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Let's go ahead and start from the top, shall we?

1. Brock Lesnar vs. Matt Hardy: I didn't get to see Backlash, up here in college, so this was my first chance to see Lesnar wrestle. If anything, I think that Hardy showed too much offense against the Next Big Thing. I don't care how light Hardy may be, BTW, Lesnar throwing him around is hella impressive. They pretty much used the same finish as they did at Backlash (as far as I can tell), just exchange Hardyz. I really like the Spiral Bomb that Lesnar pulled out at the end (I thought that running powerbombs were banned, though), it is really an impressive finisher.

2. Interview with Undertaker: Pretty standard heel 'Taker interview. He thanked Flair for Flair's refereeing at Backlash, and took credit for Hogan's title victory, he also said that he owed Flair one, which will obviously come into play at some point in the near future. All of a sudden, Triple H shows up on the Titantron and does a quick run-in, beating the shit out of UT. Pretty intense brawl starts up, with UT getting some nice juice. They end up in the back, and HHH gets detained by security, and eventually arrested by police. Fun little brawl there, and that is the most that I've seen Taker sell in quite some time. This also marks the first "cross brand extension", as HHH is a Smackdown! wrestler.

3. Booker T and Goldust at the movies: For a throwaway segment, this was hellaciously funny. All they did, pretty much, was show a clip of The Scorpion King where the Rock comes in and destroys some jobbers. They then went on about how the scene would be better with themselves in it, and they proceded to show the same scene with Booker T superimposed over the Rock. Hilarious. Goldust then did more or less the same thing... Really, I can't do this segment justice.

4. Mr. Perfect vs. Rob Van Dam: Eddy Guerrero came down at the beginning of the match to do commentary. More or less a squash of Perfect. Rob Van Dam got to do all of his trademark moves in this match, RVD ended it after hitting his ***** Frogsplash. After the match, Eddy pounced on RVD, but missed the Latino Frogsplash. RVD then dumped Eddy over the top rope. Well, at least the Guerrero-RVD feud isn't over.

5. Trish & Jackie vs. Jazz & Molly Holly: Jackie and Trish? Why? Well, the match went decent enough, with Molly Holly playing the sneaky heel to a tee. Jazz has got a decent moveset, too, as she went to work on Trish throughout the match. The match quickly devolved to chaos, as Trish and Jazz spilled to the outside, leaving Molly and Jackie in the ring. Jazz took care of Trish on the outside, and hit Jackie in the head with the Women's belt. Molly quickly covered, and scored the pinfall for her team. I have got no idea why Jazz won last night at Backlash. With the lack of female faces, it would have been beneficial for Trish to take the championship back. Molly and Jazz could then try to gun for Trish's belt. It would have been interesting. Plus, Trish might actually get a chance to get airtime on Smackdown!, unlike Jazz. I think the WWF dropped the ball on that one.

6. Interview with Ric Flair: This was set up to prove that Flair didn't see Austin's leg on the ropes. He apologized to Austin, which of course brought out Stone Cold, and the "What?" chants. Flair and Austin had a faceoff, where Flair said he didn't mean to screw Austin. Flair then said that he wanted to make things right, and set up a main event match for Raw! How did he make things right? Maybe a rematch with the Undertaker for the #1 spot? Maybe a title shot at Hogan himself? NO! He set up a match teaming Austin with Bradshaw, to take on the nWo. How the fuck does this make things right? Austin's been fighting the nWo for weeks, now, and Bradshaw is just dead weight... Frustration.

7. Dudley Boyz 2K2 vs. Booker T and Goldust: Spike and Buh Buh complete their friendship by teaming up. Booker and Goldust, however, are the team that is going to be getting pushed. Did anyone else notice the King constantly refering to Siskel and Ebert, even though Siskel's been dead for years? I just thought that was fairly funny. Quick enough match, with the match finishing up with Spike telling Buh Buh to get the tables. Buh Buh tried to oblige, but got hit by Goldust. Spike then got hit by Booker's Scissor Kick, and lost the match. After the match, Buh Buh got attacked by Steven Richards for the Hardcore title, but quickly knocked Richards out of the way. Does Buh Buh Dudley remind anybody else of the Road Dogg? The similarities were unsettling to me.

8. William Regal vs. Planet Stasiak: I am really starting to dig the whacked out Stasiak interviews, now. The shit with Regal in the back was pure comedic gold. Regal comes out first, and puts on the brass knux. Stasiak then runs down and promptly gets kayoed. Quick three count, and this one is over. Pretty funny, I thought.

9. Backstage promo: Flair and Arn Anderson find Bradshaw unconscious in the parking lot, and Flair comes back to confront the nWo. Flair blames the nWo, who play dumb. Flair leaves the locker room, but comes back immediately, to find Kevin Nash. Nash gets ejected from the building. Flair then names Austin's new partner, and in the mother of all letdowns, it is the Big Show. EVERYBODY sees exactly how tonight's main event is going to end.

10. Interview with Hulk Hogan: Pretty much a fan appreciation interview, as Hogan thanks all of the Hulkamaniacs who have supported him throughout the years. I had a sneaking suspicion that Hogan wouldn't be massively cheered tonight, as previous mentions of Hogan (in the Undertaker interview) drew a good number of boo's. This was not the case though, as Hulkamania was still running wild. I hope that Hulkamania's tidal wave is still going on by mid-June, as I desperately want to see Hulk Hogan in the red and yellow one more time before the man retires, and I'm going to get tickets to the King of the Ring.

11. Austin & Big Show vs. the nWo: Well, this match was pretty much there. The Big Show started the match, and just partook in some shoving of Hall and X-Pac. Hall goaded the Big Show into tagging Austin, and the match really began. It was pretty much a handicap match between Austin and the nWo from this point on. The nWo worked Austin over pretty good, hitting with most of their signature moves (Spinning Heel Kick, Fallaway Slam, etc.). Austin then started to get some of his offense in, starting with some mudhole stomping in the corner, working his way up to the Lou Thesz press. X-Pac then got a pretty good looking boot to Austin's head, effectively knocking Austin out of his move. Hall and Austin did the double hot tag, but instead of the Big Show killing Hall and X-Pac, he proceeded to chokeslam Austin. And we are out...

My Thoughts:
I'm really digging the angle that Flair and Austin have going right now, with Flair unintentionally getting Austin screwed over. I hope they keep up with this angle, instead of doing it the easy way, and just turning Flair completely heel.

I don't like the addition of the Big Show to the nWo, but I do understand the need to do it. Hall and X-Pac alone do not make an intimidating threat, let alone a cancer to the WWF. The nWo really needed a fairly big name, big man, and I guess that the former Giant foots that bill (also with all the previous history in the nWo). Kane also will need someone to feud with when he returns, and I fear that the Big Show is going to step up into that spot. Anyone else remember a Kane-Big Show match where there was literally a chokehold for like 10 minutes? I think at a King of the Ring maybe? Ugh... not looking forward to that.

Booker T and Goldust are starting to click together for me. I really enjoyed their promo together, as their promo styles clash together so badly, it makes it very funny. Their tag team match tonight was nothing spectacular, but didn't really have the time to do anything anyways.

I suppose it is time to go to bed...
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