January 7, 2002
Live from: Madison Square Garden
Commentators: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler
Reported by: Paul Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Triple H music video was shown. Music by U2.
Vince McMahon comes out with a present wrapped in blue. Vince says he has something to talk about that's more important than HHH's return. He wants to talk about his match against Flair at the Rumble. He says, many might think that Flair is not in the same caliber as him but that's wrong. Then they show Ric Flair highlights from the 1980's and 1990's. Vince said that Flair has one of the best wrestling careers of all time. And, November 19, Flair wanted to start a new career by being 50/50 owner. Highlights were shown of that. Then Vince says Flair attacked him last week on Smackdown and highlights of that was also shown. Vince said he took five stitches because of Flair's attack. Vince says that Ric Flair's mono is "To be the man, you have to beat the man." Vince said he's already the man and he will prove it. Vince opens the present and puts on a wig and Ric Flair's robe. He mocks Flair by walking the walk. Then Ric Flair's music hits and he comes out.
Ric Flair says that this is another example of what he was talking about a couple of weeks ago. He said Vince did something nice by showing that video, but now he did something stupid by putting the wig on. Flair knocks the wig off Vince's head. Flair says "Take off my God damn robe right now!" McMahon was taking the robe off and pulls a steel pipe out of nowhere and nails Flair with it. Flair is busted open. Vince sends Flair head first into the steel steps. Vince gets him up and shoves him into the ring post.
Rob Van Dam vs Test
Test kicks RVD in the mid section, then RVD fought back, with a spinning kick. Test picks RVD and drops him, followed by several punches. Sleeper hold by Test. RVD managed to get out of the hold, but Test knocked him down. Test went for the suplex, but RVD landed on his feet and drop kicked Test on his leg. RVD goes on the top rope, but Test shoved the referee into the ropes and RVD fell. Test covered RVD and put his feet on the ropes, 1,2 but RVD kicked out. RVD knocks down Test to the outside. Test gets a chair and gets in. Test pushes the referee with the chair. RVD does the Van Daminator, followed by the Five Star Frog Splash and got the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
The Coach is standing in the parking lot waiting for HHH to have a few words with him. Kurt Angle interrupts and says that Coach should interview him, because at least he's on time. Kurt Angle says he has big news and The Coach asked him what it was and Kurt said he won't tell him. He also said that tonight is his night.
Trish Stratus is shown at WWF New York. Terri interrupts and says she's the better host of WWF Excess. Terri says that Trish is pathetic, and Trish doesn't measure up to her. Terri challenges Trish. Trish asks if it's a bra and panties match? Lingerie match? Terri challenges her for a wet t-shirt contest and Trish accepts.
Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo vs Scotty 2 Hotty and Albert
Billy Gunn says Trish and Terri in a wet t-shirt contest? He said if anyone should be in a wet t-shirt contest, it should be him and Chuck.
The match starts with Gunn and Albert. Gunn delivers a few hits, then Albert fights back with a clothesline. Palumbo got in and Albert beat him too, then Soctty received the tag from Albert. Neck breaker by Scotty, 1,2 but Palumbo kicked out. Scotty hits Gunn. Palumbo hits Scotty. Scotty regained control and delivered a DDT. Albert gets the tag and does a powerslam on Gunn. He squashed Billy Gunn in the corner. All four men are in the ring now. Scotty does the WORM on Gunn, 1,2 but Palumbo pulls Gunn. Palumbo goes in the ring and kicked Albert. Gunn comes in and delivered the Famasser on Scotty and got the win.
Winners: Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo
Paisley interviews Chris Jericho backstage. Jericho says how he liked seeing Flair get beat up by Vince McMahon. Jericho says that everyone wants to see him get the stinky face, but that won't happen.
Michael Cole and Steve Austin. Cole says it's been a great night and Austin kept saying what. Austin said he won't answer questions. He wants to talk about three things. He doesn't want to wish HHH good luck, because he also came back from an injury. Second thing is that Austin is entering himself in the Royal Rumble. He also kept saying WHAT? and so did the crowd. Austin said he was going to throw a wrestler over the top rope, another, another, another and he said it like 29 times. Austin said that tonight he will team up with the Rock to take on Booker T and the Big Boss Man. Austin says that tonight two sum bitches will get their ass kicked and that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so.
Jerry Lawler had a super soaker for the wt t-shirt contest.
Edge vs Lance Storm
Both men lock up, then Storm starts hitting Edge. Storm goes on the top rope and jumps, but Edge does a drop kick. Both men exchange a few moves. Storm applies the Maple Leaf, but Edge gets the ropes. Edge does the execution out of nowhere and gets the win. (Yes the match was this short) After the match, Edge was walking up the ramp and Regal attacked him and knocked him out with a his brass knuckles.
