I was going over some old tapes I recorded from the good ole days and noticed I was missing this match. I know it's from a 5/21/01 Raw show. Was wondering if anyone could point me in a direction to find this classic. I've looked on youtube and a few other places and haven't found it yet.
"I'm one of the last cats, puttin the flavor back into rap"
I got chills at the beginning remembering how much I still enjoyed wrestling at this point. Then when HHH ran in to break up the Walls, it was crazy to watch the rest of the match and think what he was going through. Must have been total adrenaline.
Sigh. Remember when Jericho mattered? Good times, yo.
I watched Raw this week for the first time in forever. So I decided to check out the W and see what people thought of it. I stumble across this thread about 12:30 in the morning and I am up until 6:30 watching videos of the golden age of WWE. It was like a time warp. I got sick to my stomach watching the videos, seeing how great the product was and thinking about how much I used to care about this stuff. It was like an remembering an old friend, thinking about all the great times, realizing that the friend was better to you than you could have ever realized at the time, realizing it was more important to you than you thought, and missing that friendship so much.
I can even remember posting in threads years ago, on this forum, about this match. Looking back you can trace the slow decline of the product back to that one moment where HHH tears the quad. Correct me if I am remembering this wrong but Austin had just made his heel turn. And while the crowd in Houston didn't play along, he was only really lacking that one huge threat to go after him. The Rock had just left for the first extended length of time to make movies. HHH was next in line, the two weeks leading up to this match teased his turn, the crowd was ready and he tore his quad. Jericho and Benoit were getting great reactions as well, but in no time Benoit hurts his neck and is gone for a year. No Rock, no HHH, no Benoit and no one else ready. Bad booking (invasion), desperate moves (Hall, Nash) and here we are. Like I said the decline was slow, and obviously it took alot more than HHH tearing a quad to take us from there to here, but if you want one moment to start from, start right here.
This post brought back tons of memories for me. Thanks for that. I remember the first show I went too, a house show in Nashville. The opening match was the just broken in Kurt Angle vs. The Godfather. The Main Event was HHH vs. The Rock. It was the most entertaining event of any kind I have ever been too. And I really hope it is topped someday. Because I miss this stuff more than I thought.
Just to weigh in on all of this. I still remember this as one of the better or at least best episodes of RAW. Everything seemed to just work on all-cylinders that night.
And in the main event it felt like for one night all was right with the world. I think most people were disappointed with the direction WWF was going in for the past two PPV's and this looked like a refreshing change to all of that. Then things started to decline again King of The Ring and onward.
Just an idea that's been kicking around in my head since finishing Freddie Blassie's book. What if Andy Kaufman had lived and been able to continue being involved in wrestling? Would he have been part of the Rock N Wrestling connection?