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Solie's Tuesday Morning Report


The REAL Heroes

Kurt Angle Does It Again!!

Olympic Hero wins the WWF Title for the second time

Christian takes the IC Title

Rhyno wins the WCW US Title

Booker T and Test the new WCW Tag Champs

Crossface Connection

by John Cross

The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

All Pro Wrestling News

by Jermz

Volume 6, Issue 650 - October 1, 2001
Editor's Note: Solie's wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of the victims of this horrendous tragedy that befell our nation on September 11. I can't even begin to imagine the anguish that you are going through right now. I do know that the United States is the greatest nation in the World, and we will get through this.

If you would like to help with the rescue effort, Solie's encourages you to visit the American Red Cross and NYCPPI - New York City aid to families of Police, Fire, EMS on line

In this edition we have some APA News, our weekly Crossface Connection column from John Cross, and my own TV Reports and topical rants.

You can get more of the latest news and rumors by listening to this week's Solie's Wrestling Radio report.


All Pro Wrestling News

by Jermz

APW RESULTS

All Pro Wrestling
Saturday September 29th 2001
Pacific Sports Center - Vallejo, Ca.

A Tribute To Heroes - APW paid a very emotional tribute to the brave men and women involved in the September 11th national tragedy. Very good speeches were made by APW Superstars Michael Modest, Donovan Morgan & Boom Boom Comini, as all of the APW wrestlers stood in the ring during the playing of the National Anthem.

Interview with Shane Dynasty - Shane Dynasty (accompanied by Maxx Justice), came out to talk smack about Dalip Singh, who is out of the country. Dynasty said that once Singh gets his visa problems worked out, Justice will dispose of him for good. However, until then Justice would be wrestling two men in a handicap match tonight...Tommy Blaze & Sean Patrick. Dynasty talked a lot of trash about Singh, even saying that he could beat the 7 foot Giant!

TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM MATCH - Los Cubanitos vs. Billy Bricks & Boom Boom Comini (with Buddy Cotello) vs. The Snott Brothers (with Betty Beefcake)

A pretty good tag match here. The Cubans impressed me a lot with their teamwork. They are very solid, and i would like to see them work against a team like The Ballards. Boom Boom was his usual brutal self, beating the snot out of the Snotts. Seymour took a pretty bad beating for most of the match, with Big Peter making some good saves to keep his team in it. The Cubans had control for a good portion of the closing minutes, and put the match away with a pretty nice Dropkick Doomsday Device on Seymour Snott for the pinfall victory. Los Cubanitos were victorious in their APW debut, and i look forward to seeing much more of them in the near future. Not a bad way to start off the show.
Winners: Los Cubanitos in 10:30 ( * * )

2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH - "Big" Maxx Justice (with Shane Dynasty) vs. Tommy Blaze & Sean Patrick

Blaze & Patrick, still trying to make a name for themselves, would get a huge boost of confidence if they could pull off a win here against a legend like Justice. They worked very well together for the first half of the match. The Vallejo fans were shocked at the bump they saw next...a sky-high chokeslam from the top rope! Blaze landed right on his head in one of the sickest bumps i have seen all year! Definitely the most amazing move of the night. Justice made the cover for the 3-count, and was victorious in the handicap match.
Winner: Maxx Justice in 10:03 ( * * 1/2)

"Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro vs. "Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande (with Xtacy)- A little over 3 years ago, these were the two hottest rookies on the indie scene. Now it was time for them to add another chapter into their history book. This match was very good. Both men exchanged holds, takedowns and counters for the first half of the match. The fans seemed to be split 50/50 on this one, as both men are very popular in Vallejo. A pretty good match, but not the best that these two have had with each other.
Winner: Vincenzo Massaro in 10:35 ( * * * )

LeGrande/Massaro Aftermath... After the match, Vinny got the mic and let Boyce know that he has been wrestling sub-par matches lately. Boyce was willing to listen to what his arch rival had to say. Vinny mentioned having seen Boyce come up through the Boot Camp, and watched his entire career develop. He mentioned Boyce dumping Robert Thompson and the WSP2K, retiring the tag team titles, and all for the fact that he wanted to be in the KOI Tournament next month...and he isn't even booked! Vinny then said that it was now time for Boyce to realize what was going on...

