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Wednesday, 5 January 2022

PPV REVIEW: WWE Vengeance 2002

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Event poster
July 21, 2002
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan

Vengeance 2002 came hot on the heels of a marked shift in the direction of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Since February, the New World Order had tried -and largely failed- to recapture the magic they once had in WCW, only for Scott Hall's firing, the random inclusion of Booker T, and multiple injuries to Kevin Nash all scuppering plans.

In fact, Nash injured himself in March, taken a few months off to recover, and then immedietly reinjured himself in his first match back on Raw, ultimately putting him on the shelf until the spring of 2003.

By this point, Vince McMahon had seen enough.

The following week, he came out to inform fans that he had officially disbanded the nWo once and for all. 

Still, those pining for the glory days of World Championship Wrestling didn't have to miss out altogether as Vince introduced another icon of the Monday Night Wars - none other than his former rival Eric Bischoff- as the new Raw General Manager.

With Easy E in charge of Raw and Vince's daughter Stephanie McMahon heading up Smackdown, the stage was set for Vengeance.






Here's what went down:  

I Will Strike Down Upon Thee With Great Vengeance

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Michael Cole and Tazz called the show
Vengeance 2002 kicked off with one the WWF’s usual compelling opening videos.

This one had a biblical theme, with the participants in tonight’s main event -Undertaker, Rock, and Kurt Angle- reciting Ezekiel 25:17 as clips played off them looking awesome in the ring. 

Yes, I know this is more familiar to people from Pulp Fiction and that most people talk about this video being a nod to that movie, but since the Good Book precedes Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece by a few thousand years, I think its fair to say that this is the proper source of the reference.

Anyway, It was good stuff that eventually led us to the obligatory opening pyro, crowd shots, and a check-in with The World in New York.

Michael Cole and Tazz then welcomed us to the show, informing us that they’d cover the first half of the event with Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler taking the second half.

With that, it was onto the ring for our first match of the evening.

Tag Team Table Match
Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley vs. Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Eddie Guerrero
This may not have been the best tag team tables match of all time, but it was still an entertaining opener with a surprising finish.

Last seen on PPV at King of the Ring 2001, Chris Benoit had subsequently spent 13 months on the shelf with a broken neck.

The Crippler had recently returned and aligned himself with former Radicalz team mate Eddie Guerrero.

One thing this fan really liked about the duo during this time was that whenever they teamed together they always wore their respective ring gear in matching colours. It was a small touch, but one that definitely helped to present them as a cohesive unit.

Here, the duo spent the first half of the match destroying Bubba Ray Dudley. It was decent, but obviously, it was only when the tables came into play that the match really took off.

At one point, Bubba lay Benoit on a table and lept off the ropes. Benoit moved and Dudley crashed through the table but was allowed to continue since it wasn’t an offensive move.

Later, Spike Dudley put Eddie through a table with a Dudley Drop to the outside in what looked to be a nasty spot.

Benoit then hurled Spike over the ropes on the other side of the ring and eliminated him, but then Bubba planted Benoit through a third table and that was that.
Your Winners: The Dudley Boyz

Backstage, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff gave an interview to Jonathan Coachman before getting distracted by the arrival of Triple H.

Both Bischoff and The Game’s estranged wife Stephanie McMahon (now Smackdown GM) had been trying to secure his services for their respective brands, and Bischoff was none too happy that Hunter was on his way to negotiate with Steph.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble (w/ Nidia) vs. Kidman

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Jamie Noble and Nidia
To paraphrase what I said about the last match, this wasn’t the greatest Cruiserweight match in the world but it was still good for what it was.

Jamie Noble and Billy Kidman were both talented performers and gave us a fine match, but it just wasn’t the absolute all-out stormer it could have been.

Noble retained his title after a good effort.
Your Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion: Jamie Noble

Backstage, Kurt Angle’s interview with Marc Lloyd was interrupted by the arrival of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.

Heyman reminded Angle that Lesnar had a guaranteed title shot at Summerslam as a result of winning the 2002 King of the Ring and would face the winner of Angle’s match with The Rock and The Undertaker.

Unperturbed, Angle promised Lesnar that when the two did meet, The Next Big Thing would be taken down by the Olympic Gold Medalist.

This was good stuff.

WWE European Championship
WWE European Champion Jeff Hardy vs. William Regal

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair congratulate Hulk Hogan
Possibly the best match on the card so far, this saw both champ and challenger go back and forth in an entertaining, technically sound match that this fan enjoyed a lot.

After a very good, albeit short, battle, The Charasmatic Enigma retained his gold.
Your Winner and Still European Champion: Jeff Hardy

Post match, Hardy was congratulated backstage by both Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.

Once Jeff left, Hogan told Flair that he was considering going to the top rope and doing a swanton bomb of his own in his match tonight. This prompted Flair to mock Hogan, saying he’d be too slow climbing up to the top and would make a mess of the move.

It was a very funny moment, but the two legends found nothing funny about Bischoff and Stephanie McMahon running the company and questioned whether Bischoff in particular would run WWE out of business.

Chris Jericho vs. John Cena

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - John Cena smiles after beating Chris Jericho in his debut PPV match
And so it begins.

Yes, ladies and gents, this was the Pay Per View debut of the one and only John Cena.

The future legend had arrived on the scene a few weeks earlier and promptly set about trying to embarrass Kurt Angle before entering into a feud with Chris Jericho.

Tonight, the two went tooth-and-nail in a match which was much better than the unenthusiastic crowd would have you believe.

Moving at a good pace, Cena and Jericho worked hard to deliver an entertaining performance before the rookie scored the upset in his first major win.
Your Winner: John Cena

Out in the back, Eric Bischoff accosted Stephanie McMahon’s lawyer whom she had summoned to deliver some important documents. Fearing that he was about to lose HHH, Bisch’ was livid.

Say what you will about Eric Bischoff, he was always a very entertaining personality in front of the camera.

