Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Rebellion
From: Manchester, England
Opening Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Edge vs. WWF European Champion Christian in a Steel Cage Match: This cage is a big black one that isn’t a mesh cage. Christian attacks Edge before the bell to get the early advantage on his brother. Edge quickly fights back with a backdrop and uses his coat to smother Christian, who tries to escape but can’t make it out through the door. Christian stops Edge with a rib shot but is dropped across the top rope while trying to escape and Edge got a two count. Christian avoids a spear and Edge is sent into the cage shoulder first. Christian presses Edge’s head against the cage and gets a near fall after a backbreaker. Christian tries to escape but Edge grabs his boot. Christian is obsessed with leaving the cage but is stopped each time by Edge. Edge slams Christian gut first off the middle rope and hits a top rope cross body for a two count. Christian counters the Edgecution and catapults Edge into the cage for another near fall. Edge with a clothesline after getting out of a long sleeper hold. Christian stops Edge with a back suplex off the middle rope for a two count. Edge hits a spear out of the corner and both men are down! Edge with a spinning heel kick and a face buster for a two count. Christian goes for a reverse DDT but Edge kneed his way out of it. Edge counters the UnPrettier by dropping Christian down from behind for a two count. Edge tries to escape the cage but Christian stops him again and sends Christian into the cage a couple of times. Edge is at the top of the cage but Christian stops him again. Christian knocks Edge off and Edge falls on the top rope! Christian has a clear path to win the title and is on the other side of the cage, but Edge grabs his brother and yanks him groin first into the cage. Edge gets tape off his wrist and ties Christian’s ankles together! Christian is trapped and Edge climbs over the cage drops to the floor to win the match. (***. A fine cage match, though it didn’t have a big match feel nor did it really feel like a brutal encounter between these two. I felt like their feud would have warranted some blood and brutal spots, but instead it was a basic cage match here. So while it was a fine match, it left me disappointed.)
A video of Kurt Angle joining the Alliance is aired.
Backstage, Chavo Guerrero Jr. is going to interview the divas. Hugh Morrus comes over and says he is here to interview the divas. Morrus threatens Chavo, but they decide to interview them together. Trish Stratus is covered by a towel while being interviewed. Trish suggests they get Lita to be interviewed and she kicks them out.
Second Contest: the Hurricane vs. Scotty 2 Hotty: A basic start to the match with Hurricane taking Scotty down and taunting the fans. Scotty is dropped by Hurricane with a clothesline after brief offense. Hurricane tosses Scotty over the top but Hotty holds on and hammers away on Hurricane before hitting a head scissors and clothesline for a near fall. Hurricane avoids the face buster by sending Hotty into the ring post and hits a running reverse neckbreaker for a two count. Hurricane with a vertical suplex for a two count. Hurricane with the Blockbuster off the middle rope for a near fall! Wonder if Buff Bagwell liked seeing that. Hurricane tries to get a submission with a modified version of the camel clutch. Scotty gets out of it but is ran over with another clothesline. Hurricane grabs his cape and puts it on. Hurricane goes to the top rope but Scotty cuts him off. Hurricane shoves Scotty off the middle rope but misses a double axe handle. Scotty plants Hurricane with a DDT! Scotty with a flurry of offense, including a superkick. Hurricane goes for a chokeslam but Scotty gets out of it only to be met with a superkick. Hurricane nearly wins with his feet on the ropes. Scotty drives Hurricane down to the canvas face first and hits the WORM! Hotty covers and wins the match. (*1/2. It was what it was here, folks. Hotty has never really entertained me and Hurricane looked much better out of the two.)
Backstage, Trish is with Hugh and Chavo and tells them to wait. They decide to sneak into the locker-room anyway, where Lita is in her bra and panties changing. She seems them and tosses shoes at them. They leave happy with themselves.
Backstage, DDP welcomes us with his big smile. Page says England seems to be depressed and thinks that’s a good thing. Page says they can only go up from here. Page likes himself and the fans like. Page takes credit for that.
