WWF RAW 11/27/2000

Written by: Adam King

WWF RAW IS WAR
Monday, November 27th, 2000

Live from the Hilton Colliseum in Ames, IA

List of WWF Champions at the time:
●  WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle (10/22/2000)
●  WWF Intercontinental Champion: Billy Gunn (11/23/2000)
●  WWF World Tag Team Champions: Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather (11/06/2000)
●  WWF European Champion: William Regal (10/16/2000)
●  WWF Hardcore Champion: Steve Blackman (9/24/2000)
●  WWF Women’s Champion: Ivory (11/02/2000)
●  WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)

Raw comes on the air with highlights of Steve Austin’s latest rampage from Smackdown. After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler. Tonight Eddie Guerrero gets his Intercontinential Title rematch with Billy Gunn, the Holly cousins battle T&A and Trish Stratus in six-person action, and maybe some other stuff as well.

~ Things kick off with WWF Champion Kurt Angle comng out to the ring to take up the opening segment on the mic. Angle starts by asking the fans if they’ve ever feared someone attacking them as they’re doing their job milking cows then says being a WWF wrestler means someone can brutally attack you and not get punished but rewarded. Angle claims the random violence in the WWF is getting out of control and he’s had it. Angle mentions the three I’s he’s already preaching and feels his integrity is in jeopardy. Angle says people may look at him as a ‘sports-entertainer’ but he sees himself as a wrestler first. Angle adds he didn’t sign up to get chokeslammed off the stage or witness a hit-and-run among other things and if the random violence doesn’t stop, he’s taking his title and going home. At that point Commissioner Mick Foley and Lt. Commissioner Debra come out to the ring to offer a response. Foley gets on the mic and says that he and Debra do actually agree with Angle that things have gotten out of hand. Foley then scoffs at Angle taking about integrity when Stpehanie McMahon keeps interfering in his matches. Angle reminds Foley that Stephanie hasn’t been around in weeks and feels he doesn’t even need her anymore. Foley responds by annoucing that Stephanie and Triple H are on their way here but ran into travel difficultes. Foley then says there will be a WWF Championship match at Armageddon if Angle is still Champion by then. Angle says he will retain the title at the pay-per-view (forgetting the name of it) whether it be against The Rock or Rikishi. Huh? Foley then proceeds to announce that Rikishi and Rock will indeed square off tonigh in a #1 contender’s match and Angle says he already knew that, so I’m guessing he jumped the gun a little. Foley then says the people in Iowa didn’t stop milking cows to NOT see a WWF Championship match tonight. Foley doesn’t tells Angle who his challenger is, just it’ll involve him getting his but kicked all over Iowa State and Angle is flabergasted as Foley and Debra depart the ring. Not a good talking segment since it seemed Foley and Angle were stumbling over their lines.

~ The Rock is shown arriving in his limo backstage as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break Kurt Angle bumps into Edge and Christian who give him props for his speech. Angle isn’t in the mood and complains about Foley making him defend his title without even telling him his opponent. Edge figures it must be Hardcore Holly since Angle broke his arm and never apologized then suggests Essa Rios but Angle doesn’t agree with him. Christian then points out a monitor showing The Undertaker just arriving at the building and Edge suspects Taker is going to get a title rematch. However Angle figures to do something about it.