The lights then went out...and when they came back on...Xtacy was in the middle of the ring KISSING VINNY!!! Nobody could believe what they were seeing, especially Boyce! The expression on Boyce LeGrande's face told the story, as he couldn't believe that his (former) girlfriend, Xtacy, was leaving him for Vincenzo Massaro.

Back to the dressing room went Boyce LeGrande...alone. Things were definitely not going his way tonight.

"Kamikaze Kid" Jardi Frantz vs. Spanky - This was a matchup between two of the top lightweight wrestlers in the indies today. Spanky, making his APW debut, had enough charisma for the entire city of Vallejo to get annoyed of. However, the guy can flat out wrestle! I was totally impressed with what a good all-around worker this guy was. He could hang with Jardi in just about every aspect of the game...mat-wrestling, counters & takedowns, high-flying etc. It showed why the WWF has shown interest in this young man, as he worked a great match against Jardi Frantz. If you ever see a rematch coming up between these two, you will not want to miss it.
Winner: Jardi Frantz in 10:13 ( * * * * )

APW UNIVERSAL TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

The Ballard Brothers (with Cheerleader Melissa) vs. The Original Westside Playaz vs. Samoa Joe & Keiji Sakoda - The tag title match started off very quickly, as The Ballard Brothers jumped the ring and went right after Samoa Joe & Keiji Sakoda. These two teams have hatred for each other from down in UPW. This tag match went pretty good. The Ballards worked as a good team, and Samoa Joe continued to impress me. He is a very hard worker, with a really intense attitude...I love it! Pretty much they typical tag match you would expect from these guys, although the fact that there were three teams made it a little more exciting and fast paced. When referee Max Marquez called for the bell, and the Original Westside Playaz were once again the APW Tag Team Champions!
Winners: The Original Westside Playaz to become the NEW APW Universal Tag Team Champions in 17:20 ( * * * )

Tag Title Match Aftermath... After a very impressive title victory, Robert Thompson & Tony Jones' tag title celebration didn't last long. The Ballards shook hands with Robert Thompson, but Jones refused to do it...on the other hand, Jones was embracing with Samoa Joe & Keiji Sakoda, however Thompson refused to do so with them. Then, after a minute of arguing, in a very confusing moment...Jones slapped Thompson for not shaking the hands of Joe & Sakoda. Thompson then went off on Shooter, and nailed him with a forearm. Bomber was attacked by Keiji & Joe, and they locked him in a reverse arm bar, trying to break his arm. Tony Jones didn't seem to care, as he simply walked out, back to the locker room, holding his tag team title belt over his head.

A very strange occurrence was taking place, as Sakoda still had the armor locked on, while Joe stomped away at Thompson's arm. All of a sudden, familiar music began to play, and it was the theme song of the Westside Playaz 2000! Out came Boyce LeGrande carrying a steel chair! He rushed to the aid of his former partner Robert Thompson, and made the save! Boyce cleared the ring, and helped Thompson to his feet. The two of them shook hands in the middle of the ring, and embraced as all of the fans cheered for the reunited Westside Playaz 2000!

Thompson carried his newly won title belt back to the locker room, while Boyce followed behind, throwing up the "W". The greatest tag team in APW history was back together, but what is the situation with the tag team titles? The official champs are Jones & Thompson, however they are obviously no longer a unit.

APW UNIVERSAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - "Natural One" Michael Modest vs. "Future Legend" Donovan Morgan

After a quick handshake, these two close friends were ready to go at it. Modest's Universal title was on the line, while Morgan's Internet title was not. Great mat wrestling to start off, lots of good takedowns and counters by both men. The crowd was pretty good for this match too, as maybe they are learning their lesson, and the people who come to the matches to try getting THEMSELVES over, are staying home. They seemed very responsive to most of the good transitions and counters being displayed in this match.

About 10 minutes into it, Modest started working over Morgan's arm. He locked in a cross-armbreaker, and held it for about a minute, until Morgan reached the ropes. A code-red armor was applied onto the challenger and Morgan's arm was starting to give in. Modest caught Donovan in a B*tch Slap, and then locked on the Reality Check submission on Morgan's arm. This was too much for the Future Legend to withstand, and he tapped out almost 12 minutes into the match.