Third Contest: Diamond Dallas Page vs. the Big Show: Show clotheslines Page in the corner and follows up with a series of knee lifts. Page with right hands in the corner but is shoved away. Show shoulder blocks Page to the floor. Show press slams Page over the top rope into the ring. Page comes off the top and barely hits a clothesline. Page is clotheslined by Show after working on his knees. Show drops Page throat first across the top and went for the chokeslam but Page hit the diamond cutter! Page doesn’t cover for a few moments and when he does Page only gets a two count. Show grabs Page and hits the chokeslam to win the match. (*. A short and to the point match. To think a match between these two would have been a fairly big draw in WCW just a few years prior. Oh well, WCW guys continue to get buried.) After the match, Page says this was a good thing so he can leave the country.
Backstage, Hugh and Chavo walk into another locker room where Mighty Molly freaks out because she didn’t have her cape on.
Backstage, Shane McMahon is talking with Steve Austin and Kurt Angle. Austin says he is going to whip the Rock’s ass. Angle says he is going to beat Chris Jericho for the WCW World Championship tonight. Angle goes on to talk about them being knights in England. They are the good knights while the WWF guys are bad knights. Austin gets fed up with Angle and yells at him. Austin calls Angle pathetic.
Fourth Contest: WCW World Tag Team Champions the Dudley Boyz vs. APA vs. the Hardy Boyz in a triple threat elimination match: Bubba wants a piece of Matt Hardy to kick off the match and he gets his wish. Bubba gets the early advantage with a few shots on the smaller Matt. Matt fights back with arm drags and a reverse bulldog for a near fall. Bradshaw enters the match and double teams Bubba briefly. Bradshaw plants Matt with a DDT! Bradshaw with a big boot on Matt to keep control of the contest. Matt plants Bradshaw with a tornado DDT but can’t get a three count. Jeff gets the tag in and the crowd goes wild as the Hardy’s hit a double suplex for a two count. Heyman notes that Jeff is working with a baseball hat on. Faarooq enters and hits a powerslam for a two count. Faarooq counters backslide attempt but Jeff hits a dropkick. D-Von tags in but Faarooq stomps away on the champ. D-Von hits a leaping shoulder block and a swinging neckbreaker. Faarooq hits a spine buster but only gets a two count. Dudley’s go for the What’s Up but Bradshaw makes the save. Bradshaw hits a fall away slam off the middle rope! The Dudley’s hit a reverse neckbreaker on Faarooq. Matt enters and hits the Twist of Fate on Faarooq to get a three count! APA has been eliminated. D-Von is double teamed by the Hardy’s as is Bubba with a double suplex. Bubba tells D-Von to get a table! Jeff dropkicks the table into D-Von! Bubba hits the Bubba Bomb on Jeff! D-Von hammers away on Jeff in the corner. Bubba rams Jeff into the announce table while the referee is distracted. D-Von with a snap powerslam but Jeff kicks out at two on the cover. Bubba with several shots on Jeff to keep the advantage in his favor. Jeff stops Bubba on the middle rope and hits a hurricanrana for a two count! Matt and D-Von get the hot tags with Matt getting the better of the exchange hitting a swinging neckbreaker and a DDT on Bubba. Matt gets a two count on D-Von after a middle rope leg drop. Poetry in Motion on Bubba! Jeff misses another one as D-Von moved out of the corner. Jeff misses the Swanton Bomb! Matt can’t hit the Twist of Fate and we see the 3D to finish the match. (***1/4. An enjoyable tag team match between three of the best teams the WWF has to offer at the time. Even the time that the APA was in the match, it was good action. I think everyone was looking forward to just seeing the Dudley’s and Hardy’s go at it and for the few moments they did, they put on a good showing.)
Backstage, Vince McMahon, The Rock and WCW World Champion Chris Jericho are sitting down. McMahon brought them in to bury the hatchet and says team WWF needs to beat the Alliance. Vince isn’t asking them to be best friends. He demands they bury the hatchet right now. Jericho laughs at the suggestion they shake hands. They stand up and Jericho extends his hand, which Rock accepts. Rock tells Jericho no problems. Jericho yells out for the Rock and wishes Rock luck in his match tonight. Jericho hopes Rock doesn’t lose another big one, again. Rock turns around and tells Jericho he has something for him and they begin to brawl until officials run in and break them up!
William Regal cuts a promo before the next match saying that he is their role model. Regal says they wouldn’t want someone like David Beckham or anyone from Manchester United. If they did, they children would be hanging out at strange ways up the street.