  • T&A and Trish Stratus vs. Crash, Hardcore & Molly Holly

Seems like this feud is never going to end, does it? Trish starts thing off by taking Molly down and kicking her down in a corner then goes for a monkey flip but Molly lands on her feet and trips Trish with a drop toehold. Molly wrenches Trish’s arm and hits a chop then goes for a whip but Trish reverses and Albert pulls Molly down by the hair. Trish rams Molly into the mat and stomps her but Molly trips Trish with a legsweep. Test tags in and gets in Molly’s way but Molly crawls under him and tags in Hardcore. Test works Hardcore over in a corner and chokes him with his boot then whips him into the opposite corner but eats a boot. Hardcore climbs to the top rope and connects with a crossbody for a two count. Hardcore unloads on Test then tags in Crash who climbs to the top rope and hits a missle dropkick. Crash slings himself over the top rope for a huricanrana but Test catches him into a powerbomb. Test tees off on Crash then tags in Albert and Albert hammers way on Crash with right hands. Albert whips Crash and Crash goes for a Sunset Flip but can’t get Albert over. Albert takes a swing at Crash but misses then goes for a sitdown splash but Crash avoids it and dropkicks Albert in the face. Crash then goes for the ropes again but Test nails Crash from the apron and Albert follows up with a butterfly suplex. Albert then lays the boots to Crash before covering him but only gets a two count. Albert clubs Crash in the back then draws Hardcore in to distract the refereee while he and Test double-team Crash. Albert whips Crash into a bodyblock but Crash comes back with a jawbreaker. Hardcore tags in and gets in some shots then comes off the ropes with a forearm. Hardcore drapes Albert over the top rope then kicks him in the chest. Test comes in but Hardcore backdrops him over the ropes then brings Trish in. Molly throws Trish through the ropes as well then goes out to the apron and leaps off with a somersault press on Trish. Test tosses Crash through the ropes then he and Albert whip Hardcore into a corner. Test whips Albert toward Hardcore for the Avalanche but Hardcore sidesteps it so Test goes for the big boot but misses Hardcore and nails Albert instead. Crash pulls Test out of the ring while Hardcore dropkicks Albert for the pin. (5:22) Not the worst match. Crowd was way into Molly, though. 

~ Backstage Kane is standing around when Kurt Angle walks up to him and asks how his Thanksgiving went. Angle says he had a fun Thanksgiving with his family then mentions what he said about Undertaker mistreating Kane, calling Taker heartless for not even calling him. Angle invites Kane over to his house for the Christmas then asks Kane for a minute of his time and Kane seems willing to talk.

~ Back from break we get a preview of The Rock’s appearence on DAG tomorrow night.

~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Rikishi on how people feel he doesn’t deserve to be in a #1 contender’s match. Rikishi disagrees saying he squashed Rock at Survivor Series and tonight he will take him out once and for all.

~ Elselwhere The Undertaker is tuning up his motorcycle when Kane suddenly attacks him and shoves him into a garage door. Kane beats Taker down as a group of referess come out to try and separate them. Meanwhile Kurt Angle, Edge and Christian are watching the beatdown go down on a monitor and laughing at Taker.

  • WWF Intercontinential Title: “The One” Billy Gunn © vs. Eddie Guerrero

So here we have Eddie’s rematch after losing the title to Billy on Smackdown. Eddie attacks Billy as he climbs in the ring then whips him and hits an elbow for a two count. Eddie works Billy over in a corner then whips him into another corner and charges at him but eats an elbow. Billy gets in his shots in the corner and Eddie comes out but runs into a clothesline that gets a two count. Billy again hammers Eddie in a corner and then whips him into the opposite corner and hits a clothesline. Billy lays the boots to Eddie but Eddie pulls him into the tunbuckle and chokes him on the mat. Billy rolls out to the floor when Eddie goes out after him and whips him into the barricade. Eddie tees off on Billy before throwing him back in the ring and hittins a suplex for a near fall. Eddie unloads on Billy and Billy starts to fight back until Eddie rakes the eyes to stop that. Eddie goes for a whip but Billy revereses and hits a powerslam for a two count. Eddie dropkicks Billy in the face and stomps away at him then hits a suplex. Eddie climbs to the top rope but Billy cuts him off then goes up and hits a superplex. Both men exchange punches when Billy whips Eddie and hits a tilt-o-whril slam but only gets a two count. Perry Saturn runs out to the apron and Billy decks him when Eddie rolls Billy up from behind but only gets a two count as Dean Malenko comes out. Billy goes for a sleeper but Eddie shoves him into the ropes and Malenko trips him from the floor. Eddie charges at Billy but gets tossed over his head into Malenko, knocking him off the apron. Billy then plants Eddie with a cobra clutch slam and gets the three to retain. (5:42) The Smackdown match was better, plus Eddie was getting most of the crowd reactions so he should have won the title back (or not lost it to Billy Gunn in the first place). 

After the bell Chris Benoit comes in and beats Billy down then whips him into a superkick from Saturn. Saturn holds Billy for a heel kick from Malenko while he does a Russian legsweep. Benoit then climbs to the top rope and connects with the diving headbutt on Billy to cap it off. Eddie then stands over Billy and drapes the IC title belt over him before they depart.

~ The Rock and Rikishi are both shown heading to the ring for thier match as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break we get footage of The Undertaker rampaging through the backstage area as JR announces Taker has requested a match with Kane tonight and Mick Foley has granted it. I guess that removes Undertaker as Angle’s potential challenger tonight.