The show ends with Modest & Morgan in the middle of the ring, embracing after putting on a pretty good main event match. Modest retained his gold, and now goes into the 2001 King Of Indies tournament next month with a little bit of momentum.
Winner: Michael Modest in 11:54 to retain the APW Universal Heavyweight Championship ( * * * 1/2)

NOAH Tag Team Tournament Next Week

The Global Honored Crown Tag Team Tournament is just a week away. The 11 team tournament will last from October 6th through October 19th, and will crown the first ever NOAH GHC Tag Team Champions. The three APW wrestlers who will take part in the tournament are Mark Smith (teaming with Bull Schmitt), Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest (who will be teaming up together). Other teams in the tournament include Tamon Honda/Masao Inoue, Takeshi Morishima/Takeshi Rikioh, Takuma Sano/Kentaro Shiga, Shinjiro Otani/Takao Omori, Daisuke Ikeda/Takashi Sugiura, Akira Taue/Jun Izumida, Jun Akiyama/Akitoshi Saito, Pro Wrestling NOAH's owner Mitsuharu Misawa/Yoshinari Ogawa and American favorites 2 Cold Scorpio/Vader.

NOAH is calling this the "Tug Of War Tour", and will make stops in some of Japan's finest cities such as Tokyo, Niigata, Yamagata City and Yokohama. The tour ends October 19th, just in time for Modest, Morgan & Smith to be back for King Of Indies, which all three of them are involved in.

THREE MORE NAMES ADDED TO KING OF INDIES

Three more wrestlers were announced this past week as participants for October's King Of Indies 2-Day Tournament, running the total to 12 (leaving only 4 spots left). They are:

"Baby Bull" Bison Smith
American Dragon
"Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro

These are three of the top up-and-coming independent wrestlers in the world today. APW is very proud to announce these men as participants in what will be the biggest tournament in indie-wrestling history.

Here is a quick look at the three latest KOI participants:

Name: Vincenzo Massaro
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 259

Known throughout APW as one of the most innovative wrestlers in the sport today, Vinny Massaro is notorious for showcasing a new, totally original maneuver during almost each and every match he wrestles. His wide array of personalized finishers includes the "B*tch Slap", "The Copyright" and the "Greetings From The Pink Poodle." Vinny has wrestled all over the country for APW, Southern California's UPW, Chicago's MCW and other indies. Some of his best matches have come against wrestlers like Boyce LeGrande, Jardi Frantz & Jayson Reign. Massaro competed in last years King Of Indies Tournament, only to lose in a great opening round match to Scoot Andrews. He has had a great year so far in 2001, putting on great matches in his current feud with The Frantz Brothers. Massaro may not be the biggest or quickest wrestler, and he may not have the best body in this tournament, but he is definitely worthy of his spot. The Innovator is one of the top up and coming wrestlers in the entire country, and we look forward to a strong showing from him in this years tournament.

Name: American Dragon
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185

The American Dragon graduated from Shawn Michaels San Antonio Wrestling Academy in 1999, and was signed to a WWF developmental deal after less than 2 years in the business. In addition to being trained by Michaels, whom he credits as being a huge influence on his career, training duties were also shared by William Regal & Tracy Smothers. Dragon has an amazingly versatile arsenal, as he combines both aerial and technical wrestling into his style. He attributes much of his success to working with other great wrestlers such as Jerry Lynn, Reckless Youth, Joey Abs, Spanky and Lance Cade. He has worked for many promotions including Shawn Michaels' TWA, Tennessee's MCW, Memphis Power Pro and even Japan's FMW. Dragon grabbed national attention earlier this spring with his "blow away" performance, being named MVP of the ECWA's Super 8 Tournament. His match against Low-Ki at that show is still being talked about today as one of the best matches in Super 8 history. He is very influenced by the Japanese style of wrestling, in which he names NOAH's Mitsuharu Misawa as one of his favorites, along with Toshiaki Kawada, Minoru Tanaka and Tiger Mask 4. He also says he would love to work against American wrestlers such as Chad Collyer or 2000 King Of Indies Champion Christopher Daniels. We look forward to seeing American Dragon compete at the 2001 King Of Indies Tournament in Vallejo, Ca. this October. He will join a large list of the top names in wrestling today, which will be bringing you the biggest night in independent wrestling history.