Fifth Contest: WCW Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri vs. William Regal: Tajiri nails Regal with superkick early on, but Regal quickly recovers and takes Tajiri down to the canvas. Tajiri with a head scissors and goes back to kicking Regal to the floor. Tajiri drops Regal with a dropkick but Regal sends Tajiri into the ring post. Tajiri backdrops Regal and gets a two count after a standing moonsault. Regal drops Tajiri with a forearm shot. Regal crotches Tajiri on the top rope and kicks the top rope. Regal stomps away on Tajiri while the fans jeer Regal. Tajiri hits a missile dropkick for a near fall. Tajiri with a backhand spring elbow Tajiri locks in the tarantula but lets go. Regal avoids a top rope moonsault and locks in the Regal Stretch to win the match. After the match, Tajiri spits his mist into Regal’s face! (**. A match fairly dominated by Regal, but Tajiri had a few moments of offense and the crowd reacted well to what Tajiri was offering. Not a bad short match.)
Backstage, Michael Cole interviews WCW US Champion Kurt Angle. Angle talks about the fans looking like escaped prisoners. Angle is poking fun at Jericho’s nickname Y2J. Angle thinks Jericho is a jerk. Angle shows off his medals and says they aren’t mickey mouse, like Jericho is. Angle is coming after Jericho’s gold!
Sixth Contest: WCW World Champion Chris Jericho vs. WCW United States Champion Kurt Angle: Jericho quickly takes Angle down but they are fighting for leverage with neither man getting it. Jericho gets a few strikes in to keep the advantage. Angle with a fireman carry take down but Jericho hits a spinning heel kick and a knee lift. Jericho with a series of snap suplexs for a two count. Angle stops Jericho with a German suplex! Angle gets to the ropes to stop the Walls of Jericho from happening. Jericho hits a springboard dropkick to knock Angle off the apron to the floor. Angle is sent shoulder first into the ring post and they exchange blows on the floor. Jericho tosses Angle into the ring steps shoulder first. Jericho goes to the top rope to hit a cross body back in the ring for a near fall. Angle goes for the ankle lock but Jericho gets out of it and sends Angle into the ring post shoulder first, twice. Jericho is focusing his attack on Angle’s shoulder with a shoulder breaker. Jericho fights out of a suplex attempt but Angle drops Jericho throat first across the top rope. Angle manages to hit an overhead belly to belly suplex. Angle hammers away on the champ in the corner. Jericho gets out of a Wall of Jericho attempt by Angle. Angle hits another overhead belly to belly suplex as Jericho jumped off the middle rope. Angle has a sleeper hold on Jericho and nearly wins but Jericho prevents his arm from dropping three times. Angle drops Jericho with a clothesline and continues to work over Jericho. Jericho drops Angle with a kick to the side of his head. Jericho with a swinging neckbreaker and nearly wins with a hurricanrana! Jericho counters a German suplex and locks in an ankle lock! Angle is able to reach the bottom rope to break the hold. Angle is able to hit a German suplex and holds on in order to hit two more but only gets a near fall. Angle locks in the ankle lock of his own but Jericho counters with the Walls of Jericho! Angle tries to reach the ropes and gets to the bottom rope. Jericho is distracted briefly but hits a running bulldog but Angle gets his knees up on an attempted springboard moonsault. Angle goes for the Angle Slam but Jericho counters with a roll up for the win! After the match, Angle takes Jericho out with two Angle Slams because he is a sore loser. (**3/4. It was a decent match, but I found myself rather bored for this match. The crowd wasn’t exactly invested into it either it seemed like. Don’t get me wrong, there was decent action, but there were slow parts to it that just got me out of the match and they never really got me back into it.)
Backstage, Michael Cole chats with the Rock. Cole asks how Rock can focus since he has a lot going on. Rock says this is the first time Cole has asked an intelligent question. Rock understands how Cole wakes up and worries about getting England pie or strudel. Rock tells Cole it doesn’t which way Cole swings. Rock says he is going to become the WWF World Champion and kick Austin’s ass all over Manchester!
