Chris Adams introduces Booker T to the steel fence - April 5, 1999
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In this edition we have some APA News, our weekly Crossface Connection column from John Cross, Ervin Griffin's Flashback feature and my own TV Reports and topical rants.
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Former WCW & World Class star Chris Adams was shot and killed Sunday morning reports 1wrestling.com. Mark Nulty from wrestlingclassics.com who filed the original report says that Adams was visiting a former roommate at his mother's home, but after they got drunk both engaged in a brawl and his former roommate shot him. The accident happened in Waxahachie, TX around 1 AM Central Time.
Adams who most recently competed in WCW is also known for being the trainer of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Chris Adams was a very popular figure in Texas during most of the 1980's. His feuds with Kevin and Kerry Von Eric, The Freebirds, Steve Austin and Terry Taylor are legendary in wrestling history as was his famous tag team with the late Gino Hernandez as "The Dynamic Duo." Titles include reigns as World Class Heavyweight Champion and World Class America's Champion. He also held the defunct UWF Tag Team Championship with Terry Taylor as well and was a top contender to the NWA World Title during the mid-80's when Ric Flair reigned. Among his contributions to the sport, Adams also make the now popular "Superkick" famous long before "HBK" Shawn Michaels.
Sadly, the last few years have not been kind to Adams. After a forgettable stint in WCW in the late 80's, he found himself in legal trouble. He's been on probation twice for two separate incidents (one in 1987 and one just last year) involving physical altercations. This latest incident led to a tragic end to a troubled but great life. On a personal note, Adams was one of the guys that really made wrestling fun for me back during my younger days whether he was a good or bad guy, especially during his World Class wrestling days.
My condolences go out to the family of Chris Adams. Rest In Peace "Gentleman"
Solie's would like to add our sympathy to the friends and family of this wrestling legend.
It was sometime in early 1997 when I was watching WCW Monday Nitro when I first laid my eyes on the woman that would become simply known as Jacqueline. It was during one of several skits between Chris "The Crippler" Benoit and Kevin "The Taskmaster" Sullivan. By this point, the on-camera feud had gotten personal outside of the ring as Benoit began courting openly Sullivan's ex-wife Nancy Sullivan (who was known as Woman then/she has since married Chris Benoit). Jacqueline was brought in from the USWA area in Memphis where she wrestled as both Ms. Texas (where she is from) and Queen Moeshia. She was very involved in the feud between Sullivan and Benoit and was actually beating up the men during matches before the WWF's Chyna made it popular. Admittedly, she was a pleasant surprise since it was rare to see a woman of African-American decent in the industry. In fact, Jackie was so dominant that she even challenged then-WCW TV Champion Disco Inferno to a match. While WCW would not sanction none of their bouts a title match, they were pretty entertaining.
After a brief stint as manager of Harlem Heat (Booker T/Stevie Ray), she was let go by WCW. She ventured back to Memphis to wrestle for Power Pro Wrestling for a time until mid-1998 when she got the call from The World Wrestling Federation. She was brought in to play the manager/girlfriend to "Marvelous" Marc Mero in his feud with Sable (who was real life wife Rene Mero). During this feud, Jackie engaged in several matches with Sable in both mixed tag team and in singles with Jackie being on the losing end. This feud also saw the women trade the WWF Women's Title twice. The most famous incident between the two saw Jackie "team" with Mero (the characters had begun feuding by then) against Christian and Sable at a WWF overseas PPV event called "Capital Carnage". The end of the bout saw Sable accidentally rip off Jackie's top........basically leaving her naked from the waist up! In other words, Jackie's famous "bustline" was exposed for all the world to see! This event wasn't shown in the U.S. for a time but was available on video and shown for one week on DirectTV in 1999.
Since then, Jackie has gone to a behind the scenes role with the WWF with occasional on-camera appearances. Her most recent roles have been as a trainer for the young women on the MTV series "Tough Enough" along with WWF Diva Tori and as a front runner for the WWF against Torrie Wilson, Stacy Kiebler and Ivory of the WCW/ECW Alliance along with Lita.
Personally, I think they could've done so much more with Jackie. About the only weakness on her is her lack of height (she's got to be around 5'4" or so). Still, whenever she's on the tube, I have to watch because it is obvious she really loves the game and it was nice to see a human side of her on "TE" recently when one of the students got cut (I think it was Shadrack) because she really wanted him to succeed. I hope if they bring back the women's division full force that they make her a stronger role in it.