Name: Bison Smith
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 290

Bison Smith has most recently made a name for himself in Japan, working for Mitsuharu Misawa's Pro Wrestling NOAH. Misawa was very impressed with Smith's work and signed him up for a tour this past September, in which he wrestled against some of the best from that promotion, while teaming up with superstars like Michael Modest, Donovan Morgan & Vader! He has been invited to return to Japan for the GHC Tag Team Tournament in October, in which his partner will be Bull Schmitt. Some of the other names in that tournament include Jun Akiyama, Akira Taue and Shinjiro Otani. Many say Smith reminds them of a young "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, which is a huge compliment, but also very true. He is a good brawler, and a good mat wrestler. He can also do some amazing things for a man his size. Smith is one of the biggest and strongest competitors you will see in this years King Of Indies Tournament. Touring Japan has paid off greatly for him, as he has become a more solid wrestler, and understands the sport now better than ever. He will most definitely be one to watch in this years tournament.

MORE KING OF INDIES 2001 TIDBITS

The final 4 competitors for the tournament are expected to be named within the next week. Starting October 1st, the first round matches for the tournament will be let out to the public. However, the brackets will not be announced until the first night of the KOI tournament. This way, it builds suspense so the fans know what great 1st round matches they will see, but won't know the quarter-final matches until the night of the tournament.

APW President Roland Alexander, gearing up for a huge week of wrestling, has went on record and stated: "I promise you the King Of Indies opening round matches will be the best anyone has ever seen in the history of indie wrestling. This is a deep tournament and you'll be surprised to hear who the final 2 or 3 entries are. I just want to take this time to thank all the wrestlers who applied for KING OF INDIES. Some of you are just not qualified, while others are very qualified, and it was a tough selection process. Some of you are very worthy of KING OF INDIES, but it was a numbers game when making the selections. My advice to you is to keep plugging away at your career and make it a goal to be accepted into the KING OF INDIES 2002, as every year this tournament will not only get better but could be the stepping stone to a full-time job with a major wrestling promotion...especially the 2-day BOOT CAMP Summit where there will be promoters scouting talent."

Speaking of the 2-day Boot Camp Summit, which takes place Wednesday October 24th & Thursday October 25th: This will only be open to the general public on the 2nd night, which is Thursday October 25th (from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm). To attend the Thursday night Boot Camp Summit, you must have a KING OF INDIES package. Those that have ordered tickets through the mail or over the phone, and paid with a credit card, can pick up their tickets at the APW GARAGE in Hayward. Betty Beefcake will run the WILL CALL at the APW GARAGE. For those that choose not to attend, your KING OF INDIES tickets will be in WILL CALL at the PACIFIC SPORTS CENTER in Vallejo.


Crossface Connection

by John Cross

I just ended my first non travel related vacation of my adult life.

It was enjoyable, but two thoughts cloud my mind, now that it is over:

Is this like buyers remorse, or something? The "raring to return" feeling has escaped me up to this point, and I don't have the faintest idea if I will get it back. So, I had better turn my collar up to the evil elements and keep it going.

I have a lot of subjects that I wanted to cover today, and they basically mirror a lot of sentiment expressed in the Crossface Report, the "Point/Counterpoint" article my brother and I write on bodyslam.cc.

Kronik...we hardly knew ye, but maybe? I was pretty surprised that the team was let go on Monday, after getting upset over the fact they were getting assigned to OVW. I didn't have the capital to invest in the PPV, so I have to go on the various reports that circulated about their match with the Undertaker and Kane. To a T, they all said that it was a terrible match. Did it suck? Any Undertaker fans out there (and you KNOW who you are) should give me a full report. Either way, the story is that The Brians were soundly criticized for their efforts in the ring, and did not react in a positive manner when they learned of their re-assignment.

I have some questions.....was it their fault? Did they work badly, or was it a combination of them and an aging Undertaker, and a still-slightly hurt Kane? Seeing Kronik the week before reinforced the notion, at least in my eyes, that they were rusty. Maybe they should have been re-assigned BEFORE they came up. However, slumping ratings know no season, and this smells like Kronik was rushed up to the WWF just to bolster ratings immediately. Good job, Vince....this great idea flopped, and it is a shame, because Kronik had great potential. They were the most dominating, popular, and WWF-like of all the teams that worked in the Turner WCW.