RVD and Brock are Ready for War

As we moved into the second half of the show, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler made their way out to take over from Cole and Tazz.

Their first task was to show us clips of Brock Lesnar and Rob Van Dam preparing for their upcoming Intercontinental Championship clash.

This was followed by an ace video highlighting their rivalry which was soundtracked by the kind of dramatic music you’d normally here in the Smackdown video games for the PS2 around this time.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
WWE Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman)

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Brock Lesnar puts a hurting on Rob Van Dam
This card continued to get better as it went on.

RVD vs. Lesnar was a fine match that ignited the crowd for the first time on the show.

The champion continually countered the challenger’s brute power with quickness and innovative offence and even looked to have the match won.

After a very fine match indeed, RVD hit the Five Star Frog Splash and made the cover, only for Paul Heyman to yank referee Charles Robinson out of the ring and cause the DQ.

The ending was pretty predictable given that Lesnar couldn’t really lose and yet didn’t need the IC belt either, but before that, this was a lot of fun.
Your Winner by DQ: Rob Van Dam

Post match, we got even more fun as Charles Robinson began to rain down on Heyman with the weakest looking punches in wrestling history, only for Lesnar to pick him up and toss him aside like a rag doll.

RVD then came careening off the top rope and took out The Next Big Thing, only for Lesnar to recover and destroy the champion with an F5 onto a steel chair.

He Signed

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Stephanie McMahon confronts Eric Bischoff
Backstage, a forlorn Stephanie McMahon emerged from her office looking dejected.

Naturally, Bischoff jumped to conclusions and began gloating about her inability to sign Triple H.

“He signed,” said Steph, wiping the smirk off the Raw GM’s face before walking away.

Moments later, The Game himself emerged and was railroaded by Bischoff for making the wrong choice.

That’s when Hunter set him straight, informing the former WCW head that the papers he signed were actually his divorce papers and that he still hadn’t decided which brand to work for.

This pleased Easy E no end.

No Disqualification Match
The Big Show vs. Booker T

Booker T and Big Show had been feuding ever since ‘T had been kicked out of the now-defunct New World Order.

Their No DQ match tonight was never going to be the best thing on the card but it was surprisingly more enjoyable than anyone could have expected.

This, of course, was largely due to the sweet spot where Booker ran off the US announce table and scissor kicked Big Show through the Spanish announce table.

This short match didn’t last long after that, but it was fun while it lasted.
Your Winner: Booker T

Meanwhile, over at The World, Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie argued about who had the best butt.

Time to Play The Game

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Eric Bischoff
Up next, Triple H came to the ring to reveal whether he’d sign for Raw or Smackdown, prompting both Eric Bischoff and Stephanie McMahon to hit the ring for one last sales pitch.

Just when it looked like The Game was about to side with Steph, none other than Shawn Michaels hit the ring.

HBK reminded us that while Hunter had been out with a minor injury, it was he, Shawn, who had been promising to head to Vengeance and bring his buddy “home” to the nWo before “Big Kev” had gotten hurt and Vince had dissolved that faction.

With the fans all chanting for DX, Michaels reminded HHH how much fun they used to have together, and that seems to do the trick, promoting Hunter to announce he was signing with Raw so that he and HBK could make Bischoff’s life a living hell.

Reacting to Triple H

Backstage, Rikishi expressed his disappointment about Triple H joining Raw, telling Marc Lloyd that it was a big loss to the young guys on Smackdown who looked to The Game as a leader.

Across the way, Terri interrupted Booker T and Goldust to get their thoughts.

Hilariously, Goldust sheepishly covered his crotch when Terri walked in the room. He then stood by while an enlivened Booker ranted about the time Shawn Michaels super kicked him out of the nWo.

That’s right Booker,” said Goldust. “He may be The Game, but we’re the ones with the bigger joysticks.

Imma ignore that,” quipped Booker as Goldie left the room.

This was, as you might expect, a very entertaining segment.

Prior to the next match, we got a brief look back at the rivalry between Edge & Hulk Hogan and Christian & Lance Storm.

WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag team Champions Edge & Hulk Hogan vs. Lance Storm & Christian

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Hollywood Hulk Hogan & Edge vs. Christian and Lance Storm
Hogan spent the first half of the match doing the work for his team, giving us a very old-school style match until getting beat down and eventually making the hot tag to Edge.

It was at that point that the match really kicked up a notch and started to get exciting.

A ref bump allowed to Test to run in for his Canadian team mates, but that wasn’t enough to give Lance Storm and Christian the win, so Jericho had to get involved, interfering to help his fellow countrymen capture the tag team titles.

It wasn’t the best match on the card, but it was a perfectly serviceable tag bout that served a purpose.
Your Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Lance Storm & Christian

Out in the back, Eric Bischoff tried to recruit Kurt Angle to Raw, but the Olympic Gold Medalist was far too focused on his match to think about that right now.

Elsewhere, Marc Lloyd asked Stephanie McMahon about Bischoff’s heavy-handed recruitment tactics.

Steph wasn’t concerned about Bischoff, telling Lloyd that she was in direct contact with every Raw superstar and would “rip the heart” out of the red brand.

What does that mean?” Asked Lawler. “Are you going to Smackdown, JR?”

Nope, I’m a Raw guy. Besides, I’m not the heart of Raw,” replied Ross. “I may be the butt.

Bless JR, that was funny.

WWE Undisputed Championship
WWE Undisputed Champion The Undertaker vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle

WWE Vengeance 2002 Review - Kurt Angle goads The Undertaker and The Rock
Time and time again, this triple-threat match has been referred to as a classic and considered one of the best triple threat matches of all time.

While I can neither confirm nor deny that it is, I can certainly say that it was a damn good match which, though it started slow, got infinitely better as it progressed.

Though the WWE's tried-and-trusted formula of one guy napping on the outside while the other work and then switch certainly came into effect here, it was a formula that was used sparringly and effectively.

For the most part, all three world-class performers worked their asses off to deliver.

There were peaks, there were valleys, there was drama and suspense and everything you'd want from a compelling match. 

