SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT – EUROPEAN TITLE MATCH Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Big Bossman by DQ to retain the WWF European title: The Bossman attacked DDP with a nightstick after match —– Just before the PPV was about to kick off; Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash were shown heading to the ring!
IN THE RING The new World order (Hulk Hogan & Kevin Nash & Scott Hall): The show opened with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan emerging from the TitanTron! The charter members of the nWo made their way to the ring, where Nash took the microphone as the crowd cheered wildly. Nash said they were there to set the record straight. He said that when the trio arrived at the arena, they received a lot of heat from the boys backstage. Nash said that in the last couple weeks, the nWo had been associated with words like “cancer” and “poison.” Some people, according to Nash, labeled the nWo a bunch of “company-killing bastards.” Nash said the group wanted a clean slate and the opportunity to prove the fans and the doubters wrong. Scott Hall took the microphone next. Hall said the three were really just a bunch of marks who wanted to take a few pictures… get a few autographs and perhaps drink a few beers with the boys. Deep down, Hall said, they were no different from anyone else and they didn’t want any trouble. Hogan then addressed the crowd and said he couldn’t agree with Nash and Hall more. Hogan said they weren’t there to kill the Federation, they were there to make it better. Hogan asked the fans and the Federation Superstars to give them a chance. Hogan credited Vince McMahon for being the first to give them the opportunity to come to the Federation. “God bless Vince McMahon,” Hogan said. The three men then took their leave, with Jim Ross doubting the nWo’s sincerity.
TAG TEAM TURMOIL The APA (Farooq & Bradshaw) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Jeff & Matt Hardy w/Lita) and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba & D-Von Dudley w/Stacy Keibler) and Billy & Chuck and Scotty Too Hotty & Albert and Lance Storm & Christian: Lance Storm & Christian beat Albert & Scotty Too Hotty….. The Hardy Boyz beat Lance Storm & Christian….. The Hardy Boyz beat The Dudley Boyz….. Billy & Chuck beat The Hardy Boyz….. The APA beat Billy & Chuck to win the Tag Team Turmoil match..
INTERVIEW: Michael Cole interviewed Ric Flair… An animated Flair said the nWo had some nerve to say what they said earlier. Flair said there were plenty of men backstage ready to punish the nWo the minute they step out of line.
SINGLES MATCH Rob Van Dam defeated Goldust: Rob Van Dam finished off Goldust with a Five Star Frog Splash!
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Stone Cold Steve Austin ran into the new World order backstage and all four men entered into a stare down. Hall said they didn’t want any trouble, and presented Austin with a six-pack of Steveweisers. Stone Cold said he wasn’t thirsty, but at Hall’s urging, took the beer for later. Instead, the Rattlesnake dropped the beer on the floor and stomped away.
WWF TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH Tazz & Spike Dudley defeated Test & Booker T to retain the WWF Tag Team titles: The finish saw Test attempt to pin Tazz, but the referee saw Test using the ropes for leverage! Test argued with the referee, which allowed Tazz to lock on the Tazzmission and make Test tap out!
INTERVIEW: The Rock said that the Undertaker had no idea what it was like to be disrespected by The Rock. For 10 days straight, The Rock said he had stayed home and thought about nothing but beating Taker’s candy ass. Tonight, The Rock said that Taker was exactly what he said he is: a Dead Man Walking!
BRASS KNUCKLES ON A POLL INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH William Regal defeated Edge to retain the WWF Intercontinental title: William Regal punished Edge until he was bloodied from the mouth. The brutal fight saw each man come within inches of getting their hands on the brass knuckles hanging above the corner of the ring. Eventually, Regal simply pulled out his own set up brass knux and clocked Edge with them!
INTERVIEW: Kurt Angle said he was confident that Stephanie would do a fine job as the guest referee later tonight. Angle also said he was confident in his chances because he was better than Triple H at everything. Angle told Triple H that Stephanie lying about her pregnancy was the best news ever because the Game would have made a lousy father. But that night, Angle said he would be Triple H’s daddy and walk away with a title shot at WrestleMania!
