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King of the Ring 2002
Date: June 23, 2002
Location: Nationwide Enviornment, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler
I haven’t been trying ahead to this one and I’ve a sense that’s going to be confirmed proper. The triple major occasion is Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle, HHH vs. Undertaker for the World Title and the match closing, none of which might be fascinating within the first place however right here they’re getting a ton of focus. Let’s get to it.
We open with a recap of some nice King of the Ring winners with 1995 clearly being omitted. Does anybody wish to see Savio Vega anyway? The common opening video talks concerning the match and the 2 common matches, as you’d count on.
The superior large metallic chair is again however sadly Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon gained’t be beating the heck out of one another round its legs this 12 months.
King of the Ring Semifinals: Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho
Non-title. Jericho works on the arm to begin as they’re going fairly slowly right here, suggesting there’s going to be numerous time for this one. That’s not a foul factor both as I’d reasonably two gifted guys get time than two people who find themselves going to kill the gang proper off the bat. Each guys strive dropkicks so now we have a standoff, which means it’s time for Van Dam’s signature put up.
A fast kick to the face sends Jericho outdoors, organising the required flip dive. Again in and the referee is distributed into the ropes to crotch Rob on prime, organising a butterfly superplex for 2. Jericho unhooks a turnbuckle pad as a result of that was solely achieved in Thursday’s major occasion so it’s greater than lengthy sufficient. The working crotch assault solely hits the ropes however Jericho kicks him down and begins cranking on the arms.
Again up and a springboard kick to the face provides Rob two, adopted by the cartwheel moonsault for a similar. Jericho shrugs off a number of extra kicks and sends Rob into the uncovered buckle for 2. The Lionsault will get the identical and the Partitions ship Van Dam bailing for the ropes. They head up prime so Jericho can get shoved off and really clearly crawl to the center of the ring so the 5 Star can put him away.
Ranking: C+. Only a match actually, which isn’t the most effective factor on the planet. There wasn’t a lot warmth right here and the close to falls didn’t get both man anyplace. Jericho has simply been crippled because the title reign ended and he’s in an enormous want of some freshening up. Van Dam going ahead to face Lesnar was apparent however I used to be anticipating much more right here.
Lawler goes in to speak to Van Dam however Jericho chairs Rob down and places him within the Partitions.
Heyman fires Brock up.
King of the Ring Semifinals: Check vs. Brock Lesnar
Why they’re even bothering with that is past me. Brock sends him into the nook for the shoulders to the ribs because the GOLDBERG chants begin up. A tough clothesline places Brock down and Check hammers away within the nook, really to some avail. Extra shoulders to the ribs have Lesnar proper again in management and he throws Check round with ease.
A stomach to again suplex provides Brock two, adopted by a powerslam for one more delayed two. The facet slam and full nelson slam get two on Brock, adopted by the pumphandle slam for the closest fall in Lesnar’s profession thus far. The massive boot makes it even worse and the followers really purchase into the 2 rely this time. Check hundreds it up once more….proper in entrance of Heyman. I believe you’ll be able to work out the subsequent step and the way it units up Brock’s F5 to advance to the finals.
Ranking: C-. This might have been rather a lot worse as Brock wanted to outlive a slugout. I do know Check wasn’t the only option right here and it will have made extra sense to have him go over somebody like Bubba right here (which wouldn’t have been attainable because of the Uncooked vs. Smackdown guidelines) however Check really lived above his head right here.
Bubba Ray Dudley says he’ll bounce again however picks…..properly nobody within the finals really.
Lance Storm and Christian would reasonably rant about folks being anti-Canadian as a substitute of choosing a winner.
Cruiserweight Title: Hurricane vs. Jamie Noble
Noble is difficult after his girlfriend stole Hurricane’s gear for causes that aren’t fairly clear, primarily as a result of they’ve blazed via this story. Helms takes it straight to the mat to begin however can’t get anyplace. As a substitute he goes with the other by superkicking the heck out of Noble, which is greeted by the at all times stylish “SHE’S A CRACK WHORE” chant at Nidia.
