August 24, 2001
Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado
Announcers: Michael Cole & Tazz

    • Both men showcased their respective high-flying maneuvers until Van Dam set up a table outside the ring.
    • RVD attempted to suplex Hardy from the top rope through the table, but Hardy reversed it with a hurricanrana, which catapulted the Hardcore Champ back into the ring.
    • Hardy grabbed a ladder from under the ring and set it up next to the table.
    • The challenger then laid Van Dam on the table and climbed to the top of the steel structure.
    • Hardy went for his patented Swanton Bomb off the ladder, but RVD moved, forcing Hardy to slam through the table and onto the floor.
    • Several Federation officials ran to ringside and helped the high flyer to the back.
    • As RVD watched Hardy being wheeled away, Raven attacked his fellow Alliance member from behind.
    • Van Dam finally got the momentum back on his side, eventually winning the match after hitting his Five-Star Frog Splash on Raven for the win.

  2. IN THE RING: RVD, Raven, Stephanie, Austin, Y2J.
    • As RVD celebrated, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walked down the ramp and told the production team to stop the music.
    • She said she couldn't believe that two members of the Alliance were fighting each other.
    • She berated the men and told them to shake hands, but the two would not comply with the ECW owner's demands.
    • At that point, Stone Cold Steve Austin made his way to the ring, obviously furious that the unity of the Alliance was wavering.
    • The Rattlesnake told both men that they were embarrassing the Alliance.
    • He told both men to go back to the Alliance's locker room and act like professionals.
    • Stone Cold then told the crowd that Kurt Angle did ruin Austin Appreciation Night this past Monday on RAW, but the Olympic hero would not get away with it.
    • The Rattlesnake said that he should be appreciated 365 days a year anyway.
    • Stephanie told Stone Cold that everyone in the Pepsi Arena appreciated the Texas Rattlesnake, but she was cut short by Chris Jericho's music.
    • The Lionheart made his way to the ramp and told Stephanie to shut the hell up!
    • Y2J said that he knew the Alliance would be in full force on SmackDown! because they had the greatest weapon known to man - Stephanie's singing voice!
    • He even went on to play a clip from RAW, showing the Denver crowd how Stephanie crooned "Wind Beneath Our Ring."
    • Jericho said he had his own song for Austin, and he began to sing "Did you ever know that you're a jackass?" to the Federation Champion.
    • Y2J then asked Austin another question stemming from RAW "Got Milk?" and he played another clip from RAW showing Angle drenching the Alliance with milk.
    • At that point, Jericho challenged Stone Cold to a Federation Championship match on SmackDown! Austin said that he would put the title on the line - but not tonight.
    • He said Y2J didn't deserve a shot for the gold, but he agreed to face Jericho in a non-title match, and if he defeated the Rattlesnake, Y2J would become the No. 1 contender for the Federation Championship!

  3. MATCH: Dudley Boyz vs Billy Gunn & Big Show.
    • Show dominated the Dudleyz, taking both men out with massive clotheslines.
    • The Dudley Boyz recovered and attempted a 3-D on Big Show, but the 500-pound monster was too heavy for them to life.
    • Show then hit a chokeslam on D-Von and covered him to give the Show-Gunns the upset victory!

  4. BACKSTAGE: The Rock.
    • The Rock was walking down the hallway when he ran into a production crew member.
    • He asked the man if he had seen APA, and he directed The Rock down the hall.
    • The WCW Champion walked into the APA's office, and Bradshaw and Faarooq congratulated the Great One for his win against Booker T at SummerSlam.
    • The People's Champ told the APA that they would lay the smack down on Booker T, Rhyno and Test later on SmackDown!

  5. E&C LOCKER ROOM: Edge/Christian.
    • Edge was on the phone with his grandma, telling her that he would be defending the Intercontinental Championship later on in the night.
    • Christian told Edge that he had a sure way that his brother would remain I.C. Champ after SmackDown! he cancelled Edge's match!
    • Christian then said that he had set up a Federation Tag Team Championship match up for the duo, meaning they had the chance to become eight-time Tag Team Champions.
    • Edge told his brother that he wasn't exactly happy that they had to face Undertaker and Kane for the titles.

  6. ALLIANCE LOCKER ROOM: Kanyon/Palumbo/O'Haire/Credible/Chavo.
    • Kanyon was talking to Chuck Palumbo, Justin Credible, Sean O'Haire and Chavo Guerrero that he was excited about his match against Kurt Angle later in the night.

  7. MATCH: Kanyon vs Kurt Angle.
    • During the match, the Olympic hero hit a succession of suplexes on the self-proclaimed Alliance MVP.
    • Kanyon tried to hit Angle with the U.S. title, but Angle ducked.
    • The former Federation Champion then hit his Olympic Slam on Kanyon.
    • Angle won the match by forcing the U.S. Champ to tap out to his ankle-lock submission!