There was even a five-minute Finisher Fest at the end too, and though I suppose that could be cause for criticism, it, like everything else in this match, worked.

After a gripping 20 minute epic, The Rock drove Kurt Angle into the mat and pinned him to become the new undisputed champion.
Your Winner and NEW Undisputed Champion: The Rock 

As JR yelled about how The Rock was the first-ever seven time champion, The Great One posed for the fans and this writer questioned whether having him pin Angle rather than The Undertaker was such a smart move.

Ultimately, I think it was. 

Sure, pinning the actual champion rather than the third-man would have added a little more kudos and credibility to The Rock's win, but was The F'N Rock for crying out loud. At this point in the game, he simply didn't need any more kudos or credibility to be considered a worthy champion.

Plus, by the sheer fact alone that he had never been pinned for the gold, The Dead Man would have a legitimate reason to jump right back into the title picture post-Summerslam.





And so Vengeance 2002 was over and had proved to be a decent but hardly spectacular show.

The main event was off-the-page excellent, but the rest of the card was full of those "good but not great" matches which, while they may have been entertaining, didn't really go all out to impress.

Still, this was a watchable show with nothing noticeably terrible going on, so if you're looking for a dose of Ruthless Aggression-era nostalgia capped off with a smoking hot main event, this may be worth your time. 


Sunday, 26 December 2021

PPV REVIEW: WWE Unforgiven 2002

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review - Event Poster
September 22, 2002
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California 

By the time Unforgiven 2002 rolled around in the September of '02, the WWE landscape had evolved even further away from the WWF of old. 

In the midst of her ongoing rivalry with Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, Smackdown boss Stephanie McMahon had lured WWE Champion Brock Lesnar to the blue brand, locking him in on an exclusive contract which ultimately meant that the Monday night show would have no world champion. 

Looking to solve that problem, Eric Bischoff brought out The Big Gold Belt and declared it to be the new World Heavyweight Championship. 

Not only that, but rather than holding a tournament, a battle royal, or even a single match to determine the new champion, Sleazy E simply awarded the champion to the brand's top heel, The Game, Triple H. 

Tonight, The Game would need to prove whether he was worthy of such a title when he put it on the line against Rob...Van... Dam.

Here's what went down when Unforgiven came to Los Angeles, California. 





A Night Like No Other

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review - Jim Ross & Jerry 'The King' Lawler called the show
Our opening video package focussed on the fact that this was the first time that two major WWE titles would be defended on a PPV.

First of all, there was the newly restored World Heavyweight Championship.

The video linked the current title to the long lineage from WCW and the NWA, showing stars like Harley Race, Ric Flair, Sting, and Vader all holding the belt before noting how it had been brought back and simply handed to Triple H.

While the company gets a lot of stick for awarding The Game the belt without having to compete for it, I personally think it was a smart move to make Raw’s top heel even more despised.

Tonight, we’d see him defend the Big Gold Belt against Rob Van Dam to see if he actually deserved to be called champion.

Elsewhere, we looked at Brock Lesnar's dominant streak before and after dethroning The Rock at Summerslam 2002 and how he would defend the belt tonight against The Undertaker.

With that, it was pyro and crowd shots galore as Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler welcomed us to Unforgiven 2002 and our first match got set to start.

00.04.12 - Announcers

8-Man Tag
The Un-Americans (William Regal, Test, and WWE Tag Team Champions Lance Storm and Christian) vs. Booker T, Goldust, Bubba Ray Dudley, and Kane

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review - The UnAmericans
Before the match even started, JR flubbed his lines and referred to The Un-Americans as The Unforgivens.

That aside, this was a fun opener, even if it did follow a predictable formula.

After a few minutes of proper tag team action which gave most of the combatants an opportunity to shine, the match inevitably broke down into a free-for-all with everyone hitting their signature spots.

Eventually, Kane chokeslammed Lance Storm for the win, putting an end to what had been a very decent effort.
Your Winners: Booker T, Goldust, Bubba Ray Dudley, and Kane

Post match, Bubba Ray Dudley pulled Old Glory from under the ring and waved it about to the delight of the crowd.

A Pep Talk From Steph

Out in the back, Stephanie McMahon gave a pep talk to Billy & Chuck ahead of their inter-promotional match against 3 Minute Warning.

Steph wanted the boys to do it for Smackdown pride, but Billy Gunn thought it had more to do with Steph not wanting to “French kiss a lesbian.”

Chuck Palumbo assured the Smackdown GM that he and Billy would get the job done and that Eric Bischoff would end up kissing her ass tonight.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho vs. Nature Boy Ric Flair

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review -  Chris Jericho faced Ric Flair
Ric Flair
turned up in as fine a form as he was able to here, meaning this match was -for this fan’s money- even better than their previous clash back at Summerslam.

Both champ and challenger went at it hard and fast in a good contest with a neat finish.

Chris Jericho pretended to have injured his knee, prompting referee Charles Robinson to call for a trainer.

Then, when Nature Boy’s back was turned, Y2J blindsided him and made him tap to the Walls of Jericho.
Your Winner and Still Intercontinental Champion: Chris Jericho

Backstage, Eric Bischoff told Rosie and Jamal that he had recruited Rico as their manager for the evening as nobody knew their opponents better than WWE’s resident stylist.

Rico arrived on the scene and promised Bischoff that, when he was done, the Raw GM could grab some popcorn, some Vaseline, and enjoy some HLA.

With that, we swapped over to Smackdown for our next match.

Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review -  Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero
And so we had our second Summerslam rematch in a row.

Unlike the last match, I wouldn’t say this was better than their previous PPV bout, but it was still fantastic in its own right.

Half of the story between these two was Eddie Guerrero being jealous of Edge’s pretty-boy looks, so he spent half the match trying to break his rival’s face, all while Edge continued to sell the effects of an apparent concussion he suffered on Smackdown.

Eventually, the future world champion made a comeback to give us a thrilling finale to a great match.