  • The Rock vs. Rikishi – #1 Contender’s Match

Kurt Angle comes out and joins the commentary so JR accuses him of convincing Kane to attack Undertaker and Angle denies it. Rock gets in the first shots and comes off the ropes with a flying forearm then whips Rikishi and hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. Rock goes for antoehr whip, Rikisi reverses it but lowers the head and Rock kicks the face but Rikishi no-sells it. Rock goes for a another whip but Rikishi reverses again and superkicks Rock in the chest. Rikishi stomps Rock in the chest and hammers away at him but Rock starts to fight back. Rock goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses into a belly-to-belly suplex. However Rikishi looks like he’s hurting right now and is having trouble moving in the ring. Rikishi hobbles off the ropes but Rock hits a spinebuster and puts on the Sharpshooter. Suddenly the referee is looking at something outside the ring but we don’t know what. Before Rikishi can submit, Angle charges in the ring and clotheslines Rock from behind. The referee then ignores Angle as he hits Rock with the Olympic Slam then after some hesitation calls for the bell. (2:44)What the heck was that? A waste of a marquee matchup and the finished look botched. Rock is announced as the winner but the announcers aren’t sure he’s the #1 contender even with the DQ victory. Angle departs while Rikishi slams Rock to the match then climbs the ropes and hits the Banzai Drop. DUD

~ Back from break we get a replay of Angle interfering in the #1 contender’s match. We then find Mick Foley going into Angle’s lockerroom but not finding him in there.

~ We cut over to WWF New York and find William Regal complaining about the table manners of the patrons.

~ Backstage we find Dean Malenko hitting on Lita, saying he’s seen the way she looks at him. Malenko tells Lita he’s watched every move she’s made and measured every inch of her body and that she may be young and inexperienced but there’s a lot he could teach her. Malenko tells Lita not to deny her feelings for her, that he could make her a better person and Lita responds by telling Malenko to do something with his hand. Suddenly the door they’re standing near whips open and slams into Lita, knocking her out. Chris Benoit and the Radicalz step through it and asks Malenko why he’s waisting time with “just another broad”. All four guys start to leave when the Hardy boys walk in and find Lita so the Radicalz turn around and punk out the Hardys. A fight breaks out but the Radicalz have the 4-on-2 advantage and the Hardys are laid out along with Lita.

~ Kane and The Undertaker are both walking to the ring as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break we get a replay of The Radcialz beating down the Hardy Boyz earlier. JR announces as a result the Radcialz will face The Hardys and a partner of their choice later on. Geez, another match just added to tonight’s card. Are they just making this show up as we go along or something?

  • The Undertaker vs. Kane

Both men exchange punches to start when Taker gets the advantage and tees off on Kane. Taker goes for a whip but Kane reverses and hits a boot followed by a pair of elbowdrops for a two count. Kane works Taker over in a corner then whips him into the opposite corner and hits a clohtesline. Kane whips Taker into a corner again and charges but eats a boot and Taker hits a clothesline followed by an elbowdrop for a two count. Taker pummels Kane in a corner then goes for a whip but Kane reverses Taker into the opposite corner and hits a sidewalk slam for a two count. Kane throws Taker through the ropes then goes after him on the floor but Taker rams him into the barricade then tosses him back in the ring. Kane stomps Taker as he comes back in and whips him but lowers the head and Taker hits a DDT followed by a chokeslam. Taker goes for the Last Ride but Edge and Christian run in and attack Taker for another DQ. (4:12) Our second marquee match with the same result. Kurt Angle comes out as well and helps his pals give Taker a 4-on-1 beatdown but Taker starts to fight back so Angle bails out of the ring while the others regain the upper hand. DUD

~ Back from break we get a replay of Angle, Edge and Christian attacking Undertaker during his match. Angle and his buddies then celebrate their attack when they find Mick Foley waiting in their dressing room and Foley rips into Angle for interfering in two matches tonight, especially after all his talk on integrity. Foley calls Angle a sniveling, cowardly gold-medal wearing hypocrite who only cares about himself but Angle says that means a lot coming from one whose biggest achievement was sticking a sock in peoples’ mouths. Angle adds he learned in his short year in the WWF that he has to do what it takes to remain champion. Foley reminds Angle he’s the commissioner and that he will defend the title tonight then warns Edge and Christian not to interfere or they will face a 90-day suspention. Foley then tells Angle his opponent is going to be Stone Cold Steve Austin and Angle is not happy with this announcement as Foley departs. Another marquee match just tossed on the card, especially what could have been a big pay-per-view main event. And I bet you can even guess the ending of that one as well.

