...are online at rajahwwf.com .
But since I know you all can't wait for the info, let me put it right here.
*Michael Cole & Tazz host
*Vince says that he, and not Ric Flair, has the right to declare a #1 Contender, and he will make a decision before the night is out.
*Kurt Angle comes out and says he should be the #1 contender. Chris Jericho comes out and says he should be the #1 contender. The Rock comes out and says ... Hollywood Hogan should be the #1 contender.
*Tag Team Championship: Billy & Chuck (w/ Rico) vs. Scotty & Albert-skip to the end. Scotty knocked Billy down, but the ref was looking at Albert & Chuck. Rico hits Scotty with a Spinning Heel Kick. Billy pins. After the match, Scotty and Albert get into a fight, which ends with Scotty getting the Baldo Bomb.
*Vince declares the #1 contender to be...Hollywood Hogan!
*Christian vs. DDP-Christian wins with an eye rake, followed by the Unprettier.
*Triple H doesn't care who he's fighting.
*Hogan comes out wearing RED AND YELLOW!
*Edge vs. Kurt Angle-Edge wins by DQ as Angle blocks the Spear with a Chair.
*Cruiserweight Championship: Tajiri vs. Billy Kidman-Kidman wins by pinfall when Torrie takes Tajiri's belt out of the ring. It looks like Tajiri turns heel after the match. Either that, or Torrie does.
*They mention Mark Henry
*Maven vs. Hardcore Holly-Hardcore wins with the Alabama Slam.
*Chris Jericho vs. The Rock-Kurt Angle interfers with the match, then Edge comes out and beats Angle up. Rock wins with a Rock Bottom.
*Women's Title Match: Jazz vs. Ivory-Jazz wins by submission.
*Lance Storm vs. Faarooq-Faarooq wins (unsure how)
*The Godfather comes out and announces that the escort service is closed. He blames the fans (WARNING: HEEL TURN!) Out to support the fans is...The Big Valbowski? He kisses the Godfather's last escort, and Godfather hits him with the mic.
*Cruiserweight Tag Team Match: The Hurricane & Funaki vs. Hugh Morrus & Chavo-Chavo pins Funaki after a brainbuster.
Can we safely say this is NOT a promising beginning to the new era, title feud involving HHH, UT, and Hogan? And here's a stunner, Jericho loses again! I thought sure he was due for better things too after that stellar booking as champion.
"You used it to shove your miserable daughter down our throats week in and week out...not anymore!" - Ric Flair gives me hope, Raw 3/18/02
"I thought it was cool how HHH just tossed Jericho out of the ring and made him vanish, possibly into another dimension, at the end of the match." - Dr. Unlikely says the funniest thing I've ever read on Wienerville.
Was anybody here following the "Hulk Hogan is a cancer!" thread where I kept saying that Rock is little more than Hogan's buddy now?
The Rock comes out and says ... Hollywood Hogan should be the #1 contender.
And WHY, exactly? From Hogan's impressive DQ tag team wins over the NWO? Because he got one pin on Rock a month ago? At least Taker won his WM match and hasn't had a loss since then... hasn't lost since Feb. 17. (Well, he's only had 4 matches since then... thanks Shane.)
Still, if this becomes a three way dance, it's an absolutely terrible idea, imo. I'd say that they'd be better off with another six pack challenge (and at least two, maybe three seperate new feuds could come out of it), but that might just leave more people to get overshadowed by You Know Who.
Also... I'm guesing the whole "saving the interpromotional ppv for something special" idea is out the window if they do put Hogan in the main with Taker.
Last note: was there ever an explanation given as to where the former champ goes when he loses the title- example being Triple H since he was undrafted. I'm assuming the new champ would move to the Doing Both Shows status- where does the loser go? Would he go to whichever side the new champ got drafted to, to fill out the new empty roster slot?
EDIT: Cuz I M DUM.
(edited by Ubermonkeys on 3.4.02 0347)
I'M A TOOL, PLEASE KICK ME IN THE JUNK
Jakked: *Women's Title Match: Jazz vs. Ivory-Jazz wins by submission. *Lance Storm vs. Faarooq-Faarooq wins (unsure how) *The Godfather comes out and announces that the escort service is closed. He blames the fans (WARNING: HEEL TURN!) Out to support the fans is...The Big Valbowski? He kisses the Godfather's last escort, and Godfather hits him with the mic. *Cruiserweight Tag Team Match: The Hurricane & Funaki vs. Hugh Morrus & Chavo-Chavo pins Funaki after a brainbuster.
I can only assume that Rock is looking at the People's Tea Leaves and anticipating that HHH will have to counter Hulkamania with the nWo, and while no one can ever beat face HHH, there's...well, no one can beat heel HHH, either. Nevermind.