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KING OF INDIES READY TO GO = FIRST ROUND ANNOUNCED
The 2001 King Of Indies is ready to go, as the names of all 16 participants have now been established. In the past week there has been some changes to the tournament. It was announced that Jayson Reign would not be competing in the tournament, and his placed was filled by independent sensation, and former APW wrestler Super Dragon. "Kamikaze Kid" Jardi Frantz & former WCW Superstar AJ Styles were also named this past week, and UPW Heavyweight Champion Samoa Joe was announced to round out the final 16.
After the Sweet 16 were announced, it was time to let the fans know what the matches of the opening round were going to be. These are the matches (along with an 6-man tag team opening match) that will take place Friday October 26th at the Pacific Sports Center in Vallejo, Ca:
-"Future Legend" Donovan Morgan vs. "Black Nature Boy" Scoot Andrews
-A.J. Styles vs. "Kamikaze Kid" Jardi Frantz
-"Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels vs. Super Dragon
-"Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce vs. "Anarchist" Doug Williams
-Frankie "The Future" Kazarian vs. Samoa Joe
-"Natural One" Michael Modest vs. "Baby Bull" Bison Smith
-Spanky vs. American Dragon
-"Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro vs. Low-Ki
This is going to be the biggest show in the history of independent wrestling. The brackets have not been announced, so there will be no "armchair booking" going on until after the first night of matches have been wrestled. The 2nd night will feature the 4 quarter-final matches, 2 semi-final matches & the King Of Indies Final Match, in addition to a 6 or 8-man tag team match and a 20-man Battle Royal.
Time is running out to get your ticket orders in, so hurry up and make plans to be a part of the biggest and best event in the history of independent pro-wrestling.
KING OF INDIES NEWS TIDBITS FROM THE PAST WEEK
To answer the questions that some fans have been sending in, it has been reported that both King Of Indies shows (Friday Oct.26th & Saturday Oct.27th) will have a bell time of 7:00pm. Friday nights show will begin with the opening ceremonies, and the introduction of the 16 KOI wrestlers, and the first match of the night should get underway about 7:15pm.
The Saturday night October 27th show will feature a 25-minute intermission that will include some special awards for some very special Cauliflower Alley Legends in attendance.
Individual VIP Front Row tickets went on sale last Wednesday at Tickets.com. The Travel Package deadline is this Friday October 12th, while the other ticket packages will be on sale up until the first night of the tournament, Friday October 26th. Also, individual VIP Front Row, if any are left, and individual Ringside tickets will go on sale at the Vallejo Pacific Sports Center beginning this Wednesday, October 10th.
King Of Indies VIP travel-packages and VIP regular-packages will be available until Friday October 19th. There are not many VIP TICKETS remaining for KOI so act fast! 75% of the VIP Front Row seats have already been sold, and the remaining tickets go on sale this Wednesday, October 3rd through Tickets.com, or you may also get them in person at the APW Garage in Hayward.
More news concerning tickets: APW is not mailing the tickets to you, instead they can be picked up on Thursday October 25th at the Boot Camp Summit at the APW Garage in Hayward. If you are not planning on attending the Boot Camp Summit, you may collect your tickets at the Pacific Sports Center in Vallejo on Friday October 26th before Day 1 of the tournament. There will be a special WILL CALL area set up solely for that purpose.
If you are picking up your tickets at the Sports Center WILL CALL area in Vallejo, you will receive the following...
TAG TEAM TITLE TOURNAMENT COMING IN NOVEMBER
APW President Roland Alexander announced that there will be a tournament to crown new APW Tag Team Champions at the November 24th show in Vallejo. It was decided that a new team needed to be named as champions, after current champs Tony Jones & Robert Thompson split-up, and vacated the belts. The search for teams to participate will begin immediately following King Of Indies Weekend.
Alexander stated that it will be an 8 team tournament, and he is searching for 8 of the top indy teams around the nation to decide who will wrestle for the APW Tag Team Titles on November 24th.