  • Steven Richards & Val Venis (w/Ivory) vs. Road Dogg & K-Kwik

Val scored a tainted win over K-Kwik on Smackdown so they brough their buddies along for a tag match. JR says if Road Dogg & K-Kwik pervail they’ll get a future Tag Team title shot. Richards first decides to get on the mic and talk about how the RTC acomplished so much in the WWF but the fans still don’t know any better by rejecting what’s right and embracing what’s wrong. Richards promises the RTC will fight the good fight until everyone sees things their way. Road Dogg & K-Kwik cut their rapping short and rush the ring to go right to work on their opponents. K-Kwik throws Richards through the ropes while Road Dogg works over Val and goes for a whip. Val reverses but Road Dogg hits the juke ‘n jive punches then sets up for the big right but Richards pulls Val out of the ring to safety. The RTC’ers try to regroup with Ivory on the floor when K-Kwik does a funky dance in the ring then launches himself over the ropes into a plancha on all three of them. K-Kwik throws Val in the ring and Road Dogg plants him with the pump-handle slam but Richards breaks up the pin. Road Dogg works Val over in his corner with chops then K-Kwik tags in and both men whip Val into a double hiptoss as we then get a shot of Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather watching this match from the back. K-Kwik goes for a whip, Val reverses him into a corner but K-Kwik lifts himself over him then backflips across the ring before connecting with a Memphis sidekick. Road Dogg tags in and goes for a whip but Val counters into a neckbreaker. Richards tags in and hits a suplex for a near fall then stomps Road Dogg down in a corner and chokes him while yelling at him. Ivory gets in a shot from the floor then Richards whips Road Dogg and both men go for crossbodys and collide in mid-air. Both men crawl to their corners and Richards tags in Val while Raod Dogg tags in K-Kwik. K-Kiwk hammers Val and caps off with a discus punch then whips him and hits a backdrop. K-Kwik whips Val into a corner while Road Dogg works Richards over in the opposite corner then they whip their opponents into each other. Road Dogg clotheslines Richards over the ropes while K-Kwik sets Val up for a piledriver but Val counters with a sitdown spinebuster and Road Dogg barely makes the save. Road Dogg hammers Val but Val backdrops him over the ropes then tags in Richards. Richards sets K-Kwik on the top rope then goes up for a superplex but K-Kwik counters into a top-rope gourdbuster. Road Dogg holds Val back while K-Kwik scores the victory. (4:45) I guess we can put Road Dogg & K-Kwik down for a tag title shot. Passable match. **

~ Steve Austin is shown walking through the back somewhere.

~ We also see the Hardy brothers heading to the ring as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break we find Mick Foley getting some fresh air when Debra comes out and tries to bring him back inside. Tiger Ali-Singh then appears with Lo Down complaining about being denied entry again and demands a match tonight. Debra yells at Tiger for ruining their Thanksgiving dinner so Foley gives Tiger his match and even makes it a title shot. Lo Down gets excited until Foley tells them it’s Tiger that’s getting the shot… at Steve Blackman’s Hardcore Title. Tiger suggests his boys take on the Dudley Boyz instead but Foley disagrees and sends him on his way. Were there any matches already signed prior to the start of the show?

  • The Hardy Boyz & ??????? vs. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn (w/Terri Runnels)

