beckons to Christian to return …
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
SMACKDOWN returns with Lilian Garcia backstage in the interview area once more; this time, she is standing with the Olympic gold medal winner – Kurt Angle. As Angle comes into view, Lilian waits for the boos to subside before asking him about his chances in the upcoming tournament considering he just lost, this past Monday, to one of the favourites to win the tournament in two weeks time, WCW Champion, The Rock. Angle reacts angrily to the line of questioning though.
KURT ANGLE: Do you know who you’re talking to, Lilian?
The blonde interviewer is taken aback as she affirms that she does indeed know. However, Angle continues on disrespecting her.
KURT ANGLE: You come over here to ask me these idiotic questions when what you should be asking me is what celebration am I planning for when I defeat the whole WWF roster to become the champion at Undisputed. Give me the microphone …
Angle, a little out of character, roughly grabs the microphone from Lilian and turns to face the camera.
KURT ANGLE: You see, I don’t care whether it is the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling or that shambles known as Extreme Championship Wrestling, the fact is this – there is only one man who has won the Olympic gold medal and then gone on to be the WWF Champion in the speed that I have. Nobody in the locker room today has won the Olympic gold medal. Nobody in the locker room today won the WWF Championship within a year of their debut in the business.
Jeers from the crowd for the same old rhetoric from Angle …
KURT ANGLE: Jeer all you want, New Orleans, but you know it’s true … It’s damn true!
A loud “Angle sucks!” chant begins in the arena and it is clearly audible backstage as well. Angle smirks to himself.
KURT ANGLE: But people disrespecting me is nothing new around here. Just like Lilian Garcia here disrespects me with her questions, all of you people disrespect me week in and week out. When I arrived in the World Wrestling Federation at Survivor Series 1999, an Olympic gold medal winner, you booed me and chanted “Boring!” … When I won the WWF Championship a year after my debut, then defended it successfully at Survivor Series 2000, you accused me of being lucky …At Survivor Series this year, I put myself in jeopardy to screw WCW and ensure the World Wrestling Federation survives – and you want Rock to be the champion?
Boos for Angle and cheers for the idea of Rock as Undisputed WWF Champion. Another chant begins – “Rocky! Rocky!”
KURT ANGLE: In two weeks time, at the WWF UNDISPUTED PPV, I guarantee that I will be in the tournament and I will walk out of San Diego as the Undisputed WWF Champion. You see, what you people need to realise is, I’m not running my mouth and making promises that I cannot keep. I’m not like Aaron Brooks calling the shots for the New Orleans Saints …
The crowd boo as Angle launches into his trademark insult towards the hometown sports team.
KURT ANGLE: … This isn’t the “Aints” chasing a place in their hometown Superbowl this February, no way. When Kurt Angle sets his sights on something, he achieves it.
The jeers and boos intensify.
KURT ANGLE: And unlike the “Aints” and their Superbowl dreams, I won’t let anything get in my way. Not The Rock.
Cheers for the mention of Rocky once more …
KURT ANGLE: If he has the guts to show up here tonight, not Stone Cold Steve Austin!
More cheers for the mention of Austin who it seems the crowd desperately want to see …
KURT ANGLE: And certainly not Goldberg!
Cheers for the mention of the soon to debut Goldberg as well.
KURT ANGLE: I am going to be the first ever Undisputed WWF Champion. Oh, it’s true …
More boos and jeers for Angle as he makes his vow.
KURT ANGLE: IT’S DAMN TRUE!
Angle stares at the camera with an intense look in his eyes before the camera switches back to the ring where Cole and Tazz remind us that tonight, RVD and Rock team up to face the team of Angle and Jericho with all four men expected to be in the WWF UNDISPUTED tournament in two weeks time. Attention switches to the stage area though as red pyro explodes on the stage and signals the arrival of the WWF Tag Team Champions …
“WE’RE COMING DOWN”
*** DUDLEY BOYS ***
DUDLEYVILLE | WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS | w/STACY KEIBLER
A negative reception for the arrival of the Tag Team Champions who are led out by the beautiful, leggy Miss Keibler who is wearing matching Dudley attire; including the glasses. D’Von has his title strapped around his waist whereas Bubba Ray is carrying his in his hands and they slide into the ring and taunt the crowd by holding their titles high. Replays of Survivor Series are shown and we see, as Cole and Tazz discuss, the moment when Jeff Hardy leapt off the top of the steel cage and crashed through a table – and cost the Hardys the titles. With the Dudleys’ jobs saved as a result of this, they appear to be confident that they will be successful again here tonight as they face off against a relatively new tag team here in the World Wrestling Federation …
“I’VE GOT IT ALL”
*** BILLY GUNN & CHUCK PALUMBO ***
As Billy Gunn and his new partner, former WCW star Chuck Palumbo, head out in matching red tights, Cole and Tazz hype their recent combination and say that they appear to be forming a pretty impressive team here. Tazz suggests that Billy’s experience in the WWF Tag Team division – he is the former eight time Tag Team Champion along with Bart Gunn or Road Dogg – should mix well with Chuck Palumbo’s experiences in the WCW tag team division where he held the WCW Tag Team Championships four times with Shawn Stasiak or Sean O’Haire. He suggests that it would not be a surprise to see Billy and Chuck, with more experience working together, win the Tag Team Championships.
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: Tonight, the Dudley Boys stand before you the Tag Team Champions for the seventeenth time.