Then, I hear that they MAY have accepted the assignment to OVW. That would be a very good move, as the WWF is the only show in town, and you aren't going to get broad exposure anywhere else (just ask Hulk Hogan). Patience will be a virtue in this case, as a clearing out of the rust they acquired during their absence will enable them to step back into the spotlight at a better time.....one in which there aren't so many angles, wrestlers, and when there are two "separate" federations.

Moving on, I wanted to comment on my trip to the live Raw show that I attended in Columbus. I go to one of these shows every six months, if only to show myself that watching it at home is so, so much better. I don't want to duplicate my efforts here about describing the many interesting things people do to themselves at these shows, and their folly in doing so (That is in last week's Crossface Corner, which will remain posted at bodyslam.cc until Tuesday night, 10-2), but it is safe to say that a lot of these fans reinforce the whole stereotype of "rasslin" fans. We need good fan classes.

Lastly, the WWF has too many freakin' workers and characters to use (and that is a FACT....not an opinion). There are so many wrestlers in the mix, I don't know who is feuding with who. For example, who is the Rock feuding with? This is Monday morning, so Raw (10-1) hasn't occurred yet, but it seems to me that he is basically feuding with the Alliance as a whole, right? What? (Sorry, had to fit that in....everyone else is) How about Kurt? RVD? Undertaker and Kane? There is a real problem here, and I have proof of sorts.....bodyslam.cc page hits are down 20% on the average...in fact, the volume of visitors has steadily dropped for 9 weeks, and we closely mirror public interest in pro wrestling (we hopped up last week because we passed out cards and bumper stickers at the live show). The whole industry is soft, like the economy, and Vince has got to build interest.

Like I said in the first ever Crossface Connection (last October), I said that viewership would decrease in the long term if the WCW folded. Well, I hate to say that I was right, but I was. Capitalism and the markets are relatively easy to predict, on the large scale. And, I still maintain that the crowds and the viewers won't markedly increase until the WCW is launched on it's own.

Let's hope that happens soon.

Well, I have made several mentions of bodyslam.cc in this column, so come on over, after you get your erudite fill of Solie's.

See you next week, with another Connection.



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The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

SmackDown came to us on videotape from the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday night. Before we get into this report, congratulations go out to Kurt Angle, Christian and Rhyno who each won his respective WWF World, WWF Intercontinental and WCW US Title matches at the PPV on Sunday (9/23).

A mysterious black limo sat out back of the arena - is that Steve Austin lurking about? Don't count on it... They spent the whole evening hinting of his immanent arrival, just as they did on RAW earlier this week. Didn't happen...

The Scarey Brothers came to the ring to start the show, fresh off their victory at the PPV. Tonight they took on Test and Booker T in a WCW Tag Team Title match. Paul Heyman mentioned right away that Booker was the former 5 time WCW World champ, but failed to mention that he was also the 10 time former WCW Tag champ until almost the end of the match. Although Booker and Test don't quite measure up size wise to their opponents, this was still a battle of monsters. Is it me, or is the Undertaker going back to his wrestling roots more and more lately? Besides practicing his "old school" rope walk, he seems to be using a lot more arm bars and other conventional wrestling moves and holds these days. He spent an inordinate amount of time in the ring during this one, mostly squaring off against the much younger Test. One of the highlights of their battle was the two of them delivering simultaneous boots to the face! In the end, Booker pinned the Undertaker after Shane McMahon introduced a chair to the action, and Booker used it... Booker T and Test are now the WCW Tag Champs.

Kanyon, RVD and Rhyno talked backstage about what Steve Austin has been up to since losing the WWF Title on Sunday. The story is that he trashed his hotel room after the show.

Kanyon and Rhyno took on the Hardey Boyz in the next match. Kanyon is the new version of Dean Malenko, apparently, obsessing on Lita, trying to convince her that she should become his companion. In this match, Kanyon let his obsession get in the way repeatedly as Lita provided constant distraction from ringside. With gobs of talent but next to no tag team continuity their Alliance challengers are no match for the Hardeys, who made short work of them.

Backstage, X-Pac demanded a rematch against the Commissioner, but Regal had other plans...a match against the Big Show. Meanwhile, outside, a white limo pulled up and Christian got out. He put down a youngster looking for an autograph. What a guy...