Alas, it wasn’t to be Edge’s night. Guerrero got him with a handful of tights to put their PPV record at one win a piece...just like Jericho and Flair.
Your Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Out in the back, Triple H confronted Rob Van Dam and made fun of him for being so cool, calm, and collected before their big title fight.

Hunter then turned his attention to Ric Flair, who was recovering from his match in the background. The World Heavyweight Champion mocked Nature Boy for being a shell of his former self, but before Flair could confront the champ, RVD insisted that he’d rather associate with a “loser” like Flair than an “alleged winner” like HHH any day.

3 Minutes

Prior to the next match, we got a look back at Eric Bischoff interrupting a “commitment ceremony” between Billy & Chuck by revealing himself to be the officiate and then setting Rosie & Jamal on them.

On Raw, Bischoff found himself confronted by a woman’s protest group who he called a “horde of lesbians” before realising that Steph was one of them. She set Billy & Chuck on the attack and thus, tonight’s match was born.

Interpromotional Match
Billy & Chuck vs. Jamal & Rosie (w/ Rico)

If Billy & Chuck win, Eric Bischoff must kiss Stephanie McMahon’s ass. If Rosie & Jamal win, Steph must snog a woman.

Rosie and Jamal had been around since Eric Bischoff’s first official night in charge on the Raw after Vengeance 2002, but this was their first official PPV match.

A good match it was, too.

Nobody was expecting this to steal the show, but it was performed well and had a hot crowd that helped to make it a fun watch.

The more things went on, the more Billy & Chuck looked as though they could genuinely defeat their unstoppable opponents, but interference from Rico led to Billy eating a Samoan Drop to lose the match.
Your Winners: Rosie & Jamal

In the GM’s office, Jonathan Coachman asked Bischoff who he would send to make out with Steph, but Sleazy E simply led a group of three women in a chant of HLA.

This stuff really hasn’t aged well.

Time to Play the Game

Before the next match, we got another look at Triple H being awarded the World Heavyweight Championship and Rob Van Dam winning a four-way elimination match to become the number one contender.

This led to the two having a showdown on Raw where RVD made fun of The Game in a very funny moment.

Pretending to be putting his opponent over, Rob said:

“And you have proved that you really can..spit a lot of water!”

I won’t lie, I laughed so hard at that.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review -  HHH vs. Rob Van Dam
This was an excellent match even if anyone with half a brain could see the ending coming from the moment Triple H made fun of Ric Flair earlier in the night.

Rob Van Dam started off strong, embarrassing The Game by continually out-wrestling him and then taking a bottle of water and mocking his opponent’s pre-match ritual.

It was another hilarious moment, but Hunter clearly didn’t see the funny side and made RVD pay by beating him senseless.

Van Dam made a spirited comeback and legitimately looked to be in with a shot of winning, but then Earl Hebner took a tumble and the predictable happened.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I wasn’t watching wrestling at all in 2002 and I’ve never seen this event before nor heard much about it, but it was blatantly obvious that Ric Flair was going to run in and turn on RVD because he didn’t like that Mr. PPV had called him a loser.

That happened, and it allowed The Game to win with a pedigree.
Your Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H

I know HHH gets a lot of stick for not putting people over, but he helped RVD look so damn good here that the mind boggles as to why Van Dam wasn’t a full-time main eventer right after this.

Afterwards, Flair handed The Game his belt and celebrated with him. The journey to Evolution had begun.

The Young and The Restless

Backstage, D’Lo Brown and Billy Kidman were talking about Ric Flair’s dastardly behavior when some dude from The Young and The Restless turned up and started whispering and mumbling so bad that it was impossible to tell what he was saying.

This all led to Dawn Marie appearing and saying the mumbling dude was with her.

Well alright then.

WWE Women’s Championship
WWE Women’s Champion Molly Holly vs. Trish Stratus

After such a big match, the crowd weren’t really into this one. That was a shame, because Trish Stratus and Molly Holly worked hard to give us a good match with lots of creative spots.

After absorbing a fair amount of punishment from the champion, Trish Stratus finally put Molly down to win her third Women’s Championship.
Your Winner and New Women’s Champion: Trish Stratus

After the match, Jonathan Coachman caught up with Trish for a ringside interview. The new women's champion gave an emotional speech in which she talked about how much she loved pro wrestling, the fans, and being the champion. 

Orgy Time

Back in the GM's office. Rico, Rosie, and Jamal celebrated their big victory with a harem of women while Eric Bischoff looked on approvingly like the world's creepiest father. 

Even Rico -who we were all supposed to believe was gay- was having a good time, and suggested they take the party elsewhere.

Everyone left except for two of the women, who Eric kept behind to help him "with a little HLA."

I feel dirty after watching that.

I felt a little better watching the hype video for our next match, recapping the rivalry between Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit 

Despite everything that happened with Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle has often cited him as one of his favorite men to be in the ring with, and no doubt matches like this are the reason why.

Whether it was their bout at Wrestlemania 17, their classic at Judgement Day 2001, or tonight, the duo never failed to put on a pro wrestling masterclass that was utterly enthralling from start to finish. 

We had both men trading the advantage, we had ankle locks and crossfaces galore, and just delivered everything you'd want from a match. 

After a very excellent back-and-forth battle, Chris Benoit rolled up Angle and used the ropes for leverage, which was weird since he was a babyface, but oh well.
Your Winner: Chris Benoit

Out in the back, Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman that they had no problem making their feud with The Undertaker personal.

Lesnar vowed to end 'Taker once and for all tonight.

HLA

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review -  Rikishi as Hildergard
Up next, Eric Bischoff came to the ring with two women in tow. 

That meant that we got Howard Finkle giving us this unique introduction:

"Accompanied by THE LESBIANS, Eric Bischoff!" 

It was awful and yet somehow ridiculously hilarious. 

Bischoff teased having two women (called "Peaches & Cream") make out on their own, but then stopped and invited Stephanie McMahon to the ring.