I do think that, now that Austin is back on TV, they can slide the Undertaker over to him for Backlash, 2nd year in a row. Austin's faced Hall, Nash is apparently out and I can't see them putting him against X-Pac at the PPV. It's either Booker T or UT. Maybe UT can cut some crazy-ass interview about "How dare you Stun Ric Flair!" or something. That couldn't not be funny. Whatever, they could get to it a million ways with UT wanting to be the guy who pushes everyone around.
That would seem to leave things open for HHH/Hogan, and I dunno, but as soon as I read that, I figured one of them has to go nWo, and it would let HHH beat (er, face! D'oh'!)Austin, Rock, Hogan, Benoit and the decidedly more interesting faces on the summer PPVs.
I can't see how this can be considered a failure right out of the gate. They actually seem to be gaining direction in the micard now, as well as, y'know, listening to the fans. Hogan may not be popular on this board, but people are blowing the roofs off of arenas for him across the country. Therefore it makes sense for him to be in the title feud. Right nwo, Backlash is shaping up something like this:
Tajiri Vs. Kidman-Cruiserweight Title Match RVD Vs. Eddy Guerrero-Intercontinental Title Match Kurt Angle Vs. Edge Kane/Bradshaw Vs. Scott Hall/X-Pac The Rock Vs. Chris Jericho-Gimmick Match? Steve Austin Vs. The Undertaker HHH Vs. HHH-Undisputed Title Match
Everything's got a direction, everything's got a purpose. That's not a blowaway workrate card by any stretch of the imagination, but it's got a good buildup brewing and it should be a decent show.
On a side note, does anyone else think that the best thing to do when Benoit returns is for him to reform the CVC with Jericho? They could dismantle Billy & Chuck for the titles then feud with Rock & Hogan over the summer.
I am glad the red and yellow is back. I hope they use Real American. It is going to be fun to mark out on Thursday night even though i know it's coming. I hope Hogan is still in the red and yellow by judgement day, since it is in Nashville and i hope to go.
"Real American"? Gaa. I liked "American Made" better. Can't really give a good reason why, though.
So, the red and yellow is back, huh? This reminds me of the last time that Hogan chucked the black and white (and red) in favor of his traditional Hulkamania colors.
It was 1999. A big feud was playing out featuring Hollywood Hogan, Sting and Goldberg against Kevin Nash, Rick Steiner and Sid Vicious. It all started the night after Bash at the Beach, when Hollywood Hogan returned after a long absence to challenge new champion "Macho Man" Randy Savage for the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Savage was forced to accept.
The end of the match came when Kevin Nash jackknifed his arch-enemy Savage, allowing Hogan to score the victory and the World Title. But Nash inexplicably turned right around and challenged Hogan to put the belt on the line at the next PPV, Road Wild.
Hogan accepted, and Nash-- who'd been the biggest face in the company for a few months prior to Hogan's return-- turned heel and began going after Hogan. New WCW President Sting and Goldberg joined the side of Hogan, while Nash's group was rounded out by Sid Vicious and the WCW World Television Champion, Rick Steiner. A couple of different tag-team matches between the two groups headlined a few Nitros.
Then, the week before Road Wild, the groups faced off in a six-man tag-team match. Hogan had already agreed to put his career on the line at the Road Wild main-event, and if the faces were to win the six-man, Nash would be forced to do the same.
The heels all came out to Nash's Wolfpack music. Sting got his own separate entrance (the "Crow" theme). Goldberg came out to "Crush 'Em" by Megadeth.
And then Hogan came out to "American Made", dressed once again in the yellow and red of Hulkamania! Damn me, anyway-- I didn't like Hogan, but I marked out like a six-year-old red-headed stepchild.
Anyway, if you really have to ask who won the six-man, then you're not really a wrestling fan. Five days later at Road Wild, Hogan retained his title against Nash (despite having been jackknifed) and forced Nash into retirement.
(Note: The night of the six-man is most memorable, to me, as being the night that Chris Benoit defeated David Flair to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Title).
Anyway. Just thoughts from a WCW fan who today, when he saw a display of WCW lighters at K-Mart, immediately snatched up a Sting one. Never mind the fact that I've never smoked in my entire life, and don't intend to. Maybe it'll become a collector's item, huh?
“If my answers frighten you, Vince, then perhaps you should cease asking scary questions.”
--Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Pulp Fiction
backlash.com already lists Triple H vs The Undertaker as the title match. I know they did this at wrestlemania.com, changing it several times, but now they actually have the little feud history summary thing below the match, which they didn't do at Wrestlemania until the Triple H/Jericho match was finalized.
I wouldn't be surprised if (in fact, I kind of expect) Hogan doesn't actually get a title match, getting taken out of the picture before the PPV and into another feud.
From PWInsider.com: Dark Matches * 1st Match: Heidenreich defeated Funaki with a "Black Hole" sidewalk slam ala TNA's Abyss. Heidenreich did not looked "seasoned" as of yet, and was not entertaining to watch. His timing looked off....