JR.HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE RETURNS TO APW
Along with the announcement of the November 24th Tag Team Title Tournament, Roland Alexander also announced that due to popular demand, there will be an APW Jr. Heavyweight Tournament. APW is bringing back one of it's most popular titles, which has been void for the past 3 years. The Jr. Heavyweight Title has had some great past champions such as Super Diablo, Chris Cole & Erin O'Grady. The belt was vacated when Boom Boom Comini defeated Chris Cole for the title, but couldn't defend it due to being over the weight limit. "Mack Daddy" Jimmy Ripp has always claimed to be the "Uncrowned Jr. Heavyweight Champion", after he defeated Comini, and thought he should be crowned champion since he meets the weight requirement.
Maybe Ripp will be involved in the tournament, which is scheduled to take place in early 2002. "We will begin extensive research to find the best of the Jr. Heavyweights", says Roland Alexander. The format was then explained: "APW will invite 12 wrestlers to compete over two nights. There will be 4 wrestlers with 1st round byes, while 8 others compete in the 1st round. Also, on the 1st night, the 4 byes will wrestle the winners of the 4 bye matches to determine the semi-finals." On a 2nd night, there will be the semi-finals along with the final match to crown the new Jr. Heavyweight Champion. Alexander also stated that there will be 5 other matches on the 2nd tournament night. "We have lots to look forward to over the coming months", says Roland who has obviously been deep into the planning of the 2001 King Of Indies in 2 weeks, as well as the next 3 or 4 months after.
I am probably going to make a lot of e-columnists that are less than 25 years old mad.
I apologize to any of you that get peeved at this column, but it is for your own good. Everyone needs a wake-up call on this subject, and we donít get one because it isnít PWC (Pro-Wrestling Correctness) to do this. I will only say that this is something a bunch of you have thought of, especially within the last several weeks, but havenít said much about it, simply because it isn't cool to do so.
RVD has managed to bloody the last two WWF Champions in the last four weeks, due to missed spots. That is a really, really bad thing, and nobody has yet opened their mouth about it. This is because he is the golden boy of the WWF right now.
Now, before you start crying that I am cracking on Mr. Superlative, I will go into this admitting that RVD is one of the top athletes in the WWF, and that he is a true strength for the WWF, and especially for the popularity of the Alliance. However, his shoddiness (is that a word?) and his missing of spots, plus his demeanor (alleged) in the locker room have led me to some thoughts.
First, let us assume that RVD is RVD because of his skills in the ring. I would agree with that, for the most part. The Whole Fín Show may be an apt description of the man, as he incorporates many of the strong suits pro wrestlers have shown over the years...flexibility, martial arts, high-flying ability, and the ability to mat wrestle, when needed.
However, I submit that his spots are being missed, for whatever reason, and that he should tone it down to a more WWF-level. At least for the safety of those around him.
Why? Let me explain.....
There is a very successful formula in the WWF. I call it the "Punch/Kick/Throw" formula. Look at the champs from the past 5 years....most of them were workers who had, as 90% of their total repertoire, punching, kicking, and throwing (suplexes, slams, etc.) HHH, Austin, the Rock, and others, all share this trait. If they have massive wrestling skills, the WWF doesn't ask them to show it often, because the fans aren't clamoring for it.
Now, RVD has a very different technique, and it is a very high-flying, acrobatic, and martial-arts-filled way of working, and he is using it with the P/K/T people, and it doesn't seem to be entirely successful. Up to now, the WWF has managed to segregate the two different ways of working, with the high flyers being either tied up in tag teams (the Hardyz), or wrestling in the small-manís division (whatever the name). Now, RVD has erupted on the scene, and the result is missed spots and near collisions with injury.
And these havenít been "Sorry, I missed a spot" misses, these have been "Would you like your stitches to be blue, white, red, or skin color" misses. Kurt Angle was bleeding rather voluminously from his mouth, and it is a testament to him that he wasn't slowed down, or made to slap a couple stiff shots on RVD for the miss. RVD did the same thing to Austin about three weeks ago, during a Van Daminator, and Austin bled rather markedly then, too.
However, if you dilute RVD, you cripple his character...plain and simple. People watch him because he does those spots. However, where is the line that he cant cross when it comes to missed spots? When the Rock is put off of TV for a week and a half with a cracked jaw?
This sounds hyperbolic, but Kronik had one bad match, and some backstage problems, and then were either whisked away to OVW or were summarily dispatched. This is my second point about this whole mess.