After the little guy used Albert to run interference at the start of the match, the Big Show reversed a spin kick attempt into a chokeslam to put X-Pac down in a hurry. Sean Waltman just gets no respect for being the second man to hold the WCW Cruiserweight and the WWF Light Heavyweight titles at the same time. After the match, Albert attacked TBS, only to be himself attacked by the Little Show (Spike). X-Pac came back with a chair to win the battle, if not the war.

Backstage, Stephanie informed RVD that he has a rematch against Chris Jericho for the Hardcore Title tonight. Apparently he didn't hear the announcement of this match at the top of the show...

The Rock and Kurt Angle participated in a comedy routine as they discussed their pending WWF Tag Team Title match against the Dudleys. They discussed pie, strudel, milk and "jugs"...you figure it out... Switch to the ring, where Stephanie made her entrance to HHH's theme music. She joined the broadcast team for the next match.

Rob Van dam defended the Hardcore Title against his PPV opponent, Chris Jericho, in a rematch. In a ten minute match these two hit every high spot in the book. After Jericho inadvertently knocked Stephanie off the apron, he turned around and walked right into a Vandinator and lost his challenge once again. An Alliance contingent then ran out to tend to "poor little" Stephanie. Backstage, she eschewed medical attention, except to demand an aspirin. In another skit, Diamond Dallas Page was back and talking like some kind of motivational speaker or something.

In another part of the backstage, Christian watched Edge arriving on a monitor. Edge vowed in an interview to track his brother down and give him what for. Christian tried to decide what to do. In the next segment, he tried to enlist APA's Bradshaw to protect him - but Bradshaw wanted an IC Title match instead!

In one of the better matches of the evening, Molly Holly took on Ivory. At the end of the match, the two women butted heads and both went down. Ivory rather awkwardly took the pin and then the trainer arrived at the ring to tend to Molly. It appeared that something had really gone wrong until the Hurricane appeared to scoop up Molly and take her out to the sidecar of his "Hurri-cycle" - or whatever he plans to call it...

In yet another backstage comedy routine, the Rock and Kurt Angle traded backhanded compliments about their respective books, and their previous battles for the WWF Title. These guys need a show of their own.

Bradshaw's IC Title challenge took a back seat (literally) to the Edge/Christian feud. The match started with a ringside brawl that ended up in the back parking area. Christian spotted his limo and dove in, thinking to escape the beating he had taken up to that point. The only problem was that Edge was waiting for him in the limo and got a measure of revenge.

Kurt Angle entered the arena first for the big tag match. He hinted at giving Steve Austin a rematch but then allowed as how the Rattlesnake could kiss his a$$. During the match, Angle was the one on the receiving end for the most part (his weakened neck and all that...) When it looked like the WWF guys were about to bring the titles back to the fold, Test, Shane and Booker ran in and broke it up. In the process they wiped out the referee (Earl Hebner). The Rock and Angle were put through tables by the Dudleys. Although it wasn't really made clear, I assume the match was thrown out because of outside interference.

Just call this the "night of the screw job endings..."


Raw came to us live from the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and opened with a video recap of what we just discussed above. This was followed by the WWF Champ coming to the ring for a rant. He announced that the word on the street is that Steve Austin would not be here again tonight. He pointed out that the Rattlesnake hasn't been seen on TV since he lost the title. He speculated that Austin might be in the building, so he called him out - but no takers. He starts to rant on the Dudleys, but was interrupted by the Rock's entrance. Mavia strutted to the ring and posed before securing a mic of his own. He had something to say about the Dudleys - I don't think he likes them... He said he wants the Dudleys just as much as Angle does, and proposed a rematch for tonight. This brought Shane McMahon to the platform to give a response, which was to announce that he would force the Rock to defend his WCW Title in a handicap table match against the Dudleys. He can retain his title by putting either one of the the Dudleys through a table - but if either of them do the same to Maivia - that Dudley will become the WCW Champ. Kurt broke in to talk about "strudel" - this prompts Shane to come back with a challenge of his own for the WWF Title. Shane proceeded to the ring and cautiously mounted the steps. As he was drawing the attention of the two World Champs, the Dudleys suddenly attacked them from behind. A WCW referee arrived (Charles Robinson) and it seems like the WWF Title match was on - but apparently not. Robinson vanished from the ring and the Dudleys and Shane proceeded to beat the tar out of Angle and the Rock, putting Angle through a table. Then they left.