Then, he had "The Lesbians" give her a massage, and they were almost about to make out when he changed his mind, sent Peaches & Cream packing, and introduced Steph's real make out partner, a big, ugly, old woman who was clearly a man in drag called "Hildergard."

Bischoff couldn't wait to humiliate his Smackdown rival by having her snog Hildergard, but then became surprised and disgusted when Steph proved to be very, very into it.

"What the hell?" exclaimed Bisch, that being the cue for Hildegard to rip her own plastic face off and reveal herself to be Rikishi. 

Naturally, a big, ol' stinky stink face to the Raw GM followed. 

While the reveal and subsequent stinkface were kind of entertaining, the rest of this segment just felt awkward and uncomfortable, not to mention the fact that it took up the best part of 10 minutes of PPV time that people had paid their hard-earned money for.

Main Event Time

Prior to our final match, we got an excellent video package highlighting Undertaker's history as the Phenom of the WWE, Lesnar's history as a bad ass legit wrestler, and their collision course towards tonight's meeting.

WWE Undisputed Championship
WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. The Undertaker

WWE Unforgiven 2002 Review -  Brock Lesnar faces off with The Undertaker
If you ignore the completely pointless cameo from Matt Hardy (wherein he ran to the ring, was immediately powerbombed, and never seen again), this was a really good main event between two talented, powerful big man.

It was violent, bloody, and out of control, so out of control in fact, that referee Brian Hebner ultimately threw the whole match out as 'Taker and Lesnar simply punched the living daylights out of each other.

While the ending may not be to everyone's liking, this fan thought it worked well, putting Lesnar on the same level as WWE's resident living legend and making both men look unstoppable in the process.

Before the ending, everything else was solid, making this a very good way to end the show.
No Contest

Post-match, the two men continued to brawl. Undertaker eventually got the upper hand and launched Lesnar through the Unforgiven staging as the show came to an end. 






Unforgiven 2002 may not have been quite on the same level as the excellent Summerslam 2002 the month before, but that show had been so good from start to finish that it was always going be difficult to top.

Still, that didn't mean that this event wasn't great in its own right. 

Edge/Gurrero, RVD/HHH, and the main event were all really good matches, though the highlight was, as you might have guessed, Angle/Benoit.

Elsewhere, nothing on the show was bad apart from the whole HLA thing, and overall, this was a very enjoyable 2 hours, 40-something minutes of wrestling. 

Sunday, 12 December 2021

PPV REVIEW: WWE Summerslam 2002

August 25, 2002, 
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

There once was a time when one of the biggest complaints of the average professional wrestling fan was that authority figures in general, and the McMahon Family in particular, hogged too much screentime and often overshadowed the actual in-ring competitors. 

If you ever needed a prime example of why this was problematic, look no further than the run up to WWE Summerslam 2002. 

With the brand-split still in its infancy, Eric Bischoff and Stephanie McMahon had replaced Ric Flair and Vince McMahon as the GMs of Raw and Smackdown respectively.

The two had then begun feuding as they tried to snatch up all of the company's top talent and secure a fully-loaded roster. 

This storyline overshadowed everything else on TV, including two storylines which really should have taken center-stage during this time:

The Rock defending his WWE title against the young, unstoppable monster known as Brock Lesnar, and Shawn Michaels competing in his first WWE PPV match in four years (albeit an "unsanctioned" one) against former friend turned rival, Triple H.

Would the Bischoff/Steph saga overshadow Summerslam as a whole, or would matches like the ones above steal the show?

Let's get down to it to find out. 




The Hottest Night in the North East

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Tazz and Michael 'Bad Ass Mofo' Cole call the show
In lieu of the usual epic opening video, Summerslam 2002 began with a quick graphic intro and the usual fireworks and crowd shots as Michael Cole welcomed us to “The Hottest Night in the North East.”

With that done, it was straight onto the action.

Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio

After a few weeks of hype, Rey Mysterio had debuted on the first Smackdown after Vengeance in a great match against Chavo Guerrero. That was followed by an equally as enjoyable encounter with Tajiri before the former WCW star dived headlong into a feud with Kurt Angle.

Tonight, Mysterio made his WWE PPV debut and wrestled in his first PPV altogether since WCW Greed, delivering a thrilling opening contest with The Olympic Gold Medalist.

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Kurt Angle hurts Rey Mysterio
Angle countered his opponent’s lightning quickness and breathtaking ability with some seriously heavy-duty slams, making for a truly exciting bout.

Kurt won in the end when Rey had no choice but to tap to the ankle lock, but before that, the supremely over Mysterio looked absolutely awesome.
Your Winner: Rey Mysterio

Out in the back, Stephanie McMahon sent a lackey to tell Eric Bischoff that there was no way his Raw brand could top that excellent opening match from Smackdown.

On entering her office, however, the Smackdown GM found Bischoff waiting for her.

As it turned out, there was only one office for General Managers, so the rivals agreed to watch the show together in one office, mainly so that they could bicker about who’s brand was better all night.

This took us to our Raw announce team of Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Jim Ross.

Getting himself confused, King welcomed us to “the Raw portion of Smackdown” before quickly correcting himself.

This is Summerslam,” said JR, who has obviously never made a goof in his entire career.

Chris Jericho vs. Nature Boy Ric Flair

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Chris Jericho hurts Ric Flair
Chris Jericho
and Ric Flair had been beating the hell out of each other on Raw, culminating in Flair disrupting Y2J’s Fozzy concert and destroying all the equipment in an angry rage that was a lot of fun to watch.

Tonight, the two locked up in what was the Nature Boy’s first-ever Summerslam match, one in which he came out to different theme music than the usual Sunrise section of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Flair relied almost entirely on a single offensive move -the knife-edge chop- for the duration of this contest yet despite that it was still plenty entertaining.

Jericho battered and bullied his olde opponent and even locked in a Figure Four.

Flair got the ropes, planted a sneaky low blow and then won with a Figure Four of his own.