Let's assume as fact (not an opinion) that Paul Heyman has pull in the back-stage. He has to. I can give you proof of this. How? It is easy....just answer this question:
"Who are the Ďseriousí ex-WCW wrestlers, the ones who aren't portrayed as buffoons?"
Lance Storm? Close, but his seriousness is played as a character flaw. Mike Awesome? When has he been played, until this week? Hugh Morrus? Give me a break. Booker T? Now, that is the poster child picture of a buffoon-like character. That guy is such a bad heel that I think I could do better.
In fact, I donít think that any ex-WCW worker that is used with any regularity on WWF programming hasn't been shown to be a complete idiot. Now, if you can, who are the Alliance members that are taken seriously?
RVD, Rhyno, and the Dudleyz. They are the only original (non-WWF defectors) Alliance members that are taken seriously. And, they all happen to be ECW.
Paul Heyman is working hard to do several things, primary among those things is to insure a push to those that helped him in the ECW. Also, he is attaching himself to those performers, thus furthering his own interest, and he is protecting them from external problems...like locker room problems.
I think that without Heyman around, RVD would be locked in the upper mid-card. With him, he is main-eventing WWF TV shows, and Booker T, who is a great face character, a solid worker, and a good person, is working as a jealous fool, bent upon self exaltation and the ramming of the Book up our you-know-whats. Also, Kronik was released after one bad match......what about the missed spots (several, hence the plural tense of the word, Ďspotí) that I have spelled out for you here? Both have problems in the backstage, but Kronik is gone, and RVD stays.
We will see how long this situation lasts. And, if it is harmful to the WWF in the long term.
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by Earl Oliver
SmackDown came to us on videotape from the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama and opened with a recap of Commissioner Regal slapping the tar out of Paul Heyman and then went to the ring for an appearance by Shane McMahon along with what appeared to be his entire roster. I notice that Raven is wearing a plaid skirt (or is that a kilt?) Shane was there to protest the decision by Regal to deny Steve Austin's demand for a WWF Title rematch. He revealed that Austin had a return clause in his contract, stating that he has to be granted an automatic rematch. He called Regal to the ring to "do the right thing" and book the match for Monday on RAW. Eventually Regal made his appearance on the platform, and brought Austin's contract. He agreed that the contract stipulations were as stated by Shane...but, since Austin left the WWF for the Alliance, his contract is no longer valid. He restated his decision against the rematch then threatened to have the ring cleared, either by security or the WWF locker room. Shane made a counter-proposal - that Kurt Angle face a member of the Alliance in a non-title match with Austin's rematch as the prize if Angle loses, or a match against the WCW Champ if he wins. This brought Angle to the platform to accept the proposition. He allowed as how he enjoyed kicking Shane's butt last week and then agreed.
Christian came to the ring after the first break, to his ridiculous theme music, to join X-Factor in a 6 man tag match against Edge and APA. Do I smell a rout? Indeed, until Albert gets into the match for the first time. A few months ago it seemed to be Albert who was getting the big push. These days its Test, of course. Against Bradshaw, Albert is almost matched in size, and way overmatched in experience. He was neutralized, and then faces Edge, who promptly put him down for the count.
Backstage, Shane is trying to pick a champion to go against Angle. He decides to hold an election! Everybody to vote for the wrestler they think should do the deed.
After the break, we saw a video of the Hurricycle arriving with Helms and Molly. Molly told the Coach that Spike was a "nice little man" but the relationship was going nowhere - so now she is no longer Molly Holly - now she is "Mighty" Molly - the sidekick of the Hurricane.
This leads to an appearance by the Big and Little Shows for a tag match against Mike Awesome and the Hurricane (Hey! That has a ring to it!) Of course, Spike was fatally distracted throughout the match. Meanwhile, Awesome and Helms seemed unable to decide who they wanted to have in the ring. They kept tagging each other out against their partner's desires. When the giant finally got into the match they seemed doomed. He knocked both opponents from the ring but then was himself distracted when Molly mounted the corner and threw herself into the ring. Big Show caught her easily then gently put her back on the apron. He turned back to face Awesome's flying lariat and went down for about...3 seconds...then came back and clobbered them again. He boosted his diminutive partner onto his shoulders for the big splash and the pin over Mike Awesome.
Backstage, Shane was collecting the ballot box.