Heyman received faxes throughout the evening from Steve Austin (supposedly) and, of course he had to stop the show each time to read the contents.

In the next match, Spike Dudley (now known as "The Little Show") challenged the Hurricane for the European Title. Soon after the beginning of the match, Mike Awesome showed up ringside and got splashed off the top corner by Spike. This distraction caused Spike to get caught and downed - but when Helms attempted a top rope move, he ran his jaw onto an upraised boot. Hurricane came right back and (with a little help from Awesome) retained his title. Outside the building, Helms unveiled his new Hurri-Cycle...and his new sidekick! Molly has jumped to the side of the evil superhero! She wore a black and pink superhero outfit - complete with cape. They beat a hasty retreat as Spike watched in dismay on the TitanTron. That image is replaced by the Big Show in street clothes at WWF New York. TBS commiserated with his little buddy, and promised Spike a night on the town come Thursday.

Booker T and Test came to the ring sporting their new WCW Tag Team Titles. They were here to team with Rob Van Dam in a 6 man match against Chris Jericho and the former champs the Scarey Brothers. But first, we get another fax from Austin (this time congratulating the new WCW Tag Champs) and then a commercial.

Returning from the break, the rest of the participants arrived and the match got underway. This was largely a route for the WWF forces until Test got into the frey. Apparently he is being pushed to the moon at the moment. Kane upset the plan for a few moments and then he was triple teamed and isolated for a while. Eventually, the Undertaker got back into the fight and sent Test for a last ride. He was then suckered to the outside, while RVD caught Jericho and pinned him.

During an interview segment with Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler suddenly attacked and got Lillian Garcia so mad she started yelling at her in Spanish!

Next up - the WCW Title match. The Rock had to take on both Dudley Boyz with Nick Patrick as the referee. I finally figured out why this is all getting so stale... This match scenerio is the same gimmick match mentality that has been plaguing the WWF for the last couple of years. The formula is simple - stack the deck against the hero - put him through a grueling ordeal - then have him turn things around and win in the end. This can be done in individual matches - or spread out over the length of a feud. They can even shift things from week to week. This week he's down - next week he's up. In this one, the Rock was down momentarily after Shane McMahon snuck in and put him through a table. Charles Robinson was about to declare the title change when a WWF ref ran down and disputed it - pointing out what happened. While they were arguing, Maivia regained consciousness and put Bubba through a table to decide the question.

Taz and Stacy took on Tajiri and Torrie in the next match. This one degenerated into a cat fight almost immediately. Neither of these girls can wrestle her way out of a paper bag, but Torrie is definitely the more athletic of the two. In fact, Ivory had to run in and put Torrie down to give Stacy the victory. Austin sent a fax threat to JR, telling him to stop dissing the Rattlesnake or face the consequences.

Christian came out to gripe about not getting any respect - he was interrupted by X-Pac who sympathized with Christian's situation, and convinced him (not hard to do) that the crowd were all losers. At this point, Edge showed up. The last time we saw him, he beat his brother up in a limo. He disputed Waltman's scenario, then spouted his own brand of nonsense. He was then attacked from behind by Albert in the middle of his rant, dragged to the ring and punked until the APA ran out and saved his butt. Do I smell a six man on SmackDown..?

Lance Storm burst into the Commissioner's office to insult him - so he earned a match against Regal. Regal made mincemeat out of the Canadian star in the opening moments of the match, then slapped on an STF and took the submission victory. This was followed by another fax. Steve Austin demanded of Regal a title match against the winner of tonight's WWF Title match. Regal's response..? He slapped the taste out of Heyman's mouth.

Backstage, Tazz informed Tough Enough winner Maven that he is competing on SmackDown Thursday...against Tazz!!

Rob Van Dam accompanied Shane to the ring for his title match against Angle, and took it on himself to do a little self promotion...right in Angle's face. He got slapped to the floor for his trouble. Shane used the distraction to attack Angle's injured neck and took the advantage. Back in the ring, he continued his assault with a series of neck breakers. Later, when Angle was out on the floor, RVD delivered a frog splash then rolled Angle back into the ring. Van Dam started to enter the ring with a chair - but Angle got loose and baseball slid it into his face. Moments later, Shane went for a piledriver, but Angle reversed it to a sidewalk slam - then grabbed the ankle lock and took the win.

A pretty lackluster effort.

At least that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver
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