D’Von laughs and applauds this comment from his brother, as does the “Duchess of Dudleyville”, the lovely Stacy.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: You see, we told you all that come what may, we would be here tonight. Be that as WWF Tag Team Champions or as WCW Tag Team Champions, we were always going to beat those two pretty boy punks Matt and Jeff to unify the titles.
D’Von clearly shouts out “Testify!” as he listens to Bubba.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: We told you all that the Dudleys were not going to lose – and you all doubted us. But we have proved it to you again and again and again. Tell ‘em, D’Von!
The microphone is handed over to D’Von who speaks as well.
D’VON DUDLEY: Ohhh, testify my brother, testify! Every time we set foot in this ring, we tell you what is going to happen but you continue to be shocked when it does. We tell you all that there is nobody better than the Dudley Boys!
Bubba and Stacy nod their heads in agreement …
D’VON DUDLEY: We tell you all that there is nobody better than us in that ring, we tell you every single night, you don’t believe us.
D’Von shakes his head as the crowd give him grief.
D’VON DUDLEY: But now, we’re going to make believers of you all. Seventeen times we have held the Tag Team Championships here, in WCW, in ECW … And sixteen times, we’ve lost them. But not this time. This time, we’re going to hold on to these titles – we’re going to beat every team that dares to stand up to us. And when we reach WrestleMania 18 as the Tag Team Champions … we will have proved our words to be true. Oh, testify!
Stacy passes the microphone to Bubba once more, she is grinning with pride at being part of this.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: And when we defend these titles at WrestleMania 18, the Dudley Boys will have proved to everybody that we are the greatest Tag Team Champions of all time. We will have proved once and for all that no other team are fit to lace our boots.
The crowd do not like the words of Bubba here, they’re clearly thinking of all the great Tag Teams, of which the Dudley Boys are one of, who they believe to be better.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: We will make it to WrestleMania 18 as the Tag Team Champions, we will make believers of all of you – and when we have done it …
Dramatic pause here, something big is coming from Bubba here.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: … When we win at WrestleMania 18, when we prove our words to be true, we will leave the World Wrestling Federation … forever!
Shock in the arena! The Dudley Boys are planning to leave the World Wrestling Federation?
D’VON DUDLEY: You see, we don’t believe that the WWF has the competition we need. We will prove that over the coming weeks and months and we will walk out of this company with the Tag Team Championships – and we will never come back. Nobody here can beat us!
The crowd are reacting negatively although many are in shock.
D’VON DUDLEY: To prove it, we are issuing an open challenge for this Monday night on RAW. Any Tag Team that think they can defeat us, step up to the plate. We will defend the titles against anybody. But let me assure you … we will win.
The microphone is passed back to Bubba.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: And when we win on RAW, when we win at WrestleMania 18, the whole world will know it …
Bubba Ray is snarling as he speaks …
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: … THOU … SHALT NOT MESS …
Bubba pauses and looks out at the crowd with his face looking determined.
BUBBA RAY DUDLEY: … WITH THE DUDLEYS!
D’VON DUDLEY: OH TESTIFY, MY BROTHER!
”We’re coming down!” restarts as the Dudleys, readjusting their titles as they leave, exit the ring with Stacy Keibler and head away up the ramp. Tazz and Michael Cole are in shock – the Dudley Boys are planning to leave after WrestleMania 18? Tazz says that whatever we think of their attitudes, they are one of the greatest Tag Teams that the world has ever seen. He is in complete shock. Cole announces that after the break, the Intercontinental Championship will be on the line – Edge defends against Test in a match that also has Undisputed WWF Championship tournament implications as well.
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
COMING TO RAW THIS MONDAY NIGHT!
***** COMMERCIAL BREAK *****
SMACKDOWN returns with Howard Finkel stood in the centre of the ring waiting to introduce the next match of the evening …
HOWARD FINKEL: This match is set for one fall and is for the World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Championship!
A cheer from the crowd who are excited over this match here tonight.
“THIS IS A TEST”
*** TEST ***
TORONTO, ON, CANADA
The cheers of the crowd are replaced by jeers as the challenger for the Intercontinental Championship heads out ready to face the man who defeated him last Sunday at Survivor Series. As he strides down the ramp, Michael Cole and Tazz discuss Test losing the title unification match with Edge on Sunday which means that, due to the WWF winning the day, he is the Intercontinental Champion. Tazz also points out that this might have worked out well for Test; he went on to force his way into the Immunity Battle Royal instead which he won to ensure his job for the next twelve months. As Test enters the ring, he looks round at the crowd with a smirk, he looks confident here tonight and Cole says that he believes that Test could go on to have a big 2002 at the rate he is going.
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!”
“NEVER GONNA’ STOP ME”
*** EDGE ***
TORONTO, ON, CANADA | WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
A big pop for the arrival of the trench coat wearing Intercontinental Champion, Edge. He comes out through the dry ice and plays up to the crowd who respond with big cheers before heading towards the ring. With the title strapped around his waist, Edge pauses as he approaches the ring and he pulls off the coat before sliding into the ring. Test attacks Edge as he slides under the rope and starts stomping away at him before he can lose his title belt or the sunglasses he is wearing. Boos ring out from the crowd as the referee tries to stop Test but he isn’t prepared to listen here. He shoves the referee away from the battle before continuing his beatdown of the Intercontinental Champion. Other officials spill out from backstage and between them, they are able to pull Test away from Edge. He is smirking and telling the referees to leave him alone whilst he threatens them – remember, he is untouchable, he cannot be fired. As Edge gets to his feet, he throws off the title belt and the glasses and beckons for the referee to start the match …
* DING *
* DING *
* DING *
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