Not surprisingly the Hardys’ mystery partner is Chris Jericho as they rush the ring and all six men go at it to start. Benoit and Jericho go out to the floor while the Hardys work over Malenko and Saturn in the corners then whip Saturn into Malenko and Malenko accidentally headbutts Saturn below the belt. The Hardys hit Saturn with a doubel wheelbarrow suplex then whip Malenko into a corner, Matt drops to the mat and Jeff hits the Poetry in Motion. Jeff tees off on Saturn but Benoit nails him from behind and Saturn hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Malenko lays the boots to Jeff then slams him then tags Benoit in and they both slam Jeff’s knees to the mat. Benoit hits a kneebreaker then drapes Jeff’s leg over the rope and drops down on it. Benoit goes for another kneebreaker but Jeff counters into a Sunset Flip for a two count. Saturn tags in and drapes Jeff’s leg on the middle rope and hits a kneedrop to the knee. Saturn goes to work over Jeff’s leg some more but Jeff kicks him away and hits a jawbreaker. Jeff lunges for his corner but Saturn catches him into a spinebuster to prevent a tag. Malenko tags in and kicks away at Jeff’s leg then drapes it over the apron and elbows it. Benoti tags in and legdrops Jeff’s knee then chops him down in his corner. Jeff tries to fight back but Benoit trips him with a drop toehold. Saturn tags in and sits down on Jeff’s knee then applies a leglock. Malenko tags in and applies a standing leglock as Jeff tries to reach his corner. Jeff then escapes the hold with an inverted enzuigiri and makes the tag to Jericho. Jericho hits a pair of clotheslines on Malenko then nails Benoit and Saturn with forearms. Malenko whips Jericho but Jericho connects with a flying forearm and follows up with the bulldog. Saturn breaks up the pin so Matt clotheslines Saturn over the ropes. Benoit nails Matt from behind when Jericho knocks Benoit through the ropes with the springboard dropkick. Matt leaps off the apron with a clothesline on Saturn while Jeff climbs to the top rope and leaps off with a plancha on everyone, including Matt. In the ring Jericho whips Malenko and looks for a dropkick but Malenko fakes him out then rolls Jericho up. Jericho rolls through it and Malenko rolls him up again but Jericho rolls through that into the Walls of Jericho and Malenko is forced to tap. (5:31) Okay match but with the talent involved it leaves you feeling it could have been better. Maybe if they had a few more minutes. **½

But guess what? Eddie Guerrero suddenly comes in but Jericho catches him and puts him in the Walls of Jericho. Terri tries to pull Jericho off but Matt grabs her by the hair and takes her down by the leg. Jeff climbs to the top rope for a Swanton Bomb but Saturn shoves him off onto the rope. Benoit then comes in and puts Jericho in the Crossface while Malenko and Saturn take out the Hardys. Malenko holds Matt on his knee while Saturn climbs up and hits a flying kneedrop. Malenko holds Jeff down while Eddie climbs to the top and hits the Frogsplash. The Radicalz then stand tall while their opponents are left laying. How can we takes the Radicalz seriously when they can’t win matches and have to constantly get their heat back with post-match beatdowns?

~ Steve Austin is shown lacing up his knee braces in preparation for his title shot later.

~ Elsehwere Al Snow is helping Steve Blackman get set for his title defense. Blackman kicks a punching bag out of Snow’s hands and does some shadow boxing as we go to commercial.

~ Back from break we find Edge and Chrstian getting Angle fired up for the main event.

  • WWF Hardcore Title: Steve Blackman © vs. Tiger Ali-Singh

Who’s idea was it to have this match on so late in the show? Tiger wrestles this match still wearing his business suit and turban while using the Iron Sheik’s theme. Once Blackman is out Tiger tells him he doesn’t want to face him so Blackman goes out after him. Blackman chases Tiger around the ring the goes the other way and nails him with a heel kick. Blackman throws Tiger in the ring and kicks him down in a corner then Tiger gets in some kicks but Blackman trips him with a legsweep, knocking off one of Tiger’s shoes. Blackman drags Tiger to a corner then goes out and pulls him in the ringpost. Blackman whips Tiger and hits a thrust kick then goes out and brings a pair of trash lids in the ring. Blackman whips Tiger and bashes his knee with a lid then nails him in the back and head with it. Blackman bulldogs Tiger into then lid then Blackman goes out and brings his bag of tools in the ring, pulling out his fighting sticks. Blackman readies to strike as Tiger grabs a lid in a corner and swings it at him but Blackman stands in the ready position. Tiger takes a swing but Blackman blocks it and works him over with the sticks then hits the stick-assisted suplex and pulls off Tiger’s turban. Blackman grabs a kendo stick then climbs to the top rope and whacks Tiger in the head for the easy pin. (3:32) Blackman then slips the turban on himself and poses in the ring. Good for a few chuckles but still a nothing match. DUD

~ Backstage Edge and Christian give Angle some encouraging words as they head out to the ring when The Rock suddenly appears and attacks all three men from behind. Rock tees off on Angle as Mick Foley appears with a swarm of referees to break it up and the Dudleys try to hold Rock back. Foley starts ejecting everyone from the building but orders Angle to get to the ring.