After a promo on Maven, we cut to the Rock's dressing room, where Kurt Angle asked Mavia how he felt about them facing each other for the WCW Title. The Rock said he was fine with it but proposes that it be title vs. title. Angle agrees. Back in the Alliance dressing room, Shane announces the winner of the election...Rob Van Dam.
After the break, it was time for the big match between RVD and Kurt Angle. This one was largely a scientific match from the get go, which naturally favored Angle as a former amateur wrestling champion. But then things got rougher...and still Angle was dominant, until Van Dam reversed him shoulder first into the steps. This slowed Angle's attack a bit and caused him to lose some ground as the fight continued out on the floor. As they returned to the ring, Angle was bleeding rather severely from the mouth. He went for the ankle lock, but Van Dam kicked him off then shot a boot to his face and put him down. As Angle made his comeback the match changed finally to an all out brawl. Angle was starting to bleed all over RVD's arm as he executed two suplexes then followed it up with a DDT. Van Dam was reeling, but managed to counter an Angle Slam attempt with a side kick then went for the Frog Splash...and missed. He was about to be pinned when Nick Patrick showed up and stopped the count. The two referee's ran off to fight elsewhere and Angle went for the ankle lock. Shane ran in and beaned Angle with a chair then the referee returned and counted Angle out. Apparently, Austin gets his rematch.
Next up - Tazz vs. Maven. This is the youngster's first professional match - no doubt he will be handed his head. If not, it would just be beyond belief. Sure enough, Maven displayed some talent - a few good moves (especially the first of two drop kicks) then succumbed to the Tazzmission. Tazz pretended to be proud of him at the end (and I'm sure he actually was), raised his arm...then clobbered him with a cheapshot clothesline.
After a quick interlude with Tajiri and Torrie in her dressing room, he headed to the ring for a match featuring Kane against Booker T. This was a challenge match - the challenger being the former WCW and current WWF Tag Team Champ, and it was a real knock-down-drag-out affair to say the least. The highlight was Kane coming off the top for a lariat only to be caught in mid-air by Booker's side kick. As Kane eventually began to turn the tide, Test showed up and interfered to give Booker the win. The two Alliance members started to punk Kane, but his brother showed up and chased them off.
DDP is reduced to telling stories about dead cats..? Don't ask...
Johnathan Coackhman had the dubious honor of hosting tonight's bikini contest between Torrie and Stacy. Both look scrumptious, but Torrie won hands down according to the audience reaction - so of course Stacy attacked her. When Coach tried to intervene...he was contravened by a slap in the face. Tajiri had to run out to rescue his girlfriend.
The main event was more silliness. The Dudleys and WCW referee, Nick Patrick vs. The Rock, Chris Jericho and WWF referee, Mike Chioda. This match was just stupid - the whole premise, I mean - like Mean Gene being on Hulk Hogan's team many years ago. Inevitably, the referee's faced each other in the ring for about 3 seconds near the end
Raw came to us live from Conseco Fieldhouse in my hometown, Indianapolis, Indiana and opened with a video recap of the challenge to Kurt Angle to put up his title on RAW if he lost a non-title match on SmackDown. Of course, Kurt lost to Rob Van Dam, so tonight he had to face the challenge of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Jim Ross was hyperbolically proclaiming that this was the most important night in RAW history...right. The first match on the card was a 6 person tag match with the Dudleys and Tazz w/Stacy against Tajiri, the Big and Little Shows w/Torrie. As expected, the giant dominated the opening moments until Paul ask JR, "Why doesn't the Big Show pick on someone his own size?", so that JR could repeat (yet again) his line about nobody being the giant's size. In a flash the match was over with Tajiri getting the pinfall, and then the real show started. It was Torrie's turn to be put through a table...same old story, folks... I hope this gets better.
After the break we saw Torrie being tended by EMTs. Back at the arena, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley made her way to the ring in a black leather outfit. She wore a matching leather cap with the ECW logo on it as she launched into her rant, decrying her treatment at the hands of Chris Jericho a while back. That brought subject of her wrath down to give her a tongue lashing, followed by her big brother who joined the party to defend his sibling, sort of...actually, he seems to agree with Y2J, and claims that he is funny. As he continued his speech, we realize that he was actually putting Jericho down as mere comic relief. Jericho responded with a challenge to Shane and Stephanie to team up as a tag team a face himself. Stephanie countered with a Shane/RVD against Jericho and a partner. Jericho then suggested that he could get the Rock as his partner, which doesn't set too well with the McMahon's - but they have dug their own grave, of course.