  8. 6-MAN TAG: Rock/APA vs Booker T/Rhyno/Test.
    • At several points, all six Superstars were brawling inside the ring.
    • Eventually, only Booker T and Faarooq were left inside the ring, which allowed Booker to hit a scissors kick on the former Florida State football star for the win.
    • On his way backstage, The Book graciously gave the Denver fans a Spinaroonie at the top of the ramp.

  9. WWF NEW YORK: X-Pac.
    • X-Pac was hosting SmackDown! at WWF New York, and he told the fans that he was the first person in sports entertainment history to have titles from both the Federation and WCW at the same time.
    • He said that because of that, he was obviously one of the greatest Superstars to ever grace sports entertainment.
    • He told the New York fans that they were in the presence of greatness, and that the world had better start recognizing it.

  10. COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE: Regal & Tajiri / Perry Saturn.
    • Commissioner William Regal and Tajiri were talking in Regal's office when Perry Saturn walked in looking for Moppy.
    • Regal said that he had found Moppy, and he presented Saturn with a mop with a painted face.
    • Saturn embraced the mop, but he then attacked the Commissioner for trying to pawn off a fake Moppy on him.
    • Saturn then looked to the heavens and screamed for his long lost Moppy before storming out of the office.

  11. BACKSTAGE: Austin & Debra.
    • Debra was yelling at Stone Cold because she couldn't believe Jericho had the nerve to degrade her cooking skills.
    • She said she would feel a lot better if her husband ate one of her cookies.
    • Austin asked her if he really had to eat one right then, but she insisted.
    • When Debra turned her back for a few seconds, Stone Cold dumped the cookies on the floor.
    • When she turned around, he told his wife that he had accidently dropped them.
    • She told him that Y2J's actions were obviously disturbing him because he would never drop her cookies on purpose.
    • Austin said she was right and that he would take care of Jericho later on in the night.

  12. WWF TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Edge & Christian vs Taker/Kane.
    • On commentary, Tazz exclaimed that he was happy to see Federation Superstars beat on other Federation Superstars.
    • The WCW and Federation Tag Team Champions dominated the match early until Edge was able to hit a spear on the Dead Man.
    • Kane then pulled Edge outside the ring, leaving Christian alone with Taker.
    • This allowed the Federation veteran to easily pick up Christian and nail his Last Ride Powerbomb for the win.

  13. UPDATE: Jeff Hardy.
    • Tazz and Michael Cole then gave an update on Jeff Hardy's condition, saying that the former Hardcore Champion suffered bruised ribs in SmackDown!'s opening match against RVD.

  14. WOMANS MATCH: Lita vs Ivory.
    • Heavy chants of "Lita" sounded in the arena as the red-haired vixen climbed the ropes to attempt a moonsault.
    • At that point, Hurricane Helms ran to ringside and distracted Lita.
    • The Federation diva tried to attack Helms, but the former WCW Cruiserweight Champ pulled down the top rope, forcing Lita to take a header to the outside.
    • Helms then threw Lita back into the ring, allowing Ivory to gain the win.
    • After the match, Matt Hardy rushed to the ring to chase Helms and Ivory to the backstage area.

  15. BACKSTAGE: RVD/Raven.
    • Rob Van Dam was packing up his things when Raven entered the room.
    • He said that their problems were not settled, and he said that he demanded a shot at RVD's Hardcore Championship this Monday night on RAW.
    • Van Dam told Raven that if he wanted a shot at the title, he should walk down the hall and ask Stone Cold himself.

  16. THE MAIN EVENT: Steve Austin vs Chris Jericho.
    • Austin made his way to the ring first, but before Jericho was able to come out, Commissioner Regal came out to the ramp.
    • He told the Rattlesnake that his name may be Stone Cold Steve Austin, but he was the Federation Commissioner.
    • Regal then said that Austin would indeed be putting his Federation Championship on the line against Jericho!
    • As the Lionheart battled the Rattlesnake, Kurt Angle was seen watching the match in the backstage area.
    • Y2J was able to slap the Walls of Jericho on Austin early, but the Champion was able to get to the ropes to break the move.
    • Jericho continued to work on the left arm of Stone Cold.
    • Austin hit a spinebuster on Jericho, but it was obvious that his left shoulder was hampering him.
    • The men battled outside the ring, and Stone Cold continued to ram the back of Y2J onto the steel ring post.
    • Back inside the ring, Jericho was once again able to slap on the Walls of Jericho, but once again, Austin found the ropes.
    • Finally, in ironic fashion, Stone Cold was able to retain the Federation Championship when he used the ropes to pin Jericho for the 1-2-3!
    • Austin celebrated up the ramp, with the title in hand, as SmackDown! went off the air.

  17. Goodnight Everybody......

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