Before that, this was a strong match with a lot to like.
Your Winner: Ric Flair

Post-match, King and JR analysed a controversial spot in the ropes where Flair seemed to simultaneously grab the ropes and tap out to Jericho’s figure four at the same time.

Brock Destroyed Hulk Hogan

Out in the locker room, Paul Heyman reacted to a Hulk Hogan video that isn’t shown on the Network version of this event.

The former ECW boss boasted about his man Lesnar destroying Hogan on Smackdown before giving The Next Big Thing a pep talk about taking out The Rock in tonight’s main event.

Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Edge hurts Test
Just in case you had any doubts at all, let me reassure you that yes, this was a damn fine match.

After a good bit of back and forth, Edge fell to the outside and appeared to aggravate the shoulder injury that had recently taken him out of action for a few weeks.

Naturally, the dastardly heel Eddie Guerrero spent the bulk of this very good match working on that shoulder, only for his resilient opponent to continue fighting back.

Eventually, after a top performance from both men, the 2001 King of the Ring drilled Guerrero with a spear to pick up the win.
Your Winner: Edge

After a promotional video espousing the fact that WWE season never ends, we next went backstage where Jonathan Coachman interviewed The Un-Americans.

As Test cackled in the background while holding the group’s upside-down US flag, Christian explained that he and Lance Storm couldn’t wait to defeat Booker T & Goldust. For his part, Storm got plenty of heat on his team by insulting the Long Island crowd.

Their match was next.

WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag Team Champions The Un-Americans (Lance Storm & Christian) vs. Booker T & Goldust

This wasn’t the most action-packed match in the world, but the way they played up Goldust being cut off from his partner was masterfully done and made for very enjoyable viewing.

When Booker did eventually tag in, the pace picked up and things got even more entertaining until a ref bump allowed for a run in by Test that had been predictable since before the match even began.

That run in gave the bad guys the win.

This wasn’t the best match on the show, but it was perfectly good for what it was.
Your Winners and Still Tag Team Champions: The Un-Americans

Over at The World, Jamie Noble cheered on his girlfriend Nidia as she picked some dude to make out with and then snogged his face off on a sofa.

It was erm, well, it was a thing that happened let’s put it that way.

Back in the arena, Steph told Eric that a woman’s place in wrestling was on top before the two bickered over who would win in an inter-promotional match for the International Championship.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit vs. Rob Van Dam

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Krispin Wah hurts Rob Van Dam
It was weird that this was the second match out of the last three in which the heel spent most of the match working over the babyface’s shoulder, but I’ll admit that’s a small complaint.

That aside, this was every bit as good as you might expect it to be.

Chris Benoit pulverized Rob Van Dam but simply couldn’t get him to tap to the Crippler Crossface and eventually succumbed to a Five Star Frog Splash to end yet another very high-quality match.
Your Winner and New Intercontinental Champion: Rob Van Dam

Out in the GM’s office, Bischoff gloated to Steph about the Intercontinental championship coming back to Raw, but McMahon simply laughed in his face.

The Un-Americans Hate America

Before our next match, we got a look back at how evil The Un-Americans were and how their evilness had turned The American Bad Ass back to being a babyface so that he could face Test.

Test vs. The Undertaker

WWE Summerslam 2002 - The Undertaker pins Test
I won’t lie to you, dear reader, I’ve become a bit of a fan of Test over the last year or so.

Sure, he was never the highlight of the night, but he was a decent big man who had been part of some enjoyable matches since the Invasion.

This was one of them.

While the ending was never in doubt (not was the predictable run-in from Storm and Christian), it was a solid and entertaining match in which Test legitimately looked like a threat before eating the inevitable tombstone from The Undertaker.
Your Winner: The Undertaker

Afterward, the Phenom headed into the crowd to find an American flag then held it aloft to the delight of the New York faithful.

Good Friends, Better Enemies

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H - Non-Sanctioned Street Fight
Before the next match, we got an awesome video package looking at the rivalry between Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

The video took us all the way back to 1997 and the height of the original D-Generation-X before skipping to recent weeks when The Game turned on The Heartbreak Kid and threw him through a car window.

It also showed us Hunter promising to end Shawn once and for all, and Eric Bischoff us sanctioning this match so that WWE wouldn’t be responsible.

This was excellent stuff that only got this long-time fan even more pumped up for a match I’ve been looking forward to since the show started.

Unsanctioned Fight
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Shawn Michaels
Yes, I was very much excited about this match.

Shawn Michaels is my all-time favourite and yet I’d never actually seen his big 2002 comeback on account of this being a time when I’d taken a break from watching any wrestling at all.

Fortunately, the match did not disappoint.

OK, so it nearly did.

There was a section of the match where Triple H was in charge and was trying to systematically cripple The Heartbreak Kid once and for all. That meant long periods of Shawn lying on the floor and Hunter just pacing around the ring doing almost nothing.

That was dull, but when HBK executed his patented kick-up, it was a genuinely exciting moment.

From there, the match picked up in intensity. The Game bled like the proverbial stuck pig, Michaels flew off the top and crashed onto his adversary on the outside, both men crashing through a table.

The showstopper then flew off a ladder and hit HHH with his trademark elbow drop. Hunter blocked a sweet chin music attempt, countered with a pedigree attempt but had that countered with a flip, a cover, and Shawn Michael’s first PPV victory in over four years.

Man, that was good.
Your Winner: Shawn Michaels

Post match, The Cerebral Assassin took out his nemesis with two vicious sledgehammer shots to the spine, causing Michaels to be stretchered out of the arena.

Lillian’s Revenge

WWE Summerslam 2002 - Howard Finkel and Trish Stratus
Over the past few week, Howard Finkel had inexplicably turned heel and become some kind of creepy, egotistical misogynist as he entered into a feud with Lillian Garcia and Trish Stratus.

Tonight, The Fink took a moment to tell us that this was the first PPV he’d announced in this arena since Wrestlemania 2, and was about to put himself over even more before being interrupted by Trish.