Talking of Nidia, she fully misses whereas attempting to journey Hurricane, who doesn’t promote the factor, thank goodness. The distraction lets Noble get in a shot from behind to take over although and issues decelerate once more. An electrical chair will get two for Jamie and it’s off to a seated belly stretch. That’s switched right into a sleeper for a number of moments earlier than Hurricane comes proper again with a neckbreaker and leaping clothesline.
The Overcast will get the identical and frustration is setting in. With nothing else working, Hurricane grabs the cape and throws Jamie outdoors for a excessive crossbody, sans cape after all. Jamie will get proper again up and takes Hurricane to the highest however the champ grabs an excellent swinging neckbreaker of all issues for an enormous crash. Nidia climbs onto and is promptly knocked off the apron, organising a chokeslam for 2 on Noble. Hurricane will get crotched on prime although and a powerbomb provides Jamie the title with Nidia shoving Hurricane’s foot off the ropes.
Ranking: C. Nicely that occurred. The ending actually sucked the life out of this one because it was actually choosing up till then. Nidia continues to be fully ineffective however she gained some actuality present and due to this fact needs to be round. Noble isn’t a terrific heel however he’s a terrific character and I’ve no situation with him profitable the title. The division has the potential to go someplace for the time being however there’s numerous work to be achieved.
The replay reveals that although Nidia moved the foot off the ropes, Hurricane’s hand was beneath the ropes. She actually can’t do something proper.
Eddie Guerrero isn’t fearful about ticking Ric Aptitude off as a result of he must say hello to his household, title by title. This after all contains Little Timmy, the foster child they picked up off the road, leaving Terri surprised. Or possibly that’s simply how she appears to be like generally.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Ric Aptitude
Feeling out course of to begin with Eddie displaying Aptitude up a bit within the athleticism division till an enormous chop sends him outdoors. A low blow has Eddie in hassle however, as at all times, it’s cool when Aptitude cheats as a face. Again in and Eddie stomps away within the nook earlier than beginning in on the knee. Aptitude’s leg is wrapped across the put up after which the ropes, which means we get some very un-PG language from Ric.
In fact we hit the Determine 4 as a result of all Aptitude matches should see him put within the Determine 4. Aptitude ultimately (and I imply very ultimately) will get out so Eddie grabs a chinlock. JR isn’t positive on the technique as it will make sense to remain on the legs however possibly he doesn’t perceive lucha. A suplex units up the frog splash however Aptitude rolls away earlier than Eddie even dives.
Guerrero does the splash anyway and the crash means it’s time to begin in on Eddie’s legs. This brings out Chris Benoit because the Determine 4 goes on. That’s damaged as properly they usually can’t appear to do the bridge right into a backslide spot. Eddie can nevertheless hit a twister DDT for 2 and Benoit pulls Ric to the ground for the Crossface. The referee shortly ejects the Canadian (Possibly Storm and Christian are onto one thing) and it’s Bubba Ray working in with a Bubba Bomb to present Aptitude a budget pin.
Ranking: C. This was rather more lengthy than good and that’s not likely a optimistic signal. The ending was extra complicated than anything, except it’s ANOTHER wrestler signing as much as pay tribute to Aptitude. It didn’t assist that the followers didn’t appear to care and the wrestling wasn’t precisely impressed stuff. Nonetheless although, not the worst and I’d reasonably this get the additional time than one thing else.
William Regal and Chris Nowinski are irritated on the service on the World. That’s your transition to the Ladies’s Title match.
Ladies’s Title: Trish Stratus vs. Molly Holly
Molly is difficult after Trish, the face on this feud, laughed at her for being allegedly fats. Trish is irritated at Molly for utilizing Trish’s personal underwear to choke her, which is outwardly the actual injustice on this feud. The champ will get taken down into an armbar as Lawler desires to know what shade thong JR would possibly put on. Trish will get two off a neckbreaker and a modified victory roll will get the identical. They’re setting a extremely quick tempo right here and it’s working to date.