  • WWF World Heavyweight Title: Kurt Angle © vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

So from out of the blue we’re getting this first-time meeting between these two. After all why save it for a pay-per-view when we can hotshot it for free in desparation. Both men feel each other out to start with before locking up and Austin goes into a waistlock. Angle switches into his own waistlock and takes Austin down then floats over him and rolls out to the floor. Angle shows off his gold medals and Austin reponds by flipping him the bird. Angle rolls back in the ring and both men lockup when Austin applies a headlock. Angle shoves Austin into the ropes but Austin hits a shoulderblock for a two count. Austin takes Angle over with a headlock and Angle rolls him over into a pin for two count but Austin rolls back. Angle shoves Austin into the ropes and leapfrogs him but Austin applies the headlock again. Angle counters into a suplex but Austin keeps the headlock on. Angle shoves Austin away but Austin hits another shoulderblock then comes off the ropes but Angle trips him with a drop toehold. Angle goes into a facelock but Austin counters with a Fireman’s carry into an armbar then kneedrops the arm. Austin applies a standing armbar then rams Angle into a turnbuckle and wrenches his arm. Angle starts to fight back but Austin gets another headlock takeover. Angle counters with headscissors then bridges up into a backslide for a two count. Angle goes for a belly-to-belly suplex but Ausitn fights out of it then comes off the ropes but runs into a elbow. Austinrolls out to the floor but Angle goes out and rams Austin into the ringsteps then into the announce table. Angle throws Ausitn back in the ring and stomps him down in a corner. Austin starts to fight back and whips Angle but Angle rolls him into a cradle for a near fall. Angle hits a gutwrench suplex and follows up with a suplex for another two count. Angle goes for a whip, Austin reverses and slaps on a sleeperhold but Angle slings him through the ropes.

Angle goes out and drops Austin on the barricade then throws him back in the ring. Angle whips Austin and puts him in an Abdominal stretch, Austin counters wtih a hiptoss but misses an elbowdrop. Angle puts Austin in the Abdominal Stretch again then grabs the top rope for leverage but referee Earl Hebner catches Angle and forces a break. Angle starts arguing with Hebner when Ausitn goes for a suplex, Angle flips out it but Austin rams him into the turnbuckles repeatedly. Angle goes out ot the apron but Ausitn rams him into the turnbuckle then goes out and rams Angle into the announce table then into the steps. Austin throws Angle in the ring and Angle tries to go out the other side but Austin cuts him off. Ausitn whips Angle and hits a Lou Thesz press then unloads on him with the rights. Angle counters with a rollup but Austin rolls through it and stomps him in the chest. Austin whips Angle and plants him a spinebuster but only gets a two count. Austin looks over to see Stephanie McMahon coming out to ringside and flips her the bird. Angle rolls Austin up and grabs the tights but only gets a two count and Austin hits the Stunner! Austin covers Angle but sure enough a non-crippled Triple H comes in and breaks up the pin for yet another DQ. (9:17) Decent match there, an inking of the epics these two would have the following year. But of course our third marquee match has the same “run-in/DQ” finish as the other two. **½

It gets better. Austin and Triple H exchange shots but Triple H drops Austin with a right hand then tees off on him and chokes him with his boot. Angle leaves the ring and watches from the ramp while Stephanie slides a chair in the ring and Triple H hits a neckbreaker onto the chair. Triple H then tears off his shirt and … are you ready for this… there’s no scars or cuts at all!! Nothing!! Triple H and Stephanie stand over the fallen Austin as the show mercifully goes off the air.

Conclusion: Very frustrating episode that made me wonder if Vince Russo wasn’t booking the WWF around this time. The entire show had a “booked on the fly” feel as just about every match was seemingly made after a backstage segment and only two bouts (Ausitn/Angle and the six-man tag) were really worthwile. The booking was also pretty bad, especially with the Radicalz having to resort to post-match beatdowns to get any heat as well as having three marquee matches all with the same “run-in/DQ” finish. Plus Angle finally got to be in the main event as champion only for the spotlight to get ripped from him and put back on the Austin/Triple H feud. Not to mention Triple H showing he’s just fine after taking the 40-foot drop in the card just a week ago. TheArmageddon pay-per-view was less than two weeks away and we still don’t have any idea what’s on tap for it since the writers don’t seem to have a clue as how to proceed. Just an all-around bad show that continued the WWF’s free-fall toward the end of the year. Must be nice to coast when your main competition is on death watch.

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