The former women’s champion feigned having a crush on ‘Howie,’ promoting the veteran ring announcer to up the creepiness factor to an all-time high.

It was, of course, a rouse, and all designed to set up Lillian Garcia appearing, slapping him in the face and kicking him where the sun don’t shine.

This feud was dumb, but at least it didn’t last long.

All of this followed a video package hyping our main event and then, it was onto the action.

WWE Undisputed Championship
WWE Undisputed Champion The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman)

WWE Summerslam 2002 - The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
This match was excellent.

Brock Lesnar came out swinging, quickly battering The Rock and taking him to a little place we’d later get to know as Suplex City.

This impressive start clearly won the crowd over, so much so that when the champion made his comeback, the crowd routinely booed him and chanted ‘Lesnar! Lesnar!’ as a means of encouraging the challenger to break out of Rock’s sharpshooter.

From there, things only got better. It was wild, it was brutal, it saw Rock looking seriously pissed off throughout the match, it saw Paul Heyman take a Rock Bottom through the announce table, but more importantly, it saw a hot finish which culminated with Brock hitting the match-winning F5.
Your Winner and New Undisputed Champion: Brock Lesnar

Yes, after just five months after his WWE debut, Brock Lesnar had captured the title in an utterly exhilarating match.






Summerslam 2002 was an exceptional show and undoubtedly one of WWE’s best of the year so far.

While the main event, HHH/HBK, and Mysterio/Angle were the highlights, everything else (apart from the weird Howard Finkel) bit delivered on a scale that ranged from good to great.

Definitely a show worth watching.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

EVENT REVIEW: WWE Global Warning 2002

WWE Global Warning 2002: Melbourne
August 10, 2002
Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

Look up the WWE Global Warning event on the WWE Network and it will tell you that the date of the event was November 5th, 2002. 

It wasn't. 

The actual event took place in August, in between Vengeance 2002 and that year's Summerslam.

The first WWE event in Australia since 1986 was promoted as a Smackdown branded show despite the fact that The Un-Americans, Chris Jericho, and Triple H were all now Raw superstars. 

The show featured three matches that didn't make it to the broadcast, including Mark Henry teaming with a rookie Randy Orton to face Reverand D-Von and Batista, Hardcore Holly and Chavo Guerrero battling Billy and Chuck, and Kurt Angle beating Test

We may not be able to talk about those matches today, but let's talk about the ones we can in this WWE Global Warning review: 






Welcome to Global Warning

WWE Global Warning 2002: Stephanie McMahon opened the show
After the briefest of intros with none of the usual opening video package, pyro exploded, the crowds roared, and Michael Cole and Taz welcomed us to Australia. 

This was followed by the arrival of new Smackdown General Manager, Stephanie McMahon

Steph said nothing of significance, simply welcoming fans to the show before dancing with Rikishi as he made his way to the ring for our opening contest.


Kiss My Ass Match
Rikishi vs. Rico 

You could tell this wasn't an important event because Cole and Tazz spent more time making fun of ring announcer Tony Chimmel, each other, and the size of Rikishi's ass than they did calling the action.

Not that there was much action to call. 

This was all over in pretty much no time. 'Kishi battered his former tag team partner for a few minutes, Rico made the briefest of comebacks but then missed a moonsault and got Samoan Dropped to end the match. 
Your Winner: Rikishi 

Afterwards, Big 'Kish flattened his rival in the corner then gave him the stink face to the delight of the Melbourne faithful. He then proceeded to dance with two kids from the audience, all while Taz and Cole cracked jokes.

Jamie and Nidia go Surfing

Prior to the next match, we saw a video package of Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble and his girlfriend Nidia learning to surf and seeing the sights of Australia. 

It looked like they had a good time, and in its own way, the video was almost cute, but it wasn't very interesting and added nothing of value. Still, at least it saved WWE the hassle of actually adding more wrestling matches to this thing.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble (w/ Nidia) vs. The Hurricane

WWE Global Warning 2002: Hurricane vs. Jamie Noble
Although it felt like it moved at a somewhat slower pace than most cruiserweight matches, this was a lot of fun. Noble and The Hurricane combined some of the usual highflying stuff with actual strategy and more of an emphasis on entertaining the crowd.

It was plenty enjoyable, especially when Hurricane took out the champion with a huge swinging neckbreaker off the top rope. Alas, that wasn't enough to win match.

After a solid effort, Noble retained thanks to Nidia's interference and a rope-assisted pin.

All the while, Cole and Taz continued to goof off, this time turning their insults to referee Jimmy Korderas and Raw announcers JR & King.
Your Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion: Jamie Noble

Post-match, Hurricane destroyed his rival with a chokeslam and smacked Nidia on the ass.

A Day at the Zoo


Before the next match, we got a look at the day Christian, Lance Storm, and Kurt Angle all went to the zoo in Australia. 

Kurt Angle getting offended by the Australian word "buggar" was hilarious, and the video including a shot where Angle clearly called Christian "Jay" was interesting. Everything else was mildly entertaining filler. 

WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag Team Champions The Un-Americans (Lance Storm & Christian) vs. Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman

WWE Global Warning 2002: Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman vs. Lance Storm & Christian
And so, we had former WCW tag team champions Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio taking on current WWE tag team champions Lance Storm and Christian. 

Mysterio had only just arrived in WCW and looked eager to prove himself, flying around the ring with gusto in what was mostly an exciting match.

I say "mostly" because there was a lull in the middle of this one, but for the most part, it was a fun encounter which almost -but not quite- delivered all the excitement you'd expect from these four talented performers.

Given that this show was kind of "non-cannon" in the same way that UK PPVs were, it came as no surprise when the tag champs retained their gold.
Your Winners and Still WWE Tag Team Champions: Lance Storm & Christian 

Edge was in action next. 

That meant that, following the pattern of the rerst of the show, we were obligated to watch him go sightseeing with Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson. The trio went to a market where Kidman thought that a digeridoo was a walking stick, then sat down to eat dessert.