A visit to the ground sees Trish despatched into the gang earlier than coming again in with the Stratusphere. They slug it out and Trish hits the Chick Kick however will get German suplexed for 2. Molly misses the Molly Go Spherical and JR thinks she may need damaged the ring. I’ll let that one go as Molly grabs a rollup and the tights for the pin and the title. Lawler: “It was survival of the fattest!”
Ranking: B-. A number of factors for the motion right here and several other dozen extra taken away for the angle and commentary. Bear in mind when Michelle McCool and Mickie James did an analogous story and it was referred to as dangerous style although McCool was the heel? Nicely right here it’s Trish being handled because the face for the very same factor. I nonetheless can’t imagine I’m watching this however hopefully this wraps it up.
Angle desires to know why he and Hogan are each thought-about American heroes. In spite of everything, Hogan is simply thought-about a hero as a result of Vince wished him to be. “If Mr. McMahon wished Hogan to be a zookeeper, Hogan could be a zookeeper!”
We recap Hogan vs. Angle, which is over Vince desirous to screw with Hogan for desirous to retire. Angle appears to be Vince’s first goon to go after Hogan, which doesn’t actually make sense. If Vince desires to maintain Hogan round, why is he sending somebody on the market who might damage him? Wouldn’t it make extra sense, and embarrass Hogan extra, to have him on the backside of the cardboard?
Kurt Angle vs. Hulk Hogan
They battle over headlocks and prime wristlocks to begin till Angle is powered out to the ground. Thus far they’ve simply had Angle run round and bounce off Hogan, which is fairly simply their very best consequence. Again in and Hogan sends him head first into the buckle 9 occasions earlier than a low blow places Hulk down.
Kurt will get two off a stomach to again suplex as a result of Hogan would most likely break after one German suplex, not to mention the rolling model. A sleeper right into a chinlock has Hogan down because the announcers debate which of those two have extra followers in Iraq. The Angle Slam will get two however Hogan comes again with the massive boot. There’s no legdrop although as Hogan goes for the wig. Naturally he places it on and Angle’s chair shot hits himself within the head. The legdrop is countered into the legdrop although and Hogan begins rolling…..however he really faucets out a number of ft from the ropes.
Ranking: D. You could possibly inform Angle was working WAY extra slowly than typical right here however the ending was the correct name. There comes some extent the place there’s no method to settle for Hogan having the ability to hold with somebody at Angle’s degree and Hulk tapping out as a result of he simply couldn’t sustain was the correct transfer. Now if Hogan drops manner down the cardboard and leaves the primary occasion image alone, the whole lot shall be positive.
Goldust is dressed up as Rock, a lot to Booker’s dismay. We really get a heck of an impression till the actual factor pops up behind Goldust, who instantly begs off. Rock reveals him the right method to do FINALLY so Goldust begins rubbing his chest. Booker says don’t fear about Goldust as a result of Rock is leaping within the incorrect face. Goldust: “What about me?”
He tries a number of catchphrases of his personal earlier than backing away as a result of it’s not his model. Booker favored the speech so Goldust does the chest rub once more, messing with Rock much more. Rock is right here to observe the primary occasion as a result of the title is larger than the Individuals’s Elbow, the Spinarooni and, to Goldust, “What do you do? You bought a ending transfer?” Goldust talks concerning the ammunition in his cannon to lastly ship Rock over the sting. Rock: “STOP RUBBING YOURSELF MAN!” Everybody makes use of a catchphrase although Booker cuts Goldust off once more. Humorous stuff right here, as you’d count on.
King of the Ring: Brock Lesnar vs. Rob Van Dam
Non-title once more after all. Rob hits and runs to begin, together with a number of kicks to the legs. Brock takes as a lot as he’s going to although and crushes Van Dam with a powerslam. Some backbreakers arrange the bearhug till some extra kicks get Rob out of hassle. Rolling Thunder will get two and there’s the 5 Star, solely to have Heyman snap Rob’s throat throughout the ropes…..sending Rob onto Lesnar for 2 in a terrific false end. The F5 makes Brock King a number of seconds later.