Winner: Still Intercontinental champion, Edge
Kurt Angle is talking to Christian. Kurt says he doesn't get the big deal about Triple H. Kurt says where was HHH when he saved the WWF? Christian says, probably at home playing his U2 CD. Kurt says he can't stand the song "Beautiful Day". He says beautiful day was when he won the Gold Medal.
Booker T and Big Bossman vs Steve Austin & The Rock
The fight starts on the outside. Then, Austin and Bossman get it on in the ring and the match officially starts. Austin sent Bossman over the top rope to the outside. Rock tossed Booker T in the ring. Austin beats on Booker T. Austin throws him out too. Bossman is back in. Austin puts him in the corner and beats on him. Clothesline by Austin. The Rock gets the tag and delivers a few punches on Bossman. Bossman fights back and tags Booker T. Rock clotheslines Booker. Booker sends Rock to the ropes and Bossman lowers the ropes and Rock falls to the outside. Bossman hits Rock with the night stick. Booker T goes to the outside and throws the Rock back in. Rock fights back with some kind of back body drop. Spine buster by Rock. Rock was going for the people's elbow, but Bossman held the Rock's foot. Austin comes in and does the spine buster on Booker T. Booker T makes the legal tag. Bossman took control of the match against the Rock. Clothesline by Bossman, 1,2 but Rock kicked out. Booker T gets the tag back. Super kick by Booker T. Booker covers, 1, but Austin makes the save. Booker T puts the Rock in the corner and delivers a few chops. Then Booker T was going for the axe kick, but he missed and the Rock does a DDT. Both men are down. Rock tags Austin and Booker T tags Bossman. Austin knocks them both down. Spine buster on Bossman. Austin beats on Bossman, then Rock gets up and knocks Booker T to the outside. Bossman got the night stick and attempted to hit Austin, but Austin kicked Bossman and delivered the stunner for the win. Rock and Austin drank beer after the match.
Winners: Steve Austin & The Rock
Chris Jericho vs Rikishi
Rikishi starts beating on Jericho. Rikishi squashes him in the corner. Jericho goes to the outside and Rikishi goes after him. Jericho fought back and sent Rikishi into the steel post. He sends him in the ring, and Jericho goes on the top rope and does a mistle drop kick. Then, both men exchanged a few moves/hits, then Rikishi knocks Jericho down. Slingshot by Rikishi, followed by a Samoan drop. Rikishi drops the leg and puts Jericho in the corner. He was going for the Bonzai drop, but Nick Patrick got in the way and Rikishi pushed him and went for it, but Jericho moved out of the way. Somehow, Jericho and Nick Patrick ended up in the corner and Rikishi went for the stinky ace, but Jericho moved, but Nick Patrick stayed and Rikishi did the stinky face on him. Jericho nailed Rikishi with the belt and got the win.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Big Show is talking to Tajiri and Torrie Wilson about Triple H. Kurt Angle says that they are acting like teenagers at a Ricky Martin concert. Kurt reminds them of what HHH had done before he got injured (sledge hammer).
Spike and Tazz get into a confrontation with the Dudleyz backstage. WWF Tag team title match is next.
WWF Tag Team Titles
Dudley Boyz vs Tazz and Spike
Tazz and Spike meet the Dudleyz half way and the fight is on. In the ring, D-Von knocks down Tazz. Fire extinguisher, garbage cans, and other objects were used in this match. Bubba sprays Spike in the face with the fire extinguisher. Bubba slams Tazz and the Dudleyz do the wazzzup. D-VOn got a table. Spike nails Bubba with a street sign. Tazz applies the Tazzmission on D-Von. Stacy got up and pulled up her skirt and this distracted Bubba, which allowed Tazz to suplex Bubba on the table, then Spike did the Dudley Dog and got the win.
Winners: New WWF Tag Team champions, Spike and Tazz
Undertaker cuts a little promo. Undertaker says that HHH can enjoy his little treturn tonight. He says "Don't forget in the celebration who runs the yard."
Wet T-Shirt Contest
Jerry Lawler introduces Terri, then introduces Trish Stratus.
Lawler explains the rules..saying the audience will be the judges.
Terri takes off her robe and Lawler sprays her with the water.
Trish was about to take her robe off and Jazz comes in and hits her from behind. Lawler checks if Trish is ok, then Jazz hits Lawler and Lawler gets up and Jazz leaves.
Triple H Returns
People know I am not a HHH fan, but WOW what a HUGE pop he got in Madison Square Garden.
He said, just in case we forgot, he will tell us who he is. "I Am The Game! and you can bet your ass, I'm back!" He officially enters the Royal Rumble.
Kurt Angle's music hits. Angle comes out and says "Who the hell do you think you are?" He said an injury took him out for 8 months, but Kurt won the Olympics with a broken neck. Kurt's official announcement is that he will also enter the Royal Rumble. Kurt says that the reason he didn't compete last year was because he is too busy pinning his ass to the mat.
HHH attacks Kurt and the fight is on. Belly to back suplex by Angle. Then HHH hits Angle again and delivers the pedigree.
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