Alright then.

Chris Jericho vs. Edge 

WWE Global Warning 2002: Edge vs. Chris Jericho
Prior to the match, Chris Jericho took to the microphone to address the crowd but found himself met with a huge chorus of "You're a wanker! You're a wanker!

Of course, Cole, Taz, and Jericho all had no idea -or at least pretended to have no idea- what the word meant. As such, your British writer got a good laugh out of the announcers repeatedly using the word over and over again, and Jericho busting out "you think I'm a wanker? Well I don't even know what a wanker is, and I think Australia sucks!"

The best line, however, went to Taz. Jericho missed a move, causing the announcer to proclaim "he landed right on his wanker!

Given that this word would never make it on air if this show had been broadcast here in the UK, I found this pretty funny, but it wasn't the only thing this match had going for it.

Wanker or not, Jericho put in a solid effort against Edge here as the two gave us the best match they were capable of delivering in ten minutes. 

After a good back and forth and some dramatic nearfalls, Edge went over by reversing the Walls of Jericho into a roll-up.

The best match on the card so far.
Your Winner: Edge 

Post match, Jericho once again channeled his WCW heel turn and threw a temper tantrum before Edge climbed up a big lighting tower to celebrate. 

Fan Frenzy 

Up next, we got a look back at the WWE Fan Frenzy event. This was essentially the Axcess events, Australia style. The event looked like a lot of fun and featured Edge, Test, Stacy Keibler and Brock Lesnar, as well as a bunch of fans spouting catchphrases from their favorite performers. Good times.

Bra & Panties Match
Stacy Keibler vs. Torrie Wilson

Special Guest Ring Announcer: The Big Val Bowski

WWE Global Warning 2002: The Big Valbowski
Before the girls could lock up, The Big Valbowski came down to make a bunch of predictable jokes about going down...under. 

Stacy and Torrie then gave us every bra and panties match you've ever seen. 

I'm sure there are some people who really like these kinds of matches, but this fan isn't one of them. Yes, both girls were insatiably beautiful, and yes, they tried hard to do some actual wrestling to the best of their limited abilities, but there's nothing about bra and panties matches that holds any appeal. 

They even did the predictable spot where the two girls start catfighting and end up rolling on top of the referee, though it was so poorly executed that it looked like official Mike Sparks was physically pulling the two on top of him for his own gratification.

The zebra loved it, so Stacy and Torrie pulled his pants down to expose his undies, then a few moments later Torrie stripped Stacy of her shorts to win the match.
Your Winner: Torrie Wilson

Post-match, Torrie gave Stacy a good spanking and sent her on her way.  

Charity Dinner

WWE Global Warning 2002: The Rock at a charity dinner
Prior to tonight's main event, we got a quick look back at the WWE's recent charity dinner/auction. 

The company often did these before the UK PPVs, so it wasn't much of a surprise to see it here to. 

Paintings of The Rock, Triple H, and Hulk Hogan sold for thousands of dollars to raise good money for good causes, The Rock was asked for his porno name, and by the looks of it, a good time was had by all.

With that out of the way, we still have 35 minutes left on this show which either means a really long main event, or some kind of shenanigans.

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Undisputed Championship
WWE Undisputed Champion The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Triple H

With Triple H and The Rock competing alongside the man who was certainly living up to his moniker of The Next Big Thing, this was never going to be anything less than a good match.

Was it an all-out, PPV-calibre classic? 

WWE Global Warning 2002: The Rock vs. Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Of course not, but as the main event for what was essentially a glorified house show, it was certainly good. 

Triple H and The Rock double-teamed Brock Lesnar in the early going but The Game switched allegiances and helped Lesnar take out The Great One.

From there, standard WWE Triple Threat formula kicked in, with the competitors taking it in turns to have a quick nap while their fellow combatants duked it out. 

Lesnar looked impressive, but it wasn't to be his night. After a good effort, The People's Champ put down The Next Big Thing to retain his title, a result which, let's be honest, was never in question.
Your Winner and Still Undisputed Champion: The Rock

The actual match was only around 20 minutes, which still gave us 15 minutes of show time to fill, something The Rock, Triple H, and Paul Heyman did with gusto.

With Cole and Taz having signed off for the evening, Lesnar went to attack Brock with a chair, only for Hunter to stop him and help The Rock dispose of Heyman's charge once and for all. 

At this point, The Game was in the midst of an intense heel turn following his jump to Raw and fall out with best friend Shawn Michaels. Despite that, he was still very much a babyface here as he and the Undisputed Champion confronted Paul Heyman.

The former ECW boss was hilarious here as he first pleaded for his life and then clapped and cheered along as the Melbourne crowd erupted with chants of "Rocky! Rocky!"

Proving he was smart, Heyman was reluctant to shake The Rock's hand for fear that it would lead to him getting Rock Bottomed and People's Elbowed. Eventually, The Brahma Bull convinced Heyman to shake and let go without trouble, but when Paul E. shook The Game's hand, he naturally got a pedigree for his efforts.

The fun and games continued as first HHH convinced The Rock to hit Heyman with a People's Elbow, before Rock himself convinced Hunter to deliver the move he'd been on the receiving end of countless times.

Finally, Rock stood back and allowed his long-time rival a chance to bask in the adulation of the crowd then, once The Game left, the Undisputed Champion took the microphone to thank the fans and utter some catchphrases.

Honestly, that last 15 minutes of post-show shenanigans was more entertaining than anything else on the show.








The after-match stuff may have been the highlight, but that doesn't necessarily mean that WWE Global Warning was a poor show or anything. The main event was as good as you were going to get for a show at this level, while Edge vs. Jericho and the tag team championship match were also enjoyable. 

Sure, this felt like one of the many UK PPVs were nothing of any consequence happened, and sure, there was far too much "here's what the WWE Superstars did in Australia" stuff between the relatively few matches on the card, but if the goal of professional wrestling is simply to entertain, then I think it's fair to say that Global Warning 2002 achieved that goal. 

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