Ranking: D+. This was only a step above a squash, although Rob obtained in most of his signature stuff. The win wasn’t clear as Rob couldn’t get an excellent cowl and took a little bit further time because of the Heyman interference so it’s not as dangerous of a loss because it could possibly be. Lesnar isn’t prepared for the primary occasion however they must put somebody new in that spot, particularly with Austin gone.
HHH runs into Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels, who supply their assist tonight if wanted.
We recap HHH vs. Undertaker with HHH difficult after beating Hogan and….that’s it really. There’s actually no purpose to care about him and there’s not a lot to their feud aside from Undertaker has the title they usually’ve punched one another rather a lot.
Heyman jumps in on commentary to say the winner of that is preserving the title heat for Lesnar till Summerslam.
WWE World Title: Undertaker vs. HHH
HHH is difficult and comes out second for no obvious purpose. They slug it out to begin (get used to that sort of trade) with neither actually getting a bonus. HHH mixes it up with a choke earlier than the battle heads outdoors for extra punching. The gradual punching continues till Undertaker misses a working boot within the nook. A modified Snake Eyes will get Undertaker out of hassle and he drops an elbow for 2.
In some way we’re 5 minutes into this already they usually’re each trying drained. Much more punching, this time on the ground, goes to Undertaker and a legdrop will get two. HHH breaks up a superplex and scores with a backdrop as Heyman goes on about Lesnar beating Rock up backstage. A turnbuckle pad is ripped off (third time in two reveals) however Undertaker is distributed into it again first, organising a neckbreaker for no cowl. The leaping knee will get two extra….and the ref will get bumped.
Cue the Rock to take Heyman’s place on commentary as Undertaker grabs a chair. HHH knocks it away and sends Undertaker outdoors the place he kicks Rock within the face. Rock hits HHH within the head with the chair by mistake and we’ve obtained some blood. After sending Rock into the put up, Undertaker will get a delayed two off a Final Trip and this crowd is simply gone.
The brand new ref will get bumped and it’s a Rock Backside for Undertaker. Rock simply leaves and HHH will get the slowest cowl in years for one more two. The Pedigree connects however since it is a major occasion match, Earl Hebner is STILL DOWN after practically ten minutes. HHH goes to wake him up however it’s a low blow right into a rollup with trunks and ANOTHER ridiculously gradual rely retains the title.
Ranking: F. You’ll usually hear folks joke about how they suppose they’re watching one thing in gradual movement however that really occurred to me right here. The ref was down for therefore lengthy and the falls too so lengthy that I actually did overlook that the present was nonetheless going at common velocity. This was practically twenty 5 minutes of punching and finishers, which is way from sufficient to hold a major occasion. Simply terribly boring right here however that’s what it’s a must to count on from the primary occasion scene round this time.
Put up match Undertaker talks trash to Rock and will get Rock Bottomed, organising a Pedigree to Rock to finish. Undertaker chokeslams HHH to finish the present.
General Ranking: D-. The next criticisms apply to the entire matches aside from the ladies, who labored onerous regardless of having a horrible story and virtually no time to work with. Their match doesn’t line up with the remainder of the present, which was probably the most lifeless playing cards I’ve ever seen. The matches have been removed from the worst I’ve ever seen however there was no vitality virtually all night time.
This was a present with WAY an excessive amount of expertise on it to be this boring however that’s precisely what occurred. It felt like nobody was desirous about attempting as a result of they might simply do their matches after which go on to the week’s TV. I had virtually no real interest in something on right here and the entire thing appeared to be one thing they needed to get via earlier than both subsequent month’s pay per view or Summerslam. I anticipated higher right here and it’s extra disappointing than dangerous.
Thomas Corridor has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has additionally been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full reveals lined. Yow will discover his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or try his- Amazon writer web page with 30 wrestling books.
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