Backstage, Rob Van Dam turned Booker T's boast that he held the WCW Title five times around to say that he managed to lose the title five times. Booker was a little peeved but Test calmed him down, reminding him that he needed to concentrate on the WCW Tag Team Title match coming up next against the Hardeyz.
DDP did his newest "commercial" - I can't even describe it. What the hell was that???
The WCW Tag Team Title match followed that bit of weirdness. The champs attacked the challengers during their pre match ritual and the fight was on. Since both members of the Championship team were about twice the size of their opponents, they predictably dominated the early going. But the Hardeyz are a superb team and soon turned things to more of a see saw contest (with a little assist from Lita). Test left the ring to chase and catch Lita, taking the referee with them. leaving the ring unobserved so that the Undertaker could sneak in and give Booker the Last Ride. Matt splashed him and took the pin for the titles.
Backstage, "Mighty" Molly challenged Lita to a match. Meanwhile, Steve Austin was apparently hiding out in his dressing room.
Christian came to the ring to that ridiculous theme of his, apparently (according to JR) for an unscheduled appearance. Oh, I see, he was there to provide commentary for the next match - A US Title match wherein Rhyno defended his belt against Edge. Of course, Christian tried to interfere but helped Edge more than he hurt him. Shortly after that, Rhyno missed a spot badly by dropping his opponent in the middle of a powerbomb. Edge had the title in his grasp a moment later when Christian dragged him out of the ring during the count. The referee DQ'd Rhyno for outside interference, therefore accomplishing Christian's objective. Edge got some small measure of revenge by downing both his brother and the US champ and sending them packing.
Next up, Rob Van Dam and Shane against Jericho and the Rock. This never really seemed like a contest at all. The WWF team thwatred the Alliance Team's every move for the most part. RVD even missed his perfectly set up frog splash. Shortly there after, maivia set up Shane for the People's Elbow but was thwarted by RVD - but then he got the Rock Bottom on Van Dam - then took a mistimed chair shot from Jericho and was pinned.
Backstage, after the break, Shane and RVD celebrated their victory with the Alliance troops...right outside Steve Austin's door. In a recorded comment from Sundy Night Heat, Chris Benoit picked Kurt Angle to win the title match tonight. At WWF New York, Ivory and Lance Storm disagreed as the crowd taunted them. Meanwhile, a disagreement in the dressing room between the Rock and Y2J led to a brawl. Not good...
Scotty 2 Hotty challenged X-Pac for the WWF Light Heavyweight Title in a pretty good match with a lot of back and forth action. Scotty even managed to pull off the Worm, but couldn't put the Champ away. Waltman came back with an X-Factor and retained his title.
Mike Cole wanted to talk to Steve Austin backstage, but got Debra instead. Steve continued to hide out...meanwhile, Debra went looking for the Commissioner.
As seems usual these days, the ladies match was one of the better ones of the night. Lita took on Molly in a real barn burner (punctuated by Molly's super hero poses) which ended rather abruptly when Molly missed a suplex but then immediately rolled up and pinned her opponent.
In the Commissioner's office, Debra tried to talk William Regal out of banning her from ringside, but failed.
Michael Cole finally got his interview...with Kurt Angle.
Debra tried to sneak to ringside before the main event, but Regal showed up, grabbed her by her ear, and had her forcibly removed and then took her place at the announce table. The match was quite a dust up. Austin and Angle battled all over the ringside area, each getting in some of their best shots. Regal interfered a couple of times to prevent Austin from taking a chair to the ring. Later, the referee was knocked to the floor and appeared to have hurt his ankle. Austin retrieved his belt from ringside, but Regal followed him back in and took it away from him. Regal then surprised us all by turning on Angle and braining him with the title belt! Austin went for the pin but only got a two count. Undaunted, he threw a fit, picked Angle up, kicked him in the gut, put the Stunner on him and took the pin...and the title. Does this mean that Regal has joined the Alliance?
The program finally came together at the end (first good surprise we've had in months), but it was pretty lackluster up to that point.
At least that's the way I see it...
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