GRUDGE MATCH The Rock defeated The Undertaker: The Rock smashed Undertaker’s head into the announce table then cleared off the monitors. Undertaker caught him from behind and took over control. The Dead Man stuck his boot onto The Rock’s throat to choke him. The fight spread to the back of the arena with Taker slamming Rock’s head into a steel door! Once back in the ring, Taker had trouble putting The Rock down for the count. Not even a crushing DDT could do the trick. The frustrated Taker picked Rock up and wrapped him into a bear hug. Rock’s eyes widened from the intense pressure, but he refused to submit. The Rock mounted a huge rally and slammed Taker with a spinebuster! But when The Rock went for a People’s Elbow, Taker sprung up and grabbed The Rock with a chokeslam! The Rock averted the maneuver, but Taker caught him again moments later and this time connected! But The Rock just could not be pinned! Obviously frazzled, Taker left the ring and climbed on his motorcycle. When The referee protested, Taker threw him into the steps and grabbed a steel pipe from his bike. Suddenly, Ric Flair raced down and smacked Taker a few times. Then the Dead Man returned the favor and smacked Flair down to the ground! When Taker reentered the ring, Rock took him down and locked him in the Sharpshooter, but there was no referee to call for the bell! Suddenly, Vince McMahon raced down just as the referee was reentering the ring. Vince loudly distracted the referee. Well The Rock had enough of these shenanigans, so he began assaulting Vince! Before Taker could catch Rock from behind, Flair ambushed the Dead Man and smacked him with the lead pipe! The Undertaker staggered directly into a Rock Bottom and lost the match! WINNER: The Rock!
#1 CONTENDERS MATCH Kurt Angle defeated Triple H: The special guest referee for the match was Stephanie McMahon. Triple H immediately started to argue with his wife, allowing Kurt Angle to roll him up and Stephanie tried to fast count him! Kurt Angle missed a clothesline attempt and knocked Stephanie over the top rope! Triple H & Kurt Angle continued to fight. Some WWF official came down and carried Stephanie backstage while another referee took over duties in the ring. Triple H & Kurt Angle fought for a few minutes before Stephanie made her way back to the ring to continue acting as referee. Stephanie was clearly going against her husband (Triple H) and encouraging Kurt Angle’s offense. A few minutes later, Stephanie was once again knocked down and taken out of the match. Angle hit a German Suplex on the Game then brought a steel chair into play. The Game dodged a wild swing and nailed a Pedigree on Angle! Referee Tim White got to his feet and started counting, but Stephanie came alive and knocked him down and delivered a shot to the midsection! Triple H caught Stephanie and set her up for a Pedigree, but two chair shots from Angle stopped him! Angle followed with an Angle Slam and Stephanie happily slapped out a three count as her ex-husband lay broken and drooling on the mat! WINNER: Kurt Angle!
PARKING LOT: Kurt Angle got in his car and made a hasty exit. Before driving off, he told the parking attendant to tell anyone looking for him that he is going to WrestleMania!
BACKSTAGE: The new World order found The Rock and Hulk Hogan asked for a picture with him because he was his son’s favorite wrestler. The Rock turned to Scott Hall and told Razor Ramon to take the camera and shove it. Rock then turned to Kevin “Diesel” Nash and told him where to stick it. Finally, he told Hogan to take the camera, shine it up, eat his vitamins and jam it!
WWF UNDISPUTED TITLE MATCH Chris Jericho defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to retain the WWF Undisputed title: Chris Jericho showed no respect for Stone Cold – standing eye to eye with him in the center of the ring and flipped him the bird! The fight spread up the entrance ramp to the TitanTron, where Stone Cold tossed the champ into the side of a tractor trailer being used as part of the No Way Out set. When the action worked back to the ring. Austin continued to dominate. Jericho soon showed why he is the Undisputed Champion, taking Austin down and tried to turn him into the Walls of Jericho! Austin frantically managed to free himself, but Y2J stayed in command. Jericho flung Austin out of the ring and nearly clobbered him with a steel chair. But the referee took away the weapon before it could inflict any damage. Back in the ring moments later, Austin caught Y2J on his back and tried to put the champ in the Walls of Jericho! When he couldn’t execute the move, he settled for flinging Y2J into the turnbuckle. A powerslam shortly after nearly caused the title to change hands, but Jericho kicked out and stayed alive. The crowd would soon see the Walls of Jericho as the champion locked the challenger in the feared submission hold. Austin used every bit of energy he could muster to crawl over and grab the rope to break the hold. The referee inadvertently got in the way and had the wind knocked out of him, which allowed Jericho to bring the Championship belt into the ring. But the strategy worked against him as Austin gave him a spinebuster onto the jagged gold Title! Within moments, Austin had Y2J locked in the Walls of Jericho and Y2J started tapping! But the referee was struggling to catch his breath! Austin then knocked Jericho down with a Stone Cold Stunner when suddenly Hogan, Hall and Nash raced down and beat the stuffing out of the Rattlesnake! After all the chaos, Jericho rolled over onto Austin just as the referee caught his bearings. The referee counted three and Jericho once again held onto his title.
IN THE RING The new World order: After the match, Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash delivered a more savage beating to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Hulk Hogan reached beneath the ring apron and produced two cans of spray paint that he handed to his cohorts. Hall & Nash branded the beaten Rattlesnake with the nWo insignia as No Way Out drew to a close!