Seventh Contest: Torrie Wilson & Lita vs. Stacy Keibler & Mighty Molly: Trish Stratus is the special referee for this tag match. Yes, these females are a pleasure to look at, but this isn’t a pleasure to sit through and review. Lita ends the match with the Twist of Fate on Mighty Molly. Now it’s time to get to the match everyone in attendance paid to see.
A video promoting the main event airs for the fans to be reminded about the long running feud.
Main Event: WWF World Champion Steve Austin vs. The Rock: Austin attacks before the bell as the crowd is buzzing for this match up. Austin is working over Rock with strikes bur Rock battles back with a series of strikes of his own. Rock comes out of the corner with a clothesline. Rock hits a swinging neckbreaker. Austin avoids the Rock Bottom with elbow shots but is sent over the top to the floor. Rock sends Austin into the timekeepers table area. Rock spits some water into Austin’s face as well. Austin rams Rock face first into the railing. On the floor, they trade blows with Rock sending Austin onto the announce table. Rock clotheslines Austin over the top to the floor as they continue to brawl around ringside. They head up the ramp way where Rock delivers more chops before they go to the top of the ramp. Austin goes for a suplex but Rock counters with one of his own. Austin low blows Rock and goes for a piledriver but Rock hits a backdrop. Rock clotheslines Austin on the floor after being sent into the apron back first. Austin trips Rock and catapults Rock face first into the ring post. Austin scoop slams Rock on the floor. Austin drives his elbow into Rock’s chest as he laid across the apron. Austin stomps away on Rock to get the advantage. Austin takes the time to taunt the fans. Rock rolls Austin up from behind for a two count and is met with a clothesline for doing so. They go back to the floor where Austin has Rock on the announce table looking for a piledriver! Rock stops that with a low blow, though. Austin drops Rock across the announce table chest first. Austin grabs a camera cord and begins to choke Rock. They trade chops on the floor with Austin dropping Rock across the announce table chest first again. Rock gets back in the ring to avoid being counted out. Austin flips off Earl Hebner who returns the favor. Austin mounts Rock with a series of right hands. Austin drops an elbow after a punch of middle fingers for a two count. Austin chop blocks Rock to keep the challenger down. Rock mounts Austin with a series of right hands and Rock drops an elbow for a two count. Austin keeps Rock on the canvas with a sleeper hold. Rock prevents his arm from falling three times and begins to fight back. They trade right hands with Rock getting the better of it and puts a sleeper on Rock until Austin hits a jaw breaker. Austin plants Rocky with a spine buster for a two count. Austin locks in the Boston Crab but Rock is really close to the ropes so Austin pulls Rock towards the middle of the ring. Rock reaches the bottom rope to break the hold. A double clothesline sees both men crash to the canvas in the middle of the ring. Rock with right hands on Austin before hitting a leaping clothesline and belly to belly suplex for a two count. Rock sends Austin into the referee and Rock accidentally clotheslines the referee. Austin goes for the Stunner but Rock hits a spine buster Rock locks in the Sharpshooter! The referee is knocked out as Austin is tapping out. Rock lets go in order to wake the referee up. Austin puts the Sharpshooter on Rock now! Rock manages to counter the hold. Kurt Angle runs down with a steel chair and whacks Rock over the back. Here comes Chris Jericho to attack Angle. Jericho uses the chair on Angle! Jericho has the chair and Rock thinks Jericho used it. Jericho is telling Rock that Angle did it. Rock proceeds to attack Jericho and clotheslines him over the top. Rock with the Rock Bottom on Austin! Rock has the cover but the referee is out and Angle is back in to attack Rock. Rock with more right hands and knocks Angle to the floor. Rock hits a spine buster and goes for the People’s Elbow but Angle hits Rock with the championship. Austin hits the Stunner and retain the title! After the match, Austin hugs Angle and celebrates his win. (***1/4. The brawling portion of the match was enjoyable, but Austin having to control the match as a heel just wasn’t entertaining. It was repetitive and boring when they were in the ring it felt like. The involvement of Angle and Jericho wasn’t surprising, though I thought Jericho was going to screw Rock over. A good match with a boring midmatch segment.)
It’ an enjoyable show as there was plenty of solid wrestling throughout the show. Plus, it’s one of the stronger England shows the WWF put on in the 2000’s, I feel like. I recommend sitting down and watching the show. I enjoyed it.
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